Top 10 Most Memorable E3 Moments

Danny digs through almost two decades of expo footage to uncover the best and worst moments from the history of E3.

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Evamorgana
Evamorgana

LOL stage flap! Oh and the historically correct giant crab! Oh the memories!!! Gotta love Sony's sass; gotta say, I was cheering along at home watching their live stream last year. As for Microsoft; we'll they'll have to earn my respect back. I'm hopeful they'll win me over this conference.

PitatheGreat
PitatheGreat

Sad fact. Tak Fujii from Konami has cancer and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment. And yes, he had to cut the dreads.


Only thing missing might have been a few Iwata and/or Reggie moment involving kicking ass and taking names.

7rooper
7rooper

Awesome show. Number 10 is the best: The kinect fiasco run by Kudo tsumoda!. btw, what the hell is he doing now?
"Scan your gear" ...my ass

snaketus
snaketus

That 1995 Sony conference $299 is my favourite of all time. Reminded me show much of last year :D

vadagar1
vadagar1

wasn't there a guy that told us to deal with it :P

realcoolknight
realcoolknight

Thank you for the memories. I went to E3 from 2000(which I snuck in!) to 2010. I miss every second of those three days. I hope to go back soon.

rexpowercolt
rexpowercolt

I jumped outa my chair and screamed out loud "YES!!!!!!!" when I saw Sony's conference last year streaming, it was so farking epic!

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

I wonder who will be going first MS or Sony?

Because all Sony did last year was is listen to the crowds reaction to the MS portion and then go against everything MS proposed that the crowds didn't like. Genius

jmartin1016
jmartin1016

They all need to bring some games this year.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

On reflection I agree with number 1 although it was capitalising on the Xbox One reveal blunder, it genuinely was a watershed moment. After the arrogance prevalent in Microsoft first became apparent with #DealWithIt Sony's response shifted the balance of power, not to Sony but to the masses.


The thing is in terms of what they actually showed that conference it was pretty slim. Their killer feature was being much more in touch with gamers than either of their competitors.

ABIBASS
ABIBASS

this year there might be a big brawl at the e3.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I still don't know why people were so angry about the Microsoft stuff. I mean yeah okay it was different and it was kind of restrictive as a general rule but most of the stuff was minor at best.

Just take the always online stuff. Sure it is a pain if your internet goes out but how often does that happen for most of us? I can't remember the last time my Xbox was turned on without an internet connection going through it. Probably when I was playing Dark Souls I actually because I used to remove the ethernet cable. About three years ago!

If people are online constantly anyway how is that any different to requiring an online connection?

Seems to me so many people are scared of change. I say let them do it. If their always online policies were that bad it would have hit them where it hurts most, in the sales. Microsoft would learn a much better lesson. 

Right now they went back on their policies because a bunch of whiny children on the internet started crying and they will always view it as the gamer's fault. 

If they kept the policies there would be NO excuse they could come up with that explained why their sales were crap except their own failure. I know that sort of failure would have made them a better company in the end. 

Basically evolution. Survival of the fittest. If we don't let people fail and stay exactly as we have always been that is exactly where we are going to stay forever. The same. This gen is already feeling like last gen mark 2. Nothing has changed except the power in the consoles.

turtlag562
turtlag562

I predict E3 2014 will be in MS's favor.  The one thing MS knows how to do is adapt, maybe not in the gamers favor but as a business they know what to do.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

I almost cried from happiness on that Sony 2013 E3. It was so simple and yet so fulfilling.

voreo
voreo

Sonys last year presentation being number one? No sorry. That was a cheapshot.
Forgot to mention Sony was gonna do the same thing

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I've only really been watching E3 in the past three years. I can't believe how it's escalated from a few guys in a dark room with a podium and a Powerpoint presentation to the giant exhibition with (unwanted) guest appearances from Eminem.

That Sony presentation in '95 was pretty boss. Petty they didn't watch that before the '06 show.

snugglebear
snugglebear

I was in the same spot, last year. I had a lot of faith in the XBOX (In spite of my 360 Elite getting bricked by a required update and then being told "that's not possible" ) and I was looking for an excuse to buy a new one and not replace my old. It was not a welcome surprise when I saw all these "features" 

vadagar1
vadagar1

japanese people are very well educated but they are REALLY horrible when they speak english


LIKE HORRIBLE XD


hire me next time

jayjay444
jayjay444

I remember Nintendo, I thought you were going to dash my hopes for a proper Zelda game only to turn of my PC more excited than ever. Though it turned out Zelda Twilight Princes wasn't as good as the Wind Waker anyway so my hope was once again dashed, (especially on Wii the motion controls were rubbish it was a much better game on Gamecube).  

