Inside E3 2012: Behind the Scenes

Go beyond the booths with a special look at how E3 comes together.

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Going into the Show

Date May 21, 2012

With only 12 days until the E3 press conferences, Ryan Mac Donald briefly explains what we're up to and what to expect from the three stage shows on the E3 show floor!

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Going into the Show Missing in Action Meeting Time Loading the Truck Booth Building 101å The Ways You Watch Photos: Stage Building E3 Essentials E3 2012 Emblems E3 Post It Perfection Breakfast with Community E3 Stage Show Photos and more! Last E3 2012 Stage Show ClapTrap Goes to E3!

Missing in Action

Date May 22, 2012

Ryan Mac Donald and Shaun McInnis check in with some sad news about a staff member who won't be attending E3 this year. As you can see, they weren't actually packing for E3. This here is them working with the Tournament TV live show that we live streamed today.

Lastly, now that we have the comments enabled, feel free to share your questions. Also, we have yet to reveal which staff members are attending from GameSpot US, GameSpot UK, GameSpot AU, and GameSpot Asia so check back for future updates!



Yes, that's Thunder Dave from the Mio drink commercials and MLG's Tsquared who joined us during the live Tournament TV show today. You can check out these photos and the replay of the live stream to catch up with that action.

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Going into the Show Missing in Action Meeting Time Loading the Truck Booth Building 101å The Ways You Watch Photos: Stage Building E3 Essentials E3 2012 Emblems E3 Post It Perfection Breakfast with Community E3 Stage Show Photos and more! Last E3 2012 Stage Show ClapTrap Goes to E3!

Meeting Time

Date May 23, 2012

Our E3 meeting was top secret and some people called in or they showed late. I'd say we have about one third of the crew in this video since there were late comers and many international staff called in. Can you recognize anybody? Also, never trust McShea!

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Going into the Show Missing in Action Meeting Time Loading the Truck Booth Building 101å The Ways You Watch Photos: Stage Building E3 Essentials E3 2012 Emblems E3 Post It Perfection Breakfast with Community E3 Showfloor photos and more! Last E3 2012 Stage Show ClapTrap Goes to E3!

Loading the Truck

Date May 25, 2012

Synthia here filling in for Jody. T-Minus 9 Days until E3 opens doors! But, it's technically 8 days until the press conferences. We spent months preparing for E3, and weeks packing. Today the truck came to take our equipment down to Los Angeles. If you like bowling and power-ups, you'll love this video!

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Going into the Show Missing in Action Meeting Time Loading the Truck Booth Building 101å The Ways You Watch Photos: Stage Building E3 Essentials E3 2012 Emblems E3 Post It Perfection Breakfast with Community E3 Stage Show Photos and more! Last E3 2012 Stage Show ClapTrap Goes to E3!

Booth Building 101

Date May 29, 2012

Piece by piece and bit by bit we assemble our massive stage for E3. Ryan MacDonald and Jan Heir show off a little teaser of what it looks like when you're putting together an awesome stage (or in this case 3).

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Going into the Show Missing in Action Meeting Time Loading the Truck Booth Building 101å The Ways You Watch Photos: Stage Building E3 Essentials E3 2012 Emblems E3 Post It Perfection Breakfast with Community E3 Showfloor photos and more! Last E3 2012 Stage Show ClapTrap Goes to E3!

Stage Building

Date May 31, 2012

If you're curious about how the E3 stage building is coming along here's a couple of photos.

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Going into the Show Missing in Action Meeting Time Loading the Truck Booth Building 101å The Ways You Watch Photos: Stage Building E3 Essentials E3 2012 Emblems E3 Post It Perfection Breakfast with Community E3 Showfloor photos and more! Last E3 2012 Stage Show ClapTrap Goes to E3!

E3 Essentials

Date June 1, 2012

As we get closer and closer to E3 Synthia Weries asks GameSpot Staff members a tough question. "The airport has lost your luggage, what is the one item you need to survive E3?" The following video is what they had to say. What would be your one item to survive E3? Tell us in the comments below.

Be sure to stay tuned after the credits for a special bonus item.

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Going into the Show Missing in Action Meeting Time Loading the Truck Booth Building 101å The Ways You Watch Photos: Stage Building E3 Essentials E3 2012 Emblems E3 Post It Perfection Breakfast with Community E3 Showfloor photos and more! Last E3 2012 Stage Show ClapTrap Goes to E3!

