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The Top 7... Game expos better than E3

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Imagine the room around you spiraling inward as soothing celesta music transports you to a distant time and place. You’re in LA. It’s 2006 and you’ve just walked onto the E3 show floor. The crowds are buzzing with excitement for the Wii and the DS Lite. Jokes about the PS3’s $600 price tag are circulating, but anticipation of Sony’s powerhouse is hardly damaged. Flashing lights and costumed women accompany lavish displays of the slickest technology in the games industry. You are happy.

Now cue a cymbal crash and tumultuous drum solo. The splendor of E3 ’06 fades away and you’re in 2007… then 2008. You’re no longer at the Electronic Entertainment Expo – you’re at the “E3 Media and Business Summit.” The beautiful displays are gone. No one gives a crap about the Wii, Sony can’t stop talking about the PS2, and Microsoft is actually the highlight of the show. You frantically search for the exit and… find it easily, there are no crowds to fight, no cosplayers, no swarming booths...

Quick! Come back to the real world before you're crushed with despair! E3 may have become a giant suckfest, but there are alternatives. The following seven conventions are today's best gaming get-togethers.

What it has that E3 doesn’t

Try everything. Comic-Con International is packed with the fans and creators of just about everything we love. What began as a 300 person get-together in 1970 now attracts over 100,000 exhibiters and fans. It's geeky pop culture at its finest.


Above: Psychedelic Stormtrooper is cool and all, but the choice is obvious

While not technically just a games convention, Comic-Con contains enough gaming content to count (don’t let the name deceive you, the convention’s original focus on comics has expanded to include just about every aspect of geekdom). 2008's exhibiters included Electronic Arts, D3, Ubisoft, SCEA, and SOE, among others.

When? Where? Can I go?

Comic-Con International happens every year in San Diego. The next one’s July 23 – 26 at the San Diego Convention center. Four day passes are currently on sale for 2009 at $75 apiece. You may also want to check out WonderCon, the same organization’s San Francisco convention.

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32 comments

  • Blade1006 - October 13, 2008 2:16 p.m.

    32nd yesssss! relative buffalo
  • lava_lamp - October 9, 2008 11:13 p.m.

    am i the only one here who attends the Its a Lava Lamp expo?
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - October 8, 2008 4:43 p.m.

    @Jajudoman001: You may have wanted to post this comment on that article - I didn't write it, so I don't want to speak for anyone. I will say that Bioshock was probably not included because it isn't technically a "new" game. New to the PS3, yes, but a lot of us have already played it. It is great, and I hope PS3 owners love it.
  • Jajudoman001 - October 8, 2008 2:28 p.m.

    @Tyler. Why didn't you guys include prince of persia, Resistance 2, and Bioshock in the top 28 games still to come? I'm kinda pissed tthat bioshock wasn't on the list.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - October 8, 2008 1:15 a.m.

    Hey! It's "that guy!" We were all standing at a table enjoying the remains of the refreshments (those smoothie things were alright) after the conference, and we couldn't help but be amused by/identify with your plight as a lone reporter with a tripod. Glad you didn't take the "or this guy" remark the wrong way - it wasn't targeted at you so much as E3 in general, and the fact that it has gone from an over-the-top party to a parade of worn out journalists making the best of what they have. See you again next year - assuming E3 still exists.
  • wellsandy - October 8, 2008 12:24 a.m.

    "...or this guy?"...is actually me! Nice photo ;) It was taken (not that I saw the photographer) after the Sony press conference at E3 this year. Most of the crown had left and I was recording a piece to camera in front of the Playstation logo (which is behind me, not seen in this pic). I promise I was also having fun ;) http://www.gamearena.com.au/videos/browse.php/8/ Andy Wells
  • Juriasu - October 7, 2008 7:32 p.m.

    Maybe this would be a good time to go to Japan?
  • Fluxnard - October 7, 2008 12:44 p.m.

    That Comic Con girl looks sexeh
  • I-Be-MAD - October 7, 2008 10:25 a.m.

    Ah, the decisions, the decisions.
  • TENAXIS (PSN) - October 7, 2008 9:35 a.m.

    hmmmmm is it just me or the Tokyo Game Show is the only game convention in Asia... this sucks.. i hate living in this side of the world...
  • ssj4raditz - October 7, 2008 5:38 a.m.

    I will, one day, attend one of those Cons. I swear it by the Hammer of Thor!!
  • BoondockSaint54 - October 7, 2008 3:04 a.m.

    Shaun White? I thought that was Carrot Top...
  • GoldenMe - October 7, 2008 12:54 a.m.

    Mad Defguru is mad...
  • shockolate - October 6, 2008 11:14 p.m.

    >The average hostel in Tokyo after seeing that movie, there's no way I'm going now
  • lava_lamp - October 6, 2008 9:37 p.m.

    you didnt include the Its A Lava Lamp expo oh yea its a real expo
  • Tasty_Pasta - October 6, 2008 9:25 p.m.

    Hmmm, the top 7 in the Podcast should be interesting this week...
  • theturbolemming - October 6, 2008 9:20 p.m.

    Uhh. Second? It's my dream to be first... I'll make it. Someday.
  • eddiejoe502 - October 12, 2008 2:48 a.m.

    Why was the portal symbol at GDC?
  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - October 10, 2008 11:27 p.m.

    You can't tell from that picture, but my bare ass is making contact with the water in the urinal. Journalism!

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