Wagner James Au, Salon’s idiot savant of gaming, was also at E3, thus proving that even the barely coherent are getting disgusted with Mike Wilson.
The confluence of porn and games was surely at its most evident on the GOD lot. Gathering of Developers was founded by exiles from iD, Ion Storm and other high-profile gaming companies on the premise that it would be the preeminent publisher for independent game studios. An admirable sentiment, but somewhere along the way, CEO Mike Wilson decided that preeminence should also involve a lot of cleavage and dwarfs. (Imagine Miramax’s Harvey Weinstein promoting “Chocolat” at ShoWest with lap dancers and pinheads.) Whatever the motive, the GOD lot was packed with flesh-addled gamers gathered for the booby show — while the GOD games themselves went almost entirely ignored.
Obviously, though, Mr. Gold doesn’t drink, since if he did he would know that the GOD lot was a total bust this year. Apparently they only brought 3 six-packs of lite beer they found in Levelord’s van, and when they ran out, so did, well, everyone else.
Of course, last year we actually showed you the Lesbian Jumbotron from last year when GOD could still afford beer, but we’re not postmodern enough to count.