And This Is E3

Posted by Jeff (3662 posts) -
Some other trade show.

OK, I've got five days of clothes packed. Actually, I've decided to bring a sixth pair of socks and an extra pair of underwear, just in case things go horribly wrong in Los Angeles. I went out today and bought some overly-expensive portable charging brick that I can use to keep my iPhone running for a full day of actual use. I'm staring at myself in the mirror a lot and attempting to psych myself up. All of this can only mean that E3 2012 is upon us.

Excited yet? Some of you are, some aren't. This year could be a bit of a sleeper, with plenty of interesting software and not a lot of noisy hardware oomph backing it up. But shows like that can also set us up for huge announcements, precisely because no one else sees it coming. Either way, I've seen enough of the games that are going to be there next week to know that there are going to be some pretty hot bangers through 2012 and 2013. Some of those bangers I've already played, but I want to make sure that the rest of the guys get a chance to see that stuff. So, with that in mind, we booked an appointment to see XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which was one of the coolest things I've played recently. Hopefully the final version holds up.

I'm also interested in playing Injustice: Gods Among Us, which has a different button configuration than Mortal Kombat, including a dedicated button for background interaction (like the car tossing seen in the trailer). And, of course, there's The Last of Us. The demo I saw was old--from January or so--so I'd expect that there'll be something newer shown during Sony's press conference. And hey, how about Need For Speed: Most Wanted? Sure, it's kind of crazy that they're just reusing the name of a game that also came out on this generation of hardware, but assuming this is an open-world driving game with plenty of police action, and knowing that Criterion is the team behind it, it's certainly made my own personal black list.

Unless Razor Callahan's not in it. In that case, all bets are off. I'm only mostly kidding.

E3 2012: OVER 40 ACRES OF BOATS

E3 2012 begins in earnest on Monday morning, with Microsoft's press conference. From there, it'll be EA, then Ubi, then Sony. After that, there's a Microsoft showcase event that I'll be heading to so we can actually play some of their stuff. The rest of the guys will probably hang out at Sony for a bit, because they usually have kiosks with running games on them. But we won't dawdle there too long. We'll have to get back to our streaming spot and get a live show going so we can talk about the events of the day with a collection of guests. The plan is to get the live show going around 8PM every night, but you know how these things can be. We'll be spread out across LA to see games, and I wouldn't be surprised if we started late here and there.

Tuesday morning starts with Nintendo, which I have to imagine will be the most exciting press conference of the bunch, barring any hosting fiascos at Ubisoft. New hardware rules the day at these things and Nintendo's probably going to be the only guys who have that. After that, the show starts in earnest, and we'll get to the floor and get going. Around 3PM or so on Tuesday, I'll be swinging by GameSpot's second stage to check in with John and say hey.

OK, so, for the press conferences we'll be carrying GameSpot's Twitch.TV channel in our chat room, so you'll be able to congregate there and watch. We'll also keep that up for the duration of the show so you can check out their stage demos, once again chaired by Chris Watters. I've seen the list of games they're booking and it appears that they'll have a pretty good show. At night, we'll shut that business down and swap over to our Twitch channel, which is where the nighttime magic will be happening. If you're into the whole Twitch ecosystem, feel free to head over there and follow our channel. Then you can get emails or mobile alerts or smoke signals whenever we're going live. We'll do four shows, Monday through Thursday. We'll also have Vinny, Drew, Daniel, and Thomas anchoring the rest of our on-floor video pretense, letting us get out there and shoot interviews and... ya know... see stuff at E3.

Three people you are likely to see during this year's broadcast!

Alex and I are the only ones who care about tradition, it seems. I think we're the only two people here who are driving down to LA. That'll happen on Sunday, and we're going to try to live stream as much of it as we can. That requires a few different things to line up, though. First, the Justin.TV app will have to be stable and functioning. If you've tried to watch me and Ryan drive home lately, you know that it's been a bit... spotty? Second, we'll need proper 3G signal between here and Los Angeles. There were a ton of dead spots the last time we tried this, so... we'll see. That'll happen on my own Twitch channel, so... maybe peek in on that once or twice tomorrow and see if we've managed to get it working. I'll probably be posting about that stuff on Twitter, too, so follow that, if you're in the following mood.

That... should be just about it? There are still a handful of things related to equipment and process that I'm sort of sweating, but E3's going to happen whether that stuff gets ironed out or not, right? Wish us luck on that stuff, and assuming that all of our equipment isn't destroyed during E3, hopefully we can get it all back to San Francisco and start thinking about producing things that weren't shot on my ZI8. A novel idea, I know.

See ya on the other side!

XOXO,

Jeff

#1 Posted by Jeff (3662 posts) -
Some other trade show.

OK, I've got five days of clothes packed. Actually, I've decided to bring a sixth pair of socks and an extra pair of underwear, just in case things go horribly wrong in Los Angeles. I went out today and bought some overly-expensive portable charging brick that I can use to keep my iPhone running for a full day of actual use. I'm staring at myself in the mirror a lot and attempting to psych myself up. All of this can only mean that E3 2012 is upon us.

