Archive, Daily Rant, Video Games

ARCHIVE Day 53: Remembering the Xbox

Original Release: 4/20/18

In case I haven’t made it obvious from my previous posts, I play a lot of video games. Like, a lot, it can be a problem sometimes. So, naturally, I’ve played every major platform available. PC, Playstation, whatever wonderful contraption Nintendo decides to go with every few years, and of course, Microsoft’s Xbox.

Honestly, I have a soft spot in my heart for the original Xbox. That and the Playstation 2 were the first game consoles I ever got to play as a kid, and they changed my life. While I found my start on the PS2, the Xbox was the home to many of my fondest childhood memories. I still recall circling around the TV with my brothers, playing a Diablo-style Dungeons and Dragons game until we beat it, or playing Knights of the Old Republic until way past my bedtime, and discovering Psychonauts, which would become not only my favorite game, but one of the most important games of my life.

Then, as I grew older, the 360 came out, and it didn’t disappoint. Brand new games, better graphics, a smaller and more comfortable controller, so on and so on. But sadly, the 360 wasn’t as big a part of my life as the original Xbox was. Still a factor, yes, but not a game changer.

Then the Xbox One came out and oh boy, did that ever fuck it all up. Before, the Xbox was the titan of the home-console. Sony tried to compete with the PS3, but ultimately most people had an Xbox. Hell, most game commercials ended with the Xbox logo, even when the game would be released on both platforms. With the Xbox One, it’s the exact opposite. Now, the Playstation 4 rules the console market, with the Nintendo Switch coming up quickly behind it. And the Xbox One? It’s a shell of it’s former self.

My point is, I don’t want to hate the Xbox One. In fact, I’d love nothing more than to love it. But with all the business choices being made by Microsoft and the total lack of exclusive games, I just have no reason to purchase or even like the console. And considering how big the original Xbox was in my life, it breaks my heart to have to say that.

Oh well. Maybe the next Xbox will be able to salvage the pieces.

In 2025 when they figure out Full-Sensory VR and conquer the gaming world.

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