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TGS 2014 theme is 'Changing Games: The Transformation of Fun'

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The theme for the 2014 Tokyo Game Show is "Changing Games: The Transformation of Fun," a title intended to highlight new platforms and connectivity, the convention's organizers announced today.

"The theme implies games created by fusion with network will break ground the new world of game with a renewed vision," said the Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association (CESA) and Nikkei Business Publications, the companies that put on the show, in a press release today. "This innovation which exceeds the common sense in games should bring unknown inspiration and excitement to people."

This year's Tokyo Game Show, the 24th since the convention's debut in 1996, will feature the same footprint as last year, when the organizers expanded the show to include Hall 9 as well as Halls 1 to 8 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. Hall 9 will hold spaces for cosplay exhibitions, Windows PC titles and eSports competitions; the area for indie games, which existed in Hall 9 last year, is being moved into Halls 1 to 8.

CESA and Nikkei BP are now accepting applications for booths at TGS 2014, with a deadline of May 30. The organizers expect to host approximately 1,600 booths from 300 exhibitors, and estimate a total attendance of 220,000 over the four-day convention. The 2013 Tokyo Game Show set a new attendance record at 270,197, an increase of nearly 21 percent above TGS 2012.

The 2014 Tokyo Game Show will take place Sept. 18-21, with the first two days being restricted to business visitors and the media, while the last two days are open to the public. Polygon will be on hand to bring you all the news from the convention.

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