Xbox 360: A Love Letter



Dear Microsoft,

    Today, April 20th 2016, you officially ended production on the Xbox 360, 10 years after it’s release. Thank you for the memories. The Xbox 360 came at a pivotal point in my life and I shared some of my best memories with this beautiful white box. The announcement today brought more emotion to me than I ever thought possible. The Xbox 360 helped me grow and, being only 19 years old, I have owned my 360 for over half of my life. As I grew so did my library of games; from Call of Duty  to Viva Pinata, I bought anything I could as an excuse to play video games. The Xbox 360 became a part of who I was, and reading the news today quickly made me realize that a kid is being born today will probably never play Blue Dragon or Assassin's Creed II with the same joy I had with them. Is this what getting old feels like?

     Thank you for making something that was my escape from reality.  This console saw me complete my first rated M game, was my introduction to online gaming, and a way for me to keep in touch with friends as I moved around as a kid. This console was there for every big moment of my teenage life, and I don’t regret a thing. Because of your console, I forever will have memory of my brother getting Gears of War and us sitting down and beating it in one day because our parents were gone and I wasn’t supposed to be playing games that violent (hoping my family doesn't see this right now). From the OG dashboard blades to the new and improved panel system, I probably had as much fun watching the 360 grow as I had playing it. I will never forget though, when I first downloaded the update to the new dashboard I had just gotten every achievement in Gears of War 2 which of course were all somehow corrupted by the update, and I was fuming. Through all the good times and all the bad (I'm talking 3 Red Rings of Death bad) I still have much love for my Xbox 360 and will cherish every memory made.


Thank you for making my childhood extraordinary



Richard Wilcox