About 350,000 gamers and industry professionals will flock to Cologne next week for GamesCom for 5 busy days of networking, gaming and of course partying. If you’re heading to GamesCom, here’s a handy map to help you navigate through the crowds and get the most out of GamesCom.
Day tickets to GamesCom are sold out but there are a limited few afternoon admission passes will be available for purchase at the door.
Amid all the chaos that comes with attending a gaming conference, it can be difficult to remember to take a break and have some fun, after all isn’t that what gaming is all about? Be sure you don’t miss out on these quirky activities at GC!
Take a Walk Down Memory Lane at Shreibfabrik’s Retro Gaming Exhibit
Remember gaming before Steam or Oculus Rift? Explore a massive collection of retro games, from early consoles, to handhelds, Die Shreibfabrik’s retro gaming exhibit features displays from 25 collectors and clubs from around the world as well as a selection of gaming projects.
Explore the Computer Game Museum of Berlin’s “PainStation” project based on Pong, Alexander Giesbrecht’s collection of 25 years of GameBoy history, Blessed City’s pinball and arcade museum, and many more exhibits. Whether you’re old enough to remember Pong or not, Retro Gaming at GamesCom is fun for gamers and fans of all ages.
You can visit the collection in hall 10.2 any time during GamesCom and check out four decades worth of gaming history. Learn more here.
Go for a Moonlit Cruise Down the Rhine River During Paymentwall’s Classic Ninja Party
For the past three years Paymentwall’s GamesCom cruise party has been a favorite GamesCom event. Somehow Paymentwall manages to outdo itself every year with more extravagant themes. The cruise party is a hot ticket and easily the most anticipated after-hours party during GamesCom and this year’s Classic Ninja Party is no exception.
Each year’s party offers attendees the perfect opportunity to combine work and play as they cruise down the Rhine River and rub elbows with key players in the gaming industry. This year’s theme is “Big in Japan,” and Paymentwall promises a party of epic proportions. Where else can you mingle with top gaming industry executives while watching ninjas duke it out on the dance floor or do sake shots with Godzilla as gorgeous Geishas serve sushi?
Paymentwall’s 3rd annual GamesCom cruise sets sail Thursday August 14 at 7pm, all guests must be 18+. RSVP Here.
Get Moving With Rhythmic Gymnastics
As GamesCom comes to a close, many attendees are tired after several days of networking, gaming and partying. Take a break and get pumped up for the final stretch by getting your blood pumping with an aerobic exercise dance party.
Join Team Rythmus Gymnastik, featuring DJ Powerfun and rhythm trainer DJ Bleibtreuboy and learn some new moves. Rhythmic gymnastics is said to improve flexibility and cardiovascular health through a series of stretches and dances. The fun starts with a warm up so be sure to arrive on time!
Get your dance on on Saturday at stage Rudolfplatz between 7:30 and 10:30pm (also marked on the map above).