Nobody Likes E3 Anymore

It seems gaming fans are not the only ones to notice that E3 should never have changed.

EA has been taking steps by scheduling meetings with the Entertainment Software Association to discuss the problems of the current E3 format. They hope to bring E3 back to the way it was before, with public access and the attendance of thousands of gamers. President of EA Sports, Peter Moore, has described this year's event as "soulless," while EA's CEO himself, John Riccitiello, stated, "I hate E3 like this."

Laurent Detoc, president of Ubisoft America, said, "E3 this year is terrible. The world used to come to E3. Now it's like a pipe-fitters show in the basement."

Hopefully the ESA will take these opinions into serious consideration and open E3 to everybody again. EA may not be every gamer's favorite company, but any gamer can certainly appreciate them for their current efforts on this front.

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Screw E3, if a company has something to unveil, then they can do it on their own in so many ways. The fans will natually follow. E3 is just a waste of resources which means that games take just that much longer to come out to us.

i didnt even know E3 was going on this year until i started to see coverage on the internet.... in past years i hear lot of information leading up to the event. this year, nothing.

Good Idea that they change the format back again. as for Ubisoft, put them outside back by the trash dumpster, where they belong

Okay, I might not agree with the idea to have "booth babes", but then again, it was just one of those things that made E3 not only an event for developers, business men and the media but also a fun event for fans, enthusiasts and te common man.

(RPDL said @ #14)
Okay, I might not agree with the idea to have "booth babes", but then again, it was just one of those things that made E3 not only an event for developers, business men and the media but also a fun event for fans, enthusiasts and te common man.

Why didn't you agree?

(Eis said @ #14.1)

Why didn't you agree?

I found using women and sex appeal at a Games convention just seemed like a desperate and unnecessary way to attract more people. To me it was just sort of sad, like a nerdy fantasy about gamer-chicks.

I think the show should be open to the public and travel to different cities each year. If people get a chance to actually see some of this stuff it will only increase their interest in the products. Not everybody can make it out to California.

That's not even the e3 show floor. That's just a lobby. So, your attempt to show that e3 is poorly attended was an
EPIC FAIL!
:suspicious:

(Airlink said @ #8.2)
That's not even the e3 show floor. That's just a lobby. So, your attempt to show that e3 is poorly attended was an
EPIC FAIL!
:suspicious:

It's not a huge show anymore since it's only for the press. Don't expect to see throngs of people there. It's invitation only.

The people who organized E3 just decided they wanted to focus on presentation of new games to the press. In other words they stopped caring about it being a show. I wouldn't be surprised if the fall of E3 would have an effect on the North American games industry in general.

I'm glad to see that even the big corporate leaders find E3 to be soulless.

I doubt it will affect the industry much, if at all. I don't think anyone cares about it much anymore, so obviously, we can live without it. The fact that's it's no fun for the execs and the people that are still able to attend it doesn't affect the rest of us "civilians."

Here are the reasons they gave for changing it back in 06:

“E3Expo remains an important event for the industry and we want to keep that sense of excitement and interest, ensuring that the human and financial resources crucial to its success can be deployed productively to create an exciting new format to meet the needs of the industry. The new event ensures that there will be an effective and more efficient way for companies to get information to media, consumers, and others,” said Lowenstein.

“It is no longer necessary or efficient to have a single industry ‘mega-show’. By refocusing on a highly-targeted event, we think we can do a better job serving our members and the industry as a whole, and our members are energized about creating this new E3.” said Lowenstein talking about the other big video game industry shows like Games Convention in Leipzig or the Tokyo Game Show and company-specific events held by Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft.

(lucko said @ #5)
Why did they change it in the first place? Some backwards executive reasoning I imagine :rolleyes:

Game publishers didn't want to pay for it anymore, and devs don't want to waste time preparing for it. There's no benefit for them to waste money on it now that it is so much easier and cheaper to hype up games over the internet.

(toadeater said @ #1)
Game publishers didn't want to pay for it anymore, and devs don't want to waste time preparing for it. There's no benefit for them to waste money on it now that it is so much easier and cheaper to hype up games over the internet.

You and your damn logic!

bring back the booth babes and increase the size of the convention to what it used to be and you'll get a bump in attendance, but i dont' think it'll ever go back to the way it used to

they killed ALL the momentum it used to have behind it when they initiated these stupid changes that everyone was against

I miss the excitement leading up to E3 before they made the change. Now, I just simply don't care anymore. Either change it back, or just do away with it altogether.