I’ve been getting a lot of crap from people about the fact that the last few LFTDs have been centralized around the events we’ve been attending, and for the most part it’s because being involved with the planning and then attending these shows more or less takes over a good chunk of my life. The last couple of weeks and months we’ve been architecting our assault on Tokyo Game Show, which is the last really big show of the year. And for the last few days, there’s been a number of us finalizing into the wee hours of the evening what I believe is one of the best schedules I’ve seen for this show in a long time.
The timing of this show pretty much destroys the space time continuum, and I suggest you adjust your clocks because Tokyo is 16 hours ahead into the future! Perhaps download some widget thingamabob to get on Tokyo time to be ready for our non-stop Tokyo coverage! Or just click here if you’re lazy sauce.
Even though the actual show doesn’t begin until Thursday of next week, our Japan coverage will start trickling back on Sunday. We’ll be scouring the game shops and arcades for the latest and greatest, and then we’ve got some surprise studio visits and game events happening on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well. It should be a little busy before the show even starts.
Then bang, Thursday the doors open to the Makuhari Messe, and everything begins with our live blog of Kaz Hirai’s keynote speech. Since Sony’s big kahuna told the world at GamesCom in Germany our next glimpse of their PlayStation motion control technology would appear at TGS, we’re hoping to see how developers will implement the tech in their games. All the while our other team members will be hitting the show floor and behind closed doors appointments and getting their game on – and there’s a lot to be excited about.
From Metal Gear Solid: Peacewalker, White Knight Chronicles, Gran Turismo 5, The Last Guardian, Final Fantasy XIII, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, Pixel Junk Shooter, Dead Rising 2, Red Steel 2, a few Microsoft surprises and much more, we’re giddy with anticipation. And that’s without the surprise announcements and games we don’t know about yet. Plus we’ve got heaps and heaps of interviews with the industries top developers. Needless to say, next week G4tv.com will be flooded with Tokyo Game Show love.
Those who have followed my exploits for the last few years know that I have a love for Japan that is unending. I don’t know what it is about the country, but it’s always sort of felt like home to me there. There’s a number of people from G4 that are going this year that haven’t been before, and it’s always a trip to see their wide eyed expressions, and see what each of them think of a place that’s always held a big place in my heart.
While I found it funny when I put the monthly calendars on my wall I sort of laughed when I wrote the Tokyo Game Show dates - because at that time it seemed so far away - 8 months sure goes fast here. Although I’m a little sad that Tokyo Game Show marks the end of the big show season, this show should be a pretty sweet finale. Our coverage begins Sunday…after a heaping plate of curry katsu, of course.