Excited yet? Some of you are, some aren't. This year could be a bit of a sleeper, with plenty of interesting software and not a lot of noisy hardware oomph backing it up. But shows like that can also set us up for huge announcements, precisely because no one else sees it coming. Either way, I've seen enough of the games that are going to be there next week to know that there are going to be some pretty hot bangers through 2012 and 2013. Some of those bangers I've already played, but I want to make sure that the rest of the guys get a chance to see that stuff. So, with that in mind, we booked an appointment to see XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which was one of the coolest things I've played recently. Hopefully the final version holds up.

I'm also interested in playing Injustice: Gods Among Us, which has a different button configuration than Mortal Kombat, including a dedicated button for background interaction (like the car tossing seen in the trailer). And, of course, there's The Last of Us. The demo I saw was old--from January or so--so I'd expect that there'll be something newer shown during Sony's press conference. And hey, how about Need For Speed: Most Wanted? Sure, it's kind of crazy that they're just reusing the name of a game that also came out on this generation of hardware, but assuming this is an open-world driving game with plenty of police action, and knowing that Criterion is the team behind it, it's certainly made my own personal black list.

Unless Razor Callahan's not in it. In that case, all bets are off. I'm only mostly kidding.

E3 2012: OVER 40 ACRES OF BOATS

E3 2012 begins in earnest on Monday morning, with Microsoft's press conference. From there, it'll be EA, then Ubi, then Sony. After that, there's a Microsoft showcase event that I'll be heading to so we can actually play some of their stuff. The rest of the guys will probably hang out at Sony for a bit, because they usually have kiosks with running games on them. But we won't dawdle there too long. We'll have to get back to our streaming spot and get a live show going so we can talk about the events of the day with a collection of guests. The plan is to get the live show going around 8PM every night, but you know how these things can be. We'll be spread out across LA to see games, and I wouldn't be surprised if we started late here and there.

Tuesday morning starts with Nintendo, which I have to imagine will be the most exciting press conference of the bunch, barring any hosting fiascos at Ubisoft. New hardware rules the day at these things and Nintendo's probably going to be the only guys who have that. After that, the show starts in earnest, and we'll get to the floor and get going. Around 3PM or so on Tuesday, I'll be swinging by GameSpot's second stage to check in with John and say hey.

OK, so, for the press conferences we'll be carrying GameSpot's Twitch.TV channel in our chat room, so you'll be able to congregate there and watch. We'll also keep that up for the duration of the show so you can check out their stage demos, once again chaired by Chris Watters. I've seen the list of games they're booking and it appears that they'll have a pretty good show. At night, we'll shut that business down and swap over to our Twitch channel, which is where the nighttime magic will be happening. If you're into the whole Twitch ecosystem, feel free to head over there and follow our channel. Then you can get emails or mobile alerts or smoke signals whenever we're going live. We'll do four shows, Monday through Thursday. We'll also have Vinny, Drew, Daniel, and Thomas anchoring the rest of our on-floor video pretense, letting us get out there and shoot interviews and... ya know... see stuff at E3.

Three people you are likely to see during this year's broadcast!

Alex and I are the only ones who care about tradition, it seems. I think we're the only two people here who are driving down to LA. That'll happen on Sunday, and we're going to try to live stream as much of it as we can. That requires a few different things to line up, though. First, the Justin.TV app will have to be stable and functioning. If you've tried to watch me and Ryan drive home lately, you know that it's been a bit... spotty? Second, we'll need proper 3G signal between here and Los Angeles. There were a ton of dead spots the last time we tried this, so... we'll see. That'll happen on my own Twitch channel, so... maybe peek in on that once or twice tomorrow and see if we've managed to get it working. I'll probably be posting about that stuff on Twitter, too, so follow that, if you're in the following mood.

That... should be just about it? There are still a handful of things related to equipment and process that I'm sort of sweating, but E3's going to happen whether that stuff gets ironed out or not, right? Wish us luck on that stuff, and assuming that all of our equipment isn't destroyed during E3, hopefully we can get it all back to San Francisco and start thinking about producing things that weren't shot on my ZI8. A novel idea, I know.

See ya on the other side!

XOXO,

Jeff

#2 Posted by Random88 (284 posts) -

E3 is here

#3 Posted by redefaulted (2829 posts) -

That post pic was hilarious.

#4 Posted by destruktive (1069 posts) -

looking forward to this years E3. I'm really hoping for a bunch of awesome stuff that I didn't know about but we all know that won't happen :(

#5 Posted by Meowshi (2911 posts) -

If Jeff Gerstmann is on the E3 podcast, I'll quit listening. Who does that guy think he is, butting in on Giantbomb's fame?

#6 Posted by Nephrahim (1157 posts) -

E3 HYPE TRAIN!

