You're wondering what it's like to spend a day as a cosplayer at gamescom? Cosplayer Max alias SnowDragon has the answer for you! As part of our gamescom cosplay feature, Max shares his impressions as a cosplayer from gamescom 2019 and shows you his personal highlights. Read his experience report here:
My first gamescom visit was two years ago. You probably won't find so many people with the same interests, well-known YouTube stars and new game announcements at one place anywhere else. This makes gamescom an unforgettable experience every year.
Nevertheless, it was clear to me that this year's gamescom would be special from the very beginning: Apart from getting tickets for the "gamescom: Opening Night Live" as well as for the trade visitors' day, I decided to visit the fair in a cosplay. I chose Link from "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild", because I'm a big fan of the Zelda series and I can identify myself well with the character. Yes, I know, that sounds kind of weird.
We started on Monday with a four-hour drive from Nuremberg to Cologne. After arriving at the hotel in the evening I only had half an hour left before I had to make my way to the gamescom: Opening Night Live. There, the first surprise of the evening was already waiting for me: Erik alias Gronkh stood only a few meters away from me in the queue – my absolute favourite German Lets Player! After the event I ran into him again, but unfortunately I didn't have the chance to talk to him.
Of course, the event itself was quite interesting due to the numerous games that were presented. For many attendees, the highlight might have been the appearance of the Japanese game developer Hideo Kojima, who presented new gameplay scenes from "Death Stranding". "Humankind", "Need for Speed Heat" and "Little Nightmares 2" were also presented on the stage among other games. After the gamescom: Opening Night Live I arrived at the hotel at half past nine.
The trade visitor's day was approaching, so I had to get up very early in the morning. I was quite excited, because I have never worn a cosplay in public before.
At the fairground I entered the entertainment area directly through the west entrance. I walked through the halls dressed as Link and got to know an incredible number of great people. Some knew me from Instagram or Twitter, while others simply wanted to take a photo with me in my cosplay. I even got interviewed by the German broadcaster ZDF at the Nintendo booth. I headed back to the hotel in the late afternoon. According to my smartphone, I covered more than 23 km that day! In the evening I met one of my YouTube colleagues to explore the area at the Cologne Cathedral. Cologne is a really beautiful city and especially the Rhine promenade is definitely worth a walk.
I took a day off on Wednesday. Fortunately I was able to extend my hotel stay by one day to Friday and visit gamescom again on Thursday. Since I didn't have a pre-entry ticket, I had to wait an hour at the entrance in the morning, but it was definitely worth it. With a small group of people – including cosplayers, YouTube stars and other people I knew through social media – we walked through the exhibition halls together. We had a lot of fun as you can see from the pictures or the vlogs on my YouTube channel. We spent most of our time in the outdoor areas or in the gamescom cosplay village in hall 5. I really liked the cosplay village, which should definitely be even bigger next year in my opinion. I still had tickets for the gamescom party by Gamigo in the evening, so I planned to head back in the afternoon – but we had so much fun that we just stayed at the fair until the evening.
This year was the best gamescom I have experienced so far. I got to know some great people, made new friends and attended the gamescom: Opening Night Live. Many thanks to the entire gamescom team and the game developers who made all of this possible. I'll be back in my cosplay at next year’s gamescom for sure!
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