GDC 09: Worst Expo Ever?

After 3 days, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is the worst GDC Expo I’ve been to in 10 years covering videogames. There have been plenty of interesting sessions, but the actual expo floor is a shell of what it used to be in years past.

Time was, NVIDIA and ATI would have dueling stations showing off upcoming games, Microsoft / Sony / Nintendo would have the same, and there would be all sorts of weird wacky stuff on display. People would have cool chalenges running (I even used to manage a Quake 1v1 event with Kornelia at a few shows), and it was generally a fun place to check out. Now it feels like a ghost town, which leaves me wondering what E3 will end up being this year.

And just to be clear, I’m not saying it was the worst GDC ever, just the exhibit area. I’m looking at you, Dakota!