That’s really all I can start out with. E3 was everything I thought it was and more. The scale, the glitz, the spectacle, the games and yes, the girls were all a sight to see. What stuck out to me more than anything else, though, wasn’t anything shown to us by any game company or peripheral maker. Instead, it was something we, the attendees, bought ourselves.
It was the camaraderie. It was the half-a-dozen guys standing behind me watching the Nintendo press conference on my laptop when the Wi-Fi flaked out (Sprint 4G FTW). It was “talking shop” without fearing people wouldn’t understand what you were talking about. It was smiling and laughing with all the other folks at the Rock Band 3 event, then taking the stage with a group of strangers and strumming, drumming and singing without a care in the world.
As much as we like (or loathe) to talk about how gaming has gone “mainstream” it is still something of a fringe activity. Yes, there are more gamers nowadays and our parents might even be aware of Mario and Master Chief, but enthusiasts can be a little harder to find. Events where gaming is the primary focus are also few and far between. Those that are desperate can find sometimes a little bit of gaming tossed into the occasional anime or comic book convention.
Thus,, to be in one place where the majority of people are gamers is nothing short of awesome. E3 is one place where you can talk about gaming and don’t have to change the subject for fear that you are boring the other person to death. It is where you can join a stranger in a co-op game and not worry about them sucking too much. As others have said before, E3 is Christmas, Halloween and a birthday party all rolled together into one. It may not be “where everybody knows your name” but it is where everybody knows you’re game.
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