E3: The Past, Present, and Future
E3 is fast approaching. I remember when those words filled me with childhood glee. I would eagerly await my gaming magazine subscription in the mail to come, full to the brim with new game information. At that point, I would spend the next few days flipping slowly through the pages, screaming “OH COOL!” at each new revolutionary title.
I never got to go to the “classic” E3, and now that it has been transformed completely, I suppose I never will. It’s okay. With the power of the internet, we can go back in time, marveling at the spectacle that was E3. Just close your eyes, and think of SNES.
Let’s crank this baby up to 88 miles an hourÃ¢$¦Ã¢$¦
1995. Back when Nintendo and Squaresoft were still friends, Rare was dazzling us with Donkey Kong Country, and the Virtual Boy was the next big thing. I’m not sure if you remember the Virtual Boy, but let’s just say that the system warned of permanent eye damage after 15 minutes of play time. You want a hardcore gamer? THAT is a hardcore gamer.
Cartridges? Where we are going, we don’t need cartridgesÃ¢$¦
2000. PS2 was making all the headlines, the gaming industry was bracing for things to come, and a little-known title named “Halo” makes its debut appearance.
One more stop on this crazy trainÃ¢$¦.
2006. The last “true” E3. The PS3 and Wii were finally announced, and we were introduced to Sony’s “historically accurate” giant crabs. Ah, it’s like it was a year ago. Oh, waitÃ¢$¦
What does this year have in store for us? Other than lack of booth babes, that is? I guess we will find out, come July 11.