So who's making their contractually obliged appearances on the show this week? Pearson's stepped up to host, James and Emily are keeping up morale, and Martin can barely disguise his tedium of the entire industry.
Gamescom isn't quite the year-defining event that E3 is, but it's become a big deal in the video game calendar. This year it'll host demos of all the biggest games and hopefully bring a few big announcements. Here's what we're most excited about.
Every Monday we'll pick out the best of the bunch, link to our reviews and previews and keep you in the video game loop so you have enough time to pre-order for Friday's post.
This week it's Just Cause 2, Bad Company 2, Demon's Souls, Cthulhu Saves the World and Triple Triad.
The three home console platforms are pitted against one another to decide which deserves to leave with the championship belt and which had better up its game.
Emily looks at why it's essential the big-budget MMO achieves success - not just for EA, but for the future of MMOs.
Which community members will be walking away with a free game this month? Find out inside.
It's Episode 7 of the VideoGamer.com Podcast, but there's only one Deadly Sin in sight: Sloth. There's barely a game on the horizon, and as such we're all lazing about. Also, we resemble hairy, slow-moving tree mammals.