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E3 NO MORE

02 August 2006

So, E3 got cancelled as you all will know. I'm sad for two reasons: one is that it was somewhat the gaming Mecca and I'd have liked to visit once. The second is that, especially this year with the massive amount of live video coverage, I really liked submerging myself in the madness and being swept up into a gaming frenzy. Nevertheless, ever since half a year ago, Idle Thumbs convinced me that the GDC was the place I wanted to go to and so it's not really a big deal. Besides, there is obviously going to be something else to replace it.

I can truly understand the reasons, because publishers felt that E3 was getting way too expensive, with top show floor costing in the millions and all for a bit of publicity that could have gotten elsewhere far more cheaply and exclusively. And I think this is a good thing for the games industry, if you consider that developers would always concentrate on demos and other presentations for the show for months instead of ploughing on to finish the actual game. Huge loss of time and money.

Nevertheless, E3 was always a great thing to look at, with a mix of amusement, mockery and genuine enthusiasm. I for one will miss it and its whole decadent spectacle.

Today's episode was the last loose one. From here on it's one final story-arc spanning eleven episodes to wrap up year two. I'm trying for something epic, amusing and satisfying. Let's see if I can pull it off!

Roderick.