One of the creators of the original Xbox has been sharing his thoughts ahead of the console's 20th anniversary.
Seamus Blackley, who is credited with the idea of a dedicated Microsoft console, took to Twitter earlier today to say that Xbox's imagery attached to its anniversary celebrations - due to kick off later today - "just made me all verklempt," a Yiddish word for being overcome with emotion.
This stupid image just made me all verklempt. The panic weekend spent coming up with a boot up animation that would work, and implementing it, feeling like an amateur, like it all was all a failure, and now it’s a classic antique. All the feelings. ❤️❤️❤️ #Xbox20 pic.twitter.com/6ufEQAz2ikNovember 15, 2021
While the Xbox has now become a classic console, it wasn't always smooth sailing. In his tweet, Blackley outlines a "panic weekend spent coming up with a bootup animation that would work, and implementing it, feeling like an amateur, like it was all a failure." Fortunately, that hard work seemed to pay off, and now the original console is "a classic antique."
The Xbox 20th anniversary stream takes place today at 10:00 PST/ 13:00 EST/ 18:00 GMT. Microsoft has said that the focus will be on celebration and nostalgia rather than new game announcements, but some Halo fans are convinced that a surprise drop of the Halo Infinite multiplayer mode will be unveiled at the show. A number of recent reports have pointed to something happening later today, which would see the mode arrive almost a month before the rest of the campaign, including the revamped open-world campaign. Given the strength of Halo Infinite's betas, that would mean that shooter fans will have been well-served throughout November, with Call of Duty: Vanguard and Battlefield 2042 both launching recently.
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