Remember these crazy memes from past E3s?

Each year, a world-wide audience of gamers collaborate to create Photoshop jokes and animated gifs based on the most awkward and odd moments of the Electronic Entertainment Expo. In preparation for E3 2012, we’ve looked back to remember some of our favorites from years gone by.

The DeanBeat: What to expect at E3

Expectations are mixed for the video game event of the year, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) conference taking place in Los Angeles next week. We’ll have a crew of 10 GamesBeat writers and editors physically covering the event, so you know that we believe the show is still a relevant place to catch up on all things gaming related. We’ll be posting as often as we can on the GamesBeat channel of VentureBeat. Naysayers say it will be boring, or a museum of gaming’s past. But that’s a crock of … you know.

Just what kind of game is Star Wars: 1313?

LucasArts has taken the wraps off a new game dubbed Star Wars: 1313. The cryptic title is a “third-person cinematic action adventure game” and is named after Level 1313, a “ruthless criminal underground deep below the surface of the planet of Coruscant.”

Metro Last Light fights shooter fatigue with deeper single player (hands-on preview)

Metro Last Light, the upcoming sequel to shooter game Metro 2033, is a creepy story-driven amalgam of several  different game types. That might make it fresh enough to give it considerable mass market appeal when it debuts in 2013. At its core, the game is a first-person shooter set in the subways and ruins of post-apocalypse Moscow. But it also has adventure elements, a cinematic story, great graphics, and a light role-playing game angle.

The DeanBeat: Don’t ya wish these fantasy game consoles were coming?

With a month to go before this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo video game trade show (E3), rumors are surfacing about next-generation console announcements. We’re not likely to hear much about what sort of features they’ll have for a while with the exception of Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U, which is launching this fall.

Xbox 360 dashboard update coming December 6

Microsoft has announced that a significant service update for the Xbox 360 will arrive on Dec. 6, bringing with it a newly designed user interface, cloud storage, expanded voice control with Kinect, and more.

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An interview with Journey co-creator Jenova Chen (video)

We are still showing off all of the goodies we saw at the E3 trade show last week in Los Angeles, where 45,000 attendees got their first look at the video games of the future. At the Sony booth, we caught up with Jenova Chen, co-founder of Thatgamecompany and co-creator of Journey, one of the best games at the show. Amid the noise of E3, you can hear in Chen’s own words the thinking behind the game while VentureBeat’s Matthew Lynley plays it in the background.

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The best games of E3 2011

We saw lots of video games at the E3 trade show in Los Angeles last week.

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This year’s coolest technology at E3

With the video game industry’s largest trade show over, it’s time to wrap up some of the highlights. Here’s a look at some of the coolest new types of gaming technology VentureBeat saw at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

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A brief walk around the E3 show floor (video)

Every year after the E3 video game trade show, people ask me what it’s like to go. It’s hard to explain the madness of E3 without video to show you what it’s like. So here’s what the U.S. video game industry’s largest trade show looked like in one small section of the show floor.

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EA’s Frank Gibeau steps into the grudge match between Battlefield and Modern Warfare

Frank Gibeau, president of the EA Games label at Electronic Arts, is responsible for taking the battle to EA’s arch rival, Activision Blizzard, in a big way this fall with the coming launch of Battlefield 3. That’s a heavy burden, since Activision Blizzard has the world’s most popular modern combat shooting game franchise — which generates more than $1 billion a year in revenues — and it is preparing to launch Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 on Nov. 8. Last week, EA announced that it was launching Battlefield 3 on Oct. 25 and that the game will have its own social network.

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This year’s top surprises at E3

With the video game industry’s largest trade show over, it’s time to wrap up some of the highlights. We’ll start with the biggest surprises that VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi and I saw at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

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VentureBeat’s photo gallery captures the noise of E3 2011 (part 1)

The only thing bad about an E3 photo gallery is that you can’t hear the sounds. E3, the video game industry’s trade show, is an extremely loud trade show, with game exhibitors blasting sounds as much as they can to draw attention to their games. The convention drew an estimated 45,000 people to Los Angeles this week. We were there from the first parties to the last. We saw many of the 35,000 screens showing off new games. Here’s the show in pictures.