GameSpot @ Leipzig 2007
August 28, 2007
It was pretty crazy in Leipzig and didn't have much time to sort through the hundreds of photos I took and then upload some interesting ones to the site. Still, as the Germans might say, besser spate als nie.
August 28, 2007
It's not every day that you get to meet someone famous, but sometimes fate smiles upon you and you get the opportunity to meet someone who is known to people all over the globe. Thursday, August 23rd was one of those rare days when fate intervened and allowed a skateboarder named Tony Hawk to meet me, Aaron Thomas, someone whose reviews are so popular they've been stolen by other websites and translated into Portuguese.
It was immediately evident just how thrilled Tony was to finally get to meet me. Obviously unable to contain his excitement he was already sitting at a table eagerly anticipating my arrival. Almost as soon as I sat down Tony began to pepper me with questions, inquiring as to how I was doing. Now I get this question from nearly everyone I meet on the street, but answering the same questions over and over again is just part of working for a big-time organization like GameSpot. "Fine, thanks." I replied, taking note of a skateboard lying next to him. "Is that yours?" I asked, nodding towards the well-used board.
It turns out that it was his skateboard and he would be skating a brief exhibition later in the day. Hey, not everyone is so good they can compete in the X-Games, but at least he's enjoyed a modest amount of success. While traveling to a video game convention to give a skateboarding demonstration isn't the most glamorous way to make a living, you've certainly got to admire someone so dedicated to their passion, regardless of how meager a living it provides them.
I had an appointment immediately following our meeting, but I wanted Tony to feel like a friend and not an obligation. I don't know much about skateboarding, but I asked him a few questions about his little hobby, nodding like I understood what he was talking about when he mentioned something about a "900" or whatever. Even though we had already spent 15 minutes together, Tony was still bursting with questions, and at one point interrupted me mid-sentence and asked me to repeat mysel--another question I get all the time. Apparently what I say is sometimes so profound that people simply must hear me say it again.
Finally I had to leave so I stood up, shook his hand and told him how nice it was to meet him. With a sparkle in his eye he said the same and I turned to pack my bags. As I got ready to walk out the door I looked over and saw Tony standing alone against the wall with a look I've seen many times befor--he wanted a picture together but was undoubtedly too nervous to ask. I grabbed my camera, asked another fan of mine if he wanted to get in the shot, and happily obliged Mr. Hawk with a picture.
Sometimes meeting your idols is everything you dreamed it be.
August 24, 2007
The US team may not be leaving until Sunday, but for me and Drew the German dream is over for another year. It's currently 4.30 am UK time and we're waiting for the flight home to London--a very reasonable one and a half hour journey from here. The airport itself is full of bleary-eyed games journalists, PR people and other industry luminaries, many of whom seem to have just ploughed through and not slept at all.
August 23, 2007
As you can tell by looking at the above photo, the GameSpot crew covering the Leipzig Game Convention has been hard at work scouring the massive convention center in an effort to bring you the best the show has to offer.
But just because we haven't had much time for fun it doesn't mean you can't have a little fun...at our expense. This is an open invitation to all you Photoshop masters out there to have your way with this picture taken early in the morning before the show opened. Click the photo for a high quality version and then change the background, add speech bubbles, new people...whatever. Just make sure to keep it clean and hopefully at least a little tasteful.
When you're finished, post your masterpiece in this forum thread. I'll then post the best entries in the soapbox as well as the Leipzig blog section for all the world to see. Have fun!
August 23, 2007
Check out Guy's tour around the show floor of hall 2 at the Leipzig Game convention!
Recent Leipzig Games Convention 2007 Updates
Leipzig Games Convention 2007 Videos
LittleBigPlanet Leipzig Games Convention 2007 Gameplay Demonstration PS3
Creative Director Mark Healey gives us a demonstration of how to create objects in LittleBigPlanet.
Posted 5:48 pm PT Aug 24watch download
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Front End Feature (part 2) 1 PS3
We sit down with Polyphony Digital President Kazunori Yamauchi to take an in-depth look at Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.
Posted 1:33 am PT Aug 25watch download
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Video Feature 1 WII
Check out this stage demo for Guiter Hero III: Legends of Rock.
Posted 10:42 pm PT Aug 22watch download
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Video Feature 1 PC
Check out this stage demo for Call of Duty 4: Modern Combat.
Posted 10:30 pm PT Aug 22watch download
"What Makes Games Next-Gen" with Don Daglow X360
"What Makes Games Next-Gen" with Don Daglow, from Leipzig '07.
Posted 4:23 pm PT Aug 22watch download
Killzone 2 Video Feature 2 PS3
Here's an in-depth look at Killzone 2 for the PlayStation 3 from the Leipzig Games Convention 2007.
Posted 7:54 pm PT Aug 24watch download
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Official Trailer 8 PS3
Check out the hot new trailer for Metal Gear Solid 4, straight from Leipzig '07!
Posted 3:48 pm PT Aug 23watch download
PlayStation 3 Montage 1 PS3
Check out the PlayStation 3 montage from Sony's GC 2007 press conference.
Posted 11:17 am PT Aug 23watch download
Featured Leipzig Games Convention 2007 Games
Spore is a simulation game created by Will Wright that allows players to control various life forms from the cellular to the galactic level.
Far Cry 2 (PC)
Far Cry 2 takes place in a huge territory in South Africa and features day-night cycles, mercenary characters, wildfires, and much more.
Rock Band (X360)
Rock out with your friends as you perform music from the world's biggest rock artists using drum, bass, lead guitar, and microphone peripherals.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
Metal Gear Solid 4 offers even more of the stealth-based action gameplay and grand stories that the series has become known for.
Halo 3 (X360)
Bungie's popular first-person shooter makes its debut on the Xbox 360 with Halo 3.