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Living on a prayer: why the consumer games show is a quasi-religious experience

E3 Expo (Electronic Entertainment Exposition) at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on June 17, 2015

E3 Expo- one of the biggest churches in the religion of gaming

Our Father, who are into gaming. Halo be thy name. Thy Taken King come, by Just Cause 3 done. In Deus Ex, as it is in Hitman…

It might seem strange to start an article about consumer games show with a broadly blasphemous gaming themed version of the Lord’s prayer. But having attended Eurogamer Expo (EGX) and Gamescom this year, it’s pretty clear that the consumer game show isn’t about experiencing games anymore.

Instead, it’s changed into something bigger and different. And rather than being a circus or a festival, consumer games shows are now a quasi-religious experience for gaming fans where the faithful come to worship. It is something which events organisers need to foster and exhibitors need to adapt to if they’re to make the most of games shows in the coming years.

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