This year's E3 is substantially different than events of the past, with an easily navigated show floor
just one of the signs of the changing times. There are a number of questions up in the air as to what the new face of E3 means. Hideo Kojima (creator of the Metal Gear
series) went on record at the Konami conference saying that he considers the new format a waste of time
. Game|Life's Chris Kohler has a piece up on this subject, and he says that the new E3 is all about the status quo
: "Yes, there were press conferences. But when Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony all decide to only show their 2007 games (for the most part) and hold back on announcing huge news (entirely), you know something's up with the venue. At any rate, gamers hoping for some kind of shift in momentum, no matter which direction, didn't get their wish. This year's E3 is all about maintaining the status quo. Typically, it's been the 'battle of the press conferences' to see who 'wins E3.' This year, everybody surrendered."