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E3 Expo Space Sells Out

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the gonna-be-a-big-one dept.

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Voodoo Extreme has the word that the E3 show space has already sold out in anticipation of what is likely to be a momentous expo, "...with a show floor the size of 2,700 city blocks, an unparalleled business conference program, and more than 400 exhibitors from 87 countries."

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Harrumph (4, Funny)

daeley (126313) | more than 9 years ago | (#12003685)

E3 Expo Space Sells Out

Yeah, they used to be cool. You could just like, you know, hang out with the space. But then they sold out and got too big and like everybody was all, "Yeah I liked them when nobody like knew about them and stuff." Sucks.

Re:Harrumph (4, Funny)

Jorkapp (684095) | more than 9 years ago | (#12003940)

Kind of reminds me of metallica. They sold out in 45 minutes.

I wasn't talking about a concert, either.

Re:Harrumph (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12009930)

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Re:Harrumph (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12012377)

Way to steal the joke from bash.org [bash.org] , you fucking douche.

2700 city blocks? (2, Insightful)

Naikrovek (667) | more than 9 years ago | (#12003757)

.. like wow. especially since a city block is 1/10th of a mile on each side. that's 100 city blocks to a square mile, so 2.7 square miles?

2.7 square miles? 2.7 square miles. i literally don't believe that.

Re:2700 city blocks? (1)

PedanticSpellingTrol (746300) | more than 9 years ago | (#12003778)

It's probably that ghey european notation and they really mean 2.700 blocks. Still, that's a lot of significant digits.

Re:2700 city blocks? (1)

Naikrovek (667) | more than 9 years ago | (#12003802)

whoops, make that 27 square miles. bad decimal.

i highly doubt that its a 27 square mile expo.

Re:2700 city blocks? (2, Interesting)

Alkaiser (114022) | more than 9 years ago | (#12003871)

Literally? Not just figuratively or metaphorically not believing that?

But you're right, that number is completely off. It's inside the L.A. Convention Center which boasts 770,000 square feet of exhbition space. They're off by a factor of 100, it's only .027 square miles (.0276, which would actually round to .028.)

So, I guess this means when we get hype from the industry, we should divide by 100?

Anyway, this is big news, in case you hadn't picked up from the implication, because they haven't sold out E3 for quite some time now. There have been huge empty exhibition areas there for the last 3 years.

Re:2700 city blocks? (1)

OAB_X (818333) | more than 9 years ago | (#12012026)

So, I guess this means when we get hype from the industry, we should divide by 100?

Like how PS3s new CELL processor only runs at 40mhz? Damn, they fooled us all.

Re:2700 city blocks? (1)

Alkaiser (114022) | more than 9 years ago | (#12013628)

And the Xbox 360 only has .03 processor cores!

Re:2700 city blocks??!?!?!!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12006394)

THATS FUCKIN BULLSHIT. THERE IS NOT A SHOWROOM FLOOR THAT FUCKING BIG. MUST BE A DAMN TYPO. http://web.ask.com/redir?u=http%3A%2F%2Ftm.wc.ask. com%2Fr%3Ft%3Dan%26s%3Da5%26sv%3Dz6f537202%26uid%3 D025EF79EF0A623324%26sid%3D198C06657A166F324%26o%3 D10234%26qid%3D82C704077BB2BA4FB231BCF95DF018D5%26 io%3D0%26ask%3Dhow%2Bbig%2Bis%2Ba%2Bcity%2Bblock%2 6uip%3D4244c431%26en%3Dte%26eo%3D-100%26pt%3DCity% 2520Blocks%2520differ%2520in%2520size%26ac%3D24%26 qs%3D0%26pg%3D1%26ep%3D1%26te_par%3D106%26te_id%3D %26u%3Dhttp%253a%252f%252fwww.land4ever.com%252fbl ock.htm&bpg=http%3A%2F%2Fweb.ask.com%2Fweb%3Fq%3Dh ow%2Bbig%2Bis%2Ba%2Bcity%2Bblock%26o%3D10234%26pag e%3D1&q=how%20big%20is%20a%20city%20block&s=a5&bu= http%3a%2f%2fwww.land4ever.com%2fblock.htm&qte=0&o =10234&abs=How%20big%20is%20a%20City%20Block%3F%20 A%20couple%20of%20Acres%20is%20a%20lot%20of%20land %2C%20and%20I%20hope%20this%20gives%20you%20a%20pe rspective%20of%20just%20how%20big%20they%20are.&ti t=City%20Blocks%20differ%20in%20size&bin=&cat=wp&p url=http%3A%2F%2Ftm.wc.ask.com%2Fi%2Fb.html%3Ft%3D an%26s%3Da5%26uid%3D025EF79EF0A623324%26sid%3D198C 06657A166F324%26qid%3D82C704077BB2BA4FB231BCF95DF0 18D5%26io%3D%26sv%3Dz6f537202%26o%3D10234%26ask%3D how%2Bbig%2Bis%2Ba%2Bcity%2Bblock%26uip%3D4244c431 %26en%3Dbm%26eo%3D-100%26pt%3D%26ac%3D2%26qs%3D0%2 6pg%3D1%26u%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fmyjeeves.ask.com%2Facti on%2Fsnip&Complete=1

