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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

CATCH ‘EM ALL AT POKÉMON RUN SG


Pokemon Fans from all walks of lives Rejoice! Come 2017, there will be South East Asian first ever official Pokémon themed fun run right at our doorstep.  Happening on 14 January 2017, at the Promontory @ Marina Bay. Organised by Avex Asia and Infinitus Productions, Pokémon Run Singapore 2017 (Pokémon Run SG) aims to promote bonding and a healthier lifestyle across all ages
through Pokémon.

Pokémon Run SG brings to life the journey to train to be a Pokémon Master, against
the backdrop of Singapore’s waterfront cityscape. Open to all participants aged 4 and 
above, runners can register, individually or in a pair, as they step into the “running”
shoes of the aspiring trainer and embark on the adventure to find their first Pokémon.

The running event will include a carnival site, Pallet Town, at the end of the run. It  will feature a variety of fun activities including Pokémon-themed games and gourmet delights for participants to enjoy.

There are two categories for registration: Individuals (S$70 per pax) and Buddy of 2
(S$65 per pax). Race entitlement packs include an official event T-shirt, among other
exclusive items only available at the run. Early bird discounts are available for registration from 28 October 2016 to 23 November 2016.







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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2016:What to Expect.




Anime Festival Asia (AFA), the region’s largest and most followed Japanese Popular Culture and Anime Festival, will be returning to return to Suntec City Convention Center from 25 to 27 November 2016 for it's 9th edition in Singapore. AFASG 2016 will be concluding show at it's home base for the 2016 Regional Circuit after AFATH 2016 in Thailand and AFAID 2016 in Indonesia. Here is what is to be expected at the show.  More details is to be added into this post as the date approaches so do drop by once in a while! 
  • ♥ Anisong 2016 Singapore Line up

25 November Friday Day 1 Line-up
  • HOME MADE KAZOKU
      

  • KOTOKO 

  • T.M.Revolution 

26 November Saturday Day 2 Line-up

  • JAM Project
     

  • Konomi Suzuki
  • Minori Chihara
  • Wake Up, Girls!

27 November Sunday Day 3 Line-up
  • Aimer

  • Alisa Takigawa 
  • Ami Wajima
     

  • HoneyWorks / CHiCO with HoneyWorks
     

  • May’n

  • AFASG 2016 Guest Cosplayers Lineup
    *Kindly Refer to merchandise for their goods that they will be bringing down. 
  • Stayxxxx (Taiwan)
  • Angie (Malaysia)
  • Baozi & Hana (China)

  • Enako (Japan)



  • Ying Tze (Malaysia)


  • Kaname✩ (Japan)
  • Reika(Japan)


  • Featured Guest
  • Rika(Singapore)
  • Natsuiro Party(Singapore)

    • Tokimeki JUMP(Singapore)
    • Usagi(Singapore) 
    • Piano Minion (Singapore) 
      •  Shojo Complex(Indonesia)


      • Ayasa(Japan)



        • Iketeru Hearts(Japan)
        •  Pikotaro(Japan)


        • aki and Yuzu(Japan)
        • Nobuhiko Okamoto(Japan)
        • Sebastian Masuda(Japan)
        • DJ Dan (Japan)
           
              • Exit Tunes(Japan)
              • The Real Akiba Boyz(Japan)
              •  Tokyo Performance Domo(Japan)
              • Nijicon(Japan)

              • Stage Emcees

              • Main Stage
              • Akiba Stage

              • Featured Anime/Contents & Exhibitors/Booth Activites
              •  ASO College Group
              •  JKmeshi!/CG Galaxy/NAZOTOKIN
              • Canon Experience Zone

                 
              • Saekano
              • Wakeup, Miyagi

              • 3dsense

              • NHK World

              • Cool Japan
                • Pony Canyon & Exit Tunes
                  • Wargaming
                    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma The Second Plate
                    • Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- and Touken Ranbu HANAMARU
                    •  Frame Arms Girl
                    • Kuromukuro
                    • I always liked you -Love Confession Committee- 
                    • Sound! Euphonium 2
                    • My Hero Academia
                    •  Assassination Classroom
                    • SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE – Ordinal Scale
                    • Thunderbolt Fantasy
                    • Merchandise (Official/Commercial booth)
                    • Guest Cosplayer's Merchandise
                    •  AFASG 2016 Official Merchandise/AFAshop


