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E for All 2008: Even worse than last year


Wow. Just wow. I have been to the E for All expo for two years running now, and you might remember I even had some tips for them to get their act together. And really, I was hopeful. How great would it be to have another kickass gaming convention in my own hometown? Pretty great, that's how great.

DO WANT... to learn to read Japanese...

Otherwise there are a few nice things I can say about E for All 2008. They had a big stack of free magazines, so I picked up the latest Nintendo Power, Official XBox Magazine, and Official Playstation Magazine, just for kicks. And in the case that you do want to play something, the lines are nowhere near as long as they were at PAX. At the Indiecade booth I was able to either walk up to something and immediately play it, or wait until the one person on the game was finished.

Of course, the lines are so short because the expo is so empty, and with so few people, it's no wonder so few exhibitors signed up. If only the interest were higher, I could imagine E for All becoming a fantastic event, but the prejudice against it caused a snowball effect that turned it into what it is today: a dismal, barren wasteland of a video game exposition.
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About Darren Nakamuraone of us since 2:29 AM on 11.06.2006

Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011.

While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Darren Nakamura knows several people in the video game industry, most of whom are Destructoid alumni. These include:

Anthony Burch, former writer for Gearbox Software
Ashly Burch, notable voice actor
Nick Chester, publicist for Harmonix Music Systems
Chad Concelmo, writer for Golin Harris
Aaron Linde, writer for Gearbox Software
Jayson Napolitano, publicist for Scarlet Moon Productions
Brad Nicholson, former publicist for Uber Entertainment
Alex Ryan, publicist for Kalypso Media
Jim Sterling, notable voice actor

Darren backs a lot of Kickstarter campaigns! If you want to see what he has backed, you can go here. If he ever reviews a game that he backed, that will be explicitly disclosed in the review.

Darren invested in Psychonauts 2 on Fig.
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