This will just be a shorty today as I happen to have a fair amount of birthday drinking ahead of me, but with E3 coming up in just a couple days this is an opportune time to refresh your brain muscles on a few notable moments in the video game expo’s colourful history, starting above with my personal favourite: the Giant Enemy Crab from Sony’s disastrous 2006 conference.
Some of these clips may be less accessible than I would like for the non-gamers among you, so apologies for that. Maybe you just had to be there/watching on a livestream/into the little twists and machinations of the industry in general. Whatever the case, I’m sure Konami’s numerous failures should be entertaining to all, at least.
Incidents like the crab are fairly rare during the major pressers from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. Thankfully we have the minor conferences to look forward to!
Konami in particular has become infamous over the last few years for putting on the most hilariously botched shows possible, which is probably why their presentation was pre-recorded this year. As if one million troops weren’t enough, witness Konami’s own presenters fail out of a Rock Revolution song a couple years prior.
Not to be outdone, Ubisoft has this guy.
If only YouTube existed back in the mid-nineties, we could have the infamous Sega Saturn announcement debacle floating around too. Barring that, here’s Sega’s “Sonic Boom” show from 2011 which the fine folks at Destructoid were somehow brave or intoxicated enough to capture on film. Warning: as with everything Sonic-related, the following video may hurt your very soul.
I don’t know about you guys, but I could certainly use a drink.