Omaha explains why she isn’t going to Macworld/iWorld this year to cover the Mac/iOS gaming scene…and may not again in the future.
I made a hard decision not to go to Macworld/iWorld this year. Much of it is about working to transition iGame Radio into something better for this year, and I’ve got a lot of work to do this month. Going to Macworld will cut into that.
But unfortunately much of it has to do with my feeling that Macworld really isn’t a place for me to go to cover gaming anymore. In years past, back when Apple still was the centerpiece to the show, there was a giant gaming hub at Macworld. Even despite the fact that Apple really doesn’t support Mac gaming much at all, there were those internal at Apple and many external (developers and publishers) who did.
But over the years, even before Apple left, that hub began to die. After Apple announced it would no longer be showing at Macworld, that pretty much meant the death knell to any kind of gaming hub. For a year or two there was still a central location where many developers and publishers of Mac and iOS games would situate their booths, but even that became less important as many had booths elsewhere in the show or, more likely, didn’t even show up.
Last year I felt, as a journalist, that there was really not much to see. There were a few iOS game developers that had small booths at the Appalooza section, but that was it. No tracks. I tried to get a meetup together and few showed up. This year I counted two game companies in the list (both iOS). I just don’t think that Macworld is a place for covering Mac/iOS gaming anymore.
There are two other important events for me that are happening the same weekend in my area. If I were covering GDC, for example, it would be a no-brainer. But because I feel like I’m not going to be getting much out of Macworld for iGame Radio, if at all, I’d really rather just stay put this year.
Maybe next year…if there isn’t anything else going on. To see my friends.
Host Omaha Sternberg goes it alone, covering the gaming scene at Macworld 2012, whether game publishers are relevant anymore, and this week’s copycatting scandals.
iGame Radio will be stalking the hallways of Moscone West this year at Macworld|iWorld 2012 as we seek out new and interesting games and check in with our old favorites appearing at the show. We’ll also be hosting the 2nd Annual iGame Radio Gamers Meetup at the show as well.
We’ve already been checking out who is going to attend the show and who isn’t, and the shift over the years is pretty surprising. Years ago, Macworld was known for its gaming pavilion, at which most major Mac gaming publishers and developers would attend. Times have changed, and now what we are seeing is iOS game developers in small booths, showing off their latest creations. Since Apple’s decision to leave Macworld, the annual convention has been struggling to survive and find a new niche to cater to. What you find this year might be characterized as more like SXSW for the Mac elite.
Head Editor Omaha Sternberg will be there, grabbing interviews, posting about new games, and getting images to us for the site. She’ll also be hosting the Gamers’ Meetup that will be held on Thursday, January 26th, starting at 5:30pm. If you’ll be at Macworld you can join us in the 2nd Floor lobby of Moscone West.
There’s going to be tons to do at Macworld, so make sure to check out the 2012 Hess Memorial Macworld-iWorld Events List as well so you don’t miss out.