E3 2009: Welcome!

Today's the big day, folks. The annual and mega-flashy Electronic Entertainment Expo starts in less than an hour, and Microsoft dutifully kicks this PR party into high gear with its press conference at 10:30 a.m.

Now let's be honest: every other website has some kind of intimate E3 coverage planned for videogame fans and followers of the industry. You have your liveblogs, live video, exclusive interviews, previews, hands-ons and podcasts. We, a fresh and puerile (but not juvenile?) website without access to E3, can't provide the coverage like bigger media entities can. However, what we can do is offer our analysis and summations of big E3 press bombs and try to cut the fat the best we can.

So stay with us throughout E3 and think of our content as the delicious Andes mint after a filling dinner -- a complement to a main course of news from the hundreds of other videogame journalists doing the real work this week.

We'll be posting our recaps of each big press conference and attempting a few interesting things this week in terms of  feature articles. Next week you'll see more thoughtful content, as post-E3 lends itself well to in-depth analysis and status reports of individual genres -- even the consoles themselves.

I'll leave you with the times and dates for the five major press conferences.

Enjoy E3...we're besieged like this only once a year, or twice depending on how interesting the Tokyo Game Show will be come September.

Press conferences for Monday, June 1st:

  • Microsoft: 10:30 a.m.
  • Electronic Arts: 2 p.m.
  • Ubisoft: 5 p.m.

Press conferences for Tuesday, June 2nd:

  • Nintendo: 9 a.m.
  • Sony: 11 a.m.