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A photography blog about Tokyo, run by Australian photographer Rohan Gillett

Tokyo Game Show 2017

Business Day for the Tokyo Game Show 2017 was very big.  I play computer games, but I’m not really that knowledgeable about them, so I just walked around, took pictures of models and cosplayers, watched people play games and various stage events and thought about buying a PlayStation 4 as Call of Duty:  WWII looked very good and very fun.  I really need to pick up one of those consoles, one day.

The PlayStation 4 Call of Duty: World War II Limited Edition console

TGS always has a lot of stage events and this year one of the companies brought along something different – wrestling, Japanese style.  If you never seen wrestling in Japan, you should as it is quite entertaining.  They had both female and male matches.  The wrestlers were very athletic and extremely fun to watch.

These wrestlers really put on a good performance at TGS 2017

One thing I was a little disappointed with was World of Tanks/  They seemed to have downsized again.  They had a big booth, but, I couldn’t see any big tanks on display this year.  In previous years the combination of models with tanks always brought a horde of photographers to the booth, so it was a little sad not to see that this year.  They’ve had mock-ups of the WW2 O-Ho Japanese tank and the smaller Type 95 tank, but on Business Day 2017 - nothing.  I’m not sure if that is a reflection on the state of the game, but it was a real pity that there was nothing for me to photograph.  Maybe something might change when the public attends on Saturday and Sunday.

Early in the day and the crowds were already there

Maybe a good thing for the gaming industry was there were definitely more PC and console games on display than mobile phone games.  The Sony Xperia booth was big, but other than that I thought smart games were very limited in number at TGS 2017.  The other thing that also showed growth was VR gaming which is a trend I think we know that is going to grow and grow.

One of the VR shooting games at Tokyo Game Show 2017

Unfortunately, I can’t go on either of the public holidays which is a shame as usually there are a lot more models working on those days.  I’ve never attended the whole four days of the event and I’m very keen to be able to do that.  Hopefully next year.

Even though it does have those crowds, the Tokyo Game Show is a great event.  If you love gaming, of any type, you really should visit it at least once in your life.  Luckily though, it will return in 2018.  You can see the 2017 website here.  And if you did go to the show, please let us know what you thought of it by leaving a note below!