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E3 2011: There and Back Again – My First E3 Adventure
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E3 2011: There and Back Again – My First E3 Adventure

A chronicle of personal firsts, including cross-country travel, flying, and attending the world’s biggest gaming show.

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There and Back Again – My First E3 Adventure

My first journey to E3 2011 was truly an adventure, as it brought about a series of firsts for me. It was my first time flying, first time traveling across the country, first time being in California, and, of course, my first time attending E3. I was plenty nervous and even a little afraid of tackling everything for the first time ever, but my excitement of going on a true adventure in every sense of the word, overcame my fears and pushed me onward.

When I stepped off the plane for the first time, it wasn’t so bad, as it reminded me a lot of getting on a Greyhound bus. It was only when the plane was about to take off that I started feeling scared somewhat. But when I saw an old lady was the last passenger that got on board, I figured I could easily handle flying if she could. The flight was a little shaky at the beginning, but soon smoothed out and I was able to relax. I noticed there were plenty of people on board with laptops and iPads that were either watching movies, working on documents, or surfing the internet using the plane’s onboard Wifi. Which brings me to one of the gripes I had, which was the plane company charging folks to get online, which I thought was wrong, and that the service should be included in the expensive ticket you buy to get on the plane.

After getting settled into my hotel room and learning the lay of the land a day ahead of the show, I thought I was prepared for E3 the following day, and for the most part I was. But the first day there was both a joy and pain, as the atmosphere was filled with energy and excitement, though it was overwhelming with all the sights and people there. It was pretty tiring walking back and forth from one end of the show to the other, especially while being trapped in a sea of people. There were times when I thought I wouldn’t be able to go on with covering the show, both mentally and physically. But I came too far just to give up, and I didn’t want to let anyone down, including myself. So after taking a break, I got myself together and pressed on.

Things weren’t so bad after I did that, as I felt renewed and ready to get back into the thick of things. There were all sorts of awesome company booths and people I had to see at the show. And speaking of those people, it felt really good to finally meet a lot of them in person that I had previously only known through e-mail. I even got to make a few new friends along the way, and even hung out with some of them at the parties held after E3 that night.

I really enjoyed the second day I was there, as things went smoother and I was able to get a lot more done both work and personal wise. There were lots of pictures and small videos I was able to take while having a little more time on my hands to do so. And I was able to go back and accomplish some of the things I missed out on the first day. Not long after E3 ended that day, I was able to attend the Sonic Boom party that Sega was throwing at the Club Nokia. The party was made even more fun by going with the new friends I made along with some of their friends. All of us had a good time there while seeing the infamous Crush 40 perform live, while Sega held a cosplay contest and brought out the original Sonic Team at the end of the show. Another bonus treat was Sega recording the audience there yelling “Happy Birthday Sonic!” to be used in the upcoming Sonic Generations game.

Sadly, I wasn’t able to attend the last day of E3, as my flight left early that day. But I still have lots of fun and experienced a great deal while going to and coming the show. And thanks to all of that, I’m sure to be ready for any other adventures that come my way. Perhaps even braving L.A. and E3 again sometime in the future.

About the Author: Chris Mitchell