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.
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.
Benjamin “Mind the Doors” Serviss: There are writers that talk a lot, and are completely opinionated, and then there is Ben. A young man from our Xbox team with a wry smile and inquisitive glare, he spent the duration of E3 running around with the aim of covering more industry happenings than anybody else. Did he succeed? Only time will tell, but he had some very powerful aids in his quest. Much like a scary creature in any horror movie you dare to imagine, Ben can appear anywhere at will. Our team would swear that there were several times we would be talking about trying to find him at the show, and all of a sudden, there he was, no sweating, no apparent movement, just there. The rather interesting middle name Ben totes comes from one of his moments of extreme clarity. A quiet young man most of the time, Ben has the ability to spout the most profound information at any given time. One morning on the way to the show, we were all stepping off the train when we heard Ben talking. As we turned around, we could only look on in horror as the doors closed slowly, separating us from our friend as he was slowly surrounded by crazy subway people, mouthing the words that have created his wonderful middle name. Our horror soon gave way to laughter as we looked at the train slowly making its way to the surface wondering how Ben was coping with the dubious attentions of the aforementioned subway dwellers that seemed to enjoy the thought of running their fingers through his hair. However, the joke was obviously on us as we realized that he at least had stayed on the correct train….
Brandon “Why me?” Whipple: Brandon confidently straddles both our Xbox and PC departments, and capably handles any task thrown at him from either. This years E3 proved to be a true test of the young mans mettle, as he braved the convention center and its thousands of visitors just to get the scoop on upcoming games for the faithful MyGamer reader. Throughout the week, Brandon was a truly stabilizing power to the rest of our insanity, and never cracked under the pressure of our immature ways. In fact, the young man is possessed of a certain insanity and wit himself although his self control and ability to adhere to normal human behavior in the face of LA fever is a truly remarkable trait. He truly blossomed as we waited for the opening night screenings of Star Wars Episode III, and offered witty comments about the many ‘unusual’ Star Wars fans that stalked Universal City that night. Oh how we laughed about them as we gathered close to protect ourselves from the stalking Jedi menace that crept through the shadows around us, ready to leap into battle with plastic lightsabers at the slightest provocation. Maybe the fact we were all dressed as Sith proved to be a problem….