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On November 15, 2002, Bill Gates himself (we assume) flipped the massive Dr. Frankenstein style switch Xbox Live, the online gaming and digital media distribution service of its Xbox family of video game consoles. While this isn’t the first time online multiplayer has been possible on consoles, Xbox Live has brought the concept together under one roof and introduced a handful of groundbreaking new services and features that have changed console gaming forever. , all for a relatively tolerable monthly fee.

These 20 years of Xbox Live have seen countless important innovations, but more importantly, they have also seen the release of countless iconic and unforgettable video games. Some of the greatest multiplayer games of all time only existed because the ubiquity of Xbox Live made them possible, but to be completely honest, we didn’t reach our goal of playing every game. online multiplayer games never released on the Xbox family of consoles before. birthday arrived. We know that, say, Ring of Elden is really cool, but we never had time to play Chromehounds. Has been Chromehounds all good? We don’t know, but because we don’t, we can’t finish our 3,000-page ranking of every Xbox game in Xbox history. (Number one would have been Brute force for some reason, we don’t make the rules.)

Instead, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best things to come out of Xbox Live in its first 20 years of Xbox Life, including The Best Competitive Game That Accidentally Influenced the Next Decade of Competitive Gaming and The Best Reason not to give Microsoft Money. So here’s 20 years of making friends, being bullied by kids, and paying monthly fees to be completely naked in online multiplayer games with Xbox Live!

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