E3 2012 Emblems

Date June 3, 2012

E3 is a time for a lot of great stuff: breaking game news and announcements, often hilariously awkward scripted moments in press conferences, and of course, the thing we're all really here for, emblems!

So in the spirit of transparency, here is a list of all the official GameSpot emblems that you can get by participating in E3 on GameSpot in 2012 along with how to unlock them. Can you catch 'em all?

E3 2012 Microsoft Conference Attendee
This user tuned into the Microsoft press conference during E3. Awarded instantly.

E3 2012 Sony Conference Attendee
This user tuned into the Sony press conference during E3. Awarded instantly.

E3 2012 Nintendo Conference Attendee
This user tuned into the Nintendo press conference during E3. Awarded instantly.

E3 2012 Ubisoft Conference Attendee
This user tuned into the Ubisoft press conference during E3. Awarded instantly.

E3 2012 EA Conference Attendee
This user tuned into the EA press conference during E3. Awarded instantly.

E3 2012 Connoisseur of the Arts
This user tuned into either the GameSpot Live Stage Show or the GameSpot Bonus Stage show during E3. Awarded instantly.

E3 2012 Safari Documentarian
This user tuned into either one of the GameSpot LiveCam Tours during E3. Awarded instantly.

E3 2012 Literature Enthusiast - Day 1
This user visited GameSpot's main E3 page at least once on Monday, June 4, 2012. Awarded instantly.

E3 2012 Literature Enthusiast - Day 2
This user visited GameSpot's main E3 page at least once on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Awarded instantly.

E3 2012 Literature Enthusiast - Day 3
This user visited GameSpot's main E3 page at least once on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Awarded instantly.

E3 2012 Literature Enthusiast - Day 4
This user visited GameSpot's main E3 page at least once on Thursday, June 7, 2012. Awarded instantly.

E3 2012 Esteemed Scholar
This user earned all of the other emblems by 12:00pm PT Friday, June 8, 2012. Awarded at 12:00pm PT Friday, June 8, 2012.

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Going into the Show Missing in Action Meeting Time Loading the Truck Booth Building 101å The Ways You Watch Photos: Stage Building E3 Essentials E3 2012 Emblems E3 Post It Perfection Breakfast with Community E3 Showfloor photos and more! Last E3 2012 Stage Show ClapTrap Goes to E3!

Inside E3: Post It Perfection

Date June 4, 2012

GameSpot reached out to a few lucky community members for a chance to volunteer on one of the many fantastic displays located in LACC’s South Hall. Who were these lucky gamers? Well we’ve collected a little bit of intel on them so you can get to know these awesome users.

Name: John S.
Gamer Handle: vyser14
Currently playing: Dragons Dogma
Preferred platform: PC
Go to gaming beverage: NOS
All Time Favorite Game: Skies of Arcadia
Game to Watch at E3: Anything from the Wii U
First booth to visit and why: Nintendo for more Wii U information

Name: Michael S.
Gamer Handle: Red Red17
Currently playing: Dragons Dogma
Preferred platform: PC / 3DS
Go to gaming beverage: Coke
All Time Favorite Game: Sonic 2
Game to Watch at E3: Pikmin 3
First booth to visit and why: Nintendo, because I wanna see Pikmin 3

Name: Brendan P.
Gamer Handle: iRokyo Fahce
Currently playing: Maxpayne 3, Skyrim, and Trials: Evolution
Preferred platform: X360
Go to gaming beverage: Mountain Dew
All Time Favorite Game: Golden Eye 64
Game to Watch at E3: Dishonored
First booth to visit and why: Bethesda, so I can try out Dishonored.

Name: Colin C. (aka The Video Viking)
Gamer Handle: Arudaur
Currently playing: Assassins Creed Brotherhood, Dungeon Defenders, League of Legends and Minecraft
Preferred platform: PC
Go to gaming beverage: Beer
All Time Favorite Game: StarWars Knights of the Old Republic 2
Game to Watch at E3: Assassins Creed 3
First booth to visit and why: Ubisoft because they always have at least 2 things worth talking about.

Name: Jordan S
Gamer Handle: umand_bewb
Currently playing: Trials Evolution: Batman: Arkham City, Gears of War 3 Multiplayer
Preferred platform: X360
Go to gaming beverage: BAWLS
All Time Favorite Game: Team Fortress Classic
Game to Watch at E3: Halo 4
First booth to visit and why: Nintendo, because they are the ones who started my horrible gaming addiction, that and the Wii U.

