Games Convention ends with new visitor record

Europe's biggest show for interactive entertainment, the Games Convention, ended its four-day on Sunday after attracting a record number of visitors.

Games Convention ends with new visitor record
Europe's biggest show for interactive entertainment, the Games Convention, ended its four-day on Sunday after attracting a record number of visitors.

A total of 185,000 attended the exhibition, 2,000 more than last year but fewer than the 200,000 the organizers had set as a target.

But the number of trade visitors was up from 8,700 to 12,300, with 43 per cent of them coming from abroad, giving the show a greater international flair, a spokesman said.

Some 503 exhibitors from 31 countries displayed their latest products, among them the video game to The Simpsons movie, Intel's high-performance Core 2 Extreme X7900 processor and the designer version of Microsoft's Xbox 360.

This year also saw exhibitors setting their sights on new target groups such as women and older gamers. Twenty per cent of the visitors were women, while more than half were above the age of 20.

Industry behemoths such as Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo were all present along with software specialists Electronic Arts and newcomers to the scene like Intenium.

Unlike its US counterpart, the Los Angeles fair E3, the Games Convention warmly welcomed enthusiasts, and manufacturers did all they could to make their stands appeal to ordinary gamers.

Flesh-and-blood heroes emerged from the screens in the form of actors playing the warriors, space explorers and gaming icons such as Lara Croft.

Microsoft's GC stand took the form of a spacious park including trees, lawn and fences. The Nintendo stand, by contrast, was minimalist, decorated in wall-to-wall white.

Sony pushed its PlayStation as the leisure device not only for all ages but also for every moment of the day. The Sony stand had a mocked-up living room as well as a bathroom.

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Last Mod: 27 Ağustos 2007, 11:20
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