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Publishers, Developers Toast The Success Of E3 2009

E3 was in a downward spiral prior to this year's show, but just about everyone in the industry is toasting E3's return to glory after an excellent experience in 2009.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, publishers and developers alike fed off the energy of this year's show and hailed the rebirth of a proud tradition in the industry. Everyone from Microsoft's Shane Kim to Take-Two's Ben Feder spoke about E3 2009's resurrection of sorts, and here's what new SCEE president Andrew House had to say on the matter:

"I think you get a singular opportunity to have the press and everybody else focus on our industry for a week in LA – one of the entertainment capitals of the world. That's pretty priceless. As soon as you took emphasis away from that we lost an opportunity to reach the media and by extension broaden our appeal as an industry as a whole, so I'm very glad it's back. It's absolutely worth the collective investment we put into it."

Feder commented that the show floor "felt alive" and the participants and attendees "couldn't be happier." Sega Europe's Gary Dunn thinks E3 "hit the sweet spot this year," as the ESA managed to strike a nice balance between the slow recent years and the overblown years when it felt "oversubscribed." There's no doubt that the conferences left an indelible mark in our minds, and the games certainly reigned supreme besides some very cool new technology unveiled by Sony and Microsoft. So you see? You can't really kill off a positive tradition like E3.

6/8/2009 Ben Dutka

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englishgolfer
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 11:39:22 AM
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what i'm waiting for is a report on the booth babes. please ben!

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Highlander
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 1:44:30 PM

Beat me to it....

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SarahPalinMILF
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 11:52:33 AM
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I have to say that this years E3 wasn't all that exciting for me in terms of announcements compared to other years...and yet the business still grows

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vicious54
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 1:31:45 PM
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Great Success, High Five!

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Scarecrow
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 1:50:33 PM
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Game show on the East Coast dammit!

NYC would be hella good!

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Oyashiro
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 1:59:42 PM
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Although I was disappointed in some things, I can still say that this was the best E3 in years.

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kratos17
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 4:58:13 PM
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as a gamer all i want to see is new games at e3 and sony was the only one who made that happen, they had the best game announcements

nintendo was okay

but the real disappointment was microsoft
all they showed was sequels and yet another halo game
and as for mgs on 360 i could care less because snake isnt even in the game and kojima is focusing on mgs on psp so the ratings for that game will probably be around 7/10

ps. i dont give a damn about any motion sensing devices

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THEVERDIN
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 5:38:55 PM
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I would like to see it open to the public just once.

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Robochic
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 5:52:10 PM
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It was a great E3 this year killed all other years. Disappointed in somethings but by watching the videos you can tell how alive everything was.

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JDC80
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 6:28:37 PM
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Earlier over on X-Play's best of E3 "Uncharted 2" got their best of E3 award. Not only that got some love they was raving about "God of War 3" and "Heavy Rain". I wonder with "Heavy Rain" will they have a quick auto-save if one of the main characters died and you can't reset the game and do their part over?

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Deleted User
Monday, June 08, 2009 @ 10:08:31 PM

I think I read something about... no game overs in Heavy Rain or something... I think (remembering Indigo Prophocies) that there will be a save system of some sort, but they may not let you save someone you lose if you mess up... the developers is kind of wacky, but that's what makes the idea of the game exciting.

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 9:48:31 AM
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Congrats E3!

I keep hearing project Natal stole the show..WTF? That thing is Sooo impractical, it hurts. Someone even made a gif of that goofy girl hoppin' around smacking the balls XD

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 2:52:01 PM
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I'd definitely toast this years E3,
But in this day's economy I find that it's so hard to do when you have champagne taste, and only beer money in your pocket!!!!

"CHEERS ANYWAY, E3"

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 2:52:09 PM
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OK, this is the 3rd time in a week this site's it's double-posted me.

Since the site seems to be acting a bit old & cranky this week......

"Maybe it just needs a few heaping tablespoons of Geritol too"!

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