by Susanna Tatár

Cologne, a picturesque 2,000-year-old German town on the banks of the Rhine, is being overrun by close to 300,000 gaming-mad youth from around the world.

They are participating in Gamescom, the world’s biggest gaming show, where the best gaming clans from across the globe meet and lock horns in several merciless tournaments.

All the big game developers and publishers show their newest titles here. Last year more than 550 companies from 30 countries presented their latest titles and gaming hardware.

Attendees have the chance to play unreleased, previously unseen games – although the price can be high. Last year, dedicated fans waited in line for up to six hours to claim their 30 minutes of gameplay with the then-unreleased Battlefield 3 and Diablo 3.

This year is shaping up to be another feast of gaming goodness, with developers and publishers showing a handful of highly anticipated titles that are coming later this year. Many of them include NVIDIA GeForce technologies to give users the most amazing gaming experience.

Watch the video below for a report from Gamescom from my colleague, Ben, including peeks of Crysis 3, Borderlands 2 and Hawken.

[Feature photo: Koelnmesse]