E3 2014 Journal – Day 3: Unleash the hounds!

Curse you lower back, for keeping me from sleeping in! Hotel mattresses are the worst.

Today was the first day for the E3 show floor and as usual, people were willing to wait in line for 2 hours to be the first ones in. I am such a grumpy old lady, but…really? Three minutes after the doors open, the way is totally clear, thus eliminating the need to stand in line. I guess some people are so hysterical about being the first to get their hands on Oculus or Super Smash Bros, they’re willing to go to any lengths, but not me, no sir. I wouldn’t stand in line even if David Bowie made an appearance. Well OK, maybe if he was dressed as Jareth from Labyrinth.

You remind me of the babe.

Still, if I’m unwilling to stand in line for a celebrity, I’m not above squatting down for one. I was walking through the expo hall when I spied a small group of people sitting on the floor, leaning against one of the booths. One of them happened to be Mr. Sam Witwer, of Battlestar Galactica, Being Human, and (most importantly to ex-LucasArts people like me) The Force Unleashed. Before I could stop myself, I asked if I might take a picture and he was totally gracious about it.

Hangin' with Starkiller, uh huh.

It’s so great when famous people are actually people, and he was (and this is the best compliment I can pay him) a really normal guy. I was thoroughly impressed.

Not so impressive I heard, was Conan O’Brien who a colleague told me, walked through the expo hall looking annoyed at people trying to take pictures of him. Get over yourself, Conan. You’re really not that funny.

Anyway, Sam Witwer wasn’t the only handsome man I ran into. I also got to snuggle up to Octodad, who managed to keep his flailing limbs in check long enough to take a photo. Jealous, Sam?

Aside from spotting celebs, the main activity of the day was noting the marketing blitz for Insomniac Games’ wacky action game, Sunset Overdrive. This probably wins for the game I’m most interested in playing and its sledgehammer-to-the-head vibe was carried through to the giant, trash-talking balloon hovering over the foyer…

…and the decals on the ladies room mirrors.

Come six o’clock, the show floor closed and the parties began. I was invited to a few of them, but all I really wanted to do was go back to the hotel and play my 3DS. Yeah, I know. I’ll say it for you. “Dork.”

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