Tokyo Game Show is always a fun time, and walking the floor is an adventure in and of itself. Nerdy Japanese gamers with a wealth of knowledge, borderline scandalous booth girls, famous developers strolling around, huge art of all your favorite geeky icons and heroes dangling from the ceiling. For a fan of Japanese games who wants to know all the latest coming from the county, sans Nintendo products, this is the best place to be.
To get a general feel of the atmosphere, here is a brief gallery of shots from the floor captured with my trusty HTC One. There are plenty of places I failed to go because of my tight schedule. I mean, who would have thought that all the biggest publishers would have brought their biggest games to the show?
Sad to say, I only got a brief glimpse of the dealers room and all of the merchandising. Konami had its new Metal Gear Solid clothing line for sale, and as always, the hottest products available were all soundtracks. I remember being lured to the beautiful sounds of SaGa Frontier and watching the trailer, getting all nostalgic. For some sinful reason, the food court was stripped from its normal location. Two days of no lunch made Ron not a very happy person.
Standing in line for up to two hours to play the latest games for just 10-15 minutes can be a bit of a hassle, but if you are ever in the Tokyo area during the third weekend of September, there isn’t a better place to nerd out and waste an afternoon playing video games than TGS. This was my third time at the show, once as a spectator in 2008 and my second time attending on media day, and I can’t wait to show up next year and do it all over again.