Today was day one of Electronic Gaming Expo (E3) 2018 and overall it was a good experience. Everything from gameplay, walkthroughs, and news were waiting for us inside.
Started the day with an earlier wake up of 5 am. Left the house at 6 am and started to make my way down to the convention center in downtown LA. I knew that ‘gamer pass’ attendees couldn’t get in till around 2 pm, but I still wanted to get there to network and meet other fellow gamers. And we did meet a lot of cool people in line.
After meeting up with another member of EXP Grind, Jose, and friends, Marlen and Sherry, we made our way to the ‘pre-show gamer pass entrance’, where we would end up sitting and waiting for 6 hours.
You heard me right, from about 8 in the morning to 2 p.m. in the afternoon, we sat and waited to get into the convention center. I will also add that the staff and security had little to no information on what was going on. They didn’t know why the schedule changed, why we were in a parking lot, or even the exact time of entry. Although 6 hours is a long time, friendly conversations with people in line made time fly.
For the most part, being able to talk with these people from different cities and different backgrounds definitely gives you a different perspective the many existing types of gamers there are around your country. Although I only met these people for a brief time, I know I’ll eventually run into these people again sometime this week. The whole entry process seemed a little crazy to me at first, but the E3 experience made a quick 180-degree spin once we entered the show floor.
The doors finally opened at 2 p.m. and the handclaps, chanting, and shouting started. people’s spirit began to come back and we were starting to feel the energized and euphoric. As we walked past the cameraman and into the show floor, the soft carpet helped me realize that the wait was worth it. I will point out that I did feel tired after the 6 hour of talking and waiting, but the surrounding energy of those around me, rejuvenated my spirit.
Once we finally got in, we headed straight for the GameStop Funko booth to try and get limited edition ‘Funko’ pop dolls they were selling for about 15 bucks but the resale value was almost like +200% after the convention. So you know this is a good way to invest in rare collectible items.
Shortly after getting inside, I split away from the group to meet up with other members of The EXP Grind, Roberto and Charlie, over in the West Hall side of the convention. We ate some crazy good waffles hotdogs and waffle sandwiches (with syrup on top) from a badass food truck, then drank a Stone IPA from the brewery tent.
The rest of the day was spent on locating the booths, networking, chilling to Super Soul Bros., and overall getting used to the convention space and people.
Can’t wait for day 2, this will be our main Networking and business card day. We plan on meeting up with all the Indie Developers at E3 2018, and giving them the proper exposure they deserve.