Here are some photos from this year's Taipei Game Show in...Taipei, Taiwan!Unlike China Joy on the mainland, TGS is consoles galore.
Shopkeeper Ms. Wang has run a video games shop in Taipei for well over 10 years. Located in the underground Taipei City Mall, Wang's shop is one of two mom and pop stores that specialise in selling retro games. Now, after more than a decade, she's talking about calling it quits and moving on towards something else.
The Taipei Game Show, that "other" TGS, is like every other video game show out there. Lots of pretty people, lots of gamers, and games games games galore. However, this year's Taipei Game Show has something not so normal: within the depths of the game show convention is a recruitment base for Taiwan's military.
Many of my expatriate friends call Taiwan "China-lite", and to me, that really makes sense. Taiwan, unlike the Chinese mainland, is run by a democratically elected government, it doesn't censor its internets like the mainland does, and most importantly for a gamer like myself, you can legally buy video game consoles.
TGS, no not the Tokyo Game Show, but instead the Taipei Game Show is closing today in Taipei, Taiwan.