Good news, Gaming! My request for sponsorship was approved, and I'll be heading to Cologne on Wednesday in preparation for staying until Sunday to cover the event! A huge thanks to Grace Note for help in pushing this through and to Stack Exchange as a whole for sponsoring me!
Now we need your help. Gamescom is a huge event. I can't be everywhere at once. Unfortunately, their event website does not have a single, unified schedule with time blocks outlined so you can't easily see what is happening when and if it overlaps with anything else. I'm currently having to search for each company's schedule individually. So we need to narrow a few things down.
- What games/companies/events do you really want to see covered at Gamescom? I'm currently planning on checking out Guild Wars 2 as I'm a big fan, Bioware for SW:The Old Republic, Blizzard's showing of Diablo III and Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, and Valve's DotA 2 tournament. Are there other games or publishers that would really like to see covered?
- Can you help us put together information for blog posts to post during the event? For example, Valve's DotA 2 championship is a high priority for coverage, as it's a very high profile event. However, I've personally never played DotA, so having someone write an article on why this is such a huge thing from the perspective of someone who has played would be awesome.
What I'll be doing is taking photos and notes and uploading them somewhere as resources for you guys to make blog posts out of. Additionally, I'm going to do a trip report-style article, hopefully each evening if I'm not completely exhausted and/or afflicted with Con Crud.
Please post and let me know what events you'd like to see covered that aren't listed, and I'll do my best to get information on it. Bonus points if you can find your publisher of choice's Gamescom 2011 schedule and/or booth number and post it with your request.
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