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Games Expo Site Up

The new games industry trade show, Games Expo, has its website up. It looks like they have a great lineup of exhibitors and speakers already, and the show’s not until March 18–22, 2007. It’s mostly only open to professionals involved in the industry, but I hear they will have some days open for members of National Games Week (which runs November 19–25 this year) who can make the trek to Las Vegas.

I don’t know if I’m going to attend Games Expo, the GAMA Trade Show (which is April 23–26, also in Vegas), or both. I think both shows have great staffs, and I’d love to be able to spend a couple weeks in Vegas this spring, but with all the running around I do with my kids, getting away from home this school year will be tough.

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  1. I have to admit that this is just a situation that utterly confuses me.

    I remember reading “flavored” commentary regarding the GAMA board and how many people were upset with how things were run by that body. Though, like most of the hoi poloi I have no idea what was really going on, or why there was a stir in the first place. I do know that certain actions spoiled my opinions of certain individuals in the industry and the in-fighting has been one of two factors I have had to “negotiate” with when considering whether I wanted my money to continue to be spent on gaming at all. Needless to say, my own love of games and the high quality of products available were the factors that kept me buying (and I buy a bit).

    Some time I wouldn’t mind having a coffee with certain people (none at this blog btw), if only to ask them if they actually feel the need to alienate potential, and long term, customers, or if they are merely mean people. But that is another story.

    Back to the issue at hand though, my primary concern is not which show dominates, or even whether there is room for both (which I question). Rather, my question is whether having two events helps the hobby, or is it merely a death twitch as the industry attempts, in a final gasp, to assert itself anew.

    I know that is dreadfully pessimistic, but at times I think that two shows so close together might do more harm than good. Split seasons like the fashion industry makes sense for the field as a whole, but close proximity leads one to think of the events as competitors and one wonders if the industry is strong enough to survive infighting.

    Then again, competition may be just what the hobby needs and concepts like “National Gaming Week” are definitely steps in the right direction.

  2. I have to admit that this is just a situation that utterly confuses me.

    I remember reading “flavored” commentary regarding the GAMA board and how many people were upset with how things were run by that body. Though, like most of the hoi poloi I have no idea what was really going on, or why there was a stir in the first place. I do know that certain actions spoiled my opinions of certain individuals in the industry and the in-fighting has been one of two factors I have had to “negotiate” with when considering whether I wanted my money to continue to be spent on gaming at all. Needless to say, my own love of games and the high quality of products available were the factors that kept me buying (and I buy a bit).

    Some time I wouldn’t mind having a coffee with certain people (none at this blog btw), if only to ask them if they actually feel the need to alienate potential, and long term, customers, or if they are merely mean people. But that is another story.

    Back to the issue at hand though, my primary concern is not which show dominates, or even whether there is room for both (which I question). Rather, my question is whether having two events helps the hobby, or is it merely a death twitch as the industry attempts, in a final gasp, to assert itself anew.

    I know that is dreadfully pessimistic, but at times I think that two shows so close together might do more harm than good. Split seasons like the fashion industry makes sense for the field as a whole, but close proximity leads one to think of the events as competitors and one wonders if the industry is strong enough to survive infighting.

    Then again, competition may be just what the hobby needs and concepts like “National Gaming Week” are definitely steps in the right direction.

  3. It’s hard to say, Christian, but it’s clearly too late for this to stop. The two trains are heading toward each other, and only time will tell if they are actually on different tracks or destined for a wreck. Much of it has to do with a personality conflict behind the scenes, but the folks backing Games Expo feel they have a viable alternative to GTS.

    Personally, I’m rooting for them both to succeed, although I’m not entirley clear on whether that’s feasible or not.

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    It’s hard to say, Christian, but it’s clearly too late for this to stop. The two trains are heading toward each other, and only time will tell if they are actually on different tracks or destined for a wreck. Much of it has to do with a personality conflict behind the scenes, but the folks backing Games Expo feel they have a viable alternative to GTS.

    Personally, I’m rooting for them both to succeed, although I’m not entirley clear on whether that’s feasible or not.

  5. Would be nice to know if you were going to one as a regular gamer, your schedule would be wide open to hang with some fans.

  6. Would be nice to know if you were going to one as a regular gamer, your schedule would be wide open to hang with some fans.

  7. My schedule’s not that tight. I just work what time I have as hard as I can—for fun and profit.

    I’m actually thinking of attending RockCon next month as a civilian. I may take my eldest son along for his first chance to play games at a convention. He’s been whipping me at Attacktix lately.

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    My schedule’s not that tight. I just work what time I have as hard as I can—for fun and profit.

    I’m actually thinking of attending RockCon next month as a civilian. I may take my eldest son along for his first chance to play games at a convention. He’s been whipping me at Attacktix lately.

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