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Posted by TheGreatGuero
@Fink said:

" @TheGreatGuero: Wow, I remember waiting in line at midnight to get it. (Not a big Halo fan, but my friends wanted to go)  The Gamestop guys asked me if I wanted the collectors edition for $10 more. I didn't know better at the time since it was my first encounter with a collector editions.  ... I still don't think I ever watched that DVD XD "

  @Fink said:

" @TheGreatGuero: Wow, I remember waiting in line at midnight to get it. (Not a big Halo fan, but my friends wanted to go)  The Gamestop guys asked me if I wanted the collectors edition for $10 more. I didn't know better at the time since it was my first encounter with a collector editions.  ... I still don't think I ever watched that DVD XD "

Ha. I waited in line at midnight too. I wasn't planning on it, but my friend was, and I was going to pick it up anyway the next day, so I figured I might as well. Anyway, I also bought the collector's edition but was glad I did. I really liked Halo 2's original box art, but then like a month before it's release, they modified it a bit and the final version was much less awesome. Because I didn't like the final standard box art, I was glad I got the collector's edition. Oh, and dude, you missed nothing in that DVD. Seriously, it was probably the most boring thing I've ever watched. I couldn't even finish it. It made me feel bad for the designers, and dude, it kinda shows some snippets of the awesomeness that Halo 2's campaign was supposed to be but wasn't. It's always disappointing to see things like that.
  
Anyway, I tried to add the box art pictures to show you the difference, but apparently the new layout has that stuff kind of screwed up. I wasn't able to do it. 
 
Also, I've learned that collector's editions really aren't usually worth the extra price.
Posted by Redfield

I misread the title and thought they meant that I wouldn't be able to play my offline games. When I realized it was online only I was like "oh fine whatever. Why the hell would I go back and play that?"
Posted by TwoOneFive

ahhhhhhhhhhh wtf?! 
 
 
jk i dont care at all. 

Posted by Willin

You mean I can't play against my friends in Whacked?

Posted by nukesniper

I've played a few here and there, but the only reason for using my old Xbox was for Marvel vs Capcom 2 until it came out on XBLA.  
 
However, if people start to get excited about playing Cat and Mouse in PGR2 or something crazy like that, I am all in.

Posted by xyzygy

What's with the reference to Tao Feng? Someone care to explain why Jeff mentioned that?

Posted by sho76und3wd

This just sucks.  No more 3rd strike.  It is just stupid that we get half-ass emulations, now we don't even get the option of playing online.  
Couple this with the fact that a bunch of EA games don't even work online anymore, I just don't understand what is going on, or why we as users are allowing all of this to happen.  Doesn't seem acceptable to me that a game is unplayable because a publisher says so, and not because the player base says so due to lack of demand. 

Posted by MysteriousBob

I've never played an XBox 1 game in my life.

Posted by CaLe

What's really sad about this is that I've had my 360 for 3+ years and never had a friend on my friends list..

Posted by Woodroez

Huh. I'm sure there's gotta be a hearty handful of Halo 2 players that are going to be disappointed. Can't think of anything else getting any play time. 
 
Truth be told, I had assumed OXbox games already lost Live support; especially given the spotty backwards compatibility.

Posted by TigerDX

I played Psychonauts a couple of years ago, but that was the Steam version. Does that count?

Posted by _Phara0h_

It's about time hopefully they update XBLA to support more then 100 people friends list......

Posted by chronicdog

As a huge Burnout 3 fanatic, Im extremely saddened and disappointed in Microsoft for making this decision. 
 
Games like Halo 2, Burnout 3, Splinter Cell Chaos Theory and Crimson Skies are what MADE xbox live so successful, and now they want to kill them off for the sake of a larger friends list? 
 
There has to be a better solution. I for one, will fight this decision with every single ounce of my being - I might even cancel my XBL subscription entirely if they really do this.

Posted by Meteora

I find it weird to know that a single game has single handedly stopped Microsoft from expanding the friends list beyond 100...
 
But to be perfectly honest you never really play with all of those people. I find myself removing more people than adding nowadays once I get my regular gaming group together. Still, there's a demand for it so Microsoft will probably look into that. Not like its all that hard to expand the friendslist.

Posted by WinterSnowblind

According to Bungie's stat tracking, only about 3000 people have been playing Halo 2 online, and that's by far the most popular original Xbox Live title.
 
We know that the support for old Xbox titles has been holding back progression the current system in certain areas, particularly with the amount of friends you can have/clan support.  So if axing these old games makes way for improvements in new ones, I'm all for it.  How long before we see a Halo 1/2 HD double pack anyway?

Posted by Lbgrowl
@Natedog24 said:
" Are there really still original Xbox games that you can find Xbox Live matches for?? "
Every once in a while I'll pop in an original Xbox game to see if I can play a round or 2 online and there's never anyone on.  Nobody should be mad at Microsoft for nuking a ghost town.
 
If we're doing a server closing party on Crimson Skies though, I'm totally in!
Posted by Zaapp1

I think I've played Gladius once since I got my 360, but it doesn't support Monopoly Party, so why bother?  If this helps them go on to bigger and better things (for no additional cost) I'm all for it.

Posted by Demonstride

You know what's weird? I was just thinking about breaking out my copy of Halo 2 for some matches.

Posted by blaakmawf

There are a few games I'd like to go back and visit, but none I'd play online.

