VG Republic Writes: It seems as though everyone wants off the boat right now, the E3 boat that is. The trade show that has been the largest consumer video game show in the U.S. for the last decade and has only grown in popularity with the inclusion of the average gamer being allowed access to the show; web-streams allow those, that can’t attend, at home to still enjoy the action. However, over the last year the once mecca for showing off the latest in gaming seems to be losing its luster just a bit. While there will be the usual suspects at the show, some of the larger companies such as Nintendo are choosing to scale back their delivery to a more intimate booth showing than taking the large stage and joining the likes of Microsoft and Sony. Not only that, via Twitter, Doug Lombardi a Valve software employee got confirmation from the parent company that they would not be attending E3 at all this year. What is going on around here? A few years back companies were leaping at the opportunity to jump on stage to show off what they had done, but now it seems as though people are jumping off and to other avenues to bring forth their latest creations. Why is E3 losing the luster it once had?