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Bahn Unplugged: E3 2006 Edition: Part Three

Guess who's eager to pick up a Wii this holiday season?

Article by Chris Bahn (Email)
May 16th 2006, 02:25AM


Ok, now that I've got that out of my system, let's pick up from where I left off the other day. Tuesday was quite an active day, beginning with the entire team and I making an early trek to the LACC to address our on-site registration. Up to this point, it was difficult to maintain a healthy dose of optimism as our credentials needed to be validated in person. Hearing that other well-known enthusiast sites should have put me at ease, but it only served to cause greater concern that this may have been the first year that I wouldn't have been able to attend the event. I had arranged for everyone staying at the Ramada including Edward, Ross and our partners from the Endgame Radio (Thomas and Aaron). For reasons that I never understood at the time, James decided to stay behind -- but later realized that his registration was taken care of via his association with Hardcore Gamer. I was thrilled to see that everyone had arrived on time and that we were well ahead of the pack patiently awaiting access into the media room.

Strangely enough, when 8 am came around, the media center still wasn't open, leading me to believe that I'd end up missing Nintendo's breakfast reception at 9:30 am. 15 minutes later, the doors were opened and everyone slowly poured in, flashing their photo IDs -- apparently a new security protocol that was put into effect after last year.

Well, I'll breeze through the last part of this because there really isn't much more to say: we got in, early access badges and all. The team was thrilled about that since it meant we wouldn't have to stand around twiddling our fingers while those who pre-registered took first dibs of the featured titles showcased throughout the LACC. With my biggest concern out of the way, it was time to head off to the Kodak Center and see what Nintendo had in store for the media.

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