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Gamescom 2013 is a success, with a record attendance of over 340,000

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.

 

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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.

QuakeCon 2013 will include Quake Live and Doom tournaments, get your trigger finger ready

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.

 

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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.

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LGBT gaming conference "GaymerX" is set to take place on August 3 and 4

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."

 

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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!

Samsung will launch its own developers conference this October called Samsung DevCon

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.

 

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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.

Missed Comic-Con this year? No worries, because Tested.com has 800+ cosplay images to share

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.

 

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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

Microsoft to reportedly stage a Gamescom press conference, what should we expect?

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.

 

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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."

TweakTown Web Poll Results - Most excited about from Computex 2013

Our latest poll had over 2,000 people who answered, "What new stuff are you most excited to see at Computex Taipei 2013?"

 

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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.

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know... "Now you have the facts, which is your next-gen gaming console?" Let us know! Go here to vote!

TweakTown Best of Computex 2013 Awards and Winners now complete!

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.

 

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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.

Corsair and Intel kick off Computex with the world's best overclockers

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.

 

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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.

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