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Barcelona Games World opens its doors to public

Games developers from all over the world will be present, including the creator of vintage classic 'Pac-Man'

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05 October 2017 01:19 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Games World opens its doors today in Barcelona, in what has been termed its “most ambitious” edition, with the presentation of 130 titles as well as 23 new releases.

Among those present will be the creator of old-school classic ‘Pac-Man’, Toru Iwatani, as wells as Kazunori Yamauchi, the mastermind behind Gran Turismo.

The convention will run from 5 to 8 October, bringing in video games designers from all over the world, presenting new games as well as celebrating vintage games of technology past, much to the delight of vídeo game enthusiasts.

Some of the biggest games developers in the industry will be present, such as Namco Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Nintendo, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Warner Bros.

The fair has expanded the exhibition space, making use of more than 60,000 square meters "to improve the experience of visitors and the organization of content."

As a novelty, the space will bring together the first 'Game Jam', a competition for university students in which they have to develop a video game in less than 30 hours.

Of the 130 titles presented there are around twenty new releases, with proposals such as 'NBA 2K18', 'WWE 2K18 (2K)', 'Call of Duty', 'Do Not Feed the Monkeys', 'Dragon Ball Fighter Z', and 'EA SPORTS Fifa 18' from some of the biggest games developers in the industry.  

"Apart from being collectors we are very fond of video games. We have come to take a look at the latest editions," said one visitor, Alberto Bernal.

RetroBarcelona will pay homage to vintage gaming, with Street Fighter being the star of the show. There will also be a number of other recreational events for people of all ages, as well as a cosplay contest, in which participants dress up as their favourite video games characters.

Games World, the main video games convention in the state, moved last year from Madrid to the Catalan capital.

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  • Two people trying out a driving simulation at GamesWorld 2017 (by ACN)