Registration started off normally. First, you fill out a bunch of standard information, like your name, address, what company you represent, etc. I was invited to create a registration account with them, and I’m pretty sure that I picked a nice, subtle password:
After that, there was the “describe which industry you work for” screen. For the first time, E3 is accepting podcasters as media reporters. GameCola has been doing a podcast for years now, so that must mean our chances of getting in are better than ever.
Ah, but filling out the online registration forms is only half the battle. You still need to submit your credentials. E3 wanted to see proof that GameCola is a legitimate gaming enthusiast website, and they wanted to see the three most recent articles I’ve written for the site.
…The last article I wrote for GameCola was about a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fangame. And the second-to-last time I wrote something for GameCola—and I mean, legitimately writing for GameCola, not just copy/pasting an article from somewhere else—was in November 2010. So maybe it wasn’t the best idea ever to have me send in the application, even if I’m the only staff member within driving distance of the convention.
In any case, I was able to scrape together a few semi-recent articles that I did for GameCola. In reality, I just copy/pasted them from my blog, but don’t tell that to E3. I sent in the application, and hoped for the best. Maybe it would be reviewed by a major fan of My Little Pony, who would instantly accept it!
Oh…never mind. Looks like GameCola won’t be visiting E3 this year.