Xbox Almost As Old As The Kids On Xbox Live

Happy birthday, Xbox! You turn 10 today. Microsoft is celebrating your birthday by selling people a much prettier version of Halo: Combat Evolved.

They did not get you a bicycle.

Honestly, they barely talk about you anymore. They prefer your younger brother, though I think they're even more proud of that alien-looking thing that plugs into him.

You were their pride and joy, once. Today, they thought about you again. Briefly. You're so old now! Almost old enough to hop onto Xbox Live and hurl inappropriate slurs at the people you play online games against. That's what kids do, I hear through my headset.

Don't worry, though. People can disrespect you all they want. People can look back at your library of games and laugh at the lack of classics. They can mock your original controller. It was made for giants with cold hands. They can say you were fat and dumpy and too obsessed with acid green.

People can say a lot of bad things about you. But, me? I can't. You are the reason I played Knights of the Old Republic. So I think you're pretty damn special.

I'm glad to have known you.

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    BEST HEADING EVAR!

      Side note - i still hav my Clear Xbox set up - i still love ya, buddy!

      I shall consume cake in your honor!

    Best moddable non pc hardware around. Upgraded hdds and media centre. Also FTP access and games installed on HDD.

    This ugly black box gave us most of what the 360 does today and more. I was a ps1/ps2 guy before this came out but quickly changed preferences.

    Happy birthday man!

      Word. XBMC on the first Xbox is still more versatile than the 360's media player (except HD stuff). It was also perfect as an emulator box - you could get virtually every old console game ever made on one disc, and they ran perfectly. Not that I'd ever do anything like that of course.

    Best moddable non pc hardware around. Upgraded hdds and media centre. Also FTP access and games installed on HDD.

    Apple tv is only now getting some of back now.

    This ugly black box gave us most of what the 360 does today and more. I was a ps1/ps2 guy before this came out but quickly changed preferences.

    Happy birthday man!

    I still play my 'see-through-green' Halo edition Xbox from time to time. San Andreas and Halo and Morrowind and KoToR? There were plenty of 'eventual classics' on that magic box. :)

    Agreed with everyone here! Unfortunately my OG Xbox's DVD drive has stopped working recently. I have so many saves, music and DLC on it so I don't want lose it. Need to play some Rallisport 2 dammit!

      I do hope the next generation does away with optical drives entirely. I mean, they're loud, slow, hot and they break all the time, which are all wonderful qualities, but I think it's time to say goodbye.

      Just get a cheap xbox ($29) at a pawnbroker, and swap the DVD drive out.

        O, but dont try swapping out the xbox HDD unless you know how to flash the firmware. But the disc drives are interchangable

    Great console, still got mine from launch and it still works perfectly. Might actually fire it up today for old time's sake :)

    As for my 360, it broke 4 times before it was out of warranty. Defective piece of shit.

    I still play my ps2 heaps, 6th gen isnt dead but wow its been a long time

    Yeah I was on the ps2 bandwagon till the allure of kotor and v8 super cars. I love you man.

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