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6. Re: Gatherings & Competitions May 13, 2012, 21:20 ViRGE
 
SimplyMonk wrote on May 13, 2012, 13:04:
In the early 2000s when E3 and the big publishers was trying to bring the ridiculous spending and "one-up-manship" of the 90s into line, the show became a complete executive only affair with nothing shiny to display at all.
I miss those days. Press could get in, get their work done, and get out without having to deal with the throngs of unwashed masses. The problem is that people somehow think "industry event" is a codeword for a party, when that's not the case.
 
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5. Re: Gatherings & Competitions May 13, 2012, 17:21 finga
 
Wallshadows wrote on May 13, 2012, 12:26:
Less booth babes and no more exclusive invite-only press events would be a start.
Thing is, the less exclusive and "industry-only" it is, the better effect booth babes have.

Plus, E3 is the only industry-only show there is right now. PAX, BlizzCon, GamesCom, and the like are all open to the public.
 
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4. Re: Gatherings & Competitions May 13, 2012, 17:19 finga
 
Oh, Kotaku. THQ is most definitely at E3 this year. They'll have a booth in the South Hall.  
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3. Re: Gatherings & Competitions May 13, 2012, 15:25 killer_roach
 
Wallshadows wrote on May 13, 2012, 12:26:
Less booth babes and no more exclusive invite-only press events would be a start.


That's the inevitable result, but you seem to miss why that will likely result.

The big, lavish trade shows have pretty much always been put on for the benefit of the retailers who might carry your products... who are now less and less important themselves.

It's going to be less and less likely that you'll see mass gatherings for trade shows and the like and more with publishers doing their own events behind closed doors with press or handling product announcements at investor conference calls / Webcasts (which, as dry as they sound, could be where you see the most stylish presentations in the hopes of getting investors on board with them).

The people who really get hurt by this are the Kentia Hall exhibitors at E3, but a lot of them will likely migrate to PAX if they can.
 
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2. Re: Gatherings & Competitions May 13, 2012, 13:04 SimplyMonk
 
Having been to the last three E3s, going to the next one and being close to friends that have attended them since the start, calling this next one "the worst ever" or the death of the expo is a bit of an overstatement and typical sensationalist headlines. In the early 2000s when E3 and the big publishers was trying to bring the ridiculous spending and "one-up-manship" of the 90s into line, the show became a complete executive only affair with nothing shiny to display at all. It wasn't until ~2008 that they changed back to making it more PR oriented and showy as it had been in the 90's.

The show has changed for sure, but the purpose of E3 was always to entice investors more so than flaunt to customers.
 
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1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions May 13, 2012, 12:26 Wallshadows
 
Less booth babes and no more exclusive invite-only press events would be a start.

 
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