G.A.M.E. kicks off

Event celebrating gaming and music under way at San Francisco's Moscone Center.

SAN FRANCISCO--Aside from camping out for consoles on launch day or the rare massive LAN party, gamers rarely congregate face-to-face. However, when a convention hall is rented out, filled with the newest games and hardware, and accompanied by some of the Bay Area's best musical acts, gamers huddle by the thousands.

To the delight of gamers, The Games and Music Experience, G.A.M.E., opened its doors today in the City's vast Moscone Center convention hall. The event, hosted by GameSpot, is designed to give gamers hands-on time with the latest releases in the gaming industry as well as exposure to some of the area's up-and-coming and established musical acts.

For gamers, hundreds of stations are set up to demo today's greatest hits, including more than a dozen Xbox 360 titles, tomorrow's blockbusters such as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and some old classics for good measure. The show floor features just about any system a gamer could want, from the most recent handhelds to today's current-generation systems to the recently released Xbox 360.

Attendance was steady all night, as packs of the golden demographic, gamers ages 18-34, streamed through the front doors. G.A.M.E. isn't for the faint of heart, as enough stimuli was packed into the hall to draw comparisons to a mini-E3. In addition to the hundreds of gaming systems available for public use, other happenings drew plenty of attention.

GameSpot Live took over the center of the floor to do what it does best--providing live coverage of the event for gamers who couldn't make the trip. Producers invited audience members on to the stage to battle GameSpot editors in games, held tournaments for a variety of prizes, including a tricked-out GameSpot Scion replete with a plasma screen and game consoles, and talked with game developers about their titles.

But it wasn't just about games. A main stage featured DJs and bands performing half-hour sets of tunes for audiophiles, taiko drummers performed a traditional (and loud) demonstration of the Japanese art, and 20th Century Fox gave free screenings of Grandma's Boy, a comedy from Adam Sandler's production company scheduled for release next year.

Most gamers spent their time huddled around the new Xbox 360s, getting some hands-on time with Microsoft's next-generation console. No matter what the game, it was rare to see a white controller without a pair of hands on it. Dead or Alive 4, which hasn't yet hit store shelves, appeared to be the main draw, and gamers button-mashed through round after round of one-on-one fighting.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Star Wars: Empire at War used their wildly popular brand names to keep their stations constantly occupied as well. Both games will be released in 2006.

The floor is divided by genre, allowing fans of sci-fi, war, and sports games to jump from game to game without trudging from one end of the hall to the other. The format is also handy to compare like games to each other, making that crucial purchasing decision all the more easy.

GameSpot readers will also have a chance to meet their favorite GameSpot editors, who will be present on the show floor for the duration of G.A.M.E.

G.A.M.E. continues through Sunday, and there are plenty more events going down. In addition to the wealth of playable games, musical acts Meat Beat Manifesto, Hieroglyphics, and J-Boogie's Dubtronic Science will be getting their groove on throughout the weekend.

For more information on the event, check out G.A.M.E.'s official Web site.

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Discussion

28 comments
chrisdojo
chrisdojo

what's with all the weird action shots?

wytefang
wytefang

dj's = lame or yawn...and have the damn thing some other places other than the usual popular cities and maybe some of us would be interested. Oh and keep a good balance between PC games and console games.

tanikwish
tanikwish

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tanikwish
tanikwish

The first version of the GAME web site www.experiencegame.com mentioned that this is part of a nationwide tour. (Sorry Australia) SFO was the first stop. More dates will be announced in '06. I can't wait. I was planning to go (live in SC), but had to go to a wedding (of the guy I have a huge crush on!!). :(

SFG_basic
SFG_basic

For me, the best part of G.A.M.E. was watching Grandma's Boy, and then meeting the cast. That was freaking hilarious. Also, it was fun to finally play some Xbox 360. Perfect dark, COD2, DOA4 and Quake4 were fun. And my 15 min. of playing Zelda were pretty fun as well.

