G-Star Journal: Day 2, Part 2 – Babe-o-rama

Bathroom debacle done with, I went to the lobby for breakfast. I thought I’d slept pretty well but obviously I hadn’t, because the first thing I did upon entering the restaurant was trip on a step I didn’t see and make a complete fool of myself. Yeah, that’d be great – sprain my ankle before the show even starts. Thankfully, I recovered once I saw the breakfast buffet.

There were a lot of different choices, some American, some Korean, some Japanese. I decided to mostly forgo the predictable and ended up (listed from the bottom, counter-clockwise) a braised chestnut (yum!), a “Vienna cake” (which I thought would be something cool but turned out to be a mini corn dog), a fried egg/oyster, cold salmon salad, pumpkin soup (which was like orange glue with starchy lumps), and french toast with cherry compote. Oh – and blueberry yogurt drink.

Free breakfast!

I also had two weensy little lattes from a machine. No wonder we’re so fat and Asian people are almost universally slim. Our idea of proper portions is like, ten of theirs.

After breakfast, I hopped a shuttle to the show and oh…mah…gawd. Even 90 minutes before the doors opened, there were huge lines of young kids waiting to get in. Overwhelmingly male, between the ages of 12 and 20. The show’s open to consumers and these kids weren’t going to miss it, even if they had to stand in line all day. In fact, that might be very close to the truth.

The dedication of committed video game fans.

At 2:30 the lines were still huge, seemed never to move and I heard someone say that last year they had to close game lines at noon because the wait times far exceeded the daily capacity. Man, if these kids could see E3, they would go nuts.

Holy moly.

Which brings me to my impressions of the show. I’m not sure what I was expecting but I guess from the crowds, I was expecting something much bigger and crazier. There are three exhibit halls and most people were trying to get in the one with the big booths (of course) but all the halls were fairly tame compared to the ones in G-Star’s Lindsay Lohan-ish American counterpart. G-Star’s more like a legit trade show, more business oriented than E3 with its bread-and-circuses vibe.

The main disappointment re: the show is that I know zero Korean. Few (if any) of the presenters speak any English, and the games are also in Korean (naturally) which prevents me in a way, from figuring them out on my own. The most remarkable thing in my view, about G-Star is that it’s a treasure trove of beautiful women. They’ve got the booth babe thing down pat, and there were super-model looking young girls everywhere you looked. The game nerds at home would be hyperventilating. The ones here certainly were.

G-Star babes.

More G-Star babes.

Even MORE G-star babes.

Yes, more still.

OK, this is getting ridiculous.

Anyway, I’m still pretty out of it today and I’m hoping tomorrow is better since I have an appt with Wargaming.net. (my only appt) Ha! As the other bizarre bit of ill luck that was thrust upon me today – I was waiting to take the shuttle back to my hotel and this bus drives up. The door opens and the driver gestures. I say, “Grand Hotel?” which most drivers understand, and he nods so I get on the bus.

We drive around the city, back toward my hotel, stop at a couple others, wait at the Paradise Casino (which crazily enough, De Niro’s doing print ads for. This ad cracks me up. Rather than endorsing the casino, he looks as if he’s disappointed in me for gambling.)

…then he brings me right back to the convention center. I couldn’t believe it. An hour gone, and I had to jump off and find another bus. Maybe it was some kind of dry Korean gag? Hardy har – the joke’s on me!

While waiting outside the casino, I spotted this cat just chillin’.

Laid back urban cat.

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