Today, Xbox Live turns 10 years old, meaning it’s finally as old as the majority of people who use it.
Joking aside, Xbox Live has had its peaks and valleys, with both good and bad memories. Let’s take a moment to reflect back on those.
You’re probably familiar with the bad ones. People who shoot their own teammates. Adolescents cursing out their mothers, like in the now-infamous video above. Guys who send girls nasty messages and ask them if they work at Hooters (yes, this has happened to me). People who try to hack your account with really convincing messages (“I wurk at Msoft. Gimme your monies.”)
But there’s also a lot of good to come out of interacting with people on Xbox Live. I met one of my best friends on Live, back during the heyday of the original Left 4 Dead. I’ve never said “thank you” as many times as I have playing that game, either from someone knocking a Smoker off of me or healing me with their own med kit. The video to the left is actually from Left 4 Dead 2 in Scavenge mode, which arguably relies on the most tight knit teamwork to survive. I usually play that mode with two people scavenging for gas tanks, throwing them down to the generator, car, etc. while the other two fill it up and protect each other.
You need cooperation and teamwork to succeed, and while I’ve definitely met my fair share of idiots playing that game (what do you expect with Xbox Live now at 40 million members), I’ve also met a lot of decent teammates. And one very dear friend. And maybe you’ve met a really awesome beatboxer.
So, for me, memories of playing Left 4 Dead (and its sequel) are the highlight of Xbox Live.
What about for you? Share some stories — good and bad — about your experiences with Xbox Live over these past 10 years.