With Microsoft putting an end to the production of the Xbox 360, it puts an end to the era of systems that gave birth to what we know as Xbox Live today. From voice chatting, to system killing flaws, the Xbox 360 forged a new path into the future of gaming.
The Xbox 360 brought back many of the classic games of the original Xbox such as Halo and Fable, arguably two of the best games on the Xbox. One of my first memories of the Xbox 360, was my father bringing Halo 2 Steelbook home after work from a store at a local mall. Putting hours and hours into the game online. Finding a clan, super bouncing, BxRing, and running into people who had modded their systems to be better at the game. Not being able to get past a certain rank online because the only people who could get better than that were the people cheating. Good times. There was also Fable 2 which turned out to be very controversial. Many people dislike it, but personally I loved the game, and poured hours and hours into it.
The Xbox 360 also gave us many options to put personalized soundtracks into video games, replacing the game audio. A feature that is very much missed. Having the ability to have some Breaking Benjamin blasting while you are slaughtering Grunts/The Flood in Halo was an amazing experience.
Approaching the launch of the Xbox One, I had lost one white launch 360, and one elite to the Red Rings of Death. With a month left until the release of the Xbox One, my disc tray stopped functioning on my Xbox 360. I went through 3 Xbox 360’s between the time it came out, and the Xbox One launch. I know there are people out there that have went through more, or less of them, but that number is insane.
The Xbox 360 also had an absurd amount of memory. We could NEVER fill up 20GB of memory just playing video games. It would take years and years to fill. Little did we know, that in the near future, that much memory would fit in a thumbnail sized piece of plastic?
One of my fondest memories of the Xbox 360 though, would have to be the hours and full nights of Rock Band. Was there anything better than having a party, and everyone jamming out on a plastic instrument (willingly or unwillingly) with some music blaring? Not that I could think of honestly? The favorite by far would be the Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones. It’s a classic, and made even better by some great friends.
It is amazing how far we have come in 10 years, now 20GB is not even enough to store most store bought video games. The new systems have more power than we could have imagined 10 years ago. Who knew that games would reach the point they are, being immersed in the game in Virtual Reality, a simple concept years ago. We are but a few years into the newest generation of systems, and we have come so far. It will be truly amazing to see where we are in another 10 years.