[update]Original Xbox Live Dies

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It's April 14. If you own an old Xbox and play online with it, or still play original Xbox games on Xbox Live via your 360, you should know this is the last day you'll ever be able to do so.

As Microsoft promised earlier in the year, at midnight tonight the plug will be pulled on the world's first truly successful online gaming service for consoles, which first set up shop on the original Xbox all the way back in 2002.

While Xbox Live itself will obviously live on for the Xbox 360, the games that got the service its start - those for the original Xbox - will tomorrow no longer be supported, nor will online play via the original Xbox console.

The move paves the way for a brighter future for the Xbox 360, one where friends lists aren't capped at 100 people, but the celebrations for the future will be marred by tears for the dearly departed, as today we bid farewell to clasic multiplayer titles like Battlefront 2, Crimson Skies and of course the original online juggernaut, Halo 2 (though with its singleplayer campaign it's at least still useful).

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The only game I ever played Live with is Halo 2 from the original 360. And I don't think the PS2's online will die for a while, considering games still come out for it... once in a blue moon.
 

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The original Xbox Live service was supposed to have been shut down at midnight. But midnight has now passed, and the people playing Halo 2 online in anticipation of its demise are...still playing Halo 2.

We don't yet know whether this is a last-minute hiccup or whether Bungie and Microsoft have made a deal with the devil, but it's happening, Giant Bomb's countdown to midnight transforming overnight from a deathbed vigil to an online miracle. Of sorts.

We'll update when we hear what's actually going on, but if Halo 2 players have any hope left in you that there was some way around the impending shut down, now's a good time to squeeze it out.

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