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E3 2015 | General Information and FAQ [and E3 Policy Notes]

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Table of contents:


  • The basics
  • Press conferences
  • Where to watch
  • Where to connect
  • E3 related threads
  • Fun stuff
  • General information & FAQ
  • News sources/Media (press sites)




Welcome back to E3! This is the 21st E3 and also the 20th anniversary of the show.
This thread will, as always, provide an overview of the event and how to get the most out of it.

With all next generation consoles in full swing this year, we are set to see some truly spectacular titles.
Rumors of The Last Guardian and a new game from Retro Studios are only some of many. But even
already announced titles are destinated to bring some serious action; Doom, Fallout 4, Mirror's Edge Catalyst and
Star Wars Battlefront are highly anticipated games waiting to premiere. I think it's gonna be a great E3.

Note: Certain details are not yet available, thread will be updated continuously.

What: The world's premier trade show for computer and video games.
When: June 16 - 18, 2015 (press conferences start June 14)
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center
How: Live streams or via attendance
Website: https://www.e3expo.com/home / https://www.e3insider.com/




Handy table (thanks, Cheesemeister and Dinjooh!).




June 14



Time: 7:00 PM PT / 10:00 PM ET
Length: N/A
Host: Pete Hines
Venue: Dolby Theater, Hollywood
Official thread by MattyG: http://bit.ly/1GHe6i3

Hubs:
Streams:


June 15



Official press release: http://news.xbox.com/2015/06/xbox-xbox-at-e3-2015-everything-you-need-to-know

Time: 9:30 AM PT / 12:30 PM ET
Length: 90 minutes
Host: Phil Spencer
Venue: The Galen Center, Los Angeles
Official thread by Relix: http://bit.ly/1fcQDJ6

E3 Hubs:
Streams:




Official press release: http://investor.ea.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=917730

Time: 1:00 PM PT / 4:00 PM ET / 8:00 PM GMT
Length: 60 minutes
Host: Andrew Wilson
Venue: Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles
Official thread by Nirolak: http://bit.ly/1HLbAWO

Hubs:
Streams:




Official press release: https://www.ubisoftgroup.com/en-US/press/detail.aspx?cid=tcm:99-205685-16&ctid=tcm:95-27313-32

Time: 2:45 PM PT / 5:45 PM ET / 9:45 PM GMT
Length: 60 minutes approx.
Host: Aisha Tyler
Venue: Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles
Official thread by Lavalamp1138: http://bit.ly/1GIe8Eu

E3 Hubs:
Streams:




Time: 06:00 PM PT / 09.00 PM ET
Length: 60-120 minutes
Host: Fumito Ueda... nah, probably Andrew House
Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
Official thread by ULTROS!: http://bit.ly/1MzdGIH

E3 Hubs:
Streams:


June 16



Official press release: http://www.businesswire.com/news/ho...-Nintendo’s-E3-Events-Bring-Show#.VXr5_PntlBc

Nintendo has much more than the Digital Event, a full schedule is available here (thanks Volotaire).

Time: 9:00 AM PT / 04:00 PM GMT
Length: ≈60 minutes
Host: Supposedly Mr. Iwata and Reggie Fils-Aime
Venue: N/A
Official thread by BY2K: http://bit.ly/1JRVpZD

E3 Hubs:
Streams:




Time: 10:00 AM PT
Length: N/A
Host: N/A, perhaps Shinji "Please Be Excited" Hashimoto
Venue: N/A
Official thread by Nirolak: http://bit.ly/1IiZWhL

Hubs:
Streams:




Time: 5:00 - 8.00 PM PT
Length: 2 hours (actual show)
Host: Sean ‘Day[9]’ Plott
Venue: The Belasco Theater, Los Angeles
Official thread by: MrOrange

Hubs:
Streams:






You can of course choose to watch E3 via various sources, but Twitch is the official streaming partner of E3 this year (as in 2014). Here's the press release from June 5:

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers, today announced its milestone setting broadcast schedule as the official live streaming partner of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). In addition to broadcasting all of the E3 2015 press conferences and being the exclusive broadcasting platform for the PC Gaming Show, more than 30 publishers and developers will be showing games on the Twitch stage at South Hall, Booth #2803. For the first time, Twitch will have broadcasting partners from several countries providing localized content from the Twitch booth.

Adding a new twist, Twitch broadcasters will be allowed to co-stream all of the Twitch E3 content on twitch.tv/twitch to their own channels. By providing their own commentary on the news, this gives broadcasters the opportunity to create a more personalized, social experience for their communities.

