I want to take a tiny little moment and talk about some non-MMO things from E3. Contrary to popular belief (sarcasm), the mega-show out in LA actually had everything from videogames to remote control quadricopters on hand. I mean, largely the whole show is about games, but I feel good stories would go wasted if I didn't at least mention a few of them here. And as Bullet Lists are all the rage these days, I figure it's probably the best hammer out the following:
- I'm not sure why, but there was porcelein plateware at E3 this year. Someone was carrying several of them just minutes before the show opened on Tuesday, dropped them all, and the shards flew apart with one snagging me right in the upper lip, leaving me a bloody mess as I shuffled to my first appointment. It was an auspicious way to start the show, and a good sign that I'd be haggard and weary come Thursday.
- They say they've cut down on the number of "booth babes", and maybe it's just LA and they grow them more plasticene there, but there were a startling number of women who looked on the verge of falling over due to severe balance issues.
- Here I would typically say something egalitarian like, "They should have booth hunks for the female gamers" but the truth is... E3 is a sausage-fest. And the companies know it (see my last bullet point).
- I discovered just how badly I suck at Marvel vs. Capcom. Not by playing it, but by watching it. Most (and I stress most as there were a few stinkers I could have taken) of the people playing for the awesome t-shirts they were giving away were far beyond my skill-set. Despite this realization, I need that game. I want to pretend I don't suck with Deadpool in the worst way.
- There was a hippy-sort lady handing out protest cards near the Dead Rising 2 kiosks. The card itself urged me to support zombie rights, with the clever hypothetical situation "What if this was your grandma?" It even had a picture of granny about to be taken out undead style to tug at my heart strings.
- E3 is one of a very select few places in the world where you can see a massive Sonic the Hedgehog be ushered around in the same building as an army of Stormtroopers, while just around the corner a group of militant Korean actors march to warn us of their impending imperial might (check out the THQ game Homefront, for more on that story).
- And lastly, I've discovered the reason that the convention center overcharges for all of its food... it's because nearly every booth is giving out free soda, water, beer in some cases, and even snacks. A persistent member of the media won't need to spend a fortune on crappy tacos and nachos.