GameStart 2018 happens this weekend on Oct. 13 and 14.

As Southeast Asia’s premier game convention, the fifth edition will be held yet again at Suntec Convention Centre, with thousands expected to be in attendance.

Certain types of cosplay not allowed

In preparation for the event, visitors have been reminded that military simulation, or MilSim cosplay, is strictly prohibited this year.

But this is not an entirely new ban, as a prohibition like this has been enforced before at similar conventions.

Difficult for hobbyists

However, being barred is understandably difficult for those who are part of the bigger military simulation community, as they have attended such events before in their full get-up with no issues.

At the same time, cosplayers whose characters look pseudo-military-like may face some difficulties and have expressed doubts about whether they are in the clear to portray their characters on that day.

Screenshot via GameStart Asia’s Facebook post

Organisers clarify

Since the notice was posted on Oct. 9, the organisers have been quick to clarify specific queries posed by visitors.

Screenshot via GameStart Asia’s Facebook post
Screenshot via GameStart Asia’s Facebook post
Screenshot via GameStart Asia’s Facebook post

Safety of public

The rationale for prohibiting military cosplay, organisers said, is to prevent public confusion of military simulation hobbyists with real law-enforcement officers.

Ask before showing up

For avoidance of doubt, cosplayers are advised to send a private message to the GameStart Facebook page to check if the characters they want to portray on the event days are cleared to show up in the full gear.

Screenshot via GameStart Asia’s Facebook post
Screenshot via GameStart Asia’s Facebook post

We’ve also reached out to the GameStart organisers to seek their response and further clarification on this prohibition and will update the article when they respond.

Top image adapted via GameStart Asia’s Facebook post