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26 September 2010

[teatime] Tokyo Game Show/TGS 2010

This Autumn, Tokyo hosted lots of events(*1). One of the most significant event among them is certainly the Tokyo Game Show[TGS].
I'd been to Makuhari Messe to see TGS2010 this year. Here's my (very short) impressions.

(日本語版は、こちらへ。The Japanese version is available here.)

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[Overall impression]
TGS is getting bigger and bigger with each year. According to an official figure, TGS2010 had more than 200 thousand visitors [pls see this JP-link].
I visited Makuhari Messe on the public day. It was extremely crowded.

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I'll show some pictures of what went on inside.

First of all, My disappointment is that Nintendo didn't have its own booth. As a notable critique said, "TGS is now at the turning point" [pls see this JP-link (*2)].

[Games]
I checked out some Gal-Games. There was a demo of the arcade version of Love Plus[< Konami] .

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I'd wanted to see 3D display, but it was a vain attempt because of the long queue. (*3)

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They are holding their Nintendo-DSs to get virtual items.



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Bandai-Namco presented the 2nd generation of Idol-Master. Although it hadn't been released yet, it has already gotten some rather bad reputation.(*4)

[Gadgets]
The leading feature of TGS is not games, but the gadgets, I think. 3D display (as I wrote above) is a good example. Another good example is KINECT[< Microsoft] (*5)

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Konami showed the latest DDR [Dance Dance Revolution], compatible with KINECT.

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I didn't think that motion camera works for every sports games, but KINECT could be a compatible match for DDR. (pls see photos. The game analyzes the motion of player's feet and hands.) if the software can analyze the motion of a player perfectly, it can be a excellent dance trainer rather than a just game.

[Companions/Booth Babes]
TGS has lots of (rather) beautiful girls as promotors/mascots dressed in their eye-ball catching corporate uniform. Here's some examples.

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*Bandai-Namco

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*"Arisa" official cosplayer from God Eater[ < Bandai-Namco]

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*Gamania(in the courtyard of Makuhari Messe)

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*Gamania(inside of Makuhari Messe)


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*Capcom

[Cosplayers]
TGS is also known as the game cosplayer's heaven. For this TGS, the organizer beefed up the cosplay square, and invited Gaijin cosplayers from overseas.

Here's some good cosplayers.

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mixaka (from US) plays Beatrice[< Uminekono Nakukoroni]. Beatrice is a good choice for Western cosplayers.

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Adella also comes from US, playing a FF7 character. Her pose is so sophisticated. I guess that she is doing modeling.

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The last cosplayer is Elsch from Germany. She has a Japanese cosplay name:檜杖 [Hizue]. Hizue-san plays Hatsune-Miku.

I'm very surprised at seeing real Miku-chan, having very long legs(like a real android(^^;). Her face has a little bit of oriental features, I feel. I guess that she is a half/quarter Asian(^^).

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From Japan?, AYAKAWA Yunmao綾川 ゆんまお)appears the cosplay square for very short time.

[NOTE]
*1)
To promote events in Japan, There is Cofesta:event portal(English available).

*2)
The author "Sin Kiyoshi(新 清士)" is a very notable game analyst. His column in Nikkei(JP-only) has lots of good suggestions for Japanese game industry.

*3)
I deeply missed not seeing Dixies[Makuhari branch(^^;] girls.

*4)
The reason is having (handsome) male idols[pls see photos above], and players can never produce some of original characters. Please see this link for detail (JP-only).

*5)
I couldn't take any photo because MS bans photography. I was there in a public day. I don't know the reason why MS did so.

[Yet another links]
*ASCII photo report:       LINK-1, LINK-2
*Nikkeibp photo report:    LINK-1
*DENGEKI photo report:     LINK-1
*kotaku.jp cosplay report: LINK-1, LINK-2, LINK-3
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