Sunday, October 2, 2016
At Gamestart Asia's press conference held on 28 September 2016, Red Dot Diva was glad to see that the organizer Eliphant, continues to have its heart in the right place regarding this annual event.
Other than the usual gaming competitions, game launches and cosplay, they have included more variety into the show with madcap events, pop-culture related geekery, like a Grand Prix chair race held by Secretlab. Imagine getting decked out in helmets or goggles, zooming down an isle and propelling mad levels of speed with while sitting on a Secretlab chair! (Click here for more information about this crazy race held during the convention.)
For its third year, there is a marked increase in the show's focus toward local and regional gaming talent, especially in the area of esports, with multiple tournaments being carried out during the weekend, like the Overwatch Champions Singapore Tournament, which will grant the top-voted indie a trip to exhibit at the Taipei Game Show 2017.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Gamestart Asia, the biggest gaming convention in South-East Asia, is all set to blast off their third edition at Suntec Convention Centre, 7 to 9 October 2016.
The show mascot Alyse has also levelled up to 3.0, all geared up in a more kickass-armour and weaponry, thanks to Kinetiquettes and Xmashed Gear. Love the new Alyse and want to bring her home? You can do that by getting hold of the beautiful custom ¼ scale statue of Alyse, crafted by the talented Kinetiquettes team. There are even LED Light-up Features in the statues! Check them out here.
Red Dot Diva attended Gamestart Asia for the first time last year. Even though she wasn't a gamer, she had a fun time trying out a Sony Playstation VR game and checking out "uniquely Singapore" mobile app games like the KAN-CHEONG! Kopitiam Saga. She also became a X-Wing fighter for awhile playing a few minutes of Star Wars Battlefront. The best experience though was hitting targets inside the Star Wars Battlepod. She lined up to get her adrenaline rush of two rounds of that immersive and thrilling game!
Friday, November 13, 2015
Gamestart Asia 2015 kicked-off with a bang yesterday at Suntec Convention Centre.
There was a grand official ribbon-cutting ceremony by special guests and an industry/ business conference.
The gaming convention occupied 2 halls this year, which offered far more space for fans to wander and try out the gamut of titles available.
Red Dot Diva (together with Ed from Toys-etc and Andre the Red Dot Dude) was at the Media Preview yesterday and from the looks of it, this year's convention had definite buzz to it.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Some very exciting things are in store for those who are heading to Gamestart Asia 2015 two weekends from now!
This year's edition is a pumped-up version of last year's inaugural show, and will occupy double the space at Suntec Convention Centre, and held over 3 days (13 to 15 November 2015), including a business conference day for those who want to get to know more about the ins and outs of the gaming industry.
To build interest leading up to the convention, the organizer Eliphant Pte Ltd, has even joined hands with developer Seow ‘Sonic’ Zong Hui to build their very own game app. Have you all downloaded and played the Gamestart app already?
Naturally, local gamers are excited about attending the show so that they can get their hands dirty on the new and upcoming titles, as well as cheer for their favourites at the Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals. But, what if you are gaming noob like Red Dot Diva?
If you are kinda tech-savvy, or generally interested in the visual arts form of story-telling, Red Dot Diva suggests a few interesting things that might capture your interest at Gamestart Asia 2015.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Go download the retro pixel-art style official mobile phone game for Gamestart Asia 2015. It's available on both iTunes and Google Play, and it's FREE! (Yes, FREE with no in-app purchases necessary!)
The game, which features Gamestart mascot Alyse, all battle ready in her Version 2 gear, kicking ass battling obstacles and unlocking other playable characters who have have their own unique powers. This specially created game was done by the Gamestart Asia organizer Eliphant, in collaboration with Seow ‘Sonic’ Zong Hui, a developer of Street Fighter vs MegaMan.
Check out the introductory game preview video here:
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Giant robots (also called mechas) from space war drama franchise GUNDAM will be arriving in town on 4 - 28 June 2015 in an epic exhibition called "Gundam Docks in Singapore"! "Gundam Docks in Singapore" will be the largest GUNDAM exhibition in Asia.
This is such a perfect timing because of the month-long school holidays that will be underway here on Red Dot Island, and a new generation of fans will be inspired to the world of science-fiction, robotics and imaginative story-telling.
GUNDAM first started out as a anime series back in 1979, a couple of years after Star Wars Ep IV was released in theatres worldwide. The first series "Mobile Suit Gundam" (機動戦士ガンダム, Kidō Senshi Gundam) was written and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino. It was the first space war televised anime series and its stories sparked a whole new world of imagination. GUNDAM's follow-up media properties, like manga and video games, build up an even larger following, and it is now one of the the biggest and lucrative toy collecting franchises there.
Naturally, through the years, the hype caught on in other countries (especially East Asian language-speaking ones, where there is a large number of anime/ manga lovers) and Red Dot Island is definitely one of them.
Now, thanks to leading toy maker/ video game publisher Bandai Namco Asia and Takashimaya Department Store, fans of GUNDAM will be able to take in the glorious sight of the mechas docking in on the island next month! This event of gigantic proportions is to celebrate the 35th anniversary of GUNDAM model kit and SG50, Singapore's 50th birthday.