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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Re: Riley Pizt
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Re: Riley Pizt Jul 31, 2006, 01:57
Jul 31, 2006, 01:57
 
ZEPH: An invitation to all national gaming magazines, Electronic Magazines, and gaming television shows should be sent with 4 SuperBowl-type hologram tickets to each publication. would request tickets. No one else gets in (period).

RILEY: That is a horrific idea. All that does is provide the same narrow gaming coverage that existed before the emergence of the world wide web. If game developers and publishers only want coverage from the major whore trade rags in which they advertise, they don't need a tradeshow to get that.

All the game magz, Gamespot, Bluesnews, G4 (previously Tech-TV),IGN, UGO, and probably 100 times the amount of coverage that existed before the emergence of the world wide web.

And they *DO* Need that E3 coverage! E3 is a big, big, big deal. Why send a PcGamer reporter to talk to Crytek about some new engine called FarCry that sounds gay to begin with? But if you are going with 3 of your co-workers on invitation to an event where you can report about the emergence of 40 games, 5-6 which are very good, then that's AN IMPORTANT PLACE TO BE IF YOU ARE A GAMING DEVELOPER!!!!

Letting in every Tom, Riley Pizt, & Harry is the distraction that a Game Developer doesn't need. No booth bitches. No Dicks. No bullshit. And I bet those guys have more time to visit every booth & generate better reports to communicate what they saw to us. I mean, serve good food or something. Be classy. You don't have to cater to the minds of non-reporters if they aren't there to begin with.

Let people in on a Multi-player LAN Testing station with 100 seats that is open for 2 hours a day & set up so that every person in attendance gets exactly the same amount of time throughout the event and outside of those 2 hours per day the computers are OFFLINE. I want to know about the games so letting the reporters play beta-versions is acceptable & would be quite useful for us. But don't let some stupid hype fiend play Crysis for 95% of his stay there. Limit EVERYTHING except developer to reporter communcation so that the regular consumer has the very best chance to know what every game is about, not just the hyped ones or the ones with playboy bitches or the ones with a keg-party or whatever. NO GIMMICKS! You talk, you show, it's reported, I see, I buy. That's it.

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