For fans of the videogame world, there is little that can coax the wide-eyed wonder out of jaded gamers the way E3 can. We here at MyGamer had the pleasure of attending the show, and as you may expect, it was truly a sight to behold. As always, there were exclusives, movie stars, wrestlers, behind closed door sneak peeks, and of course games.
Within this industry that we work in, the LA Convention Center can prove to be a place of both great inspiration, and surprising frustration. As readers, you may have noticed the start of our E3 coverage that will soon become a deluge. Courtesy of our awesome staff who were willing to brave the crowds, and weave throughout the 500,000 or so square feet of gaming wonderland on behalf of you, our valued reader. In the coming days, you can expect to see previews and interviews regarding most of the games you will be looking forward to during the next year, we also have a top twenty booth babe feature in the works which any E3 fan will surely appreciate!
The team that we sent out this year was a truly wonderful one, all of whom got on like a house on fire. The duration of the E3 trip revealed several things about our staffers that we may not have known about, yet now we feel compelled to share, so that you, our readers may have some idea as to who was working the show floor for your coverage needs. So without further ado, let me introduce the gang:
Matt “Gotta collect them all” Cook: A truly gifted writer, Matt hails from our PC crew, and heading to E3 was something of a dream for the excitable journo. Unknown to many, his rather interesting middle name actually has nothing to do with Pokemon, instead it refers to his trade show pastime of chasing down booth babes on behalf of the rest of us, so that we may provide you with a great feature article! The last time we heard anything from Matt, he was still tearing around the concourse between the South and Kentia halls, looking for the most enchanting babe of them all – the angel lady. Matt was sure that he had a credible sighting on Saturday afternoon about 3pm. We didn’t have the heart to tell him that the show finished on Friday night.
Brian “Hot Dogs ‘N’ Bacon” Hudson: Brian is one of our PR guys who sometimes manages to escape from the small dark room we keep the Public Relations team in, with the sole aim of providing the site with some excellent written pieces on a variety of subjects, whether they prove to be reviews, previews or the very strange gift of being able to talk the most cold hearted publisher out of product for us to review. Admirable though these traits are, Brian truly defined himself on this trip by discovering the dubious pleasure of the bacon wrapped hotdog. A delicacy of the rarest kind, the bacon wrapped hotdog could be found on most street corners after the show just waiting to be ingested by the weary show going journalist. An idea he was never slow to recommend to the rest of our gang.
Hang “One…More…Article” Lauv: Hang, as many of you will already know, provides MyGamer with the Hangin’ on my Mind articles which run the videogame spectrum of topics from games to technology to trade shows like E3. The Hangin’ articles are all excellently written, and all bear Hang’s unmistakable style, and are highly recommended by me as a source of interesting commentary. Lucky for us, Hang decided to attend this year’s show, and there are no two ways to describe him, he is a machine. While the rest of us weak willed journalists were hanging out at industry parties and trying our best to woo booth babes, Hang was locked away in a hotel room typing articles with a steely eyed determination that we haven’t seen since, well actually, we have never seen. Despite being hugely personable and immense fun to be around, it is somewhat debatable that he is in fact entirely human. This observation would have gone unchallenged, had I not witnessed him slumped over his laptop asleep, worn out by the constant typing and uploading. A witty comment was made about his exhaustion, to which Hang replied with typical journalistic integrity by sitting up, checking the progress of his latest upload, and suddenly passing out again.
Greg “Not enough racing games” Nordsiek: Asked before the show what he was most looking forward to seeing, “racing games” rolled quickly from the tongue of the Formula One fan, “lots and lots of racing games”. When told that there would be other games to look at and ogle, Greg was somewhat dismayed to find that show floor space would be allocated to entertainment software of the non four wheeled variety. Like the trooper he is however, he still made his way to Los Angeles for the impending show, complete with his arsenal of humorous stories, and even more varied collection of Formula One shirts. Within ten minutes of arriving at the convention center, the aforementioned shirts began their magnetic pull of anything female towards Greg. The rest of us could do little but watch in child-like awe as lady after lady commented on the patchwork pulling power of the F1 shirt. Despite our collective bemusement, we gave Greg his props, and asked where we could acquire some of those shirts in time for next years show….Interesting fact: If you ever get to speak to Greg, he does an amazing impression of the wrestler Dustin Rhodes, or as he was known all those years ago – Goldust. Oooh-Arggggh-Uhhhh. Indeed.
Andy “There was bacon?” Turner: Having recently become the EIC of MyGamer.com, you would think that Andy Turner knows a little something about games, and you’d be wrong. He apparently knows so much about games that there is no room in his head for even the most basic social skills. Upon feasting with Brian on the culinary wonder now known as the bacon wrapped hotdog, he was immortalized as saying “there was bacon?” And so, a new MyGamer middle name was born. An avid fan of this industry for many years, the writer has many a witty observation to add to any conversation. In fact, his sense of humor is often deemed so cutting edge that only he himself can understand what was funny. During the show, his main roles consisted of reporting on the awesome nature of E3, providing comic relief for his writing comrades, and staying up far too late into the night with other members of the team talking games. As if the show didn’t have enough of that.
So there it is, the entire rogues gallery of our E3 team. Over the coming days, be sure to check back with us as we post our musings on every subject in the gaming universe from the secrets of E3, to who was the cutest booth babe! We had a great time, and we hope that our coverage reflects that for our readers. Get your tickets ready, and welcome to E3 ’05.