                    • Anime Yorozura

                    • SG cardmart
                    • Bushiroad
                    • Toy coin 

                    • Otakutachi
                    •  つくり×SimonCreative

                    • La Tendo

                    • Bandai

                    • Aniplex

                    • MSI & Intel

                    • WAttention's Food street
                    • Candytoyo


                    • Ghost Parade

                    • Shogakukan Asia



                    • TeeTurtle

                    • Real Akiba Boyz
                    • HoneyWorks

                    • Lumica
                        


                    • Pikatto Anime

                    • Muse


                    • King Records

                    • Ceasars


                    • Mighty Media
                    • Good Smile Company
                    • Proware and Odex 

                    • Kadokawa Taiwan
                    • Animax



                    Creators Hub Booths Listing,Merchandise & Floor Plan










                    • ANiBeats: Official AFA Afterparty! 


                    Schedules
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                    Floor Plan *Click to see full size

                                               
                    • AFA Tour Package for Japanese/Overseas Visitors 




                    To make it more convenient for fans from Japan and the region to enjoy AFA in Singapore,
                    AFASG16 is partnering travel agencies to jointly develop customised tour packages during 
                    the AFASG16 event period. They will work with JTB Group, part of Japan’s largest travel 
                    group, to meet the needs of Japanese fans and Asia Travel for other overseas fans. 
                    More details and booking of the JTB package can be made via phone 03-6737-9303. 
                    Japanese fans can also access the information at Anime Festival Asia Singapore’s website. 
                    Asia Travel’s package will be available from 8 October 2016 on www.asiatravel.com.

                    • Ticketing 





                    Ticket Prices:

                    • Exhibition only ticket: S$13 
                    • Exhibition + Stage ticket: S$23 
                    • I love anisong tickets VIP single day: S$158 
                    • I love anisong tickets GA single day: S$88 
                    • I love anisong tickets VIP 3-day package: $428 
                    • I love anisong tickets GA 3-day package: $258


                    VIP 3-day ticket packages is currently available via APACTix online, hotline, box office and
                    SingPost outlets, for public sales and the AFA World app for AFA World Premium members.
                    This package will be priced at $398, with a $7.50 ticketing fee. Sales will continue until 7  October 2016, 11.59pm or while stocks last.

                    All other ticket tiers will begin sales on 8 October 2016, 10am via APACTix online, hotline, and
                    SingPost outlets.

                    Exhibition-only tickets will be sold on-site at S$13 per day and Exhibition + Stage tickets will be at S$23 per day. Single GA ticket will be sold at S$88 while single VIP ticket per day will be sold at S$158.



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                    Friday, October 14, 2016

                    Gamestart 2016:The captured moments


                    Opening Ceremony of Game start 2016

                    Last weekend on the 7th to 9th of October 2016 Suntec Convention Centre Hall 405 and 506, saw 20,000 enthusiastic visitors for Game Start 2016. Into its 3rd year, Visitors get to experience the exhilarating game demos from local and overseas developers, outstanding musical performances and cosplay showings, and thrilling eSports battles among many other activities on the showfloor.


                    Elicia Lee 
                    The first 300 visitors daily received a ‘Random Loot’ bag containing valuable swag like gaming
                    peripherals from Armaggeddon and Razer, high-end storage devices from Seagate, gaming
                    merchandise from Bandai Namco Entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Ingram Micro Asia 
                    and more.

                    There were activities for everyone, like The Quest, where each visitor received a Quest Card and a
                    mission to complete various quests around the showfloor before heading to the Armaggeddon booth
                    to claim their prizes. The daily GameStart lucky draw also gave out epic prizes to lucky GameStart 2016 visitors, with some walking away with loot like a Secretlab Omega gaming chair, MSI notebook, Xbox One consoleSeagate storage devices and a ViewSonic gaming monitor.

