E3 2004: Five Years Later


E3 booths are notoriously lavish, and Konami lived up to this long-running standard with its Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater area. As you can see, it was decorated to look like a jungle, with TVs resting inside rocky walls.

Gator-Snake is cool, but looking back on the game, we have to say that “Snake Eater” sounds like a game someone would invent in a sitcom.

Konami was on a roll with their booths that year – Silent Hill 4: The Room was made up to look like a dilapidated apartment.

This booth came complete with cabinets, stove, sink and schwag-starved journalists.

Square running a trivia contest for various prizes. We actually won after correctly identifying two in-jokes Final Fantasy X makes about Final Fantasy IV. The prize? Sigh… a Final Fantasy XI poster.

Square always makes a big production out of its booth, and in 2004 erected this stupidly tall, blindingly bright screen that displayed their top titles (for scale, observe the line of people walking through the screen). In this case, the GBA Kingdom Hearts was cycling through.

Speaking of screens, EA blasted their lineup loud enough to wake the dead. Def Jam is seen here – too bad pics can’t capture how strange it is to see such a large screen running high-res images so cleanly.

Final page – Activision, Namco and cosplayers!


  • NipplesTheSuperHippo - June 1, 2009 4:13 p.m.

    cool article. PICTURESSSS!!! WOOT! but seriously, seeing the picture of the guys all around the bongos made some old memories resufrace. I waited to buy a GC to get the Silver one. I took it over a PS2 ;_; worst choice of my life.
  • pikachu2000 - June 1, 2009 11:42 p.m.

    Today's world is so full of family friendly casual crap. Face it, the good old days of E3 are over. Sure they will wow us with a few breaking announcments in the first few days, but Nintendo have nothing to lose and E3 will go back to the family friendly hell that we dispised so much. What the bastards are thinking right now: MORE BUSINESS, MORE CRAP, MORE MONEY, TO HELL WITH YOU!!!
  • Cyberninja - June 1, 2009 9:15 p.m.

    wow e3 09 has to unleash the best games ever to beat 04
  • kubes - June 1, 2009 12:43 p.m.

    nice article like the bunch o' pictures
  • solidslayerr - June 1, 2009 12:38 p.m.

    So sad how downhill its gone from 2004, hopefully this year its not another business meeting... BRING BACK THE BOOTH BABES!

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