Which E3 did they show off Monster Hunter Tri for Wii? Was it before or the same year as Silent Hill Shattered Memories getting shown off? Because if its the same year, that year, which I feel was like 2009
I can't remember if I knew about E3 super well before that, since I did watch Xplay, but that was the first year I actively searched it out
Same, I remember fiercely debating the art style with my friends over the latest copy of Nintendo Official Magazine. That was the same E3 that had the behind closed doors Half Life 2 demo right? So 2003?
2004 reading about it, 2005 was the first one I ever watched live. It was Nintendo's, and while not the best year to jump in, sandwiched between the terrific 2004 with Resident Evil 4, Metroid Prime 2, Twilight Princess and more and 2006 with the Wii. It still had some the Revolution and the announcement of the Virtual Console, which was amazing at the time.
1995 for me. And it EGM and Gamefan that promoted the tradeshow, which was a transitionary venue from the Consumer Electronics Show of the previous years. I remember 1994 in particular promoting Nintendo's forthcoming "Ultra 64" that year, along with Donkey Kong Country. The other standouts I paid attention to that year was the Sega Saturn and Clockwork Knight. I never paid any mind to the Sony Playstation though because I predicted it would wind up like the 3DO.
It's surreal thinking back to it and remembering the O.J. Simpson trial that year.
I would say late 90s. I remember reading all about it in like 1997 about latest games and tech and whatnot. It was all over EGM in the mid 90s now that I remember.
It wasn't until maybe 2000 that I started going online and eating up all the video content released (which was not a lot, and it took forever to download any footage). And as soon as streaming of the conferences was possible, I started watching each one. It's probably been 10+ years of streaming conferences at this point.
edit - I also had that "rare" E3 Pikachu card in like 1999 hahaha
2004. I want to say it was GameSpot. All I remember was that I was blown away by the Twilight Princess reveal as a kid. Subsequently forgot it existed until 2006 when I just graduated from 5th grade, and found out that the Wii and PS3 were being revealed. At that point I tuned in through IGN.
In 1995, when they held the first E3. I was reading just about any gaming magazine I could get my hands on but I'm pretty sure it was either Gamepro or Diehard Gamefan that had the first coverage I saw. I remember thinking it seemed like a huge improvement over the scattershot Winter and Summer CES shows that the game industry had been using previously.