Super Train Station H
This was from around the time the original Xbox launched in Japan. It was replicated in a period EGM episode that covered the Japanese Xbox launch.
I always wondered what the hell Microsoft was thinking her.
In the US, Microsoft deliberately downplayed the “Microsoft” branding in relation to the Xbox, here they’re literally using Bill Gates as a spokesman.
Why is he holding a burger in one hand and the Japanese version of the Xbox controller (that basically got retooled as the “Controller S” for the west later on) in the other?
Are they trying to say that the Xbox is as American as a hamburger?
I can’t even guess at what they’re getting at, but whatever the message, it sure didn’t get Japan out buying Xbox systems.

This was from around the time the original Xbox launched in Japan. It was replicated in a period EGM episode that covered the Japanese Xbox launch.

I always wondered what the hell Microsoft was thinking her.

In the US, Microsoft deliberately downplayed the “Microsoft” branding in relation to the Xbox, here they’re literally using Bill Gates as a spokesman.

Why is he holding a burger in one hand and the Japanese version of the Xbox controller (that basically got retooled as the “Controller S” for the west later on) in the other?

Are they trying to say that the Xbox is as American as a hamburger?

I can’t even guess at what they’re getting at, but whatever the message, it sure didn’t get Japan out buying Xbox systems.

I just realized that this game came out in 1998, 7 years after the launch of Super NES, and two years after the launch of N64, which is mind blowing to me to think this game came out the same year as Yoshi’s Story and Ocarina of Time.
In 1998, Super NES seemed like ancient history to me and everyone I knew.


Grand Theft Auto V just came out for Xbox 360, which is currently EIGHT YEARS OLD and still a “current gen” system.

Xbox 360 is now OLDER than Super NES was in 1998, when N64 was nearly halfway through its lifespan.

Wow.

I just realized that this game came out in 1998, 7 years after the launch of Super NES, and two years after the launch of N64, which is mind blowing to me to think this game came out the same year as Yoshi’s Story and Ocarina of Time.

In 1998, Super NES seemed like ancient history to me and everyone I knew.

Grand Theft Auto V just came out for Xbox 360, which is currently EIGHT YEARS OLD and still a “current gen” system.


Xbox 360 is now OLDER than Super NES was in 1998, when N64 was nearly halfway through its lifespan.

Wow.

periodic table of controllers V.2.5 UPDATED by Pixel Fantasy on Flickr.

Remember E3 2010?

Remember when four meteorites descended to earth before a white monolith which pulsated with mysterious energy as people gathered around it and started chanting and dancing?

If you don’t then you probably forgot all about the “official reveal” of the Kinect motion capture accessory for Xbox 360.

I have no idea how I forgot this happened. I must have spent the last two years convincing myself this wasn’t real somehow.

This is one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen.

Nintendo, please don’t do this for the Wii U reveal. I’ll make fun of you if you do. For real.

I’d recommend starting at about 2:28 in.

Remember when a piece of Xbox promotional material literally called Nintendo gamers “pansies”?
This happened in a Flash cartoon formerly available at this location (defunct link) on the official Xbox website.
As recalled from memory, the cartoon depicted a fake Nintendo-esque game called 100% Double Super Sunny World: So Lame it Hurts, in which Captain Ersatz stand-ins for Mario, Yoshi, Kirby, and Princess Peach frolic around the screen for a short while making cutesy noises.
Then, a giant robot resembling an Xbox system stomps onto the screen, scaring the mock Nintendo characters away, at which point the Xbox robot, in a robotic voice, calls them “pansies”.
Then a logo reading “XBOX: NOT FOR PANSIES” appeared along with a box to have the cartoon be automatically emailed to a friend.
Now when I first saw this, it sort of just struck me as “normal” as at the time I was in middle school grade and already used to being bullied by other kids for owning a Nintendo Gamecube, plus I grew up with Sega systems in the early 90’s who regularly made direct jabs at Nintendo, but in hindsight, this video was pretty incredible and over the top.
Yeah, Sega would give Nintendo a hard time with their ads, but never did they go as far as to directly smear not only Nintendo games and systems, but Nintendo’s customers themselves, with language and images that could without exaggeration be perceived as appealing to homophobic sentiments to make Nintendo and Nintendo gamers seem undesirable.
It’s no surprise that Microsoft has since done their damndest to erase every trace of this cartoon from the internet and have never done anything like it since then. Ironically the Xbox 360 is now aggressively pursuing an family friendly approach, trying to balance “hardcore” mature content with games and experiences suited people of all ages and skill levels.
I had to do quite a bit of digging in Google to find any proof of this even existing, and even so, I was actually convinced that this cartoon was something made by some fan on a forum and not something that was actually featured on Microsoft’s official Xbox website.
As far as I know, this was at least hosted for some time on the official site, if I can find something else proving it was just something some overzealous fan made I’ll gladly retract this entire post.
The ironic thing is, I OWNED an Xbox at the time this cartoon came out, and I own an Xbox 360 today.
I’m not even holding this against the Xbox brand, but the idea that stuff on the web including this cartoon from the Xbox website may have led directly to me getting picked on in school and called homophobic slurs for owning Nintendo Gamecube (and using the Gamecube textbook covers Nintendo gave out back then) just kinda makes me wanna shake my fist at Microsoft.

Remember when a piece of Xbox promotional material literally called Nintendo gamers “pansies”?

This happened in a Flash cartoon formerly available at this location (defunct link) on the official Xbox website.

As recalled from memory, the cartoon depicted a fake Nintendo-esque game called 100% Double Super Sunny World: So Lame it Hurts, in which Captain Ersatz stand-ins for Mario, Yoshi, Kirby, and Princess Peach frolic around the screen for a short while making cutesy noises.

Then, a giant robot resembling an Xbox system stomps onto the screen, scaring the mock Nintendo characters away, at which point the Xbox robot, in a robotic voice, calls them “pansies”.

Then a logo reading “XBOX: NOT FOR PANSIES” appeared along with a box to have the cartoon be automatically emailed to a friend.

Now when I first saw this, it sort of just struck me as “normal” as at the time I was in middle school grade and already used to being bullied by other kids for owning a Nintendo Gamecube, plus I grew up with Sega systems in the early 90’s who regularly made direct jabs at Nintendo, but in hindsight, this video was pretty incredible and over the top.

Yeah, Sega would give Nintendo a hard time with their ads, but never did they go as far as to directly smear not only Nintendo games and systems, but Nintendo’s customers themselves, with language and images that could without exaggeration be perceived as appealing to homophobic sentiments to make Nintendo and Nintendo gamers seem undesirable.

It’s no surprise that Microsoft has since done their damndest to erase every trace of this cartoon from the internet and have never done anything like it since then. Ironically the Xbox 360 is now aggressively pursuing an family friendly approach, trying to balance “hardcore” mature content with games and experiences suited people of all ages and skill levels.

I had to do quite a bit of digging in Google to find any proof of this even existing, and even so, I was actually convinced that this cartoon was something made by some fan on a forum and not something that was actually featured on Microsoft’s official Xbox website.

As far as I know, this was at least hosted for some time on the official site, if I can find something else proving it was just something some overzealous fan made I’ll gladly retract this entire post.

The ironic thing is, I OWNED an Xbox at the time this cartoon came out, and I own an Xbox 360 today.

I’m not even holding this against the Xbox brand, but the idea that stuff on the web including this cartoon from the Xbox website may have led directly to me getting picked on in school and called homophobic slurs for owning Nintendo Gamecube (and using the Gamecube textbook covers Nintendo gave out back then) just kinda makes me wanna shake my fist at Microsoft.