Re:2700 city blocks? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12008573)

yall are trippin. 2700 blocks. 400 exhibitors. Thats only a little under 7 blocks per exhibit. Thats so doable.

Re:2700 city blocks? (1)

Rolgar (556636) | more than 9 years ago | (#12013242)

Actually, at least here in the middle of the country, a mile is 8 blocks. Major streets in my city are spaced 8 blocks apart, 21st, 29th, and 37th. When you get out in the country, and country roads have street numbers for names, every mile road is numbered plus or minus 8 from the last one. That yields 64 blocks per mile instead of 100, and 640 acres per square mile as well leads to 10 acres per block.

Re:2700 city blocks? (1)

Elranzer (851411) | more than 9 years ago | (#12014871)

2.7 square miles? 2.7 square miles. i literally don't believe that.

It's probably to make room for the XboxNext.

You saw how big the original Xbox was. And the Next is suppossed to have 3 IBM Power5 processors. Judging by how big the Mac G5 with only *two* processors is, you'd better start clearing some space if you want a Next.

E3 (1)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 9 years ago | (#12003759)

This stuff is seriously trendy. Any given year Cebit or Comdex or E3 is better. I don't know if the floor space would wow me as much as the product showings. 1 company demonstrating 10 things, is equal to 10 companies demonstrating 1 thing each.

Re:E3 (1)

L7_ (645377) | more than 9 years ago | (#12012911)

And at e3 there is so much "behind hte scenes business" that half the booths aren't demonstrating anything, they just look like secretaries sitting at a hijacked office front room setting up meetings for thier backroom people to beg for money from the suits that show up.

That's big (1)

lambkabobwithfeta (697669) | more than 9 years ago | (#12003762)

2700 city BLOCKS???

Re:That's big (1)

lambkabobwithfeta (697669) | more than 9 years ago | (#12003811)

Oh sure, "Naikrovek" beat me by one minute. Sigh.

Re:That's big (1)

Geoffreyerffoeg (729040) | more than 9 years ago | (#12004650)

2700 city BLOCKS???

No, just 2700 cities.

Something Doesn't Jive (2, Insightful)

knight37 (864173) | more than 9 years ago | (#12003788)

From the post (can't read the article right now):
Voodoo Extreme has the word that the E3 show space has already sold out in anticipation of what is likely to be a momentous expo, "...with a show floor the size of 2,700 city blocks, an unparalleled business conference program, and more than 400 exhibitors from 87 countries."

2,700 CITY BLOCKS?!

That's wack. Most cities don't have 2,700 city blocks. and Besides that, if they have 400 exibitors, that would mean each exibit takes up an average of 6.75 city blocks! That's some frickin' HUGE exibits!

I've been to E3 and it's big, but it ain't THAT big. :)

Re:Something Doesn't Jive (3, Funny)

dtfinch (661405) | more than 9 years ago | (#12004786)

Probably 2.700 city blocks. In some countries they use "," instead of ".", in order to be misunderstood by the rest of the world.

