Lloyd Kinski, of all people. The earth is burning and a complete climate collapse seems unavoidable. And then it is this arch-conservative, money-hungry ex-president, who is probably not coincidentally reminiscent of Donald Trump, who is supposed to save the world together with the climate activist Liv Lundgren. The two also have a powerful opponent in the alliance of the Autocratic Five. How does it all end? Well, that depends on us. After all, we have to get the two of them in “President Rocket Game” play. A “78.5 percent satirical” point-and-click adventure that comes from the Nuremberg two-person studio Gloho Games. The game hasn’t been released yet, but on the game platform Steam there is a demo. You can also watch it on February 17th and 18th at the GG Bavaria test.
GG Bavaria? Wasn’t that the name of the first Bavarian gaming trade fair last year? Exactly. And because the “Gaming Gaudi”, which was sold out with around 2,000 visitors, was also a success from the perspective of the Bavarian state government, there is now a sequel. This once again has the declared goal of “making indie games and the games industry in Bavaria accessible to a broad audience”. Because of its success, the organizers Games/Bavaria and MYI Entertainment rely on the tried and tested, but there are also innovations. This clearly includes the new location. This time the trade fair will take place in the Motorworld in Munich instead of in the Old Congress Hall. As Simone Watzinger, Head of Games Strategy at Games/Bavaria tells us, that definitely means: a lot more space.
“It’s almost twice as big,” says Watzinger on the phone. “We now have 1,800 square meters and a cooler infrastructure. And because Motorworld itself is already a magnet for people on the weekend, we also potentially have more walk-in customers.” In addition, the support from the operators is “simply great”. As far as the number of visitors is concerned, they are now aiming for “3,000” for the two days, which is 1,000 more than last year. What has also increased is the budget. As Games/Bavaria, they “received” 450,000 euros from the new digital minister Fabian Mehring. In an official statement, Mehring praised the trade fair as a “great business card for a modern, innovative digital state of Bavaria.”
This innovative digital country doesn’t just include them around 30 indie game studioswho present their current games, demos or prototypes at GG Bavaria. But also the universities, colleges or companies where you can study game design, game programming or game research or later work as a game developer. The latter present themselves at the “Games Career Days“, which, unlike last time, last two days instead of just one. From eleven o’clock onwards there are talks and lectures on various practical topics, you can find out about internships and study places or make contacts with games companies and professionals from the industry employees of gaming magazines such as GameStar or GamePro also give a look behind the scenes.
With Huebi, ArtemizPlayz and Jessirocks Youtubers and content creators will also provide entertainment on site and report live from the trade fair on their channels. The TikToker Laurenz aka fnbuddy analogously invites you to a game of “Codenames” on stage and Gaius Julius Caesar fight epic battles live on site in the “Age of Empires IV – Battle of Munich”. Tournaments organized by e-sports clubs and gaming communities are also back on the program, as is a cosplayer contest. The aim is to dress up as a video game or comic character and dress up with the best outfit. Animes, i.e. Japanese cartoons, are also a topic. And in the “Artist Alley” creatives from the fields of anime and gaming can sell their works of art.
By the way, the “GG” in GG Bavaria stands for “Good Game”. And there are also more good games than last year, with around 30 indie titles. In addition to “President Rocket Game,” this includes “Hauma” by SenAm Games from Munich. In the visual novel in film noir style, a Munich ex-policewoman is on the trail of a conspiracy.
In “The Ebbing – A Coastal Tale” from ActiveFungus Studios from Munich, following on from its predecessor “Totgeschwiegen – A Bavarian Tale”, it is now going to the far north. Accordingly, Low German is no longer spoken in Bavarian. “Tavern Talk” by Gentle Troll from Würzburg is a “Cozy Visual Novel” in fantasy style and “EcoGnomix” from Irox Games is a bizarre strategy and city building game set on mystical islands.
“The Murder Hotel” by Wegenbartho Games is a mystery adventure with a special twist that you can test out at the trade fair before its release. The same applies to the puzzle adventure “A Divine Guide To Puzzle Solving” by Nementic Games and the strategy fantasy game currently only available as a demo on Steam “Songs Of Silence” from Chimera Entertainment, which is probably the most important indie studio in Munich with 80 employees. A few more innovations: There are now also relaxation rooms, and people are better prepared for wheelchair users. And as far as tickets are concerned: In addition to the day tickets for 15 and two-day tickets for 20 euros to buy special family tickets. You just have to be quick. As I said, the first edition of GG Bavaria was sold out.
GG Bavaria 2024, February 17th and 18th, Motorworld Munich, Am Ausbesserungswerk 8, ggbavaria.games-bavaria.com