If there is a keynote, please invite someone whose naivite regarding actual gamers and what they want isn't so painfully obvious onstage.
Alex St. John is a big name, and he had one or two interesting things to say, but overall his speech was mostly corporate taglines and backpatting. I think it speaks volumes that the most interesting thing to come out of that event was a bouncy blue ball.
That said, who would make a good replacement as a keynote speaker?
It's gotta be someone gamers care about, and who can speak honestly and naturally not about his own company's awesomeness, but about gaming as a whole. Furthermore, it must serve as a high point to kick off the expo and get everyone excited about what's to come.
At this point, I believe that the best fit for keynote speakers are Gabe and Tycho themselves. They are, despite protestations to the contrary, good public speakers, and attendees know and trust them.
P.S. A State of the Industry speech and any big Penny Arcade announcements from the first G&T panel should be merged into this event. They'd fit better here.
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