The original Xbox was first revealed 19 years ago today, with The Rock and Bill Gates teaming up to debut the system that would become Microsoft’s first foray into home consoles. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the system didn’t sell all too well, though it certainly had its highlights.
Good times, my friend and cheers 🥃 to all the good work you & Melinda do for humanity. For the record, Im clearly talking about symmetrical multiprocessing in the photo.
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— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 6, 2020
In today’s Tell GR, we want to know your fondest memory of the OG Xbox. Let us know in the comments section below — our favorite comment will be featured in tomorrow’s Tell GR!
Paul Tamburro, executive editor: “Halo 2 gave me some of my best memories, period. I spent an almost sickening amount of time with that game, playing alongside a ragtag group of real-world and online friends pretty much every day of the week. I put countless hours into its custom games, reading up on new ideas posted by its community and trying them out with the group of people I played with. I don’t think another multiplayer game will have as big of an impact on me as Halo 2 did.”
Jason Faulkner, senior editor: “My best Xbox memory is playing The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind over the summer of 2002. My friends usually had to spend the summer out of town, so I was usually stuck riding solo when school was out. Thankfully, Morrowind sucked up around 300 hours of that time. I checked every nook and cranny of that game, and fell in love with the franchise. Even though Bethesda has largely murdered my enthusiasm for its RPGs with the release of Fallout 76, I’ll always have fond memories of Morrowind.”
Mack Ashworth, lead editor: “I didn’t get an original Xbox until Fable launched. I remember being blown away by that game’s morality system, as I slowly grew horns as I became more and more evil. That big chunky console with its absolute unit of a controller taught me that Xbox has great exclusive games, too.”
Michael Leri, features editor: “I never owned an Xbox (or a 360) but I remember one time that my sixth-grade teacher let someone bring in an Xbox for us to play. We went through a ton of games and it was a blast until we got to Mortal Kombat Deception. The screen was covered in blood and gore and I’ve never seen an adult pull the plug on something that quickly. He later went on to post how much he hates liberals on Facebook and I basically got to make a career being a Mortal Kombat fan so I think I still won that day.”