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Recap: E3 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), is a 3-day long gamer’s paradise held annually in Los Angeles, CA. Picture your favorite publishers showcasing the latest and greatest franchises in the video game industry. Companies go head to head displaying the biggest, loudest and brightest booths to hype up games that have yet to be released. You’ve got live demos, gameplay, trailers, booth babes and press conferences. Anxious gamers wait patiently in long lines for hours all for a chance to try out highly anticipated, unreleased games including Battlefield 3, Ninja Gaiden 3, Ghost Recon, Mass Effect 3, Metro: LastLight, Dead Island, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, among plenty of others. There’s press conferences and presentations from Nintendo, Sony Playstation, Microsoft’s Xbox360 and countless others.

One of the biggest announcements to come out of E3 was the new PS Vita, a handheld gaming device. Check out the E3 trailer here:

Of course, Nintendo also announced the release of their own WiiU to complement the Wii console. Check out their E3 trailer here:

As a newbie to E3, the experience was overwhelming and loud, in a good way. The event drew over 45,000 gaming enthusiasts to the L.A. Convention Center this past week. Trailers played on huge screens and enthusiastic fans rushed from one booth to another with bags full of free swag. With my exhibitor's pass in hand, I snapped photos as I walked around the Los Angeles Convention Center. Navigating through the massive crowds of game enthusiasts, I saw classic games from my childhood including Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario Brothers and Zelda. I was as excited as a kid in a candy store.

Check out some of our favorite shots:

We learned that motion controlled consoles are blowing up. Check out photos of demos below:

Booths at the event were massive, clearly a sign that companies were trying to outshine each other. Check out Activision’s 360 degree display for the upcoming game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3:

Of course rivals EA were also on deck displaying Battlefield 3, Madden, Fifa and Star Wars Old Republic. I've got to say, their graphics were amazing.

Check out a video from E3 brought to you by the Battlefield crew. Even rapper Xzibit made a cameo at the end.

It was interesting to find out that people with Activision badges were turned away at the Battlefield 3 booth. See the proof in Tweets:

Of course, I couldn't leave without snapping a few photos with some of the characters at the event:

Majority of the time, I made my way from the South Hall to the West Hall at the convention center. I watched a ton of game trailers and felt timid to play the games out in the open since there was always an audience.

Here are some of our favorite game trailers that we got to see at E3. We scoured Youtube to create this roundup below:

Tomb Raider

Assassins Creed

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Gears of War


Saints Row The Third

Batman Arkham City: Catwoman Reveal Trailer

The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim 

Dead Island:

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

Silent Hill: Downpour

Prototype 2

Dust 514

Forza Motorsport 4

Halo 4

Street Fighter X Tekken

Ninja Gaiden 3

Dark Souls

God of War Origins Collection

Resistance 3

Star Wars: Old Republic

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Hitman Absolution

Star Trek


The Darkness

Never Dead

Dead Rising 2

Starcraft 2 Heart of the Swarm

Driver: San Francisco

Madden 12

BioShock Infinite

Warhammer 40000: Space Marine

Metro Last Light


Prey 2

Sonic Generations

Spiderman: Edge of Time

Hitman: Absolution

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Battlefield 3


Here's a cool video from the Nintendo Conference: Zelda Overture

After attending two days of E3, I can say that this event is without a doubt for anyone who enjoys playing video games. The event was equipped with booth babes, games galore, contests, free swag and of course, a crazy cast of characters sporting some of the most interesting outfits.

To see more photos, check out the slide show below:

Were you at E3? What was your favorite game? Let us know in the comments section!

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Formerly an editor and writer at Citysearch, The Examiner, LA Youth Newspaper and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Buena decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of Disarray Magazine.

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