So obviously, I went to TGS this weekend! From my apartment, it`s about a 45 minute walk. I went alone on Saturday, and got there a little after 9. On Sunday Erik joined me, and we got there about 8 to get a better place in line. The line, by itself, takes around 15 minutes to straight up walk it with no stopping. Seriously! I guess that`s what you get when you have 60,000 people in line.
This is a video of the line from where I was on Saturday
They started letting the line in about 9:30, and so around 10:15 I was in.
TGS is sort of like Disneyland for gamers - go into a GIANT building, wander around staring at the pretty lights, buy overpriced food & souveniers, and wait in line! Only instead of waiting for rides, you wait to play games. It was awesome. I`d take TGS over Disney any day. Also, when you go through a line and play a game, they almost always give you something when you leave, like a little cloth or a keychain or a poster or something. It`s a good practice, I think :D
Now, on to the games!
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I wandered around looking at things for a while before joining another line, so here are some random photos of things
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After wandering a bit, I got into a line for the new Prince of Persia game.
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I wandered around a bit, saw some cosplayers hanging around in the area between Halls. More on hem later though. The next place I went was to test-play the new Valkyrie Profile game for the DS.
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I took some more time to wander. They had a Chrono Trigger art museum, where you wandered through and saw some character art and scene stills from the old game in honor of the DS remake. Then I watched part of a Dead Rising Wii trailer which was pretty cool. There was a concert in the mall, and all the zombies were dancing, and the guy is singing when Frank West runs up and grabs the mic from him and starts singing, and while they fight over it the guitarists in the band start hitting the zombies with their guitars. Pretty funny. Also, they had made a life-sized Frank West statue to sit beside the line to play the Wii demo:
Yeah, it amused me. Pushbroom, lol.
That was basically it for Saturday - the game lines closed at four, so I returned home and awaited Sunday.
I got up and went to meet Erik at Kaihin Makuhari station, the station closest to Makuhari Messe. He got there around 7:40, so by 8am we were in line. We made it in just before 10, and off we went! I showed Erik around a little, and then we went and got in line for Phantasy Star Zero.
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Erik then got in line for Prince of Persia, and I ended up wandering around a bit and then getting in line for Mirror`s Edge.
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After that, I went and watched Last Remnant for a bit longer before Erik caught up to me. I never went in line for gameplay time with LR, but I spent some time on both Saturday and Sunday watching other people play, so I have a decent idea of what's going on.
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After that we went for some food at the food court, and explored that area, the third hall, a little. There were schools advertising at booths, stores for individual companies, and a kids area in addition to the food court. Nice, but Capcom was sold out of the shirt I wanted so I didn't bother going in to their store.
We then went back towards the first hall again to get in line for Star Ocean 4, but stopped to admire some cosplayers on the way. Japanese cosplayers > you. Accept it.
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And then, in a similar vein, we have... FORCED COSPLAY! For some reason Sega decided that it was going to force it's employees to dress up like characters from their games and stand around looking silly. I wonder how many resignations they got.
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Now the final thing we did on Sunday was play Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope.
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Ok, so now you get some pictures of the second building of TGS. It's split into three ridiculously huge buildings, and the first two have booths while the third has stores, kids corner, and food.
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Finally, a few extra videos!
A walk across half of Hall 1, including a part of the Street Fighter IV trailer
A walk across Hall 1 again, from the other side this time
A video of Hall 2
A video of the cosplay area
And, my swag!
On the right: TGS shirt & Towel; Yellow bird from Phantasy Star Zero; Tricell cloth from Biohazard 5; pink & blue cloths from Gyakuten Kenji; Capcom new releases special edition DVD; TGS stickers; Prince of Persia poster; Monster Hunter card game card; assorted fliers, from left to right:
Ubisoft fall lineup; CGWORLD graphics magazine; Biohazard: Degeneration flier; SNK fall lineup ads, includingKing of Fighters XII; Suikoden Tierkreis flier; Microsoft fall lineup booklet, and Capcom fall lineup booklet.
I missed getting a Squeenix booklet because there was a virtual feeding frenzy there - this poor squeenix guy was trying to wheel a cart with the booklets through the horribly crowded area between their booth and Capcom's, and the crowd descended upon him, snatching them up like they held the map to Atlantis. I'm surprised the guy didn't lose a limb.
So anyway, that was my TGS! Freaking awesome! Everyone should go.