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April 14, 2010

Original Xbox LIVE is no more

Posted: 11:55 AM ET
A final salute
A final salute

At midnight tonight, Microsoft shuts down its original Xbox LIVE service for good.

But before you fling your console out the window, the company is only discontinuing the online service for original Xbox consoles and games, including version 1 games playable on Xbox 360 and Xbox Originals. This means "Halo 2" multiplayer and "Battlefront 2" - two of the more popular online games - won't be available anymore.

The original Xbox LIVE service, started in 2002, paved the way for other consoles and services to connect gamers via the Web and changed the way video games are played and designed. While it did not age well (friends lists capped at 100 people), it laid the groundwork for Microsoft to expand features now available in the current Xbox LIVE, including social networking and movie downloads.

There was some fan backlash after Microsoft's initial announcement two months ago. Some gamers felt betrayed for putting time and money into older games only to have them yanked away. Others suggested a separate service for the older version 1 games, but it appears that Microsoft is dedicated to its current Xbox LIVE service.

"This isn't a decision we made lightly, but after careful consideration, it is clear this will provide the greatest benefit to the Xbox LIVE community," Xbox's Marc Whitten said in a recent letter to Xbox LIVE members.

How much were you using the older service? Does this make an impact on your gameplay choices? Let us know what you were playing!

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Don Whitford   April 14th, 2010 12:23 pm ET

I think that Original Xbox Live had a good run but i think it's time to more onto the new xbox live.

ORIGINAL XBOX LIVE IS NO MORE   April 14th, 2010 12:30 pm ET

[...] Original Xbox LIVE is no more [...]

Jay Golden   April 14th, 2010 1:02 pm ET

Halo 3, waiting for Halo 4....

Az   April 14th, 2010 1:29 pm ET

Bye bye Original Xbox LIVE, hello to the new Xbox LIVE!

Tyler   April 14th, 2010 1:38 pm ET

awww man r u serious. my friends r going to be raging when they here about this lol-

R.C   April 14th, 2010 1:51 pm ET

The King of consoles; playstation also known as the monster machine is the way to go.

Bryce   April 14th, 2010 1:55 pm ET

sad day but really does any one play their old xbox? I don't, however I will miss being to play Halo 1 and some of my other old games. I remember the day I got my xbox...good times...really good times

SkyPilot   April 14th, 2010 1:56 pm ET

Like all great things such as Rome, must come to an end.

RkQuE   April 14th, 2010 2:02 pm ET

I know I'll be on tonight playing my last few games of Halo 2 before it gets retired.

DontCareNAZ   April 14th, 2010 2:05 pm ET

Nice run for the old Xbox Live, but having to PAY for online features and gaming... never bode well in my book. Sony>XBL

Aurelio   April 14th, 2010 2:13 pm ET

You can still play Halo 2 on Games for Windows Live!!!!!! And the original Halo- Combat Evolved can still be played online as well on your computer. Just connect your usb xbox 360 controller to your PC and your ready to go! \(^_^)/

Mike   April 14th, 2010 2:24 pm ET


Mike   April 14th, 2010 2:25 pm ET

This totally sucks! I love Xbox!

Aurelio   April 14th, 2010 2:26 pm ET

And hey you can always connect your computer or laptop to your HDTV, so enjoy folks. It's not the end of the world.

Aurelio   April 14th, 2010 2:27 pm ET

Halo 2 can still played online on the PC It costs $19.99 for the PC version.

Mike   April 14th, 2010 2:29 pm ET

Yeah, I still like playing against the computer. It's just that this is the end of an era, the prehistoric Xbox era.

Boomstick   April 14th, 2010 2:32 pm ET

Well, if you want to buy a system for watching dvds, go for ps3. If you want to buy a system for videogames, go xbox360. System exclusives for xbox360>ps3.

How is that backwards compatibility for the ps3 btw?

Aurelio   April 14th, 2010 2:34 pm ET

Yeah I feel your pain man. I own an Xbox 360 and I'm fortunate enough to have a great pc for games. It's sad to see the original Xbox go while the PS2 is still selling and alive. But I guess it was just time. The new Xbox Live & Games for Windows Live now rules.

Aurelio   April 14th, 2010 2:35 pm ET

Hey Boomstick; only the "fat" PS3 supports PS2 & PS1 games. The slim version does not.

Mike   April 14th, 2010 2:36 pm ET

I know, personally I fired the PS2 a long time ago. The controlled is small and the graphics aren’t as good as Xbox.

Boomstick   April 14th, 2010 2:39 pm ET

Exactly, no problems with the xbox360.

