KENTIA IS NIGH
A few days from now, we're going to be neck deep into E3 2014 aka The Electronic Entertainment Expo aka The Electronic Three. Unless you've been living under a Sega Saturn for the past nineteen years, you know that E3 is the biggest trade show for the video game industry. We're gonna see countless new trailers, demos, announcements, interviews, and live streams over the next week or so. What does that mean in relation to you and Giant Bomb? It means there's going to be a tidal wave of new threads created to talk about this stuff and almost as many wiki submissions for new games. That is...unless you follow these simple steps to surviving the forums during E3 that former moderator @citizenkane put together a few years ago.
A lot of what you'll see below should be utilized year-round, but especially during the insanity of E3.
All day Monday and continuing Tuesday morning, you are going to see threads dedicated to each press conference (Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Sony, Nintendo). These threads will be posted and stickied shortly before each press conference and are the go-to place for any and all discussion for their respective press conferences before, during, and after the show is over. So, don't go posting a brand new thread each time someone new walks out on stage and says something dumb/funny/insane/amazing. Let's try to keep it all in one place.
If you're interested in creating a banner for the Press Conference threads, check out the photoshop contest thread!
We'll be streaming all of the conferences all day Monday in the Giant Bomb Chat, so make sure you're up bright and early with enough Diet Coke to get you through the day and late into the night for the legendary, guest-filled E3 Giant Bombcasts. Here's a list of the who, what, when, and wheres along with a nifty link that will aid those afflicted by the plague known as not understanding time zones that runs rampant around here.
“Xbox: Game On, the Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing”
- Monday, June 9 @ 9:30 AM PDT - Galen Center (Your Local Time)
“EA World Premiere: E3 2014 Preview”
- Monday, June 9 @ 12:00 PM PDT - Shrine Auditorium (Your Local Time)
“Ubisoft E3 Media Briefing 2014“
- Monday, June 9 @ 3:00 PM PDT - Orpheum Theater (Your Local Time)
“PlayStation E3 2014 Press Conference“
- Monday, June 9 @ 6:00 PM PDT - Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (Your Local Time)
“The Nintendo Digital Event”
- Tuesday, June 10 @ 9:00 AM PDT (Your Local Time)
CitizenKane's Patented Bullet Points of Recapping
- There will be an official discussion thread for each of the six major press conferences.
- These threads will be pinned to the top of all boards and to the E3 2014 forum.
- Only general discussion of the press conferences will be allowed in these threads.
We know you want to talk about all these glorious new games that are about to get announced. But, there's no sense in fifty duders creating a new thread to talk about that thing that Adam Boyes just announced 18 seconds ago. And, in case you didn't know, every game in the Giant Bomb database has a forum attached to it. Tidy organization is built right in! All you have to do is utilize it. Did Bungie just announce some crazy new feature in Destiny? Well, guess where you should start a thread to talk about it? You guessed it.
The idea here is to not clog up the General Discussion. Any thread that is about a specific game should be attached to that game's forum. If a moderator spots your thread about Dragon Age III’s exclusive pre-order bonus in General, it's going to get moved, so help us out and just start by posting it where it should go.
If you're confused, let's break it down.
E3 is fast and furious, so we know there are going to be duplicates, but help us out by taking a few seconds to check first. The dupes that get through will soon be locked anyway.
But...but...but...What if there's no page for the game I want to talk about?!
Well, the answer is pretty simple. Go ahead and make a page for it. Before you do, though, make doubly sure there's not already one created. Sometimes, when a new page is created, it takes a bit of time to show up in search. Here's a tip for you:
Even if someone submitted it three seconds ago, it's going to be there. So, use that instead of just checking the search bar. The mods will be monitoring the wiki queue like hawks trying to get the new stuff through as quickly as possible.
CitizenKane's Patented Bullet Points of Recapping: Part Deux
- Any topics about individual games should be placed inside their respective games' forums and NOT in General Discussion.
- Check for already existing threads about what you want to talk about.
- Topics not in the correct place will be moved by moderators immediately.
- Any user who continues to post such topics in GD will receive an official warning. So be cool. Follow these simple steps, and have fun. It's E3 time!
E3 is one of the most fun times of the year for anyone who loves games. It's fast. It's chaotic. It's sometimes ridiculous and/or hilarious. All of us here in the Giant Bomb community want to have a good time with all the news, announcements, trailers, and late-night podcasts. So, let's all do our part to keep things as organized as possible so everyone can find anything they're looking for during E3 2014.
Got questions? Feel free to post them here so that anyone else with the same/similar question can get helped at the same time.
Let's do this shit!