You're not welcome at this year's Games Convention Online. No, the former GamesCon, which runs from July 8 to July 10, is open to industry folk only due to a lack of interest from the public. It sounds like GamesCom killed the GamesCon.
Games Convention Online Shuts Its Doors To The Public
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Earlier this year, Nvidia unveiled a showcase of real-time ray-tracing using Phasma and some Stormtroopers from the Star Wars franchise. At their conference in Gamescom this year, they showcased the same ray-tracing demo - but instead of running off four Volta-powered GPUs, it was powered by a single Turing-powered GPU.
One of the best things about the CD-ROM era was that it was a great promotional tool. And the best kind of promotions were free games. Specifically. free games with food.