LpcWarrior
LpcWarrior

I have to agree with #1. It was the first time watching (or reading) about E3 where I witnessed one company look like fools, and the other coming up smelling like roses. 

Ghost_Thumbs
Ghost_Thumbs

Dammit Danny I love you, You are truly doing a service to video gamers with your pieces.

PyreofKoL
PyreofKoL

Number one is so very true. I'm a big Xbox fan and that E3 made me actually resolved to not buy an Xbox One. I did cautiously change my mind after they fixed most of their mistakes, and haven't regretted yet, but to this day I still call it the XBone. Also, Nintendo press conferences usually succeed because Shiggy is God. 

rexpowercolt
rexpowercolt

Xbox One during entire year of 2013. Nuff said. 

Zombrex
Zombrex

8 had me rolling. Whose idea was that to let Japanese guys who clearly didn't know much English do a press conference?

mcmflyguy
mcmflyguy

I don't see what all the fuss was about with the  DRMS, or always online whatever you want to call it. not like i'm not signed into xbox live every time i'm playing it. but the used game thing was a crap blaster.

Brando008
Brando008

Number 1... rightly so. What a fantastic press conference from Sony. 

streamline
streamline

I don't think that was technically at E3.

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

@WeWerePirates Sometimes that's all you need. The games will come eventually. Why piss off your fans. (Customers) What was MS thinking?

snaketus
snaketus

@Dannystaples14 Best analogy is that my smart phone is about all the time online too, but if it is not and not going to be in next 24 hours or so, it can still make phone calls and send sms, the things it was mainly designed and marketed to do.

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

@Dannystaples14 The point is that shouldn't be a requirement to begin with. If you really must know. I got disconnected from Xbox live several times. As far as used games goes. Since MS,Sony,Nintendo all have ridiculous prices on digital games. Until that goes away they will never destroy the used game market. PC got it right. Dunno why they don't understand that. 

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

@turtlag562 adapting? You're joking right? Microsoft was doing great with the 360. Then Kinect happened. All the sudden they forgot they had a game console. Is really a shame their focus went all casual. Because that market dried up quickly.

Talis12
Talis12

@turtlag562 They've not adapted well to Google or Apple in the past few years.

turtlag562
turtlag562

@voreo Thats why it deserves number one.  I remember my face when I saw how many shots Sony fired during E3 2013.  It was devastating and as an MS fan it was sad to see the direction they took in the industry.

snaketus
snaketus

@mcmflyguy <non pending version> Best analogy is that my smart phone is about all the time online too, but if it is not and not going to be in next 24 hours or so, it can still make phone calls and send sms, the things it was mainly designed and marketed to do.


You really are piiiip if you think those DRM policies were good idea.

vannacut
vannacut

@mcmflyguy go try to install one legit copy of a game on your pc from ea with drm, and install the same game's pirated version. check the time difference. compare the problems you face. after that dont come here wrting the same comment, as it would be purely a lie.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@mcmflyguy You're joking right? With DRM you HAVE to be online to play anything. You are the audience they were shooting for in 2013.

monza1966
monza1966

@Lykanthropie @eze_sl89 

MS..I've switched to Mac computers and Sony products myself..They work a lot better for what I need out of them.

Nikolajj
Nikolajj

@KiraDEATHNOTE @turtlag562 

All Sony is good at is pointing fingers and say "What the others do is stupid!". This payed off well last year, but might not do so this year.

If you ask me, Sony just does less with the hardware than Microsoft.

snaketus
snaketus

@turtlag562 @voreo Exactly! Like the 1995 announcement of PlayStation's price point of Sega's face. That was even more epic! The video was about most memorable thing not about best contents.

gf61
gf61

@Nikolajj @KiraDEATHNOTE @turtlag562 Yep all they do is follow that's why they announce PS4 months before, 2yr ahead free games, and the competition copied their overall CPU design twice now.