Reggie Fils-Aimé has done all sorts of things since he retired from his role as Nintendo of America’s president in 2019, and his latest temporary gig is well worth watching if you love learning about the history of the video game industry.
The man who made a name for himself during Nintendo’s DS and Wii generation has been given the job of moderating – or should we say hosting – a special 20th anniversary Xbox panel focused on the past, present and future. The panel itself includes stories from Reggie’s industry friends and competitors Robbie Bach, Peter Moore, Bonnie Ross, and Ed Fries.
“As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of Xbox, we look back at how a passionate group of Microsoft renegades used their creativity and innovation to push traditional boundaries of gaming and establish Xbox as a dominant player in the industry. These industry trailblazers share their personal stories and experiences — reminiscing on the past and looking forward to what the future holds. The discussion is moderated by former Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aimé and features Xbox visionaries Robbie Bach, Ed Fries, Peter Moore, and Bonnie Ross.”
Reggie even shared some of his own history with the brand and praised the Xbox team for its efforts over the past 20 years – noting how the industry is “better” because of Xbox’s launch. Here are his full words, courtesy of our sister site Pure Xbox:
“When Xbox launched, I wasn’t in the industry, I was a consumer – I was that prototypical consumer that had a PS2 in my house already, I had an N64, I was thinking about a GameCube but I actually didn’t buy a GameCube until I was already part of Nintendo…but my son, an avid gamer, was the one saying we need to check out this Xbox thing… and the driver was Halo, and that experience is what got the original Xbox into my house with that big old controller. That is my Xbox memory from the very beginning.”
“The moment in time of the launch, the moment in time now, 20 years later, the industry is better because of the Xbox launch, I passionately believe that. And the fact that there are all of these companies making all of this wonderful content, the ecosystem is so robust, Xbox is a big part of that.”
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