Name: Eduardo R.
Gamer Handle: edubucaneer
Currently playing: Trials: Evolution, Star Wars: The Old Republic
Preferred platform: 3DS
Go to gaming beverage: Iced T
All Time Favorite Game: Spy Hunter
Game to Watch at E3: Assassins Creed 3
First booth to visit and why: Namco, because I’d like to see more DarkSouls!

Be sure to check back later for more in Post-It Pixel Perfection!

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Going into the Show Missing in Action Meeting Time Loading the Truck Booth Building 101å The Ways You Watch Photos: Stage Building E3 Essentials E3 2012 Emblems E3 Post It Perfection Breakfast with Community E3 Showfloor photos and more! Last E3 2012 Stage Show ClapTrap Goes to E3!

Breakfast with Community

Date June 5, 2012

Synthia and Jody have been checking in with you all in the mornings. If you haven't been watching the GameSpot Spotlight channel check the latest videos.

E3 Day Zero - Monday E3 Day 1 - Tuesday

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Going into the Show Missing in Action Meeting Time Loading the Truck Booth Building 101å The Ways You Watch Photos: Stage Building E3 Essentials E3 2012 Emblems E3 Post It Perfection Breakfast with Community E3 Showfloor photos and more! Last E3 2012 Stage Show ClapTrap Goes to E3!

E3 Showfloor photos and more!

Date June 6, 2012

We've got a variety of photos for you to check out this year! Everything from Behind the Scenes, E3 Showfloor and more. You can see all of the photos on this fancy page E3 2012 Gallery but if you want to view the actually gallery, here you go!

- E3 2012 Showfloor Gallery shows off the booths, babes, and goods you can find at the show.

- GameSpot @ E3 2012 has photos off our stage areas, guests and other areas you might see us on the E3 showfloor.

-Behind the Scenes Gallery is the best place to visit about stuff happening outside the E3 showfloor. You might see some photos from the War Room we have, stage being built and other stuff in this gallery.

Even more photos will be added to these galleries soon. If you have something you'd like us to take a photo of go ahead and let us know in the comments. We'll do our best to get it.

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Going into the Show Missing in Action Meeting Time Loading the Truck Booth Building 101å The Ways You Watch Photos: Stage Building E3 Essentials E3 2012 Emblems E3 Post It Perfection Breakfast with Community E3 Stage Show Photos and more! Last E3 2012 Stage Show ClapTrap Goes to E3!

Last E3 2012 Stage Show

Date Jun 7, 2012

We had a great stage show this year hosted by Chris Watters and Danny O'dwyer. During the last show, Ryan Mac Donald wanted to see if he could break the gadget he made for the show. Well, more so, he wanted to see how far he could go and he didnt mind if it broke. After all, he made it so he can break it, right? To my surprise the thing held strong, just like GLaDOS! And, guess who ended up shaking Chris Watters' hand after the show? Rich Gallup! Check out the video to see all of this in action.

Believe it or not, Synthia and Jody still have more to share. Check back for more updates

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Going into the Show Missing in Action Meeting Time Loading the Truck Booth Building 101å The Ways You Watch Photos: Stage Building E3 Essentials E3 2012 Emblems E3 Post It Perfection Breakfast with Community E3 Showfloor photos and more! Last E3 2012 Stage Show ClapTrap Goes to E3!

ClapTrap Goes to E3!

Date June 9, 2012

Claptrap was quite the star at E3 2012. He explored the E3 showfloor and hung out with GameSpot in our War Room workspace.

Claptrap checking out our post-it mural.

Claptrap pretending to drink Jody's iced latte.

Claptrap found quite an interest in this camera.

Claptrap tells a joke to the ladies.

Claptrap shows his biceps.

Claptrap's first interview. He kept repeating, "I'm a star!"

Claptrap gets his first piece of E3 schwag.

Claptrap said he enjoyed the way his wheel felt when checking out the Skylanders portal

Claptrap almost wanted to join the Skylanders.NO!

Claptrap falls madly in love.

Claptrap waves to his fans at the Borderlands 2 booth.

Claptrap thanks GameSpot for escorting him around E3.

Thanks for hanging out with us ClapTrap! And, a big thanks to 2k Games and Gearbox for letting us to share his first E3 experience with everyone.

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Going into the Show Missing in Action Meeting Time Loading the Truck Booth Building 101å The Ways You Watch Photos: Stage Building E3 Essentials E3 2012 Emblems E3 Post It Perfection Breakfast with Community E3 Showfloor photos and more! Last E3 2012 Stage Show ClapTrap Goes to E3!

