Forget The Lack Of Booth Babes; Next E3 May Be Missing Exhibitors

from the and-so-it-goes dept

Running a big conference ain't easy -- especially in the tech field. Even Comdex died eventually -- though it had clearly been on the decline well before the final towel was thrown (to Greece, apparently). However, it's still a bit surprising to potentially see a similar fate hit E3, the big video gaming conference held every spring. While there are conflicting reports concerning whether or not the show has simply been scaled back to bring it back to its roots, or if that's simply an attempt by the organizers to save face after all major exhibitors pulled out, it certainly sounds like some of the messy behind-the-scenes politics of conference culture is reaching the public. More details are supposed to be released later in the day Monday, but from what's been said, it appears to be a case where the various exhibitors teamed up to try to get a better deal out of the Entertainment Software Association, who perhaps thought they were bluffing -- leading the exhibitors to prove they were not. Of course, many people perhaps felt that E3 headed downhill after announcing its (mostly ignored) plans to ban "booth babes" at the last event.

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    Boilerbuzz, 31 Jul 2006 @ 5:40am

    What an irresponsible comment.

    First, the conference has been going down hill LONG before the whole "booth babe ban" as you call it. If you were there, you would know that there we still plenty of them - just dressed more sensibly. Secondly, to imply to that major exhibitors are leaving because they can't have "booth babes" is not only childish, but insulting to people in the industry. The sterotype of "horning 20-something geeks that can't get a date because they are always playing games" is old. It's growing up. The biggest problem today is that the major exhibitors aren't showing a lick at the show like they used to. Most of the "big" titles are either a) being shown behind closed doors, b) being shown as a worthless movie (MGS) or c) not being shown at all - just announced. So, paid attendance is heading WAY down because people can't find the point of going. It's not like they are going to get a chance to see or "touch" any of the games that make a difference. But I could right a LONG diatribe of why E3 is dying and it has ZERO to do with same ban of pointless attire.

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