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E For All Expo Details Announced 20

Gamespot is reporting on the full details of the E For All event, the consumer-facing games show slated to debut this October. Along with additional details, the article offers up some basics on the show. First off, it "runs October 18-21 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, former home of the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Single-day passes for Thursday and Friday will cost gamers $50 each, while admission on Saturday or Sunday will run $75. A full pass for all four days will also be available for $110." Gamers will be able to try out almost all of the Holiday releases in a finished state, participate in tournaments, and buy games from retailers located in fabled Kentia Hall. It's also been announced that Nintendo will be headlining the event, though Expo officials try to reassure us that other publishers will be there as well. I have to ask: is anyone thinking about going to this thing? Now that the doors are open, are you as a gamer excited about the possibility of making it into E3?
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E For All Expo Details Announced

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  • I'd like to play the new games early, but I don't think I'd want to pay $50 for the honor, especially with so many demos available through download services. IMO they should let the gamers in for free.
    • by Aladrin ( 926209 )
      I notice that it doesn't say 'play the new games early if you can stomach waiting in line all day for it' ... I wonder how they plan to keep people from being pissed off about spending $75/day (the last 2 days) and waiting in hours-long lines to play for a few minutes? I'd think they should at least warn them ahead of time, so they won't be surprised about it.
    • Given that the name of the conference is "E for All", I have a pretty good idea what your $50 gets you, and let's just say it's groovy.
    • One word: Boothbabes.
      • [quote]One word: Boothbabes.[/quote]

        ...will not be present at the E for All event.

        You'll have to save your money and go to the Spearmint Rhino down the street.

  • Fifty bucks? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <> on Monday April 02, 2007 @01:04PM (#18575801) Homepage Journal
    I'm supposed to pay fifty bucks to be advertised to? You can eat my shorts. Game developers and publishers should be happy to get a chance to go face to face with their market and actually interact with them.
    • I dunno, $50 to attend a party where there's "E" for all sounds rather interesting...
    • E3 was a lot more fun when it was closed to the public, and regular joes had to somehow scam their way in. Not that I would know anything about that.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by _xeno_ ( 155264 )

      I expect the price is more or less to decrease demand. There's only so much space available and they can only allow in so many people, so they want to price it to the point where the demand matches the supply.

      Or, in other words, it's to keep people like you out. :P

  • So it's GameStop? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by PhoenixOne ( 674466 ) on Monday April 02, 2007 @01:12PM (#18575955)

    "try out almost all of the Holiday releases in a finished state"

    Or you can wait a month and play almost all the Holiday releases at your local Gamestop.

  • I'd be more inclined to go if they moved it back to Atlanta. I stopped going to E3 when they moved to LA.
  • Penny Arcade took care of this need a few years ago with PAX... Maybe if they tried sticking it on the East Coast there would be a demand...
  • Finally, Dolaher said the reaction to E For All has already been so positive that she is limiting the amount of space exhibitors can purchase in order to squeeze more of them into the convention center.
    Thats just great, not only are we paying to play "Free" demos in advanced, but studios will be forced into smaller space limiting the amount of stations for people to play on.
  • I live just outside of New York City, I'm not spending $~300 USD on a plane ticket just fly across the country and play games that'll probably hit shelves less than a month later. And then theres food, hotel and on-the-ground transportation costs in addition to the admission ticket price. To hell with that, if they want me to fly out there, they better be giving away free HDTVs, PS3s, Xbox 360s and Wiis. Then I'd think about it.
  • I'll state this again because people just don't seem to understand that.

    E3 is not a consumer show, it's not an open show. The fact that so many fans got into the show was a shame and part of the reason the show was closed (the other was the big 5 (EA, Activision and the 3 consoles) all were in a giant pissing match and then bitched every time they spent more on the show than last year.

    E3 has it's issues but originally and primarily it's like GDC a show for the industry, the fact no one policed it isn't the
  • by Animats ( 122034 ) on Monday April 02, 2007 @02:34PM (#18577171) Homepage

    This is just retailing. Something local to do on a boring afternoon. Like gun shows, boat shows, car shows, flea markets, etc. "Dolaher said the press conferences, keynote addresses, and big announcements that have marked previous E3s won't be present at E For All." The options on their web site are "I'm a a gamer" and "I'm an exhibitor". There's no option for people in the industry. And no reason to go there from further away than Long Beach.

    If you're in the industry, you go to GDC [] or the Hollywood Games Summit [].

  • This is all a terrible disappointment for me, actually. Back in the old days, when it was just regular E3, I used to dream of going. The trouble was, it was on the other side of the country, I wasn't old enough, and I wasn't allowed in. So I would plot complex plans and discuss dark pacts in an effort to overcome adversity and make it to gaming nirvana.

    Now that I'm old enough and allowed in, all the danger is gone, replaced instead with the very boring task of trying to get across country and plan breaks in
  • back in 2005 at the tokyo game show i've paid 1200 yen, around 10 dollars, inflation is going really bad uh?

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