My 1st E3 Experience

I learned the value of being in good company this week. From the moment I arrived in LA, I thought, wow – it’s been a year since I’ve been here, and things felt so different. I blame it on the humidity, but I had a great feeling about E3 from the moment I got off the plane. e3

A third of our group was already at the hotel, aka Mike, and Nina was joining us in the AM, so it was fun going over our schedule and wondering how it would all play out. Nina and I had never been to an E3 before so I don’t even know if our foreshadowing into the event was on the same page, but I was impressed from it all. First off, E3 is freaking cool. We walked into the convention center and were welcomed by a mini rockband concert going on. I can tell Nina was inching towards the stage, the closer we got to the escalators, but she saved her rock star skills for the goodies in the hall.

The crowd at E3 was so attractive, and so full of life that I automatically told Nina I liked it more than CES. CES is great, don’t get me wrong, I had tons of fun, but the people at E3 made me want to network a little more than I did at CES. The energy was different – I loved it and I’m sure those that attended agreed. It’s something about being in a place full of people who are all passionate about the same thing. You can feel it. There were also tons of women at the event. Both as exhibitors and also as attendees. There were many women behind the games that we played and that in itself was motivating to me. I'm like always oozing super girl power though, so maybe I was the only one that noticed that.

I saw Barry Bonds…

Barry Bonds & I!

Nina and I, as many of you already saw, looked super cute and coordinated on our first day. We didn’t necessarily plan it, but once I saw the colors she was wearing on Tuesday, I decided to match the same color scarf to show our – unitedness or something, I dunno, or cute geek-ness…whatever…we looked good. That was the point.

The super cute display

The games we played were tons of fun, and Nina convinced me to try Rockband w/ her (the Beatles one of course). I can already tell she’s going to be a great mom, because I definitely communicated my fear of trying something new, especially on a stage, in front of strangers, but she said all the right things to get me on it. Even when it was over, and I received a 50% accuracy percentage, she still told me I rocked and forget it – now I want to rock out! Thanks Nina, for encouraging a disaster to continue to perform. Just kidding!

The goodies I can’t mention are worth the wait – trust me.

I won’t lie and say E3 was the best thing since sliced bread (because I think the New Super Mario Bros for the Wii wins that title) but it was a cool event. We didn’t always get to play though – as you can see from the picture below, we sometimes had to listen to really long techie talks regarding the game’s specs…Nina and I are more hands on kind of women. We wanted to see how all the games worked, we weren’t necessarily trying to become game developers by the end of the event…

Nina bored

By the end of the 1st day, I realized if I ever lost Nina, to look towards a stage, because she would most likely be on it: Our rockstar!

I grew a greater appreciation for the gaming world and everyone involved in it. It was a really cool event and I’m already looking forward to next year!

(Mike & Nina had camcorders and I had the digital camera - hence why I have so many pics of them. They will most likely upload the most videos from E3 in the upcoming days, I'll be sure to link them to the site, once they're all up)