344 pages | 34 Color Illus.
Game of X v.2 is the story that leads up to Xbox. It is a story of DOS games, Microsoft culture, the crazy stories around the development and promotion of DirectX and the graphics standards that were required for Xbox to happen. Stories based on dozens of interviews include a colorful cast of characters and some solid technical background. The history of games for DOS and the initial challenges of Windows, the surprising source of the earliest Windows games, and much, much more. This is the fascinating prequel to Game of X v.1: Xbox.
Part I: The Long Path to Xbox. Looking Back. Microsoft Always Had Games. Microsoft Culture. The Developer Relations Group. Windows Gets Gamed. Windows: Path to Dominance. The Other Face of the DRG. The Disruptor. Part II: Talking to the Metal. The Importance of Graphics. The Games Division. Pitfalls for Christmas. The Manhattan Project. 3D Wars. Start Me Up! Judgement Day. The Millionaire Club. Japan. Bunnygate. Judment Day II. Reorgs. Taking On the Internet. DirectX Media. Escalating the Graphics War. The OpenGL Letters--Part 1. Multimedia Retreat. The End of Talisman. The OpenGL Letters--Part 2. Facing The Man. Chrome--Plan B. Culture Changes.