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Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be able to attend Korea’s (and one of Asia’s) biggest Video Game Expos: G-Star.
The event is held yearly in Busan, and since Busan isn’t that far away from Daegu, it sounded too good to ignore. I got on the cheapest train I could find and 2 hours (and an interesting train ride during which one Korean kid kept telling me “Welcome to Korea” and his classmates discussed the scenes portrayed on my t-shirt) later I was in Busan on my way to BEXCO, the exhibition center where G-Star 2014 was to take place.
To be honest, I wasn’t that well informed about what to expect, so I was blown away when I saw the amount of people queuing up to buy tickets. What I expected to take maybe 10 minutes ended up taking almost an hour, but the weather was surprisingly mild for this time of year and I had some delicious food to keep me busy.Once inside, we didn’t have time to marvel at the size of the place, because the main event of the day – a special Starcraft Brood War match – was about to begin. We managed to keep our cameras holstered long enough to make it to the large stage where the mini competition would take place, and found some nice seats from where to watch the battles unfold.
Because I’d seen how huge the place was though, and how huge some of the lines were, I decided to leave before the finals started in order to have enough time to look around and see everything this amazing place had to offer. This was the first real Games Convention I’d visited, apart from the Indievelopment Conference I attended in Amsterdam last year, so I was super excited to get into the thick of it.
There were a surprising amount of companies present, from small indie devs from Korea to slightly more well known companies like Oculus to behemoths like Sony and Nexon. Nintendo and Microsoft were oddly missing, which might be another hint of the Korean market not being especially friendly to either (and especially MS). Another surprise was the presence of EA, with a humble little booth tucked in between two Korean mobile dev’s booths, showing off nothing but their new Sim City mobile game. In true EA fashion even us visitors weren’t able to play the game for a very long time until it started pestering us about buying coins to hurry up construction. Very classy, EA.The scale of some of the stages was overwhelming, and it really felt like I was at an event that actually mattered, even though I’m pretty sure no interesting announcements have been made here.
The main point of this convention was to show new games and apps to the public, so you were able to play anything you wanted to as long as you were willing to stand in line long enough. Most of the larger companies even threw in a little extra reward in the form of swag bags containing little widgets related to their games or brand. Unfortunately, most of the lines were extremely long and I only managed to get my hands on a nice Nexon bag. I did manage to play a few cool games though, including Sony’s Until Dawn and Bloodborne, an indie FPS which let you control the entire game through a gun peripheral and some handheld games.
There’s one thing that I haven’t mentioned yet, and that’s something SO video game-y that it shouldn’t be lacking from any video game conference.
Did you guess what it is?
Beautiful girls in incredibly short skirts, of course!
Because nothing says ‘Video Games’ more than some hot chick wearing an ‘NCSoft’ tattoo.
All in all I had an amazing day, and I wouldn’t mind coming back again next year to visit for maybe 2 days so I’ll be able to actually play more of the games on display. In the near future though I will be visiting Comic World, also in Busan, so that’s something to look forward to as well :3