Aurelio   April 14th, 2010 2:48 pm ET

Better days are coming! Crysis 2 will head to all 3 systems PC, PS3, Xbox 360 \(^_^)/

Mike   April 14th, 2010 2:50 pm ET

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier PS3

Aurelio   April 14th, 2010 2:56 pm ET

Gears of War 3 \(^_^)/ April 2011 :( damn it it's too far.......

Avrailer(Jeremii)   April 14th, 2010 3:03 pm ET

This si not good at all. they should have just updates like they do in mmorpg's like WoW and DAoC. what is their problem!?!?!!1

Jim H   April 14th, 2010 3:14 pm ET

the point is the consumer makes a purchase and then the company decides that it doesn't want to support the service that allows the consumer to use the product. the product is still usable and functions and even that desire by the owner of the product to continue to use it is discounted.

while i know things do go obsolete and and aren't supported or sold after a certain point, this is a scary concept for gaming. like with the music industry, game development has become driven by huge amounts of capital investment. if yanking support for a game that requires online interaction to work becomes a business model what's to say a game that starts off as a slow seller isn't suddenly discontinues? what's to say support and/or use isn't terminated after a set time simply as a cost cutting measure? the larger the gaming companies become, the more power they have and the greater their need is for making money. they already get over on consumers with install limits for most PC games. they don't have to provide support or service for a specified by law period after they market a product. i do not trust a one of them to figure out a way to leverage actions like Microsoft did here into some form of cash cow. it was bad enough when Microsoft made Halo 2 for the PC only Vista compatible, especially in light of what a turkey that operating system turned out to be.

what it means for me is i will continue to avoid purchasing downloaded games from places like Steam. they had me over a barrel with a few of the Half Life series of games. i will also continue to avoid games that require connection to a server to play, even if it's only in single player mode.

Mark H.   April 14th, 2010 3:32 pm ET

The king is dead. Long live the king.

Ben   April 14th, 2010 3:36 pm ET

With the removal of the Original Xbox LIVE service it will allow the new 360 LIVE to advance in many new and great ways, although its not good for some people this will allow Microsoft to do alot more with newer additions to come out soon.

Brett E.   April 14th, 2010 3:57 pm ET

I moved on to the 360 when Halo 3 came out. I still enjoy getting together and playing original xbox games like Halo 2 with friends, but thats not usually over LIVE. I hope that this means that Microsoft will invest more into the the current version!

I'd better go get in a couple games of Halo 2 online for the last time!

D   April 14th, 2010 4:03 pm ET

get real playstation sucks

Aurelio   April 14th, 2010 4:17 pm ET

I never had a problem with PC game install limits. Your allowed like 3 or more installs per month. That can't hurt anyone. And Seam is great because it automatically updates the game so you don't have to be manually finding the right patch or update. I will avoid future Ubisoft games because I hate their DRM policy. But I will buy all other games on Steam. I think we all should fast internet in our homes by now, so any "online-always" game shouldn't really hurt anyone. Unless you live in a 3rd-world country or in the "Dark Ages".

mylo   April 14th, 2010 5:15 pm ET

i recently went on halo 2 just out of boredem, and about 2 weeks ago i received 400 points and 3 months free xbox live membership from xbox live as a gift for the service being removed. Im sure if you regularly played these games within the last year, you should receive this also?

Bigg Russ   April 14th, 2010 5:15 pm ET

It was a great run. I'm not upset. Halo 2 was MUCH fun over Live. There are other ways to play online though, so...

Picachone   April 14th, 2010 5:52 pm ET

A lot of unemployed people are going to be mad because now they have to use their extended unemployment benefits to upgrade their game consoles. It was hard enough to pay for pizza and beer but now things will be worse for the unemployed workers.

JD   April 14th, 2010 6:19 pm ET


Lots of misinformation and half truths there.

The thick, old PS3s were fully backwards compatible. The new slims will play PS1, and they will play PS2 if you download the program from the PSN. You have to install, but you CAN still play.

As far as exclusives, Fable and Fable II are good, and Halo is inexplicably popular. But so are PS3 exclusives like Heavy Rain, God of War, etc. The only other Xbox exclusive I'd even be concerned about is the excellent, excellent Mass Effect 2, but since the PC provides a superior experience over either console, when given the option I'll go with the PC versions of any Microsoft console exclusives I want to play anyway.

Also, it doesn't just play DVDs, but Bluray, as well streaming Netflix (just like Xbox). It's an all around home entertainment device.

