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My First time E3 Recap. This was an amazing video game experience.

My e3 Recap and Why I’m Shocked I Was Able to Go

When I was sitting at my computer watching Twitch streams of E3 last June, I never even dreamed I’d be doing an E3 recap this year. For one, I was working a full-time job, studying acting, and teaching baton twirling when I could. But after quitting my job to work in entertainment, and lots of networking (oh, the networking), I was invited to attend my first E3.

Before I get into the why, I’ll give a little more of my history in gaming. I grew up on consoles- Nintendo, PlayStation, and eventually Xbox. I’ve always loved gaming.  So much so that my mom still asks me when I’m going to grow out of it.

My answer?  Never.

Anyway, life happened, and I decided that I would become a voice actor for video games.  I’ve attended several conferences and conventions to meet people and apply their experiences in the industry to my own career path.  I’m now an indie game developer, voice actor, and filmmaker.

It was through film that I met some of my closest friends. As I would discover, these friendships came with unexpected perks. One of which was hanging out in LA for, you know, E3.  So that’s the long winded version of how I got there.

Going to E3 alone, my E3 Recap

Video Games and Community

Why was I so excited when they asked me to go?  It’s simple. I love video games, and the community that comes with it. Not only that, this was an opportunity to attend an industry exclusive event.  Which meant I would be standing in the same room as some of the biggest names in gaming.

As for the experience itself?  It wasn’t quite what I expected, but not in a bad way!  I was used to seeing a theater full of people listening to someone talk on a stage, which doesn’t completely give you the real-life gigantic feel of the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a lot like PAX (Penny Arcade Expo). You line up to try a game, they give you a shirt or keychain, rinse, repeat.  The difference, however, was the people I met waiting in line.  A majority of them were developers working on their own projects, or internet media outlets documenting the show.

E3 Game Convention at Papers Please Booth

I mean, I waited two and a half hours to try a new Nintendo game, and played Smash Brothers with writers at SourceGaming. Then I hung out after the show with the camera guy from the Devolver (without even realizing it).  Now we’re friends excited to see each other at the next show.  How cool is that?

Before I forget, I should mention my favorite part of the show was the Indiecade booth.  As an indie developer myself, I love seeing what others make, because I know that so much love goes into each video game.  They also have shorter lines (if any), which means more time playing, and less time standing.  Most shows have a designated area for indie games, so my personal suggestion is to show some indie love!

My E3 recap and experience. How I got into E3

After 20+ years of gaming, I can’t see myself not being a part of the video game industry.  It is where I belong, whether I make games, voice them, or simply enjoy them.

The opportunity to attend E3 was one step closer to achieving my career goals and an opportunity  to be around thousands of people who have my passion for gaming.  That said, I hope I’m able to attend next year!

Aryn Rozelle, Guest Contributor Aryn Rozelle

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