Akihabara festa zeroes in on global PC gamers

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

The third annual Akihabara PC Game Festa, dedicated to personal computer videogames, runs April 29 to May 5 at the Bellesalle Akihabara event space in Tokyo’s fabled Akihabara “Electric Town.”

Organized by Thirdwave Corp., operator of nationwide computer retailer Dospara, with the support of Japan Online Game Association, the event is one of the largest of its kind in Japan, the company says.

Many people love to play videogames on their personal computers. But although plenty of events exist for games played on consoles, mobile phones and online, there are few solely devoted to PC games.

That’s where Akihabara PC Game Festa comes in. It features a wide variety of exhibitors, including GungHo Online Entertainment Inc., known for its “Ragnarok” online game franchise.

Internet service provider and portal site operator NEC Biglobe Ltd., online game “Lineage” operator NC Japan K.K., and NHN Japan Corp., the Japanese subsidiary of the South Korean company that runs Hangame online game portal, will also have booths.

U.S. game publisher Electronic Arts Inc., Microsoft Corp. and others will also be represented.

Titles cover the spectrum of genres, including the online shooting games “Toy Wars” and “Lucent Heart,” golf game “Pangya” and pet-caring game “Livly Island COR.”

The event is open from noon to 7 p.m. daily during the period. Admission is free. During the week, news conferences, game competitions and chat shows, as well as stage performances, will be offered.

To promote the fun of PC games, a space will also be available where visitors can try their hand at games.

Donations to help survivors of the devastating March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake will also be accepted, and a charity auction held to raise funds.

Visit (http://www.gamefesta.jp/index.html).

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