E3: Should There Be A Winner?

The Civil Cyborg

Who won E3?

That’s the question on everyone’s lips as they reflect on another highly successful conference, which culminated last week. For the record, most viewers agree that PlayStation “triumphed” over Xbox; the Wii U, on the other hand, was barely a contender.

But is this really what people should be asking? This line of inquiry, while important for evaluating economics, tends to reduce gaming to a competition– as something that can be won or lost.

As game enthusiasts, we’re all winners because the game industry continues to be vibrant enough to support an annual conference with 48,200 participants. In case you didn’t already hear, attendance at E3 2013 set a new record which surpassed the previous record by almost 3,000 attendees. In some academic disciplines, by comparison, there’s barely enough interest to support even a bi-annual conference.

E3 is also a triumph for gamers because it’s a time…

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