family & friends 2016

This year we present something special for our youngest visitors at gamescom. Our brand new "family & friends" area in hall 10.2 gives parents and their children the opportunity to take a break from the turbulent exhibition in a quiet and child-friendly surrounding. At the same time there are a lot of activities to discover and try out.

Children can test their athletic skills playing trend sports like HEADIS. They also can enjoy video game classics from the past forty years at the retro gaming area. In addition to that, they are invited by the Protestant Youth for some exciting matches of giant table football. For adults there is the chance to get informed about topics such as youth protection in dealing with the internet and virtual learning by institutions like USK (Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body) and other exhibitors. “family & friends” is being accompanied by a catering service suitable for children and parents, located at the food court.

Please contact Kerem Keskinler .

You think table tennis is boring? Then visit us and take your chance at HEADIS. Table tennis with your head might look weird, but all new and good things look weird at the beginning. That’s one of life’s secrets. HEADIS is fun and at the time healthy, for free and good for your soul.

The "Evangelische Jugend" (Protestant Youth) in Cologne and the surrounding region moves both you and gamescom. You will have the chance to challenge each other in exciting kicker matches and burn off energy on the Bungee-Run, moreover you can test your sensitiveness by playing table soccer.At the same time you get to know some of the volunteers. On top of that, you can test your coordination skills on our daffy boards or recover from a stressful trade fair day in our chill-out corner.

The popular special show “retro gaming” will become bigger and more diverse than ever before. Over an area of about 1200 square meters, clubs, retro-projects and private collectors present the history of computer games. Dozens of games consoles, home computers, hand-helds and, for the first time, machines from four decades, bring the development of digital pastime to life.

gamescom will be once again looking after the little visitors of gamescom in Cologne. Lady childminders are on hand for the children and are offering handicrafts, painting and playing. While the tots can play, rest or let off steam of the bouncy castle, the older children are having their faces professionally painted or can test their skills at the game console.

While the West German Championship in skateboarding is carried out in the gamescom outdoor area in the context of the Lexus COS Cup 2016 on Saturday and Sunday, you already have the chance here in advance to take part in the different skate workshops. In the process you can not only acquire knowledge and tricks from the pros, but also directly implement what you have learned in practice under their instruction. So come on by, try things out, participate!

The Fotobulli is a classic VW camper with a build-in photo booth. Grab your friends, take seat in the bus and let the good times roll. Four photos are made with very little time in between to change those funny photo booth props. Moments later you receive your printed photo strips. And feel free to share your digital photos on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or by e-mail. The photo booth bus is there to make you happy!

Does PAC-MAN collect points while shopping? Is playing video games similar to foreplay? How would a deathmatch against death end? Do not worry: to have these and many other essential questions for gamers answered, you wont have to wait for the walkthrough. Michael Holtschulte answers ALL of them in his cartoons.

The cartoonist is a games reviewer and passionate gamer himself. His profound knowledge of the video-gaming-world is congenially reflected in his cartoons, in which he refers to current games as well as the classics. Holtschulte's cartoons are collected in his recently published book: Michael Holtschulte, Sammeln Sie Punkte? Cartoons für Gamer, Lappan Verlag, € 8,99 ISBN 978-3-8303-6266-1

So, come around and check out the „Cartoons for Gamers“ in exhibition hall 10.2 (close to the info-desk). Here, you can pick up a drawing plus an autograph and have an expert chat with the artist on Saturday (9 am to 8 pm).

“If there was ever a justification for the term ‚killing joke‘, it is in Michael Holtschulte's work.” Steffen Haubner

Michael Holtschulte was born in 1979, wearing Chucks and carrying a drawing pen. At a fairly early age, he was allowed to use his father's computer and bread box (C16). Together with his wife, some modern computers, consoles, cats, and a dog, Michael lives in Herten. Next to his online fan base, readers of several newspapers (e.g. Süddeutsche Zeitung, taz, Deadline, YPS, stern, Titanic, or Eulenspiegel) enjoy his cartoons. He was twice awarded an audience award: the German Prize for Political Caricature in 2012 and the German Caricature Award in 2014.

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The road safety organisation Verkehrswacht will present an interesting range of activities at Gamescom hall 10. The visitors can check their capacitiy of reaction in a drive simulator. How to get out of one’s car after it turned over, can be learned at the somersault simulator. There’s a bicycle course for the grown-ups and pedal cars for children. You can also check your eyesight. Furthermore the staff of the Verkehrswacht will offer many information concerning road safety for all kinds of traffic participants. The range of activities is provided by Verkehrswacht Köln, Verkehrswacht Rheinisch-Bergischer-Kreis and Landesverkehrswacht NRW.