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  • [disk drive noises]

  • - Yep, I am done with traveling.

  • It is nice to be back home.

  • Greetings and welcome to an LGR E3 thing!

  • Yes, we're gonna talk about the E3... thing [chuckles]

  • The big stupid convention that happens every year

  • in Los Angeles, at least up till this point.

  • There's talk of it not being in the same location in 2020.

  • Who knows?

  • But, I figured it'd be interesting to just talk about

  • this whole experience and what it's actually like

  • to visit this ridiculous show

  • because, I don't know about you,

  • but, I see coverage of this every year

  • and I'm going back to the 90s

  • and I always wondered what it was like.

  • Now, that I've been there a couple times,

  • I figured I'd document the experience and share it,

  • so,my brother Luke and I, we both went there

  • with a bunch of cameras and equipment

  • to just capture the entire experience

  • and I mean everything, from the mundane stuff,

  • like figuring out transportation and food,

  • and just getting passes to begin with,

  • what that will get you,

  • where that will not get you into

  • and all kinds of things like that.

  • And then you know, looking at the booths

  • and all the cool games and tech, as well.

  • But, yeah, let's just dive into that,

  • kind of like and LGR Thrifts episode,

  • but, instead of going thrifting,

  • we're going convention-ing.

  • Or E3-ing.

  • Or whatever-ing.

  • I don't know, man.

  • Let's go do it and dive into E3 2019.

  • ["Driven Electronics" by Niclas Gustavsson plays]

  • - All right, so as with all good stories,

  • let's begin at the beginning,

  • which begins before the beginning began

  • and that was back in April sometime,

  • when I first signed up for the badges for E3.

  • Now, you don't have to sign up beforehand,

  • but, I highly recommend it

  • because waiting in line to get them at the show

  • would just be a friggin' pain.

  • And there's a whole bunch of ways to get badges, these days,

  • you don't just have to be industry,

  • or press and media, anymore,

  • you can just get in as a gamer, I guess,

  • is what it's called, the gamer pass.

  • That only you have to pay for.

  • I think it's like 300 bucks, normally, before the show.

  • And the once you're there, it's like 995.

  • These are not cheap passes, but, you can get in,

  • however, if you're media, then it is

  • a little bit of a different thing.

  • And well, what does media even mean?

  • What qualifies as media?

  • Well, a whole lot of things, nowadays.

  • It's actually easier than it's ever been to get into E3.

  • I mean, I've never even had a problem getting in

  • back when I had 50,000 subs.

  • Maybe the requirements are a little different now,

  • but, basically as long as you're somebody who covers

  • some games in some form, [laugh] you can pretty much get in,

  • if you can be verified and you have over

  • a certain number of monthly views

  • or monthly videos being put out related to games,

  • or I don't know, there's some requirements,

  • but, the only other stuff that they look for

  • is just making sure that you are you.

  • So, you have to provide a photo ID

  • or a government issued passport kind of thing,

  • as well as a business card

  • and if you don't have a business card,

  • you can just make one up

  • and then a link to your channel

  • that shows your face somewhere in a video,

  • or pictures, or something,

  • you know what, they just have to make sure

  • that you are who you are.

  • And if you're qualified,

  • then you get the qualified email, here.

  • Looks something like this.

  • I've edited it a little bit for privacy.

  • But, yeah, pretty much just says, "you're in",

  • you can can get a bar code and you'll be able

  • to pick up your badges at the show,

  • a couple days before the show.

  • They do not ship the badges out.

  • And from here, it's just the normal travel stuff,

  • you know, selecting flights and a hotel,

  • and yes, E3 does have a number of hotels

  • that they recommend, I guess they have some deals with.

  • You can get a little bit of a discount doing that.

  • It's not a huge amount, in my experience,

  • but, it is kinda nice because

  • it gives you some extra options,

  • however, it's gonna be more expensive,

  • so, Airbnb makes a lot of sense, too.

  • And if you're media, then,

  • well, you're probably familiar with a wall like this

  • of just tons of emails coming in the very moment

  • that you're approved for those badges.

  • These are just a few of the more interesting ones

  • that I've selected.

  • But yeah, I mean, a lot of these things,

  • especially when it comes to getting hands-on

  • with games and such and being invited

  • to press events and parties,

  • and those are all invite only.

  • Same goes for the press conferences.

  • You know, things that are live streamed by Microsoft,

  • and Ubisoft, and I don't know, whoever else-soft.

  • Those guys will get in touch with you

  • or you have to know someone to get in.

  • You can't just show up.

  • I mean, I guess you could, but, good luck with that.

  • Finally though, it is day negative two of E3,

  • at least for us.

  • We decided to travel out Sunday.

  • The actual show floor opens on Tuesday,

  • but, there's things happening on both Sunday and Monday

  • that we were invited to,

  • so, we wanted to get there in the morning,

  • so, we could get there in time for those things,

  • and well,

  • you know airports,

  • is just a bunch of bad weather was coming through

  • for the past several days, at that point,

  • and we ended up waiting there for about six hours

  • and just watched the rain.

  • [laughter]

  • There's not much else you can do.

  • This is a tiny airport that kept bumping and bumping

  • and bumping up the flight as the previous night's flights

  • were still trying to get off the ground.

  • Weren't sure if we were gonna be able

  • to take off that day, whatsoever,

  • especially when we got to the counter

  • and the person was like, "you're not even on this flight".

  • And we're like, "yeah, we are".

  • And they've said, "Oh, you've been removed

  • "and they never told you?"

  • We were like, "nope, they never did".

  • So, it was just awful.

  • The nightmares began immediately

  • and they continued the entire rest of the day,

  • but, you know, spoiler alert, so.

  • Eventually we were on the plane, completely unamused

  • by absolutely anything whatsoever.

  • Just happy to be in the air, at this point,

  • even though it had taken six friggin' hours to get here.

  • Whatever.

  • Eventually landed in Atlanta for our connecting flight

  • or it would have been a connecting flight,

  • but, we were about four or five hours late for it.

  • [laughter]

  • So, that meant, making our way over to the service desk

  • where we had to wait in line

  • for about another hour and a half, or something,

  • just to see if we could find a flight to LAX.

  • And of course, with all the other delays, there were none.

  • So, we're just like "give us a plane to California,

  • let's just see what happens."

  • In the meantime, we just wandered over to other parts

  • of the airport and got us some nice daggone food

  • at some daggone place.

  • I don't even remember what this was, but it was super good.

  • And thankfully Atlanta has

  • this nice underground tram system that gets you around