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E3 Diary Day 1 - Skittles

Our own candy crush saga.

There’s a shop next to our hotel that stocks about seven different types of Skittles in as many colours of bags. “Bite Size Candies” helpfully explains the side of a packet of so-called ‘Tropical’ flavoured Skittles, which seems overly descriptive but is presumably for that small proportion of curious confectionery purveyors that aren’t aware of Wrigley’s cute little round lumps of sugar.

As I sit here, scoffing the last of the bag at 2 in the morning, I’m aware that in doing so I’m compounding my inability to sleep (despite my best efforts) but then, as if by magic, they do have that addictive quality to them. There’s these sour ones, with some kind of mouldy, saccharine covering. They’re amazing.

But yeah, travel. Yesterday’s flight both dragged like crazy (not helped by the woman in front of me who seemed happy enough to stare at that little crawling airplane icon for eleven hours) and yet, once landed, was over in a flash.

That’ll wear off once we have to head back, but until then we’ve got several days of Los Angeles to look forward to: it’s muggy but warm, our hotel’s patently lethal but cheap, and we’re not too far away from the Convention Center. It’s an hour’s walk, which is doable, and if it’s not too hot Peter won’t be moaning like a child all the way; apparently anything above 20 degrees is largely akin to burning alive, the poor boy.

Sunday’s all about finding a decent coffee, recovering from too much candy floss and trying to figure out how we managed to spend so much money on margaritas and yet still remain lucid enough to have jet-lag powered insomnia.

It’s also about grabbing our passes for the expo, the pre-E3 conferences and whatever that thing is Microsoft are talking about tomorrow morning. Kris is organised, at least, so hopefully his magic bag of paperwork and QR codes will contain everything we need to sign up for Monday’s onslaught of big flashy television sets, overly happy executives and the three letters we desperately don’t want Sony to utter, unless they’re placed after “don’t worry, the PS4 won’t have any”. We’ll see – off the record chatter from the evening was all over the place.

Until next time.

  1. Dar-Kaus
    Since: Apr 2009

    That CANDY looks very tasty, but that pink stuff looks like it would make you sick.

    Comment posted on 09/06/2013 at 19:55.
    • teflon
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      It’s actually some lady’s wig.

      Comment posted on 09/06/2013 at 21:10.
      • ron_mcphatty
        Since: Sep 2008


        Comment posted on 09/06/2013 at 22:41.
  2. DJ Judas
    Since: Aug 2008

    Those margaritas look suspiciously like, gone-off bottles of milk that someone has iced and whacked a straw in, that’s the whey to do it. Chinchin.

    Comment posted on 09/06/2013 at 20:02.
  3. KeRaSh
    Since: Nov 2009

    So jealous about those Margarita pitchers…

    Comment posted on 09/06/2013 at 20:28.
  4. tactical20
    Since: May 2010

    What’s the hotel called? I wanna google/tripadvisor/streetview it! I stayed in Long Beach and Downtown Hollywood (Vine St) the couple of times I’ve been. Both were pretty hellish, lol!

    Comment posted on 09/06/2013 at 20:31.
  5. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    Margeritas AND candyfloss – you’d swear you guys were on holiday.. ;-)

    Comment posted on 09/06/2013 at 20:34.
  6. bunimomike
    Since: Jul 2009

    Have any of you been winning over the locals with the British accent? :-)

    Comment posted on 09/06/2013 at 20:49.
    • Alex C
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Kris pulled.

      Comment posted on 09/06/2013 at 21:24.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        Just go posh English and you can pull in seconds. I went in to a bar and said “A pint of your finest ale my good man” and that worked :)

        Comment posted on 09/06/2013 at 22:14.
  7. DividSmythe
    Since: May 2012

    If that’s Peter in the image I could swear he was pointing at that blonde haired lady in a strange random way or is it just my dirty mind ; P

    Comment posted on 09/06/2013 at 20:54.
    • Blair Inglis
      Since: May 2009

      It’s Kris, Peter’s behind all hidden and that.

      Comment posted on 09/06/2013 at 21:09.
      • DividSmythe
        Since: May 2012

        Oops see lower comment of mine.

        Comment posted on 09/06/2013 at 23:24.
      • hazelam
        Since: Feb 2009

        well i’d hope his behind is hidden. ^_^

        Comment posted on 10/06/2013 at 16:29.
    • Peter Chapman
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      Yeah, there’s not much of me in that pic, just my Yakuza-style tattoo ;)

      Comment posted on 09/06/2013 at 22:28.
      • DividSmythe
        Since: May 2012

        Haha at least it’s not my disgusting mind :p. Good luck to you lot other there, still enjoying the news.

        Comment posted on 09/06/2013 at 23:23.
  8. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    Living the dream :-)

    Comment posted on 09/06/2013 at 20:58.
  9. Germanos
    Since: May 2011

    My whole gaming life I wanted to be at the E3, so jealous…

    Comment posted on 10/06/2013 at 06:44.
  10. Broonba
    Since: Mar 2009

    Can’t wait to hear more news from you guys at E3. ;)

    Comment posted on 10/06/2013 at 13:54.