E3 gameshow + NBA finals = traffic headache

June 16, 2010

e31As if the world’s most important video game trade show weren’t enough to snarl the already migraine-inducing traffic conditions that Los Angeles is famous for, the NBA Finals intruded on Tuesday to make things just a little bit more aggravating.

The E3 Expo brings all the leading lights of the gaming world, plus thousands of media types and fanboys, into downtown LA for a week of revelry. The event takes up residence at the LA Convention Center, and the show floor opened to predictable excitement at noon on Tuesday

Right next door to the LACC is the Staples Center, site of Game 6 in the series between the LA Lakers and the Boston Celtics, which drew an additional 19,000 or so purple-and-gold clad fans into the area ahead of the 6 PM start.

e32With all the activity, already snarled traffic got even worse, slowing transportation around the gameshow to a crawl. LA is famously not a pedestrian-friendly city, and E3 is certainly not designed with walking in mind. Attendees are forced to shuttle from venue to venue around town to watch the separate presentations from the likes of Microsoft, Nintendo, Electronic Arts and Sony. This in a city where going 5 miles on the freeway can easily take an hour.

(Video: The crowd (and one canine Lakers fan), outside of the Staples Center, just yards away from the throng of video gamers at the convention center)

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