It’s actually happening, guys – E3 has officially taken flight. 

While I’ve been in L.A. since 6:30 Saturday morning for EA Play and all the press conferences, E3 doesn’t actually ‘start’ until the show floor doors open at the Los Angeles Convention Centre.

Having sat back and reflected on today’s events, it seems perhaps fitting that my first year at the Electronic Entertainment Expo should be alongside some 15,000 attendees from the general public. They’re as new to this as I am, so the murmurs of how many people we had to circumnavigate in order to get to bookings fell on deaf ears somewhat – what I’ve seen so far this year, I have nothing to compare to.

In any case, opening my E3 with a brand new Mario game was a lot of fun, and I’ll never forget that first rush of walking through those West Hall doors for the first time and laying eyes upon the gigantic displays and the potential for free stuff that may lie in wait.

From the costumed franchise mascots loitering and taking pics with passersby at booths, to the insane lines seen around the year’s most highly-anticipated games (we’re looking at you COD:WWII), really the only thing I have to compare it to is PAX Aus on steroids – fitting, I guess, for an American convention.

We’ve got Day Two tomorrow, and I’m sure at some point it will sink in that I’m on the other side of the world playing video games all day, but until then I’m going to try not to freak out too much and get my hands on all the good loot before it’s all gone.