E3 2019 was the fourth E3 I’ve attended in a row and this time around I was a volunteer for the IndieCade booth. I didn’t even know I was attending until last week when I was asked to fill in a few last minute volunteer shifts. Otherwise, I was free to roam around the hall and check out the show floor.
The IndieCade Booth is the place to go at E3 if you want to experience something unique without having to wait in a long line. They had a mix of VR, mobile, physical, and PC projects this year. I was able to check out quite a few of them including Sloppy Forgeries, a game where you race against another player to create the most accurate copy of a painting before time runs out, and Too Many Cooks, an adorable multiplayer game similar to Spaceteam where you must work together to complete food orders. Other games I played were Ascend and The Last Friend. There was also a game there called Hot Swap: All Hands on Deck that had some awesome 3D printed controls. More information on the games shown at the booth this year can be found at https://www.indiecade.com/e3-2019/.
With this being E3, of course many of the booths were quite flashy. Nintendo’s booth as usual did not disappoint with Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokemon Sword & Shield, and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. I was in Luigi’s Mansion 3 when the power surged and the lights flickered. Luckily, I got the “Thanks for Playing” screen only seconds before all of the machines rebooted. I was so close to beating the boss too.
There was a rock climbing wall in the Mario and Sonic at the Olympics Booth and I knew I just had to do it. I go bouldering every now and then with my friend, so I knew I could reach the top easily. I regret not eating something beforehand because in the middle of climbing I began shaking like crazy. That’s what happens if you exert yourself when you’re hungry and have to chug your coffee before entering the conference. That caffeine crash was not fun, but at least I got a t-shirt.
I also got to check out the Unreal Garden, which was an AR experience with the Microsoft HoloLens. I’m 100% sure that Avatar was an inspiration. It was the first time that I tried out a HoloLens and It was quite difficult for me to experience the garden with the device. Like with most VR and AR head pieces, it didn’t seem the most optimized for those with glasses. I was having a lot of trouble at first and had to hold the head piece up most of the time. Otherwise, it was pretty cool.
I spent most of my time in the West Hall, but did eventually venture over to the South Hall where there was a massive Fortnite booth. Thank you for the free food by the way. It served as my lunch on Wednesday. I had a friend working the Doom booth, though I was only able to get a quick hello and goodbye with her since she was working. The Lego Star Wars: Skywalker Saga demo looked pretty amazing. I don’t normally play lego games, but I was blown away with the detail included in this one.
That about wraps up my experience at E3 this year. Perhaps I’ll be able to attend next years as well!