You like your system. That's fine. But don't bring fanboy rage into it and disparage a perfectly good system just because you play the one that is getting its legacy support nerfed. I could post a ton about MS and the red rings and gouging us for hard drives and wireless routers, etc., but I got no real beef against Xbox (other than the price point for peripherals), but that gets no one anywhere. It really depends on your preference and the exclusives you want to play.

Me, I don't give a darn about any gamerscore, I have a big collection of older PS1 and PS2 games (that despite what you say, I can still play) and I like the Sony exclusives , so I do most of my gaming on PC (because MS usually puts out their console exclusives on PC eventually) or PS3.

You obviously prefer the Xbox. To each his/her own.

Big Mac   April 14th, 2010 6:27 pm ET

This is un-American. Take away our Super Size, take away are SUV's and hummers, now this!

Khan   April 14th, 2010 7:23 pm ET

I didn't even own an original Xbox, nor do I have games for it.

mikeinrichmond   April 14th, 2010 7:32 pm ET

I just love the Sony fanboys here commenting how Sony's online service is better than XBL. I have all three consoles and Sony's isn't even close to the form and function of XBL. Only time I use it is to d/l exclusive PS3 demos. It just sucks bad...

DT   April 14th, 2010 7:45 pm ET

Complete BS I'm sure they could have made the new Xbox live compatible with older games. All this does is force people to buy newer games. All about money and greed.

Big Mac   April 14th, 2010 7:57 pm ET

People are still interested in XBL that’s why they are downsizing. They want to phase-us out so the new generation can take over.

OG   April 14th, 2010 8:58 pm ET

I don't know the stats for how many people are still playing the older games, but the same number are also _paying_ ~$50/year to do so. how much money can Microsoft be saving or generating by pulling the rug out from under paying customers? it's a shame.

josh   April 14th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

They need to change what they have now. Make X-BOX live free like the PS3

cook   April 14th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

Sony cant compete with xbox in the online arena.

John   April 14th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

The function that is used for the original Xbox LIVE has been emulated for several years. There are independent networks out there where thousands of people are playing Xbox games together.

James   April 14th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

And this is why PC gaming will always be superior to any console.

~Angelus~   April 14th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

"All good things must end."

"Let the new era begain."

~Angelus~ /(*_*)\

Aaron   April 14th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

If you own an Xbox, it's only a matter of time before Microsoft yanks your ability to play games on whatever Xbox platform you bought into. I feel sorry for all the Xbox owners who were or will be forced to buy more stuff in order to be allowed to keep playing.

Arvidel   April 14th, 2010 11:10 pm ET

Out with the old, in with the new. This won't impact me. Been playing Red Faction: Guerrilla. Top notch game.

scott campbell   April 14th, 2010 11:21 pm ET

they just need to release a server version of the games for free.
the community will run servers and all the mods etc.
just like unreal tournament series did.

Mistrblank   April 14th, 2010 11:25 pm ET

This is a failure of a decision. The way the old system servers scaled, they would build themselves within Microsoft's farm. The more ubiquitous server virtualization becomes, the less of an issue it would be to run these older servers. There's no excuse for shutting them down, if people aren't playing on them, they don't consume power and hand it over to servers that need it in a virtual cloud.

Ace   April 14th, 2010 11:27 pm ET

Hell the original xbox now known as the EXbox is valuable for hacking. You couldnt use them online anyway. But the concept of buying a game that has a definitive lifespan kinda blows.

If you knew the game would expire and be no longer playable in X years when you bought it, would you have bought it?

jkrueger   April 14th, 2010 11:44 pm ET

Bye bye Halo 2, we had a good run. <3

TEX   April 14th, 2010 11:58 pm ET

Me likey games.

Murray   April 15th, 2010 12:02 am ET

i new the the xbox live so this doesnt effect me. but i think its screwed up i know alot of people who still play old games. they should keep it up for at least a few more years.

Tj   April 15th, 2010 12:05 am ET

who cares pay to play on XBox live they just keep screwing you either way

Player Haters   April 15th, 2010 12:15 am ET

Sony has only reached about 3/4 of it's potential. Everyone just wait for it to completely whoop xbox's ass online. It already did it graphic wise, control wise, etc. Online it's not bad and has improved, but wait for the whooping haters. F**k xbox!

