We heard the promises, and we saw the reality. And based on our week of delight—and sometimes disillusionment—at E3 last week, we've put together a decoder ring of sorts. A skepticism engine to help you decrypt the tall tales and stretched truths of video game public relations. A much-needed teaspoon of reality to combat the antibodies of boundless optimism. Keep this with you from now on, and whenever you hear a claim about a video game that's in the development pipeline, just consult it. Chances are, you'll be able to see through the smokescreen and realize just what gamers should really expect to see once the game hits shelves. Consider it a public service. Happy to help!

By Troy Mounis