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ALSO, E3 SUCKED
Comic Updated July 21,
Monday, July 21,
Yes, we STILL have an E-comic
store! It did not disappear over the weekend!
So, E3. Intense disappointment,
and I'm happy to learn that it wasn't just me who thought so. Not that I
mistrust my judgement (I mean, I DO mistrust my judgement, look where it's
gotten me), but age skews perceptions. E3 used to be the gaming industry's
Christmas and Mardi Gras, all rolled into one big, sweaty, excessive package.
Game journalists thought it was a hassle, granted, but as I only worked on
the fringes of the game journalism world and did not have to do any of the
actual running around and hailing of cabs and battling of crowds and bargaining
with bouncers, I really only got the good parts of the convention. BIG
announcements! Big games! Booth babe attire in flagrant violation of dress
And then came the purge. The show
was downscaled, booth babe attire was upscaled, the convention went
invitation-only. Old hands'll say that the convention had begun going downhill
years earlier than that, but if downscaling was their solution to E3 becoming
a sprawling, chaotic, ineffective mess, it was the wrong one -- unless
their goal was to turn E3 into a cramped, boring, ineffective mess, in which
People this year, well, they aint
happy. Even Electronic Arts' Renaissance CEO John Riccitiello was of
the opinion that the show either needs to go back to the old, mad carnival
that it was, or just die. A lot of analysts are leaning towards the dying.
Companies have been moving progressively towards their own, smaller, independent
venues, these last several years, and towards other conventions like GDC
I say, cut out this foolishness.
The world needs an E3, and it needs it to be huge and insane and drain the
very life-force of everyone who participates in it. It's gotta be E3, because
even if other conventions grow to byzantine proportions, well... they wouldn't
be E3, and people know this. It's gotta be in America -- we KNOW excess,
we inspire it in others. The benefit of huge E3 isn't to the journalists
-- though they sure get their traffic spikes out of it, and it isn't necessarily
even to the companies that exhibit there, who've long complained that the
effort just doesn't justify the monetary returns.
The benefit of huge E3 is to the
industry as a whole, because it aint about the news and promotion -- it's
about the symbol. E3 is the gaming industry's Great Pyramids, or any other
behemoth monument built by a megalomaniacal tyrant out of the blood and sweat
of his people just to show the rest of the world how big and scary and awesome
his nation is. The gaming industry's huge. We NEED the huge show, to whip
up every gaming fanboy and girl into a shame-filled frenzy once a year,
so that even if the nongamers don't know WHY, they'll know that something
in the air is different. Something in the air... tastes likes
Which can be remedied by brushing
one's tongue a little.
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Friday, July 18,
So... Spookingtons has an E-Comic
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. Only two strips up, yet, but ONE of those is the current
Otters' strip, "The Survivors!" Enterprising readers who wanna help out the
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