This week, we discuss our favorite moments of this years E3 conference. Kaleb Craig also covers a little back history on the expo's history. Enjoy!!
A brief history of E3.
1995: The first E3 saw the unveiling of Nintendo's virtual boy system, and the entrance of Sony to the gaming industry with the PlayStation. in its first year E3 had 50,000 attendees.
1996: E3 saw the beginning of the Nintendo 64 and Mario 64, Capcom showed up with the first resident evil, naughty dog had their PlayStation start with crash bandicoot, Edios interactive showed off tomb raider, the first unreal engine was shown for the first time, Starcraft in an early form made an apperence, and Square showed its first PlayStation game Tobal no. 1, it also showed a preview for final fantasy 7.
1997: The third e3 saw the rise of some first person shooters like, quake 2, Starwars dark forces 2, half-life, and unreal. metal gear solid for the PlayStation was unveiled, as well as panzer dragoon saga for the Saturn and Superman for the N64. (which is considered one of the worst games of all time) One of the first offline Esports competitions the Red Annihilation Quake tournament was held at E3 1997.
1998: Duke Nukem Forever was shown for the first time, and the final version of Ocarina of Time was presented.
1999: A new generation of consoles, the Sega Dreamcast, and Nintendo announced the dolphin which was the codename for the GameCube.
2000: The sixth E3 saw the PlayStation 2, and the early form of the Xbox, and Halo: Combat Evolved.
2001: The GameCube and Xbox were featured with a line up of games for each. it was also the last appearance of the Dreamcast.
2002: Xbox Live was unveiled, and several big games made an appearance like, Ninja Gaiden, Warcraft 3, Doom 3, Super Mario Sunshine, Legend of Zelda Wind Waker, Metroid Prime, Starfox Adventures, Rachet and Clank, Sly cooper, Red Dead Revolver and Kingdom Hearts. Nintendo also unveiled the first major wireless controller called the Wavebird.
2003: Half-life 2, Halo 2, the Sims 2 and Call of Duty were all unveiled. it was also the first time the PSP was mentioned.
2004: The PSP and Nintendo DS were featured, and Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess was shown.
2005: The first time E3 was shown on TV. Sony debuted the PS3, Nintendo showed the Wii, and Microsoft unveiled the Xbox 360.
2006: Focused on the upcoming releases of Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii, along with the next wave of games for the Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, and mobile phones. some games shown were Fable 2, Gears of War, Super Smash Bros brawl, Super Mario galaxy, Grand Theft Auto 4, Final Fantasy 13.
2007: Attendance to E3 2007, the 13th annual E3 summit attracted only 10,000 attendees due to a change in format.
2009: Electronic Entertainment Expos beginning from 2009 reverted to the show's previous format before its 2007 restructuring. The show was greatly expanded in terms of size from previous years, it has been reopened to all qualified computer and gaming audience. The first show to revert to this format.