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E3 Rumors Fly

ESA to downsize E3? on GameSpot (thanks Frans) quotes "informed industry sources" (IIS) in reporting that the ESA is planning drastic changes to the structure and scope of the Electronic Entertainment Expo. According to their IIS, the annual show will move from the LA Convention Center to a smaller venue, and will serve a smaller group of attendees in a series of meeting room conferences, rather than the open floor event it has been. GameSpot notes that one of their IIS thinks the changes will result in a more productive environment, which is hard to disagree with, though I always enjoyed the chaos of the show floor. They also point out that there is a financial motivation to cutting down on the showy part of the show, which has indeed always been strikingly extravagant, but they also speculate it may force smaller companies to seek alternate promotional opportunities. They say an official announcement about this will come tomorrow. In a more drastic take on the rumors, Next Generation has busted out the caps lock in declaring "EXCLUSIVE: E3 FINISHED" (thanks StrategyCore) saying any coming announcement of a smaller event is damage control, but that the real story here is that E3 is ostensibly dead. They say an official announcement is likely over the next 48 hours.

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5. Re: Meh Jul 30, 2006, 17:18 Slaughter
 
I think E3 might have lost focus over the years. In the beginning it was a great arena for developers to show their games, and talk to media and buyers face to face. Lately it's become more of a "most booth babes and loudest noise" sort of show, and that's not what it should be. ESA did try to restrict this by enforcing new rules this year, but I don't think it was enough.

In my opinion they need to find back to the roots. I went to both E3 and Vegas this year, and both places bombards you with so many impressions at once it's hard to focus. I did manage to do the interviews I had pre-planned, but a lot of time is spent looking around confused and distracted. Granted this was my first year, but I don't think it's a good way of providing information. E3 is an important event, but it has to change. Few stands and many interview and private display booths would be good I believe.

@Some Dude: I was accepted because of a part-time job for the IT department of my University and running something akin to a fan-site ( http://www.strategycore.co.uk ), so that is very true. I think I gave some smaller developers much needed attention (Disciples III and JA3D for instance), but if I should have been accepted... And I'm by far not the worst example.
 
Greetings from Olav (Staff at http://www.strategycore.co.uk, Slaughter)
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    Date Subject Author
  1. Jul 30, 16:33 It started with the booth babes Zephalephelah
  2. Jul 30, 16:35  No subject Dr.Hamstring
  13. Jul 30, 19:07  The New E3 Nordramor
  31. Jul 31, 05:42  Re: It started with the booth babes Tr0n
  32. Jul 31, 06:38   Re: Chip
  33. Jul 31, 07:41    Re: The Half Elf
  3. Jul 30, 16:40 Meh MMORPGHoD
  4. Jul 30, 17:08  Re: Meh Some Dude
>> 5. Jul 30, 17:18   Re: Meh Slaughter
  28. Jul 31, 01:27    Re: Meh Yosemite Sam
  8. Jul 30, 17:39   Re: Meh FourPak
  10. Jul 30, 18:05    Re: Meh Some Dude
  12. Jul 30, 19:04     Re: Meh FourPak
  9. Jul 30, 17:50   Re: Meh the_culture
  26. Jul 31, 01:19  Re: Meh Riley Pizt
  6. Jul 30, 17:27 No subject Hump
  7. Jul 30, 17:37 Wow Producer
  11. Jul 30, 18:36 No subject Rosco
  14. Jul 30, 19:29  Re: No subject nin
  16. Jul 30, 19:47   Re: No subject Overon
  17. Jul 30, 19:54   Re: No subject cappy
  19. Jul 30, 21:11    E3 Rumors Zephalephelah
  27. Jul 31, 01:26     Re: E3 Rumors Riley Pizt
  29. Jul 31, 01:57      Re: Riley Pizt Zephalephelah
  30. Jul 31, 03:25       Re: Riley Pizt Tango
  36. Jul 31, 10:37        Re: Riley Pizt Riley Pizt
  15. Jul 30, 19:41 No subject Hump
  18. Jul 30, 21:06  Re: No subject TorTorden
  20. Jul 30, 21:22 No subject Kxmode
  21. Jul 30, 21:25 Good timing on my part... sponge
  22. Jul 30, 22:49  Re: Good timing on my part... MindTrigger
  23. Jul 30, 23:40 Dunno how I feel about this one... MacD
  24. Jul 31, 00:49 It makes sense Creston
  25. Jul 31, 01:14 No subject Riley Pizt
  34. Jul 31, 08:44 Just another sign? Turtle
  35. Jul 31, 09:10  Re: Just another sign? Beamer
  37. Jul 31, 11:38   Re: Just another sign? Undead Scottsman
  38. Jul 31, 11:55    Re: Just another sign? nin
  39. Jul 31, 12:56    Re: Just another sign? Beamer
  40. Jul 31, 18:59     Re: Just another sign? Tango
  41. Aug 4, 20:54     Re: Just another sign? Masa
  42. Aug 4, 21:25      Re: Just another sign? Riley Pizt


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