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GO3 Electronic Entertainment Expo To Replace E3? 61

dowlingw writes "With the recent announcement that E3 has been downsized, a similar high-profile event, GO3 Electronic Entertainment Expo 2007 is being held in Perth, Western Australia and promises to showcase products and services from vendors worldwide, especially those in the South-East Asia region. It also looks like everyone might get a similar event closer to home."
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GO3 Electronic Entertainment Expo To Replace E3?

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  • Uh, Linux? (Score:1, Informative)

    by rofl copter ( 920073 )
    Well, they have no Linux support on the site. "Alternate HTML content should be placed here.This content requires the Macromedia Flash Player.Get Flash" By "Get Flash" do they mean "Get Flash 8"? Impossible!
    • by decadre ( 980513 ) on Sunday August 20, 2006 @04:29AM (#15943365)
      Heh, I just found it a little amusing that your post mentions one of the sore points about using Linux, but then your sig talks about the ease of Linux...

      Not being a troll, I run Ubuntu on this machine and I love it, just amused
    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Oh, come on. Who needs Electronic Entertainment when you have Linux? You can play all the great Linux games, like "Package dependency resolver with multiple repositories" and "Find which of the 700 half-finished applications has enough documentation to be usable"!
    • by Faylone ( 880739 )
      Ugh, consider yourself lucky. Without flash, you were spared the horrible interface. That said, I saw nothing about the important thing, will there be booth babes???
    • Both Flash 8 and the Windows version of Firefox work in Wine. I just use that when I'm trying to load a Flash site that doesn't work in the Linux version.
  • Why the name Go3? Why Go? Why 3?
    • by Punboy ( 737239 ) *
      Ok, to clerify why I said "Why 3?", why the 3 after Go? Shouldn't it be GoE3? Or something?

      and seriously, why Go?!
    • by kfg ( 145172 ) *
      Why the name Go3? Why Go? Why 3?

      Because Gomoku and Pente were both taken, so three shall be the number thou shalt count. Five is right out.

  • by kirk__243 ( 967535 ) on Sunday August 20, 2006 @04:43AM (#15943387)
    What a great idea - hold your global event in the most isolated city in the world.
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Krolley ( 65102 )
      Who thinks up these things? Politicians, ofcourse. I live in Perth, and lately there has been a flap in the news that the massive convention centre that was built at taxpayers expense (on the beautiful perth foreshore, too) was a big waste of money because no one was using it. I think the state government is making a hard push in the southeast asian region for companies to attend at the GO3 Expo. The GO3 website says Perth is a gateway to Asia and Europe. Europe no way, but definitely Asia. From Perth, it i
    • the most isolated *capital* :)

      It's just a bit of fun - and since it's in Australia most people will have to fly in (as opposed to driving), so the extra couple of hours is no big deal...
  • Perth? At last! (Score:4, Informative)

    by nachmore ( 922129 ) on Sunday August 20, 2006 @04:58AM (#15943414)
    Wow! It's about time something like this came to Perth [] - Perth [] is an amazing venue which will be able to cater for both the convention side of things and the nightlife side of things. Exhibitions that are always held in large(r) cities can get boring - doesn't matter if you're in Sydney, New York or some other large city it's all basically the same.

    It's refreshing to see that some companies want to change things a little bit and get out to less know cities that have heaps of personality and heaps to offer the professional and casual gamer who through it's gates...

    I know that (as soon as I can see the site - because it's not Linux compat.) I'm going to be one of the first queing up for tickets to this event!
    • err who *walk* through it's gates...
    • by lumpsta ( 996597 )
      I see Nvidia doesnt think its a Bad place to hold this event...I see the have taken out the naming rights to he conference... & they have IGDA support & The Australian Federal must be onto something... & They are having Booth Babes I heard.... I've also heard that each year it might move from state to state....SO dont winge too much in the east.....or, you can alwasy pop over to boring LA & see a small a town where all the bars shut at 2am...y
  • Not like E3 (Score:5, Informative)

    by miaDWZ ( 820679 ) * <alan AT alanisherwood DOT id DOT au> on Sunday August 20, 2006 @05:24AM (#15943451) Homepage
    E3 is for game developers and the media to mix - this GO3 thing is not. By the simple fact that it has "Family" and "Kids" admission prices on their site means that it's not the serious hardcore thing E3 is/was.

    Hell, E3 didn't even let people under the age of 18 to attend anyway.
  • Uhhhh....right.... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by badboy_tw2002 ( 524611 ) on Sunday August 20, 2006 @05:24AM (#15943453)
    Nothing is going to "replace" E3. The whole point is that the event was too expensive for publishers for not enough return. Why have an even where everyone shows up and you have to pay millions of dollars for when you can bring ALL the gamer journalists, retail purchasing agents, etc (i.e. the people who MATTER, not gamestop employees) - you can fly them all in, wine and dine, etc etc. for less cost than a public booth at E3. For a few days they're YOURS. No competing with the most sound from the competitors booth. No need for booth babes (hell, you could hire an army of stippers for the same purpose). Now that everyone has agreed E3 sucks, why go back to the old model? Fans will have to look elsewhere - the general open expo is gone for good. Sorry.
    • by faffod ( 905810 )
      Or put another way... Why is every single game convention going to be "The Next E3!". If E3 was downsized because Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, EA, Ubisoft and the other major players weren't getting a good return on investment then no one is going to attract them with a "We'll be bigger than E3" show. If the aforementioned industry heavy hitters want a big E3 show then TNE3! will be [drum roll] E3. It seems that magazines have the most to lose and are trying to appeal to the fans to try and resurrect E3. Unfo
  • Perth (Score:5, Interesting)

    by darkitecture ( 627408 ) on Sunday August 20, 2006 @05:36AM (#15943471)
    What a lot of people might not be immediately aware of is the political motivation for any convention/exhibition being held in Perth.

