I had lunch with a friend and colleague on Thursday, a guy who has been to every E3—and before that he was going to the Consumer Electronics Show when it was the gaming industry's big expo. Absent some miracle hardware reveal, he thinks we could see the quietest and most depressing E3 ever this year. I hate to say it, but I have the same fear.
Look at the casualties. The biggest, of course, is THQ, which has no cash to spend on its usual garish presence in Los Angeles, which over the years has included a bikini car wash last year (pictured), giant mecha suits, and a platoon of conscripted Korean army troops. Not only is THQ not going to E3, it's not going to Gamescom in Germany, either. Nor is Nintendo. Nor, reports GamesIndustry International, is Sega.