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Retro: Microsoft Xbox - The Difference

Microsoft Xbox - The Difference

Blast from the past

Back in 2002, Microsoft released a promotional DVD to celebrate the launch of the original Xbox in the UK and Europe. Entitled Xbox - The Difference, the disc contained a whole stack of trailers, adverts, an interview with Peter Molyneux, and random music videos. A copy of it spun across our desk a couple of weeks ago in...

News: Ten Years Ago: A Look Back At Microsoft's E3 2006 Conference

Ten Years Ago: A Look Back At Microsoft's E3 2006 Conference

Those were the days...

With all the big E3 conferences coming up next week, we thought we'd take a look back into the archives to see what was going down a decade ago. To refresh your memory about the landscape of the day, the Xbox 360 had been on store shelves since November 2005 and the world was waiting for Sony to lock in the final details of...

Feature: 10 Oddities That Found a Home on Xbox

10 Oddities That Found a Home on Xbox

The outer limits

Back in the first generation of Xbox gaming, the landscape was very different. The industry was sailing into uncharted territory on a course that was mapped by the first PlayStation's break into the mainstream. As such, publishers were scrambling for ideas, throwing as many of them against the wall as they could in the hope that...

Weirdness: N64 Controller Modded to Work with Xbox One

N64 Controller Modded to Work with Xbox One

Might Players Be Able To Play Rare Replay the Retro Way?

Innovative peripheral developer Hyperkin, the creators of the popular RetroN console, have revealed that they have successfully modded a wired Nintendo 64 controller to work with the Xbox One. In a video posted on YouTube, Chris Gallizzi and Jesse Aragon describe how they set out with the...

On This Day: Can You Believe It Was 12 Years Ago Today That Enter the Matrix Hacked into Xbox?

Can You Believe It Was 12 Years Ago Today That Enter the Matrix Hacked into Xbox?

Whoa.

Back in 2003, May 14th to be exact, Enter the Matrix released for the original Xbox just in time for the theatrical debut of the second movie in the franchise, The Matrix Reloaded. With a whole bunch of hype surrounding the collaboration between the Wachowski's – creators of The Matrix – and the developer, Shiny Entertainment, Enter the...

News: Did You Know Gaming? Takes On the Original Xbox

Did You Know Gaming? Takes On the Original Xbox

Watch and learn

Those crazy kids at Did You Know Gaming? has taken a look at the original Xbox console, in an eight minute video that covers the conception of Microsoft's first entry into the console market. Whether you were a fan of the original Xbox and the beautiful "Duke" controller or not, you'll undoubtedly pick up a few tidbits of...

On This Day: Eleven Years Ago the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles First Appeared on Xbox

Eleven Years Ago the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles First Appeared on Xbox

Guess you could say they entered Dimension X

It was eleven years ago today that the world's most famous turtles made their debut on Microsoft's first video game console. Well, actually, the game – cleverly titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – released in North America in 2003, but it didn't release in Europe until 16th April, 2004. For the sake...

Feature: Remembering When Mortal Kombat First Wrapped Its Hands Around My Beating Heart

Remembering When Mortal Kombat First Wrapped Its Hands Around My Beating Heart

Dave Letcavage time travels back to the 1990s

Mortal Kombat is one of the most recognizable and prolific franchises in video game history. With over 20 games – including major entries and spin-offs – released over the past 23 years, there's a good chance that even the most casual gamers have had at least one encounter with this blood-soaked...

On This Day: 12 Years Ago Run Like Hell: Hunt or Be Hunted Released for Xbox in North America

12 Years Ago Run Like Hell: Hunt or Be Hunted Released for Xbox in North America

Apparently gamers took the title's advice

One of the coolest things about our latest feature, On This Day, is that we aren't necessarily in control of what game we end up writing about -- it's dictated by the date. That means that sometimes our only option is to write about a game that wasn't all that popular or well received. Which brings us to Run...

On This Day: It's Been Exactly 11 Years Since R: Racing Evolution Released in PAL Territories

It's Been Exactly 11 Years Since R: Racing Evolution Released in PAL Territories

Ridge Racer...but not really

On this day 11 years ago — 2nd April, 2004 to be exact — R: Racing Evolution released for the original Xbox in PAL territories. Developed and published by Namco, this racing simulation was a spinoff of sorts in the Ridge Racer series. Unfortunately Namco's efforts to change things up weren't universally appreciated,...

Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Forty Five

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Forty Five

We fill our hearts with Zelda, Battlefield, and XCOM.

Welcome to What Games Are You Playing This Weekend, also known by the uber-popular acronym WGAYPTW. This is a laid-back feature that allows us to share our upcoming weekend gaming plans with all of you. By providing a little window into our personal lives, you can learn what makes us tick as...

Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Forty Four

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Forty Four

Three amigos set their sights on some familiar targets

Welcome to What Games Are You Playing This Weekend, also known by the uber-popular acronym WGAYPTW. This is a laid-back feature that allows us to share our upcoming weekend gaming plans with all of you. By providing a little window into our personal lives, you can learn what makes us tick as...

Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Forty Three

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Forty Three

So hooked it's not even funnie

Welcome to What Games Are You Playing This Weekend, also known by the uber-popular acronym WGAYPTW. This is a laid-back feature that allows us to share our upcoming weekend gaming plans with all of you. By providing a little window into our personal lives, you can learn what makes us tick as gamers and learn which...

Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Forty Two

What Games Are You Playing This Weekend? - Issue Forty Two

When there's a drought, bring the retro games out

Welcome to What Games Are You Playing This Weekend, also known by the uber-popular acronym WGAYPTW. This is a laid-back feature that allows us to share our upcoming weekend gaming plans with all of you. By providing a little window into our personal lives, you can learn what makes us tick as gamers...

Pure Retro: Did You Know That James Bond 007: Nightfire Had a Thrilling Multiplayer Mode?

Did You Know That James Bond 007: Nightfire Had a Thrilling Multiplayer Mode?

License to Kill

When the Xbox 360 was the latest and greatest console on the market, that meant the original Xbox was only last-gen, which didn’t make it all that old. But now that the Xbox One has ushered in a new generation, it finally makes sense to slap the retro label on those classic Xbox games. That’s where Pure Retro comes in. From here...