There is no holding back when it comes to E3. For example, Samsung was on hand to show off some of it’s latest examples in cell phone applications and it’s venture into the world of virtual reality. To help promote everything and get people to their booth, they brought in one of today’s leading hip-hop artists, Lil Wayne. He and his entourage of skateboarding friends put on a mini concert for those in attendance. Like him or not, it was one of the entertaining events at the show. The lights were flashing, the bass from the music could be felt through your chest, and there was excitement in the air from having a celebrity of his caliber make an appearance.
As you step onto the exhibit floor for the first time, it can be sensory overload, but your body eventually adjusts. Soon everything comes into focus. Inside the West Hall, companies like Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft dominated the landscape.
Microsoft was at the show to remind people of it’s relevance. Unfortunately for them, their thunder was stolen when word about their new XBox One Slim leaked ahead of the convention. Needless to say, it probably didn’t matter. Oculus, Nyko Technologies, Atlus, Turtle Beach, and friends rounded out the rest of the companies that made up the West Hall exhibit.
Outside of the LA Convention Center (where the expo was being held) was a fleet of food trucks. Attendees had their choice of Asian cuisine, grilled cheese, sliders, and Mexican to name a few. If money was no object, you could always choose to stay indoors and eat within one of the numerous food courts. However, the best place to eat was located outside of the South Hall. That where you could find LA’s famous street dog vendors. Armed with their little black carts, portable flames, and baking trays, these men and women covered a strategic perimeter outside the expo. No matter where you walked, you were going to be asked if you wanted a hot dog. At half the cost of any of the food inside the convention center, these greasy and very unhealthy hot dogs would be the best thing you’ll have ever eaten during the three day event.
Square Enix had a massive display showing off trailers for some of their newest games including Final Fantasy XV. They even had stations to demo the game. 2K Games showed off games like NBA 2K17 and WWE 2K17. Warner Bros. was a popular attraction as they showed off trailers for their latest Lego games as well as the most talked about Injustice 2. Bethesda hosted a quite impressive booth with demonstrations of their entry into the digital card game world – Elder Scrolls Legends. This game will definitely give Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering a run for their money. Bethesda also housed two glass-encased units where people could try VR versions of their biggest titles – Fall Out 4 and Elder Scrolls.
The exhibit halls were mostly open from 10 AM to 6 PM (it opened at noon on day one and closed by 5 PM on day three). Unless you’re waiting in line, that can be a lot of walking. Many would consider the West Hall as the main entrance into the Expo. With that in mind, these last two places were probably the best place to end the day. The Indie Cade area featured soft couches and some of the best independently made games in the world like Inversus. And if that wasn’t your cup of tea, the next best option would to hang out with the Super Soul Bros. Not only were there couches, but you could enjoy the sweet sounds of you favorite 8-bit theme song in big band form.
To wrap things up, here are some tips and tricks if you ever get to go to E3.
If you bring cash, budget yourself. Only bring a certain amount with you every day and leave the rest in an envelope where you’re staying.
You only have three days, and there is a lot going on. Know that you won’t get to everything. Use the first day to look around, then use days two and three to wait in those lines.
Eat outside of the convention if possible.
Buying a pair of Dr. Scholls foot padding for your shoes will be the smartest decision you’ll make all convention long.
That’s it from E3 2016. Hopefully many of you were able to live vicariously through this. And you never know, maybe this writer will get asked to come back another year.