Hello Los Angeles! Pictures from the frontline, plus a timetable of the week ahead

The E3 schedule, Continued

Conan's looking less and less like the governor of California these days

Tuesday evening will be almost as jam packed as Tuesday morning, and we have back to back interviews and interesting events to attend. Executives from multiple game publishers are staging the evening in which they will be demonstrating how the idea of a game title takes shape; how marketing starts, how money is spent, how progress is monitored, in a panel session that has them managing a fictitious company.

Later that evening we've got the Efocus off-show event featuring spotlighted game publishers at the California Market Centre.

The Nokia crew is setting up one of the few hardware-related displays at E3 Monday morning. It's for the N-Gage handset, which mixes communications, gaming, and personal applications. In the distance, a falling condensed mist acts as an iridescent display device for Nokia's demos, which can just barely be seen in the distance. Now, if only the phone had a display like that, it'd be really cool

Wednesday morning will be marked by the opening of the show itself, with a special press-only preview on the show floor. This will be our first chance to get ground pounding to see games and technologies showcased, have our hearing damaged and determine if the much talked about booth-babe ban will actually be enforced.

Apart from the obvious titles, which one would hope to see this is our chance to find those hidden gems and reveal never before seen ones. Expect plenty of loud, up front coverage and dodgy backroom showcasing to ensue.

While Activision was setting up its booth Monday morning, the big screen showed off the first look at Marvel Ultimate Alliance, a next-gen console game featuring the heroes from the Marvel universe, including Spider-Man and Captain America in full battle regalia

We'll also be spending a lot of time with Microsoft on Wednesday, with a look at everything from casual games to technology and game demos, and we're also hoping that they'll tell us a little more about Games for Vista. The Games for Windows logo was unveiled a while back and touted as Microsoft's reinvigorating of the PC Game market from its console slump.