Well, E3 2014 is over and everyone is back home trying to recover from 4 days of little or no sleep. Was it worth it? Hell yes it was. I want to tell you about the struggles that a small gaming site faces when attending a show like E3. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be apathetic. But in the end, hopefully you’ll know us a little better.
I had managed to get everyone on flights that would arrive in LA within about half an hour of each other, that way we wouldn’t be sitting at the airport for hours waiting for one person. Well, it didn’t work. Daniel’s plane had an engine die on the runway and ended up getting in to LA 4 hours late. My plane had some unknown mechanical problems and it took them an hour and a half to fix the problem, so I got into LA an hour and a half late. It was all, of course, very exciting. This auspicious start would have scared a Han dynasty scholar, but I was not daunted. We were going to E3, a place where the gaming gods descend to be among the mortal masses. What could go wrong at a place like that?
Tuesday night, the first night we were there, we attended the eFocus party, an event we have attended several times and always enjoyed. There are plenty of vendors there, good food, and free drinks. So yes, we like the eFocus party. There was some neat stuff there this year, but this is not the place to go in depth because this is an overview. Come on guys, you should know that. We drove back to our hotel after the eFocus party and discovered something that would be the bane of our existence while we were in LA. Our hotel, the Vagabond Inn, had a free porn channel. I don’t want to name names, but there were two among our number, that viciously guarded the remote control and would not let anything else be watched, chanting their mantra of “it’s either porn or nothing.” Every night, one of them would say that he was becoming desensitized to porn, yet the next morning, his first act upon waking was to turn on the TV to channel 3 and start watching porn. Had it just been one person, a TV with nothing but naked people having sex might not have been too bad, but we had 6 guys in a small hotel room with one bed, so it seemed a bit … off to have porn playing the whole time. That night we managed to get some sleep in preparation for the first full day at E3 and all the joys it would bring us.