Over the weekend, the Singapore leg of the World Strand Tour 2019 was held at the lovely Victoria Theater and fans from across the region took time to get a glimpse of famed game director Hideo Kojima. Some even brought Death Stranding merchandise, from the newly released PS4 Pro Death Stranding Editioneven to the BB pods that came with the Collectors Edition, taking a chance that they may be able to have Kojima sign parts of their collection.
Little did they know that PlayStation Asia and Kojima had a surprise for them as it was announced towards the end of the event that Kojima-san and Shinkawa-san would take pictures with EVERYONE who attended. All 500+ attendees would be able to get their picture taken with Kojima!
That’s right, everybody got their wish granted and even if it was just a brief shot with Kojima, it was more than enough for the fans as it was the closest they got with meeting their idol in the flesh.
We flew in to witness the event first hand with no expectations but came home fulfilled and stunned at the same time because we not only got to take a photo with both Kojima-san and Shinkawa-san, they actually signed our stuff too!
It was a once in a lifetime chance to create a connection with all of the fans and even with both Shinkawa and Kojima themselves, and we absolutely thank them for the time they took to address all of the fans. PlayStation Asia did good with a very organized and memorable event and for that, we give them a lot of “likes”! (Y)
Most everyone knows about the games through their story, graphics, or any other component that makes a game successful. One often ignored aspect of a videogame is the soundtrack which definitely shouldn’t be the case. The recent concert held at the Ayala Museum is an encouraging sign that videogame concerts are well received in the local community so this December, another group known as the Radical Dreemers (Chrono Cross represent!) will be performing their brand of music in a concert known as Melody Road!
To be held at the Axon, Green Sun Hotel over at Chino Roces Avenue, Melody Road is led by Music Director Frances Fernando and they’ll be featuring some very well known tracks from our favorite games, peep the set list below!
Scars of Time – Chrono Cross
Dreamwatch of Time – Chrono Cross
Plants Vs Zombies Medley – Plants vs Zombies
Stage 1 and 2 – Circus Charlie
Overworld Theme – Super Mario World
Gothic Neclord – Suikoden 2
Opening – Suikoden 2
Title Theme – Harvest Moon Back to Nature
One Winged Angel – Final Fantasy 7
Liberi Fatali – Final Fantasy 8
Waltz for the Moon – Final Fantasy 8
Odeka De Chocobo – Final Fantasy 8
Melodies of Life – Final Fantasy 9
To Zanarkand – Final Fantasy 10
Hymn of Fayth – Final Fantasy 10
Suteki Da Ne – Final Fantasy 10
Somnus – Final Fantasy 15
At first glance, you’ll immediately notice that the group knows their soundtracks. Fantastic soundtracks tend to come from RPG’s, and the ones that they have chosen really hit the spot. The best part about this? According to Frances, all tracks they will be playing have been coordinated with the license holders and they in turn have acquired the necessary licenses to perform all of these tracks for the upcoming concert! It’s one thing to perform various tracks but getting the proper clearance is a necessary step to promote legitimate events like this here in the Philippines.
One more interesting tidbit about the performance is that this will be a recital styled performance, meaning there will be no conductor to call the shots. Also, this is the first time they’ll be featuring a chorus to accompany the instruments for various tracks.
During a closed door preview, the group treated the press to a few tracks, most notable ones were One Winged Angel and Liberi Fatali, and while it was only a practice run, they mostly have the full track performance ready and the choir, despite being only a handful compared to the instruments, are more than capable of carrying the piece into perfection.
I was left wanting more after the Ayala Museum performance by the Manila Symphonic and seeing the set list from Melody Road was enough to get me hyped. I love my RPG soundtracks and while I would have wished for more from the likes of Xenogears and Chrono Trigger, we can only expect good things from Melody Road as their December concert approaches.
Check out their website and be sure to purchase tickets now as these will run out fast! We’ll see you there!
It’s that time of the year again when gamers around the nation take center stage. That’s right, premiere event organizer Gariath Concepts is bringing back the biggest gaming convention in the Philippines this October 25-27 with the Esports and Gaming Summit 2019 (ESGS), co-presented by PLDT Home Fibr and Smart!