Posted by Stinky51012

brb oh no! no xbox live? how will i meet 13 year old racists who insult my mother?
Posted by MildMolasses

 I did play some THPS 2X a few weeks ago. I don't think there is an online component for that, so I'm good. 
 
I wonder if this means that they will be pulling any Xbox originals that have some sort of online component from the marketplace. You can't really sell things that aren't fully functioning
Posted by guthwulf

Nah, the only one I've played was Dreamfall and that doesn't require Live to play. They can shut it down for all I care.
 
Also, Halo 2 sucks. Just kidding of course.

Posted by Oy

Oh man, I need to get some final Crimson Skies and Battlefront games in.  Those were my favorite Live titles! 
 
I'm sad, but it's for the best.  Time to move on and upgrade Live to it's full potential.

Posted by Pazy

When I still had my gold Subscription, which I stopped since I didnt feel it was enough value when I didnt play as much as i once did, I played a lot of Halo 2 through my 360. Looking at my origina Xbox games the ones ill be sad of the loss about is Halo 2 and Unreal Championship 2.

Posted by Zeouterlimits

:'( This explains why Halo 2 never came to Xbox Originals....

Posted by garc4475

who cares?

Posted by lordofultima

Halo 2 people will be upset, everyone else will not care. You can play third strike on GGPO, which is what people have been doing anyway.

Posted by Carlos

Let it rest in peace.

Posted by wiII

Got my 360 a couple months after launch, put halo 2 backwards compatible once, haven't touched it since.

Posted by Cerza

While I'm sad to see it go I'm also surprised they're still supporting the online for those games. I too don't think I've touched an original Xbox game at least on Xbox Live since 2006.

Posted by Scooper

I can understand not continueing Live for old boxed games but for old Xbox games on Xbox Originals? That seems a little sketchy because that stuff's still being sold. Someone could buy an Xbox Original today and find out he couldn't play it online even though he bought it because he remembers how cool the online was, ect.

Posted by Lazyaza

What year was it the xbox came out? cause that's when I stopped playing mine. :P

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Posted by Fleppie

Aw man, how about a unreal championship 3? I really liked 2 and now I can't play it online anymore....

Posted by MetalGearFlaccid
@Stinky51012 said:
" brb oh no! no xbox live? how will i meet 13 year old racists who insult my mother? "
I can do it for you right now,if you want...
Posted by haggis

I don't care one way or another about this. The only original Xbox game I have is Dreamfall, and it's single player. And I haven't played it since the summer after the 360 came out, when the number of games coming out was still a bit anemic. They could completely drop backwards compatibility and I wouldn't much care, though I know others would.
 
Count me among those who thought they phased out online play for the original Xbox a long time ago. I actually thought they did this when they released the new Xbox experience. In any case, when you play a game online and it's attached to a service, you have to know that someday it will all come to an end. The 360 has been out for four years now. I'm not surprised they're ending it. As for new Xbox 360 features ... meh. More friends on the list? I only have two anyway. I don't much care about it.

Posted by DigitalOpiate

I haven't since the launch of the 360 in 05.

Posted by Mike17032

This kind of sucks.  I understand why they are doing it, but it sucks to have old games lose features.   
 
Crimson Skies, Mech Assault,  and Wolfenstien are all still great games.  Though I admit its been quite some time since I played any of them.  Guess its time to dig them out and fire them up.

Posted by Babylonian

This sucks almost exclusively because it means the permanent death of Phantom Dust online. Damn.

Posted by Willy105

Curse you Microsoft. You don't have to drop support to get new things!
 
It's because of you I can't play X-Wing Alliance or Flight Simulator 2002 online anymore. Now they are shutting down Xboxes as well!

Posted by FuzzYLemoN

A sad day...
Would've been cool if they made it free instead, but I guess it costs money to keep supporting it at all.

Posted by Brackynews

And this is the way it goes from here on out.
Every game announced with online multiplayer, will inevitably have another announcement saying you can't play that anymore.  Software has a lifespan, regardless if you own a disc or a download.  It's been happening for a long time, but now it's happening to Halo.  So it's real. ;)

Posted by Kamikaze_Tutor

This does not disappoint me. I've been upset since the supposedly compatible european version of Panzer Dragoon Orta from the original Xbox crashes after the third level on the 360.

Posted by Noitu

I was playing Halo 2 last night...

Posted by Driadon

Well this was going to happen eventually, though I really wish there was some sort of work around so that backwards compatible games running on 360 could still be played.

Edited by xrayzwei

Interesting that the friends cap is the issue players pick up on the most.  2 things: 
 
Who really plays with all of the people on their friends list?   Microsoft said the average was around 30 anyway, and increasing over 100 seems strange. 
 
What else could Microsoft have up their sleeve?   Live Anywhere?  Microsoft support/published MMO? 
 
Personally I'm all for an infrastructure improvement even if it means the sacrifice of this group of games being Live enabled.  Too bad it will mean a loss of all of those other things like prescence and friends list on Xbox1 games though. 
Posted by Daryl

I didn't even know it was still going and I didn't even know I could play Xbox original games online on my 360

Posted by Halberdierv2

well, this sucks.

Posted by El_Rickhead

just got farenheit from xbox originals to get prepared for Heavy Rain, the game hasn't dated so well

Posted by Shuborno

Too bad for Halo 2 players.
 
They could always migrate to *snicker* Halo 2 for Windows Vista.

Posted by Vnera

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