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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Where to start…

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The (very) few people who follow this blog will have noticed that my productivity has been absolutely non-existent of late. When I started this whole “I’m gonna write a blog” thing I said to myself that there is no point doing it if I wasn’t going to post regularly. I never wanted to post for the sake of it (quality outweighs quantity and all that) but I wanted to make sure that I kept content coming.

The problem with this self-imposed set of rules is that the trouble with a gaming blog is that you have to actually play games to have something to write about. Whilst it was never my intention to write about the latest release (can’t afford to for starters and I didn’t want to write about a point in time) I felt I would have to play or replay any game I was planning to write about (I know, makes sense, right?). Trouble is as a father of two gorgeous little time consumers and the holder of one of those pesky job thingys I have a bit of a backlog of games at the moment.

So, now the excuses for writing the sweet sum of bugger all are out of the way, I thought I might let you know what is on my gaming to-do list. Continue reading “Where to start…”