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'E3 begins next week. What do you, as a developer, get out of E3?'
'E3 begins next week. What do you, as a developer, get out of E3?'
June 6, 2014 | By Christian Nutt

Today, Gamasutra asked its Twitter followers a simple question: 'E3 begins next week. What do you, as a developer, get out of E3?'

There's been plenty of debate over the place of the show in a shifting industry, and in fact, when the Gamasutra staff began to discuss the idea of asking its audience about E3 this morning, there was a conversation about whether or not an E3 question should be asked of Gamasutra's audience at all. "Does E3 matter?" has become a cliche -- something for journalists to trot out both before and after the show.

Instead, we settled on one simple idea: Skip the debate -- E3 exists. Some may be subverting it. We've certainly pointed out its weaknesses. Still and all, it is here to stay for now.

That being the case, what do developers get out of it?

We got some interesting answers which you'll find below, but perhaps the most telling thing is that we got the fewest ever responses for a question we've asked on Twitter. If anything, that silence implies that the role of E3 has diminished in the hearts and minds of the development community.

In the coming week, we'll see what the show has in store, as the console makers and giant software companies battle it out to capture mindshare on the internet. For now, take a look at your fellow developers' responses, and if you like, ponder your own relationship with E3.

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William Pitts
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I started going to E3 in 1995, met some of my best friends there, and look forward to meeting new devs and getting to reconnect with some of my friends I only get to see once a year.

Michael Joseph
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1) Trade shows are a celebration and promotion of industry and to a lesser extent a celebration and showcasing of innovation which becomes a source of hope & inspiration for the attendees and fans. The trade shows for various industries tend to be controlled by a few of the most dominant corporations within their respective industries. The more powerful they become the more control they exert over the trade show, the more it becomes a celebration and promotion of brands than innovation, and the more magic is lost.

Attendance History
E3 1995 - 38,000 (inaugural conference)
E3 2005 - 70,000 (current E3 attendance record. First televised E3)
E3 2007 - 10,000 (begin short sighted shenanigans to make the conference more exclusive and a more controlled experience)
E3 2008 - 5,000 (micro dystopia realized on Earth)
E3 2009 - 41,000 (revert back to original format)
E3 2013: 48,000 (from 102 different countries)

2) From 1995 leading up to 2005 we all felt as if we were boarding a rocket ship that was getting ready to blast off. The destinations were limitless. Nearly 10 years later and there's a sense that we've barely made it into LEO and we haven't enough fuel to go anywhere else. Nevertheless the attendants are walking down the aisles selling increasingly higher resolution version cameras, lenses and accessories so you can keep taking better pictures of your house on the next go around. There's a general sense of disillusionment with video game trade shows and the industry.

Every time we see scores of developers getting laid off, it seems like more evidence that even the top insiders have grown disillusioned.

Jonathan Jennings
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I feel like development can sometimes be a grind we all work very hard and our projects take a lot of our time , attention , and focus . I think most people in the game industry constantly stay informed and learning trying to make themselves more valuable as developers and making sure they utilize the best solutions and strategies for developing their games.

What I love about E3 is that for a little while I get to appreciate games for their spectacle, I get to enjoy the event as a consumer, fan , and lover in the medium talking to and seeing everyone from curious celebrities to talking to other Devs and media members who are just as crazy about Gaming as I am.

E3 re-lights my spark every time I attend and for the next few months I am on fire with Ideas, and really the sense that not only is the medium I am working in beautiful I can create these grandiose experiences as well if I try hard enough ( even if that might not be exactly true ) lol.

E3 is a week where I get to just be excited about games as a spectacle , awesome announcements, neat new trailers , sexy Demos and not to mention all the amazing Networking opportunities. I have gotten to meet people who have worked on my favorite titles at Networking parties and I adore picking their brain .