I’m off to the E3 Expo! Somehow I’ve convinced the fine folks who sign my paycheck that spending a week drooling over next gen VR and immersive gaming technologies is “work” and in the service of educating people about science. Suckers!
I am stupidly excited about going. I certainly am not claiming to be a gamer, although I do legitimately know enough to distinguish between console and PC games. Over the years I have cultivated strategies to make the nerds feel like I’m one of their kind. For example: in a room full of gamers, remarking that the console version of the Halo trilogy is SO much better than the PC version will earn you the same mild street cred as making a BS statement at a Super Bowl party that the color commentary is so offendingly obvious you though John Madden came out of retirement.
Bring on the mind-blowing awesomeness people! I’ve been practicing fitting in with the gamer set in preparation. Hopefully the next gen hardware doesn’t make me look like such a total dork!