Otakus, Maid coffee shops, Cosplay restaurants! – Tokyo’s Akihabara is said to be the “Mecca” of video games and manga. The electronic district is not onlyorigin of a Japanese subculture, but also a popular tourist magnet.
The Australian Yasemin Arslan aka Vera Chimera is passionate cosplayer and tells us a bit about her experiences in this interview.
In the world of video games, Bachir Boumaaza might be better known as Athene. The professional gamer achieved eight world records and runs a Youtube channel with over 700,000 subscribers together with his friends. Since this turned out to be a lucrative business, Boumaaza decided to get involved socially in return and is now as successful with this as in the digital world.
Current video games are fast, have great graphics and often complex storylines. The designer Ishac Bertran took a different path and developed Slow Games. One move a day – that is the frequency of the game.
20 years – this is the new age, which the German Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body (Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle/USK) now reached themselves. Founded in 1994 the USK now celebrates their 20th birthday. In all those years USK has conducted more than 37,000 classification procedures in terms of legal protection for children and young persons and tagged with their in Germany famous age rating labels for the age categories USK 0, 6, 12, 16 and 18.
Over 34 million Germans play digital games. Gamers are of all ages, education background and income classes. As the German Trade Association of Interactive Entertainment Software (BIU) announced, 20 percent of regular gamers are older than 50 years.
Games have made it into mainstream of society and more and more game types for a variety of gaming interests are developed. An example are Serious Games.
At this year’s gamescom industry party fundraising for the Non-Profit “Gaming-Aid e.V.” was part of the fun. In total money and goods of a value of round about 3,000 Euro were donated. Party guests were able to buy lottery tickets and special gambling tokens and use these at various slot machines to win one of many great prizes. The collected money of the lottery ticket and gambling token sale was now donated to the non-profit organization. Furthermore the organization receives all prizes that were left over at the end of the night, so that they can put them up for an auction and hopefully make a good profit.
Adventure games, everyone still knows them from school, strengthen confidence, courage as well as the ability to communicate with each other to achieve shared goals. The prosocial impact of these games is accepted in the field of education. But can this effect be transferred to the more and more realistic console and online games when played in a cooperative mode?
With an exceptionally strong innovative drive the gaming industry pushes the boundaries of hard- and software every year. The industry has become one of the most significant ones in the entertainment sector. The industry generated 2.65 billion Euros in sales – and this is just in Germany. At the same time the music industry only made 1.12 billion Euros in 2013. Accordingly the gaming industry presents their novelties every year at gamescom, the world’s largest trade fair and event highlight for interactive games.
However, amongst all the state of the art technology some outdated tech is celebrated in hall 10.2, which does not need any light show or entertaining hosts to excite: the exhibition Retro Gaming. On 1,300 square meters plenty of associations, projects and private collectors once more showed the history of computer games. Visitors were able to marvel at dozens of game consoles, computers, handheld devices and gaming machines of the last four decades. Some of the highlights were classics like Commodore 64, Amiga and Atari 2600. We would like to take this opportunity to take you on a little time travel through the history of video games.
Various studies show that video games can improve motor skills and build up a good social behavior. But they can do even more: More and more people state opinions that games can help overcome diseases and make sad people happier. We have investigated these opinions and found out about Dr. Jane McGonigal. Being a game designer, she is convinced that computer games can help people living a better life.