America has E3, Japan has the Tokyo Game Show, but South Korea has G-Star, the biggest computer gaming expo in the world. PlayStation Universe was at the event this year to bring you action from the convention floor, and to show you some of the cool new computer games to hit the market, as well as some of our thoughts on the event.
Although we pride ourselves on bringing you awesome news and coverage on everything PlayStation, this event was a good insight into the gaming culture of South Korea, which is a predominantly computer-centered market. With this in mind, it was still an eye-opening experience to see the new games being developed for the computer gaming market as they were geared towards the three extremes of the Korean market: pro gaming, MMORPGs, and casual mobile games.
Koreans know how to party and the atmosphere at the Bexco convention center was electric as Blizzard, 2K, and Valve showed off some of their new games and expansions, as well as pro tournaments with huge cash prizes were being hosted at the same time. The booth babes were as gorgeous as ever, all showing off to electric music that flowed with the games they were advertising. Also, this was more than just a game show, but also a recruitment drive as over a dozen Korean universities were on hand to recruit future talent and train them in computer programming and game design.
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Written by - Dane Smith, Japan editor for PlayStation Universe. When not out on the streets of Nagoya wondering why no one is looking for a Yakuza-style showdown, he can be found cracking open the newest RPG to hit the shelves. You can follow him on Twitter or read some of his past musings.