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The Man Behind GDC's Curtain

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the pay-no-attention-to-the-wizard dept.

Games 5

Newsweek's N'Gai Croal continues to offer excellent coverage, running an interview with Jamil Moledina, the Executive Director of GDC. N'Gai and Jamil discuss Apple and the iPhone, and they do a very smooth job of hooking that into games and the current state of the industry. They also discuss Sony's current next-gen positioning, what makes a good keynote, and the gaming event world post-E3. "The interesting thing is that E3 and E For All have split apart. For a long time, a number of people in in the industry, myself included, were advocating a combined event, like Tokyo Game Show, that would have a day of business meetings, then open it up to consumers. Because then all of the key players have an incentive to be there. They need to conduct business. And then it is open to the general public to see what it is that we've all got going on. By splitting them into two separate events, I wonder how that dynamic is going to play out; if the same exhibitors that were at E3 would also want to go to a consumer-only event? I'd love to see how that works out. It's a bold experiment. We'll see how it goes."

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5 comments

Dull - Slownewsday? (1)

Stevecrox (962208) | more than 7 years ago | (#18260824)

This is just an apple/nintendo fan boy, asking someone about apple/nintendo products, "what do you think of the Itunes music interface and why aren't games like that?"
 
  As far as I can tell the article had little to do with the /. summary. We got to hear about the 'amazing iPhone' and its hype, something called Mii and how great that was. The only interesting piece of information was a mention of a keynote by Phill Harrison which fills the person with 'tremendous confidence in the platform' aparently because of that keynotes content. Oh and the nintendo guy will also be speaking for the first time in eight years.

Interesting - Slownewsday? (1)

MeanderingMind (884641) | more than 7 years ago | (#18261358)

This is just an largely sony fanboi, asking someone about sony's products, "what is Sony going to talk about in their keynote and why does it make you confident in their platform?"

As far as I can tell the article had everything to do with the /. summary. We got to hear about the 'amazing Sony keynote' and its hype, something called Phil Harrison and how great that was. The only interesting piece of information was a mention of a keynote by Shigeru Miyamoto who will be 'on stage for an hour, talking about his creative vision' aparently important because of a Lifetime Achievement Award. Oh and the iPhone will apparently be neat.

this is more fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18262188)

than E3!

This is news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18266168)

Is it just me, or is it that nobody gives a rats ass about the GDC, et al?

Heres how its gonna play out (1)

MMaestro (585010) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268076)

By splitting them into two separate events, I wonder how that dynamic is going to play out; if the same exhibitors that were at E3 would also want to go to a consumer-only event?

All but the biggest and richest developers will shun E for All because they know the media will simply focus on the invitation-only E3. All but the most hardcore gamers will attend E for All because they know developers won't want to show alpha/early-beta stage demos in fear of being torn apart by blogs.

Everyone else is going to sit at home reading over invitation-only E3 media reports while laughing at the idea of flying across the country just to play video game demos which they can probably download off Wii Shop Channel/Xbox Live/Playstation Store a few days later. (If you live in other countries chances are you have your own public video game conference(s).)

Seriously, splitting E3 up like this and then expecting the public to accept it is a joke. No one is going to fly across the country to a video game conference if they won't get the chance to hear some keynote speeches or see some big name figures in the industry.

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