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How to Survive E3 (And Have Fun Doing It)

/ Jun 10th, 2016 No Comments


E3 means many things to different people. Despite some drop-off, E3 is still the Super Bowl of video games. It is an exciting time for the industry. But it is also stressful, exhausting and confusing for many of the parties involved.

If this is your first time heading to the show or if you just need to learn some helpful tips for video game conventions, follow these tips to survive E3.

Plan Ahead

Nothing can be more stressful than finding a hotel or booking a flight at the last minute. If you’re traveling from out of town, be sure to make arrangements well ahead of time. Also, be prepared to account for the southern California traffic.

In addition, prepare an itinerary for getting to and from the show and any other events you plan to attend. While you may not need to plan your actual day inside of the convention center, accounting for time to get to the show and lunches is helpful.

If you’re visiting Los Angeles, make time to see some of the sights the city has to offer. It may act as some stress relief to release yourself from nerd heaven after the show is over.

Explore Everything

As for the show itself, be prepared to explore everything. Walk the floor and get to know the layout. At our first E3, we were so enraptured in the big booths that we didn’t get as much time with the other games as I would have liked.


I saw Star Fox Zero and lost several unexplained hours of my life.

If this is you first E3, go in without a game plan or expectations. Just have fun and explore all you can. It’s easy to get caught up in all the activities, and that is part of the magic of E3.

Play Video Games

Nothing beats playing an actual game and experiencing gameplay firsthand. While we’ve seen some cool theater footage at E3 shows, nothing has ever been better than playing Triforce Heroes with a bunch of randos and yelling at them for victory, or playing Fat Princess Adventures in a craze with strangers and one of the devs.

E3 2015

Make sure your body is ready.

You never know what can turn into an amazing experience on the floor playing games, so get out there and play something.

Have Fun

Get excited! E3 will wear you out fast. The hustle and bustle, the meetings, the crowds. Don’t let it get to you.

Despite seemingly more people being able to attend each year and fewer developers and publishers attending, it is still a very exclusive bunch that actually gets to attend and witness all the sneak previews and hands-on demos. A bad attitude guarantees a bad time, and being impolite and uninterested just makes it worse.

Not every game at E3 will wow you, but if you have an open mind, it has the potential to.


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