(Here's our sister site Game Spot's breakdown of everything expected at the show.) "The event has a personality and a noise level and a robustness that sends a message around the globe," said Mike Gallagher, head of the Entertainment Software Association, the trade group that puts on E3.
GIFT GUIDE: The 12 Games of Christmas Games cost .99 apiece unless otherwise specified. The latest in the best-selling franchise lets you drive hundreds of bleeding-edge vehicles — including the 2013 Mc Laren P1, 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, and for the first time, open-wheel Formula One and Indy cars.Microprose, Interactive Game Group and the Microprose and Interactive Game Group logos are trademarks of Interactive Game Group, LLC, d/b/a Microprose. For a week or so at the beginning of every June, about 65,000 people -- including me -- travel to Los Angeles to find out what's coming up next in the world of video games.Whether you're a casual or core gamer, 2013 proved to be a banner year for interactive entertainment thanks to dozens of extraordinary games for all platforms, genres and skill levels.What's more, two new video game consoles have debuted — Play Station 4 (9) and Xbox One (9) — both of which are likely to be unwrapped under the tree this holiday season.The reason I've trekked to the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the biggest game event in the world, for the past six years is that it's where big news is made. It's where Sony first showed off its Play Station 3 video game console.It's where Microsoft kicked off its Kinect motion controller.E3's got more than 2,300 games, devices and toys on display, with at least 75 announcements that haven't been seen anywhere else in the world.It also has shouting fans, two e-sports pavilions where people can watch some of the best gamers in the world compete against one another, possible impromptu musical shows by celebrities (like the dance music duo The Chainsmokers, who performed at the Bethesda Softworks event Sunday) and a whole lot more. The real drama of new games and gear usually happens a few days before the "expo" doors open. Two years ago, when Sony announced a remake of Final Fantasy VII, the 1997 industry-defining title, after years of rumors, the E3 crowd got so wound up that someone next to me actually broke down in tears.That's in part because other confabs -- such as the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Gamescom in Germany, the Tokyo Games Show and PAX fan-based events in the US and Australia -- have highlighted gamer culture. The issue came to a head last year when a few of the industry's largest players, including Electronic Arts, pulled their booths from the show floor.EA instead held a weekend event for fans called EA Play.