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Why We Don't Go To G2E

By Chuckmonster on Thursday, 18th November 2010 1:26pm
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For the last week, the entire gaming industry - from the robber barons to the blacksmiths who supply their tools - have descended upon the Las Vegas Convention Center to share ideas, hype products, make deals and kiss a multi-bajillion dollar industry worth of stinky sweaty smarmy ass.

People have been asking us "you guys are in the gaming biz, why do you go to G2E?" The answer is simple, we're NOT in the gaming industry, we're tourists. When you get firmly entrenched in slurping on the nozzle end of the casino bullshit, your perspective turns into Jell-O, and you end up writing (and believing) steaming piles of crap like this:

The day's biggest winner was also one of the biggest stories in gaming during the past year - CityCenter. The $9 billion development from MGM Resorts International won three awards, including Best Website, Best Employee Publication for the "CityCenter Insider" and Best Communications Campaign for the media relations campaign surrounding the property's December 2009 grand opening.

So sayeth the folks who put on this G2E thing, The American Gaming Association, the "4 out of 5 dentists surveyed" of the casino business.

Excuse me while I remember to breathe.

Ok, I'll give some points that the CityCenter website is pretty neato, but "Best Communications Campaign" ??? The Yanni / GAP / Visa ad with the bafflingly idiotic "Words Will Fail You" tag line and schlong hand gestures? Are you kidding? Numbers have borne out that said ad campaign did NOT deliver a 5% increase in visitation - maybe for VegasTripping from all the jokes we got out of it, but certainly not for CityCenter.

And now you know why we don't go to G2E.

Thank you to you know who for the tip.



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Comments & Discussion:

I've been to G2E a couple of times and I ran a panel discussion at the conference last year.

A lot of what you say above is true... plus, I think it's just pretty boring.

The only stuff that's maybe a little interesting for some folks is to see the new games - slots and tables - and the related technology. Oh, and the design track now features a bunch of back-of-house tours of places like Wynn, Caesars, etc... That stuff can be interesting.

Otherwise though, bleh.

"...from the robber barons to the blacksmiths who supply their tools - have descended upon the Las Vegas Convention Center to share ideas, hype products, make deals and kiss a multi-bajillion dollar industry worth of stinky sweaty smarmy ass.
...When you get firmly entrenched in slurping on the nozzle end of the casino bullshit, your perspective turns into Jell-O..."

Hah,ha, hah. You would be a great writer for any casino Marketing department.

I don't have my glasses on and I thought the last line said
"Thank you for the TP" - I was thinking "what the hell does toilet paper have to do with this?"



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