Chinese Game Cosplay GirlsDecember 19, 2010 by: admin
Cosplay, short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Characters are often drawn from popular fiction in Japan. Favorite sources include manga, anime, tokusatsu, comic books, graphic novels, video games, hentai and fantasy movies. Any entity from the real or virtual world that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject. Inanimate objects are given anthropomorphic forms and it is not unusual to see genders switched, with women playing male roles and vice versa.
Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered around role play. A broader use of the term cosplay applies it to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.
The eighth annual ChinaJoy (aka China Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference), China’s annual gaming conference on a par with E3, opened to the public yesterday at the Shanghai New International Expo Center.
According to show sponsors, the goal of the conference is to “strengthen domestic game supervision, actively regulate the markets of electronics and Internet publications, rigorously fight against piracy in order to encourage and support legal game products, and establish a platform for the comprehensive development of Chinese electronics products… While showing the new products and technologies, the exhibition aims to be the window of presenting industrial policies, accessing to market information, and absorbing global opinions and suggestion in order to play a positive role in the development.”
ChinaJoy regularly attracts digital media and gaming companies from Europe, North America, Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The conference, running until Sunday, August 1, is ground zeo for anyone with a gaming interest in China, from the players to the play makers interested in checking out the new future of Chinese gaming — and probably the game girls as well.
Although games are the highlight of the conference, the annual ChinaJoy cosplay competition (short for “costume play”) is also a highlight worth noting.