cvp723   April 15th, 2010 12:16 am ET

If this "shutdown" is going to allow for more resources to be put into the current live i'm all for it. Microsoft should just migrate everyone thats regularily utilizing the old live network to a free year of gold Xbox live(if they have a 360 of course) and then all is good in the world :o) Really I mean come, I wish they still made games for the TurboGraphix16 too ya know... every console dies girls... Jus deal huh

cvp723   April 15th, 2010 12:21 am ET

Player Haters
so THATS the reason MW2 on PS3 uses 16bit texture maps and 360 uses 32bit texture maps! Egadds!!! I knew the truth would come out... LOL – come on now, we all know how much "Power" the PS3 has... and we been hearing that skipped disc for YEARS now... really... If you cant use the power what good is it? You would think that 4 years was enough time to unlock the magical secret of the PS3.... maybe next year huh bubba? LoL

andrew   April 15th, 2010 12:58 am ET

welp dangit I threw mine out the window a long time ago
(third storey balcony)

Oblamea   April 15th, 2010 1:02 am ET

Are you all idiots? The reason MS is doing this is to re-list all the old XboX games in a classic section on the new Live and make you all buy your favs a second time... Hmmm... sounds familiar in the taxes we all pay, huh? Tax the taxed tax...again and again!
GhEy! Way to go MS.... Let's get us buyin' all the same games we have already bought again when you re-release 'em!

Justin Williams   April 15th, 2010 1:09 am ET

its a great idea! by stopping v1 XBL would free up bandwith for 360. How many times have u gotten kicked from your game? and if u say you haven't then you my friend are a liar, cuz the lack of banwith duh. lol

ecryder   April 15th, 2010 1:18 am ET

suck fony. most expensive door stop ever. 360 4ever.

Sai   April 15th, 2010 1:18 am ET

Wow, I'm done with Xbox for good after this. What kind of company removes the primary reason people get these types of games? Why can't they be ran through the new xbox live, like typical video games on pcs? You don't stop playing a game because the operating system changes. (usually)

Thumbs down all the way, switchin to ps3! Graphics are better anyway and the controllers are more comfortable.

Derek Ellis   April 15th, 2010 1:43 am ET

Ya'll quit whining.....i still got my Sega Genesis!

bobgoobin   April 15th, 2010 1:53 am ET

after skimming this, it seems there's just way too much ps3 vs. 360 raging going on here. to those people, you guys are idiots. it just ... doesn't matter. but whatever.

T Igor   April 15th, 2010 2:03 am ET

What did I just pay to renew? Was that the old or the new?

Anti-Microsoft   April 15th, 2010 2:05 am ET

Personally, I hate X-Box and Microsoft all together. It doesn't mean it's bad. It's just not my thing. However, my old neighbour is breaking his wallet to college and just managed to find the money to buy a used X-Box for $40 back in March. He was so excited to actually be able to play online after watching all his better off friends enjoy it. Now that and all the money he spent on games is out the window. That's a pretty lame thing to do. And if they are going to drop all those games in a classics section, they'd better be ready to give out free copies to everyone who already owned them. Send in your old games to Microsoft and demand a code to get a free download. Don't toss those games and machines out. Send them to Microsoft and let them deal with their own garbage!!!

Chris   April 15th, 2010 2:11 am ET

I'll miss playing Halo 2 and SW: Battlefront 2 on Live, sure, but not too many people play those any more, and there's other stuff to play. BF:Bad Company 2, Halo 3, Gears, etc. I'll pick up my old Halos for my PC if I ever want to play online again.

Bill   April 15th, 2010 2:14 am ET

You idiots, it is the Microsoft way.

Discontinue the old box, they will buy the new box. Not hard to understand, but hard to understand nobody else sees this.

JR   April 15th, 2010 2:31 am ET

I, for one, welcome our new Xbox Live overlords

Kris   April 15th, 2010 4:24 am ET

"This isn't a decision we made lightly, but after careful consideration....go f**k yourselves. HAHAHAHA. Serves you right for buying an XBOX, idiots!!"

RandomJoe   April 15th, 2010 7:30 am ET

Oh, I love my PS3 backwords compatibility Boomstick

Yup, can't play quality games like Resident Evil 2, Final Fantasy 7-9, Brave Fencer Musashi, or Soul Reaver on the Xbox360.

I'm also loving my PS3 exclusives like God of War 3 and my enhanced ports of 360 games, like NG2 and SO4.

Brian   April 15th, 2010 8:08 am ET

Seriously, who still owns an original X-Box anyway? Gamers should be more upset at how quickly they discontinued it. Sony knows how to make the better console. The PS3 is way better than the 360, and the PS2 is still the best selling game console to date (Google it). And they are STILL making games for the PS2! Good job Sony.

bubba551   April 15th, 2010 9:04 am ET

First Yankee Stadium and now this.
It is a bit sad to see the fall of the house that Master Chief built.

gamEr   April 15th, 2010 9:21 am ET

Avrailer(Jeremii) i agree i dont like this at all this is an out rage!!!!!!

