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Discover the interesting origins of the world’s sassiest gaming convention with The History of Fun crew

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Russ Frushtick is the director of special projects, and he has been covering the world of video games and technology for over 15 years. He co-founded Polygon in 2012.

This week on The History of Fun, Chris Plante is doing a deep dive into the origins of E3. What began as the red-headed stepchild of CES has since grown into something far...uh, louder? Join us as we travel from LA to Atlanta then back to LA, then to Anaheim briefly, then to a hanger at one point. What a long strange trip it has been and continues to be.

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