Cos­play­ers told to put down their weapons

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Gamescom, the world’s largest gam­ing fair, has told vis­i­tors to leave their weapons at home this year. Or­gan­is­ers of the an­nual event in Ger­many said that “replica weapons and weapon-like items” on cos­tumes will be banned due a re­cent se­ries of at­tacks that have shaken the coun­try. Ger­many saw its first sui­cide bomb­ing and one of the worst mass shoot­ings in its his­tory last month. Replica weapons are a fre­quent ac­ces­sory in cos­play - short for cos­tume play - where fans dress up as video game, TV or anime char­ac­ters. Ac­tors work­ing for ex­hibitors will still be able to carry weapons, pro­vided they are reg­is­tered and checked first. Gamescom takes place from Au­gust 17-21 in Cologne.

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