E3 2018 Begins Tomorrow

It’s that time again, E3 will flood downtown LA bringing with it an immense collections of games, world premieres and tech marvels.  If you were lucky enough to get a badge, the next 3 days is going to be a wild ride.   We have seen the conferences ahead of time and it seems that the big companies are bringing great products for all of us to see.

There are many games I am excited for, though I can’t list them all here but one is definitely The Last of us II.

This is just a taste of what I am looking forward too. Of course this is PS4 exclusive.

We will be updating our Facebook and Instagram daily as we make. our way through the show.  Please be sure to take a look at what we post and look at our pictures.

 

How E3 2017 is Different than Years Past

E3, the coveted video game convention that is held every year at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  It’s previously been industry and press only, until this year, when the public was granted access to the convention for a hefty $249.00.

I have been attending E3 for the past 6 years and I must say this year there was a complete 180 on just about everything.  You would think that having actual paying attendees that they could go all out, yet just the opposite happened.

I felt as if the show floor didn’t pop.  Usually you walk in and your awed by some great display from an upcoming game that you have never heard of or played before.  The year the giant Titan was out front of the convention center for Titanfall comes to mind.  Now that blew me away.  Or walking in and seeing the plants vs zombies dancing.

This year I don’t think I saw one game that I either hadn’t heard of, played previously, or had an amazing display area.  Sure Wolfenstein looked pretty cool in the diner where they would make you a milk shake, but other than that, I just felt the show was bland, boring, and quite frankly useless.

If you really want information about upcoming games, watch the briefings.  I found out more there than I did walking the show floor.   The convention didn’t even have any swag, which is in my opinion is what makes it fun.  The year they gave out Skylanders, or Disney Infinity figures, simple tee shirts or awesome pins.  I am seriously talking nothing.

Want to play a game?  Oh get in the longest line you can possibly think of and wait for 4 hours.  That is, if the line isn’t capped in 20 minutes. You may be saying to yourself, but your press.  Sure, I am.  But even as press, I have to “make an appointment” and again come back later.  At this point if I want to play games, I might as well go home.

I had the most fun outside across the street at the Devolver site.  It was for press media, they had meetings, food, drinks and good genuine fun, without all the millions of people.  If you are press and are reading this, don’t miss out on Devolver.

Sony was outside as well, but the store, for the first time ever had a line so long, that I just couldn’t wait in it.  I figure I can get it all online if I really wanted it.  Nothing seemed to be exclusive.

All in all I think that opening E3 to the public was not the greatest thought out plan.  It should have had all the bells and whistles of a top notch technologically advanced video game convention.  It had none.  Unless they either give the press and industry a day or two before letting in the public or just eliminate them completely, I will never step foot back in E3 again.  Everything is streamed and I really would have found out more if I had stay tuned in rather than trying to get a hands on look at anything.  Very disappointed.

E3 didn’t even provide the normal day 1-3 guides nor were there industry magazines available.

Photo by Caprice Conley

 

Comic Con 2017 Open Registration, Today

 

2016 Comic Con Convention Center
Photo by Caprice Conley

Are you ready? I know, that is a question never to ask anyone who is going after a Comic Con badge, especially on the day. Comic Con doesnt have the most user friendly purchasing system, but someway, somehow, it works. Though not everyone will say that it does. By now everyone has all of their links to where they will be able to get into a landing page in the morning. It is here where the stress truly truly sets in for some.

Watching the spinning wheel, seeing the tweets from people who just scored the most awesome badge ever possible and then more waiting. For anyone who hasn’t attended comic previously they really have no idea what goes into not only obtaining a badge, but securing a hotel. That though is a whole different post.

Make sure you have breakfast, have some coffee. Get in the waiting room, set your computer settings so it won’t turn off on you. Be plugged in, charged up and know all your passwords. Have your credit card information.

If you are lucky you have some friends who are also in the rankings to score a badge, and they too shall have an opportunity to purchase a couple badges. Stay connected.  Stay calm.

There is just a little over 9 hours left until the chaos begins. Best of luck to all of you.

For Honor Open Beta

I remember being on the E3 show floor and watching the big screen they had playing above us.  It was a game that showed a viking who was in battle, with some the most amazing weaponry and gear i’ve ever seen in a video game.  I watched, and finally the name of game scrolled across the screen. For Honor.

That has been over a year now, and I’m so happy about playing the open beta on Feb 9-12.  I chose to play as the Samurai and it is a game that I could find myself playing this for many hours.

The release date on For Honor is February 14th.   Will you be picking this game up?

Here is the first 15 minutes of gameplay, brought to us by IGN.

E3 2017 to be Made Available to The Public

 

E3 2017

 

E3, the Electronic Gaming Expo of the year has been made available to the public for the first time since it’s beginning. This is going to make for an interesting show floor, since it won’t be catering to industry or press only.  The gamers will be there and they will be heard.

E3 2017 is June 13-15 this year, while briefings will begin Sunday June 11.

Pricing for the tickets were $149.00 for the first 1,000 people.  After that it bumped up to $249.  This is a decent price for attendance to this exclusive event.

Many details of the show haven’t been disclosed to us yet. We do know EA will be there, inside and usually outside too.  This I find to be one of the best parts of E3.

If you haven’t bought your tickets yet and will be in the LA area, swing over to the E3 website.