Axe of the Blood God: How the Original Xbox Helped Usher in Gaming's Modern Era

Axe of the Blood God: How the Original Xbox Helped Usher in Gaming's Modern Era

The Console RPG Quest looks back on the console that brought PC RPGs to the living room.

In this week's episode of the Axe of the Blood God, we wrap up another generation by adding the original Xbox to the Console RPG Quest [download link here].

Along with the PlayStation 2, the Xbox ushered in gaming's modern era, which saw the spotlight shift from arcade games and mascot platformers to online shooters and blockbuster action-adventure games. Microsoft was not welcomed with open arms by gaming fans, but with the help of Halo, it was able to build a dedicated audience in relatively short order... at least in America.

Looking back, the OG Xbox didn't have many RPGs, but the ones it did have wound up being hugely important. Two of them are on our Top 25 RPG list, and a third, Fable, is on the verge of a reboot. The Xbox opened the door for PC developers to begin migrating to console, and nowhere was that more evident than in the RPG genre, where studios like Bethesda and BioWare found a new and massive audience.

In other news, Fallout has a TV show! And so does The World Ends With You! Nadia and I discuss all of these crazy developments, and wonder whether a Fallout TV show by the creators of Westworld has an actual chance to be good.

Want to contribute to the conversation? Leave a comment below! We'll read our favorites on the following week's episode. And make sure to listen to Branching Narratives, our brand new podcast!

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Show Description

The original Xbox didn't have that many role-playing game, but it was nevertheless a watershed moment for both console history and the RPG genre. Kat and Nadia look back on Microsoft's entry into the console market and talk about Knights of the Old Republic's breakout success, Fable's broken promises, and much more, Plus: Reacting to the newly-announced Fallout TV show! Does it have any hope of being good? We discuss!

Music from Axe of the Blood God is courtesy of Lena Raine, composer of Celeste. I also use music from the RPG Music Pack over at rpgmaker.net. Check it out!

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Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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