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E3 gets bonus life
The E3 Expo is back as a first time for many
By John Haley
E3 is Back! Those are the spoken words from several of the people who were also visiting/reporting on the show. For me it was my very first Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), and boy was it a high powered show! Thousands of people from all over came to check out the hottest new games and gadgets, also to get the first hands on experience while the game is still in the beta stages. For me, I was there mainly to get the overall experience of the show. Since I won't be writing about anything to specific, I've got details about several of the amazing booths, and sights I came across throughout all of the exhibit show floor.

Starting out the day before, I showed up to pick up my badge. Already there were several press people walking around, with the look on their face like they had somewhere to be. From my understanding they had press conferences going on already talking about what these game developers had been cooking up. My main purpose was to avoid the long line and catch the people while they were in a good mood.


Alright the first day of a whole new E3, revamped for 2009. Since this would be my first E3 experience I had no idea what I was walking into, but I was pretty thrilled to be there! Why, because walking past the automatic doors I could already see hundreds of other people excited to be at this year's show. Walking down to a different hall, to see a line already forming and going out the door with 45 minutes till the show even started was a fun sight!

Finally, it's 12pm on Day 1 of the expo, they open the doors. Everyone was bumping into each other getting in. They marked all the entrances with a black light above the door frame. Aaaannnndd I'm in!

Since this was a pretty large show it was split up into to halls of the LA Convention Center, both had equally cool things to check out. I started out with the larger hall where I spent most of the first day. Roaming around at first just to see what the booths were like and mapping it out in my head so I know where everything is, and who I wanted to check out first and talk to.

I found myself ending up at the Fatal1ty booth, already with a big crowd of people, and a high energy guy bringing the people in. Seems they had an endless supply of t-shirts, tossing out hundreds out for the loudest people in the crowd. I was surprised for them not having a super large booth it brought in a lot of people, and had all sorts of things going on throughout the day. I even had a chance to play against Jonathan Fatal1ty Wendel in Quake 4. (Though after our 3 minute match, he slaughtered me 23 to -1).  While I was standing around watching him compete against other challengers he offered up $100 if this man even got one kill on him. I'll say the man didn't end up walking away with that $100.

Another small booth not far away was Gamer Grub. They had tasty treats for everyone to try out, and I had a morning snack off munching on all of their flavors. My favorites were PB&J, and PIZZA. Yet also enjoyed Wasabi and Chocolate (which will be getting a new name soon!). The Gamer Grub people were really nice and wanted to know my thoughts on the re-formulated Chocolate, and it was tasty for sure.

I really liked that area, I met so many people just hanging out there. People came up to me, or I met people while taking several shots of Celsius. No it did not have any alcohol in it, but it was sort of an energy drink and it burns calories. With several flavors to try, and worked great after having the Gamer Grub.

The gamers who cast magical spells, well in a game like WoW (World of Warcraft). Just might find The Peregrine Glove helpful. I haven't seen anything like this before. But how it works is along the sides of your fingers (while wearing the glove in your left hand). It has sensors which you touch with your thumb. Depending on where you touch you can set up different commands in the game, and it has roughly 50 sensor spots. I found that pretty neat, and wish they had something like that for motion graphics applications, where we use short cuts all day long.

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