Waiting Game: Tokyo Game Show 2012

After my first cosplay at Comiket 82, I guess it was no surprise to have fellow cosplayer friends ask me to join them at Tokyo Game Show. As I didn’t expect to have any costume in preparation ready by then, and could hardly justify being an anime character like Miketsukami at a gaming event, I said I’ll gladly go take photos of them, but I won’t be able to dress up at the event this year.

Although this excuse might have been reasonable, my next statement was stupid: “At least, not wearing a costume will allow me to play more games.”

Insert your biggest laugh here.

Arriving at the venue, located in Chiba, out of Tokyo, quickly reminded me how going to Tokyo Game Show as part of the public to play games is an expectation too high for many attendees. The general public doesn’t go there to play games — the people go there to get freebies from their favourite game makers, take photos of booth girls, see cosplayers, and watch trailers that’ll be available online, for anyone to view them at their comfort at home, right after the show.

Even buying, or should I say “reserving,” tickets online to save time and money was questionable. Saving 16% off the tickets sold on location was good, but having to wait because of their lack of organisation was not. The organisers managed to make me wait extra longer before I made them search for my ticket, after which they realised they gave it to someone else.

Fortunately, the growing pains somewhat faded away at the sight of the banner at the entrance.

Bandai Namco, Tecmo Koei, Sega, Konami, Capcom, Sony, Square Enix… The large players of the industry were all at the Nintendo-free event again. This year, there was an increasing attention given to mobile gaming, with large spaces for developers of mobile gaming platforms and games like Gree and Gloops. The familiar big names were also giving more showcase space to their mobile ventures.

Since mobile games were not the main attraction to the event, despite the space they occupied, it was easy for people to try many titles without waiting in line. As I wasn’t willing to wait hours on end at each booth, they were the only games I got to try. Those I played were by Sony, running on their smartphones and tablets. One of particular interest, Kaikan Ashitsubo Massage, had for mission to give a good rub on the legs of a girl wearing a skirt and a pair of stockings. The score was determined on how good she felt and how much you brought out of the pervert within.

It was nice being there, but I really think Tokyo Game Show should be about playing games rather than just watching them and waiting in line. But this is Japan, I guess. That said, perhaps it’d be best to go there as a member of the press next time, if I can manage to register as a reporter. This, plus doing my own cosplay. What a killer combo that would be.

Let’s hope my attempt to get the most out of Tokyo Game Show will succeed next year.

Ryū ga Gotoku 5: Yume Kanaeshi Mono, a.k.a. Yakuza 5, is an upcoming game by Sega due this year.

Sega was showing off their mobile games under the label Sega Apps.

Presenting Need for Speed: Most Wanted to be released later this year.

Chun Li, Ryu, and Cammy of Street Fighter. The cat in Ryu’s belt is just a fan.

My friend Yuuchi cosplaying as Homura Akemi of Madoka Magica. The anime series got its feet on the PSP with Madoka Magica Portable by Namco Bandai, released earlier this year.

I heard Luigi was kicked out by Nintendo for taking drugs. While he’s in rehab, he came at TGS to play some Tekken.