Talking Point: The Original Xbox Hits Legal Drinking Age In The US
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Today's the day for the original Xbox! Yes, believe it or not, Microsoft's very first gaming console is now 21 years of age, originally launching all the way back on November 15, 2001.

We have some very fond memories of the OG Xbox, from its star-studded reveal presentations to its uniquely chonky design, and who can forget the 'Duke' controller; that one still lives on in the memory of most Xbox fans today!

However, the actual games are what we look back on most fondly. Microsoft's first Xbox console served up some of the true greats that still live on to this day. Halo was the system seller, of course, but the console's relatively short life cycle delivered plenty of other amazing titles over the years.

Forza Motorsport, Project Gotham Racing, and Fable were all born in this generation alongside Halo, and they remain some of the most revered Xbox franchises more than two decades later. There was also a solid selection of exclusives during its four-year lifespan that became cult classics - we're talking the likes of Blinx, Jet Set Radio Future, Panzer Dragoon Orta and others.

The console was an absolute powerhouse as well - it still is! So much of the original Xbox library holds up in 2022, showcased even more by the slim selection of titles that are playable on modern Xbox consoles. The entire backwards compatible OG Xbox library on Xbox One and Series X|S looks amazing with a simple resolution boost!

The Xbox's legacy goes beyond its four brief years on the market - the system was responsible for creating a beloved brand that has stood the test of time. Despite the dip of the Xbox One era, Microsoft's foray into console gaming has showcased real staying power after two decades, and it certainly isn't going away anytime soon.

Happy birthday to the original Xbox, then, which can now legally drink in the US! This console started something special, and we can't wait to see what Team Xbox has in store for us over the next 20+ years and beyond.

What are your fondest Xbox memories? Drop some of them down in the comments below!