5 January 2010
Asia Game Show 2009
Asia Game Show was a video game convention held between 24th and 27th December last year (2009). It appears to be an annual convention held around Christmas every year, and recently Sony takes up the majority of it with PS3 as its main force.
robostrike, who went there a day after I did, did a two parter for this coverage.
Kids trying out Gran Turismo 5
If I recall correctly, there is always a car with a Gran Turismo decal on display every year.
New Castlevania game to be released on PS3 - Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.
Apparently there are 3 Castlevania games released for each console so far. This means it is likely get 2 more Castlevania games on PS3 before it moves on to the next console.
Gran Turismo 5 promotional video
Sackboy from Little Big Planet (thanks zen for telling me its name)
Lots of FFXIII promotional pictures and stuff.
Cosplay that I am not familiar with
Huge Toro mascot hanging above the convention
Horse racing simulators. This kind of thing can now been seen in arcade game centres too.
A cosplay of Chii from Chobits. Thanks radiant dreamer for confirming this for me.
Stage events with some dancing competitions
A Lich King on a Frozen Throne! And this is a cosplay too!
World of Warcraft took up some space in this convention, and there's also a store of some kind for you to purchase things I think.
While it's common for photographers to take pictures of the models and cosplayers enthusiastically, this one-on-one point-blank phototaking is a bit blatant.
Naturally, having one guy taking pictures of a girl would draw more and more people in just like that
2/3 step ladders are not an uncommon sight in conventions like this and ACGHK.
Official Sony store selling PS3, PSP, and games.
Guys with huge chainsaws from upcoming PSP game God Eater. Thanks GunStray and robostrike for telling me
Various PS3 minigames from PSN.
Since FFXIII is highly anticipated by fans and other gamers, it's not surprising that there are more machines playing them than any other games.
Lost Planet 2, to be released in early 2010.
Gundam Senki (aka Gundam Battlefield Record 0081), already released
Winning Eleven, aka Pro Evolution Soccer (PES), is very popular in Hong Kong as people here are really into football.
People trying out various PSP games on these Christmas tree-shaped booths, with some just released like Gundam vs Gundam NEXT PLUS, and some not yet released like Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
18+ Game section - pretty self-explanatory. The games in this section are shown below.
God of War III, to be released in March
Assassin's Creed II, already released
Rogue Warrior, already released
Heavy Rain, to be released in February. The style of gameplay is rather unusual, and it's like an interactive story to me.
Alien vs Predator, to be released in February. Oh and by the way, the guy on the last picture is soon to be left with just his head and his spine hanging down after I took this picture.
Looks like a Miku cosplay to me
Modern Warfare 2 on PC
Some 3D effects on trial, but it didn't seem to work too well for me when I tried the goggles on.
Overall, the whole convention isn't bad, and there are quite a lot of PS3 games for one to try out, including several unreleased ones. Again Sony takes up a huge part of the convention (Microsoft's XBOX 360 did not seem to take part here), and other areas, which focus more on online games, are less of my interest. But it's still not bad just to browse around the PS3 sections which are plentiful.
I did go to the one the year before too, but that was not worth mentioning. Again only the PS3 section was good to look around, but was not as big and the other areas are even less interesting. So it's good to see a significant improvement this time round, since I was about to give up going to this year's convention.
There will be one around this time next year too. If Asia Game Show keeps up the effort like this year, then there's still a chance for me to come back for it next time :o
P.S. Will be back to polish this post some time later.
Photo Album: Asia Game Show 2009