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Bahn Unplugged: E3 Edition: Part Two

Lights, games, glamour. It all goes down at E3. So where did that warm, fuzzy feeling go?

Article by Chris Bahn (Email)
May 14th 2006, 03:52PM

For the first time in years, I couldn't have been more thrilled that E3 had come and gone. Not quite the opening you expected, huh? Did I have a nice time? Well, yes and no. Rest assured, yours truly did have a fair share of fun and excitement: hands-on time with the Nintendo Wii, the spontaneous invite to the Konami E3 press conference, hobnobbing with the GN crew, and the extraordinary Metal Gear Solid 4 trailer are just some of the positive highlights worth mentioning. It wasn't a total disaster, but as I predicted several weeks ago: this was an E3 I'd never forget.

The calm before the storm is a great way to describe the week overall. Picking up from where I left off from last week's blog -- Sunday's events were, well... rather uneventful. The majority of the E3 GN crew consisting of Aaron, Travis, Alex, James, Candice and myself stayed at the Ramada Hollywood Hotel (which I'd like to briefly point out after a series of issues, will no longer get my business. More on that later). Throughout the evening, we discussed our initial plans for E3, eventually shifting gears to something we all naturally enjoy discussing: video games. Everyone but Candice, who must of been overwhelmed by the extensive videogame chatter, decided to catch some Z's. What did she expect from a group of game dorks?

"We hear a lot about Reggie kickin' ass and taking names, but this femme fatale was holding it down in the digital realm."

So, several of us brought along our Nintendo DS units, but much to my disappointment, I was apparently the only one who owned Mario Kart DS. That just sounds so wrong, doesn't it? It's like having corn on the cob without the butter. They're just made for each other y'know? Even Alex, who happens to be a local Californian resident overlooked the opportunity to bring a console or two to keep us entertained during the week. In the end, it was all good. After all, we'd be spending close to 30+ hours playing video games non-stop later this week -- having some alternate form of entertainment would ultimately prove to be healthly, if not at ideal. So we turned to no other than... Family Guy and American Dad.

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