How to E3 2011

Find out all about our E3 2011 coverage, this year's site achievements, our new live streaming video player, and more!

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What's E3?

The Electronic Entertainment Expo is like the Super Bowl, Wrestlemanias 1 to XI, and the Kumite of video games, all at the same time. As the biggest gaming event of the entire year, it's when the big three hardware manufacturers--Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony--show off all of their upcoming games and technology. If you're not sure what you'll be playing in the next few months or you're wondering what to look forward to, you're going to want to pay attention to E3 2011. And we're here to make sure you see everything!

Get extensive coverage of all the press conferences, continuous updates on all of the games you need to know about, and exclusive video demonstrations you won't see anywhere else but right here at GameSpot's home for E3 2011. So mark your calendar, prepare yourself a comfy chair, and make sure you join us on June 6 when E3 returns.

Changes to Our Video Player

We've made two major improvements to our E3 video player this year that will ensure you never miss a moment of our complete show coverage.

  1. Now you can watch our live streaming coverage in high definition! Just click the "High Def" button beneath the player or toggle between SD/HD in the lower-right corner of the player.
  2. Did you arrive late to the show? Do you need to take a sandwich break? Our new player gives you full control over our live broadcasts and lets you rewind back to any moment, even if you've only just arrived! Just grab the marker in the timeline bar and move it to any point in the event broadcast.

Video Player Cheat Sheet

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We're live! What you're watching now is happening in real time and is being beamed directly from E3 onto your monitor via sufficiently advanced technology.
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Just click this button to jump back to the most current point in our live broadcast.
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The cameras have been turned off and the show's over, but the entire broadcast is available for you to rewatch.

The Live Video Schedule

With so much going on at E3, it's difficult to know what you should be watching, so we put together a handy list below, which includes everything from the press conferences we're covering to the LiveCam Tour, our interactive walkthrough of the E3 show floor:

Monday, June 6

Tuesday, June 7

Wednesday, June 8

Thursday, June 9

E3 2011 Achievements

As always, we hand out a batch of special E3-related achievements each year, and you'll find the list below along with descriptions that explain how to unlock them. Please note that the first five achievements will be handed out immediately upon completing their associated requirement, and the latter two (each of which can be upgraded twice) will be awarded on June 13.

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E3 2011 Microsoft Conference Attendee
E3's just not the same without dudes getting chainsawed in half, amirite? I watched the Microsoft E3 2011 press conference during the week of E3, and am a better person for it.

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E3 2011 Sony Conference Attendee
Demystifying rumors and speculation, one E3 at a time. I watched the Sony E3 2011 press conference during the week of E3, and am a better person for it.

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E3 2011 Nintendo Conference Attendee
Another E3, another hardware announcement. I watched the Nintendo E3 2011 press conference during the week of E3, and am a better person for it.

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E3 2011 LiveCam Warrior
Fear does not exist in this dojo. I watched an episode of the E3 2011 LiveCam Tour during the week of E3, because I'm the best around.

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E3 2011 Stage Show Samurai
This achievement brought to you by alliteration! I watched an episode of GameSpot's Live E3 2011 Stage show during the week of E3 and secured my place amongst the samurai elite.

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E3 2011 New Game Ninja
Hi, this achievement is all about ninjas, REAL NINJAS. This achievement is awesome. I followed a game announced at E3 2011 during the week of E3 and inherited REAL ULTIMATE POWER.

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E3 2011 Game Gladiator - Bronze
Are you not entertained? I followed 5 games featured at E3 2011 during the week of E3, and have won the favor of the crowd.

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E3 2011 Game Gladiator - Silver
Are you not entertained? I followed 10 games featured at E3 2011 during the week of E3, and have won my freedom.

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E3 2011 Game Gladiator - Gold
Are you not entertained? I followed 20 games featured at E3 2011 during the week of E3, and now not even the emperor can touch me.

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E3 2011 Facebook Freedom Fighter - Bronze
Maximizing buzz by driving word of mouth from relevant influencers. I "liked" 5 E3 2011 previews, staff blogs, or news stories on Facebook during the week of E3 and helped spread the word.

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E3 2011 Facebook Freedom Fighter - Silver
Increasing organic growth by exposing audiences to the brand through breakthrough viral communications. I "liked" 10 E3 2011 previews, staff blogs, or news stories on Facebook during the week of E3 and helped spread the word.

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E3 2011 Facebook Freedom Fighter - Gold
Utilizing social currency to amplify experiences and drive conversations. I "liked" 20 E3 2011 previews, staff blogs, or news stories on Facebook during the week of E3 and helped spread the word.

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