Tokyo Game Show to offer latest, greatest gaming technology
TOKYO — Roughly one year into the latest video game console war, gamers, developers and media from around the world will invade Tokyo this week for the 2007 Tokyo Game Show.
Last year’s show had gaming juggernauts Sony and Microsoft going head-to-head as Sony showcased its line of upcoming PlayStation 3 titles two months before the console launched, while Microsoft tried to crack the elusive Japanese gaming market by showing off games such as Capcom’s “Lost Planet” and Mistwalker’s “Blue Dragon.”
This year’s four-day show promises to be equally as exciting as Sony, Microsoft, Sega, Konami, Capcom, Square Enix and numerous other developers show off their latest creations.
Nintendo, keeping with tradition, will not attend the show. However, other developers may still show off games for the company’s Wii and DS systems.
Rivaled in size only by Germany’s Leipzig Games Convention, the show has grown even larger this year, with more than 168 exhibitors slated to occupy 1,708 booths at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba.
Flashing screens, booming speakers, and of course attractive women in revealing outfits — known as “booth babes” — will be on hand, vying for visitors’ attention as developers show off their products in the 581,000-square-foot convention hall.
The show has also grown in length this year, going from three days to four. Thursday and Friday are open only to the media.
The event is open to the public Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no entry allowed after 4 p.m. Admission is 1,000 yen in advance and 1,200 yen the day of the show. Admission is free for children elementary-school age and younger. An admission application form must be turned in on the day of the event.
Visit the show’s Web site at http://expo.nikkeibp.co.jp/tgs/2007/english/index.html for further information and to obtain the admission application form.
Coverage of the Tokyo Game Show will run in Saturday, Sunday and Monday editions of Stars and Stripes with previews of upcoming games, show highlights and the latest announcements from game developers.