I’m only about a year late on this. I’m not big on anniversaries and generally only pay attention if it’s socially required behavior.
Alex St. John wrote an article on the 10 year anniversary of Direct-X. I had a minor role in the development of Direct-X 1 and a few of the later versions. What our son James didn’t know was that his precious XBoxes were originally intended to be the game console known as “DirectXBox”. I told him last night as we were watching another few episodes of Star Gate SG-1 using his XBox 360 as a DVD player. He thought it was quite a let down to know it was named over something as mundane as that.
I should take his autographed (by Eric Engstrom) copy of Renegades of the Empire away from him.