IGN: Remembering E3 1996

During the heat of past E3s, IGN has heard fellow editors lament the hundreds -- if not thousands -- of people crammed into the Los Angeles Convention Center that had nothing to do with the video game industry, but had somehow managed to finagle a pass and lock up important kiosks.

Even if you've never been to an E3, you're certainly read enough accounts to know what it was like during what IGN likes to call the Circus Years. Giant screens, light shows, scantily clad booth models, overly long press conferences bursting with Power Point braggadocio, and after-parties with professional acts that cost more to book that most people will ever see in 20 years.

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