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Monday, July 31, 2006

E3 Not To Be!

And so it would seem as though 2006 has been the final year of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) as we know it. Next Generation reports : "...the spectacle that has held the industry in thrall for 12 years is at an end". This comes as a result of the major publishing and manufacture companies which provide the majority of the funding for the spectacle of the event in withdrawing their support for any further expositions. One must suppose that the increasing cost of displaying a working product at a suitably snazzy booth has been calculated to have exceeded the percieved benefit.
So what does this mean for gamers? As far as games journalism goes, E3 has provided a chance for journalists to ascertain the current state of the industry and to gain an accurate insight into the coming year of gaming, all knowledge which is then passed along to readers. Although mere thousands would attend the event, the ripples on the pond of gamers cast by the stone of E3 are far reaching. Gamers will look to other sources for this flow of information, and I believe there is a high probability of an E3-alike being created to fill the void. Until then, the annual Game Developer's Conference (GDC) provides a strikingly different but equally important role in updating and refreshing the industry. Of course there are also many other fantastic sources of information to be found - developer's journals are often kept on their websites and there are lots of dedicated people willing to slave away at their keyboards to keep others up to date - on professional websites such as Game Politics (linked to the right) and ahem well the less said about my own degree of professionality the better, but my blog and others will always remain. Until next time - peace out!


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