E3 starts today.

If I spend more time than usual babbling about video games on SEB for the next few days you’ll have to forgive me, but this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) kicked off today and for a gaming geek like myself, well, let’s just say it’s the closest I’ve ever come to having a religious experience.

Playing video games has been one of my big loves since I first dropped a quarter into a Space Invaders arcade game. Sure, I’d played Pong and Breakout, but I didn’t get really hooked until Space Invaders. The whole reason I got into computers was due to a youthful flight of fancy of one day becoming a game designer myself. That didn’t happen, but the skills I did pick up from it has provided me with a reasonable way of earning a living today. Which just goes to show that even what appears to be a totally useless hobby can sometimes lead one to a worthwhile career. I’m sure my parents never expected my interest in video games to ever result in anything in the way of a job.

Anyway, E3 is underway and all the online gaming news sites I read regularly, Blue’s News and Shack News being two of my favorites, are putting out a veritable orgy of gaming news goodness. Combine that with the fact that the ultimate gamer-geek movie is due to open within hours and you’ll understand why the Explosive Joy Threat Level in my pants has been raised to Severe Code Red Status. 

So my usual ranting about stupid people, greedy politicians, the erosion of our civil liberties and all the other stuff I usually bitch and whine about will be taking a back seat for a couple of days while I go into gamer overload. If it gets to be too much just check back in on Monday and things should be back to normal. With any luck Eric will post a few things to help off-set my self-indulgence.

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