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I'm really new here, so throw me a bone. I'm pretty much easy going and like anime(Ore no Imouto), video games(Marvel vs, Capcom 3, Trace Memory), and fanfiction(currently writing on of my own and making a wiki for it).
When I first got word that I was working “an event at the Los Angeles Convention Center”, I knew immediately what “event” he meant. I kept calm and replied I would like the job, as it was very close to where I live. He signed me up and the schedule was set. I was going to work at E3!! But this was not the first time I had been to the E3 event. The first time I had ever been to this almost exclusive was in 2012. I was able to play games like Street Fighter X Tekken and Asura’s Wrath from Capcom, Inversion and Dark Souls from Namco Bandai, Fortune Street from Nintendo and Anarchy Reigns from Sega. Although I was only in the convention center for about 3 – 4 hours max because it was the last day, I had an idea of what I was going to be in for.
Or so I thought…
At the LACC, they host many events. The Anime Expo, Adult-Con, the L.A. Car Show and of course the Electronic Entertainment Expo. I have been inside these doors many times for many events, such as the upcoming Anime Expo for this year, so I pretty much know the layout of the place. But I have never had that “kid in a candy store” feeling like I did while working in the various areas of the LACC. I began working on the 5th of June. E3 starts on the 10th. So that means I get to see how they set up shop before they invite the media, the VIPs and lead executives and corporate bosses.
This will be my short point of view of the things I was able to gather while working my (hectic!!) schedule at E3. I don't know everything that happened, I just know only wherever I was assigned to work. Also, this journal will also include my experience at the AX 2014, so I will try to keep it as short as possible.
Oh, and here’s a brief look into my schedule while working E3. I have no car, so I travel by metro bus and rails. I have to be there between 7 – 8 am, depending on the day. I prefer to jog and run to the train station while listening to music, as it helps me get ready in the morning and wakes me up. But I have to get to the train station by 6 - 6:30 am. My shift ends at 6 - 7 p.m. and it takes about an hour and a half to get back home. When I do get to bed, it’s nearing 10:30, only for me to wake up again at 4:30 – 5 the next morning.
From the first day I knew I was in the best spot in the place. As I looked around my post, I was able to see Gamespot, Razor, Atlus and a booth for The Order. But what made this area better than the rest in my opinion was that the big 3 was right within my grasp! Sony Playstation, Microsoft Xbox, and Nintendo were all within arm’s reach from each other, along with some other companies and manufacturers. I was gonna have a ball!!
The games that I was able to play are:
Guilty Gear Xrd - PS4
Legend of Raven – PS Vita
Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax Suplex Hold (WTF, Title!?!?) – PS4
Killer Instinct (TJ Combo!) – Xbox One
Sunset Overdrive – Xbox One
Mario Maker – Wii U
Super Smash Bros. 4 – Wii U/3DS
Hyrule Warriors – Wii U
Splatoon – Wii U
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - PS3 / Vita
Project Spark - PC / Xbox 360 / Xbox One (Played it on Xbox One)
Bayonetta 2- Wii U
The biggest highlight for me was on day two during my break. I decided to finally get a feel of not only the Xbox One, but the game I have had the most hype since its release, Killer Instinct. I make my way past the crowd and get to the KI game areas. I watch as people play their various matches from one screen to the next, in awe of what I’m surrounded by. The sounds, the visuals, all were amazing. At that time, a worker who manages that area asked how I was doing and if I have played before. I of course said I have not, but am a big fan of “Mr. Killer Instinct” Maximilian Dood of YouTube and was interesting in playing. Why did this man say, “Oh, Max? He’s right over here. Would you like to meet him?” I nearly passed out. Lo and behold, I looked behind the screen where I was standing to see the Dood himself. Standing there at 6’? (He’s really tall!), in a clean ice cream blazer stood Nicolas Cag - I mean Maximilian Christiansen.
Just playing a match (that I obviously lost!) was a lot of fun. I came back to the KI setup a second time on another day to see if I had learned anything. Unfortunately, Max wasn’t there, but I did improve from the previous slaughter! Of course there was Smash Bros., Mario Maker and Destiny (which I received an Alpha code for), but I can’t talk about it all. But if anyone ever goes, or has already been, than the only advice I can give is be social, be ready to be on your feet in a packed environment, and be ready to give your feedback and criticism to the developers It’s what they are here for, after all. If you can manage this, your experience at E3 will be a great one!
Now that the E3 convention was over, it was time to get my body ready for AX 2014! The crew this year was going to be a little slimmer than the previous, but we all were anxious for the next 5 day event…
Well, most of us were, at least.
Day 0 started off pretty nice. Jabarie, who would be attending for the 3rd time, came to my house around 5:30 that morning. Our plan was to get into the line early, but we hit a snag when another of my friends had to cancel due to work. Not really a big deal. While the line was really, really long, it gave us a chance to meet others who were into the same things as we were. Heck, I found someone as hyped about Neputina as I! That night Khalif, Jabarie’s older brother had gone to our house and waited for us to return. Before Day 1 kicked off, and the two brothers got a ride from to the Expo. Khalif and Capitol D had to wait in line for their tickets, while Jabarie and I separated from Shipain to see what was around. While Day 2 went off without a hitch, Day 3 was something that doesn’t happen often, if at all. Remember my friend who I mentioned was swamped with work? Well, another friend who frequents the house (and my 1st roommate) met us at the house when we returned. Long story short, his arrival was perfect timing to receive a free pass for the last 2 days!! I changed the names on the badge to his, and after waiting in a semi long line, he was inside the AX for the first time! Another thing that I should shine on is that not only did Jabarie place 4th in the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures All-Star Battle, Khalif got himself a girlfriend, but I got to see and Keiji Inafune! My other friend came with his family last year, , couldn’t make the first two days. But he made it to the last two alone for his birthday. I had a second ticket for the meet with Inafune. It was a last minute thing, but I gave him the ticket for his birthday. This was a pretty great year.
As usual, I bought some merchandise. Some big, some small, some nsfw(Neptunia!!!), just not as much as last year. When I get the chance, I’ll post up the pictures of them.
Anywho, thanks for taking the time to read all this, even if it’s super late.
I'll see you later, Doods and Doodettes!