As part of the E3 experience, Twitch is bringing back its Day 0 live broadcast on June 15 from 9:00am to 7:30pm PDT. Named for the day prior to the official start of E3, the Day 0 extravaganza includes all of the press conferences combined with exclusive game and gameplay reveals, appearances by major publishers and developers, and more.

From June 15-18, Twitch will broadcast from its stage with on-staff hosts Jon Carnage, Marcus "djWHEAT" Graham, and Jordan "Soma" Tayer, along with guest hosts MANvsGAME, Ezekiel_III, Swiftor, Seltzer, Anna Prosser, and djminiWHEAT. Watch as these personalities interact with top publishers, developers and the Twitch community while showcasing all of the latest games. To complement the English broadcast, popular Partnered channels from several countries will be doing regionalized shows from the Twitch booth. This includes a German-language presentation from Rocket Beans TV and a French presentation from Jeuxvideo.

Among this year’s guests from the publisher and developer community will be 2K, Activision, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America, Blizzard, Deep Silver, Devolver, Disney Interactive, EA, Konami, Microsoft Studios, Nintendo, PlayStation, Reverb, Square Enix, Tiny Build Games, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and many more, including an array of content from the Indie Megabooth.

All of the press events and booth broadcasts will be viewable from the Twitch E3 Portal.
Source: http://www.businesswire.com/news/ho...-Largest-Live-Broadcast-Schedule#.VXr3OPntlBe

Also check out Geoff Keighley's YouTube Live @ E3 event: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1061814




In case you want to chat during the press conferences, we have these two established rooms:

The Steam NeoGAF group: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/neogaf
The NeoGAF Tinychat: http://www.tinychat.com/tinygaffers

IRC chat for at least the conferences of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo should be provided.
I won't post the address to these here directly. Instead ask in each respective thread.



Spoiler-Free E3 2015 Press Conference Thread
E3 2015 Meetup Thread
E3 2015 | GIF & WEBM Thread
E3 Convention Center and Showfloor pictures
E3 2015 | Snacks and Foods Thread



List of E3 parties
Spotify playlist



These are the questions I best think are suitable for NeoGAF, for both enthusiasts and attendees on a more general level.
The official FAQ is of course readily available as well here: https://www.e3expo.com/attendee/2549/attendee-faq/

If you want anything added to the FAQ, just gimme a shout.

1. What exactly is E3?

E3 is the world's most prominent trade show for computer and video games and related products.
The show houses opportunity for game developers to show their latest projects, for retailers and distributors
to get together and for the press to get the biggest scoops.

2. Is the show open to the public?

Nope, the show is not open to the general public. It's intended only for professionals from the industry. Though this year the Entertainment Software Association are going to admit between 4,000 and 5,000 invited guests (of the public) into the show.
Polygon has more on this: http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/29/8687823/e3-opens-to-the-public-this-year-but-by-invite-only

Click here to view Industry Requirements.

3. When and where does E3 take place?

E3 2015, the actual expo, is scheduled to take place June 16-18, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The Los Angeles Convention Center is located at the intersection of the Santa Monica and Harbor Freeways.

4. Where is on-site Registration located at the Los Angeles Convention Center and what are the hours of operation?

On-site Registration counters are located in the South Hall Lobby of the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Badge Pick-up counters are located outside of both the South and West Hall Lobbies.

On-site Registration Hours:

Sunday, June 14, 2015: 1:00PM - 6:00PM
Monday, June 15, 2015: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
Tuesday, June 16, 2015: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
Wednesday, June 17, 2015: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
Thursday, June 18, 2015: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

For questions about your registration, contact the E3 Registration Customer Service team at 877-216-6263.
For calls outside the U.S. dial 708-486-0718.

5. Do I need to show ID to get my badge?

All E3 Attendees will be required to show a government issued photo ID (driver's license or passport) in order to pick up their badge holder on-site and gain access to the event.
Do not use a fictitious name. The name on your ID and the name on your badge must be the same.

6. I work in the industry but I missed the April 28th deadline for free show floor admission. Can I still attend?

Yes. Registration will be available online and on-site at the Los Angeles Convention
Center (LACC) through show dates. The admission charge after April 28, 2015, is $995
for a three-day show floor pass.

7. What are the exhibit floor hours?

The exhibit floors will be open:

Tuesday, June 16: 12:00PM - 6:00PM
Wednesday, June 17: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Thursday, June 18: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Same goes for Meeting Rooms, but they open one hour earlier on Wednesday and Thursday.

8. Who is exhibiting at E3?

Software and hardware developers, news outlets, financial agencies, government bodies and many more exhibit at E3. The focus is on software and hardware developers though, where Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony are the main attractions.

