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General: Post-E3: "Smaller is Better"

DanaDana Halifax, NSPosts: 2,415Member

When the axe fell on E3, we wanted to know what this meant for us, developers and fans. In search of that answer, we spoke to AGC Excutive Director Christopher Sherman.




The king of all gaming shows met a surprising end this week. E3’s passing has already inspired a number of touching pieces. This isn’t one of them. The move was the inevitable result of booth-bloat – spending millions for an unquantifiable return - and, with any luck, signals a new era of specialized gaming conferences.

The question everyone in this field faces today is where to spend our time, energy and money in the future. There are a dozen game conferences other than E3, but will any of them become the one-stop shopping of video game conferences?

“Smaller is better,” says Christopher Sherman, the Executive Director of the Austin Game Conference, which has been mentioned in some circles as a possible successor to E3. “We don’t aspire to be a 60,000 person event.”

The whole article is available here.

Dana Massey
Formerly of MMORPG.com
Currently Lead Designer for Bit Trap Studios

Comments

  • MotorheadMotorhead Phoenix, AZPosts: 1,193Member

    Regardless, I wish I'd still made it to one.   Bah... 

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  • kalagarazkalagaraz fairmount, GAPosts: 19Member
    Jeez mmorpg.com is the worst for false info. E3 is not cancelled. The nextgen article you posted was nextgen trying to blow the lid off the story first with no direct information. E3 is only being downsized for next year, which is expected since there isn't going to be any nextgen consoles next year. It is no where near cancelled.

  • ClomnerClomner Smithfield, NCPosts: 9Member
    No worries, anyone. E3 is not closing down. In fact, its far FROM dying out.

    Basically, it costs money to get into the show and present your products...But with such a large rallying of people, some companies and game-distributers would call over journalists and publishers, and set up meeting within a hotel room somewhere nearby...And it'd only cost a FRACTION of the price to that they would have to pay to get into E3.

    Its just everything was costing alot, so people started making personal meetings instead of paying E3 for some show, they set up their own.

    No biggie. Just got a little too large for people wanting to pay. They are just downsizing a bit so that it is a perfect medium of cost efficiency and appealing to the gamers/journalists/game-publishers/ etc...

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  • DanaDana Halifax, NSPosts: 2,415Member


    Originally posted by kalagaraz
    Jeez mmorpg.com is the worst for false info. E3 is not cancelled. The nextgen article you posted was nextgen trying to blow the lid off the story first with no direct information. E3 is only being downsized for next year, which is expected since there isn't going to be any nextgen consoles next year. It is no where near cancelled.



    The point of the article was that the concept of E3 as we knew it is dead, however, I was not clear for people who had not been following the story, so I added a note there.

    Dana Massey
    Formerly of MMORPG.com
    Currently Lead Designer for Bit Trap Studios

  • ltolmanltolman Pendleton, ORPosts: 55Member
    What I'm confused?
  • tkobotkobo Dunellen, NJPosts: 465Member

    No matter what happens to E3,if it gets smaller or grows even larger,it will still be what is always was.

    A useless marketing event for the sake of marketing alone.All hype and little to no actual content benefitting the prospective customer.

    It as bad as one of those shows the actors run in which they all slap each other on the backside and proclaim to the world how awesome a job they are doing.And of course the seasons in question movies were mostly bottom barrel.

    Much like the games are each season lately.

    All hype and buzz words meant to sell a product.And the worse the product,the more hype its given.

    NO real benefit to the prospective customers at all.

    Game industry would be better off staying home and actually putting the time ,effort and money into actually making the game, instead of making the hype.

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