Back in 2007 I attended my first and last E3 expo. The year I went was the first year the event was scaled down for press only and in short, the show sucked. I have always wished that I had been able to attend the show when it was in its heyday.
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In 2009, E3 will move to LA and be held at the Las Angeles Convention Center. The show will also expand who is allowed to attend by apparently removing the need to be invited by a company showing at the event. It will be open to all qualified computer and video game industry audiences. That does mean that the show isn't open to gamers directly.
E3 2009 does promise bigger booths, more exhibitors, and hopefully much less suck than in the last few years. “Video games are the fastest growing and most compelling sector of the entertainment industry. And, this upgraded event will reflect the growth, innovation and excitement of our industry,” said Michael D. Gallagher, CEO of the ESA, which represents US computer and video game publishers and organizes the annual event. “The breadth, scope and quality of the changes made to the show will make E3 the must-attend event of the year.”