We have a number of high profile gaming events throughout the year. Gamescom is arguably the biggest of these, with 345,000+ visitors visiting the 500+ exhibitions on show every August, this is an event which rivals even E3. If you can’t make it to LA for E3 this year, Gamescom in Germany makes for a much cheaper option, and often brings more information on the games which were unveiled back in June. If you’re planning a trip to Gamescom this year, here’s what you should be looking out for, and looking to bring with you.
Look out for the big names you saw (or will see) at E3
Gamescom is home to the likes of 343 Industries, Ubisoft and Activision Blizzard – just about anyone you could want to see at a videogame convention. When you watch E3 this year you’re going to see a lot of games you want to get your hands on. If you want to get your hands on the latest playable builds of these games, Gamescom is the way to go.
Look out for your favorite game devs
Pro tip: video game developers like playing video games. Keep your eyes open for your favourites as you’re walking around the show floor – they will be about somewhere, trying out the very same games that you’ve come to see, minus probably one or two.
Bring your 3DS
Nintendo of Europe always features at Gamescom, and if you have a 3DS, 3DS XL or 2DS, make sure you bring it with you and have your StreetPass turned on. You may find your handheld console picking up playable demos or special bonuses for the games you’re playing. Failing all else, having something to play while you wait in the hour-long queues can be a massive boon, whether you’re travelling with or without your friends.
Make sure you have travel insurance
Often overlooked but always vital when travelling around the continent – your travel insurance is there should you have an accident, lose or break your handheld consoles or anything in-between based on the insurance package you buy. If you’re looking to travel on the cheap, the absolute bare minimum should be your EHIC card renewal. An up to date EHIC will grant you access to state-sponsored healthcare in Germany, along with the rest of the EEA, saving you a lot of money should your require medical attention during the convention.
Bring an international adaptor & an extension cable
The adaptor almost goes without saying. However, if you’re going to Gamescom the chances are that you’ll have a phone, a 3Ds, a Vita, a tablet and a portable charger to keep your gadgets going.
All of these devices are going to require charging and there is a finite number of plugs in any given hotel room. Rather than waking up in the night to swap which devices you’re charging, simply bring an extension cable and plug that into your adaptor, for easy charging of several devices at once.