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THE XBOXALYPSE IS NOW

Join our live stream as we count down the final hours of original Xbox Live with Halo 2 and more!


 GAAAAAAAAAMES!
With its seven-and-a-half year legacy soon coming to a close, tonight marks a certain end for Microsoft's online console service. After this, the original Xbox Live servers are going down--for good. No more Halo 2, no more... well, that's pretty much the big one. You get the idea. It's been a strong run for what has arguably been, for better or for worse, one of the most significant developments in the history of online gaming. But with the Xbox 360 so thoroughly replacing its predecessor, it has run its course, and now it's time to say goodbye.  
 
Join us, then, as we celebrate the memory of Xbox Live with our two-hour live stream extravaganza tonight from 10PM to Midnight PDT! We'll be playing loads of Halo 2 and other Xbox classics while taking your questions in the USTREAM chat below. And so, without further ado, LET THE XBOXALYPSE BEGIN!!! 
 
UPDATE: Now that our unintentional Xbox marathon has concluded, we've replaced the live stream here with an archived version of the first four-and-a-half hours of the show. Thanks to everyone who joined us, most likely to the detriment of their health and sanity!
   
  
     
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Posted by Staff

 GAAAAAAAAAMES!
With its seven-and-a-half year legacy soon coming to a close, tonight marks a certain end for Microsoft's online console service. After this, the original Xbox Live servers are going down--for good. No more Halo 2, no more... well, that's pretty much the big one. You get the idea. It's been a strong run for what has arguably been, for better or for worse, one of the most significant developments in the history of online gaming. But with the Xbox 360 so thoroughly replacing its predecessor, it has run its course, and now it's time to say goodbye.  
 
Join us, then, as we celebrate the memory of Xbox Live with our two-hour live stream extravaganza tonight from 10PM to Midnight PDT! We'll be playing loads of Halo 2 and other Xbox classics while taking your questions in the USTREAM chat below. And so, without further ado, LET THE XBOXALYPSE BEGIN!!! 
 
UPDATE: Now that our unintentional Xbox marathon has concluded, we've replaced the live stream here with an archived version of the first four-and-a-half hours of the show. Thanks to everyone who joined us, most likely to the detriment of their health and sanity!
   
  
     
Posted by Th3_James

SNAP 

Edited by takua108

Awesome!

Edited by neoepoch

This is going to be awesome.
You know what would be hilariously bad? If Microsoft also accidentally shut down the 360 servers as well. Also, I hope that doesn't happen, but if it does well...I'm the first to call it.

Posted by bjorno

howdy

Posted by Jambones

Looking forward to it.

Posted by RobotHamster
@takua108 said:
" FIRST? "
Fail?
Edited by FluxWaveZ

Farewell, original XBL.  I won't miss you, though.
 
Whoa... there's a general "staff" username, now.

Posted by heat

Throw some durgers on the grill!

Posted by Lies

1v1 mlg lockout?

Posted by FesteringNeon

WOOOOOOOO
Posted by TheYear20XX

Farewell, old friend.

Posted by JazzyJeff

J fucking Allard.

Posted by Redbullet685

Hope they post it later on the site because I wont be able to see it. Damn you SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by JJOR64

Holy shit.  That banner is fucking awesome.

Posted by AlexMarra

Living on the East Coast sucks.

Posted by jakob187

If anyone sees a gamertag tonight with "Lansharx" on Halo 2...you'll know it's me and my friends.  = D

Posted by RobotHamster

I love how they put J Allard in it.

Posted by AlwaysAngry

EVERY time I post in the chatbox it makes me log in! I AM LOGGED IN!!!

Posted by Ace829

Holy crap!

Posted by Skald

XBOX DEAD SON

Posted by Daveyo520

Can't wait!

Posted by Sh4ft3d

Make sure to enjoy yourselves guy. Glad to see you sending it off in style.

Posted by Meteora

OH ITS ON NOW!

Posted by JoelTGM

It has to be done.

Posted by xxDrAiNxx

RIP

Posted by MetalGearFlaccid

Posted by AjayRaz

farewell. :(

Posted by ZanzibarBreeze

Goodbye, XBOX... Oh god, hand me those tissues

Posted by HistoryInRust

So sad.

Posted by Rockanomics

GOOD THING I STOCKED UP ON AN INFINITE SUPPLY OF CANNED PICKLES

Posted by clarke0

I wonder if anyone will try to create dedicated fan servers for Halo 2 after this? Of course you could always play it on PC. Regardless the XBOXALYPSE will be a day to be remembered I'm sure. Can't wait for the video.

Posted by Wes

Start the cameras MR. Generic GiantBomb Guy!

Posted by Lies
@clarke0 said:
" I wonder if anyone will try to create dedicated fan servers for Halo 2 after this? Of course you could always play it on PC. Regardless the XBOXALYPSE will be a day to be remembered I'm sure. Can't wait for the video. "
You can already tunnel it through Xbox Connect so it will always be playable online. It just tricks it into thinking the consoles are system linked.
Posted by Coltonio7


Edited by BilboBagDames

Lord have Mercy on those poor souls who play against giant bomb...

Posted by Life_Cycle

At midnight tonight... duder it will truly be over :'(

Posted by DieRunning

awesome

Posted by HatKing

I really hope they record this in high quality and post it tomorrow or something.  I love GiantBomb antics, but I can't refuse an offer to get drunk with a girl. Haha
Posted by C_Rakestraw

Hope my Internet connection cooperates long enough to watch this. I've been really looking forward to this and would hate to miss it.

Posted by CDUB901

when does this go live?

Posted by George_Hukas

THE XBOXALYPSE IS... LATER!

Posted by Hot_Karl

I've got way too much homework tonight, but I will send my regards to the crew and to the original Xbox. Xbox, I bought you on that faithful November day in 2001. You brought me many good times, staying up late with Max Payne 2, Republic Commando and especially Halo 2. The reason why I'm such a hardcore gamer today is because of Xbox Live.  
 
Thanks for the memories. Good night, sweet prince.

Posted by Vager

I'd be blown away if J Allard shows up.
Posted by InfiniteGeass
@MetalGearFlaccid: I don't know what this is doing here, but it's fucking awesome.

Posted by armaan8014

is it over?

Online
Posted by mshaw006
@AlwaysAngry said:
" EVERY time I post in the chatbox it makes me log in! I AM LOGGED IN!!! "
I'm having the same problem. Come on, Giantbomb, get it together!
Posted by Ryan
@Coltonio7 said:
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This.
Staff
Posted by NickyDubz

Jungalos Unite

Posted by Brunchies

Good bye old online service friend.