Discussion

163 comments
ownU4eva
ownU4eva

wht tha , wha has breakfast got anythin to do wth E3

love the all round coverage

 

 

ownU4eva
ownU4eva

ballsy 2 spotters, digg'n tha chaz

kerk12
kerk12

Well I gotta admit this E3 was a nice one, unlike last year's. Both Ubisoft and Nintendo were awesome this year :).

CyberLips
CyberLips

What the hell is Caroline talking about? XD

CyberLips
CyberLips

The adventures of Claptrap!!! :D

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

I love that Seal's "Kiss From A Rose" is playing as the background music in the second video =)

syler4815162342
syler4815162342

Nice it's pretty hard to manage all these things and cover the conferences without any problems live for us!

telvisnostic
telvisnostic

I've got all but the last one.  I'm patient.

b0sse
b0sse

I've watched everytihng, and should have received all the emblems already to be able to acquire the final one, but now I wont get the final one cause they still wont give me those fukin UBISOFT or EA or SONY ones that I've watched 1000000000000000 times.

colibriosis
colibriosis

Damn, I only got five of them....had no idea where to look for the others :/

VintAge68
VintAge68

Just one question: does the Readers' choice poll -- opposing every game to each other, I guess-- have any deeper sense? Or is it just broken?

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

alright the last one I'm waiting on is the scholar yeeeeeey 

GodGamer1995
GodGamer1995

i cant get my E3 2012 EA Conference Attendee!! HELP

b0sse
b0sse

GameSpot staff doesn't seem to care that it's not working properly for many people. Great support... NOT

dorthie2
dorthie2

they need to fixed the live cam videos

starsmith4_spot
starsmith4_spot

I didn't get the Microsoft and Sony emblems, despite watching the press conferences. I've even watch the complete two press conferences twice (on day 1 and 2)

StrmCentry
StrmCentry

Wish you would put Sonic and SEGA All Stars Racing Transformed on the games list so I could follow it. I also wish you would put it on the stage show because I can't get Mike to go there with the Live Cam.

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

I recognized Jody (hottie).

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man

I just got the Day 2 emblem which has in turn fixed up the Day 3 emblem, so everything is now fine for me.

StrmCentry
StrmCentry

So I got the Day 2 emblem today, but the description says Day 3. The Day 3 emblem's description says Day 2. The images just need to be switched.

b0sse
b0sse

GameSpot, please fix this massive fail.

raycey
raycey

I got the Microsoft emblem but no Sony, Nintendo, EA or Ubisoft emblems, despite watching all the press conferences. Microsoft was the only one I watched live though so I wonder if that has something to do with it.

goeyguy03
goeyguy03

i watched microsoft and sony conferences, no emblem either.. oh well.

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

 @telvisnostic Same here, even though it's past the deadline of when they said it would awarded.

OrNiGhTZ
OrNiGhTZ

 @b0sse  agreed, I saw all of them and even went online for day 4 coverage and never got the confirmation of doing so , skipped part way through xbox's press confrence after already watching on tv though , but for EA , UBISOFT  should have gotten them also

Rocker6
Rocker6

 @b0sse 

To get those conference emblems,you needed to watch the LIVE STREAM,not the later recordings.Since you obviously didn't do that,you sadly cannot unlock those emblems anymore...

GodGamer1995
GodGamer1995

 @starsmith4_spot I know i'm not getting my E3 2012 EA Conference Attendee emblem too despite watching it about 4 times!!

dalger21
dalger21

 @raycey You have to watch the streams live to get them.  If you didn't watch it live, you won't get them. 

b0sse
b0sse

 @Rocker6 I did watch them all LIVE. I got the Microsoft and Nintendo emblem just fine, but they refuse to give me the other ones, and so I missed out on the "E3 2012 Esteemed Scholar" cause of it. Not fair.

 

And they don't respond to any messages about fixing it either, not on their twitter and not here. BAD SUPPORT IS BAD

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

 @dalger21 Not true. I watched a few conferences on rebroadcast and still got emblems--w/ the except of EA & MS (for whatever reason, yet I've heard numerous people are having trouble w/ those 2, live or not).

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

 @RollingSun2000 No, that's not necessarily true. Both Ubi and Nintendo I wanted upon rebroadcast and still got the emblem. Matter of fact, there's people that watch certain conferences LIVE and still didn't get the emblems.....

 

That being said, I too still have not received my EA or MS emblems though I got all the others (minus the 'scholar' and 'scavenger hunt' ones).