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19th Jun '18 7:07:14 AM dmeagher13
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** Microsoft's "[=DirectX=]" and "[=ActiveX=]" [=APIs=]. What does the X convey about the product, exactly? [[labelnote:actual answer]] The X is short for "Extensions". The Win32 GDI (the standard set of libraries used by Windows programs to perform graphics and input functionalities) proved too bulky and too slow to be used for games, having been designed instead to be a more general set of functionalities for application development. "Direct Extensions," or [=DirectX=], was a library meant to simplify access to low level input/output hardware for graphics, input, sound, and networking. X for eXtension also applies to Intel's MMX instruction set. The other letters varied in meaning, or lack thereof, according to which side of the legal battlefield you were standing on. The X in this case is also the variable 'X', since [=DirectX=] is a collection of several different technologies, such as [=DirectSound=], [=Direct3D=], [=DirectDraw=], etc.[[/labelnote]]

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** Microsoft's "[=DirectX=]" and "[=ActiveX=]" [=APIs=]. What does the X convey about the product, exactly? [[labelnote:actual answer]] The X is short for "Extensions". The Win32 GDI (the standard set of libraries used by Windows programs to perform graphics and input functionalities) proved too bulky and too slow to be used for games, having been designed instead to be a more general set of functionalities for application development. "Direct Extensions," or [=DirectX=], was a library meant to simplify access to low level input/output hardware for graphics, input, sound, and networking. X for eXtension also applies to Intel's MMX instruction set. The other letters varied in meaning, or lack thereof, according to which side of the legal battlefield you were standing on. The X in this case is also the variable 'X', since [=DirectX=] is a collection of several different technologies, such as [=DirectSound=], [=Direct3D=], [=DirectDraw=], etc., though most of those besides Direct3D have been deprecated so when people talk about DirectX nowadays they're usually referring to Direct3D.[[/labelnote]]
8th Jun '18 5:05:58 PM AuraXtreme
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* ''[[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Pokemon XD]]'', even if it is a MeaningfulName. And there's ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXandY Pokémon X Version]]'', which comes with ''Pokémon Y Version''.

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* ''[[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Pokemon Pokémon XD]]'', even if it is a MeaningfulName. And there's ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXandY Pokémon X Version]]'', which comes with ''Pokémon Y Version''.



*** ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance Dream Drop Distance]]'' reveals that [[spoiler:the X is formally known as the "Recusant's Sigil" - a mark that gives Xehanort the ability to seek down anyone marked with it. Naminé, who is exempt from the ThemeNaming, manages to stay out of their reach.]]



* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'', the character KOS-MOS (she's a robot...imagine that) has a development code of KP-X.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'', the character KOS-MOS (she's a robot... imagine that) has a development code of KP-X.
13th May '18 3:55:46 AM jormis29
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* The early online adapter for the Genesis and the SNES, the XBAND.

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* The early online adapter for the Genesis and the SNES, the XBAND.UsefulNotes/{{XBAND}}.
7th Apr '18 10:51:27 AM SeizureFerret
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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''. According to WordOfGod, it doesn't stand for anything, it's chosen to make it difficult to pronounce, and of course because it's cool. And yes, it's official spelling is with all lowercase, or possibly all uppercase if that is not usable for some reason. Xkcd is "frowned upon".

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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''. According to WordOfGod, it doesn't stand for anything, it's chosen to make it difficult to pronounce, and of course because it's cool. And yes, it's its official spelling is with all lowercase, or possibly all uppercase if that is not usable for some reason. Xkcd is "frowned upon".
3rd Apr '18 2:52:59 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* Some skills in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series have X-shaped [[AreaOfEffect areas of effect]].
29th Mar '18 6:06:15 AM EdnaWalker
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* The abbreviation of [[UsefulNotes/MexicoCity Ciudad de Mexico]] is [=CDMX=].
12th Mar '18 2:54:27 AM EdnaWalker
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** Also PDX, i.e. Portland, Oregon.
7th Mar '18 4:10:19 AM LlamaAdventure
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* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear X'', ''XX'' ''Xrd'' (apparently pronounced "Zex", "Igzex" and "Igzurd", respectively.)

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* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear X'', ''XX'' and ''Xrd'' (apparently pronounced "Zex", "Igzex" and "Igzurd", respectively.)
7th Mar '18 4:10:02 AM LlamaAdventure
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* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear X'' and ''XX''.

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* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear X'' X'', ''XX'' ''Xrd'' (apparently pronounced "Zex", "Igzex" and ''XX''."Igzurd", respectively.)
19th Jan '18 4:42:57 AM Cryoclaste
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* The Xbox line of game consoles is the highest profile example in all of video gaming. Its ancestor, the 8-bit MSX computer line, invoked this trope all the way back in the 1980s. Apparently the single X lost its luster, though, so they [[SequelEscalation added another one]] for the 2017 edition, the "Xbox One X."

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* The Xbox UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} line of game consoles is the highest profile example in all of video gaming. Its ancestor, the 8-bit MSX computer line, invoked this trope all the way back in the 1980s. Apparently the single X lost its luster, though, so they [[SequelEscalation added another one]] for the 2017 edition, the "Xbox One X."



** The {{Xbox}} falls under this trope as well. Microsoft realized that "[=DirectX=] Box" just didn't sound all that catchy. The Xbox is, essentially, just a computer with streamlined [=DirectX=] support, one of the reasons why it and its successor are touted as being "developer friendly."

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** The {{Xbox}} UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} falls under this trope as well. Microsoft realized that "[=DirectX=] Box" just didn't sound all that catchy. The Xbox is, essentially, just a computer with streamlined [=DirectX=] support, one of the reasons why it and its successor are touted as being "developer friendly."
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