Building a new tradition, ESGS will be having a yearly theme to provide fans a refreshing visual experience inside the event. This year, it will be going for the cyberpunk theme where attendees can experience a thrilling futuristic adventure – from hologram effects to the introduction of Astra, the official event persona of ESGS.
“With ESGS getting bigger and better every year, I’m very excited to see the gamers in the activities and games that they will be able to experience,” said Joebert Yu, Managing Partner of Gariath Concepts. “Our event partners, led by PLDT and Smart, up the ante each year and provide ESGS event-goers with a new kind of gaming experience year after year, and this iteration is no exception to that. It is our hope that people who go to ESGS leave with smiles on their faces after all the hype activities and merchandise.”
Astra, ably cosplayed by Awie De Guzman, will be an integral part of all ESGS events moving forward, taking eventgoers on a journey that changes from theme to theme, year to year.
Here are some of the things you can look forward to when attending ESGS 2019 this weekend!
Experience the future at PLDT-Smart Cyber City
PLDT Home Fibr and Smart are putting up the PLDT-Smart Cyber City, a huge gaming zone that gives subscribers a chance to experience the hottest Virtual Reality games including Sniper Elite and Beat Saber to win exciting prizes.
In between the matches and the shows, subscribers can also head to the PLDT-Smart Cybercity to lounge around, recharge their devices, print photo souvenirs with friends, and bump into their favorite cosplayers and esports athletes, such as members of the PLDT-Smart Omega Team and SIBOL powered by Smart, the country’s national eSports team.
Filipino gamers can enjoy lag-free gaming and seamless connectivity powered by PLDT Home Fibr and Smart LTE, the country’s fastest fixed and mobile networks according to the world-renowned Ookla Speedtest Awards.
Game Showcases sustain the ESGS hype with the newest game releases
Game Publishers won’t be leaving themselves behind as Capcom, Ranida Games, Gumi, Boomzap, Ourpalm/GameNow, Kojima Productions and Nintendo Switch (by Maxsoft) will be gracing their current games and merchandise for everyone to experience. It is worth noting that ESGS 2019 will be the first time that Nintendo joins a gaming convention in Southeast Asia.
Amp up the Esports action with Mountain Dew
Playbook will be hosting the Mountain Dew Fighting Game Arena for more fighting game action. Fans can also expect to see the SIBOL Philippine team to have a series of exhibition matches on the main stage for the entire weekend. Mobile games retain their home via the Mobile Esports Arena and their lineup of activities and tournaments. To complete the best Philippine esports action, teams from The Nationals will be making an appearance via different booths and activities all throughout the weekend.
More Gaming and Tech hardware brands to provide the hottest deals and promos
Long-time brand partners continue their support for ESGS and new brands are making their debut as well. Major hardware exhibitors such as Asus Republic of Gamers, MSI, Predator, Legion by Lenovo, HyperX, Corsair, ViewSonic, Gamdias, XPG, Steelseries, Powercolor, Bloody, JBL and more will be showcasing their latest line of products aimed for gamers, and you can expect some event-exclusive sales and promos.
Also, due to popular demand, we are expanding our Artist Alley to cater more aspiring illustrators and fan artists to celebrate the gaming fandom. More merchandise exhibitors will be selling their merchandise, ranging from gaming gear, toys, tabletop games, collectibles and many more.
Power to the Indies
The International Game Developers Association – Manila (IGDA Manila) will be bringing Indie Fiesta once again to ESGS. Get a chance to try out new games from the independent scene and get a chance to meet some of the developers and be inspired by their journey in creating games.
Show off your best Gaming Character Cosplay
It’s back to basics, as this year’s Cosplay Competition will have cosplayers compete in their best gaming character cosplay. Those who want to join the competition may find the rules here and sign up here! Plus, as a surprise treat for those who will be donning their best costumes inside the event – anyone can get a chance to win a prize whether you are competing or just having fun in the event. The cosplay competition is organized by Anime Alliance.
Will you be attending ESGS? Drop by and say hi as this weekend, we will be celebrating all things gaming the ESGS way!