Oh hey! It’s time to take a look at the first day of the 2016 Tokyo Game Show.
Today was the first business day, hence the small crowds. When the public days start, expect huge masses of people.
Honestly, this year was an off one. A really off one. Some of the biggest companies were trying to get games out the door that should’ve been released on the PlayStation 3. That, perhaps, meant less brand new stuff.
What was fascinating, however, was to see how VR appears to have a strong foothold in Japan. It’s too early to see whether VR in Japan will go mainstream, but there is already a great deal of creativity among the big companies like Sony, as well as smaller and indie studios.
I was in Japan during April and I was amazed at how many of those Pepper robots they had around the city, they used them in stores and information centers pretty often.
Being robots, you would expect them to be and expensive luxury, but they seemed pretty affordable, and were sold in electronic stores along side your average cellphone case, didn’t ask for the price though.
But I’m not sure how useful they really are, in stores they were good at atracting tourists like myself, and they were supposed to give out basic information and keep you distracted while the store’s employees are busy with other customers (if you know japanese, I never met one that spoke english), but I never saw a japanese person talking to it, or interacting with it in any way.