I admittedly have been an avid gamer since I was a young kid; my parents would NOT allow me to get a Nintendo, so I would always end up at the neighbors/friends after school playing on their console. Finally obtained my first console (SNES) when I was probably around 7 or 8, subscribed to Nintendo Power and it was all downhill from there lol. How does that saying go: “If I had a Penny for Every________, I would be Rich!” Mine would have read: “If I had a Penny for Every Countless Hour I Spent Playing Video Games, I would be a Billionaire”. Although in recent years (probably the past 5 or 6 years) I have fallen out of touch with the gaming world until the recent surge of COD and the MW Series. Crazy to think back on how much the gaming world has evolved since I was a kid: 8-bit Handhelds to Xbox Connect and Sony Move, 2D to 3D Worlds to 3D Games. I recently had a chance to experience that technological advancement in gaming this year at E3 (Electronics Entertainment Expo) for the first time, thanks to a family friend who works at Konami!
Jordan (Friend/Former Colleague) and I arrived to a busy scene Tuesday morning at the LA Convention Center where E3 was being held. We quickly hopped in the Will Call line to pick up our badges, only to find out that Jordan’s name was no where to be found in the system. I made a quick call to my friend at Konami and BAM: Jordan transformed into Dante LOL. Credentialed, Jordan and I grabbed a quick bite to eat and then headed into the main showroom (South Hall) for E3. First stop was the Konami booth to say hello to my friend, unfortunately she was no where to be found. Inside the Konami exhibit Jordan and I observed 1vs1 gameplay setup for DDR. As we were contemplating battling one another, a Konami Rep approached us and asked us if we would like to play, we asked if he was any good and he said “Yes, very good in fact”. So of course Jordan and I asked for a demo in expert mode lol. Hands down one of the funniest things to watch, but I will give credit where credit is due – he killed it! As the day progressed we met with our friends at Square-Enix, checked out the MW3 Trailer at Activision and were honored with a tour of Rachet & Clank” All 4 One 3D and Resistance 3 by the Lead Programmer/Friend!
All in all E3 was fun, but I guess I had higher expectations (was hoping for some cool swag, MW3 gameplay and more next gen gaming).