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The Answer to “Don How Was E3?” – Part 2

July 4, 2012 Leave a comment

You can’t say this isn’t the cutest Mario in awhile…..

Tuesday, the official start of E3, started off with a delightful IHOP breakfast. Bright and early at 6:30am, we made our way to Nintendo’s conference afterwards. The only thing I didn’t like about these conferences was standing outside waiting to get in… especially first thing in the morning.

Once we got in and got settled, the show started and I was feeling pretty hyped about things. Raccoon suit Mario in the 3DS Mario game coming out, that amazingly-cute flying squirrel Mario and the Wii U amusement park game (not really the game itself but the Luigis Mansion mini game) all had me stoked. I could really care less for the Miiverse thing, but whatever.

After the conference was when the fun really began. The three of us made our way to the convention center and walked around upstairs. Kyle stopped at the THQ meeting room and got me an impromptu appointment for Metro Last Light, Company of Heroes 2 and Darksiders 2 so I missed out on Square-Enix. I really wanted to see Theatrhythm Final Fantasy but oh well, I feel it was worth it.

All three of THQ’s games made a strong impression in one way or another. Metro had this surreal environment going on, while Darksiders 2 improved the original by adding loot (I LOVE loot, by the way) and Company of Heroes 2 turned me on to the series even though I don’t generally like RTS games. I’m actually buying the first Company of Heroes after seeing CoH2. I did miss the gas mask swap for Metro, as it was due in the next day. *insert big frownie face*

I had enough time for a quick break and some coffee, and went to go meet up with a former-colleague-turned-PR rep Greg Hutto. The problem was.. I got lost. Mind you, this was my first time at the convention center and my super-awesome Editor-in-Chief left me by myself, so it was bound to happen. Looking back, I find it hilarious, but as time ticked down and I was nervously asking people “WTF AM I AND WHERE IS THE MEDIA LOUNGE?!”, I was getting worried I wouldn’t make it to Sony Online Entertainment in time. I missed Greg, chugged a cup of coffee and ran off to my next appointment after finally finding my way.

Company of Heroes 2. Not to be confused with The Oregon Trail 2.

SOE was delightful because I finally got to meet Raquel. She’s always been super-nice in emails, and helped me a lot when I was first getting my feet wet doing PR work. It was also super cool because she was the first person to recognize me by name. Being new to this and all, that’s an exhilarating experience! So I played Bullet Run and a Wizardry Online game before Greg came over and met me. We chatted for a minute before Kyle and Royel showed up then it was off to meet Jerry, who somehow remembered me from six months prior.

Back to SOE and Kyle stayed around for Planetside 2 while me and Royel scampered off to Konami. Met a delightful lady there that showed us around. To be honest, I felt sorry for the poor girl. She didn’t know much about the products and had to read off of a sheet, so I just assumed she was newer and mostly dealt with emails and such. I DID get to play Metal Gear Solid Rising, which was a lot of fun. I was never interested in it before, but at least now it is on my radar of things to look at upon release.

Last for the day was a presentation from Bethesda. We got to see a demo of Dishonored, which looks much better than I anticipated. I didn’t get hands-on with it, sadly, but heard good things about it from people that did play it. Then we were treated to an epic showing of Elder Scrolls Online. As I am running long at this point, I will spare you the details, but let’s just say “I want!”.

Once we “were” home, we walked down to Subway. I tell you this because the girls working there were fawning over our Black Ops 2 lanyards. hahahah. We forgot to take them off, and we got them by going by the Activision meeting room, but I just found it hilarious that those two girls were reacting like that.

Day 3 is next, complete with a party at the end!

<3,
Don Parsons