Assasin   April 15th, 2010 9:33 am ET

This is why people pirate games. All these corporations care about is their bottom line. They dont think about how much money people invest in their product.

As for XBOX360... one word... iXtreme

Duder   April 15th, 2010 10:05 am ET

At Kris
How does buying the most popular and best online system make me an idiot? I have had both the 360 and a PS3. The online experience on 360 blow the PS3 out of the water. I would rather pay $50 dollars a year and have good service than pay nothing and the PS3 online service.

At Anti-Microsoft
All your friend had to do was ask around and he could have found a refurbished 360 for around 75 or 80 bucks. Your friend should have thought his purchase before he made it. There are people everywhere that fix messed up 360s and sell them.

dave   April 15th, 2010 10:07 am ET

Well, Looks like you loosers need to go get a life now...

watchman57   April 15th, 2010 10:18 am ET

although i miss the original live, i have moved on to the new xbox live which of course has better games along with graphics. dont get me wrong i will miss halo2 but we still have 4 other halo games and cod so im sure everyone will be fine.

zombiesite   April 15th, 2010 10:33 am ET

Well the original xbox practically died when the 360 released. Its kind of about time they did this. The company doesnt want to pay for something they think is dead

ralf   April 15th, 2010 10:51 am ET

That would be pretty lame if they discontinued this for the sole purpose of making it downloadable on the new Live and re-selling it to the people that already bought it.

B   April 15th, 2010 12:04 pm ET

I can't believe they are ending it. I really loved playing Halo 2 back in the day, but it makes sense to shut it down because of a drop in the numbers of players. It seems very unfair to people that do not have an xbox 360, but do have a live subscription.

Drew   April 15th, 2010 12:29 pm ET

It's so fuuny when people actually think that the PS3 is the superior gaming console. There is only one thing its great for Bluray, thats it.
XBOX completely blows it away for gaming. I own both.

jobob   April 15th, 2010 1:18 pm ET

I have almost given up on console gaming due to all of the changes/restrictions. World of Warcraft is the game of choice for me, especially with the new expansion, Cataclysm, coming out. Try it.

gabe   April 15th, 2010 1:22 pm ET

This is messed up! so am i going to be able to play xbox live on halo 3?

gummyballz   April 15th, 2010 1:23 pm ET

The original Xbox LIVE service, started in 2002, paved the way for other consoles and services to connect gamers via the Web and changed the way video games are played and designed"
Not True, Sony Paved the way...
either way, this is a bad move. they should have just intergrated the service, especially since they sell these games still, and you can download most gen 1 games via live marketplace...

Whatever XBOX and microsoft are the gestapo of the new millennium, as it is they censor more than the chinese. I could go on about how these corps are screwing us left and right, but as it is they most likely wont let this post fly...

RustyBlade   April 15th, 2010 1:25 pm ET

This in my opinion is good, now that the original is over more for for 360!!!

Jayy   April 15th, 2010 1:26 pm ET

So what? Besides Halo was gay anyways, like seriously.

andrew   April 15th, 2010 1:44 pm ET

whew, just glad i bought my 360 (and games) only 2 yrs ago so none of the games are outdated....BUT i would be furious had i spent money on a game i couldnt play anymore (at least play online anyway...and thats the true expansion of the game, i mean, how many times are you gonna play the campaign before that gets old?)

misterdude   April 15th, 2010 1:47 pm ET

i didn't even know that it was still available. why are you still playing xbox? you do know that there is a new xbox that been out for years right? lol

confused old timer   April 15th, 2010 2:01 pm ET

How did it pave the way for online gaming? I remember playing Street Fighter II over the phone line on the SNES, and who could forget Phantasy Star Online on the Dreamcast?

Frank Mondana   April 15th, 2010 2:04 pm ET

I don't own either X-box but,
What would happen if car makers decided that you needed to upgrade your vehicle every 6 years?

F117   April 15th, 2010 2:21 pm ET

I thought the world would end last night. When the clock struck twelve it didn’t. I came to realize that today is still good; you can still buy a super large Big Gulp and play Xbox, just not live.

Patrick   April 15th, 2010 2:30 pm ET

I too played the exact games the article mentioned (Halo 2 and Star Wars: Battlefront 2) for the last time yesterday, having not logged into either for several months. As a previous poster mentioned, MS sent me 400 points and extended my service three months when they announced the shutdown. I found that a really nice gesture.

I'm sad that my option to play these games on a console is taken away, but MS has been classy about it if you're a fan of those games. Moreover, the 360 is four years old and at a very reasonable price point... they shouldn't feel beholden to continue to support the original games.

