Gamescom 2013 has taken over the gaming world for the past couple of days, but the gaming conference has also seen some large numbers, too. Last year, Gamescom had an attendance of 275,000 people compared to this year, where over 340,000 people came to check out the gaming goodies.
Gamescom 2012's numbers could be blamed on the lack of attendance from Microsoft and Nintendo, and this year's numbers can be attributed to the nearly-here next-gen consoles. The 340,000 attendees is a nice 23% increase from 2012's numbers, with 635 exhibitors from over 40 countries in attendance compared to last year with just 600 attendees.
What has been your favorite news from Gamescom this year? Let us know in the comments.
I've always wanted to attend QuakeCon, but that's what you get when you live in Australia. Well, the organizers of the event have unveiled the lineup of tournaments, which includes Quake Live and Doom.
There will be tournaments divided into three categories, up first we have the Intel Quake Live Duel Invitational Master, which will pit known professionals and top Quake Live competitors against each other in an exclusive tournament. We will have up to 32 of the world's best Quake Live players competing for $18,000 in prize money, with competitors being hand-picked by event organizers.
The second competition will be a Quake Live Clan Arena 3v3 tournament, which is open to all. Up to 32 teams will participate in a single elimination bracket, with the top two teams duking it out in the grand finals. There will be $6,000 up for grabs in this tournament.
Formerly known as Gaymercon, this year's GaymerX gaming conference will be taking place during the third and fourth of August in San Francisco. For those who have never heard of the event, it is a gaming conference that focuses in on the gamers within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The official site describes GaymerX as a "weekend of fun and socializing," suggesting that "until now, there has never been a safe space for LGBT geeks and their friends to come together, discuss LGBT theory in games as a community, and party as one."
This year's conference was funded by a Kickstarter Campaign that raised over $90,000. The event promoter says that the conference will feature booths, panels, and demos provided by large game publishing houses such as EA games. Microsoft will also be in attendance showing off its upcoming Xbox One console. LGBT rights groups such as GLAAD and The Trevor Project will be out in full force as well.
At the time of publishing, over 2000 tickets have been sold and the event organizers say that more will be sold at the door. Tickets are priced between $45 and $60 and there are red carpet VIP tickets available for the small price tag of $135 per person. We here at TweakTown would like to give a shout out to all our Gayming friends in the LGBT community, and wish you a fun and exciting GaymerX!
Like all of the other key players in the tech industry, Samsung has decided to begin holding an annual developers conference in the US. This morning, Samsung announced that it would be holding its own DevCon in San Francisco this October. The company has just launched a teaser site that allows interested parties to sign up to be notified when registration officially opens.
Samsung is billing the conference as a cross-platform, cross-product event in which the company will cover topics such as Android, TouchWiz UI, and Tizen, the up and coming alternative mobile phone OS developed by Samsung. Samsung says that DevCon will be an opportunity to engage with industry leaders and learn about new Samsung Tools and SDKs. DevCon will be held on October 27-29. If you are interested in attending Samsung DevCon 2013, you can head over to the signup page at Source #2.
I have been to CES, Dragoncon, The Southeast Linux Festival, the WPPI Expo, and many other conventions over the years, but the one that has managed to evade me is the San Diego Comic-Con. SDCC is the mecca for geeks of all flavors--especially comic book fans--but over the years, it has become the premier showcase for cosplay fans to gather and live their dream of being their favorite superhero.
I won't pretend and say that I want to go for the comic books; my entire motive to attend is to see all of the fantastic makers who have spent hundreds and thousands of hours designing and building their costumes from scratch. One of my biggest guilty pleasures is browsing the hundreds of galleries that pop up from Comic-Con every year. Fortunately for me and you, this year Tested's Norm Chan has posted a full gallery of over 800 cosplay photos that he took during SDCC.
The gallery contains some of the best cosplay I have ever seen and I am so pumped up that I am making it my goal to attend SDCC next year come hell or high water. Head over to link #2 and check out the full gallery and if you spot someone you know, send an email to Norm letting him know the person's name and include the image number as he is trying to name everyone pictured in the gallery. The images above are provided courtesy of Tested.com
It looks like Microsoft are set to host a press conference at Gamescom, which opens up in Cologne, Germany next month. This would mark the first time the Redmond giant has held a press conference at Gamescom since 2005.