                    “The Quest and daily lucky draws were big crowd pleasers(sic) in our first convention and fans actually requested we bring them back again.  The response was great, and we’ll be making them a permanent fixture of the event from now.”-  GameStart organiser, and Director of Eliphant Pte. Ltd, Elicia Lee



                    • Game Previews

                    XII Braves the Singaporean developer behind the mobile game Valiant force. 
                    Witching Hour Studio showcasing Masquerada 
                    Those roaming the show floor were also treated to extensive game previews for soon-to-be-released
                    titles like the highly-anticipated Final Fantasy XV, Gears of War 4 and Sword Art Online: Hollow 
                    Realization, alongside new titles like Tales of Berseria and NBA 2K17, among many others.

                    Local developer talents like XII Braves and Witching Hour Studios had a strong showing with their games Valiant Force and Masquerada respectively, while other independent developers in the Founders Base area were given their moments to shine too.

                    In line with GameStart’s goal of supporting local and regional indie developers, the inaugural
                    GameStart Indie Awards saw Another Indie (China) take home the Visitor’s Choice award and Gattai 
                    Games (Singapore) the Judge’s Choice award. Each company wins a paid trip to exhibit at Taipei Game  Show 2017, which is a partner event.

                    • Doujinma @ Gamestart 2016
                    Doujin Market Booths
                    Another successful partnership for this year, the Doujin Market area was a popular spot in the venue,
                    with many visitors checking out and purchasing prints and crafted items from the 25 artists that
                    exhibited there.

                    • E-sports & Competition

                    Overwatch Competition at Armageddon booth.  



                    Reflecting the burgeoning eSports scene, competitive gaming was in full force at GameStart this year,
                    with a diverse range of tournaments from across the genre spectrum. This year’s show saw popular
                    fighting games like Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd –REVELATOR– and red-hot first-person shooters like Overwatch take centre stage alongside newly released titles like FIFA 17.

                     South East Asia Major (SEAM) 2016 at PlayStation booth
                    GameStart 2016 played host to the region’s largest fighting game tournament – South East Asia Major (SEAM) 2016, which saw players and icons from around the world, fly in to attend. Massive crowds gathered at Presenting Sponsor PlayStation’s booth to catch the nail-biting Street Fighter V action from global icons like Mike Ross, Gootecks, INFILTRATION and Singapore’s very own hero, Xian. To deafening cheers from the crowd, Tokido emerged victorious in the Street Fighter V Capcom Pro Tour Premier after an intense battle with 2014 Capcom Cup champion Momochi, and walked away with a coveted spot to compete in the Capcom Cup 2016 in California, USA later this year. The winner of the inaugural PS4 SFV Asia Amateur Tournament was Verloren from Korea.

                    Executive Producer for Street Fighter, Ono Yoshinori, was on site to give out the prizes to the winners.

                    “Our long term plan is to build and nurture a community of next-generation gamers in the region. The quality of the amateur gamers and participation from gamers from five countries at GameStart 2016 is highly encouraging and an assurance that there is great potential regionally in e-sports and competitive gaming,”  “We are excited to see how the community grows and to bring about more opportunities for amateur gamers in Southeast Asia.” -Mr. Hidetoshi Takigawa, Southeast Asia Regional Head of Sony Interactive Entertainment.

                     “Every match I’ve seen from both the Capcom Pro Tour and the Amateur tournaments in GameStart 2016 has been really strong, and it speaks volume of the overall level of players here in Asia.”
                    “Everyone’s a killer here.” -Gootecks,  



                    Vic Cosing  as Emilie "Lili" De Rochefort from Tekken 
                     Michael Murray from the Bandai Namco Entertainment Tekken team was also present to announce a
                    new character, Miguel, for Tekken 7 and give out prize to Meat (Indonesia), the winner of the
                    Singapore qualifier for the Tekken 7 King of the Iron Fist tournament.





                    Yivon as Makoto from Blazblue



                    Other tournament winners included Daru-Ino (Korea) for Guilty Gear Xrd –REVELATOR, who will proceed to compete in the Arc Revolution Cup in Toushinsai, in Japan, at the end of the year, and IPT.Alden (Philippines), who brought home the championship spot for Blazblue: Central Fiction.