You can search for exhibitors here: http://mk02jm307.mapyourshow.com/6_0/search.cfm

9. Does the Los Angeles Convention Center feature a parking lot?

The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) has 5500 parking spaces with easy public access. The parking fee is $20/day. In addition to the LACC parking, there are multiple lots available nearby, including at L.A. Live adjacent to the LACC.

10. Is there any restaurant/café at the Los Angeles Convention Center?

Taste of LA by Levy Restaurants is an in-house, exclusive eatery at LACC. What they will be serving this year I don't know, but you can have a look at the full catering menu.

Otherwise, Los Angeles features many restaurants to choose from. And with the variety of food, it'd be a shame if you didn't at least try one restaurant.
LA Tourism & Convention Board has created an excellent guide of dining places: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/what-to-do/restaurants

11. What facilities are available for media on-site at E3 2015?

The E3 2015 Media Center, in Petree Hall, offers convenient support for journalists covering the show free of charge. It features a fully equipped, large working newsroom including:


  • Mac and PC computers
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Wi-Fi network access
  • Standard office equipment
  • Photocopy machine
  • Media-only hospitality suite
  • Lockers
12. Will there be any shuttles from my hotel to the LACC?

Yes, here is a preliminary schedule:






Below are the most notable gaming news site from which we will be gathering news over E3 week. General media is also covered to some extent.

Though prior to the list, I would like to take a moment to once again link to some press sites, mainly those of the larger companies. While primarily for journalists, some of these sites can be useful if you want to create an official thread for a certain game.



Microsoft provides press material in a very nice way. It's readily available for anyone as there is no password protection, and you can find anything from game covers in PSD format to logo files in vector format.

Xbox Media: http://news.xbox.com/media
Microsoft News Center: http://news.microsoft.com/

No password needed.



http://nintendo.e3press.com/

Username: Nintendo
Password: SuperMario2015



Sony's press sites are password protected. If you need a login, you need to contact SCEA/SCEE via phone/e-mail as I can find no way to register via that site.

PlayStation Press Center: http://presscenter.playstation.com/
Sony PressVault: http://www.sceuk-press.net/

General press releases are available here: http://us.playstation.com/corporate/about/press-release/


Electronic Arts

EA has two press sites, one for North America and one for Europe.

EA NA Press Site: http://www.info.ea.com/
EA EU Press Site: http://ea.gamespress.com/

Password needed for downloading assets on EU site.

Ubisoft

Ubisoft Press Extranet: http://ubisoft-press.com/

Password protected site, like Sony's. Most material will be available on other press sites as well though.

Bethesda

https://press.bethsoft.com/

Password protected site under PressXtra.Net.

Square Enix

NA: http://press.na.square-enix.com/landing.asp
PressXtra: http://www.square-enix-press.com/

The NA is not password protected, the PressXtra site is.



If you are in need of a good press hub to download assets from, I suggest you take a look at (quote to see) . Please don't send an application if you are not a journalist however.

One site that can also be very useful during E3 is Business Wire: http://www.businesswire.com

This requires no password and many companies, Nintendo for example, use this service for press releases. Easy to navigate and the search function is great.

Anyway, here's the list of news sources:

Gaming/tech media


General media

All of these attended E3 last year, so there should be news about the event coming.



 

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Special Notes:

1.) During E3 (Sunday, June 14th *through* Thursday, June 18th) all reaction threads will be locked. A reaction thread consists of such things as "Wow Sony just won E3!", "Zelda U has the best graphics ever!", "Is the Xbox One doomed now?", "Where is The Last Guardian?? Where's Santa Monica!?", "Are you buying a Wii U now?", "Does Microsoft have anything left? They announced so many games!", "Does Microsoft have the best Japanese support of any console?", or anything else that is just a thread about immediate reactions to events. For the duration, these threads will be locked on sight. If you feel you have somethings important to say on these matters, either ask in the main conference threads, or write-up a really good thread on it and post it on Friday, June 19th.

2.) If you post a news thread, make sure it contains actual details of the news at hand. If your thread is simply Title: "OMG KIRBY WII U ANNOUNCED!" Body: "ON THE STREAM!" your thread will be locked and we reserve the right to junior you, since this goes against normal thread policies anyway.

3.) Do not post new news from E3 in a pre-E3 thread. Either make a new thread, or pick an existing thread made during E3.

