By: Richard Wilcox
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