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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - by Thomas De Maesschalck
DV Hardware went to the premiere of Gamescom, a new video game expo that took place in Cologne, Germany from August 19th to August 23rd, 2009. In 2020, Gamescom is not only a PC but also a mobile (iOS & Android) app game expo. Gamescom is the unofficial successor of Games Convention, a popular fair that was held in Leipzig until last year. Even though the folks in Leipzig aren't too happy about it, Europe's biggest gaming trade show is now hosted by Koelnmesse in Cologne which offers a total of 120,000 square meters of exhibition space. Not only is there more room for exhibitors and business meetings, but Koelnmesse also has the advantage that it's easier to reach for international visitors.
Gamescom can be seen as a multi-day game festival for teens and young adults, during the day you can try out all the latest PC and console games at Gamescom, in the evening there are music events (see Gamescom Festival) and other activities in Cologne and at night gamers can sleep at gamescomCamp, a camping on the banks of the Rhine river - it's about a ten minutes walk from the North entrance of Koelnmesse. The gamescomCamp provides a camp/fair combi-ticket with cheap accommodation, an outdoor chill-out zone with campfire, an action area, free drinks & snacks, and free WiFi access.
A total of 458 exhibitors from 31 countries were present at the first edition of Gamescom, and over 150 game premieres were presented to eager gamers. The first edition was a big success, around 245,000 visitors came to Gamescom, making it the largest games fair in the world. In this pictorial, I'm going to give you a taste of the general atmosphere and experience at Gamescom with lots of photos of the booths, games, and more.
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Koelnmesse is a very big and modern exhibition space, unlike some other places I've visited in the past this exhibition ground is very clean and makes efficient use of natural light. Gamescom is easy to reach by public transport, the Messe has sufficient parking space and there are plenty of hotels in the vicinity.
One of the first things we noticed at Gamescom is that there were a lot of music games. There was a booth in which you could try out DJ Hero:
A big stage for DJ Hero and Guitar Hero:
A booth for Guitar Hero 5:
A stage for The Beatles: Rock Band
Yet another stage (LEGO Rock Band this time)
Some booths for private LEGO Rock Band sessions:
Karaoke game LIPS:
A big booth for Singstar:
And even more music...
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