Before you think I’ve gone off my rocker to start talking about musicians that are popular worldwide, this post has nothing to do with Lady Gaga. It just so happens that for whatever reason, they decided to call the latest amusement trade show that has taken place in China GAGA 2012. That has not made it easy to sort out from among some completely unrelated content but finally I have something to share.
The GAGA Expo took place between the 15th-17th in Panyu Guangzhou Ying Star China. GAGA apparently stands for “Guangzhou Panyu Animation & Game Association” [Website]. I haven’t been able to figure out quite yet everything that was there and there often are surprises found at these shows, like the 3D Street Fighter IV machines, the Angry Birds arcade machine and Plants Vs. Zombies cabinets we saw last year. Manufacturers that are supposed to have been there include Sega, Konami, Wahlap and IGS.
Wahlap has provided a decent update of what they had to show off. First is a game called Top Star. From what I can tell, it looks like it’s trying to be ReRave but with a cabinet that isn’t too far off from what you generally see from these rhythm games in China with the base located under the feet.
Also at the Wahlap booth was Konami’s latest entry into their soccer game series Winning Eleven.I am surprised that a stronger push hasn’t been made for soccer games out West as even in the US it seems that the sport has gained popularity in recent years and it’s popular pretty much worldwide.
Wahlap’s flagship racing game which we saw last year at IAAPA 2011 in Orlando was there but in greater numbers, the Ridge Racer-esque Storm Racer.
I’ve found a few videos from the event, mostly focusing on the rhythm games that were on hand, which were pretty much elaborate rip-offs of games Konami has done. Even when the games are rip-offs at the very least I have to hand it to some of these companies for making really nice booths that are much more of a spectacle then we see with the US shows.
Focus on the DrumMania clone:
And focus on the Jubeat clone:
For the moment this is all I can manage to find but if/when more comes along I’ll be giving it a post.