Halo 2... great. Wonderful game. But, listen: the 360 has three subsequent online-enabled Halo games with the fourth on the way. If you haven't upgraded yet, that's plenty of reason to do so, and we shouldn't hold back MS from making more great, modern games just because some holdouts don't want to move on.

The name of the game in the videogame industry is moving forward and providing new experiences.

magic   April 15th, 2010 2:45 pm ET

Why does this surprise anyone. This is the typical Microsoft way. Release something wait a year or 2 and then come out with a new product and drop support for the old one. Strictly a money maker plain and simple.

alaska   April 15th, 2010 3:12 pm ET


Avrailer(Jeremii)   April 15th, 2010 3:15 pm ET

wow i hope microsoft burns in technology hell for this... Or at least lose thousands of members and money.1!!

chuck   April 15th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

^^^^^Dork alerts

Aurelio   April 15th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

The Bottom Line folks is that, "You can still play HALO 1 and 2 online with the PC. The world hasn't ended yet.

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Greg   April 16th, 2010 11:08 am ET

So... The original XBox Live service can be phased out after 1 generation but somehow IE6 has survived for 3...

Aurelio   April 16th, 2010 5:56 pm ET

Goodness! People still use IE6? Why? Get Firefox or something.... The old IE6 can't even support tabbed-browsing lolz!!

U are Losers   April 16th, 2010 6:54 pm ET

Thanks for everything Original Xbox Live. We'll miss you, but hopefully it's for the best. And for all you PS fans, Is the PS2 service still alive? Exactly

Sency   April 16th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

I remember this first came out – sad to see it go:

I M Tired   April 17th, 2010 11:28 pm ET

I for one think the whole ps3 vs. 360 thing is stupid. Me and my friends play both of them and they're both great systems with great exclusive game-play. The whole superiority thing is idiotic. Are you really going to be staring at the textures and examining for which bit they are (16 or 32)? Yeah, the textures are at 16 for MW2 on ps3. Does it make an amazing difference during online game-play? Not so much. Have you seen how great ps3 exclusives look (like god of war 3)? But at the same time, that doesn't mean I'm a ps3 fan-boy because Halo 1 on the Xbox was the real 'modern' game-play experience I've ever had, and I've been a fan with it ever since it came out. The point is, yeah you can argue that the graphics are freakn amazing (ps3 or 360, both are very arguable) but its not necessarily something to be so critical about. I don't do that with NES' Mario, and as far as I can tell, people have spent more hours (and had more fun) on that than any video game I can recall despite its pixelized(<- made up a word there according to spell check) graphics . As for the canceling of the old Live, It seems like the logical thing to do. The fact is, as new things come up, the old things will eventually lose support. Its how the windows operating systems work for example. The fact is, with more people on the 360 and the new Live, why should Microsoft devote effort to keeping the old one running? It just doesn't make sense to do so.

poopsicle   April 20th, 2010 8:09 am ET

noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo........the xbox is my life!!!! i have to go jump of a bridge

poopsicle   April 20th, 2010 8:12 am ET


TAMMY!   April 21st, 2010 1:50 am ET

I didn't even know the xbox (1) had Live... I thought Live was just for the 360

øCoreyLazTø   June 1st, 2010 10:21 am ET

does this means that i cannot sign in to my new xbox live account(that i made with a pc)via the old xbox?

Dave Mann   June 15th, 2010 1:07 pm ET

This is the cycle and they provided warning a while back that this change for XBL was coming. So get over it. Pick up a real game like Red Dead Redemption and get out there. You need a change by now and for M$ that's where the $$$$ come from. Rockstar did a great job with this game and it has amazing depth.

Ok   June 15th, 2010 2:07 pm ET

So now you can stop being a cheap idiot and buy an Xbox360.

Matt   June 20th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

I, along with many others still placed Conker Live & Reloaded on a regular basis. With no future plans of creating another squeal to that game, this highly effects my game play.

Oat Bran   July 8th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Not only can you not play battlefront 2 online, but any game add-ons you downloaded arn't accessable either. So the extra maps and characters are no longer playable, which means anyone who spent money getting the add ons is now S.O.L. Gotta love microsoft for that one.

>_> i hate you microsoft!   July 12th, 2010 11:46 pm ET

Fuck you there were people,your fans infact who bought those games for either console and you do this?i hope you get sued. o @Oat Bran i agree

David   August 8th, 2010 7:51 pm ET

Wow, this is so dumb! I just tried to connect and play Halo 2 and was shut down. This is ridiculous I played Halo 2 ALL the time up until like February. I wouldn't have stopped then If I knew this was going to happen.

