E3 comes to an end.

This actually makes me pretty sad. I’ve gone to E3 since 1996, and with the exception of 2001 and 2005, I’ve attended every one. Even when officially out of the industry, I’d be able to catch up with friends and former co-workers whereever they ended up. It was pretty much a part of my growing up.

Sure, it got crowded and crazy, and sometimes the booth was more the focus than the games, but it…. I guess it’s a little hard to explain if you hadn’t been to one before. I was 20 when I first attended E3, and the Nintendo 64 was just getting introduced in America. For someone who was still essentially a kid, it was one of the most amazing things I had ever seen. This huge convention center with people from all major companies under one roof to celebrate the love of video games.

So maybe it’s more a personal, nostalgic loss than anything else, but for what it was, it was certainly a memorable chapter in my gaming career.

R.I.P., E3 (1995-2006).

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