Admit it you love secrets and the world is full of them. Even the video game industry has a tendency to keep secrets. So why not indulge in your love and check out these five secrets from the video game industry.
5: The original name of the Xbox
Back in 1998, four Microsoft engineers from the DirectX team got together to conjure up a console that could rival Sony's upcoming Playstation 2 console. The group took apart a couple Dell laptop computers and ultimately created a prototype Windows based video game system. The four named the prototype DirectX Box after the DirectX graphics technology the system used.
After getting support from Microsoft's head of game publishing the DirectX Box went into development. During the development phase the name was shortened to Xbox. The marketing department didn't like the shortened name and thought it would be unpopular with the consumers. In an attempt to show just how unpopular the name would be the marketing department gave their focus groups a list of possible names with Xbox included on the list. Contrary to what they believed Xbox was far preferred over any of the other suggested names and thus Xbox became the official name.
4: The other Far Cry 3
According to Far Cry 3's original narrative director, Raphael van Lierop, the original Far Cry 3 was a very different game than the drug tinged, paranoia filled game we've been shown as of late.
Before van Lierop left Ubisoft Montreal, he was told by the company that they wanted Far Cry 3 to basically be a reboot of the franchise. In order to give Ubisoft what they wanted, van Lierop teamed up with God of War writer Marianne Krawczyk and LOST writer Jesse Alexander to create a mature storyline with elements of LOST in it. Ultimately van Lierop envisioned this game to be LOST meets The Constant Gardener (van Lierop's favorite book).
On top of that, Ubisoft also wanted to implement a transmedia strategy for Far Cry 3. Their plan was to make multiple short films that would complement the game story, similar to what they did with Assassin's Creed ( e.g. Assassin's Creed Embers).
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