Re:Something Doesn't Jive (1)

dtfarmer (548183) | more than 9 years ago | (#12005071)

that would mean each exibit takes up an average of 6.75 city blocks!

That sounds about right. I hear Sony's booth will take up nearly 500 city blocks itself, and will have it's own police force (there is talk of succession, and incorporating their own city)

But that's nothing. Microsoft had to reserve nearly 750 city blocks, almost entirely attributable to the gi-normous size of their consoles. But they're going with it and adopting the slogan 'Bigger is Better.' One banner bearing the slogan will stretch across 29 city blocks alone (you'll need to stand about 6 city blocks away to take it all in at once.)

2700 City Block? (3, Insightful)

Marc_Hawke (130338) | more than 9 years ago | (#12003794)

540,000 sq ft translates into 2700 city blocks?

That would mean each 'block' is 200 sq ft. Are these lilliputian cities?

Planet Math! (0)

ApacheVE (837870) | more than 9 years ago | (#12004396)

How big is a city block? http://planetmath.org/encyclopedia/CityBlockMetric .html

Re:2700 City Block? (1)

(H)elix1 (231155) | more than 9 years ago | (#12004618)

That would mean each 'block' is 200 sq ft. Are these lilliputian cities?

Sounds about right. You have to remember - if you are campaigning outdoors, an "inch" refers to ten yards, indoors and underground, an "inch" refers to ten feet.

(kidding)

Re:2700 City Block? (1)

Azog (20907) | more than 9 years ago | (#12005004)

With 400 exhibitors, each one gets almost 7 city blocks each.

I know trade show booths have been getting bigger, but that's ridiculous :-)

Re:2700 City Block? (1)

cgenman (325138) | more than 9 years ago | (#12009107)

Assuming an industrial oil drum in a light-industrial zone is 200 square feet, or a square of roadway, then yes, about 200 feet per block sounds about right. The bigger question is, of course, how many sims can attend your convention, and will it work without water and power?

Re:2700 City Block? (1)

deadsquid (535515) | more than 9 years ago | (#12010618)

Maybe their blocks are made out of Lego.

I cant Wait!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12003896)

I dont know about everyone else but I personally cannot wait for E3 this year. 2 maybe 3 system launches lots of sweet games. It should be good!

Re:I cant Wait!! (1)

gimpynerd (864361) | more than 9 years ago | (#12004825)

What are you saying is the maybe? If you are referring to the Revolution then I thought it had already been confirmed...

Re:I cant Wait!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12005102)

Yeah I was thinking the Revolution was a maybe but I think you are right, making it 3 crazy system launches!

Re:I cant Wait!! (1)

Alkaiser (114022) | more than 9 years ago | (#12005617)

I guess you didn't go to the show where they announced the 'Cube, the XBox, and the PS2 had been out already, and there was still nothing exciting on the show floor.

Ah well, at least this year, the new console launches mean that they give away better stuff, and I can get more cash for it on Ebay.

Redundant? (-1, Redundant)

HAKdragon (193605) | more than 9 years ago | (#12003897)

E3 Expo...E3 stands for Electronic Entertainment Expo...doesn't the 2nd "Expo" seem a little redundant?

Redundant? ...nah. (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 9 years ago | (#12004010)

I work at the DRD Department, and I doubt the redundancy of "Department of Redundancy Department Department" is redundant.

Re:Redundant? (1)

jdonnis (115371) | more than 9 years ago | (#12004116)

A lot of the games shown will play on computer running operating systems 'based on NT Technology'.

Re:Redundant? (1)

HAKdragon (193605) | more than 9 years ago | (#12004291)

NT is short for NTen, the Intel chip that NT was orginally being programmed for before they went x86. However, Nten and New Technology seem to be interchangable. I prefer NTen because it's geekier and makes the boot screen for Windows 2000 less redundant.

Re:Redundant? (3, Funny)

nacturation (646836) | more than 9 years ago | (#12004192)

E3 Expo...E3 stands for Electronic Entertainment Expo...doesn't the 2nd "Expo" seem a little redundant?

Ah, but here's something that'll bake your noodle. Is the G in GNU redundant?

