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E3 Coliseum: Five must-see talks

Movies, TV and games take center stage

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For the first time in E3 show history, organizers Entertainment Software Association sold tickets to the big show.

Along with the ability to wander the game-booth-packed show floor, the tickets grants access to the first-ever E3 Coliseum: two days of on-stage interviews and panels.

Two dozen talks are spread out across Tuesday and Wednesday, but not all of them are worth your time away from the games on the show floor.

Here are the five that seem the least skippable.

God of War

Tuesday, June 13, 11:00 AM

Lead animator on the original God of War and game director for the second, Cory Barlog is back for the Norse-mythology-themed God of War entitled simply God of War. He’ll be up on stage with other Santa Monica Studio mainstays Shannon Studstill, Jeet Shroff and Ariel Angelotti to offer a peek behind the curtain of the game’s creation.

Everyone talks building worlds

Tuesday, June 13, 12:30 PM

Always affable host of shows like Talking Dead and Talking Bad, Chris Hardwick gathers together a killer panel to discuss world building. Among the guests are Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford, Halo’s Kiki Wolfkill, Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Jack Black and Tim Schafer chat

Tuesday, June 13, 6:00 PM

Tim Schafer is a sheer joy to chat with, a delightful host and Double Fine Productions game-maker. Add Jack Black to the mix and you can’t go wrong.

Storytelling in games, television and movies

Wednesday, June 14, 2:30 PM

Gennifer Hutchison, the writer of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul , is joined by Fallout 3 writer Emil Pagliarulo, Uncharted writer, 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Tractenberg and crime novel writer Marcus Sakey to discuss storytelling across different media.


Wednesday, June 14, 3:15 PM

Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima and Kong: Skull Island film director Jordan Vogt-Roberts take to the stage to talk films and movies.

You can, and should, also check out the full schedule for the two days of panels right here.

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