A Note About Our E3 2013 Coverage
posted on 06.09.13 at 02:05 AM EDT by (@salromano)
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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  • Charlottes Guardian

    This sounds great! Looking forward to spending tomorrow on Gematsu! :D

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Thank you! :D

  • Ritsujun


    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Thanks for saying thanks. xD

  • dior

    Good luck guys, have fun at E3 and thanks for all the timely coverage of things lately. Glad I never have to visit Siliconera again.

    • PrinceHeir

      avatar source please :D

      • dior

        too lewd to be posted

        • PrinceHeir


          i don’t think they won’t mind it.

          just the name is enough, if not i’ll go search it myself

          • https://twitter.com/Panda_castro Panda

            Learn to google image.

          • dior
            • PrinceHeir

              ehh i always forgot to create an account there.

              guess i always prefer Hrules than this site.

              oh well wiil definitely create an account ASAP!

              thanks again for the share and yes that site is NSFW

  • Locksus

    Awesome! I’m a bit disappointed that I cannot watch Sony’s event because it ends the minute I have to wake up for work :p
    Going to watch Ninty’s and MS press conference, though.
    So excited !

  • dzeidzei

    Sounds good! Don’t kill yourself with work out there Sal!

  • shogunknight

    June 10th& 11th, Gaming Judgement day
    Oh yeah, Thanks for this and take your time

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    Bless you, Sal… For running full coverage for four days straight…

    I’ll join in when I can since I got school duties to attend to at the moment…

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Thank you! ^^

  • King-Prodigy-X

    Thanks Sal, you probably going to be tired once all the news and info coming out is done.

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Thanks. =)

      • King-Prodigy-X

        And you too Zero LOL!!! oh, Are yall going to have an article where you & Sal give your opinions and reactions about the conferences and games when E3 is done?

        • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

          Sounds like a fun idea to me. It just might happen.

  • GetOffMy_Lawn

    Thanks Sal+Zero!
    I’ve come to really appreciate this site, seeing as how most other sites and their comments sections have recently been engulfed in an idiotic war of the fanboys. I usually stick with IGN during E3, but I can only imagine the nightmarishly stupid arguments that will consume the comments section during the press conferences and beyond.
    I’m looking forward to spending this next week on Gematsu!

    • Locksus

      I frequent a few other sites (not IGN, though.:P), but I really, really like this place. This place has had its fair share of idiotic arguments, but compared to some other popular sites, it’s not nearly as bad.
      Looking forward to spending next week with you all :)

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Thanks! I’m looking forward to discussing things with you in the comments! =)

  • Tetsu

    Wow, sounds great!

    You da man Sal
    You da man Zero


    :) good luck during the chaos

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Thanks so much! =)

  • Tetsu

    Tomorrow is gonna feel like time is in slow motion.
    Can’t wait for monday!

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    I’m really excited to discuss the press conferences (and other e3 stuff) live with all of you!

    I hope as many of you as possible will join me in the comments section! =)

    Since we haven’t really done this yet –

    For fun, I’ve decided to post a few e3 predictions in this comment. Some of these are meant to be silly. =P

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –


    Microsoft Event

    – During the Microsoft event, the words “Experience” & “Content” will be said over 100 times.
    (Combined. I’m going to guess 60ish for Content, 40ish for Experience. Example – “This new exclusive content will change the way you experience games.”)

    – Microsoft will reveal some kind of Killer Instinct game. My guess is that it will be some kind of HD remaster of the original. (Chances this happens? My guess = 100%)

    – Microsoft will reveal some Kinect 2 games. Everyone will be skeptical of them. (Chances this happens? My guess = 100%)

    – Microsoft won’t even mention the DRM, Always On, Game Licensing, Trading and Selling etc. stuff. They will just pretend everything is all good. They will announce the prices and launch date for Xbone. (Chances this happens? My guess = 100%)

    – Microsoft will mostly show 3rd party titles during the MS conference. Some of the highlights will be – New Call of Duty, Titanfall (Timed exclusive?), Thief, something from Capcom, something from Ubisoft, something from EA. (Chances this happens? My guess = It varies.)

