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.

 

Ready Player One Challenge in Hollywood

Yesterday was the first day of the Ready Player One Challenge in Hollywood. For those of you that don’t know, Ready Player One is a book by Ernest Cline that came out in 2011.

As a gamer I naturally read the book, and at the time I had no idea it would become a film by Stephen Spielberg a few years later.

The experience is 20 to 30 minutes long, with many photo ops and opportunities to take photos. In fact it’s encouraged. The retro feel to the experience brought back a lot of childhood memories for me and I loved it.

In the experience you are tasked with finding keys on your way to the Oasis. You are encouraged to play, search and take a leap. It’s fun and looks amazing.

Yes, they built the stacks where Wade Watts calls home. However they do not take everyone into the stacks. It is here that I believe there is a Virtual Reality experience.

All in all it is a great experience, reminiscent of a Comic Con experience. When you’re in line Fandango is out there asking trivia questions where you can win a multitude of prizes. I personally won 2 Fandango tickets to see the film. One person I was with won a hat. They made it fun from start to finish. If you get a chance and are in the Hollywood, California area, take advantage of this free experience. They do take walk ups, and you can also secure a specific time on the website, ReadyPlayerOneChallenge.com

Feel free to check out our Instagram for more photos @gkqnox

Cosplay Pool Party Teaser

This summer, get ready to head poolside, as Lauren Matesic of Castle Corsetry teams up with 7 talented cosplayers, who in season one will draw inspiration from Blizzard’s hit video game Overwatch.

Join Alica Marie, Elizabeth Rage, Sheena Dugette, Reagan Kathryn, Rian Smith, Jessica “Maid of Might” and Milyan Sarley, as they begin the cosplay creative process, from concept sketch’s to final fittings.  Watch as these cosplayers bring their favorite characters to life as they add props and accessories to make their character one of a kind.

Once these cosplayers have given life to their characters, follow them poolside for the ultimate photoshoot and party.

Checkout the teaser below!  Also @nrd4entertainment

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

 

Wondercon 2017 is This Weekend

Wondercon 2017 begins tomorrow, Friday March 31 and continues to Sunday April 2nd.  This is a historic Wondercon for some due to the fact that it does not fall on Easter weekend.  It is being held at the Anaheim Convention center, which is directly across from Disneyland.

Wondercon is affiliated with the San Diego Comic Con.  Yes, it’s the same folks the put that wonderful show on that also put this show on, its just a smaller, but just as good.  Wondercon is host to nearly 59,000 people.

A bit of history about Wondercon.  The convention hasn’t always been in Anaheim.  Until 2012 it was in San Francisco, having Originated in Oakland CA.  A fun fact that I didn’t know until I read the information handed out today when I picked up my badge.

Light post with Wondercon 2017 flag in front of convention center.

Wondercon has something for everyone.  There are are a multitude of vendors, nearly 1,000.  Comics from DC, Marvel, Image, Boom.  They have new and used comics and I usually find some stellar deals at some of the booths.

There is a lot of programming some of which includes Warner Bros, BBC, NBC and 20th Century Fox.  Just to name a few.  There is hundreds of hours of panels over the course of the 3 days.  It’s rather quite amazing how they put this show together so quickly.  I was there today, and honestly there really wasn’t much put together yet.  I’m sure the vendors are working late into the night to get ready for everyone tomorrow.

Front of the Anaheim Convention Center featuring Midnight Texas for Wondercon 2017

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