I'M GOING TO E3!
Like many of you I love computer and video games. Playing them, talking about them, coming to this forum to post about them. E3 is the mega event of the year when a non-stop barrage of gaming news explodes upon the world. I have been watching the press conferences since the 90s using a slow dial-up connection to view a stuttering window in one corner of my CRT monitor. The technology has since changed and I can now watch in high definition of my big screen TV whilst I sit comfortably up against my sofa with a beer and pack of Doritos (ahem) in hand.
Who here hasn't dreamed about sharing their passion by writing for a gaming magazine or website? I'm in my 30s so I'm a slightly
older game then the GRcade average, who still hopes to be successful in my attempts via traditional avenues. A couple of years ago I started a small side business writing ebook tech manuals. This year I started a small enthusiast blog about gaming. Nothing too substantial as I've haven't had the time to write the industry changing articles I've wanted, so just some perfunctory stuff and a couple of reviews. But anyway, I decided I wanted to go to E3 this year because it's going to be such a big year. In February I took an expensive gamble and booked a holiday for my girlfriend and I to go to LA with the hope that if I apply I would be approved for the expo. Ever since I've had my fingers crossed and being muttering little prayers that I would be approved - and now I have!
My girlfriend is looking forward to seeing the boutiques on Rodeo Drive, the glamorous nightlife, and the posh hotel from Pretty Woman. I'm looking forward to sharing the (possibly sweaty) auditorium with thousands of fellow game geeks to learn more about the next Xbox and PlayStation 4! If there is only one year to go then I think I've picked a great one! I'm sorry I really don't want it to sound like a boast but for a longtime gamer E3 2013 is going to be so special. As a non veteran I will try hard to be professional and mature and control my excitement but I have a sneaky feeling that I will be the crazy loon cheering at every little announcement including the Kinect and Move casual games. If any past attendees has any show advice I'd love to hear it. Until then, roll on summer!