As I mentioned in my post about Xbox, I went into my first E3 open-minded. Like most gamers, I’ve always wanted to go to E3, but I heard that lines can be long and the chances of playing lots of stuff can be low. I’d also heard horror stories from last year of lines for game being five to six hours long. Despite all that, I still wanted to go so I can play as much as possible and meet people in the games industry. Now that the dust has settled, I can say this E3 was one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had.

I’ll start by getting the negatives out of the way. The obvious one has to do with the lines. I knew they’d be long and it’s expected for a big show E3, but it wasn’t until I stepped onto the show floor where I realized how crazy it can get. Lines for games like Kingdom Hearts III, the Resident Evil 2 remake, the Pokémon: Let’s Go games, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey were capped for 30 minutes to an hour. I’d heard from people at the show some people waited in line for some of those games and others for up to four hours. As crazy as that is, it’s to be expected and I’m not trying to complain about it. The only other negative I can think of is some of the staff. When I asked some of the volunteers for help, they either didn’t know the answer or they referred me to security for an answer. They were all still very friendly, but maybe for future reference, they should be informed on all the little things. Those are the only negatives I have. Now onto the fun stuff.

Leading up to E3, my goal was to play at least five games; surprisingly, I got to play 13 games. On the first day, I only played Kingdom Hearts III and it was fantastic. I love that series and the fact that the first game I play at my first E3 was a game I’ve been waiting 12 years for is so surreal. After that, I got invited to a VIP event where I got to network with people in the industry and that’s how I ended my first day. I wish I could’ve played at least one other game, but I was determined to play Kingdom Hearts III on the first day. By the end of the day, I already had a plan for the second day and how to play more demos.

For day two, I went back to the Microsoft Theater and played two games: Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Ori and the Will of the Wisps. They were both fantastic and I proceeded to the Playstation merchandise tent where I spent way too much money. Back on the show floor, I played Rage 2, The Elder Scrolls: Blades, and Spyro: The Reignited Trilogy. What I really liked was that rather than standing in line forever to play Rage 2, you stood in line to book an appointment to play it. I chose the last appointment of the day (6:30) and it was the best way to end the day. Besides playing games, I got to meet some fantastic games journalists like Brittney Brombacher from Whats Good Games, and Alana Pierce and Andrew Golfarb from IGN. There’s so many other people I met and I got great advice from everyone. I tried to get in line for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, but I was told to come back in an hour to try to get a place in line. I was sad to leave the show floor, but I was determined to end day three of E3 on a high note.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. That being said, I started day three off by playing Spider-Man at the Playstation booth. I had the biggest grin on my face and I couldn’t believe I was among the first group of the day to play it. From there, I walked by the Playstation VR booth and got a chance to play Blood and Truth which was the first VR game I’ve played in a year and a half. As much as I enjoyed that demo, I had to take a break for a bit. I thankfully don’t get sick by using VR, but I get a little dizzy for a while. I walked around the show floor some more and checked out Wolfenstein 2 on the Switch. There was no line for it and I loved playing it on the PS4. From there, I had two appointments for two PSVR demos: Beat Saber and Tetris Effect. They were both fantastic and Beat Saber makes me want a PSVR. It wouldn’t be a proper E3 if I didn’t stop by the Nintendo booth. I ended the day by playing Smash Bros. Ultimate and it might be my favorite thing I played. It was hard to leave the convention center, but I went to the Kinda Funny meet and greet which is up there with Smash Bros. as one of the most memorable things for me.

I still can’t believe I went to E3 this year. Like most gamers, I’ve dreamed of going and I was overwhelmed in the best way by it. I’d never been in an environment filled with people who love video games as much as me and everyone I talked to was awesome. It’s great that there’s stuff to do outside the convention center to mix things up (Microsoft Theater, E3 Coliseum, GameSpot Battle Rig, etc.). I got a chance to meet a ton of people in the industry and they’ve inspired me to pursue my dream to get in the industry. I plan on  writing previews for everything I played and I hope you check them out. Being there makes me want to work on my goal of getting a media pass for my next E3 and getting to do even more than this year.

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