GamesCom is coming to Cologne, Germany August 21-25

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If you thought E3 was a big deal here in the US, but thought it was kind of unfair that only media and people in the gaming industry were allowed through the doors, well, I've got some good news and bad news for you.

The good news is that GamesCom is the gaming convention that lets more than 270,000 attendees get their hands on the hottest games and gaming systems in the world long before many are available to the public. You just need a ticket. The bad news (for those of us in the US) is that it’s way over in Cologne, Germany. But for those gamers in Europe and for folks around the world with the means to travel abroad, GamesCom is a dream come true.

Imagine playing the PS4 and the Xbox One and all of the latest, yet-to-be-released games all day and then taking the party into the streets for the festival that transforms downtown with live concerts, food, even more gaming, and hopefully good German beer (for those of us over 21 or whatever the minimum drinking age is over there).

Why is it important for GamesCom to include the fans? We got to speak to Katharina Hamma, the COO of Koelnmesse, the company that organizes the massive event, to answer that question and she gave us just a little taste of what fans can expect at GamesCom 2013.

If you could go to GamesCom (we wish we could too!), which games would you want to play first?

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Video Segment Producer: Mauricio Portillo

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