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The E3 Experience – Media vs Attendee

(Note: This is a rundown of my ENTIRE three day experience, but contains no spoilers, interviews, or news of any sort. If you’re looking for something like that, head on over to Senshudo TV.)

This year I was able to go to E3 for the third year. Once again, it was a great experience, however it was different than the other two years I attended. This year, I didn’t have a media badge. As freeing as it was not to have a schedule to attend to, there were some downsides.

As media, there is a schedule. There are interviews to go to, people to meet, and specific games you almost HAVE to cover because of their popularity, whether you want to or not. As an attendee, you’re free to move about as you please, going to whichever booths tickle your fancy. On the other hand, as media you get behind the scenes, and you don’t have to wait in as long of lines as attendees. Ultimately, I enjoyed being media over an attendee, even if you have to sacrifice some of your freedom of choice, it’s worth being able to talk with some amazing people. And, let’s be honest here, it’s cool to play the games early, but is it really worth waiting in line for 2 hours so you can get 5 minutes of gameplay? Especially if you have nothing to report afterwards. The whole point of E3 is to announce new IP, returning and revamped IP, and have news go out to the masses. You can’t really do that and have relevant information as an attendee.

Nevertheless, E3 is an incredible experience no matter what kind of pass you have. Just being in the convention center is a special time, where you can be with people who share the passion of gaming with you. So, without further ado, let’s go over some of the awesomeness that is E3 that I was able to experience as an attendee.

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Thoughts on E3 2013

I’ve been wanting to be in the video game industry since I was a small child.  After life had its way with me for awhile, I decided that at least writing for the video game industry was still cool.

For the past four years, I felt maybe I’m wasting my time.  I don’t really get paid much, which is why it’s a good thing I don’t do it for the money.  I do it for the passion.

So imagine my surprise when my press application for E3 actually went through, and I received an email saying I was going.  I’m finally going to be as close to the action as I can get without actually BEING a developer.  I’m totally stoked.  Imagine all the cool things I get to see and write about!  I even bought a camcorder so that I can put up video for my readers.

It’s been months now since I received that email, and now E3 is just weeks away.  Still sitting in my cloud of happiness, I open my inbox last week and… Oh My God.

I have been inundated with emails from every kind of company in the industry who is appearing at E3.  Making schedules, lining up interviews, writing an agenda.  I’m starting to feel a bit overwhelmed.  I mean, I’m just a local Examiner who doesn’t get that much traffic, and here I am getting emails from XBOX, SEGA, Natsume, and more.  I’m totally floored.

I can just see myself, running around like a kid in a candy store.  Let’s just hope I’m not in such a state of shock and euphoria that I forget to write anything.

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