Will Wright: E3 is "the Walking Dead"

August 29, 2008 -

While E3 bashing has quieted with the passage of time, new comments by famed game designer Will Wright have driven another nail into the show's coffin.

In an interview with gamesindustry.biz, Wright likened E3 to a zombie - and not in a positive, Resident Evil fashion:

It almost feels like a zombie at this point; it's the walking dead. It's such an abrupt end to what was E3, which had been this huge escalating arms race.

 

I understand why they really pulled the plug on the big E3. Looking at the amount of money a company like EA would spend on it, it was ridiculous amounts of money just to be present and competitive with everyone else, so I think they were looking for a way to sign the arms treaty and de-escalate the whole thing.

 

Right now we're in this kind of dicey, do we have an event, what event is it, which one do we go to? I think we're in an uncomfortable transition zone when really the real E3 died a couple of years ago.

 


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#1 Dennis, where in the heck did you find that picture.

#2 E3 should be a escalating arms race.   Make this industry competitive on so many levels...

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The only problem I have with the "escalating arms race" iodea, is it rapidly shuts down smaller players from being able to compete in it.

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Everyone has to earn their keeps.  Though I own a small game company, I rather it be hard as hell and earn my keeps.  You are forced to always thing of your gamers, always make great products, and you develop a much better/stronger fan base when you earn it over getting in easy.

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Personally, I'll care about how much E3 sucks/pwns when they open it to consumers. Until then it's just a rapid series of press releases.

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Instant, LEGENDARY Win.

They do need to open it to consumers.

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There's already an event that's open to consumers that's more or less taken the place of E3. PAX.

I'm there now, posting this while I wait for the PC Hardware panel to start.

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I miss the old E3. I never got a chance to go there, and now it's more dead than anything that has ever lived and died.

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sad, but true brother... E3 collapsed like the patriots in the super bowl!

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*sigh* I miss booth babes.

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The internet killed E3 long ago.

 

E3 used to be the place where you'd hear big name releases. Nowadays this info is leaked, absorbed and forgotten months in advance. You can't save an announcement for E3 to preserve hype these days. E3 thus serves no purpose for big name developers.

 

If E3 is to continue, it will shift focus onto smaller, relatively unknown developers. 'Cept they work by word-of-mouth and usually can't afford to set up a booth amidst intense competition.

 

So E3 really doesn't serve a purpose for everyone. Information these days spread too quickly.

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Its become too corperateized with no real focuses as to what it wants to do, it needs to be redone first focus on making sure that the people of the industry from pion's to CEOs that all their meetings are in or around the convention center, then make sure the layout of booths is solid, then allow them to whatever they want within reason with booth babes and then if they get out of line fine them up the ass so you have some money for next years convention, then allow gamers in at 25$ a head a day or 100$ for as long as it lasts, have VP gamer ranks that are 500$ for as long as it lasts or 100 for 1 day.

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Re: Will Wright: E3 is "the Walking Dead"

Anything about E3 always sparks up the debate about whether the "old" or the "new" format was better and which one was more appropriate for the whole intent of E3, being a trade show and all.

But you have to admit, when it was a big show it at least stood out among the crowd.  The stripped-down version just does not seem any more relevant than any other convention/trade show.  And when coupled with it's late calendar date it starts to become even less relevant.  Just take a look at this year's E3.  If the bulk of the companies there are only going to take the time to announce games we've known about for months and cite sales figures, what's the point?  The former has little impact since the press/public already knows about the game(s) and the latter can be sent out to gaming journalists via email, meaning there's no point in holding a big conference for it unless they want to do something akin to financial masturbation (which is entirely possible...).

In my opinion there's really only two ways to make E3 matter again.

Option 1: Keep the current format but hold the show much earlier in the year.  That way E3 will be known for big game announcements again.

Option 2: Do something like the Tokyo show and have a day or two open to the public.  First few days will be press and trade only, then let us unwashed masses have a go at it.  Word of mouth can be just as good, if not sometimes better, than any gaming press.

 
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