Policy Reminders:

1.) Do not complain about the purpose of a thread. This includes complaining about people judging gameplay in a gameplay video thread, judging graphics in a screenshot thread, or calling something too nitpicky or biased in a review/technical analysis/critique thread. Instead, if you disagree, either post the reason (in detail) that you disagree with the point being made ("I think the graphics look great, just look at the shadowing and texture detail!", "I don't notice frame hitching at 60 fps personally, so it doesn't bother me.", "In my experience with the game, I found the encounter design to be great actually, for example..."), or simply avoid the thread if you feel you are unable to.

2.) If you feel there's a problem with someone breaking the rules, simply PM a mod and do not engage. There are only ~20 mods and tens of thousands of posts a day, so we simply cannot be everywhere and see every infraction without your help.

Other Notes:

1.) All other rules obviously still apply. For specifics, see our FAQ forum and the Terms of Service. For general information on how to post in high volume, high tension situations, read this note by EviLore.

2.) If you have any questions, please PM a moderator. If a question comes up frequently, we will post an update here. If not, you will receive an answer via PM. Due to volume, your answer may not be immediate.

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Great job on this thread, bookmarked!
 

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We should set up a GAF chat on Twitch like we did with PSX so that we don't have to deal with the shitty regular chat. And we'll also be with other gaffers. I know some people do Skype calls and etc. but a chat for everyone would be awesome too, especially if GAF goes down. I believe the chat is also works regardless of the stream you're watching.
 

ashecitism

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That table needs to be edited to show the correct start time for the PC show. It's 6pm, not 5pm as you correctly wrote it below.
 
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That table needs to be edited to show the correct start time for the PC show. It's 6pm, not 5pm as you correctly wrote it below.
Fixed that, thanks. Though the actual show appears to be between 6-8 PM, the doors open at 5 PM. So I guess the table is correct.
 

ashecitism

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Rösti;167531213 said:
Fixed that, thanks. Though the actual show appears to be between 6-8 PM, the doors open at 5 PM.

Yeah, they said it'll have 1 hour countdown with Disasterpeace music and PC trivia.

edit: oh yeah MrOrange said in the other thread he'd like to make the PC thread

I would like to claim dibs on this thread for next week if no one has claimed it yet.

Not sure if it still stands though.
 

Gurish

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You forgot to add to the available streams the E3 Youtube stream, Geoff said they will stream the conferences as well.
 
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You forgot to add to the available streams the E3 Youtube stream, Geoff said they will stream the conferences as well.
I linked to his thread, it's below the Twitch part. But I will add additional links to streams.

Hey Rosti, the Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft logos are not very visible on dark theme.
I'll get that sorted in a while. Thanks for the notice.
 

Remf

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Who is this RESERVED person and why do they get to have all of the fun creating the threads. ;-P
 

Hastati

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Great thread. Finally starting to feel the rolling waves of Hype. May even create a simulacrum of a sports bar out of the corner of my room for the experience.

I wonder if any joint in Seattle will be watching the conferences?
 

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I'm off this weekend and I have the 15th and 16th off. Just need to an excuse to get away from my gf on the 14th to watch the Bethesda conference.
 

Kadin

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So much to read. Good info and great to have it all in one place. Well done.
 

hellmonkey

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So it looks like this will not be carried on any traditional TV outlets? My fat ass has to work Monday night...

Im sure by the time Im home, Ill be able to watch any of 30 million restreams.
 

darkside31337

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What are all the sites that are doing live coverage on the show floor? Only ones I know of are Youtube, Twitch, Gamespot/Kinda Funny, IGN and then some stuff from Treehouse and PS Blog.
 

Blobbers

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Excellent job, OP.

Also, I heard Geoff Keighley is covering the conferences on Youtube. Does he have his own stream or do we use the links in the OP?
 

nortonff

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Nice job.
Thanks for that time grade.
I'll still be able to see some conferences after work here in Brazil.
 

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Cant wait for you guys to stop by Tinychat. Remember you don't have to get on cam to chat and it will be open all through E3.

Thanks for adding us Rosti!
 

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Gather round...

Dear words written in the codex of Lore found in Evils blood we bow our heads. In this beautiful land of GAF , a storm approaches. In the coming hours we shall see bloodshed. Brother against brother. Men broken by the pangs of denial and unprecedented disappointment. Others shall be overjoyed and giddy with exuberance, lost to the depths of hype that they so choose to wallow in. Juniors will reveal their suicidal nature. Bans will be met out expeditiously and Bish will not rest until his palette is satiated. The fear of Y2Kev will be felt and Stumpokapow shall feast upon the corpses of rotting Juniors and Elders alike. We pray CBOAT mayhap include his blessings. Yes my Gaffers. Welcome to E3 2015! May you be strong...

A'Kappa.
 
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