Re:Redundant? (1)

joeware (672849) | more than 9 years ago | (#12007709)

No, but the NU is.

Re:Redundant? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12012374)

No, it's recursive.

Wow, I'm blind (1)

Eh_Steve (851086) | more than 9 years ago | (#12003917)

I saw "E3 Expo Sells Out" and immediately thought "So they're going to have rappers and pop artists making appearances and change it from a videogame expo to one of pop culture, I expected this." E3 better not sell out.

Re:Wow, I'm blind (1)

BTWR (540147) | more than 9 years ago | (#12004168)

So they're going to have rappers and pop artists making appearances and change it from a videogame expo to one of pop culture, I expected this." E3 better not sell out.

Yeah, and since this [gametrailers.com] is the future of gaming, I'll stick with nintendo, thanks. (Seriously, you HAVE to click and watch that trailer).

Re:Wow, I'm blind (1)

nb caffeine (448698) | more than 9 years ago | (#12005190)

that game will only be cool if you can play online as 50 and his gunit with your buddies. Then it will be as cool as a civic with chrome tailpipes.

Re:Wow, I'm blind (1)

a whoabot (706122) | more than 9 years ago | (#12005380)

'that game will only be cool if you can play online as 50 and his gunit with your buddies. Then it will be as cool as a civic with chrome tailpipes.
--
"Something's wrong with you...and I hope we never do meet again." - Deftones When Girls Telephone Boys'


Wait, a guy who quotes the Deftones has enough hipness to have the confidence to make fun of 50 Cent? 50 Cent must be really uncool.

I used to track improvements in games... (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 9 years ago | (#12003971)

...but nowadays given enough polygons, clear textures, and good processing power we already can run an almost full virtual reality with all the tricks up a graphics card's sleeves (or registers). Like higher order surfaces, vertex programs, and such stuff...it blows one's mind IMO.

I think, speed aside, we won't see much improvement anymore, now or in the future (except, perhaps, for true 3D displays--in space, like the DNA strand in the Athens 2004 opening ceremony [ncifcrf.gov] , as opposed to flattened like a TV/monitor).

Re:I used to track improvements in games... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12006680)

Experiment:

Find a game. A 3d one. Find a nice bland scene like a furnished room. Look at it for a few seconds.
Then look around the room you are in.

Can you really not tell within 2 seconds that one is a cheap fake?

3D graphics have a long way to go, as far as realism as concerned. I have total confidence in saying that the next generation of GPUs will run games that make our current best look terrible, though the cost of creating them is likely to be higher...
And I do think that gameplay is more important than graphics, but in some genres (particularly horror IMHO) good graphics help the immersion and make the game more fun.

I wonder (1)

dtfinch (661405) | more than 9 years ago | (#12004652)

if we can expect another Duke Nukem Forever demo from 3D Realms this year.

Re:I wonder (1)

Ayaress (662020) | more than 9 years ago | (#12008590)

With that much floor space, I imagine we can expect EVERYTHING.

E3 is great (2, Interesting)

Mike Hawk (687615) | more than 9 years ago | (#12006465)

Paid day off to get drunk and wander around downtown LA topped off with a party with free booze at the company's expense a few blocks away later that evening. I guess they have some video games too or something.

So How Do We Get In? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12007377)

Yeah E3 is technically not open to "the public", but does anyone know any tricks for getting a pass? =P

And yes, I'm aware no one will give me any good tricks since that would just increase the # of people going, but I'm bored at work so....

Re:So How Do We Get In? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12010729)

Create a blog and say your a journalist?

you've got to be kidding me... (2, Funny)

aendeuryu (844048) | more than 9 years ago | (#12007416)

...with a show floor the size of 2,700 city blocks...

Well, I for one welcome our colossal, city-eating trade shows.

Re:you've got to be kidding me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12012406)

Imagine a beowulf cluster of SHUT UP.

Re:you've got to be kidding me... (1)

Elranzer (851411) | more than 9 years ago | (#12014971)

...with a show floor the size of 2,700 city blocks...

But do ANY of them run Linux??

GOD promised lot (1)

Jumbles (862156) | more than 9 years ago | (#12019745)

Remember the GOD lot, goodtimes!
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