Here is something I would like to express my feelings about. The utterly barren wasteland that is news and attention when it comes to coin-operated video games during e3. It is true that there are two big events for arcades each year, AOU and ATEI but these pale in comparison to the amount of attention that e3 gets. Why should arcade games be excluded from a show that covers everything else about video games? Obviously the answer lies with the arcade manufacturers, several of which are represented at E3 yet they only bother to release news about their console or PC releases while information about any arcade titles they may be cooking up remains unknown. Would it hurt Sega, Konami or Namco to show off one of their games on the e3 floor or to at least mention them in a press release that covers their other games? It makes one wonder if arcades are a threat to their other interests and why they can’t co-exist with the other larger aspects of the market. Hopefully this will change one day but sadly it appears that such changes won’t occur anytime soon.
Of course if you happen to hear any arcade news come out of e3 that we don’t post about, please feel free to contact us. The rest of the video game world may prefer to act like arcades don’t exist unless they HAVE to recognize them, but not us.