E3 – Day 1

The actual event is 2 days away, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying ourselves!!

Ahh, Los Angeles. Mark and I began the day wih a pretty uneventful flight into LAX, then headed over to the rental car place and waited patiently for Martin to arrive from Japan. Once all of us were together, we got to wait while the crew lost our car reservation, but then they gave us a free upgrade to a Dodge Charger trophy-sound

We were all famished, and were on a quest to find the famed In and Out burger, but we failed miserably. Instead, we headed over to the convention center to grab the badge holders for our Media Passes. While waiting, we had sightings of the Destructoid crew and Brian Crecente’s hair, which is magnificent (I swear that I could hear a harp being played.) We got a chuckle out of the fact that the desk for Podcasters was actually situated off to the side, as they don’t want the dirty podcasters to mingle with the other “journalists.”

So, we meandered around the convention center a bit (even caught a glimpse of the booth for “Sin and Punishment 2” for the Wii) and headed toward the hotel. The mission at hand was to find some food though, and we finally settled on “El Pollo Loco,” which has the usual Mexican Food fare, but also roasted chicken. The chicken was AMAZINGLY great, but apparently the burritos etc weren’t as good.

Once we got to the hotel, Mark and Martin went Hard-Down for a couple of hours, but then it was time to hit the PS Blog meetup, which was literally 6 blocks from the hotel. This is what we saw when we got there

The line continues around the corner

The line continues around the corner

Luckily, we know someone, so after being shunned by Andrew from Joystiq, we headed straight into the event.

Martin walking-in to the PS Blog Meetup

Martin walking-in to the PS Blog Meetup

As soon as we got there, we all had to try the famous tamales, and man, they were AWESOME!!! The place got packed pretty quickly, and the Slant Six team was there showing-off Fireteam Bravo 3 for the PSP, on PSP Dev units. The game isn’t hitting until the Winter, but it looks damned good. The draw distance is insane, and the animation was very, very well done. None of us got a chance to play it, as we’re holding-on until we get our hands on it during our Sony appointment. I talked to a couple of the devs, and we do plan on interviewing them at the show, so I’ll hold-off on posting specifics until then.

Then the fun really started, as a bunch of our listeners made their way over to find us. I’m HORRIBLE with names, but guys like Tomarcus, Andre Issa, and a bunch of others stopped-over to shoot the poo for a while. Also, Dave, Rothbart, and Doc all showed-up from Sarcastic Gamer, but they took-off pretty quickly to get to another engagement. I’m sure that we’ll have more to talk about with those guys as the week progresses! Also, we finally got to meet our former podcast partners Andrew and Jem, who came to E3 from the future! We tried to give them flowers to see if we could mend our relationship, but we all know that truly, we’re broken-up and there’s no going back 😛

Everyone's got their Uncharted 2 shirts

Everyone's got their Uncharted 2 shirts

So, then the big announcement came from Jeff Rubenstein and Chris Morell, the first 100 people in the door all get to attend the Sony Press Conference!!! The place went CRAZY (Mark thinks that he saw a guy cry.) But that wasn’t the biggest news, as Jeff quieted the crowd again, so that they could hear that they also get to go to E3 complements of Sony! Yeah, the room was ELECTRIC!

We spent some more time mingling and talking to our PS Nation Peeps, and as the meetup drew to a close, it was time to head over to the party being put-on by Kotaku. An old friend of Mark’s actually lives here in LA, so he was waiting for us at the venue, and the line was enormous! Tomarcus and a couple of others actually showed-up as well, and we also got to talk with Emanuel and a couple of others from RPGamer (GREAT Guys, check them out at http://rpgamer.com).

After waiting about a half hour we finally got in. The place was pretty packed, but they were definitely making an effort to not fill the place completely, so we had some breathing room.

The Kotaku party was VERY popular

The Kotaku party was VERY popular

It was open bar for a couple of hours, and even though it was shoulder-to-shoulder for a while, we had some great conversations once again. Once the Open Bar was done, of course the place thinned-out quite a bit, which was great. Prices weren’t really that bad, and it gave us a great chance to relax a bit and just have some fun. They had a DJ spinning a lot of videogame music (and some other stuff as well,) and they had Game Trailers running on the TV’s the entire time.

Jeff Gerstmann holds court

Jeff Gerstmann holds court

We recognized most of the Kotaku crew, and Cheapy_D and Jeff Gerstmann were also sighted. So, by this time, Mark was pretty drunk, and Martin had been awake for somewhere around 30 hours, so we decided to head back to the hotel for some much needed sleep. I’ll upload the remaining pics when we get back to civilization, as the Internet connection at our Hotel is pretty bad.

Our thanks to all of the peeps for showing up to hang out with us, and to Sony and the PS Blog folks for hosting the meetup, and to the Kotaku crew for hosting a great but relaxing party. We’re planning on getting all of the PS Nation listeners that got Press Conference passes together so we can represent on Tuesday. Keep your eyes on our Twitter feeds and on this page for more updates.

Mark and his buddy Bob

Mark and his buddy Bob

Also, apologies to Jeff Rubenstein for not being at the Kotaku party when you got there. Hopefully Mark won’t be a lush EVERY night 😛

Written by Glenn Percival

Glenn Percival

Just a guy that loves games, movies, Golf, Football, and Baseball.

Podcast Co-Host, Editor-in-Chief, Video Producer, and whipping-boy

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