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Comic 86: Start of Xbox

So, I'm gonna try something new for these story-based comics, here's how it's gonna go down - I already have most of the pages ready (and will finish the rest in time most likely) and will upload one page every other day until the last one. That way I hope to get the whole story in one go without any other pages inbetween.

SO anyway, during the 90's, Microsoft started to feel like Sony's Playstation console would be a threat to their game business, maybe even their whole business if the PS2 would indeed he a machine for all home entertainment (what can I say, it was a different time back then). Microsoft had been making PC games for years, but had no console... until now.

(And by the way, the "X" in Xbox is from DirectX - the original name was "DirectXbox")


by ProfEtheric at 18th Feb 2016, 4:40 AM

Ah! Story time! (I always love these - after all, I fell in love w/ Consolers because of the Atari one).

I didn't know that was what the X was for...

by Zanreo at 18th Feb 2016, 9:44 AM

Yay! And there are many more stories to come...

by azureXtwilight at 18th Feb 2016, 6:56 AM

Idunno why, but Microsoft has became ny favorite.

by Zanreo at 18th Feb 2016, 10:20 AM

Hehe, I did start to appreciate him more after doing this story (not that I didn't appreciate him before, being my character and all)

by MadJak91 at 18th Feb 2016, 9:27 AM

Sorry, but DirectXbox sounded really dumb... There are quite a few cases of not so good console names but that would have been a disaster :D
Does not even sound like an entertainment system.

I think the 90s PC gaming was still more of a nerd thing. Bunch of teams making games for specific audiences.
Plus scandals because violent games.

by Zanreo at 18th Feb 2016, 11:33 AM

Yup, agree... Not sure it was ever intended as the final name though, but at least a prototype/development name

And yeah, true...

by Miaubol at 18th Feb 2016, 9:45 PM

Last panel.. so saaaaaad xD

by Zanreo at 18th Feb 2016, 9:47 PM

Yeah, poor PC...

by Miaubol at 18th Feb 2016, 9:58 PM

he was so happy in the second last panel ...

by eekee at 16th Aug 2022, 11:01 PM

Poor PC! ;.; lol

Mention of DirectX reminds me of the time Microsoft tried to make OpenGL look bad by making it really slow in their drivers while DirectX got full performance, but if you got drivers from the video card manufacturer instead, OpenGL worked fine. They were pretty similar in those days. It was when Linux gaming was just starting to become possible, and I think Apple only supported OpenGL too. I vaguely remember MS trying something similar in recent years, but I no longer cared enough to pay attention. And somewhere in the long space of years between these 2 events there was DirectX 10 which was trumpeted as a big step forward and all sorts of incompatible with tired old OpenGL, but it didn't take long for Wine developers to emulate it.

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