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E3 2005: Five years later

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In less than 48 hours, Microsoft's E3 2010 press conference will kick off four days of non-stop videogame insanity. We'll be there for the duration, reporting on all the latest news and announcements as fast as our withered fingers will allow, but before we fully dive into that madness, let's take a couple of minutes to look back five years at E3 2005.

Why? Because we still have the pictures. And because it's always fun to go "zomg I remember when that game came out."

Additional photos courtesy of PC Gamer

SONY AT E3 2005

The PlayStation 3 dominated the minds of all who attended E3 2005. It began the second you walked into the LA Convention Center, where a Kong-sized banner teasing Sony's upcoming console dangled like a 1080p carrot over all who passed by. This was also the E3 that began with a mind-shattering Killzone 2 trailer that swore up and down it was gameplay footage. Thus began four years of "BIAS BIAS BIAS!"

The first public glimpse of the PS3 hardware, seen here in a rotating kiosk that held black, white and silver models. Frequently overheard: "What's with the Spider-Man font?"

The infamous "batarang" controller also made its first appearance at E3 2005. Unsurprisingly, Sony dropped this in favor of another Dual Shock. Well, first it was SIXAXIS, then we got Dual Shock 3. And then Move to make up for everyone ditching SIXAXIS. Yeesh.

The PSP was in full force, commanding a large chunk of Sony's show floor. Notice the stairs in the back - the term "booth" barely applies to the E3 of old.

Speaking of "booth," here's about half of Sony's area. Visible games on display are Jak X, 24: The Game, Getting Up and, right there in front, our precious Okami. As you can see, E3 2005 was still all about the PS2.

Another shot of Sony's booth, this time from the floor facing its massive, side-scrolling video screen. Oh and Kingdom Hearts II was there.

No, this isn't a PlayStation Move shot we leaked from the future, it's a five-year-old shot of some dude playing with the Eye Toy. That sure went well.

Next page: Nintendo and Microsoft at E3 2005!

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57 comments

  • CoolBowling - June 17, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    Cool E3 2005. This is the one and only E3 I've been to. The two things that I remember and really stand out is getting my picture with all four of the Mithra FFXI girls, and waiting 2 F'in hours to play Twilight Princess for 10 minutes. I also remember being underwhelmed watching the PS3 montage trailer they showed, and then exiting and seeing the boomerang controller.
  • super0sonic - June 15, 2010 8:22 a.m.

    God yes I lOVE this stuff!!! I really Dig the past and would love to read write ups of every E3 ever!! Also i really liked the old PS3 Controller.
  • Blackout1881 - June 14, 2010 5:34 a.m.

    I still would have just liked to have used that original controller once. You never know it could have been awesome.
  • CRUNKMUFFIN - June 14, 2010 3:17 a.m.

    The Sess was staring into your soul....
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  • EnragedTortoise1 - June 14, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    that PS3 controller looks like it was designed by Satan himself. Or just Atari.
  • JADENkOTOR - June 14, 2010 1:22 a.m.

    The PS3 controller sucks fat sack with its over-sized loose joysticks and no triggers to be heard of... the should have kept the baterang so it looked as shitty as it works.
  • InstantTitKill - June 14, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    Great article, I laughed so hard when i read the part about the Batmobile xD
  • Cleanser247 - June 14, 2010 12:18 a.m.

    I would love to attend an E3 one day.
  • HawtKakez - June 13, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    Adam Sessler looks like Showtime's Dexter in that close up. Ah 2005, how innocent we were then before this era of gaming. Where did it go so wrong.
  • Clovin64 - June 13, 2010 7:40 p.m.

    Sessler looks like he's going to crawl out of my monitor and kill me, Ring-style! Sessler stare FTW! P.S The original PS3 contoller truly sucked ass. Thank Zeus they changed it.
  • FantasticMrStarFox - June 13, 2010 6:14 p.m.

    lol Sessler looks pissed in that picture.
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  • philipshaw - June 13, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    Great article, hope to see some pics from this years E3
  • reveffect - June 13, 2010 3:44 p.m.

    wow the advertising in the comments is getting out of control now. it used to be one or two every article but this is rediculous (yeah i know i spelled it wrong. anyways this article brought back sweet memories and evil Sess stare FTW!!!
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  • Thelonius - June 13, 2010 3:08 p.m.

    That Sessler pic is EPIC!!!! lol i remember this E3 and going, "Wow, why are Microsoft and Nintendo trying? Psssssh, obviously the PS3 is gonna win..." And how wrong i was lol
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  • SwirlerMcCoy - June 13, 2010 1:46 p.m.

    Ah. I hope natal =\= the next eye toy.

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