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E3 Awards Coming Soon

Posted by Dana Tuesday June 23 2009 at 3:18PM
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The hardest thing to do when reporting on MMOs is awards. No one will ever agree on anything.

So in advance of us finally publishing our E3 awards tomorrow, I wanted to take a second and hear what people think.

For shows like E3, it's the toughest thing. We have to judge games at wildly different stages of development as we try and hand out our hardware. It's not really fair to compare something that is a video presentation with something we played hands on.

This year, we're just doing one game of the show and a few editor's choice. So I ask you all, what criteria should we look at most:

  • Market Potential: You can kind of tell which games are going to be huge blockbusters and which are fighting a more uphill battle. Should that play a big role in picking game of show?
  • Hands-On: Do you think a game needs to be hands-on available to be considered?
  • Graphics: How much does this play a role?
  • Good Ideas / Presentation: Talk is cheap, but how much should what the developers say (and don't say) factor into it?
  • Buzz: Game journos are notoriously for the buzz you hear in the demo room vs. the press room being wildly different. How much should the general buzz around the show be considered?

There are likely other factors, but as I continue to mull all of this over, I'd love to hear the thoughts of our community.

Weddings, E3 and Staffing

Posted by Dana Monday June 8 2009 at 3:02PM
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You may have noticed a bit of chaos around the site this last couple weeks. We had a lot of things happen really fast around here and now seems like a good time to bring you all up to date!

First things first, Jon Wood (Managing Editor) got married and took off on a much deserved vacation/honeymoon. Congrats to Jon and his bride!

Then we had a couple staffing changes. Community Manager Richard Cox has moved on from He has taken a new job and I am sure you will hear from him soon in that capacity. A big congrats to Richard on the new gig. Thanks again for all you did these last months and years on the site. You'll be missed.

News Manager Keith Cross has also left the site to pursue other opportunities outside of games. Again, we thank him for his loyal service and hard work.

Naturally, that means some fresh blood around here. I'd like to introduce Michael Bitton, who will be handling aspects of News and Community on the side. You've likely noticed a couple of his news items already, so be gentle while he settles in. We will also be announcing another new hire in a couple weeks.

As if all of that wasn't chaotic enough, Evan Wilkinson (Art Director) and I took off for E3 dead smack in the middle of all this. Unfortunately, the site has been a bit chaotic with all that's gone on, but now that most everyone is back in front of computers, regular service should resume.

We have an absolutely huge pile of E3 content coming your way. Starting tomorrow, you should be able to expect two articles and two companion videos a day from the dozens of games and people we spoke to at the show. Circumstances limited our on the floor coverage to one article (Telara), but we'll make up for what we missed in immediacy with some nice depth and higher quality video offerings (expect much better than the Telara interview).

Anyway, we have lots coming up beyond E3 and thank you all for sticking with us over these chaotic couple weeks. E3 was quite the experience as usual and more will come on that shortly.