CVG are behind the report, citing unnamed sources who have said that "organizers and third party" studios have spoke of the plans of a one-hour long conference based around the Xbox One. Back in May of this year, Xbox EMEA Social Marketing Manager, Graeme Boyd, tweeted: "Xbox will be back at Gamescom this August. Next chapter of Xbox gaming experiences on show."
Microsoft in the UK have released a statement to CVG, where they said: "We're excited to be back at Gamescom this year but we're not announcing any further details on our plans at this time. Please stay tuned for more details."
Our latest poll had over 2,000 people who answered, "What new stuff are you most excited to see at Computex Taipei 2013?"
I guess given that a large number of men make up our TweakTown audience profile, it's not so much of a surprise that booth babes took the win here with 26% of the votes.
In a close second place was GPU's and video cards with 21% of the votes, and third place quite a way behind was CPU's with 12% of the votes. The rest of the categories were all fairly closely batched together.
Computex Taipei 2013 - And like that, it's all over for another year. The entire TweakTown crew have been working around the clock bringing you the best Computex 2013 coverage, and we hope you've loved it as much as we have.
We all had a sit down and discussed the last couple of awards for our Best of Computex 2013 that needed to be given out and they were some of the hardest we've had to do yet! The three categories we wanted to leave until last was the laptop/tablet, technology and gadget. We've updated our Awards and Winners page and think you should check it out!
Here's a little tease though, we're all gushing over ASUS' new 4K monitor.
Computex Taipei 2013 - We've been making these Computex Taipei 2013 Booth Babes videos for some time again, and we didn't forget again this year.
Thanks to all the lovely and friendly ladies (and man) for posing on camera for us once again!
Computex Taipei 2013 - While not officially started yet, Computex has well and truly kicked off today with us taking a look around the hall at Nangang and checking out a couple of press conferences. Heading around to the lovely Taipei 101 area we found ourselves at Marquee for the Corsair and Intel OC Main Event which bought together some of the best overclockers in the world for a grand total of $20,000 US.
Starting in the afternoon overclockers had the chance to compete in a number of areas for cash prizes ranging from $1,000 - $5,000. The drinks and LN2 where flowing all afternoon and as the event came to a close at 5pm local time we saw Andre and TL take a massive 8 out of the 11 areas out which included Super Pi 1M, PiFast, wPrime 32m, wPrime 1024m, Aquamark 3, 3DMark 01, 3DMark 11 Performance and 3Dmark Firestrike Extreme.
Computex Taipei 2013 - We truly donned our stealth skills today at Nangang in Taipei, where we saw something very cool at the Western Digital booth. I walked past it once, and had to go back to capture it, as it looks like its a sports car, or more precisely, a Formula One car.
What could WD be doing with something like that at WD? I truly don't know, but you can bet your bottom dollar we will be capturing it ourselves at the event tomorrow. Please do leave some comments on what you think it could be? Yes, it may be a car, but what are WD going to do with the car that is associated with storage?
Open your calendar, and find June 10, put a huge cross in it because Apple are planning their keynote speech at their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) for June 10. The keynote will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Apple haven't announced that they are going to stream the event live or not, but we should expect that, as they did so last October when they introduced the iPad mini and new iMacs to the world. We should expect iOS 7 to be shown off, as well as the next iteration of OS X. WWDC runs between 10-14 June, with tickets selling out in just two minutes this year.
New head of Android says Google I/O will be about services this year, not devices or operating systems
Sundar Pichai, the new head of Android, has said that Google will focus on "all of the kinds of things we're doing for developers" at Google I/O this year. During an interview with Wired, the head of Android, who is also at the wheel of Chrome, has said that now isn't the time that Google has "much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system".
Pichai talked about a bunch of subjects, touching on Android updates, Google's relationship with Samsung, Facebook Home and the challenges of managing two operating systems:
- On the relationship between Chrome and Android: "Android and Chrome are both large, open platforms, growing very fast. I think that they will play a strong role, not merely exist. I see this as part of friendly innovation and choice for both users and developers."
- On Facebook Home: "It's exciting that Facebook thought of Android first in this case. Android was intended to be very customizable. And we welcome innovations. As for the specific product, my personal take on it is that time will tell."
