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Remember back in the day when there was that awesome gaming convention where the public got to see the most amazing new cutting edge products for the video gaming industry and where for weeks and weeks after that convention people were still talking about the amazing spectacles that they saw? Do you remember E3? Then you’ll also remember when they turned all snobbish and cut it off creating a private party that was more boring, less hyped, and barely important. If you watched G4 TV at all this summer, you’ll also realize that a whole bunch of other conventions took the interest of the public’s eye, including Leipzig and the Penny Arcade Expo.
That’s because instead of keeping the widely successful E3 convention the way it is and creating a second specialized developer and press only conference, they just decided they would exterminate the entire thing and start from scratch. Could you imagine what would happen to Comic Con if they just up and decided to cut it because there were “too many people attending”? If they decided to simply cut the whole thing and create a smaller conference for only press and comic book creators? Idiots.
Anyway, I am super excited that, according to MCV, the US Entertainment Software Association has confirmed that the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, set to run from June 2nd to June 4th, will be open to "all qualified computer and video game industry audiences, including international and U.S.-based media, analysts, retailers, developers and business partners."
You might be wondering how they were able to figure out that people liked the old E3. The ESA said "qualitative and quantitative research" led it to the decision to expand the event once again after the unpopular attempts to downsize it for 2007 and 2008. I’m supposing they probably read some of the inflammatory forum comments that were posted after they cut it.
It will be interesting to see if people will again give it the praise and interest that it once held, or if these people stick to the newer conventions. Only time will tell.