E3 From the Eyes of an Outsider

What does E3 look like to a non-gamer?

Posted by Leah Singerman


Confession: I've never been to a gaming convention before. Actually, I've never been to any convention. I'm super new to the whole dweeb world (don't hate me), but I'm learning quickly. And yesterday I had the awesome opportunity to go to E3... again, don't hate me. So what follows is what I thought about it, and bear in mind I'm a n00b. Did I use that right?


Well, first of all, this thing is HUGE. As in, the city is crowded for blocks in every direction with people walking around with their matching shirts, press passes, and media gear. And the inside is total sensory overload. Everywhere you look you see huge videos, lighting displays, cosplayers of all types, and of course, video games. It's kind of nuts.


We tried out a few of the bigger new games and I learned about some concepts like open world games and virtual reality type stuff. We also saw a bunch of racing games where you get to sit in a legitimate driver's seat with a real wheel and pedal and everything. Silly me, wondering why someone would play this when they could just drive a real car. When I asked the guys about that I got one of those all-knowing "Yeah, okay" responses. But I'll get back to that later.


For the most part, we stuck to the smaller games. There are so many of them, and they're really freakin cool! Plus, while you're playing, the person who developed it is standing right there so they literally know everything about the game and they're really excited to tell you all about it. My personal favorite game was the intriguingly titled "Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime." Andy and I partnered up on this cute little game which basically involves two characters (the lovers, I'm assuming) driving a giant circle through space and shooting off all the monsters and other obstacles that get in their way. They're joined by a helpful thingy that rotates around the circle and shoots stuff away for them, which is nice because really only one person can play defense while the one steers. And, what do you know, we got the high score! So what if we were the only people to have ever played it. Shhh.


There were also a bunch of cool demos going on. Our favorite was World of Tanks, where you got to stand on this little platform and do any pose and they captured it and then revolved it and made it all computery so it looks like you're in a video game. You can see that video here. Personally, I really wanted Andy and Jesse to do one of the dance games, but they were too shy. It's okay... next time. 

So, it was an awesome day. And guess what we did when we left? Played more video games. The guys introduced me to Forza Horizon 2 to remedy my confusion about the awesomeness that is racing games. And I've gotta say, I think I've been converted. I sucked so hard that I kind of won- I crashed in ways they had never seen before- and it was awesome. 


So, there you have it, my introduction to E3 and really to the whole video game world. Be sure to see our adventures in detail on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and let us know what you think by commenting below or tweeting us @DweebCast.


That's all for now, folks. It's been real. 


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