So, E3 is no longer the crab-attacking, massive damage-inducing, nerdgasm gamestravaganza it once was, but those of us who love gaming for gaming (and not gaming for... the industry of
gaming? Development, mostly) shouldn't worry too much about the downsizing. Let it be known: the Game Pro Expo (pronounced "geh-peh" if you want to say it quickly) is taking over E3's old home, the LA Convention Center, from October 18-20th of 2007. This new expo promises loud music, crowded show floors, and best of all -- games. Lots of games. Spoke the IGN: "Members of the Bureau are being told to plan as if they were planning for E3, and that organizers are aiming to match E3 in size, scope, and impact on the Los Angeles economy."
In a Final Fantasy XII
-esque twist of loyalties, the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) is backing this new convention up, even though they were the ones who decided that E3, in its current form, was unnecessary. A million gil to the man who can think up the same FFXII
comparison that we are. Haven't played it? Well... there's a reason Nick Doerr hasn't been posting much since October 31 (behold his innocuous smile). But hey, the news of E3's semi-cancellation really hurt LA, so maybe they decided to make a whole new convention than apologize to the old. What do you guys think? Feel a little better knowing that all will be much the same, just under a different name?