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E3's wackiest moments (photos)

Getting ready to hit Los Angeles and the Electronic Entertainment Expo for the 11th time, I was inspired to peek back at photos I had taken over the years at E3. Most of these are from the years 2002-2005--considered the heyday of the show's over-the-top displays. From bikini-clad women to a life-size Katamari ball, we've seen plenty of unusual things at E3 -- this year's show will have to be pretty far out there to stand out.

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A life-size Katamari ball.
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Pre-CNET, I was considering several career options, including joining the Imperial forces.
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Oddly, the pedal-powered GameBike never caught on.
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That's a pretty big inflatable Spider-Man.
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The only place I've ever seen a hot dog wrapped in bacon. But maybe I've just led a sheltered life.
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Our first look at the Sony PSP handheld.
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The girls of Tecmo's Dead or Alive.
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Getting ready to hit Los Angeles and the Electronic Entertainment Expo for the 11th time, I was inspired to peek back at photos I had taken over the years at E3. Most of these are from the years 2002-2005 -- considered the heyday of the show's over-the-top displays. From bikini-clad women to a life-size Katamari ball, we've seen plenty of unusual things at E3 -- this year's show will have to be pretty far out there to stand out.
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This aspiring product presenter seems to have forgotten her pants.
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Inside the Los Angeles Convention Center is the perfect place to host a slumber party.
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Booth babes plus prizes -- pretty typical for past E3 shows.
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Crash Bandicoot caught eating an unemployed actor.
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Our first look at the Nintendo DS.
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A ComputerSpace machine from a vintage gaming exhibit.
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We don't recall what these dancing girls had to do with the driving game on display here, but we're sure it all made sense at the time.
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Now that's an E3 booth.
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Katamari's little prince.
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Hulk smash bad licensed games!
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Hey buddy -- that's a "no helicopter parking" zone.
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It's not a party without Spongebob.
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This fight ended badly.
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A famous example of vaporware -- StarCraft: Ghost.
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These young ladies just wanted to know which Netbook they should buy.
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