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Wednesday, 19th September 2012
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Tokyo Game Show promises plenty of surprises

Among the largest video game expos in the world today, the upcoming Tokyo Game Show could well be among the most exciting yet, with a number of new products set to debut.

Whether you love them or hate them, it is hard to argue with the assertion that for many people computer games are a huge part of life, providing relaxation and a social platform for friends and individuals alike.

And as any well-versed gamer will tell you, while the western world has whole-heartedly embraced this world of virtual environments and intricate interactive adventures, its origins lie very much in the east.

Japanese companies like Nintendo, Konami and more recently Sony have become synonymous with computer gaming fun,with Tokyo emerging as the capital of the world for such electronic entertainments.

Little wonder then that the majority of new software and hardware produced for the market should first make its way to this country's shores.

And while those visiting Tokyo may not be hardcore gamers themselves, for many travelling around this vibrant urban hub, a trip to one of the many expo events hosted there could be just as eye-opening an experience as one of the many cultural sites on offer in the city.

This week sees one such event unfold in capital, with the aptly named Tokyo Game Show.

Held in the Makuhari Messe convention centre in the Mihamaku ward of Chiba city in the north-west corner of the Chiba prefecture outside the city, the three-day event is promising to be quite the spectacle.

While the first day is off limits to the public, with developers unveiling their latest wonders to each other, over the next two days, members of the general public are invited to not only see but try out some of the latest games and hardware on display at the event.

This year will be no different, with Sony already announcing that it will debut a new streamlined version of the popular Sony PS3 at the convention.

Meanwhile, developer Team Ninja – the company behind Dead or Alive 5 and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge – has also announced its intention to release details of a brand new title at the event.

It's shaping up to be a week to remember.

Posted by Graham McPherson

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