Looking Back at E3 2009

e3_logoWell, I have to admit that I was less than excited about E3 this year. After all, I was there in 2007, when the conference moved to a smaller format and a different venue. That year, and in 2008, the conference felt smaller and less important. Many of the ‘announcements’ we were receiving were things we had already reported on weeks before, and we’d even seen many of the trailers before.

Shawn mentioned all of this when he was talking about his PrE3 Blues. I mentioned then that I was unfortunately agreeing with him.

So, in the face of this crazy E3 week, how do I feel now?

Well, I’m pleasantly surprised. Even staying home this year, I found myself more interested in E3 than I have been in a while. Big announcements were rolling out one after the other, both from the ‘Big 3′ and others. Even the announcements that were leaked beforehand (yes, I mean you, PSP Go) were exciting to see.

It seemed that publishers and developers placed some bets on E3 this year, holding some announcements just for this week. It really helped to make this week feel important to everyone involved, from those of us here at FileFront to everyone at the conference. The ESA can stand tall and smile after the conclusion of this week.

I have to admit, it was nice. The industry appears to be coming together behind E3, and that’s a good thing. It’s great for the industry, and for gamers as well. The industry needs a central conference to feature its hottest wares, and E3 has long been it. With gamer-centric conferences like PAX becoming larger every year, it’s refreshing to see it coming back into its own.

Now, it’s time to start talking about next year’s E3, right?

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