Andre Vrignaud of Microsoft’s Xbox team says the company hired Seattle’s Penny Arcade to create a comic for an internal team meeting where executive Robbie Bach outlined the company’s plans for the console. This was a few years ago, before the Xbox 360 was released, and the comic was never published outside of Microsoft.
This was to be the internal “big bang” meeting, and we thought it would be pretty cool to see if Penny Arcade might be willing to do a strip that we could distribute with the meeting announcement. I’m pleased to say that they agreed to do us this favor, and the strip you see here was the result. The only “guidance” we gave was that we were looking for a strip about Xbox 2 rumors – that’s it.
The strip comes up with four “rumors,” and my favorite is the second one: Robbie Bach got help with the hardware after making a deal with an alien race known as the Banvariar.
I wrote an article on Penny Arcade a couple of years ago.