E3 2010 is right around the corner. Excited? I sure am! If not, you probably shouldn't be here. Anyways, as with E3 being the largest expo of the video game industry, many new games/devices/etc. will be announced for the first time, and those already known will be shown again in some form as well. With all of this orgy of video game news, you may be asking yourself: What is the best way to discuss these topics with my fellow Giant Bombers in the forums? And how? Well, my fellow Moderator comrades and I will show you how!
As you will see later today, we will have set three distinct threads dedicated to each of the major press conferences(Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony) and each will be opened a few hours before their respective news conference. These threads will be pinned to the top of the forums and in each of their respective company pages(which can be found here, here, and here) and will be for the discussion of each company's press conference. This means no extensive discussions of any individual game/devices/etc. shown during the conferences in the threads(we will talk about these later on). Only general discussion of the conferences themselves will be allowed.
So, let us recap:
- There will be an official discussion thread for each of Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony's press conference.
- These threads will be pinned to the top of all board and to the boards of each company's specific page.
- Only general discussion of the press conferences will be allowed in these threads.
But what about the individual games? Let us begin.
Let us be honest here. E3 is all about the games, right? So naturally, we want to talk about them(again, if you don't, you're in the wrong place). With Giant Bomb's awesome Whiskey Media-designed Wiki system, we have a forum dedicated to every individual game. Do these sound like the right places to post the topics about and discuss those individual games? Well it should, because that is where we want you to(they're there for a reason, after all). Want to talk about Gears of War 3? Discuss it in its forum. inFAMOUS 2? Have at it here. This way, General Discussion is not clogged up and the games' specific pages receive their deserved traffic and activity. Any topics dealing with specific games that aren't in their respective boards will be immediately moved the the thread creator will be sent a PM detailing the correct process. Continued misplacement of threads by the same user will result in an official warning. To avoid this problem, you might have some questions.
How Do I Post a Topic in an Individual Game's Board?
Well, my friend, I'm about to show you how. Make sure you follow every step!
Search for the individual game and click on the link:
Click on the Forums tab on the left hand side of the page:
The next step is the most important
Check If Topic Already Exists in the Forum
We can't stress this enough. Check the forum to see if the topic you want to start already exists. If it does, simply continue the discussion in that thread with your thoughts. Do not create duplicate threads. Such threads will be immediately locked and the user sent a PM. Constant creation of duplicate threads will be met with an official warning. Again, please check for already existing topics. If you find that there isn't already a thread dedicate to the topic you want to discuss, please continue on to the next step.
Then click on the red Start New Topic button in the top right hand corner of the page:
And here you go!
Pretty easy, huh? However, you might still have an other question.
What If There Isn't a Page for the Game Yet?
As with every E3, there will be games announced for the first time ever, therefore impossible that there is already a page for it on Giant Bomb. What to do? Well it's a safe bet that while you are thinking about it, someone else has already gone ahead and created a page for the newly announced game and it will likely appear instantly. If the search doesn't come up with anything, visit here to look for it manually. If it is seemingly not there either, go ahead and submit your own request for a page. If someone has already sent one before you or you simply missed the already existing page while looking for it, you will receive a PM from a moderator rejecting your submission and providing a link to the existing page.
Now let's recap this section, shall we?
- Any topics/discussions about individual games should be placed inside of their individual forums and NOT in General Discussion.
- CHECK FOR ALREADY EXISTING THREADS ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT
- Topics not put in the correct place will be immediately moved and topic creator sent a message.
- Constant continuation of above after PM will be met with an official warning,
We all love the fast paced, seemingly chaotic influx of news and games coming from E3. But, we don't want the chaos to infect the Giant Bomb Community. To keep this place the best it can be during next week's E3 2010, we need to make sure what we post and discuss is in the right boards and the right threads.
If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to ask them here!