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Written by: Ed Lau [05.21.03]
 Edited by: Carl Nelson

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The Promised Land

So I finally one-upped Moses and made my journey to the land of milk and honey...and no, I'm not just talking about the hordes of scantily clad women we lovingly call "booth babes" here at E3 but also of the literally hundreds of games that stretch as far as the eye can see in the four filled halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center.  This is any gamer's Shangri-la and I'm lucky enough to represent hardCOREware this year.  Can you feel the tingles?  I can.  w00t!

So bright and early on the 12th of May (I call 11am bright and early, BTW), myself and John Chow of TheTechZone went to Avis where we picked up our rental car, a Chrysler Sebring Convertible...brand spankin' new with just 11km on the meter and then it was down the long stretch
that is the I-5.  If you know me, you'd know that I like to drive and drive fast.  I averaged around 100mph on the highway so we got there rather quickly.


Now on the 13th, there really wasn't much to do around the convention center.  We went and picked up our press badges and visited the great media facilities.  Everything was still being set the 13th must have been quite a bore, correct? 


The best thing about going to E3 as media is that you get invited to all sorts of parties.  The first one that we went to this year was by eFocus, where traditional Mexican music was playing, prime rib was on the menu (amongst other goodies) and the booze flowed free...literally.  Jack and Cokes here mean 3 parts Jack, 1 part Coke.

This party like a mini-Comdex...with great food and drinks.  Among the exhibitors were Dell, Nokia, Intel and Palm which didn't really show me anything I haven't already seen.  Palm did show how they were moving away from just being a business tool and more of a portable entertainment device with productivity built in.  The new Zire 71 that I took a look at could play movies, MP3s and had a built-in camera which was roughly webcam quality.  Pretty impressive for such a small package.

Dell's entry into the the gaming PC market looked intriguing with a relatively nice looking case with a sliding door.  It's not a Coolermaster but it's leaps and bounds over their old vanilla cases.

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