#7 Edited by Cyrisaurus (454 posts) -

I saw that David Jaffe tweeted he would be on the broadcast. Can't wait. You guys should get the exclusive reveal of his next game.

#8 Posted by TheKing (844 posts) -

To quote the great Reggie Fils-Aime...

"My body is ready."

#9 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11395 posts) -

Excitement!

#10 Posted by Dan_Persona (59 posts) -

See you at E3 Jeff.

#11 Posted by TheHT (11785 posts) -

The game is on. Godspeed gentlemen.

#12 Posted by nickux (1377 posts) -

@SamDrugbringer said:

E3 HYPE TRAIN!

come on ride the train and ride it woo wooooo!

#13 Posted by 2xtreme (38 posts) -

Have fun to all of you!

#14 Posted by Roomrunner (892 posts) -

MY BOAT IS READY

#15 Posted by TruthTellah (9472 posts) -

Wait, isn't Nintendo getting the jump on everyone by having their Wii-U stream tomorrow?

Pretty sneaky, Nintend-sis!

#16 Posted by rjayb89 (7729 posts) -

MY EYES ARE READY

#17 Posted by HydraHam (1338 posts) -

Surgery sunday, off till friday to heal, days of amazingly bossness.

#18 Posted by DharmaBum (1049 posts) -

Let's fucking do this.

#19 Posted by laserbolts (5365 posts) -

Can't wait for the e3 podcasts. They are my favorites pretty much every year. Goddammit I need to resubscribe already.

#20 Edited by Oscar__Explosion (2404 posts) -
@SamDrugbringer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-DpRcxK_N8&feature;=youtube_gdata_player
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#21 Posted by shintsurugi (77 posts) -

Is it me, or is that Rich Gallup in that picture of three people?

#22 Posted by Chtasm (463 posts) -

Can't wait for that Giantbomb E3 Boat coverage. Woo!

#23 Posted by Kucheeky (257 posts) -

I'm ready. Let's go.

#24 Posted by Marz (5671 posts) -

sounds good to me.

#25 Posted by TehFlan (1928 posts) -

I am all about the boats this year.

#26 Posted by ch3burashka (5247 posts) -

@shintsurugi said:

Is it me, or is that Rich Gallup in that picture of three people?

Unless you are Rich Gallup, it isn't you.

#27 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4610 posts) -

A different button configuration? Quick, Giles, bring me my smelling salts!

#28 Posted by Phatmac (5727 posts) -

MY BODY IS READY FOR EXTREME E3!!!

#29 Posted by therealminime (235 posts) -

Very excited for the next week, always so much fun.

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#30 Posted by alfighter27 (23 posts) -

Good luck guys, and try not to get your faces eaten. 
 
In fact, try not to eat any faces yourselves.

#31 Posted by neek (38 posts) -

games AHOY!

#32 Posted by fusrodah (95 posts) -

FUCK IT, WE'LL DO IT LIVE

#33 Posted by crusader8463 (14429 posts) -

Was worried for the last month or so that I was going to miss E3 this year. Since it's the first time I have had a job at the same time I was worried I would get stuck working a shift during the conference. I got lucky and was a high enough rank at work to get the shift bid I wanted and got this Monday/Tuesday off!

E3 is pretty much the only thing I look forward to each year, because watching all the live streams and after hours stuff here on GB is always super fun. Will have to make sure I stop and get some frozen pizzas, snacks and what not. E3 is to me like the Super Stanley Mega Mania Cup Bowl is to sports nuts.

#34 Posted by billyhoush (1194 posts) -

Godspeed.

#35 Posted by vorpalparasite (305 posts) -

Good luck gentlemen!

#36 Posted by Cloneslayer (1644 posts) -

nice header image on the front page

#38 Posted by Encephalon (1334 posts) -

Last June, I had just graduated and had nothing but free time. Now I have work in the morning and no time to watch the E3 casts live.

Adulthood sucks.

#39 Posted by felakuti4life (147 posts) -

Eh! Eh! Eh!

#40 Posted by Totori (559 posts) -

GBJB turn it on and rip the knob off

#41 Posted by Sil3n7 (1199 posts) -
#42 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5463 posts) -

My body is ready.

#43 Posted by dungbootle (2428 posts) -

Yaaay!

#44 Posted by Jace (1094 posts) -

XOXO

#45 Posted by Lyfeforce (403 posts) -

GLHB, men.

#46 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

I wore myself out today so I could have a day's buffer to get my sleep schedule corrected in order to be up and adam for the live shows in the morning.

#47 Posted by noby_guy (95 posts) -

MY RODY IS BEADY! MY RODY!!! E3, we will be sucked and will be extreeeeeeme.

#48 Posted by allodude (214 posts) -

We're going to see Rich Gallup huh....

#49 Edited by Pr1mus (3946 posts) -

Is dubstep going to continue to reign supreme over the various trailers or is another horrible kind of music going to emerge as the new rage? #e3mysteries

#50 Posted by Chadster (326 posts) -

Yeah son get that break music up in hurr!

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