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Humans of E3

For the first time ever, 15,000 ordinary fans got to experience the Electronic Entertainment Expo -- the mecca of video games. Here are a few of them.

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Jacob Picard and Waverly Billiot

Age: 24, 20

Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana

Occupation: Military electrician, YouTube video editors (@siriangaming)

First gaming memory:

Jacob: "Super Mario World on the SNES. I remember playing world 1-1 so many times. I was young, we had one, and my older brother and sister just put us on it. We loved it, and ever since then I've been hooked on games."

Waverly: "Mortal Kombat on the original PlayStation. I really loved the music, I wasn't very good at it and I'm still not good at it, can't beat it to this very day. I was a kid, I didn't care if I lost -- it was great!" 

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Trai Clements

Age: 25

Hometown: Germantown, Maryland

Occupation: Supervisor at a pet store

First gaming memory: "Collecting all stars on Mario 64, which was by far the hardest, most frustrating... I wanted the whole thing!"  

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Ethan Lieberman

Hometown: Woodland Hills, CA

Occupation: Fashion designer

First gaming memory: "It was like 2001, I was playing Armored Core for PS1... and the day they brought the original Xbox home with Halo 1, that was gaming for me."  

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Sidney Heuer

Age: 17

Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA

Occupation: College student

First gaming memory: "I remember playing the first Halo with my brother when I was like 3, so I wouldn't do much except kill the little grunts and my brother did everything else. My hands were too small for the controllers."  

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Adam Penn

Age: 27

Hometown: South Bend, Indiana

Occupation: Unemployed

First gaming memory: "Skyrim. Goddamn, this is f****** sweet. It's not real life, and you have magic and swords."

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Jeffrey and Holdens Philogene

Age: 24, 29

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Occupation: Maintanence assistant, train operator

First gaming memory:

Holdens: "Sonic the Hedgehog on Sega Genesis. I got the Sega Genesis for Christmas back in '92, maybe '91 and have been playing ever since on and off."

Jeffrey: "Mario, back on the Nintendo 64? I don't quite remember... I remember playing with my brother on the same screen."

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Melissa Alvis

Age: 28

Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

Occupation: AT&T sales rep

First gaming memory: "I have three older brothers and they're all a bunch of nerds... fighting with them over playing the Nintendo 64."  

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Casey Hodges

Age: 21

Hometown: Aurora, Colorado

Occupation: Part-time caterer, museum tour guide, YouTuber (Methodical Madness) 

First gaming memory: "Mario Kart 64. I remember sitting down on the couch with my uncle and Koopa Troopa beach, he always took this shortcut to get into a cave... he could do it every time. I just remember going up and hitting the wall. I'd back up slowly, just putt-putt-putt-putt and wind up in 12th place. I still play it to this day; still on that quest to beat my uncle."  

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Thomas Kac

Age: 19

Hometown: Parker, Colorado

Occupation: Unemployed

First gaming memory: "My dad taking me to Best Buy to get a new Game Boy Advance game. I got Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, but he was looking for a TV, so I had to sit there waiting in agony to play this new game. I thought I finished it when I was little, but years later I played it and found I'd only beaten the first boss."  

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Albert Lau

Age: 31

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

Occupation: Database administrator

First gaming memory: "My first gaming memory? Playing Super Mario Kart on SNES with my brother and crashing into the wall on Cocoa Beach, and my brother not telling me what I'm doing wrong..."  

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