    – MS will close the show with something exclusive. The next Halo game might even be announced. (Chances this happens? My guess = 100% New Halo = 60%)

    Sony Event

    – Sony will announce the price and launch date for the PS4. I’m still gonna stick with my guess from months ago. (http://gematsu.com/2013/02/playstation-meeting-2013-live-stream#comment-806401594)
    The launch date will be sometime between Nov 12th – 19th. (Chances this happens? My guess = 100% Release Date guess = 90%)

    – Sony will address the DRM, Always On, Game Licensing, Trading and Selling etc. stuff. They will say they heard the voices of millions around the world. The PS4 will not supporting any of this. No DRM, no always on, no used game restrictions, no trading or selling restrictions. Everything will be just as it has been. (Chances this happens? My guess = 100%) [Please god! Please let me get this one right!]

    – ND will reveal the next Uncharted during the Sony event. (Chances this happens? My guess = 100%)

    – Sony will give us some kind of status update on the Last Guardian. (Chances this happens? My guess = 50%) [ I want to believe! They might push it back to TGS though.]

    – Square-Enix will re-reveal Final Fantasy Versus 13 at the sony event. (Chances this happens? My guess = 100%) [ They might change the name. This is the year! It’s going to happen! Noctis is finally going to wake from his slumber! Please let me get this one right!]

    – Sony will announce a special PS4 that comes bundled with the Vita. (Chances this happens? My guess = 40%) [It would be really cool if it did happen.]

    – Sony will announce a price cut for the Vita. They will also announce new storage options, along with a price cut for the current memory cards. (Chances this happens? My guess = 50%) [I hope so.]

    – Ubisoft will demo AC IV during the Sony event. (Chances this happens? My guess = 100%)

    – Sony will announce 3-5 new Vita games. (Chances this happens? My guess = 60%) [ They might save some announcements for other events. Just like last year.]

    Alright! This has gotten long enough. I have more predictions but this post has too many already. I might come back later and post some Nintendo e3 predictions. I have some other predictions as well. If you want to read more of mine, respond to this post. Feel free to discuss the predictions I already posted.

    • Locksus

      I’ll join you for pretty much every other conference other than Sony’s. I’ll be sleeping when it’s on :(
      One thing I’m looking forward to the most, is Ninty’s Direct. Holy hell am I excited for Bayo 2, Zelda U (won’t probably be shown just yet, though), X and SMT x FE.
      Anyways, GET HYPE!

      And here’s the main theme of this year’s E3 event! Have a happy week everybody :)

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        Awesome! Looking forward to it! I’m also very excited for Nintendo’s event(s) this year. I’m excited to see the games you mentioned, but I’m very excited to see the new SSB game!

        I might have to come back and do some Nintendo e3 predictions later after all. xD

        • Locksus

          Yeah, you do that!:P The last game SSB I’ve played is SSB on N64. I still remember getting my ass handed to me on as silver platter by a friend of mine :P Fun times.

          • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

            I loved the original, adored Melee, didn’t like Brawl as much. I really hope the new game is more like the original and Melee.

            I’m very excited about X and the new Zelda game. I’m also expecting a Wii U price cut announcement. I hope so! I really want to buy the darn thing!

            • Locksus

              You and me both! Amazon UK has a pretty good deal on Wii U, but waiting for the imminent price cut before getting one.

              I’m going to buy a 3DS XL next week, though! So many great games I’m excited to play :)

    • Pyrofrost

      Didn’t Sony address that back at that press conference?
      I could have sworn they said no always online, used games ok, renting ok, playing a game at a friends ok, and etc.

      I doubt we have anything to worry about there. If they do get on all that BS, then I won’t be buying until there are some killer games I must have.

    • Awnye

      Chances we’ll get a Kingdom Hearts 3 teaser? = 1%. x]

      Alas, it is still a chance yet!

