Did you know E3 the yearly gaming confab is going on? It is, but it’s vewy vewy quiet. Unlike past AV extravaganzas, which made San Diego seam like a Seurat painting, E3 has been downsized to a series of media presentations in a large hangar in Santa Monica. Joystiq has all the news. We don’t follow the gaming industry closely enough to know what’s the big scoop, but this kinder gentler E3 is an interesting model — if it works, as we’ve speculated before, maybe someday movie studios will go back to a quieter ShoWest-like presentation for their movies, instead of the public spectacle of San Diego. Frankly, that and the hotel room shortage are the only things that can possibly bring Comic-Con back into Earth’s orbit.