Day one of TGS 2013 is done and dusted, and boy, that sure was a lot of iPhone, tablet and 3DS games I just saw. No wonder, really, given that handheld is king here, but still, you'd barely know a new generation of consoles was just around the corner. Well, somewhat around the corner if you live in Japan.
Anyway, it's hard to convey just how strange and different Tokyo Game Show is through words alone (what am I, a professional writer?), so I figured I'd take you on a photo tour of the show. Bear in mind that today wasn't open to the public, so there aren't crazy cosplayers everywhere, nor will you get a sense of just how busy TGS is on a public day. Consider this a more leisurely, yet still entirely bonkers, introduction...
See that? Over in the corner of the food and merch hall? That's Sony's press conference. Well, to be fair, it's the TGS stage... which probably accounts for the lack of flair. Sony typically likes to have the world's most impressive screen for its pressers. This was Powerpoint all the way.
So I walk into one of the two main halls and quite literally the first thing I see is a girl in a cage at the Rhythm & Battle! part of Capcom's booth. Classic Japan.
Yo, Monster Hunter makes so much money Capcom had an actual taxidermied dragon's head shipped from Shikoku. (Where the Japanese dragon parks are.)
And unlike Capcom, their booth staff are cage-free farm fresh. (But definitely seem more Valkyria Chronicles than World of Tanks in my books.)
Dragon's Dogma Quest! For Vita and iOS! (Of course.) AND NOW YOU CAN BUY THE JEWELLERY TO PROVE HOW MUCH YOU LOVE IT!
This Capcom dev has a bright pink shirt with a cat emitting a mushroom cloud fart, with the speech bubble "I don't care." Heart you dude.
Capcom's Basara 4... one of about a billion Dynasty Warriors-style games at the show. Can you feel my excitement? Cool booth though.
That staple of Japanese culture - the young boy inexplicably given power over giant robots, or, in this case, a mech dog thing.
Plus, it's pretty cool that Rockstar Japan staffed the booth with ACTUAL Japanese gangsters. This guys is flashing his "Wakarimasen" gang sign. Straight up.
TGS 2013 also played host to a number of colleges with game design/development courses. "Do you come with the graduate diploma?" "Oh you, tee hee."
What better way to spruik a college than with a sexy high school girl? Mind you, in Japan, "a college" could be replaced by ANYTHING.
Aaaaaaaand this happened. I have no idea what this was about, but this is in no way unusual at TGS. It's basically the land that time forgot, where the only dialogue around booth babes is whether each booth has enough of them.
And to keep things balanced, the reverse shot. If this was a public day that would be about a hundred dudes.
Source : ign[dot]com