Got plans for October? Besides scaring little boys and girls in a robot helmet, Destructoid will be hanging out at E for All in LA for the four days of the show ... plus an extra 7 hours of earlybird gaming for breakfast (over a four-day weekend) before the doors open to the general public. (Sing it: Frank, Frank, Frank Sinatraaa.) Nintendo made a recent vague press release about their participation in the event, so *my guess* is that near-final builds of Mario Galaxy or Metroid will be available. That's either a hunch or I'm projecting my dreams.
The suits hosting the hardcore gaming event actually selected Dtoid to be among the few sites offering VIP advance tickets* to the show. I'm giving you an early heads up because, unlike the suckery that was the old E3 for consumers, anyone that wants tickets can snatch them up next week if you know where to look. I’ll warn you: they’re not exactly a drop in the bucket: "$45 for a two-day pass for Thursday and Friday, and $65 for a two-day pass for Saturday and Sunday". That gets gamers early access to the floor every day and saves you $20 at the door. (So nice.) We're working on getting this all set up right now, so you'll see another update about it on the 17th if you're in the market for some.
I was also just informed that VIP ticket holders also get access to premium seating at Tallarico's incredible Video Games Live concert (Protip: Read symphonic Bliss for the gamer soul) this time taking place at the new Nokia Theater so the venue. That alone should be pretty sick.
Destructoid sightings, official press release, and all that good stuff follow:
Our plans? More than half of the Destructoid team will be down there in full metal armor for the weekend. We anticipate vegging out in proper Dtoid style and competing the Workman bar-hopping Olympics at night. Should be epic times, as these events rarely disappoint. So! Check back April 17 for tickets, and hit the jump for the full event details. As the modern philosopher Axl once noted: “If you’ve got the money honey, we’ve got your disease.”[Editorial Disclosure: *Nope, we don’t get a cut of the action. Zip. Zilch. Proceeds benefit scantily clad booth babes, rental 1080p TVs, swag bags, and the secret clan of reptilian humanoids that rule the earth.]
Entertainment for All Expo (E for AllTM) is a brand-new event created especially for people who are passionate about video games, interactive entertainment and related products. E for All 2007 will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from October 18 – 21.
E for All offers consumers unprecedented access to the video game industry through opportunities to see, try and buy the world’s leading video game products before they are available on store shelves. In addition to game-play, show attendees will enjoy a variety video game lifestyle offerings, including: video game tournaments, the Into the Pixel video game art exhibition, a Gamer Lounge and the acclaimed Video Games Live concert.
E for All aims to empower all aspects of the market, bringing consumers, publishers, developers, innovators, and retailers together to experience a multi-faceted event true to the spirit of interactive entertainment.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
E for All is accessible for anyone passionate about video games and interactive entertainment, including: consumers (children 13 and under require parental supervision), media, software developers, buyers and retailers, programmers, distributors, entertainment industry representatives, financiers and venture capitalists, importers and exporters, manufacturers, resellers, researchers, educators, financial and industry analysts.
TICKETS AND PRICING
General Admission tickets go on sale at www.EforAllExpo.com beginning in June, 2007.
• Advance registration
o Thursday/Friday = $45
o Saturday/Sunday = $65
o 4-day Pass = $90
• On-site registration
o Thursday/Friday = $50
o Saturday/Sunday = $75
o 4-day Pass = $110
OWNERSHIP AND OPERATION
E for All is owned and operated by IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com), the company responsible for producing tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Entertainment for All™ (E for AllTM), Macworld Conference & Expo®, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, LinuxWorld® OpenSolutions Summit™, Next Generation Data Center™ (NGDC™), and SaaScon™. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.