All dressed up with somewhere to goUpdated: 2013-07-27 10:24
The China Gaming Industry Report released on Wednesday said sales revenue in the games market reached 33.89 billion yuan ($5.52 billion) in the first six months of this year, up 36.4 percent year-on-year.
Sales revenue from games made solely by Chinese developers reached 24.34 billion yuan in the same period.
"Online games will become a springboard for Chinese games to explore the overseas market," said Chen Dewen, president of Changyou.com, a NASDAQ-listed Chinese online games developer and operator.
But Sun Shoushan, deputy head of the State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, said the Chinese games market lacks creativity and high-quality products, with a large number of copycats in the market.
Wang Ye, 21, from Nanjing in Jiangsu province, is majoring in digital media design at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts. Seen from a distance, she resembled a prince sporting a tuxedo and a small red crown.
"I am playing Beelzebub in the Japanese comedy manga Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san. I sometimes play male characters - it's great fun," she said.
Wang said the costume cost her 400 yuan. "My parents never frown on me dressing this way. The cash comes from my pocket money".
Li Yanfeng, 21, a university student from Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, arrived at the Shanghai New International Expo Center early in the morning.
He was dressed as a well- known Japanese cartoon character in a blue-and-white striped vest, straw hat, with a plaster on his nose and wearing thick eyeliner.
But Li is not thinking of making cosplay his career, describing it as "something like show business".
"If you want to be famous in this industry, you have to pay for photographers and circulate your pictures online to draw attention. With some fame, you will be invited as a judge for cosplay competitions, or to shoot videos. But it requires too much time and money," he said.
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