To Hell with the Gamers: E3, R.I.P.


Only six days to go until the “E3 Media & Business Summit” and two things are for dead sure:

  1. It’s a hollowed-out, invitation-only ghost of itself with low wattage and no fanfare, scheduled to be held in high-security locations (hotels and an airport hangar) all over Santa Monica; and
  2. You and I are not getting in.

After the gameco megaliths like Sony and Electronic Arts yanked the big, fat, high-voltage fun plug following last spring’s blowout, I figured maybe I could continue to attend on press passes as I have for three years running (2004, 2005 and 2006) so as to continue providing a semi-educated geek’s eye view on the art and science of the Id.

Woe is my little black gamer’s heart. The E3 site offers no “media registration” link, merely this sniffy promise …

Attendance at all events, meetings, and demonstrations will be by invitation only. Participating companies will determine who is invited. If you are invited, you will receive an invitation in the mail in April. Invitations are non-transferable, and no additional names will be added to the invitation list. If you have questions, please call 877.216.6264.

What are the chances the “participating companies” will determine L.A.’s blogging community – in particular this voracious correspondent – are worthy?

Wait a minute … April??.

I guess I’ll just have to satisfy myself with reading lame prediction coverage.


3 thoughts on “To Hell with the Gamers: E3, R.I.P.”

  1. Yea, I’ve been going for years, and thought last year’s show was one of the better ones. Their decision sucks so much we decided we weren’t even gonna try to cover it this year. Screw ’em.

  2. Screw ’em indeed, DB.

    Andy – E for All looks amusing – IDG’s a reasonably big name – but the sponsor list looks kinda thin so far. If it beefs up a bit, mebbe it’ll be worth a look. Thanks for the tip!

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