Going to the dance

Today I got the chance to check out Disney Studios in Burbank, yet another one of those things I didn’t think I was going to do in my lifetime. I was there for an event showcasing “Meet the Robinsons”, both the movie and the game. I’ll get to that tomorrow … I have pics to upload and more information to share, and I just don’t have the juice to do it right now.

What I am going to muse about is the discussion I had with a few fellow game-writing folks at the event … the invites to the scaled-down, exclusive event that is now E3. I ended up getting a message in my swamped e-mail inbox yesterday, telling me that I had to confirm my info at the end of the week to get invited. After I did that, I was assured I’d get my invitation and other goodies in the mail.

The e-mails were strange … almost cryptic. The sender didn’t read “ESA” or something easily recognized, but rather an address that wasn’t monitored by human beings. It was one of those unread e-mails that could have easily been filtered into the spam or junk folder if you weren’t looking for it.

I thought two things: 1) Wow … they must REALLY not want the “wrong people” at this; 2) Why the hell did I get picked?

Don’t get me wrong … I think it’s very cool I’m able to go, but I find it a little creepy to know that I’m on some sort of master list of names, like the people in “Heroes.” Who gets picked? Who decides? And perhaps most of all, who’s getting snubbed? It’s almost seems like a double-edged sword to getting selected to attend what is supposed to be a landmark event in the industry — it doesn’t feel quite like a blessing. It’s like I was picked to be part of an experimental genome program. Just weird.

I guess I’m also anxious because I have no idea what this is going to be like. Since I’ve been at LANG (that’s Los Angeles Newspaper Group), I’ve been weaned on show floors, giant booths with babes, loud noise and having to fight with eight guys from Best Buy for time on a game. Now I hear it’s going to be tons of keynote speeches and press conferences, and then closed-door, one-on-one meetings. As was discussed at the Disney event, we’re going from about 65,000 – 70,000 people to maybe less than 5,000. That’s a lot of people who aren’t going to be seeing this stuff, and one can only wonder what the result could be. We’ll find out in less than four months.