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The original Xbox had more than 30 rejected names

Microsoft's original Xbox had a long list of potential monikers that didn't make the cut, such as 11-X, AIO, FACE, MET and many, many more, Edge reports.

The publication released an archived interview with former Xbox developer Seamus Blackley, who spoke about the process of naming Microsoft's console.

"When we got the first approval, Kevin [Bachus] was told we had to get a new name, because ‘xbox' wasn't legally sound, so against his judgment he did so, and got the phase two, or ‘car' names," Blackley said. "These were so bad we didn't even save them, but I remember making fun of one of them by calling it the 'Microsoft Bunduss.' Then we got the ‘acronym' phase from the naming geniuses."

The list of acronyms includes more than 30 canned names, including TSO (Three, Six, Zero), E2 (Extreme Experience), P2 (PowerPlay) and MOX (Microsoft Optimal Experience), which were all "crap," Blackley said.

"Phase four was a battle between us and the naming guys, when we decided we just wanted to risk it and go with Xbox— since that's what everyone called it anyway," Blackley said.

Check out the full list of pitched Xbox names over at Edge.

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