Halo 2 Players Refuse to Leave Xbox Live

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Halo 2 Players Refuse to Leave Xbox Live

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Microsoft may have shut down the original Xbox Live, but that hasn't stopped some gamers from keeping their connections alive.

On April 15, Microsoft officially closed the doors on the original Xbox Live service, blocking internet access to all Xboxes. A number of gamers elected not to log off at all, and are instead remaining connected and playing Halo 2. These stalwart few have been online for the entire week since Live shut down and have vowed not to disconnect until they can no longer remain online, be it when their internet connections drop or when Microsoft manually kicks them off.

A number of the gamers have posted streams (NSFW) of their final stand against Live's closure. While the numbers are dwindling there were at least 24 players hanging on at last count. For now it's unsure if their dedication and fortitude will outlast their internet connections, but at the very least Microsoft doesn't seem to be making any move to kick them off. Small victories, right?

Source: Games-Inet.com

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I suppose they are at least been given the opportunity to fight for the last moments...it will all end soon, but, they can say they had at least tried

Good for them, maybe Bungie should send them copies of Halo 2 PC as reward, or distraction.

Its like the thing that happens to people in prison, I forget the name, where they can't make it on the outside because they've been on the inside for too long.

Those poor lost souls.

There's comes a point at which you just have to say:

'Dude, let it go, it's a game!'

I may be a fan myself, but this is so far beyond the normal it's not even heroic or brave or anything.

It's just monumentally stupid. Ah well, their life, their choices.

This is awesome. I get a great image of 20 odd guys just constantly playing Halo 2 togeher. Made even better by the fact that they're literally the only ones in the world doing it.

Edit: Except for people on the PC version, which I forgot about. Great post...

Wow. Now thats dedication right there.

I remember hearing this on Bungie.net a while ago, but I assumed that everyone got off by now.

Actually, just checked Bungie. Apparently there are no more people online in Halo 2 anymore.

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Top left it says the players. Doesn't seem to be anyone left.

EDIT: Straight from Bungie:

Bungie:

This is the End

Sometime in the middle of last week, while a handful of devoted Halo 2 players were still valiantly slugging it out over Xbox LIVE, our direct feed to the mother ship was unceremoniously severed and our Halo 2 player count fell to zero.

Once again, we'd like to thank not only the handful of stubborn ass players who supported our studio and our game until the bitter end, but also the thousands who showed up for our final hurrah and the millions who, at least once, picked up controller and threw down in Halo 2's multiplayer. We hope you had fun. We know we did.

If you're looking for a more tangible reward, you'll have to wait it out a little while longer. Tantrums won't help your cause. Private Messages, either. We do have a small number of Friends and Family codes that we're planning on granting to a select few players so they can have early access to the Halo: Reach Beta (it's super awesome), specifically one for the player who came closest to guessing the final game, one for the player who snagged the final kill we have on record, and one for a player who kept on keeping on, well after our connection was severed. If you're one of these three, we'll let you know it. Please don't bombard us with PM's and emails. (We'll get cranky.)

We'll also be compiling a list of players whose April 14th stats impressed us enough to warrant some other sweet prizes. Those folks will be getting stuff like Bungie Pro and Render Minutes for use in Halo 3, ODST, and the Reach Beta (it's super awesome), and a few might even receive a select handful of other sweet and more tangible prizes depending on their individual mettle. More on that when we have it all sewed up.

Of course, anyone who played, ever, will be getting some visual love once Reach rolls around, as long as the gamertag you're currently using tallied up an online game of Halo 2. We know you want to know exactly what it is, but to be honest, we haven't finalized the flair just yet. It won't be something as grand as a suit of armor, but we'll make sure that other players are able to pick you out of a lineup based upon your Halo 2 loyalty. When we hammer out some more details, we'll get in touch to hammer them home.

>link<

You'll have to scroll down to find it, but its there, and its official.

Yep. Its over.

I hope their Xbox 360's Red Ring! Or their original Xbox's get hit with a nuke. Seriously. Those originals are TANKS.

Since you can play it on both...

Wooooow, it's not like there's another halo multiplayer.

MelasZepheos:
There's comes a point at which you just have to say:

'Dude, let it go, it's a game!'

I may be a fan myself, but this is so far beyond the normal it's not even heroic or brave or anything.

It's just monumentally stupid. Ah well, their life, their choices.

That's exactly what I'm thinking. It's a video game. It's incredibly stupid to put up a last stand for that sort of thing, instead of working on more worthwhile projects in your life.

xXSMaC 123Xx:
Anyone who still plays on an orginal Xbox needs to get kicked in the nuts.

Hey hey now I still play on my original Xbox, a kick in the nads seems unnecessary.

I know its depressing to see the Live go but, come on guys.
Its time to let it go.
Halo 3 is fun too!
I promise!

Finish the fight.

xXSMaC 123Xx:
Anyone who still plays on an orginal Xbox needs to get kicked in the nuts.

Well how else am I supposed to play Timesplitters?

Why are the feeds NSFW? I can't watch them, but I'm really curious.

xXSMaC 123Xx:
Anyone who still plays on an orginal Xbox needs to get kicked in the nuts.

You do realized there are a lot of poor people, and even more than usual despite the alleged recovery of the economy (according to the stock market). Some day it might be you who can't afford a new generation console.