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

Phafnir thats funny stuff, problem is NY has a much much much bigger population then Luisana. You probably will never have an event like this. NY yea one day but Luisana haha never, but its still funny thinking about it.... Hey i have even better why dont you just have them host it in your house? yea im sure they want to cater to such a small audience. :)

ADavalosJR
ADavalosJR

I had a great time at G.A.M.E. when I went there all 3 days.

PyroSniper
PyroSniper

G.A.M.E. was so freakin awesome, not only were there great games there (Crappy music) but there were tons of free games and demos, and lots of prizes: t-shirts, gift cards, posters, and if you were extremely lucky, you would win something good like and XBox 360, and some lucky person won that freakin loaded Scion.

dossaer
dossaer

I'm not even on the same continent! Aussies have to wait for ever to get cool stuff and rarely get conventions... Thankyou to gamespot for coverage. Zelda will rock!

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

Ahh good'ol California, except I'm at the complete opposite end of California...my brother gets to go to all that type of stuff cause he is going to UC Berkly and can walk or use the very good public transportation to get anywhere in San Francisco, grrrr.

_sean_05
_sean_05

i live in illinois, and even though we have chicago, we never get any good video game stuff ___ >.

Phafnir
Phafnir

I don't see why everything has to be on the west coast! HELLO!!! There is another half of the United States over here on the East Coast! I get sick and tired of always hearing "such & such video game thing happening in California - be there or be square". Need stuff held on the East side too, but not some where like in NY (sorry guys), more in the middle like Louisville or something (less then two hours drive from six major metro cities) - we play games too!!!

thekey
thekey

I wished I was there playing DOA 4 right now, I can't wait for that title to drop as soon as it does I'm coasting it!

forever_blank
forever_blank

SiGh When will a decent gaming convention come to australia....... I wish i could of been there, man......

tubaguy
tubaguy

I wish I could be there but I live on the other side of the country

emadayag
emadayag

I was there last night and it was for the most part really chill. Not too many people there. Gamespot's stage was always busy so there was a log of commotion in the middle of the floor. G4tv was giving out some sick t-shirts that could let you win an iPod Nano everyhour. Some hot shorties on rollerskates were giving them out. Hot!!! The girls who were giving away Grandmas' Boy stuff were hot too. Over all the first night was calm on the game floor. But when Lyrics Born came on it was hot!!! That was a kewl lil performance him and his band did. Its just a trip to me that Lyrics Born's CD's are found in the hip hop section of Best Buy, but his sound is more like funk. Thats not saying thats a bad thing 'cause he's from the Bay and his sound is super tight. Too bad I can't go there today, I'm here at work but enjoy Heiroglyphics for me alls. Can't wait for sunday. Keak da Sneak is going to be there. If you don't know who he is, find someplace where you can get "Super Hyphy". That's the bay anthem!!! To all those that are there today, have fun, and try to get some hot pics of Morgan Webb for me!!!!

Max_Fischer
Max_Fischer

I really wanna see Del perform...i'm jealous.

Bladex2k
Bladex2k

i cant wait until Black comes out!!

viper007e
viper007e

Who cares about Tech specs. When it all comes down to it, it's the games that makes the system, and the user experience not the tech specs but this place sounds cool. Too bad i dont live in SF to be able to go there.

duerdest
duerdest

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davahsa
davahsa

Being there would be cool but I miss the west coast not. Viva la Pittsburgh!

Aqualie
Aqualie

I wish I was there too......unfortunately I live in a different country so there is no possible way I could be there. Guess I

WestSideAzn
WestSideAzn

Yeah, I wish I could be there as well.. but sadly.. I live one hour away, and my weekend is packed... darn.

biobug
biobug

Who cares... No big news from nintendo? Im still depressed... when will more news of revolution come out ... some tech specs SOMETHING!!!

ArmoredAshes
ArmoredAshes

wish i could be there...but not only am i too far away and dont have a car...but i have work today =/