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E3 2018 Day 2 Live from the Convention Floor

Celebrity sightings, Forza Horizon, Twitch gamers, and a Nintendo sneak peak

June 13, 2018

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Day two at E3 was just as energy-fueled as day one.

Seen at E3

Kidzworld got a sneak peak at what's coming next in a private gaming session with Nintendo (more on that coming soon!) and caught a glimpse of Charles Martinet, the charming actor who has lent his voice to the character of Luigi in more than 60 video game titles.

Charles Martinet, AKA LuigiCharles Martinet, AKA Luigi

As we mentioned in the earlier E3 wrap-up, kids and teens under 17 are not admitted to the show floor. Unless, of course, they were featured actors in one of the largest grossing movies of all time. Which is how we happened to run into Seth Carr who played Young Killmonger in the movie Black Panther. The ten-year-old actor (who will turn 11 on August 16) was fully enjoying the privilege of being one of the only kids at E3. His favorite part was, not surprisingly, the games. 

Young Killmonger, Seth Carr, from Black PantherYoung Killmonger, Seth Carr, from Black Panther

Seth Carr told us he had played Fortnite and Call of Duty: Black Ops when we first met up with him, and was ready to rush off and experience as much of the previews and demos as he could fit into the day.

The Call of Duty Black Ops booth was all about the gaming experienceThe Call of Duty Black Ops booth was all about the gaming experience

Twitch gamers LindsayElyse, HarmanDaGoat, and Avajaijai, among many others, were live-streaming while encased in a glass box, while others were doing the same at Bethesda Games, Facebook Gaming, and Mixer.

Long lines for demos didn't keep gamers away

The lines to try most of the games were super-long, but hard-core gamers and reviewers braved the lines like it was a day at Disney World and drank in the charged atmosphere and larger-than-life video screens while they waited. At the Fortnite arena, gamers waited for an hour to compete head-to-head and shoulder-to-shoulder.

The Tomb Raider booth was made up to look like a rainforestThe Tomb Raider booth was made up to look like a rainforest

And lines were no different at Activision for Assasin's Creed and Call of Duty, at the Jurassic Park game which released on day 1, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and a chance to sit in the moving D-box gaming chair as they raced the new Maclaren through Forza Horizon 4.

The latest addition to the Forza lineup: The MaclarenThe latest addition to the Forza lineup: The Maclaren

The longest lines, however were at the PlayStation and Nintendo booths, where crowds snaked through long lines while watching an endless loop of video game trailers projected on the gargantuan screens above them. Their patience was rewarded with demos of the long awaited Spider-Man and "Walking Dead" games at PlayStation and the new Pokémon, Super Mario, and FIFA 2019 games at Nintendo.

Jurassic World was released on day 1 of E3 and fans lined up around the booth to get a chance to play the demoJurassic World was released on day 1 of E3 and fans lined up around the booth to get a chance to play the demo

Beware of zombies (and other characters)

A walk down any corridor of the show was like strolling through New York's Times Square at night. Unsure of what to look at next, you tend to walk around looking up at the amazing video screens... often at your own peril. If you don't watch your step, you may trip over another convention visitor, cosplayer, or even a zombie. Zombies were everywhere at E3 2018 -- outdoors, in the entrance, and scattered throughout the exhibit, posing for pictures, climbing around scenery, or wandering around and, on at least one occasion, frightening a poor unsuspecting gamer to the extent that she curled up into a ball like a frightened hedgehog! It took a few minutes of gentle coaxing for her to unfurl, but she eventually walked away unscathed. (To protect her privacy, we didn't capture it on camera!)

The dead are walking. Watch your step. The dead are walking. Watch your step.

Zombies aside, many of the games positioned costumed characters outside the booths, encouraging fans to take photos and come in to try the games. Cosplayers and gamers got in on the fun as well, with many guests and both hosts embracing the spirit of the event and coming in costume. But we'll feature more on costumes and cosplay in another post, so stay tuned for more news live from the E3 floor!

E3 guests got creative with their costumes and were always happy to pose for a quick photoE3 guests got creative with their costumes and were always happy to pose for a quick photo
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