E3: done and dusted
Shortly after 1am this morning I finally arrived back home in Seattle. It was a fitting end to a week filled with early starts and late finishes at the E3 gaming trade show in Los Angeles.
It’s been a long-time goal of mine to get there one day, and thanks to the guys at Gameplanet and my new-found proximity to the event, it finally happened.
E3 is everything that people ever said it is, but it’s hard to put all of that together in a way that makes sense until you actually experience it.
The LA Convention Center is absolutely massive, and you need to allow a good 30 minutes to get to some appointments. Unfortunately, very few people actually get the opportunity to simply wander around the show floor and check out whatever they please. The more comprehensive preview opportunities must be booked in advance. And while it is possible to queue up at certain booths to get some hands-on time with a lot of games, it takes a lot of time – time that most people simply do not have.
Gameplanet had six on the ground at E3, and even that requires a lot of work from all involved. In my case, any time not spent actually attending previews and the like was time spent writing. And given my schedule, that writing time was in short supply. Eating lunch at around 5pm was a common occurrence, not to mention an average of about three hours’ sleep per night.
But not one part of the aforementioned makes E3 any less wonderful. At any other event, it might be enough to push you to breaking point. But there’s something about E3 that helps you forget about the hunger and the lack of sleep altogether. I saw some incredible stuff, met some incredible people, and I’m kinda still buzzing from it all.
I’ve had a few things published over at Gameplanet (and Stuff by syndication) over the last few days, and our coverage will continue into the next week too. I’ve provided links below to everything that’s been published so far, and I’ll update this as more is added. I won’t give it away just yet, but some of the best stuff is yet to come
Microsoft’s E3 press event: mostly disappointing
Carrier Command: Gaea Mission – first impressions
Star Wars 1313 – first impressions
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron – first impressions
Video – Highlights from the Xbox 360 E3 press event
Video – Highlights from the PlayStation 3 E3 press event
Halo 4 first impressions
Injustice: Gods Among Us first impressions
Call of Duty: Black Ops II producer interview – Daniel Suarez (video)
Halo 4 interview – Frank O’Connor (video)
Of course, here are some snaps that I took over the course of the week – not as many as I would have liked, but I was so busy that I just kinda forgot!
Now that E3′s over, I can move my attention on to my new job, which starts on Monday. It’s something quite a bit different for me, so I’m quite excited to start! Also, now Jen and I can begin to move forward with our lives. We’ve been kinda slumming it until we felt secure, but now we can move onto the next agenda item: furniture