2007 Tokyo Game Show - Heaven on Earth for Gamers
With exhibitors from 51 countries showing off software, hardware and over 700 game titles from a record 1,708 booths, the 2007 Tokyo Game Show is definitely the place to be for gamers, geeks and gadget lovers for whom nothing beats something new!
The annual Tokyo Game Show is to gaming and gear what the Detroit Auto Show is to all things auto: the place where designers, developers and manufacturers show off their best & brightest new offerings.
This year's show takes place at the huge Makuhari Messe complex in Japan's Chiba prefecture just east of Tokyo and runs for 4 action-packed days from September 20 through 23. Hardware, software, new games and cool gear was not only on display, but presented in "hands on" testing booths so that excited game geeks & geekettes could get the feel of the hardware for free.
As always, Japanese manufacturers used the 2007 Tokyo Game Show to bring out their best on their home turf. Among the highlights were the new PlayStation Portables from Sony Computer Entertainment, decked out in pastel, girl-friendly shades to appeal to the gaming world's fast-growing female customer sector.
What's a show without a show? For overly housebound geeks and otaku, game shows are a great chance to see real women live and in the flesh - and the 2007 Tokyo Game Show featured dozens of scantily clad booth girls, many dressed up in the cosplay clothing so in vogue among gaming cognoscenti.
As for the products and games, a quick look at the highlights include the eagerly awaited rumble-enabled PS3 controllers from Sony, new games such as Metal Gear Solid 4 and Burnout Paradise designed with rumble support, plus a wide range of udates and upgrades to existing products.
About 180,000 are expected to pay 1200 yen (around $10.50) each to attend the event, which is seen by many as a crucial test of the abilities of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Microsoft Corp. to make up ground on gaming industry leader Nintendo Co. while lesser players Namco, Konami and Sega all scramble for their piece of the spotlight. If there's a gamer's heaven on earth, the 2007 Tokyo Game Show is where it's at!
Japanese Innovations Writer