|GC 2008 - First Impressions|
|Posted: 20.08.2008 23:50 by||Comments: 5|
First held in 2002, the Leipzig Games Convention (or ‘GC’ if you’re trendy) is generally considered one of the biggest games events in the world. It is rivalled only by the Tokyo Games show, and is always held in the Leipzig Messe Convention Centre in Germany. Since its inception, the GC has gone from strength to strength, with last year’s total numbers being around 200,000 visitors, Journalists, Exhibitioners and Professionals. Coupled with the separate Developers Conference (GDGC), and it has grown even bigger then E3.
What I didn’t know was where my bag with all my clothes was. The UK being the epitome of humour that it is, some bright spark down at baggage handling thought it would be funny to simply not put my bag on the flight with me to Germany. Still, I had my appointment book – the ‘Bible’ of Leipzig if you will, and I had my laptop so all was well. I may have smelt like hobo, but at least I could do my job.
The Leipziger Messe itself is an impressive structure. Built in 1995, it is still very ‘state of the art’, and totally at ease with the Modern Era. It has 5 halls, plus two business centres and a central hub to connect it all. Located deep in the heart of East Germany, the centre is ideally poised to bring both prestige and revenue to the surrounding area. The GC is one of the biggest annual events to grace the Messe, and organizers utilize all of the centre’s Halls to host the show, filling them with demo booths, stages, and women that are way to fine to hang around with the likes of us.
Still, it is literally the boy in the proverbial candy store, and I loved every minute of it. Well, I say every minute, there was about 5 minutes between the hours of 2 and 3pm where I was rather annoyed due to a lazy PR agent, but it was sorted pretty swiftly. PR can be really nice sometimes you know.
To kick things off, I started off my day by attending the EA Press Conference. It may not have been to the scale of Don Matrick or Jack Tretton, but it was still pretty cool.
By the end of the day, I had picked up some free stuff, gotten lost several times, ogled some very nice women, and generally knackered myself out trundling from one place to the next. Still, I went back to my hotel a wiser man, so the rest of the conference should go quite smoothly. Maybe.
Stay tuned through-out this week for a stream of coverage coming directly from my laptop, bringing you the latest previews and news on all of the titles on show at the Leipzig GDC. (Provided the non-existent internet at the convention centre proves to be slightly more…existent.) Also a more complete editorial piece of my experience at Leipzig will be coming sometime next week. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed playing them… well, most of them. For now, this is Joe Robinson signing off.
Oh look, my bag has turned up.