It was a pretty crazy adventure for us here to get to Germany, and besides the lost baggage, taking the wrong train, and a mistake in our hotel reservations (we asked for a room with two single beds; instead, they gave us a double bed in a single room, and as this is being written, one of us is sleeping on the floor, the other, comfortably on the bed), the trip thus far has been pretty interesting and certainly exciting.
Today was the first day that Gamescom was open to the public, and boy was it crowded. It all started when we hopped on a train headed toward Cologne from Düsseldorf, as people inside the train were packed in like sardines. When we arrived, we witnessed the most people we’ve ever seen congregated in one location. To fully understand how truly humongous this convention is, there were 3 times as many people at Gamecom than at E3.
We were part of the OpenPandora booth, located in hall 10.1 F70, where we had a small station where we setup the RetroN 5. The OpenPandora guys were really cool and friendly, and it was really awesome to actually hang out with like minded people who we’ve never met before, but had a common interest in retro gaming.
It’s a known fact that the people Germany love David Hasselhoff. This was further strengthened by the fact that right next to the OpenPandora booth on display stood Kitt, the iconic 1982 black Pontiac Trans Am. We nerded out for a little bit, and while the grill of the car had the flashing red light and the dashboard lit up, we a were a little bit disappointed that “Kitt” didn’t talk.
We then proceeded to check out the remainder of the Retro Gaming Area, and were delighted to see that the scene was eerily reminiscent of the one we see at home in the US. To be able to witness all these people interact and mingle with one another was truly a beautiful sight, and that regardless of a difference in culture and language, the common bond of enjoying the classic games of the past were the ties that bound us together.
It was also great to see some familiar faces, as our good friends at Oculus VR were on hand to show off the Oculus Rift, this time with an improved HD screen. Needless to say, the scores of people waiting in line to try them out were pretty long, and who could blame them, as indeed, the Oculus Rift is such a cool way to play games.
Along our way, we managed to see some really cool booths, like the Coca Cola booth where we got to make Coke can with our names on it, as well as the Ender’s Game booth, where two female DJ’s were furiously spinning some hard hitting EDM music.
We’ll continue our coverage of us at Gamescom tomorrow, where we hope to meet a lot of our fans in Europe, as well as explore other convention halls to see what the remainder of 2013 has in store for the video game industry.