Despite the upbeat tone of IDG's official release about the first 'E for All'
, commentators are noting that the reported figure of 18,000 attendees is lower than expected
. Wired is blunt about it: E For All has nothing on PAX
. "Penny Arcade Expo was everything E For All dreams of being: a well-attended show packed wall-to-wall with crazy game fans. But it's also inexpensive: three days and two nights of musical performances for way, way less money than an E For All ticket, let alone the additional cost of Video Games Live. And it's got a whole mess of community events, like panels, gaming rooms, and other opportunities that make E For All's extracurriculars look slim. The show floor is just one part of PAX, but it's practically all of E For All."