June 13th will mark the third year in a row that I have attended the PlayStation E3 Experience.
For the uninitiated, movie theaters across the country will be hosting a live stream of Sony’s annual E3 press conference. This year will mark the 3rd anniversary of the event and it looks like tickets are going fast. In addition to livestreaming the show, viewers have gone home with digital gifts and posters.
This year, Sony will be giving viewers a specially branded cup and collectable trading card in addition to the usual digital gift basket.
As a return attendee of this event, I cannot stress enough my enthusiasm for it. Experiencing the best video game conference in the world in a sold-out theater full of hardcore gamers is intense, but the vibes are nothing but jolly. Every person is there because they want to be. Viewers could just as easily have streamed the conference at home, but they want to enjoy it in a theater because they genuinely love the event.
The emotions in the room are palpable. No other industry has a conference like this. Hype and vibes are so important to video game fans, we feed off them. This event is so simple, but it does everything right. Sure, either way last year I would have seen The Last Guardian finally get re-revealed. But the memory is so much sweeter when I remember the assemblies of fans cheering once the realization hit.
Last year I brought two friends who are, on the whole, uninterested in video games. They enjoyed the atmosphere of the event so much they will be returning again this year, officially a part of the PlayStation Nation.
All I can say is go in with an open mind. Go in wanting to enjoy it and you’ll have a blast. Check to find your nearest location, secure tickets, and more info at this link. The event is free, so give it a shot, have some fun and revel with your fellow gamers!