The Tokyo Game Show 2012, one of the world’s top gaming industry events, kicked off Thursday in Chiba Prefecture, with developers unveiling an increased number of titles for smart phones, at a time when sales of console games are slowing.
During the four-day video game software and hardware expo at the Makuhari Messe convention center near Tokyo, 209 companies from around the world will showcase a record 1,043 titles, according to the Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association.
The annual event is expected to draw roughly 195,000 game fans, with 1,609 booths open for hands-on experiences of new titles and other products, the organizer said.
The event will be open only to the media and gaming industry for the first two days, then to the public on Saturday and Sunday.
This year’s game show sees a surge in the number of game titles for mobile platforms such as Apple Inc.’s iPhone, as social networking games further increases their presence.
For gamers, this weekend will feel like Christmas. Tokyo Game Show (TGS), Japan’s biggest gaming event, began Thursday at Chiba’s Makuhari Messe convention center and will continue through Sept. 18 (on Saturday and Sunday it will be open to the public). More than 140 exhibitors are on hand, off-site parties have already begun to go late into the night and — most importantly — there are tons of new video games.
Game face: Research engineer Mikael Le Goff checks out Sony’s PlayStation Vita at Tokyo Game Show on Thursday. Japan’s largest video-game event continues through Sunday, and will be open to the public on Sept. 17-18. YOSHIAKI MIURA PHOTO
Not bad for a show that seemed impossible in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11. As the government pushed the summer of setsuden (energy conservation), an energy drain like TGS seemed improbable. Organizers responded to the crisis by implementing measures to reduce the total electricity consumption of the event by 25 percent: turning off escalators, using LED light bulbs and limiting power for exhibition booths.
Social games played on smartphones are hogging the attention at this year’s Tokyo video-game exhibition, boasting new ways of making money by selling "virtual" goodies, not the usual expensive machines and software packages.
Gree Inc., a social networking service that began just seven years ago in the founder’s living room, was the big star at the annual Tokyo Game Show, with its first booth ever. The show previewed to media Thursday ahead of its opening to the public later this week at Makuhari Messe hall in this Tokyo suburb.
Its stardom underlines the arrival of so-called "social games" aimed at casual users passing the time on smartphones and tablet devices rather than the sophisticated plots, imagery and controls found on gaming devices.
Japan’s biggest video game show kicked off Thursday at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, with motion-sensor game systems and three-dimensional display images drawing the most attention.
Two women play a beach volleyball video game on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console with the new Kinect camera-sensor system at the Tokyo Game Show at Makuhari Messe hall in Chiba on Thursday. YOSHIAKI MIURA PHOTO
At the four-day Tokyo Game Show, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Microsoft Corp. presented game systems that let users control the action with their entire bodies, in an apparent response to Nintendo’s Wii hand-held motion-sensor controller.
At the Sony booth, many tried out a wireless remote controller, PlayStation Move, that detects the user’s movements via both a hand-held sensor and a camera.
If you have never been to the Tokyo Game Show, you are missing out on some awesome cosplay…there is a space between the exhibit halls that is called “Cosplay Alley” and Kotaku.com has a great set of pictures from this year’s alley scene…
We think Day 2 the cosplayers were really in full throttle mode as their costumes rocked…Do you agree?