On Wednesday I’ll be streaming some Destiny 2. I plan on starting around 8pm Eastern time. (Which works out to midnight UTC.) More importantly:
E3 begins this weekend. I’m hoping to re-stream the show, although Twitch hasn’t given their official blessing for re-streaming in 2018. It’s been standard practice for the last three years, but usually we get a post with a list of rules and guidelines.
Assuming it all works out, I’ll be streaming with Ross, who you might remember as part of the Good Robot dev team, and who is now working for Ubisoft. Ross and I will watch the shows, talk about the games, make fun of suits trying too hard to be cool, and generally fill in the slow moments with commentary.
Here is the schedule for the big events at E3: (Events I’m interested in streaming are marked with an asterisk, although I could be talked into covering others.)
Saturday, June 9
* Electronic Arts: 11 AM Pacific / 2 PM Eastern
Sunday, June 10
* Microsoft: 1 PM Pacific / 4 PM Eastern
* Bethesda: 6:30 PM Pacific / 9:30 PM Eastern
Devolver Digital: 8 PM Pacific / 11 PM Eastern
Monday, June 11
Square Enix: 10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern
* Ubisoft: 1 PM Pacific / 4 PM Eastern
PC Gaming Show: 3 PM Pacific / 6 PM Eastern
* Sony: 6 PM Pacific / 9 PM Eastern
Tuesday, June 12
Nintendo — 9 AM Pacific / 12 PM Eastern
The rumor is that Gearbox will probably talk about the next Borderlands this year. If so, I wonder where they’ll show up. Borderlands is published by 2K Games, and 2K doesn’t have a big press event. Which means Gearbox will probably crash someone else’s party. Maybe they’ll show up during the Microsoft or Sony events, or maybe they’ll just announce on Twitter and put a trailer on YouTube. Or maybe the rumors are wrong and there won’t be any Borderlands news.
I notice they gave the PC Gaming Show lots of breathing room this year. In the previous years the PC show always ran really long and another (far more important) event would start, so everyone would drop the PC Show to cover the other one. This year they’ve got three whole hours to burn before Sony’s show starts. I do 90% of my gaming on the PC so I really ought to watch. On the other hand, the PC show is always slow and cringe-y and short on actual news / announcements. We’ll see.
So that’s the plan. I know this stuff disrupts the usual schedule of analysis you come here for, but I really want / need to watch this stuff, so the stream is simply the best way to turn those hours into content. It’s this or a blank page.
We’ll return to our regularly scheduled complaining once E3 blows over. Thank you for your patience. As always, my stream will be on my Twitch page.
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