LOS ANGELES--At the end of the day, it's the numbers that rule.
For this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, which concludes today in Los Angeles, the number that show management is crowing about is 60,000--the total number of attendees that participated in the event this year.
Was Electronic Software Association (ESA) president Doug Lowenstein proud of the accomplishment? It seemed so.
Lowenstein, who opened the show just three days earlier, reminded the press that "E3Expo remains the most important gathering of interactive entertainment industry professionals on the planet, offering attendees unparalleled networking and business opportunities."
While the show this year was marked predominantly by announcements made on Monday and Tuesday by Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft, the show floor was anything but anticlimactic--GameSpot's coverage was encyclopedic in breadth and will continue to be added to, even past the 4 p.m. trumpet call that marks the official end of the show.
We hope our coverage made you feel as if you were on-site, jostling to play the industry's long list of upcoming games as well as gaining a glimpse of game industry greats and personalities from film and TV who were oft-sighted walking the show floor.
And for those who are prone to planning ahead, take note: E3 2007 is scheduled for May 16-18, 2007, right here in Los Angeles.