One of the most challenging aspects of video-games culture for a newcomer, especially for a busy parent, is trying to learn and understand the many, many acronyms and specialised terms. GameHub HQ entries are jargon-free, so you can get the information you need as easily and painlessly as possible, but there are still some words worth knowing. Every Monday, we break down one Word Worth Knowing from the world of gaming.

What is  E3 what do you need to know and why do you need to care?

What It Is: E3 = Electronic Entertainment Expo

What It Means: E3 is arguably the most important event in the gaming calendar. It is a trade-show exposition, attended by  major games creation studios such as Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, as a chance to show their games.

Why You Care: E3 is where all major gaming companies announce their major releases for the coming year, including games and, if relevant, hardware such as consoles, computers and peripherals. The shows are invite-only to those with a connection to the industry, but are streamed live on the web to allow members of the general public to watch and engage. The event sets the agenda for the year, and companies work hard to present their work in the best light possible. As the event is held LA in California, the broadcast times for views in the UK can often be at anti-social hours. Fans may stay up all night to hear the news about their favourite franchises and companies. Parents may wish to indulge this once a year event at their discretion, or can insist on bedtime safe in the knowledge that the streams will be captured for YouTube and can be viewed the next day.

 

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