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        You know what. I’m going to guess 35% on that. Although, I think its more likely to be announced at TGS.

        • Awnye

          I’m one of those firm believers that it’ll be announced at an E3. xD Considering the first title & 3D were both announced there.

          • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

            Good point. I sure hope it happens.

  • Nicole DeCambre

    Thanks a bunch!

  • bloodiOS

    To Sony and Microsoft, I would like to present a few lines from the Auron:

    Now is the time to choose.
    Now is the time to shape your stories.
    Your fate is in your hands.

    There are only two ways that are going to happen to these giants at this year’s E3: to go big and blow the roof off, or to wank it hard and walk out in shame. Now, let us be excited!

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Breaking News! Microsoft and Sony have both decided to retire from the console business. Both have strangely decided to from Blitzball teams and compete for who’s best!

      Sony got dibs on Tidus and Wakka because they had quicker access to a Dualshock 2 controller to recruit them by pressing the Square button. xD

      Sony President Kaz Hirai had this to say – “This is the time! The players fight with all their strength; the fans cheer for their favorite team. They forget about DLC, Always online, Used Game Restriction, DRM… Only the game matters! That’s why we created blitz. Least that’s what I think.”

      Microsoft bought up all the rights to the Blitzball games on TV for the next 360 years.

      Microsoft Corp.’s Don Mattrick had this to say – “We are excited to change the way you experience Blitzball forever. New, exclusive content is coming. You can only get this new content by following our Blitzball team. Blitz off! Only on Windows 8!”

      The sony team is called – The PlayStation Aurochs

      The MS team is called – The Xbone Psyches

      The first game will air in 25 years if both MS and Sony can win the court case against Square-Enix.

      According to reports from Geoff Keighley, we should expect a conclusion to this conflict soon. In order to find out, we need to turn into next weeks GT TV for an exclusive interview. We can also purchase Doritos and Mountain Dew for a chance to win front row seats to the court case. We need to follow Keighley on twitter for more information.

      Okay, I’m done lol. More awful jokes per request. Thank you! Thanks for reading! xD

      • Locksus

        Oh lol :p I’m going to be a sad man if the rumors about PS4’s DRM end up being true :(
        As it is, Wii U is the only hassle-free next-gen console.

        • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

          I read that Auron quote and just had the idea to type up something ridiculous.


          Like I said below. I hope Sony comes out at e3 and just clears everything up. I hope they don’t support or plan to support any of that awful junk.

          • Locksus

            I agree, Zero. If they do, and show some breathtaking games to boot, it’s going to be a happy day for everyone :) I just hope the price won’t be too high. MS and Sony must realize that you can only piss the consumer in the eye for so long before it backfires.

            If MS won’t remove the stupid DRM from their console, I’m sure it’s going to be harmful to the system’s sales and the company. Unfortunately, judging from Xbox’s Twitter page, some people do not care about the restrictions. I hope they are the minority here.

            • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

              Agreed. I’m hoping enough people will say no to the BS Microsoft is trying to force on us. It might make them consider backing off some of this.

              I’m going to do what I can to explain it to people. To hopefully help them understand why it’s a bad deal for them.

              I just hope Sony and Nintendo don’t plan to support any of that garbage either. I don’t care if publishers are trying to force them into it. Stand up for us! Tell those publishers no!

              • Locksus

                You’re doing god’s work, Zero:p I doubt Nintendo is going to support any of that at this point. It’s very unlikely Sony is going to either.
                At least I hope so!

        • Anime10121

          From what I’ve read, its pretty clear how Sony intends to handle things,

          No always online (or online required at all)
          No DRM on Sony games
          No DRM required from publishers
          If DRM is implemented, it will be at the publishers discretion similar to this gen (online passes and the like)

          Most of the sites “expecting” Sony to be like Microsoft are just Xbox fanboys upset that Sony is not being as draconian as Microsoft, and hope for the worst on both consoles just because One is heavily flawed.

