E3 08: Just what in the hell is Destructoid doing in LA this week?

Ahhh — smell the fresh Eve of E3 air! While the show officially kicks off this Tuesday, July 15, members of team Destructoid have already touched down in the City of Angels in preparation for the big week.

It’s going to be a wild one, for sure. While we already have a good idea what we’ll be seeing from publishers over the next few days, we’re still expecting a few surprises. We’re sure to hear tomorrow at Microsoft’s, Electronic Art’s, and Square Enix’s respective conferences. And what does Bungie have up their sleeve, and does it have anything to do with Microsoft’s press conference or — gasp — EA’s? (Cue spooky music.)

So what should you expect from us this week? A hell of a lot, actually. Get this: there are going to be eight of us covering the show (including myself): Anthony Burch, Chad Concelmo, Colette Bennett, Niero, Ron Workman, Tiff Chow, Dale North (the sexy one), and Jonathan Holmes catching all of the action on video man-on-the-street-style.

Expect a ton of coverage, including hands-on impressions, screenshots, video, and live-blogging of key events. We recommend hitting F5 all week, but hit the jump to see what we have in store for each day.

[Per day, in no particular order.]

Sunday, July 13

  • Destructoid staff arrive!

Monday, July 14

  • Even more Destructoid staff arrive!
  • Electronic Arts press conference
  • Microsoft press conference
  • Square Enix press conference

Tuesday, July 15

  • Nintendo press conference
  • Sony Computer Entertainment press conference
  • Warner Bros. Interactive
  • Midway Games
  • Bethesda Softworks (Fallout 3)
  • Codemasters
  • Valve (Left 4 Dead)
  • GameLoft
  • 2K Games
  • Novint Technology
  • Sony Online Entertainment
  • Capcom
  • Natsume
  • Electronic Arts software showcase
  • Activision evening press event
  • … and more!

Wednesday, July 16

  • Electronic Arts game demos
  • Warner Bros. Interactive
  • Konami press conference
  • Konami game demos
  • Midway Games
  • Bethesda Softworks (Fallout 3 hands-on)
  • Codemasters
  • Valve (Left 4 Dead)
  • At least two “mysterious” Microsoft games
  • GameLoft
  • 2K Games
  • SEGA
  • Round table with Sony’s Jack Tretton
  • Rock Band 2 hands-on
  • Too Human preview with Denis Dyack
  • … and more!

Thursday

  • Southpeak Interactive
  • Disney
  • Crave
  • THQ
  • Rockstar Games
  • Majesco
  • D3
  • Nintendo game demos
  • Tomb Raider: Underworld demo
  • High Voltage Software (The Conduit)
  • … and more!

So I think you get the idea: even with eight of us, we’re going to be busy. Really busy. But we’re excited. Are you? What are you looking forward to hearing about and seeing the most this year?

Nick Chester