How E3 2017 is Different than Years Past

Photo By Caprice Conley, outside E3 LA Convention Center

E3, the coveted video game convention that is held every year at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  It’s previously been industry and press only, until this year, when the public was granted access to the convention for a hefty $249.00.

I have been attending E3 for the past 6 years and I must say this year there was a complete 180 on just about everything.  You would think that having actual paying attendees that they could go all out, yet just the opposite happened.

I felt as if the show floor didn’t pop.  Usually you walk in and your awed by some great display from an upcoming game that you have never heard of or played before.  The year the giant Titan was out front of the convention center for Titanfall comes to mind.  Now that blew me away.  Or walking in and seeing the plants vs zombies dancing.

This year I don’t think I saw one game that I either hadn’t heard of, played previously, or had an amazing display area.  Sure Wolfenstein looked pretty cool in the diner where they would make you a milk shake, but other than that, I just felt the show was bland, boring, and quite frankly useless.

If you really want information about upcoming games, watch the briefings.  I found out more there than I did walking the show floor.   The convention didn’t even have any swag, which is in my opinion is what makes it fun.  The year they gave out Skylanders, or Disney Infinity figures, simple tee shirts or awesome pins.  I am seriously talking nothing.

Want to play a game?  Oh get in the longest line you can possibly think of and wait for 4 hours.  That is, if the line isn’t capped in 20 minutes. You may be saying to yourself, but your press.  Sure, I am.  But even as press, I have to “make an appointment” and again come back later.  At this point if I want to play games, I might as well go home.

I had the most fun outside across the street at the Devolver site.  It was for press media, they had meetings, food, drinks and good genuine fun, without all the millions of people.  If you are press and are reading this, don’t miss out on Devolver.

Sony was outside as well, but the store, for the first time ever had a line so long, that I just couldn’t wait in it.  I figure I can get it all online if I really wanted it.  Nothing seemed to be exclusive.

All in all I think that opening E3 to the public was not the greatest thought out plan.  It should have had all the bells and whistles of a top notch technologically advanced video game convention.  It had none.  Unless they either give the press and industry a day or two before letting in the public or just eliminate them completely, I will never step foot back in E3 again.  Everything is streamed and I really would have found out more if I had stay tuned in rather than trying to get a hands on look at anything.  Very disappointed.

E3 didn’t even provide the normal day 1-3 guides nor were there industry magazines available.

Photo by Caprice Conley