      • bloodiOS

        *ROFL* Instant classic right there!

  • DrForbidden

    Thanks, Sal and Zero!

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      I hope you can join us in the comments! =)

      • DrForbidden

        I probably will, with some time-delay. I’ve been kind of busy with various things as well…

  • bloodiOS

    Thank you, Sal and Zero. I’ll do my best to join the discussion but hm… I still have a few comprehensive finals to worry about next week. Man, with the most important events of this year E3 overlapping my schedules, I just know that I won’t be able to get any sleep. Oh well, it’s time for my annual “return of the (sleep-deprived) zombie”, I guess.

    Time to stock up on caffeine and energy drinks and granulated sugar…

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Don’t push yourself too much. Join us for the events you can. =)

      • Anime10121

        Hey Zero, I know its kinda off topic, but is FaithlessMr. still a mod here, or is it just you and Sal now, havent seen him post in forever?

    • Pekola

      I know this is off-topic, but why do your comments each have one down-vote? Is someone stalking you?

  • Bryce Blalex Douglas

    Spread the Word: During E3 #NoXboxOne

    Taking to all gaming forums and sites and spreading the word. During E3 let’s get #NoXboxOne trending on twitter.

    • King-Prodigy-X

      LOL!!!!! Not sure if that’s going to work.

      • Bryce Blalex Douglas

        It could if enough people get behind it. It worked with #PS4NODRM

  • http://twitter.com/AuroraXIII AuroraXIII

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

    One of the reasons I love this site.

    • http://www.di.fm Spicy Chicken

      Yup, I’ve always liked that about Gematsu (even prior to the name change). In fact, if I recall I originally found this site when searching for large images of a certain game! Good times. ^_^

      As for E3, I’ll miss most of it as I’ll be at work or asleep (Sony’s reveal is 2am for me for example O_o
      But I look forward to catching up on all the reveals, comments and insight from Zero and co. Have a good E3 guys! ;)

      • http://twitter.com/AuroraXIII AuroraXIII

        If you’d still like to watch the conferences without the Internet spoiling all the details, then bookmark this thread and it will provide direct links to them after each one is finished:


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  • Pyrofrost

    Good luck Sal and Zero. I look forward to keeping up with E3 with you guys and I hope you two have fun.

  • King-Prodigy-X

    Guys, don’t forget the COD Ghost 30 minute stream is today. Bet it will be a Epic Fail though.

    • xMCXx

      Soldiers diving, soldiers shooting, dogs, fish….
      Always the same.

  • PrinceHeir

    good luck Zero and Sal :)

    expect good things from both of you!!

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Thanks a bunch. =)

  • Awnye

    Awesome! I will be relying on Gematsu for most of my E3 news. (◡‿◡✿)

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      ^^ Thanks!

  • kuusou yume

    I don’t remember how I found this site, but it seems most people like story / character driven games here so I decided to stick around.

    What was it called before?

    • Anime10121

      Scrawl FX and OnAxis. And Sal and co have been pretty much this awesome from the beginning :D

      • kuusou yume

        Oh, did it always cover gaming news? This sound like graphic design apps, lol

        • Anime10121

          OnAxis was the original site as far as I’m aware, and back then, it was a site exclusively for PS3 (which is why you’ll find a lot of commenters here far more fascinated by Sony than Xbox).

          Then, Sal wanted to give it a name change, and it transitioned into Scrawl FX (I think he actually held a contest for this if I remember correctly), and it slowly started incorporating multiple platforms like the 360, PSP, 3DS, etc.

          But yeah, its always been a gaming site :)

        • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

          More info here – http://gematsu.com/about/

          Edit – Anime10121 pretty much covered everything. =)

  • Anime10121

    Good news! This site wont be floundered with a thousand articles a second and be at risk of having things be missed simply because there are too many articles! Good way to keep things organized :D

    One question though, as you update the articles, will you put Update 1, Update 2 etc in the headlines to make it easier to know if there has been an update?

