There and back again – A Lazygamer journey to E3


By Darryn Bonthuys on Friday, June 21, 2013

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For my first E3, I had a pretty swell time. At the event that is. But it was totally worth the 30 hour plane ride that had me sitting next to a gigantic Pakistani dude who snored like a lumberjack armed with a nuclear-powered chainsaw. And I took pictures of the event! And video!

E3, you were magnificent this year. And I feel that I captured the spirit of that event perfectly. And by perfectly, I mean like a cameraman working on a Jason Bourne fight scene. That took place on a rollercoaster. While bright lights were flashing.

See you next year, E3!

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Author:Darryn Bonthuys

Because he's the writer that Lazygamer deserves, but not the one it actually needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can't take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a loud-mouthed journalist, a watchful procrastinator. A dork knight.

  • Argentil

    I hope you guys are taking turns, let Gavin go next time. I could sense his envy all the way over here in KZN.

  • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

    Besides the huge showing of the consoles, there wasn’t much interesting about E3 this year.

    • Hammersteyn

      I thought they showed some awesome games on the way.

    • Argentil

      The showing of new consoles, in itself, is very interesting. Seeing them in action, how their design choices and strategies played out. There’s nothing quite like new consoles, the first time you get to see them in action, up close if you’re fortunate.

      That said, as a PC gamer, it’s less interesting. There were plenty of games from both sides that are appearing on PC anyway, so I don’t see your point of view.

    • Jakster

      *watch’s as the LG-Pro-Sony Clique assembles.

      • Argentil

        I read that as LG (Sony’s competitor) Pro Sony.

        Nothing to see here guys. Cancel the assembly.

        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          LAWL me2 I was like LG? I don’t even like LG…huh…OH …I see

          • Jakster

            You see what? Does your brain kick in after your eyes or vice versa?

          • Argentil

            No, but to me LG is synonymous with the electronics brand. I have never heard LG in reference to lazygamer. You sound really bitter, man. Lighten up.

          • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

            We started calling it LG in the backend to speed up chats and it seems to have leaked into the front end :)…

            It used to be called the site, but then we also have TheMovies which is called TM in the backend.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            ……ok

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Can I be Heart … Please I wana be heart …. Oh wait , this isn’t Captain Planet

      • HvR

        :) For some reason that just put an image of Geoff in a pink Power Ranger suit swinging PS3 controllers as nunchucks in my head.

        • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

          Get me a pink power ranger suit, and it can be done!

        • Argentil

          PS2 controllers are cheaper, and they have cords attached!

    • HvR

      If you are talking out of the general tech viewpoint, it has been horrible 2 years for any type innovative small tech companies worldwide. A crap load of small companies got the funding pulled and took a nose dive.

      Oculus Rift is the exception.

      • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

        I’m looking at the Third Party publishers here. Their line-ups seems to be decreasing each year. Here’s looking to Gamescom.

        • Argentil

          Yup, and TGS. I think there are a few cards left to reveal all-round.
          Except for Nintendo. Nintendo, put your cards away and get back to work on LoZ.

        • HvR

          I have no “insider viewpoint” on the game dev companies but think the same applies to them, hard to get any type of funding if you do not have a big publisher behind you and the bug publishers seem to be focused on their year-to-year current IP releases because it is a sure thing to bring in profits.

  • Rinceyouropinion

    Yay! Video! For my work cap! Eat it!

  • Rinceyouropinion

    Did that zombie just sing ‘up and away’ at me… 0-O SHUDDERS.

  • Dean

    Was the zoom in the beginning for the car or the lady I wonder….

    • Hammersteyn

      I think the car, tell her to MOVE! LG should make more videos.

      • Dean

        They really do. But apparently the guys are a bit reclusive, not ones to show their faces about.

        • Hammersteyn

          Camera shy?

          • Dean

            Who knows.

          • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

            No just ugly

          • Hammersteyn

            Bwhahaha

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    As awesome as the console conferences were …. KH3 and FF 15 was the biggest and best announcements for me

    • Argentil

      Guess who agrees!

      It’s me, I agree.

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        …. you didn’t give me time to guess? :( :( Sad Panda!!

        • Argentil

          Well jeez, ok. Someone’s a sore loser. I’m not playing with you anymore.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Wait Wait…..Don’t go……I don’t want to be awone…..pweez!!!!

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        But exhilarating were those reveals hey … jee whizz

        • Argentil

          I’m surprised I didn’t cry a little bit. I think I was too tired. That or 7 years took it’s toll on my wonderment levels.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            I know that feel bro …I cried actually … how long have I been waiting on KH and Versus …. I was elated … now those feelings are the embodiment of E3, that is what E3 is about

          • Argentil

            Yup. It was momentous and will be recalled as one of the major E3′s in E3 history (if there is such a thing).

            I think my excitement was dulled because, within a second, I thought to myself that it will be at least 2 years before we see FFXV, and 3+ before we see KH3. What’s a decade in a lifetime? Right guys…?

    • Zoe

      agreed!!!

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        It made me excited for lightning returns evens lol

  • Rinceyouropinion

    I want a video diary next time about what they’ve seen. Only darryn wears a paper bag when giving them.

    • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

      I’ll meet you halfway on that. I get to wear a Bane mask instead.

  • HvR

    Late Friday stir. How does the rest of the Lazygamer staff feel that Darryn is going next year AGAIN?

    • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

      I don’t want to brave a 30 hour trip on Etitard myself… so yeah he can have my spot

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Has Geoff gotten his luggage yet?

        • Jakster

          Do banana’s carry luggage on flights?

          • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

            No, they wear the same clothes all the time. I’ve been told their choice in fashion is quite *waggles eyebrows* A-peeling.

          • Argentil

            *groan* take an upvote, away with you.

          • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

            I GROANED AT MYSELF.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Hahaha that was terrible. Have an upvote!

        • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

          I got it yesterday afternoon. EFFING FINALLY. So tired of being naked.

      • Argentil

        They’re just exaggerating how bad the trip was so you won’t want to go. Well played guys, I see what you did there.

    • Jakster

      I felt LG bummed out sending Darryn and Geoff who both show no interest in sports and racing games.

      • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

        Honest point… but we could only (barely) afford to send two and I couldn’t afford the time away from SA this year, I’ll be at Gamescom to bring all the latest news though

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Apparently, begging hasn’t worked for me, nor nude pictures or an audition reel. A certain Banana won’t ever be going. :( The top brass just hates banana jim! Yeah I said it. :P

  • HvR

    One up for Darryn, nice “get the feel of it” video. Upvote for more vids on Lazygamer.

    • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

      Thanks mate!

  • hairyknees

    Great video Darryn :) loved the backing track too!

  • Kobus Nel

    Impressive. But now I need to sit down, or maybe lie down to recover from the intense motion sickness from that video…

  • Skyblue

    Thx for the vid, that was pretty cool

  • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

    Sweet. But no booth babes :( me sad

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