What’s in the disk tray?

Quick confession before we begin. The idea for this post, and it’s title, is courtesy of my brother’s blog, The Blog of Neil. If you are into gaming of the tabletop variety, then he is your man/orc/space marine. Every now and then he will post about what miniatures he is currently working on and titles it “What’s on the painting table?” This got me thinking that I could do the same about what I’m currently playing as a quick way of updating you all. And by all, I mean both of you. Now, with my slight plagiarism addressed and a hat tip to my sibling delivered, I shall crack on.

So, what is in the disk tray? Well despite her best efforts, I’m pleased to say it is not the remains of my two year old daughter’s half eaten biscuit. It is however, only a matter of time before games console and soggy indistinguishable food collide in a match made in my nightmares. It’s like death. You know it’s gonna happen one day, you just don’t know when.

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Happy Birthday John

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Today is apparently the original Xbox’s 15th Birthday. Yep 15 years ago Microsoft launched their gaming behemoth with its ridiculously oversized controller on the gaming world.

You will probably read a lot of tributes to original Xbox today, and rightly so. I had one (the see-through special edition, baby!) and loved it, but whilst it started Microsoft’s journey and gave us Xbox Live and the stepping stones for Xbox 360, Xbox One and the soon to be Project Scorpio (they have to change that name because every time I hear it I think of a big 80’s Ford family hatchback that is being restored in an old man’s garage) the lasting legacy of what this bad boy bought to the table was Halo: Combat Evolved, which is also 15 years young today.

Now, there are plenty of articles dotted around the web about Halo’s origin and how it came to be on Xbox and went on to become a game changing FPS and blah, blah, blah. All very true but rather than paying tribute to the game itself, I want to raise a glass and cut some cake with the big man himself: Master Chief.

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