Looking Back and Forward at E3 2016June 12, 2016
Since starting Phoenix Genesis online video game news in February 2000, I have seen a myriad of changes in this industry. From awkward growth spurts to triumphant, leaping victories that would have seen unfathomable to my mind and the person who began this enterprise those years ago, this industry continues to inspire passion both vexing and joyous for a medium which has been a mainstay and central pleasure in my life.
But, on this eve before the storm, let us not forget what is most important amid the flashing lights, bling, swag bags, sounds, crowded halls and long lines waiting to play the latest and greatest thing of Now.
The crucible that burns brightly in the middle of this sweet chaos and madness of E3; the systems and the heart of what makes E3 and this diverse and exciting field of this industry run is not featured on the box art of any game.
It is something hidden in plain sight because, sometimes we get too caught up in the hype of the moment, the now, to acknowledge and to give our appreciation to those who hold the candle and keep it burning though placid times and turbulent shifts.
To these people, be they a CEO of a large publisher like Activision, a veteran manager manning the show floor, an independent newcomer fresh to industry game or a merchant selling branded merchandise from inside the E3 store since the very first show 21 years ago; let’s pause, and take a breath and say- Thank you for all of your hard work and perseverance through it all-including the glamorous and not so glamorous moments.
Even though things have changed and E3 and the industry in a constant state of flux; remember, we all are changing everyday with the focus on a better today and even better tomorrow. Change is good as long as the same passion burns just as bright as the people behind it; keeping the spirit of what makes this medium so great.
Years have come and gone as they do- I, Des Manttari, have definitely changed since I’ve started this colorfully and sometimes pixelated journey. Now armed with a camera, trusty cap, and my smiling service dog, Ray; I prepare once again to walk the floor.
Will you join me in giving thanks and celebrating what we as press are fortunate enough to be part of?
I’ll see you on the floor, my fellow readers.
– Des Manttari, Editor-in-Chief, Phoenix Genesis
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