E3 2023 is cancelled – and it’s uncertain if it will ever return in the same way again. However you feel about that, it’s undeniable that the gaming calendar’s most talked about show continually provided moments you never got anywhere else.
E3 was a stage for video game companies to strut their stuff, a certain tier of celebrities to make their presences felt, and console rivals to take not-so-subtle pops at one another.
It was a place of huge excitement and anticipation, where internet memes and catchphrases were born, and extremely vanilla marketing executives became legends. It was also a place of failure and disappointment, as outlandish concepts and eyebrow-raising price points were debuted.