Tokyo Game Show 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19

Tokyo Game Show 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will now be an online-only event.

Tokyo Game Show 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19

Tokyo Game Show (TGS) organiser Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA) announced in a press release on 8 May 2020 that this year’s gaming convention “will not proceed as planned”.

Tokyo Game Show (TGS2020) physical event cancelled

The TGS event, which was scheduled to take place from 4 to 27 September, was cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19 and the “unpredictable situation in Japan”. The organisers tweeted:

“In response to the spread of the new coronavirus on a global scale and the unpredictable situation in Japan, the health and safety aspects of visitors, exhibitors, and related parties have been taken into consideration. Thank you for your understanding”.

Digital Tokyo Game Show event

The prevent further spread of the virus, TGS’ usual Makuhari Messe-based physical event will now be held online, from Thursday 24 September to Sunday 27 September.

A statement from Tokyo Game Show organisers and co-organizers (Nikkei Business Publications) reads in part:

The organiser and the co-organisers have reached this decision after a long consideration to place the utmost priority on the health and safety of visitors, exhibitors and stakeholders.

No details about the upcoming digital TGS2020 event was available at the time of publishing, and we cannot say if the organisers will choose to keep the original itinerary.

The CESA will share additional information on the TGS website’s Press centre in due course.

Gaming events in 2020

Fret not, there are plenty of other (digital) events to look forward to, such as Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest. The event will kick off this month and stretch all the ways to August 2020.

In addition, both IGN and GamesRadar are planning to host digital showcases in June, while gamers can tune into EA Play Live and on 11 June 2020.

The Nordic Game 2020 will take place from 27 to 29 May this year, and again from 25 to 27 November 2020. COVID-19 might take our physical events, but by Sithis and all deities in EOS, it will not take our digital events.

“As the leading games conference in Europe we have a lot to offer, with our debut online event this May filled with the best speakers from the global industry and our own Nordic heroes, access to countless games industry professionals via MeetToMatch with video conferencing, a host of networking and social events on Discord, as well as our renowned Nordic Game Awards show broadcast live with some very special guests”.

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Former Scrubs favourite Sarah Chalke chats to us about season four of Rick And Morty, her former cast members, and why she's planning a trip to Mzansi.

Clones, cannibals, and maybe a trip to SA? We grab five with Sarah Chalke

Just how, exactly, do you describe Rick And Morty to someone who hasn’t seen it before? Sarah Chalke – who voices Beth Smith in the animated cult favourite – gave us at her best shot, as five new episodes of the lewd laugh-riot came to Showmax this week.

“On the outside, it looks like a show about a young boy [Morty Smith] and his grandfather [Rick Sanchez] going on a wonderful series of adventures. Then pretty soon, we’re dealing with things like incest and cannibalism. So yeah, it’s different!”

Sarah Chalke

This, just moments after she admitted to “not really knowing what day or time it was” because of lockdown. Join the club, Sarah… although, the whole premise of Adult Swim’s hit-comedy laughs in the face of the space-time continuum and our basic understanding of physics.

Sarah Chalke talks to us about Rick and Morty

Chalke, beaming with enthusiasm and warmth, says she is now used to the idea of “timelessness”, and describes the show as “one hell of a weird ride”.

We absolutely couldn’t agree more. In its seven-year existence, Rick And Morty has evolved from an online parody to become one of the most-watched adult animation shows on the circuit. This week, the second half of series four dropped in South Africa – and it’s been every bit as mind-blowing as advertised.

Time travel, inter-dimensional dilemmas and concepts that soar above our observable and understood universe dominate the narrative, which is punctuated by frequent flashpoints of relentlessly dark humour. If you’re just that little bit twisted, this show promises to satisfy your lust for the absurd.

And yet, in the middle of it all, is Sarah Chalke. The former Scrubs and How I Met Your Mother actress simply cannot pick a bad production to put her name to. Certainly, the aforementioned shows have established themselves as vital cornerstones of pop culture in the 21st century.

The ABC’s of Beth… explained by her voice actor

The same is happening with R&M. In the age of the meme, cutaway gags and contextually ambiguous scenes are king. This show does them by the barrel-full, while juggling ambitious plot-lines and far-out theories. But it is Beth – the mother amid the chaos – who functions as one of the show’s standout mysteries.

