The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is a pilgrimage for any person with a passion for videogames.
The biggest event of its kind, E3 is the place where all the big guns come out to play, where all the announcements are made, and where all the surprises are sprung. And there've been plenty of surprises, announcements and big guns over the years.
The expo was a big deal right from the start in 1995, with Sony showing off the first PlayStation, as well as Nintendo revealing its ill-fated Virtual Boy and the Ultra 64 (later becoming the Nintendo 64).
Other notable events include Sega showing off the latest titles for the Saturn system and defunct arcade developer SNK pulling the curtain back on its Neo Geo CDZ console.
Compared to 1995, 1996 may not have been as spectacular, but it provided its fair share of thrills regardless, with Nintendo demonstrating the N64 and Super Mario 64. Sony upped the ante considerably however, by slashing the price of the PlayStation, with Nintendo and Sega following.
A few other major tidbits from 1996 included a demonstration of the Unreal Engine, a preview of Starcraft and a video showing off Final Fantasy VII.
The 1997 edition of E3 laid the foundation down for first-person shooter games, with Goldeneye 007, Half Life, Prey, Sin and Unreal shown off. But there were plenty of other titles on offer, such as Metal Gear Solid for the PS1 and Panzer Dragoon Saga for the Saturn.
The expo was another stellar affair in 1998, with the final version of Half Life being previewed while the first trailer for Duke Nukem Forever was also revealed (with its release coming up this month).
Other landmark titles from 1998's E3 included The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Gran Turismo. Sega however, missed the opportunity to hype the Dreamcast, choosing to demo a few videos behind closed doors instead.
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