Happy Birthday Xbox

It’s a bit hard to believe that ten years ago today on November 15th 2001 Microsoft released the now “original” Xbox system.  It was Microsoft’s first foray into the home console gaming market, and damn was it a great start!

The Xbox was originally supposed to be name the “DirectX Box” based on it’s technology.  Microsoft wisely decided to shorten the name soon after development only after some test marketing suggested that the customers prefer the name Xbox.

The Xbox was the first home console to have a built in hard disk drive, and in my opinion was the system that really popularized online home console playing with Xbox Live (interesting enough also released on November 15th, but in 2002).

I look back on the Xbox and wish that Microsoft didn’t kill the system so quickly after the release of the successor Xbox 360. It may have been the little brother to the dominate Playstation 2 console while it was out, but overall the Xbox boast some very impressive exclusives including but not limited to: The Halo series, Fable series, Project Gotham Racing, and my person favorites the two Knights of the Old Republic games.

I lift up my glass high and say “cheers to the original Xbox: May you live long in our retro gaming hearts for many years to come”.


About Gamester81

John "Gamester81" Lester started playing video games at a very young age. His first ever console that he played was a Colecovision, quickly followed by an Atari 2600, and his passion for video games hasn't stopped. In 2008 John decided to start a video game review show on YouTube called Gamester81 by reviewing rare and retro video game systems and games. His show quickly grew in popularity, and he became friends with many other gamers in the YouTube community. He is also one of the hosts of the All Gen Gamers Podcast which is a bimonthly podcast for people and video games of all generations. Some of John's other hobbies includes collecting Star Wars memorabilia (YouTube channel Starwarsnut77), playing classic arcade games (YouTube channel Gamester81Arcade), watching sports, and listening to music. John is a big fan of the 80's and 90's and in 2009 started a YouTube channel called NEStalgiaholic where he talks about nostalgic items and memories from his childhood. To see some of John's video's in 3D visit his YouTube channel Gamester81in3D. Favorite Systems: Colecovision, Commodore 64, NES, & SNES. Favorite Games: Donkey Kong Arcade, Atari Star Wars Arcade, Super Mario 3, Final Fantasy II, & Goldeneye 007