    The Perth Convention Exhibition Centre [] is a tomb. It was a taxpayer's nightmare. It was expensive, took god damn ages to build and ultimately became an eyesore because of the banal 'generic block of buildings' design [] that was chosen. It was an attempt to attract more conventions and exhibitions in Perth but these days remains mostly dormant and unused. Not to mention that when it IS used, entrance fees are ludicrously expensive (in a vain attempt to offset the cost) and still feels obtrusive and unwelcoming.

    If it actually ends up happening, don't expect the "GO3 Electronic Entertainment Expo" to be anything more than horrible. You'll end up paying extortionary prices for parking only to find maybe a hundred booths with no groundbreaking visions into the future of their product line, but instead a couple of racks full of computer hardware you could get already buy off the shelf for a cheaper price at your local computer store and games that've been released months ago.

    This is just another disappointing 'expo' that serves no purpose to the consumer. It's a futile attempt to justify the construction of the centre which has spent more days empty and sucking taxpayer's money than anything else.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by kfg ( 145172 ) *
      . . .sucking taxpayer's money . . .

      Not just a bit kinky, but extremely unhygenic.

    • by lumpsta ( 996597 )
      I have never heard such ridiculous comments, unfounded, & boardering on childish.... Perhaps you are a comunist, who hates people comming up with great ideas.... GO3 is an expo & is run in conjunction with The IGDA they are bringing some great speakers instead of sitting here bagging them...get behind it, tell them what you would like to see..... GO3....great work guys....we will all come
    • As a taxpayer, I *want* stuff happening at the Perth Convention Centre...

      It hasn't been all doom and gloom, but it'll be good to have something local.

      Advertising locally would have been a good idea too :P
  • "With the recent announcement that E3 has been downsized, a similar high-profile event, ${LACK_LUSTER_NAME} + ${NUMERICAL_POSTFIX} is being held in ${CITY}, ${COUNTRY} and promises to showcase products and services from vendors worldwide, especially those in the ${REGION} region.
  • not that I really pay the worlds most attention to E3, but for what I can say about it - this article might as well be another cliche ad/article with "iPod Killer" in the title. in other words, I doubt much of anything could kill E3...
  • by blueZhift ( 652272 ) on Sunday August 20, 2006 @08:48AM (#15943758) Homepage Journal
    It looks like a battle is brewing in East Asia to host the next big electronic entertainment show. This would have happened anyway, but with the downsizing of E3, the stakes are now higher. Recently there was a show proposal that would be hosted in South Korea and I wouldn't be too surprised to see a Chinese proposal in the near future.

    Right now Perth may have a couple of advantages, one it's in an English speaking territory so it can potentially draw interest from North America. And two, it doesn't carry the political baggage that Korean, Chinese, and Japanese sites might due to the history of the relations of those nations. And for a city the size of Perth (1.3 million it says on the site), having a successful show like this once or twice a year may add enough to the local economy to make it worthwhile. Not only that, a good GO3 could attract other shows from across Australia to Perth.

    While some serious business could be done at such a show, I think it is pretty clear that they're after the hordes of consumers who will come for the hype, glitz, and a chance to play some new games. I wouldn't expect too many consumers to take a trip from the Americas to Perth for this show, but you can bet that visitors from Asia might make the trip along with Australians of course.
  • What's going to replace E3 is PAX for all those companies that still want to exhibit what they're working on in a convention style environment.

    The only way a number of smaller companies can get attention from the press is if the ravenous gamer crowd is *looking* for any new piece of information. EA can get the attention of the masses any time they want. Smaller studios need a gimmick to get gamers to look for them even if its on accident. PAX will and already is filling this role. With such a significa
    • by mwvdlee ( 775178 )
      Actually, Penny Arcade has explicitely stated they do not wish to turn PAX into anything E3-like.
  • This has the potential to become a big regional expo, but the global exposure seems limited. After E3, the other big gaming-related get-togethers are the GDC and SIGGRAPH. SIGGRAPH wouldn't work, as that is almost purely about the nuts and bolts of emerging graphics and that involves the movie industry as well. GDC is totally game-centric and a bit less propellerhead, which is good for the mainstream press. It seems to me that it would make sense to tack on a few extra days to GDC where it could opened to t
  • The obvious answer to the "What event will replace E3?" question is Quakecon.

    1)It already has a huge following.
    2)It is in the US.
    3)There have been E3 sized displays at the convention for years now.
    4)There seems to have been some word from ID software that they are willing to let more companies throw up displays in the future: nt&task=view&id=3596&Itemid=2 []
  • Why is it all the comments talk about how hard it is for them to get there.

    First off this topic's title is all wrong. They arn't replacing E3, they are creating a e3 style event in Australia for the korean and asian gaming community. This is a community that puts americans to shame.

    Second off Quake Con, PAX, and TGS can NOT replace E3, they aren't the same event. E3 was an industry only event that fans corrupted by forcing their way in. That's the reason it fell, because the show started to cater to tho
  • As far as I can tell, the 3 rules of real estate also apply to conventions.

    Those rules? Location, location, location.

    Game Companies have a few markets that they really care about. Those markets appear to be Japan, North America, and Europe.

    E3 is North America's big show. The Tokyo Game Show is Japan's big show, although Nintendo holds its own Space World Expo every year. I am unfamiliar with any such show for Europe. I would not doubt if one exists, though.

    The idea of replacing E3 with a show in Austral

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