The 2015 Tokyo Game Show!

We’ve already spent our first (rainy) day at the 2015 Tokyo Game Show, and were blown away by its sheer size and (obviously high) funds put into it. This year, all three halls of Makuhari Messe were used soley for the gaming booths, while the food court and shops, as well as a few more indie companies, were moved to a separate, nearby building to make room. Not only has TGS recovered from the loss of international companies dues to the world recession after 2008, but have arrived at a new peak in popularity. Sony allowed demonstrations of their newly named …

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Tokyo Game Show 2013

I just returned from the 2013 Tokyo Game Show, and I’m pretty exhausted.  Lots of gaming, walking, and drinking Red Bulls to stay alert.  But certainly worth the trip, and one of the better shows – mainly due to the new eighth generation consoles. I had a chance to play Killzone: Shadow Fall on the new Playstation 4.  Despite sucking at the game, it certainly felt like I was playing a game beyond anything I’ve seen on the previous PS3.  The graphics were incredible, particularly how the leaves blew naturally in the trees, and the water flowing from a fall …

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The Mysteries of Cosplay!

Having been to the 2012 Tokyo Game Show on a “business day,” I can say that the experience was satisfying. No crowds, no pushing and shoving, no long lines to play a game. Unfortunately, that also meant no Cosplayers. So who are these Cosplayers?  What are they?  Why are they?  So many questions… In Japanese,kosupureis a messed-up hybrid of the English words “costume” and “play.”  In a nutshell, these are fans who enjoy dressing up as manga, anime and video game characters.  I like to think of it as a kind of Halloween-like sub-culture, as you don’t usually see Cosplayers …

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The 2012 Tokyo Game Show!

I just got back from a long, exhausting day at Makuhari Messe, where the Tokyo Game Show is traditionally held. This was my first time visiting during the “business days,” which are Thursdays and Fridays, reserved for the gaming employees and media.  Saturdays and Sundays are open for the general public, where all the otaku come bursting in and crowding up the scene.  And I have to admit, wow – what a difference!  The place wasn’t crowded at all, and *gosh* I even had a chance to play some games! Some of the hits this year were Monster Hunter 4, …

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