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E3 2015: Your survival guide for when the games industry invades Los Angeles

Hayden Dingman | June 15, 2015
It's time. Time for trailers, for loud dubstep, countless Inception-style bass drops, and "Welcome to the new age" hammered into your ear drums for hours on end. It's time for at least one borderline-tasteless joke made by a corporate stooge, at least three trailers for games that look functionally identical, and Assassin's Creed Whatever-We're-On.

It's time. Time for trailers, for loud dubstep, countless Inception-style bass drops, and "Welcome to the new age" hammered into your ear drums for hours on end. It's time for at least one borderline-tasteless joke made by a corporate stooge, at least three trailers for games that look functionally identical, and Assassin's Creed Whatever-We're-On.

In other words, it's time for E3 2015. Gaming's most important trade-show hits Los Angeles next week, and I'll be there with my boots on the (scorching hot) ground. Here's what you need to know.

It starts Sunday

Don't forget: Thanks to Bethesda, E3 kicks off one day earlier this year.

Or one night earlier, really. Bethesda's press conference is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, June 14. I'll be sitting in the audience in Hollywood (probably making rude jokes on Twitter) but you can also stream the conference in the comfort of your living room thanks to Twitch.

DOOM, Fallout 4, maybe even a Dishonored sequel: It should be a pretty interesting year for Bethesda. Rumors include "Fallout 4 trailer directed by Guillermo del Toro," "Thirty minutes of Fallout 4 game footage," and "John Carmack appears onstage in his demon form and proceeds to burn the entire theater to the ground."

Okay, maybe not that last one. But take note, Bethesda and/or Carmack: I'd pay to see it happen.

It continues all day Monday

Did you remember to call in sick/invent a family emergency/arrange for someone to burn your office down on Monday?

If not, no worries — we'll be hitting you with coverage of the four major press conferences all day. It kicks off with Microsoft at 9:30 a.m. Pacific and continues until whenever Sony wraps up (typically between 7 and 8 p.m. Pacific). That's nearly twelve hours of dumb jokes, deafening music, and staged game demos to look forward to!

You can catch all four live through the magic of streaming video, provided Twitch doesn't dip quality and turn The Year's Biggest Trailer into a series of colored squares. Here are the official links and times:

My hope, like every year, is that there are a few surprises left. Publishers have already dumped off a few of the big surprises this month — Deus Ex, Fallout 4, XCOM 2 — so...we'll see what's left. We're now nearly two years into the Xbox One/PS4 console cycle and the game lineups for both machines are still looking pretty sparse, so let's hope that pushes both companies to pull out some huge announcements.

So many press conferences

 

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