For the last two years, the Entertainment Software Association downplayed video games’ biggest trade show, but 2009 saw a change of heart. E3 opened the floor to journalists and hosted more than twice as many exhibitors. Veterans say the show isn’t quite a return to form — I heard stories of fire dancers during the show’s peak — but it successfully made the statement that video games are huge. It was my first show, and while neon lights and low frequency rumbles will never stimulate me again, I’m glad I went. Here are the high and low points of E3 2009.