                    Nerf This! D.va Cosplay by Kiyo 



                    The hottest first-person shooting game at the moment, Overwatch, also saw a horde of spectators
                    from the showfloor tuning in to see the best teams duke it out. It culminated in a thrilling clash
                    between Avalon.Tempo and the Singapore Blizzcon representative team, UE..Závazek, before the
                    former claimed the top spot, bagging $2,000 cash from presenting sponsor MyRepublic GAMER,
                    Armaggeddon keyboards and official Overwatch merchandise

                    Xbox’s first attendance of the show not only saw snaking queues for Gears of War 4, but was also
                    marked with Singapore’s biggest FIFA 17 tournament, GameStart Championship Cup, attracting a big turnout of soccer fans flocking to catch the best FIFA players outplay each other on the virtual pitch.
                    Muhamad Ashrul Bin Noor Muhammad was crowned champion of the 1v1 tournament and won
                    $1,000 cash, an Xbox One console and a 27 inch monitor from ViewSonic.

                    “At GameStart Asia 2016, we witnessed the gaming community in Singapore and across South East Asia come together like never before, thanks to engaging show-wide activities like the GameStartChampionship Cup, and the opportunity to be immersed in the latest and greatest games on Xbox and Windows 10 such as Gears of War 4 Forza Horizon 3, and more.” 
                     “At Xbox, we have a vision where the PC and console gaming ecosystems come together, to let you play the games you want, with who you want, on the devices you want.” -Chris Goh, Senior Category Manager, Xbox and Windows Gaming, Microsoft Singapore

                    • Game on! Cosplay Competition  

                    Okageo,Lady Jaded, and Miu
                    Danniel Adi Putera walking away with Best in Show prize cosplaying a Junkrat from overwatch

                    Cosplayers turned up in full force dressed as their favourite characters, with Overwatch characters
                    being a crowd favourite. World-renowned cosplayers Lady Jaded, Okageo and Miu, were also present at GameStart 2016 as judges for the annual Game On! Cosplay Runway. After a spectacular show,
                    Danniel Adi Putera won the judges over with his phenomenal take on Junkrat from Overwatch,
                    earning the title of Best in Show and swag from Seagate, Xmashed Gear and Lunar Works.



                    • Merchandises

                    Xmash Gear its known for their Gaming related Apperals
                    Gaming fans eagerly snapped up the merchandise that was available on the convention floor, including fan art from the Liongeeks booth, t-shirts from Xmashed Gear and other gaming-related items from Toy or Game.





                    • Secretlab Chair Grand Prix. 

                    Secretlab Chair Grand Prix. 


                    The first ever Secretlab was held at Gamestart 2016, Winners walk away with Various Secretlab Swag items incuding the chair themselves. Stig's Singaporean
                    Cousin was spotted racing against Deadpool, unfortunately Stig  lost to Deadpool
                    as Deadpool was very cunning.        





                    • Game Melodies

                    Az Samad performing game melodies on stage while Ratcha Link draws Link from there Zelda series.
                    A video posted by Wong Han Siang 黄瀚翔 (@speedknight) on


                    Az Shamad performs The Wolven Storm from The Witcher 3  with vocals from Rikka.
                    A video posted by Wong Han Siang 黄瀚翔 (@speedknight) on


                    Az Samad  along with Rika and Ratcha delighted the crowd with tunes from several popular games like Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda and the Witcher 3 .  You may catch the full performace in an official catchup video by gamestart embedded below.  



                    • Japanese Theme Pop-up studio by Lunarworks

                    Lunarworks studio brought down their  Japanese Outdoor Setup; Reimu cosplay by Alice.

                    Lunarworks a newly establish theme studio in Singapore brought down thier Outdoor Japanese setup to the delight of Photographers and Cosplayers be sure to check out their Facebook page for other themes available at  their studio.



                    • Interview with Miu



                    [To be updated.]




                    More captured moments in the Gallery and videos below :










                    Watch live video from  on www.twitch.tv








                    “We are absolutely delighted with the response to GameStart 2016 and humbled by the support of our exhibitors, partners, sponsors and most of all, the throngs of gaming fans who turned up. We really have an awesome gaming community here in Asia, and this show could not have been possible without the backing of everyone involved.” 
                      
