I debated whether to write about my quest to CES 2012 today because of my lying and deceit I had to do to get there. Being a Las Vegas local it wasn’t difficult getting my hands on a badge and would rather not divulge the details on how I got my grubby hands on them. But, I thought it would be a worthy cause for the blog so I grabbed my buddy Greg and today we would be Yvonne and Jeffery. Since I have longer hair I chose to wear around the Yvonne badge. Next, the Hilton was charging $30 for CES attendees to use their parking garage, good thing I was there to bet on football *wink wink*. With our badges around our neck and free parking behind us we entered into the multiple humungous warehouse size rooms of CES. Without making eye contact with anyone checking badges we joked and laughed at made up stories as to not raise any suspicion. CES is a tech geeks wet dream, I mean there is literally everything tech. TV’s, robots, cell phones, vacuums, vibrating chairs, games, and accessories to go with everything. I was there for one reason and one reason only, games. Microsoft was easy to find and found myself playing the new Alan Wake and I Am Alive unopposed by anyone. No one in lines and no one waiting to play after me. It was rather strange since all I know is PAX and the lines that come with it. Greg and myself are men, and as such were very opposed to reading anything that even resembled a map, so stubbornly we walked around the wrong two floors of the wrong building for two hours looking at cell phone accessories instead of finding the Sony booth. We finally started to read maps and quickly learned Sony was not where we thought it was and began our long trek back through countless booths and security check points to arrive in a small corridor we had past several times before. There it was, one of the largest booths in CES, Sony. TV’s, PSP’s, Playstation 3’s, and even PS Vita’s were abound. Sony had really outdone themselves, with Starhawk, Journey and Twisted Metal all available to play, I had yet again an unopposed time limit to demo these upcoming titles. Six hours quickly passed and with the booths closing up shop, Jeffery and Yvonne decided to call it a night and head home. CES is gigantic, I don’t know how you could possibly see everything even with all the time allowed. I’m glad I got to experience CES, but I’m glad I only spent one day there. And I don’t know if I could handle the anxiety of walking around with those badges for much longer.
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