Microsoft just wants freakin' money. They know that by doing this people will be 360 and get on that LIVE, but I don't even want to. Halo 2 was the greatest game ever put out. Nothing will compare.

" is clear this will provide the greatest benefit to the Xbox LIVE community,"

F you. How? How in the hell does that benefit the community? How does this benefit me.

Douche Bags....

Kyle   August 17th, 2010 6:32 pm ET

This kinda sucks. I haven't played on xbox live in a while, and I just realized now that it really is gone... I went to go play Forza Motorsport online, and it couldn't connect me... I am very disappointed since the Xbox 360 in our house is my brother's, and I am moving out with my original Xbox and 30 games soon... so no more live for me I guess.
I still played alot of Xbox games...
I will probably try and start a lan system-to-system club in college for original Xbox fans...

Olaf   September 13th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

Leave it to Micro$oft to not support their own product. Time to move on to Playstation.

Demetria Hylle   December 31st, 2010 2:10 am ET

I would personally sooner go without practically anything at all though not really my games console.

Zack   January 1st, 2011 9:31 pm ET

Well that really sucks /: im going to miss playing Halo 2. Its to bad Bungie cant make there own service for Halo 2 on the Original Xbox. That was the only game i played on it, and still love my pc is crap, and is not good for gaming thats why i bought the Xbox in the first place! Personally its a load of crap, that in any way Microsoft thinks its EVEN SLIGHTLY OK TO DISCONTINUE THE OLD LIVE SERVICE.

Bret Soderstrom   January 10th, 2011 2:30 pm ET

Hey! I simply saw one other message in another blog that seemed like this. How do you know all these things? That’s one cool post.

D382H   July 1st, 2011 2:42 pm ET

I personally don't see why older XBOX games couldn't be patched to work with the new live service? if Microsoft are soooooo amazing then surely this minor config settings change to their live service is a mere 5 minute task...???

Clearly Microsoft don't understand just how amazing their older titles still are and as a direct result fail to conceive that people still want to play Halo 1 & 2 online... the least they could of done was rent it out to game spy and transfer the accounts over???

Maybe I should be working at Microsoft Game Studios??? then again... perhaps not lol :P

but, seriously!!! is it that difficult to allow the older XBOX live service to run alongside the new one? PSN still runs on the PS2 and supports PS2 games on the PS3???

Sony: we may get hacked but, we love our customers and value them
Microsoft: Money money money... it's all we know :P

Zeri-net   July 22nd, 2011 11:07 pm ET

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Liam   August 12th, 2011 4:40 pm ET

Boooooooooo, bought a points card to play online , only to find this out. I wonder if a community will open up to fill this void. It is BS that Halo 2 the game that basically started Xbox Live is no more. There was still a huge player base and closing this service is a vrey poor choice for microsoft....You have lost my business because of your lack of respect for the gamers that have stuck to the classics...I guess it is a ps3 for me....

Yami91   August 20th, 2011 10:58 am ET

After seeing how fast the original live has died I don't think I'm going to invest in a 360. I still use my original Xbox because some of my games are just not compatible anymore. no updates/patches from MS. I'll miss being able to play online with my friends but hey, we can all just go pirate it for pc lol. gotta love game ranger!!! but in all honesty, this is about the closing of OL not about what is a better system.

tyler2thug   November 3rd, 2011 8:15 pm ET

i relly don't believe it. why would u get rid of it. some people cant afford xbox 360s all i hav is a xbox 1. Ive tried and tried until now i figure out that they've shut is down. assholes.........alright im sorry about that but seriosly. WHY?!?!?!

s4tanslilboy   November 3rd, 2011 8:20 pm ET

i fucking hope you get sued you asshole.i bought the xbox the cords two conntrollers five fucking games and you tell me this. i got atv halo 1 halo 2 madden 05 and raw. this bullshit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! why dont i shoot myself and make xbox live in HELL OR HEAVEN i dont give a shit.

