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The Tokyo Game Show: An Overview

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This video game expo, sponsored by the Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA) and the Nikkei Business Publications, Inc. is held once a year over a 3 or 4-day period (This year it was held June 28th), and is currently the largest of its kind. The first two days are for businesses only and the last two are open to the public.The 2012 TGS drew around 223,753 visitors and the 2013 figures did not seem to be available yet. Here is some footage from the 2012 TGS, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyoMaTtsjEo

There are various distinct areas set up for this large event, and some are as follows: a General Exhibition Area, Game Device Area, Asia New Stars Area, Merchandise Sales Area, Smartphone Area and Social Game Area, PC Area, Kid’s Area, Sales Area, Game School Area (featuring colleges and universities that offer classes in digital art, animation, computer programming, and other programs of study related to the video game industry), Cosplay, Business Solution Area (not open to the public), Cloud/Data Center Pavillion, and Media Coverage. Starting with the 2012 Tokyo Game Show, Cure, Japan’s largest cosplay community website, hosted a 90 minute fashion and dance stage show that also included cosplaying robots. Here is a clip of some of the highlights of cosplay at the 2013 show just last month. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEMujkKlVGA and here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjACZfCV1Zs

Even though this event is hugely popular with the general public—who want to get a glimpse of what is coming down the pike—as video game developers turn to smaller in-house events for the gaming press, and with technology making the world smaller and frequently negating the need for business travel, events like TGS may already be a thing of the past. Find out more at this link, http://tgs.cesa.or.jp/english/

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