Gamecock crows about EIEIO '08

Publisher's indie-focused gaming media event to lead into SXSW music festival on March 6 in Austin, Texas.

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Making the most out of the decentralized nature of last year's E3 Media and Business Summit, indie-focused publisher Gamecock carved out a space for itself in the heart of the trade-show bustle in Santa Monica for its inaugural Expo for Interactive Entertainment, Independent and Original (EIEIO).

Awkward to return after having already held a wake for the live-and-well trade show, Gamecock has a more down-home experience in mind for this year's EIEIO. The publisher announced today that EIEIO '08 will take place at the Stubb's Bar-B-Q in its hometown of Austin, Texas, on March 6. Music fans may take note of the date, as Gamecock is positioning the show as a lead in to SXSW, an annual music festival and conference taking place in the same locale that runs March 7-16.

"We want this EIEIO to be part videogame expo, part backyard carnival, part indie revival," said Gamecock cofounder Mike Wilson. "And, as EIEIO leads right into SXSW--the annual mecca for independent artists from all walks of life--we are heading-up the charge to get the best and most original games here."

As with last year, EIEIO will feature upcoming wares from Gamecock-signed developers. Thus far announced to be on hand at the show will be Wideload, Red Fly Studio, Spark Unlimited, Replay Studios, Firefly Studios, and TimeGate Studios, and event organizers claim more presenters will be announced as the show's date approaches.

Discussion

23 comments
R3DN1N3
R3DN1N3

What games have Gamecock even produced? All I know is that they appeared at last year's toned-down E3 summit and made a rediculous parade from SantaMonica to the beach... I don't know if I should respect them or hate them?

lamprey263
lamprey263

I hope we get to hear more about Sabotage, that game looks off the hook!!

tclvis
tclvis

If they can make it more like Mardi Gras and less like Jackass, then it could be worthwhile. Games are supposed to be fun, so a boring, dry conference makes no sense, but a tasteless one doesn't either.

KoolEmpty
KoolEmpty

@ BoogieManZero - LOL, do you think that G4 mindless shows and sketch comedy game reviews, gamespot poor journalist and every internet forum doesn't make the game industry look childish, don't put the blame on these guys. Regardless of whether or not you like Gamecock, this idea sounds great to me, indie studios need all the help they can get if they have any interest in developing for the current console market (handhelds and wii excluded). If GC want to step up and do it them props to them, at least someone is.

BoogieManZero
BoogieManZero

Exactly Icehearted. I mean they put out one "good" game and another "poor" game, to quote Gamespot. Yet somehow they've managed to get more attention than other developers that make more and better games. On top of that their actions are inexcusable, they make themselves and the game industry as a whole look tacky and childish. I can't believe people are actually defending them despite the strides they've taken to make us all look like idiots.

davievil
davievil

do they deserve this press?

Icehearted
Icehearted

I can appreciate the idea of bringing game development back to devs and away from publishers, but corny ideas and brutal jackassery (like the stunt they pulled at the Spike awards) isn't exactly helping their image. The way they've been managing themselves publicly actually is hurting the industry by perpetuating the stereotype that gamers are all immature, violent, sociopathic children. I really am keeping an open mind and I'm not out to attack anyone's confidence, but really, how can we take them seriously? Why shouldn't they be seen as the "Jerry Springer" of game developers considering how they've presented themselves so far? Honestly, type "gamecock" in the search bar and look at the news posts about them. Hard to expect much if anything at all.

BladeVampero
BladeVampero

BoogieMan, first off, they are still relatively new to the gaming industry (on their own that is). They've put out Dimentium: The Ward, which is one of the most beautiful games I've seen on DS, graphically speaking, and is also a very enjoyable FPS/Horror Survival game, and Fury that just hit PCs. (Seems to me that Fury is pretty good, but I don't really play MMOs.) Anyway, they're also working on Insecticide, which looks like a nice original concept, something you don't see much anymore. (Seriously, SO many games lately just feel the same.) It doesn't matter if they're helping the industry. They aren't hurting it, that's for sure. And they are doing something not many do anymore, produce original concepts for the sake of enjoyment. Just because you haven't heard a lot about them, doesn't make them bad. Everybody starts somewhere. Anyway, I think they got the right idea with this. Hold your event close to another large event, create more interest and support. Giving Indie developers a chance to get out there and become known. That's very difficult to do in ANY medium these days.

Stiler
Stiler

Sigh, it's evident that a lot of you have just no clue about these guys or what sort of studio/company they want to run. They are not the "spiketv" of the game publishing world. Gamecock was founded by ex-God games guys. They want people to focus on the DEVELOPERS of the games, not the publishers. They are one of the very few publishers with this mindset and they even let the developers keep control of their IP, unlike most publishers that want the IP's of developers to be theirs.

BoogieManZero
BoogieManZero

I refuse to admit these guys are helping the industry in any way. They are like Spike TV if it were a developer, they stereotype the target audience and use cheap immature tactics to get as much money as they can before the inevitable happens and they tank. Has anybody played a game published by Gamecock? Does anybody even know what they've put out? I mean they've become far more popular because of their fart jokes and crude public displays than for video games, you know that thing that this entire industry is supposed to be focused on.

Rockman_00X
Rockman_00X

You know, as stupid as the name is, they chose it on purpose. Look at everyone here: "Dude, Gamecock.." As long as they got you to say and remember their name, they've succeeded in their advertising to get you to at least know the name. And as juvenile as their actions may be, who's still the target audience for video game companies? You know, with E3 the way it is, and Japan and Germany having the kind of conventions the way we want them, I'm kinda glad they're doing this. If video games are for the consumers, then why not treat the consumer for being a faithful gamer? E for All was cool, but it wasn't as big as it could've been. Regardless of what system you play or have, we should all support video games because there are others (insert Jack Thompson) who are working hard to keep gaming restrictive to anyone who wants to play. And hopefully, if the big guys start to take notice at things like this, then maybe we can finally get a gaming convention that's for everyone.

Icehearted
Icehearted

Everything about this group seems juvenile, even the reactions they elicit here. They're called Gamecock probably for no other reason than it's funny like a fart joke, which we can laugh at for the two seconds we have before we get whiff. At least Acclaim tried despite their idiotic stunts. Gamecock's just corny. EIEIO? Oh please.

NightRain
NightRain

GameCOCK and their famous COCKpit. :D

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

Of all the names in the world to pick from, they chose gamecock..

TheNotoriousBYC
TheNotoriousBYC

Nice to know there are still indie-focused publishers that exist, gives me hope for the future~

BornK1ll
BornK1ll

imhopeless : "old macdonald had a farm..." :lol:

IHeartCloud
IHeartCloud

haha, it's called gamecock. haha I'm so immature

Arkk_Angel
Arkk_Angel

Awesome! Glad I live in Austin because this is going to be one HUGE party!