Being Los Angelians, we noticed a few peculiarities in Microsoft’s attempt to create a unique press pass. Users first turn the front dial to find places in and around E3 to “shop, eat, stay” and “play“. Once a suitable location is found, the user then turns the pass over to find the directions to the associated business. It’s like a big decoder ring, worn around the neck, to ward off booth babes. Most of the activities center around the legal, however two could allow you to extend your stay in Los Angeles indefinitely:
– As a location to “Play“, Microsoft suggests Pershing Square. Yes, that place where the late Brad Renfo and 70’s singer Leif Garret were both caught buying heroin. Just a stone’s throw from Skid Row, try coming down there after dark for an experience much scarier than anything Resident Evil 5 can offer.
– Like to “Shop“? Microsoft suggests the Toy District, which offers six square blocks of bootleg DVDs, 7200-in-One Pirate NES TV Games, and overpriced mod chips. It’s a proverbial pirate’s paradise everywhere you look.
Instead of these options, we would like to offer our out-of-town colleagues the following legal alternatives:
– Just a few short blocks from the convention center is the Los Angeles Gun Club. With a buddy, about $40 and an ID, any non-felon can enjoy an air-conditioned 50 foot indoor gun range. Is there a better way to see if all those virtual guns you’ll fire over the next 72 hours mirror real-world accuracy.
– If firearms aren’t your thing, why not hop on the Red Line Subway, and head over to Hollywood and Vine. There you can peruse Amoeba‘s amazing collection of vinyl, used and new Cd’s, and DVDs. (There’s even a few used games upstairs) Then the discriminating cinemaphile can take in a film at the Arclight Dome. Doesn’t your conscious feel better already?