I also side with Ian here, NOT having a big conference when everyone else is does make them look less relevant like they aren't playing with the big boys anymore. Directs are stupid because the people who see them ALREADY own a fucking Nintendo device the E3 conference is seen by far greater numbers of people and the Directs don't get that across it takes extra effort to find them. Everyone covers the Conference.
That's a tremendous leap in logic. How do you figure that only Nintendo hardware owners are watching the Nintendo Directs?
People at home have to go out of their way to watch both the live press conferences and the Nintendo E3 Digital Event. Everyone is just watching video in front of their computer/TV screens. That sounds like a draw, except the live press conferences are riddled with technical difficulties, awkward pauses, and such. The people attending the actual expo are addressed by all console makers whether the conference is open or closed. That again sounds like a draw.
I have brought up the fact that Nintendo has had a larger booth than Sony numerous times and he has failed to address it. No one attending the actual show is thinking Nintendo is small time. The only way anyone is thinking Nintendo skipped E3 ever is if they deliberately avoided all Nintendo coverage because there's so much news and footage coming from the show. Ian's logic doesn't make sense here. It's more Nintendo-does-everything-wrong rhetoric. There are times I can at least see where he's coming from (even if I disagree). This is not one of those times.
I suppose Nintendo could have an open press conference and a Nintendo E3 Digital Event, but I'm not entirely convinced that it's necessary if they cover the same material. The Digital Event cuts the fat and get right to the point. I don't think the reactions from the live crowd are worth the effort. Sometimes it even obscures what is being shown. The o my reaction that matters to me is my own as I'm watching at home. I've certainly geeked out during E3 before.