By. Adam Bankhurst
With E3 only about a week away, it's important to not forget its past. What has happened at E3 before this year may very well forecast what we will see starting on June 10th, 2013.
What surprises do they have in store for us? What will the prices of the new consoles be? Who will be the biggest train-wreck? All these questions and more have been asked before and will be asked again and again. The answers are sometimes positive, sometimes negative, and sometimes just plain hilarious.
Throughout this article, we will take a look at some of those high and low points from Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony and reminisce on the history of the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
Then, it's your turn to talk about your best and worst E3 memories.
High Point - Peter Moore and his Ink
Two of those secrets were the release date of Halo 2 and the announcement of Grand Theft Auto IV coming to Xbox 360. These weren't just ordinary reveals. No, they were both unveiled by a lift of a sleeve. Peter Moore, Former VP of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business Division, took to the stage and showed us his newly-acquired tattoos, revealing some of the biggest news Xbox has had to date. Those are the types of reveals that keep people talking for months and what makes it so exciting to be a fan of video games.
Kinect-centric E3 Conference
Truth be told, this shift may have been a sign of things to come because of the ramifications it can have on the future. Microsoft claims that E3 this year will be all about games, but if they focus too much on the media and/or items we don't care about, it could make that switch to PlayStation 4 seem a lot easier.
High Point - Shigeru Miyamoto as Link
Nintendo is built on charm and nostalgia, and this gesture to its fans was one of its best and most memorable. That is what makes it so sad that Nintendo going away from the traditional press conference format. Sure, we will still have the surprises and announcements, but the spectacle and excitement of such moments as this may now be a thing of the past.
Low Point - Wii Music
High Point - Killzone 2
It is still up for debate whether the actual title reached this level of perfection or not, but one thing is for sure, it was unforgettable and is still talked about to this day.
These showcases are what these developers need to bring to the table. Give us reason to believe in the unbelievable and want what we didn't even realize was possible.
Low Point - E3 2006
Last, and probably the most painful, was when Sony basically told us to "Get a second job!" so we could afford their new console. That obviously wasn't the best strategy. Even to this day, when people talk about the PlayStation 3, the price at launch is still a dark spot it can't seem to shake.
The price PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will undoubtedly be compared to Sony's mishap. There is seemingly no way they could repeat the same mistake twice, but we will see come next week.
What are some of you favorite or least favorite moments from E3? What are you hoping for from this year's showcase? Let me know in the comments below and be a part of the conversation!
Adam Bankhurst is one of the co-hosts of The Gamer’s Advocate. Send him all your thoughts or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow him @adambankhurst