I’ve been to a number of trade shows, but I’ve yet to turn in a solid hat trick for my E3 and Gamescom trips by throwing the Tokyo Games Show into the mix. It’s the one show that I’d be both excited and terrified to travel. Excited because Japan! Terrified because I’m the kind of guy who gets hopelessly lost in countries where people speak a language that I understand.
Anyway, check out the posters for TGS 2014. They’re all inspired by the new themes for the show, which happen to be “change” and “transformation”.
“I created this year’s main visual by visualizing the “emergence” based on the keyword change/transformation in the theme” artist Ippei Gyoubu said to Gematsu.
A caterpillar becomes a chrysalis, breaks down its body and reconstructs itself to be born as a completely different creature. In a gaming world, technological innovation has evolved in the last 10 years and now that we’ve passed through the revolutions such as internet, social media and smartphone, I feel that we’ve come close to the time of the birth of a completely new world with all those revolutions blending well.
I created this visual based on that feeling. This main visual expresses the ambiguity of whether the visual is a reflection of the metal or not, it’s a flat graphic or not, it’s stereoscopic or planar, and she’s a human or a robot.
It’s some pretty damn stunning art, and I’d love to have this kind of stuff framed and mounted on my wall next to my hunting trophies of murdered hipsters KFC takeaways. The Tokyo Game Show takes place in Chiba from September 18 – 21.
Hopefully this year, we’ll get some of that change that the Japanese gaming industry needs rather badly right now.
Last Updated: May 27, 2014