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The Life and Death of E for All (Part 3) December 10, 2010

Posted by Maniac in Histories, The Life and Death of E For All.
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After it was over, the press was not kind to E for All that first year.  Some were still bitter from the PAX fiasco, but the negativity was not without merit.  E for All was NOT what people were expecting.  When the organizers made promises like, “It’s E3, but the public can get in too!” the public was disappointed they discovered that was not what they got.  The 2007 show was far too barren to rival what E3 was in its prime.  While what was shown got plenty of positive press, especially the Metal Gear Solid 4 and Super Smash Bros Brawl showings, E for All got a major negative mark across the board from all the attendees, including myself, who had been former E3 attendees.  We knew it could’ve been a much better show.

What was really telling was that many of the developers who attended the first year, specifically Nintendo, announced no plans to appear in the next one.  Many felt that Nintendo was the unquestionable ruler of the first E4 and if they weren’t going to be showing for 2008’s show it must’ve been becuase they didn’t feel it was worth it.  Penn and Teller did tape an episode of their show there however.  I feel bad I missed out on the opportunity to be on Showtime, I’ve already been on HBO (but that’s a different story which has nothing to do with gaming).

In 2008 things were not looking good for the ESA.  The smaller E3s were just not getting the attention the older ones used to.  Gamers were disappointed by the downsizing that was taking place.  The disappointment of 2008’s E3 seemed like a cry to bring it back.  Many of the attendees to the smaller E3 show lamented the fact all these booths and all the empty halls were begging to be filled once again with games.

ESA was also losing membership and funding because of the cancellation of the show.  Game developers were dropping their memberships left and right.  Because E3 was their major revenue stream for the year, the ESA had to raise their rates in order for developers to keep membership, and without E3 as a reason to be a member, many just didn’t care to spend the extra money to remain in the organization.

There was only one logical solution, and that was to bring E3 back for 2009, and that was the decision the ESA made.  E3 would return to its full glory as everyone remembered it.  With E3 back, E4 was history, and not too many were upset over the loss.  E3’s triumphant return would mark one of the best gaming years of this generation, and their tradition continues to this day.  E4 will likely just be considered a footnote, a dark time of the history of trade shows.

But for all their faults, E4 did have the right idea in mind.  Besides security concerns, why doesn’t E3 allow the public into the show?  Almost all of their rival trade shows offer at least one day of public consumption.  Heck, PAX was created to give the public the chance to see these games early, and their security is more than adequate to handle the people.  Sure the occasional person acts up, but they are promptly arrested without much ruckus being caused.

Open your show to the public E3, it’s for your own good.  You don’t want another imitator to go for your crown again do you?

Dead Rising Mobile on iPhone December 10, 2010

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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The Apple App store has just gotten a new game to show off it’s platform, a version of the very first Dead Rising game has been released for the iPhone.  In the game, you play as Frank West, a journalist who must survive in a mall infested with Zombies.  Everything you get your hands on can become a weapon, and anything laying around can be eaten for health.  The fun twist is you can contact friends to revive you using Facebook and Twitter.  It also offers integration with Apple’s Game Center.

Dead Rising Mobile is only compatible with iPhone 3GS and later models, and iPod Touch models 3rd Generation and later.  It is not compatible with the iPad.