Take it from me, my fellow gamers: when it comes to E3, I think I had more fun as an outsider than an insider. Don’t get me wrong, that is not a knock on my position with NfamousGamers.com or on the expo itself. It’s just that when you go from anticipating all the games and news to actually having to work on covering the anticipated games and news – it’s a whole new dynamic to the gaming scenario. There is a certain level of levity that I miss having when I only used to watch and wait to see what was going on as opposed to now having to worry about if I am getting the right coverage or can I get the news up on my site before anyone else. Admittedly, being an insider isn’t all it is cracked up to be.
Not that I would ever give up going to E3 for anything. Being able to attend E3 is something special that I feel everyone should be able to experience (and that is an argument for another day), but every once in a while, I kind of long for the days when I didn’t have to worry about deadlines, schedules, meetings, exclusivity, confidentiality… you know, all that fun stuff that brings out all those gray hairs atop your head faster than you want them to come out. I look back on the times when the only thing that I had to worry about was whether they were going to announce the next Final Fantasy, Battlefield or Halo game.
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Nowadays, I have to worry about a hell of a lot more. Can you believe that more than a month past E3 2011 I am still stressing about certain time sensitive contacts and news that are burning the back of my mind out? More than a month later! I am responsible for so many more things that sometimes I wonder if I bit off more than I can chew. But then when it is all said and done, and I look back at everything and realize that it isn’t all as bad as it was. It was well worth the anxiety and headaches. And I guess that is what it really boils down to.
Back when I was an outsider, I always dreamt of what it would be like to be an insider at E3 and checking out all these new games and stories first hand before anyone else. Now, I am a veteran of four E3s – and while I may bitch and complain and stress about stuff like never before, there is nothing in the world that would make me want to trade places and go back to being on the outside looking in. For as much as I vent about the whole event, it is well worth all the effort. Though sometimes remembering the old days helps me calm down a bit to deal with today. So, just as a precaution and warning to all you gamers out there, be careful what you wish for. If you aren’t prepared for what being at E3 really is all about, you may regret wanting to be on the inside of everything.