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You Say Goodbye, I Say Halo

Tomorrow night marks the end of the line for the original Xbox Live, and we're sending it off in proper Giant Bomb fashion.

As Microsoft announced back in February, online support for the original Xbox and its associated games will be coming to an end soon--April 14th, to be exact--and, much like we did for The Matrix Online, we'll be live streaming the final minutes of the service. The focus will definitely be squarely on Halo 2--with members of the Waypoint team at 343 Industries potentially making some online guest appearances and beating our asses mercilessly--though we might try and sneak in a little Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge or MechAssault while we're at it.

So tune in tomorrow night, April 14th, at 10PM PDT for our live two-hour broadcast of these bittersweet end of times! Until then, enjoy this Warthog jump video, which remains my favorite Halo video ever. 
  

 
 

 
UPDATE: We've done some preliminary testing, and have created a shortlist of additional Xbox Live games we may spend some time with. If you've got an Xbox and want to join in on the fun, be sure and have these games at the ready!  

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Posted by Ryan

As Microsoft announced back in February, online support for the original Xbox and its associated games will be coming to an end soon--April 14th, to be exact--and, much like we did for The Matrix Online, we'll be live streaming the final minutes of the service. The focus will definitely be squarely on Halo 2--with members of the Waypoint team at 343 Industries potentially making some online guest appearances and beating our asses mercilessly--though we might try and sneak in a little Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge or MechAssault while we're at it.

So tune in tomorrow night, April 14th, at 10PM PDT for our live two-hour broadcast of these bittersweet end of times! Until then, enjoy this Warthog jump video, which remains my favorite Halo video ever. 
  

 
 

 
UPDATE: We've done some preliminary testing, and have created a shortlist of additional Xbox Live games we may spend some time with. If you've got an Xbox and want to join in on the fun, be sure and have these games at the ready!  

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Posted by Jawshua

Awesome!
Posted by Blueman

What time is that in the UK? 
Posted by eroticfishcake

I love that video. 
 
As for the live stream. I'll pop in providing I'm not baking cup cakes at the time. (No really, I am).

Posted by gunslingerNZ

Haha I can't wait for this. I hope the stream isn't in the middle of the night or something crazy in my timezone though...

Posted by Skytylz

Tomorrow will be a sad day...

Posted by Mordi

Darn. I'll be busy then.

Posted by cyber95

I'm going to be all ready to watch this, have snacks at my side, and possibly a bottle so I don't have to get up for the bathroom.  Anyway, the point is after all this preparation I'm going to get distracted and miss the whole thing.

Posted by Nasar7

I remember watching that vid for the first time and being totally in awe, then running to my xbox to try and replicate it. 
 
Good times.

Posted by chapman12

damn!
Posted by Trace

That Halo video is so much fun.
 
I'll definitely be watching tomorrow! I guess I *could* jump in and join the endgame festivities with some Halo 2, but as a person who hasn't played console shooters well in ages, I doubt it'd be all that fun for me.

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Posted by Creamypies
@Blueman said:
" What time is that in the UK?  "
Like 5AM.
 
Hopefully they'll put this out as a proper video too.
Posted by NikoAlexander57

Explosion!

Posted by afrokola

Warthog Jump is a classic.

Posted by CarolynP

Be sure to squeeze in some Phantom Dust! 
 
Aw, who'm I kidding? That won't happen. One of the unsung greats of Xbox Live, though.
 
And Burnout 3 was undoubtedly my favorite Xbox Live title. I'll be sorry to see the support go.

Posted by Blueman
@creamypies said:
" @Blueman said:
" What time is that in the UK?  "
Like 5AM.  Hopefully they'll put this out as a proper video too. "

Too bad, i thought it was about 8AM, no way im getting up that early. Hopefully they'll do as you said and put it out as a proper video.
Posted by Milkman

10 PM? Well, pretty sure I'm going to miss this one.
 
Will it be posted on the site after the fact?

Posted by Smegged

3PM Eastern time in Australia (on the 15th)
6AM in the UK (also on the 15th)

Posted by JJOR64

I'll be there!

Posted by SteamPunkJin

New Crimson Skies game please!!!!!!! Loved that old box game so much.

Posted by Willy105

Why do these things have to end?

Posted by louiedog

Yay, Microsoft shipped back my repaired 360 yesterday. That means it'll get here... on Thursday. Thanks Microsoft!

Posted by ArchV1le

Wow I really hope this whole thing goes up on the site after cause there's no way I'll be up that late :P

Posted by TheAdmin

1AM EDT? Hmmmm... Probably going to miss it. You guys will post the live show when it's over right? 

Posted by NickLott

Who's down for some Phantom Dust?

Posted by Phished0ne

Can someone give me the time in Swatch Beats?  ;) 

Posted by damnboyadvance

10 PM PDT is too late for me. That's 1 AM here, and I am really tired. So I think I'll be missing this one.

Posted by Smokay

Ugh the pun in th title is so terrible yet delicious.

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Posted by InsanePotato

Epic video

Posted by TwinkleTowez

i really wish this wasn't at 1 AM EST, but i guess i could suck it up for one night!

Posted by zyn
Posted by DickDanger

I'm not a huge halo fan but this was an awesome video!

Posted by gla55jAw

Damn

Posted by jakob187

Hopefully, we'll get on later that night as well and enjoy some Halo 2 action as well.

Posted by Azteck

Damnit. I want to be part of that. I'd so join in on some Halo2 if it wasn't 6am on a school-night for me.

Posted by Legend

Man, that video is so full of win.

Posted by Grilledcheez

Good, I won't have class until 2pm Thursday...so this works out just DANDY

Posted by stalefishies

As long as the same thing happens as with the Matrix Online stream and there is stuff happening beforehand on the stream to keep me up all night until 6am, I'm game.
 
I need my fix of shirtless Dave.

Posted by Reetesh

This video is really old... it has been in my HDD since oh so many years. Definitely my Fav Halo video too.

Posted by MrKlorox

I think this is one event I can safely miss. Sadly I probably won't.

Posted by SoftButtCheeks

This will be archived right? I'll probably be playing Halo 2 during this time.

Posted by Bubahula

will be there!

Posted by MadThad0890

this sucks. i wanted to get halo 2 from gamefly so i could play till it went offline but they kept on screwing me over and sending me shit that was like #20 in my game Q.  im thinking of getting it from gamestop and taking it back on the 15th. its also my birthday today! 

Posted by cap123

6AM here. awesome

Posted by acev

This is the ONLY opportunity to ever use the STEAL BATTALION controller. DO IT! 

Posted by Rhombus_Of_Terror

6am UK time awesome! 
 
 
 
 
 
oh wait...

Posted by FluxWaveZ

Holy crap that's late (for the Eastern time zone)!  Too bad, would have loved to see it live, but whatevs.

Posted by ascholzk

does this mean friend cap increase?

Posted by JJWeatherman

I'm totally gonna join you guys. I have both Halo 2 and Crimson Skies.