Morty’s father Jerry is the perennial loser, always at odds with his intellectual superior and father-in-law, Rick. Then there’s Summer, the teenage daughter trying to navigate both High School and the finer points of traversing the multiverse. Beth, as Chalke puts it, is an ‘existential lynchpin’ trying to learn more about herself:

“In terms of character development, we learn about what happens with Beth in real-time. As this goes on, we see a more complex side to her. She has to live with her own existential doubts, battling with the reality of her own existence and the relation with her father [Rick].”

“The most fascinating aspect of Beth is how she is always trying to please her dad, despite never-ending scepticism. In season three, we learn why these two are the way they are and it’s sort of rewarding, but also leaves us with a massive cliffhanger – Beth, like the rest of us, doesn’t even know what she is any more”.

Sarah Chalke

Rick And Morty season four: Is Beth a clone?

Sarah isn’t kidding. In fact, we begin season four hoping to learn if Beth is actually real or merely a cloned version of herself – whatever these next five episodes bring us, they’ll have to go a long way to eclipse what we’ve seen so far. Our personal highlights include a cameo from Pretoria-born Elon Musk, and Rick’s secret bathroom located in a heavenly corner of the galaxy: We can only imagine the scrolling we’d get through in there…

Rick And Morty can also claim to have one of the most intense fanbases on the planet. There are superfans, then there are the devotees that storm McDonald’s outlets for access to discontinued sauces made popular by Rick Sanchez himself. Man, that sentence was a joy to type…

Sarah Chalke has been a part of this community from the start, and says that watching the growth of its popularity year-on-year has been her favourite thing about working on the show:

“The fans of Rick And Morty are just on a totally different planet – almost literally. When we first started going to Comic Con in 2014, we had a few people dressed up as Rick, which was pretty cool. We came back the next year and there are hundreds of fans dressed as obscure characters: The Meeseks, Mr Poopy Butthole, and the lot.”

“We’ve also been lucky enough to watch episodes with fans in huge outdoor theatres – with one screening hosting more than 4 000 people. I genuinely love watching these guys get together and have so much fun with our show!”

Sarah Chalke

A visit to South Africa may be on the cards…

Comic Con, of course, has a firm footprint in South Africa. So we had to ask Sarah… will she ever visit? Well, whenever we are all able to break from the shackles of a global lockdown, Mzansi is at the top of her list – and the Chalke family have already left a charitable mark on our landscape:

“I am desperate to visit, South Africa is at the very top of my list and my whole family has gone before. I was scheduled to travel with them, but I had a baby at the time I was meant to go. I had to make do with just hearing the stories, but SA is truly an incredible place – and my parents have helped establish orphanages out there”.

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke’s tribute to Sam Lloyd

Finally, we allowed ourselves a moment to fangirl: Sarah’s work on Scrubs launched her to international stardom, and her eight-season run helped propel the show into genre-setting territory. But sadly, the phenomenal cast lost a beloved member of the show last week.

Sam Lloyd, who perfectly portrayed Ted, passed away on 30 April. Chalke’s tribute to the actor just about sums up the man who played such a tragically-helpless comic foil:

“He really was a fantastic and amazing person. But do you know what? He goes down as the kindest, nicest person I’ve ever worked with. Sam always had time for a conversation, and took a genuine interest in our lives and what we were doing. And don’t get me started on The Blanks…”

*We proceed to ask Sarah about The Blanks, Sam’s improv a capella group*…

“Man, they were so cool! They ended up on Scrubs because Sam just bought them along to filming one day. They had us all laughing instantly and from there, they ended up on the show… the rest is history!”

Sarah Chalke

Answering the question: How do you explain Rick And Morty?

Chalke has seen her CV go from stellar to interstellar since choosing a winner with Rick And Morty. In fact, it’s tough to think of another actor who would have had as much fun on-set as Sarah over the past 20 years or so. In answering the question we posed at the start of the article, the f-word is probably the best response.

R&M explores infinite timelines, limitless possibilities and the big-picture questions that keep us up at night. But, if you need just one reason to tune in and start watching, this should do it: The show is fun. Bloody good, unapologetic fun. And couldn’t we all do with some of that during these testing times?

  • ‘The Other Five’ episodes of Rick and Morty season 4 are available on the Adult Swim Corner on Showmax for South African fans to stream.
  • Sarah’s family is also involved with two charities in Namibia. You can find out more about the Home of Good Hope and Sunrise Adoption here.
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