Thursday, June 20, 2013

I love video games. I've worked with EA Games, Dice and THQ in the past as a professional tester and I was good at it. Loved bug hunting, loved crashing games for the same making sure the game was working right or not. Loved being able to give feedback on what worked and what didn't. I got out of the business of game testing when companies began to test games in-house which effectively left me without a job but that's okay because it led me back to my other passion - makeup. LOL

Last week was the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3. It's a private trade show that's open to only those in the industry and is not open to the general public. If E3 ever opened to the general public... well let's just say that the LA Convention Center wouldn't be able to accommodate everyone. This last E3 was jammed pack thanks to XBOX One and the Playstation 4 debuting there. I haven't seen the numbers yet but I'm hearing that there were over 75,000 people in attendance.

I spy my hubby in this pic.
Image from E3 Insider.

I spy both the hubby and myself in this pic.
Image from E3 Insider.

E3 was what I expected and more - a sea of people. I knew that I was going to be exhausted from all the standing and walking but I didn't anticipate that by Day 2 I was going to be in tears from the pain. By the time I finished seeing some zombie game in the West Hall I could barely walk but with each step I did take I was fighting back tears. I had to get out of there and so I abandoned the hubby and our new friend Rob for the hotel problem was I missed the shuttle to the hotel - TWICE. First time I didn't get to it in time but the second time he dropped people off and pulled away! Needless to say I decided to stay a bit more and went to the War Gaming booth where I played World of Tanks and World of Warplanes. After the 4 PM giveaway I left E3 for the day and headed back to the hotel where the hubby was now at. I ended up taking a nap and when I woke up the hubby had a cheeseburger and Pepsi waiting for me. I felt better after eating and after taking several Advil's. I also iced my bad ankle since it was swollen and stayed in bed the rest of the night. No after parties for us I'm afraid even though we had several invites.

By the next day I was fine but made sure to take more Advil before going and to take the bottle with me. Day 3 I did a lot more breaks instead of pushing myself to try to see as much as possible because frankly it's impossible to see everything due to the lines and wait times. I didn't get to see Murdered, Mirror's Edge 2 (I'm not even sure if it was there), Thief or The Witcher 3.

I did see what I wanted to specifically see - Saints Row IV. It was #1 on my list to see and I got to play the demo AND best of all I got to speak to Steve Jaros on Day 1. THAT was the highlight of my trip since Steve is the Studio Creative Director at Deep Silver Volition. I did my best NOT to pull a fangirl act on him but I did on Dan (another Dev at DS Volition) the day before when we picked up our badges.

Let's put it this way, I'm such a fan of the game that I'm always on the hunt for the "perfect purple" and having encountered Saints Flow energy drinks at E3 I now have my "perfect purple". I'm also obsessed with the game since I now have a thing for fleur-de-lis (and always am buying things with fluer-de-lis on it). I'm just sad this maybe the final Saint Rows game... unless DS Volition means it's the last for the XBOX 360 and future games will be on the XBOX One. :(

E3 was a blast, a lot to take in for my first time there. Next year I'll be more prepared with a steno notebook to write things down, a tripod, lights and of course Dr. Scholl's shoe inserts which I left here at home. LOL It was absolutely overwhelming at times but overall it was an absolute blast. Met lots of nice people including game developers, gamers, game vloggers (who were super sweet to give me tips on lights, equipment and stuff) and even some celebrities.

More pics up on Facebook.


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