XBOX Website Receives a 20th Anniversary Layover. But Where’s Blinx?

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I went over to XBOX.com today and felt transported back in time. Ah, a time before social media and amplified outrage culture. A period where games could do nearly anything they wanted without a group of men with pixie haircuts prattling off lists of what was problematic and somehow forcing developers to cut out even the suggestion that polygon women can be sexy.

The good old black and green of the original XBOX is front and center on the landing page. And that’s about it. Maybe there will be more to come when the 15th of November rolls around? Of course, when you click on the 20, it takes you to a page about celebrating the XBOX … by buying stuff.

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On November 15, 2001, Microsoft what was to be their first (sort of) console. If we want to split hairs, the Dreamcast could be considered an MS system, and the original XBOX is somewhat of a Dreamcast 2. Regardless, Bill Gates’s big black box launched nearly 20 years ago and changed the gaming landscape.

Not only did it step in as a new competitor to Sony and Nintendo, but it brought with it a mascot that we all know and love. Yes, Blinx the Time Sweeper. The feisty feline who battled pigs with his vacuum. Oh, wait … his game wasn’t quite the flagship MS was hoping for.

Well, at least Bungie’s Halo managed to give gamers something akin to the fast-paced FPS action typically associated with PCs. And so it was that Master Chief went got the sloppy seconds title of Xbox’s official mascot. Yay?

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Honestly, I was hoping for maybe a video about the console’s development or how MS planned to overcome the struggle of being the new kid on the block. Nope. It’s a pretty shallow celebration so far.

What are your thoughts on the original XBOX? Game changer or nah? Let us know in the comments.

[Source: XBOX.com]


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  1. Blinx and Gex were my go-to before I managed to mod my used Xbox I snagged during its midlife.
    They should bring’em back for some kinda easter egg or optional character in a newer game.

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