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That said, I think Microsoft is in the wrong here. Simply put I feel those people are entitled to play the games they bought online indefinatly. That's part of the product they puchused. To me the only way Microsoft should be turning off their servers or support of those games should be if it goes out of business entirely.

I understand other points of view on this, but to me this pretty much summarizes why I am against the idea of games going digital, or relying on digital connections in general. Right now we're seeing exactly why buying a game that is dependant on the company in any way is a bad idea.

I imagine in 10 years or so we'll hear about how Assasin's Creed 2's support servers are going offline and nobody will be able to play their copy of AC2 anymore. Strictly speaking I feel that if I bought a copy of a game, I have the right to just up and play it online 10 years later on an old machine if I get the hankering. By the same token even if the servers are deserted for decades at a time, I feel a group of Octogenerians in an home down the road would have the right to all login to Halo 2 with their antique X-boxs and play a few rounds for nostolgia if they wanted to.

"Cybersquatting" has apparently accomplished nothing though.

And they say people who play WoW have no life?

This is the most chronic degree of basement-dwellerism I have seen.

I think they need to just get over it and play Halo 3 like the rest of the frat-boy society.

(This was not meant as an insult, it was meant as I joke. I happen to like Halo.... Sorta.)

wow, how tragically heroic, holding the line in the face of impossible odds...

microsoft will just realse halo 2 on xbox live, and all will be well.

The feeds are NSFW due to language.

Okay, thanks for clearing that up.

Maybe this means TF: FP will be finally backwards compatible! I heard the reason they couldn't do it is because of people still playing it online.

Baron Khaine:
Its like the thing that happens to people in prison, I forget the name, where they can't make it on the outside because they've been on the inside for too long.

Those poor lost souls.

Institutionalized?

Onyx Oblivion:
I hope their Xbox 360's Red Ring! Or their original Xbox's get hit with a nuke. Seriously. Those originals are TANKS.

Since you can play it on both...

ENEMY NUKE INCOMING, ITS OVER!

Man I remember the goold old days of playing Zombie on halo 2. It wont take long before these guys are gone though but I respect their sentiment

zombie711:
microsoft will just realse halo 2 on xbox live, and all will be well.

No. They gave up on that releasing origional xbox titles online a while ago. Like last year.

That's ...actually pretty hilarious. Thumbs up the them

These people are just being stupid. I'm a massive Halo fanboy and I love Bungie to bits. And I even love Microsoft, since they've never done anything bad to me (and every time I've had any dealings with them I've been all the better for it, even when I had the RRoD and they replaced my console with a free three months of XBL thrown in).

Bungie and Microsoft together gave all Halo 2 users plenty of warning that almost everyone took as a case of "fair enough". Halo 2 was kept alive by Bungie for about four or five years after the Xbox 360's Live service came along, which is already impressive enough and a massive sign that Bungie and Microsoft do care somewhat about the gaming community. Not to mention that they threw in a bunch of extra support and nods to the community at the very end.

At the end of the day, the people who are remaining on their consoles are effectively kicking Bungie and Microsoft in the balls. That's a great way to thank the developer and publisher who did so much for you, isn't it?

Trivun:

Bungie and Microsoft together gave all Halo 2 users plenty of warning that almost everyone took as a case of "fair enough". Halo 2 was kept alive by Bungie for about four or five years after the Xbox 360's Live service came along, which is already impressive enough and a massive sign that Bungie and Microsoft do care somewhat about the gaming community. Not to mention that they threw in a bunch of extra support and nods to the community at the very end.

At the end of the day, the people who are remaining on their consoles are effectively kicking Bungie and Microsoft in the balls. That's a great way to thank the developer and publisher who did so much for you, isn't it?

This statement is 100% and total truth.

No offense but...those people are stupid, old games die, get over it, im not crying over ChromeHounds yet that was one of my favorite games of all time. You gotta realize people that games die out for a reason, maybe because they are old...or maybe cause i dont know...there is another halo game...im just throwing that out there, they are just being selfish...

P.S i may only like the original halo, but this is still messed up for Bungie...they listened to people and in return they get protesters....

So, what exactly is the point of this? Is it impossible to play Halo 2 on the regular new Xbox Live, or are they just doing this for kicks? Halo is like THE official "drunk frat boy" game (not your average compulsive-obsessive videogame sperglord, surely), so I'm surprised that anyone would care enough to keep these servers up for even an extra second if there was an alternative.

Why didn't Bungie just add the Halo 2 maps into Halo 3 multi? Or are the games somehow different? Do Halo 2 fans not like Halo 3?

[quote="Le Tueur" post="7.190434.5934441[URL=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qigsKZJ43k]ENEMY NUKE INCOMING, ITS OVER![/URL][/quote]

Aw, and there I thought you were linking to a MegaLoMania capture...
Which sort of links into why it's hard to get myself worked up for all these online services. It's so completely ephemeral and fleeting. All those unlocked achievements? When they come to shut down the service... gone. And it's something that the next generation can't participate in and by that measure ever hope to understand. And if you want to revisit the good old days, playing a favourite title with a few friends... not possible.

Is it not maybe possible that they just [i]like halo 2 more than halo 3[/i] for some reason? Perhaps the multiplayer in 3 jumped the shark for them somehow? (Can't see it myself, but won't discount it).
Or they just want to keep on recreating classic Red vs Blue scenes forever more.

Welp, back to the 4-way one-screen bomberman.

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