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Overview

 
Previously Europe's biggest gaming trade show was Gamescon in Leipzeg, Germany but in 2009 Gamescon became focused solely on MMO's and mobile games while Gamescom (with an M) became the general games show.
 
2009 was the first year of Gamescom and it attracted 245,000 visitors (228,000 consumers and 17,000 trade visitors) and a total of 458 exhibiting companies. That makes GC the largest games fair in the world by number of attendees. Unlike other gaming conventions like E3, Gamescom is open to the public as well as media.
 

Announcements


Sony

First details about PS3 firmeware update about 3.0 - it included: changes to system navigation, new trophy features, added animated themes, friend list redesign, added premium avatars and a new status indicator in the the top-right corner of the screen.
PS3 Slim

 
PS3 Slim announced - Available worldwide by the first week of September and it will cost $299 (299 Euros and 29,980 Yen). It comes with a 120GB and will be 33% smaller and 36% lighter. 
 
Digital Reader for PSP announced - This service will let PSP users digitally read comics on their PSPs. It's officially endorsed by Marvel Comics and will release later this year.  
 

Microsoft

Fable III revealed - Peter Molyneux came on to stage and showed the first screens of Fable III. He said the game would give you the goal of becoming the ruler of Albion. How you get there and what you do once you are there are choices you must make. You play as the son/daughter of the hero in Fable II. Set to be released in late 2010.

Publishers

Here's a list of video game publishers that will be attending Gamescom 2009:
 

Gamescom Awards

Best of Show

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

 
Best Console Game

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

 
Best Mobile (Handheld) Game

Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks 
 

Best Online Game

Aion

 
Best PC Game

Modern Warfare 2

 
Best Family Game

Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics

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