Xbox Live on the original Xbox isn't dead...yet

When Microsoft announced the end of Xbox Live for the original Xbox, many knew that this would be the end of the legendary Halo 2 online offering.  Arguably one of the best online FPS in recent history, many poured hundreds of hours into the game.

But, to kill the service, Microsoft needed everyone to log off themselves as they were not forcing users out, but were no longer letting users sign back in.  Because of this, 13 dedicated Halo 2 players have kept their consoles on and are still playing Halo 2.

According to Bungie.net forums, “Throughout the past week, a small group of dedicated Halo 2 players kept their Xbox's on so that they could enjoy the game for a while longer. (As long as we don't turn off our Xbox's, or lose connection, we can stay online. Our Xbox's have been on for nearly 13 days straight) Each day the amount of people decreased, at a rapid rate.

The dedicated few are still going strong and will continue to do so until ether their consoles lock up, connections drop, or Microsoft finally kicks them from the service.  

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You know what's the best part out of all this MICROSOFT WONT KICK THEM The service ends when they are off.

I for one didn't expect this out of Microsoft. I expected them to just shut down the servers and move on. But as long as these few are on and dedicated then nothing will happened. Funny thing is thry will get bored or tired soon. But either way good move for them and Microsoft for not forcing them off.

-TV- said,
They'll give up, eventually, comeon, all the servers for 13 people, lol?

Considering Xbox LIVE is virtualized in the same data center as Bing, I don't think it adds up to much in terms of actual CPUs.
All the servers at this point would be 1 virtual server.

dotf said,

Considering Xbox LIVE is virtualized in the same data center as Bing, I don't think it adds up to much in terms of actual CPUs.
All the servers at this point would be 1 virtual server.

Hm... I didn't realize that was how they had it set up. That's interesting if accurate.

I bought a xbox 360 in NY last month for my daughter and when it was set up live is not supported in my region Jamaica. MS needs to get their acts together

bobbytunda said,
I bought a xbox 360 in NY last month for my daughter and when it was set up live is not supported in my region Jamaica. MS needs to get their acts together

This article isn't even remotely related to that!

bobbytunda said,
I bought a xbox 360 in NY last month for my daughter and when it was set up live is not supported in my region Jamaica. MS needs to get their acts together

Should've read the print then.

Sadelwo said,
I know people in the eastern Caribbean (St. Kitts, St Maarten, Anguilla etc) who play on Live just fine.

Hé hé... I'm from St Maarten.

Sadelwo said,
I know people in the eastern Caribbean (St. Kitts, St Maarten, Anguilla etc) who play on Live just fine.

Just create a hotmail account with the U.S. settings, and you are done. That's how I play live in Dominican Republic.

bobbytunda said,
I bought a xbox 360 in NY last month for my daughter and when it was set up live is not supported in my region Jamaica. MS needs to get their acts together

RTFM: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/countries.htm

I've noticed it on nearly all MS sales stuff... "XBox Live is not supported in all countries. Please visit http://www.xbox.com to check avaliability" or something like that.

Just gotta read what your buying dude...!


Anyway, just a case of creating a Windows Live ID with the location set to a supported country, and get your MS points by pre-pay card.

Volila.

hotdog963al said,
This is why console gaming will never be the on the same as PC gaming!

The PC still has some great titles like Half Life. I am a big Halo 2 fan myself. I never liked 3 or ODST but I find it ok to play Halo 2 on my PC using my 360 controller so...

hotdog963al said,
This is why console gaming will never be the on the same as PC gaming!

DRM is crippling enough, I don't think you need anything more to ruin the experience.

hotdog963al said,
This is why console gaming will never be the on the same as PC gaming!

Sorry, but after playing MW2 on the Xbox, I wouldnt touch it with a ten foot pole on my PC. I'll save my PC for games like WoW, CS:S, BF2142, BF2 etc.

Un4given said,

Sorry, but after playing MW2 on the Xbox, I wouldnt touch it with a ten foot pole on my PC. I'll save my PC for games like WoW, CS:S, BF2142, BF2 etc.

...yer ok

I think EA and Ubisoft are deliberately trying to destroy the PC. EA now won't release World Cup 2010 for it and Ubisoft try and force some crappy DRM. EA also screws up almost every game for the PC with poor controls, poor performance and downgraded graphics in some cases.

Billus said,

...yer ok

I think EA and Ubisoft are deliberately trying to destroy the PC. EA now won't release World Cup 2010 for it and Ubisoft try and force some crappy DRM. EA also screws up almost every game for the PC with poor controls, poor performance and downgraded graphics in some cases.

Wow, I had no idea all that was going on for PC gaming. That's ridiculous.

hotdog963al said,
This is why console gaming will never be the on the same as PC gaming!

I know I'm in the minority, but I can't stand playing FPS games on a console. The controls are just clumsy and unintuitive. Keyboard and Mouse > Console Controller x 10. Mind you I also don't play on-line multi-player, single player all the way.

I have a 360 (mainly for racing games), but I can't even remember the last time I turned it on.