AJ   December 28th, 2011 4:46 am ET

Very disappointed about the loss of original Xbox Live service. This essentially "guts" half of my game collections abilities I paid to have, not to mention games like Steel Batallion, online only with it's monster control peripheral that wasn't exactly cheap, now rendered completely USELESS. Also, I still have two 12 month original Xbox live subscription cards I never got to use.... can these be used for 24 months of Xbox 360 Live Gold service ( If anyone knows PLEASE reply!)? Or am I completely screwed over?
As a side note to those still seeking to play online with their original Xbox...check out this website for info on XBConnect:

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Tien Nguyen   February 10th, 2012 6:18 pm ET

I am a big fan of the classic XBOX. I have a game of chess titled, "Chessmaster 10th Edition" by Ubisoft. It would have been nice to try out the feature to play with others around the world. They do have live for the PC however it would be a sort of icing on the cake if XBOX also has it. The controls on each system is different. You get a different feel playing on the classic XBOX than you do on the MacBook Pro. In any case, I hope both systems give me joy with my family and friends peacefully until old age#!!

COFFEELORD   March 22nd, 2012 4:14 am ET

Look, Can't We All Just Agree That Micro-Soft Made An Extremely Bad Decision And Move On? I Mean Really, The Original X-Box Is The Best System I've Used, But It's Time Is Over, Just Like The Gamecube. The XB360 Has Newer Tech, But It Just Doesn't Have That Classic Feeling We Miss.

Sure, Live Can't Be Used, But It's Not The End The System's Life, Go Watch D.V.Ds, Or Play Mech-Assault/Halo 2 On System-Link With Your Girl/Boyfriend(S). What They Should Do However, Is Have An XBox Split-Pay Plan Where You Can Choose From The Original Or The 360, Because I'd Gladly Continue Paying For The Original X-Box, Or Even Convince BUNGIE.NET To Sign A Bill With Micro-Soft Saying "We Are Re-Supporting The Original X-Box For Halo 2"

But Hey, Life Moves On, Why Shouldn't You?

Tien Nguyen   March 22nd, 2012 4:19 am ET

Look, dude... or gal. Whatever! I like Chessmaster 10th Edition. Unfortunately, I am poor and cannot buy UBISOFT a server and an account. So, I have to put up with the game being solo. Okay?!hehe Anyways, I really just like to rant. It stinks... but what can you do? Unless they are giving away free account on a reliable server, I am not going to be playing the half scratched disc that I have. I am joking about the scratch part. It is only partially scratch or unreadable. Anyways, it is a cool game. I just wish I was good enough. Actually, I prefer talking my head off more than I enjoy playing. hehe

yklo005   April 2nd, 2012 2:39 pm ET

im a hardcore halo fan of witch have been playing since day one of HALO:CE, and my opinion is that shutting down Original XBOX:Live was THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OF ALL TIME SINCE GAMING COME INTO SERVICE.

shutting down and starting fresh was a good idea, but the fact that you let some of the old games get a way into the XBOX 360 Live cummunity and leave the bigshots behinde was a big mistake.

there was actually statistics that over 10 789 people commited suicide on 2010/04/14. 4/10 out of those where halo fans.

im not making all of this up microsoft.

if u will make old xbox live avaible again, or just make halo 2 avaible for xbox 360, THEN IM GOING TO LITTERALLY BE THE HAPPIEST GUY ON THE INTIERE FUCKING PLANET.
so please reconsider it.
yklo 005 signin out....

RAVERGIRL492   May 14th, 2012 12:34 pm ET

damn cpffeelord, your the first person here to make PERFECT sense, to a point, i do miss my old xbox, but like you said, life moves on, why shouldn't you.

well said, my friend. i hope we run into eachother on the 360.

mastermind45   June 19th, 2012 11:28 pm ET

this sucks you guys don't really care for original xbox owners

Tien   June 20th, 2012 12:36 am ET

I really like Microsoft products. They produce the best stuffs in certain areas. I just wished they would maintain things for old timers. Let the new kids have their 360, 720, or whatever. As for me personally, I still have the beautiful first edition Xbox I consider a classic! Thank you Jesus Christ. Thank you it still works even though it is dated 2000-2004#!!

PURCHASE VPN   June 25th, 2012 3:31 am ET

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XboxFantic   July 18th, 2012 2:27 pm ET

They shut The Service down Cause it Would Result that the 360 Would get New And Exiting Features Microsoft Did There Best With The Original Xbox i whish The Service could Come back id gladly pay for it anyways Now That The original xbox live is gone the xbox 360 Will have Cool Features a new and Special one like SmartGlass

Joshua Meeuwsen   October 27th, 2012 8:27 pm ET

What the Hell! I just hear about this shut down thing, come on! I mean, I was hoping of playing some Star Wars Battlefront 2, Halo 2, or even maybe some Mechassualt against people online. Why couldn't they have posted this stuff in the news on tv for everyone playing the old x-box still. Way to keep me in the dark people.

Sgt McSlauter   December 23rd, 2012 4:19 am ET

F*ck you man. f*ck you.. go suck

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