                    “We are definitely pumped and determined to make future editions of the event even better each time.”-Elicia.


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                    Saturday, October 01, 2016

                    Gamestart 2016:What to Expect



                    File photo: Gamestart 2015
                    In less than a week, Gamestart Asia 2016 will return for the 3rd year running. With the biggest number of exhibitors ever since here is what is to be expected over at Suntec Exhibition halls 405-406 . 

                    Elicia Lee opening speech with the media at Saint Games Cafe on Wednesday. 
                    Gamestart 2016 will have the most number of Exhibitors by far.

                    "Just a little comparison of how we have grown over the years, so in the first year we have 1 hall,we were like hmm.maybe this will work and we had such response, it was awesome.  Last year we went bigger we had 55 exhibitors, 17,000 visitors.  This year same hall,space but we have alot more exhibitors in,alot more interest from even exhibitors outside of Singapore who are interested to come here and be part of the scene here. So this year we have got more tournaments. we have games deom the indies, from the publishers so please do come down and try them all out." - Elicia Lee           
                    Mr Chris Goh from Xbox..
                    Gear of War 4 will be one of the game that will be showcased at Gamestart 2016. Do note that this game will be on Windows 10 PC for the 1st time. Other game like Forza Horizon 3 will be at the the Xbox booth as well. There is an undisclosed offer for the Xbox one console. POs for GoW4 and Forza Horizon will have some bonuses thrown in as well.

                    Mr Adeeb Islam presenting about Kinetiquettes


                    This year there will be a highly detailed Alyse 3.0 high end collectable at gamestart 2016
                    Kinetiquettes know for their high end limited  edition collectable figurine will be producing Gamestart Asia mascot Alyse for this year gamestart asia 2016.

                    Dr. Ng Kian Bee, Deputy Director NYP SIDM on GSC initiatives and plans for local game startups.   

                    Games Solution Center, an initiative by the Media Development Authority (MDA)[Note: when writing this article,they just became IMDA after merging with IDA] and managed by Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), is a one-stop resource centre that provides a rapid prototyping development environment for Singapore-based small-medium games enterprises to develop their games will be having a booth at gamestart.


                    Mr Chris Ng from XII Braves on thier flagship mobile game Valiant Force

                    XII Braves will be showcasing their upcoming flagship mobile game Valiant Force. With music backed by Hitoshi Sakimoto and top notch Seiyuus that behind highly popular anime like Shingeki no Kyojin and Love Live School Idol Festival[Note:He did mentioned the names but i am not too sure if I can reveal it anot, i will check with them and update if they allow.]


                    Gregory Ian  from Witching Hour studio.

                    Witching Hour Studio who have just launched their kick stater game masquerada  just yesterday
                    will be having a booth at gamestart 2016 as well.



                    • Cosplay Guest and Judges 



                    • Game on! Cosplay Runway


                    • Lunarworks Studio @ Gamestart 2016 








                    • Yuta Hanazawa-san, Executive Producer of Touken Ranbu




                    • Trade in your old Consoles & Gadgets for Cash vouchers




                    • Loot bag for the 1st 300 visitors each day 




                    • 1st ever Secret Lab Chair Grand Prix 








                    • Floor Plan




                    • Merchandises, Exclusive Offers & Activites at the Commercial Booths & Founders base 




                    • Armaggedon












                    • No Average Joe






                    • Xbox offer by TOG


                    • SecretLab


                    • Project EXT 



                    • Hyperlixir



                    • Kinetiquettes



                    • Lion Geeks 








                    • SEA Major Presented by PS4 








                    • Doujin Market - Doujima @ Gamestart Merchandises




                    • Daiyaku








                    • DCWJ





                    • Jrpencil




                    • Ice*Berry



                    • Sticky's Art





                    • Don't Shy




                    • Maggi-Cup (Minoru ミノル - JoeLing)




                    • Twin Rabbit Design





                    • Guild of Bonds 



                    • KyuroKuso & Whiteblue 





                    • Chizza

                    • Chuinny



                    • Circus-usagi 


                    • Daydreamer















                    Head on down to the image gallery of the press conference and official video!










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