E3 2016 Day 1 – EA Play & Bethesda Press Conference Blog
E3 2016 Day 1
This is Tara, and I will be blogging our entire week in Los Angeles at E3. We know that most of you are likely not attending E3 this week, so we want to be able to give you some insight into what we do every day while we are here. Our first five days are all business, but we hope to fit in some leisure into our last three days. We hope you enjoy reading about our days!
Our first day began very early with an 8 AM flight from YYZ to LAX. To make things more interesting, we came very close to missing our flight. We flew Air Canada, which is typically a good airline, but we ended up running between several kiosks to check-in and were unable to get our baggage tags printed. The bright side to this was that we both received free upgrades to first class (maybe a sorry for making us run all over the airport?). The pods allowed us to get some real sleep, and the breakfast was very good plane food!
We arrived in LA at 10:15 AM with plenty of time to get to the EA conference by 12:00 PM to register for the 1:00 PM start. Unfortunately, again things did not go smoothly. Our car rental company took forever and our interstate entrance to get to downtown LA was closed. We had got to the EA conference before the sign-in closed, but we were told that we had to wait at the end of a long ling (even though we had already registered and had our QR code), and ultimately did not make the EA press conference. This was the first year EA decided to have their conference off-site, not at the LA LIVE like everyone else. It didn’t work out for them well. It was very disorganized, and most people were confused as to what was going on. We had to wait in a line that went around the block to try to get into a conference that we were invited to. Which would be okay- until we found out they had only one line for everything including their hands-on demo appointments (ours is on Tuesday), and the general public registering for their demo days. This resulted in a lot of people being turned away from the conference, even those that were already on the list and confirmed to go. Hopefully, they work out the kinks for next year. You can read a summary of the EA press conference here.
We then decided that since we were in the are and had already paid for parking, that we would pick up our E3 badges. After that was successful, we went to a nearby Smashburger for lunch. We had never eaten at this chain before and we enjoyed it.
After our lunch and catching up on some game news articles for the site, we headed to the Bethesda Press Conference held at the LA hanger (a large hanger converted to an event space out of downtown LA). We arrived very early this time, at 4:45 PM, for the conference which started at 7:00 PM. This was probably the best-run conference we had ever been too. There was pre-arranged free parking with very fancy shuttle buses running continuously to take you to the LA hanger. We got in no problem! They had bag searches and metal detectors, which honestly, is something that we are always pleased to see at large gatherings like this. We did have to wait outside in line for a bit after the security search, but we had great seats. You can check the coverage of the conference here.
After the conference was over around 8:30 PM, everyone was invited to BE3 Plus, a party with hands-on game opportunities, developer interviews, food and drinks. One thing is for sure; Bethesda sure knows how to throw a party. We usually assume when companies say that there will be food, that they mean maybe some chips and small appetisers. Bethesda served In-N-Out burgers (yes, really!), turkey legs, mango tempura, cupcakes, vegetable appetisers, complimentary bar, and a CANDY TABLE. I mean come on- how cool is that? It was filled with piles of ever type of candy you could imagine. And yes- I did see people scooping candy into their bags by the armful. If this wasn’t great enough Blink 182 played an hour-long set full of their classic songs. It was really fantastic. The only downside to the night was that Nic did not get to play the one demo he lined up for (Fallout VR). He waited in line for over an hour while I walked around and occasionally swung by with some food for him. However, the line was too long, and they ended up turning the rest of the line away around 11:00 PM. Bethesda VR will be on the show floor at E3, so Nic hopes to see it then instead. Overall, it was a fantastically run event, and we had the best time.
Now we have to get up around 6:00 AM to get to the Microsoft conference on time tomorrow (9:30 AM start). Keep you posted! ‘Till next time.