    Oh and thanks again for the always speedy and insightful coverage you guys :)

    • Ritsujun

      Good idea.

  • AnimusVox

    Dawwwww we love you too Zero <3

    Oh right E3. I might actually bump into you there Sal, me and my coworkers might be going.

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Thank you! Making me blush and stuffz! =)

      You might be going to e3? Awesome!

  • http://xcite79.1up.com Keegs79

    The first monday I am really excited about. I have to work though which sucks. I won’t be in the loop until around 4pm. I am going to catch what I can during my lunch break. I am so stoked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/GNPixie Lynx

    -Sony announces The Last Guardian for PlayStation 4? Boom, story.

    That hurts. Like, really hurts.

    Thanks, you guys.

  • DesmaX

    I’m counting on you, guys.

    I’m gonna miss up some of Sony conference, so fill me up with those reports

  • http://lukalovesgames.blogspot.de/ Alkaid

    Good Luck and have fun, I hope it won’t be too stressful.
    The Gematsu staff sure is interesting, I’ve never seen anyone on any news site actually being excited to cover such a huge event. Most of ’em usually seem like they want to say “aww man this is goint to be hell”

    Gambatte! And I’ll be sure to join the fun once or twice! …

    Already promised to watch the stream with some of my friends weeks ago ^^”. Think of it as backing you guys up mentally!

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Have fun! Come join us in the comments after the events are over. =)

  • DarthBrian
    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      I know I’ve seen this before! Not online though, this is the first time. I might have seen this in school or something when I was young.

      You have discovered my origins! Don’t tell anyone! Shhhh! lol

      Seriously! Thanks for the video, so much feels! =) Looking forward to seeing you in the comments during e3!

  • new_tradition

    Looks like I will be working Monday night after all. But I’ll try to sneak a look at Gematsu whenever I can ;D

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Just drop by when you can. =)

  • Kobracon

    Thanks a bunch, Zero ^_^

    On my end, I’m gonna have to wake up at 8:30am on a Tuesday here to watch the PS4 conference. Let’s see what the new age of gaming is gonna look like this time!

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Thank you!

      8:30? That’s pretty early! I’ll be waking up early both days.

      It doesn’t matter to me. I’m just so excited for e3!

  • checkeredknight

    Can’t wait! Gematsu is going to be my first stop for E3 news, just as it is for everything else!

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Thanks. =) Be sure to join us in the comments.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Even though I’ll be watching the conferences myself, I’ll definitely be checking in around here for E3, so I look forward to your coverage. I’m counting on you guys!

    • Nice Boat

      Have you seen a demo of Lightning Returns or Lords of Shadow 2 yet? I’ve read articles about it but I’ve seen no videos.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Not yet, but we’ll definitely see them next week. At the very least, I know IGN will have footage of both. They always have a ton of demo footage.

  • Claude

    I will definitely be using this site to keep track of most of the E3 news.

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Awesome! Be sure to discuss things with us in the comments.

  • rockman29

    Good luck team Gematsu, make sure to get lots of rest and don’t overdo it, Stay safe and such and have fun :)

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Thanks. :D

  • Tac-Mex

    I have a question, how long is going to be sony’s conference?

    I am hearing rumours that it is only going ot be 1 hour

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      The Sony conference will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. PDT. Seems like it will be around 2 hours long. They might start a bit late, or run overtime. This has happened in the past.

    • rockman29

      It’s gonna be two hours.

      If you are East Coast (New York, Toronto, Florida, etc) it will be 9 pm EST.

      West coast will be 6 PM.

  • kuusou yume

    Hope you guys have a great time there. I will check here for the media-event stuff

  • rockman29

    23 hours 5 min to Sony E3 and PS4 reveal round two :)

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Just to clarify, guys, I’m not actually at E3. Haven’t been there since 2011. Home reporting is where it’s at. Trust me, if you run an essentially one-man operation (when it comes to the news, at least), that is not where you want to be.