It struck me today that the official “themes” of the Tokyo Game Show have gotten weirder every year. I decided to research as far back as I could to find them all. We’ll start with 2000, when the show was still twice per year – I couldn’t find official confirmation for 1996-1999, so if anyone knows those, feel free to drop me a line.
Looking at the list, it seems that from 2009-2011, maybe someone new was in charge of the theme. That’s also around the time the mascot started showing up, and the English takes a marked turn for the unintelligible. But the first one in 2000 is no slouch! So, let’s be off on our gaming journey of heartful energy.
2000 (spring) Tokyo Game Show Evolves into the Year 2000 Version
2000 (autumn) The Entertainment of Your Life
2001 (spring) Entertainment in the 21st Century, Unfolded by Games
2001 (autumn) Let’s Play Together
2002 Playing Is in Our DNA
2003 A Playful Spirit Can Change the World
2004 A Brand New Sensation for Everyone in the World
2005 Your front row ticket to the next generation of gaming
2006 New Excitement. New Sensations. A New Generation.
2007 Link up, Reach out, To the World
2008 Ready for GAME Time!
2009 Game, it’s so energetic!
2010 GAME goes to a new chapter.
2011 Game-Dancing Your Heart