Google I/O is just weeks away, and now the Mountain View-based everythings giant have posted their session schedule for the conference. Google I/O takes place over three days, and will cover multiple Google products and services.
The sessions include Android, Chrome & Apps, Google+, Google Cloud Platform, Google Maps and YouTube. I'm sure we'll see some products unveiled, where I'm hoping for a new Nexus smartphone, and the teased Nexus 11 tablet. Here's hoping to a better look at Google Glass, and hopefully the next iteration (and hopefully next-gen) Android.
There's been talk that the next piece of Android to arrive won't be Android 5.0 "Key Lime Pie" but another iteration of Jelly Bean, which will arrive as Android 4.3.
Not only will Nintendo not be holding a press conference during this years E3, but Valve won't be, either. It's not like Valve had a huge history of hosting events, but with Steam Box being talked about, most thought we'd see some action at E3 2013.
ValveTime posted the above tweet, a screencap from an e-mail from Valve's vice president of marketing, Doug Lombardi. Lombardi states that Valve will be not exhibiting at E3 this year, and leaves it at that.
Acer's first global launch for the year is happening in New York City on May 3, where the company are going to have a demonstration on "how Acer is designing the best touch experiences in the industry."
This could really be anything, from a new Windows 8-based product, or an entirely new smartphone or tablet we haven't heard about yet. Acer are one of the stronger Microsoft partners, so we should expect a Windows 8 PC - or maybe this could be the world's first tease of Windows Blue?
Registrations for Microsoft's upcoming BUILD conference are now open, with the first 500 registrations scoring a nice $500 off of the price of admission. The BUILD conference will take place on June 26-28 at The Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.
The three-day event will see sessions held on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Blue and a bunch of other topics. The Redmond-based software giant are also hosting a hackathon that starts the night before, at 7pm. Attendees can work by themselves, or team up to build apps from scratch using Windows, Windows Phone or Windows Azure, where they can win prizes.
We should also see the Windows 8 update codenamed Windows Blue to be shown off at BUILD, with the unveiling of the update to Windows 8 reportedly set to be the only public preview of the OS before it is ready for public consumption later in the year.
Our latest poll had over 4,300 people who answered, "What are you most likely to buy? (new CES 2013 products)".
We saw rather mixed results with the most votes by a small margin going to the option of a new 4k UHD television. In second place, again by a small margin, was Valve's upcoming Steam Box.
In a split third place, we saw a new desktop computer and new upcoming smartphone, were also popular options.
Taipei Game Show 2013 - Yesterday we hit the halls of the Nangang exhibition center for Taipei Game Show 2013. It was a little sad to see that the show was smaller than usual with big names such as Microsoft and Nintendo not in attendance.
Other big names such as Razer, Sony and Tt eSPORTS were at the show and were excited about the event. Talk around the show floor had some concerned about the smaller size of the event this year. Nevertheless, it's not a trade show that TweakTown attends without what I guess now is considered as the obligatory booth babe video.
So, for your viewing pleasure... check out the embedded video above. Even booth ladies were down this year. And for our female audience, we tried for you, but there were no male models at the show, at all. Next time!
CES 2013 - This year's Consumer Electronics Show has started off with a bang, which we began our coverage with NVIDIA's CES 2013 Special Event.
NVIDIA started off with a limp, but began to gain steam as the night went on. We heard about how powerful the PC industry is, and how cloud computing is the current, and next big thing. NVIDIA GRID was shown off, which sports more than 200 TFLOPS of power thanks to the 240 NVIDIA GPUs inside, where CEO of NVIDIA stated that it had the power of around 720 x Xbox 360s. NVIDIA also showed off their new Tegra 4 SoC which is seriously powerful - sporting a quad-core processor and 72 GPU cores. Lastly, we also heard something that came out of the blue - Project Shield, a portable gaming device. You can read more on our coverage from the NVIDIA CES 2013 Special Event right here.
While waiting to get into the NVIDIA CES 2013 Special Event as well as myself waiting to watch the live webcast, get ready for some huge announcements from NVIDIA. What could we see?
I'm sure NVIDIA will take the stage and hopefully show off some next-gen Tegra 4 SoC gear, or maybe a tease of an upcoming new product we haven't heard of yet? Keep coming back as we're going to be reporting this live as it happens.