A Note About Our E3 2013 Coverage

How we'll be covering the industry's biggest event.

Hi, everyone.

Tomorrow (I’m posting this in the A.M., but it is indeed June 9), Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, and Sony will gather at their respective Los Angeles theaters and domes to spotlight a new generation of gaming. You’re probably excited. I am, too. But I wanted to take a few minutes to discuss how I’ll be covering it.

30 minutes or so before each press conference, I’m going to post a story with a live stream embedded. In each story, similar to our PlayStation Meeting 2013 live stream, Gematsu’s resident moderator Zero will be active in the comments, sharing his take on each reveal. I hope you can join him! (He really loves you guys.)

As for the news, I’ll be covering each announcement as it happens. Microsoft announces Fable IV for Xbox One? Boom, story. Sony announces The Last Guardian for PlayStation 4? Boom, story. Of course, each story will likely look like this at first:

The Last Guardian, first announced for PlayStation 3 at E3 2009, is now a PlayStation 4-exclusive due out this holiday season, Sony announced during its E3 press conference.

But more will be added as it comes in. Press releases (usually containing more detail than the on-stage announcement), video, and screenshots usually arrive after the press conference closes. Some sites choose to make separate stories for these new pieces. But personally, I’d rather our news feed not look like this:

(I realize now that those times are completely inaccurate as each story wouldn’t be published days after the last. But I don’t feel like making another mock-up.)

Instead, we’re going to add those additional details, video, and screenshots to the original “Fable IV announced for Xbox One” story. That way, all the content (from what’s really just a single announcement) is all together in one place.

And of course, as Gematsu demonstrates every day, you’re going to get all those videos and screenshots in the highest resolution and free of watermarks.

To sum it up, keep an eye on our stories. Usually you’ll know a story is done updating when its original thumbnail is changed. With the example Fable IV story above, the thumbnail would change from that Fable III artwork to, say, a screenshot or artwork from Fable IV.

And with that, in the words of the Mr. Shinji Hashimoto, please be exited for E3. Of course, if you need a schedule to plan that excitement, we’ve got you covered here.

(Image via @Wario64.)

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