E3 2013 photos: Scenes from the world’s largest video game conference

June 12, 2013 | 11:52 p.m.
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Attendees wait in line at the AMD display at the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo. (Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images)

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Director Guillermo Del Toro stands next to a Jaeger, a cyborg character from the upcoming movie he directs "Pacific Rim."(Michael Nelson / EPA)

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From left, Ignazio Boschetto, Gianluca Ginoble and Piero Barone, of musical group Il Volo, play "Rocksmith 2014" at the Ubisoft booth. (Alexandra Wyman/Invision/Associated Press)

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Actress Jurnee Smollett, left, and actor Josiah Bell play "Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag" at the Ubisoft booth. (Alexandra Wyman/Invision/Associated Press)

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Actors Jon Heder, left, and Scott Porter visit the Ubisoft booth. (Alexandra Wyman/Invision/Associated Press)

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Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney, center, plays "Just Dance 2014." (Alexandra Wyman/Invision/Associated Press)

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A model dressed as Bayonetta, a video game character from the "Bayonetta 2," poses for photos at the Nintendo booth. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

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Show attendees watch a presentation on the video game "Project Spark" at the Microsoft booth. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

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Jonny Rice wears a "Minecraft"-themed mask while promoting a video clip he created. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

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Janina Gavankar plays "Watch Dogs" at the Ubisoft booth. (Alexandra Wyman/Invision/Associated Press)

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Nintendo video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, center, visits the Ubisoft booth at E3. (Alexandra Wyman / Invision / Associated Press)

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NBA player Ryan Hollins, left, plays "Just Dance 2014." (Alexandra Wyman / Invision / Associated Press)

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Jonathan Lipnicki checks out "Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag." (Alexandra Wyman / Invision / Associated Press)

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A person dressed as a character from PopCap Games' Plants vs Zombies video cracks jokes with an attendee. (Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg)

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Attendees play the "Punch-Out!" video game, developed by Nintendo Co., on the Hyperkin Inc. RetroN 5 gaming console. (Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg)

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A model of the Tyrael character from Activision Blizzard Inc.'s Diablo video-game series stands on display as attendees play on a console at the company's "Diablo III" booth. (Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg)

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Diggs, a detective from Sony PlayStation's popular game "Diggs Nightcrawler," is helped by assistants. (Michael Nelson / EPA)

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Pedestrians walk outside of the Los Angeles Convention Center, where the Electronic Entertainment Expo is being held. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)

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Disney Infinity's "Pirates of the Caribbean Play Set" trailer plays on the opening day of E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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Jason Guandique, 4, stands at the entrance of the Disney Infinity arena. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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A visitor gets her picture taken with comic creator Todd McFarlane, who was at the Xbox Halo booth on the opening day of E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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A character from the Blizzard Entertainment game "Diablo" attracts cameras. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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The crowd streams in on the opening day of E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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A look at the interior of the Los Angeles Convention Center, site of E3. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)

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The video game "Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures" is advertised on a car outside of the Los Angeles Convention Center, which is currently hosting the 2013 Electronics Entertainment Expo, or E3. (Jevon Phillips / Los Angeles Times)

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Players line up next to the virtual playing field for "Battlefield 4." (Jevon Phillips / Los Angeles Times)

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A candy house, complete with witches, sits in the lobby of the Los Angeles Convention Center to promote the DVD release of "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters." (Jevon Philliips / Los Angeles Times)

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) floor at the Los Angeles Convention Center echoed with cheering, gunshots, tire screeching and music from hundreds of game demos Wednesday as more than 45,000 attendees gathered for the world’s largest annual video game trade show.

E3, now in its 18th year, has become a mecca for video game developers, retailers, industry professionals and journalists. The trade show, which runs through Thursday and is not open to the public, often serves as the pulpit for the industry’s biggest announcements.

On Wednesday, convention-goers were greeted by an enormous “Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures” display outside the main entrance, complete with painted Mini Coopers. The big three game companies dominated the floor, with Nintendo’s bright white walls and whimsical displays setting it apart from its darker (and considerably more adult) neighbors, Microsoft and Sony.

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Unlike Comic-Con, WonderCon or the Anime Expo, E3 doesn’t have much in the way of costumed participants, but convention-goers were no less enthusiastic, and many attendees wore red plastic capes — a popular giveaway bearing the logo of computer processor AMD.

The floor was abuzz with discussion about recently announced Microsoft and Sony’s next-generation video game consoles, the details of which were revealed during the companies’ media presentations Monday. Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 are both slated for release in time for the holiday shopping season this year, and gamers were deep in debate about the merits of each console.

New consoles aside, gamers queued up (and sometimes sat) in the aisles to get some up-close time with new game offerings, many of which were unveiled for the conference. Ubisoft’s “Watch Dogs” and Nintendo’s “Super Mario 3D World” and “Mario Kart 8″ were among those that garnered the longest lines. Some waited for more than an hour to create their own Disney Infinity toy — a customized figurine featuring one of the Disney characters from the game. One line snaked across the span of the floor to a bank of computers and monitors where a “Battlefield 4” battle was raging.

Click through the gallery above for a glimpse of this year’s expo, a growing visual representation of the fervor surrounding the multibillion-dollar video game industry.

The conference continues Thursday.

– Jevon Phillips and Noelene Clark

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