For many gamers, going to E3 is an unfulfilled dream. Attendance is tightly controlled (depending on your definition of tight), so unlike a boat show or comic book convention, you can't just buy a ticket and show up.
But if you do someday make it to E3, the show secrets presented here may help you get the most out of the experience. Regular attendees eventually work out most of these tips, but we're always open to new suggestions--feel free to list your own E3 secrets in the comments section below.
(Note: Also below is a handy list of all my E3 2011 coverage, for those interested in a more behind-the-headlines take on the show.)
E3 2011: Biggest misses of the show
Three is a magic number for E3 sequels
BioShock Infinite impressions
John Carmack on Rage, PC graphics, iOS games, and OnLive
Hands on with the 24-inch Sony 3D PlayStation display
Nintendo Wii U, Sony Vita, and the dangers of complexity
What was missing from Microsoft's E3 press conference
Skyrim and open game worlds are the last great frontier
Where are the social games?
Why isn't Apple at E3?
E3 2011: Our predictions
E3 buzz much louder this year, says Nielsen
E3 2011: OnLive comes to Facebook, tablets
A photographic history of the Electronic Entertainment Expo
E3 and the video game bubble
E3 2011: Complete coverage