Thursday, 19 August 2010
Gamescom 2010 Gets Started In Cologne
The European equivalent of E3 got underway in the German city of Cologne yesterday. At least five hundred invited guests were expected to attend the four day games and music event which will continue until the 22nd of August 2010.
The Gamescom tradeshow commenced yesterday evening at the Theater am Tanzbrunnen and was followed by a music concert featuring German Rock acts Revolverheld and Stanfour.
The official Gamescom Congress will take place later today at the Rheinsaal of Congress Centre North at Koelnmesse. The Congress is a free one-day event, whereby gaming industry representatives can meet and discuss current videogame and entertainment trends, and to showcase new ideas.
The games featured at the tradeshow are expected to include:
FIFA 11 (Electronic Arts)
Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (Square Enix)
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock (Activision Blizzard)
Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision Blizzard)
Rock Band 3 (MTV Games)
Once again at gamescom 2010, the BÄM! Award will be presented to the most popular computer games of the past year. The awards are based on online voting by more than 1.5 million gamers.
Participants in the voting were encouraged to pick their favorites in nine different categories. Some of this year's nominees include Dragon's Age: Origins, Uncharted 2, Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Proffessor Layton and Pandora's Box and FIFA 11
The winners in each catergory will be honoured with the coveted award at the Gloria Theater in Cologne on 20th August 2010. Hosting the evening event are MTV cornerstone Steve Blame and Katjuschka Altmann. One of the evening’s highlights will be the performance by games musician Chris Hülsbeck (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, among others).
The main congress will also be concluded by the Gamescom City Festival - a three-day free music event in the city of Cologne, which begins on the 20th August 2010. The music line-up will be coming from all over Germany.
The confirmed line-up now includes bands like: 2raumwohnung, Shout Out Louds, Max Herre, Aura Dione, Dúné, Clover, Roman Fischer, Ready, go!, Timid tiger, Olli Schulz, Daniel Benjamin, Samuel Harfst and Gold Hawks.
This year's Gamescom certainly promises a wide range of entertainment activities for all those involved. Please click here to visit the Official Gamescom website for more updated Gamescom information over the next few days.