Back on April 14th (almost 3 weeks ago), Microsoft shut down the Xbox LIVE service for the original Xbox. Gamers and even some game sites jumped back online to say goodbye to Xbox classics like MechAssault 2, Crimson Skies, and Halo 2. It was the end of the era, and would allow for Microsoft to add on and improve the Xbox LIVE service without having to worry about supporting the previous generation’s games.
As of today, though, there are still 5 Halo 2 players that refuse to let that era end. They are continuing the fight until their internet connection drops, and you can track their progress over on the Bungie forums or on Justin.tv. Microsoft has even reached out to the crew to give them the gift of access to the Halo: Reach beta.
“A small band of a committed few, engaged in a battle against insurmountable odds. It’s not Noble team from Halo: Reach, it’s the final, passionate few who are still playing Halo 2. We wish them the best in their battle against time. Their tremendous exhibition of courage and commitment makes them ideal candidates for Noble team and therefore we are working to ensure they have everything necessary to participate in the Halo: Reach beta,” said Microsoft via IGN.
It’s interesting to see Microsoft spin it as both a promo for Reach and a tongue-in-cheek kind of method of getting the gamers to finally close the game out. Still, it is awesome to see the dedication of these gamers being recognized in any fashion. It will be interesting to see how this story concludes, whether it’s the internet connection, the gamers, or Microsoft that gives in first. Personally, I know my ISP would have died a long time ago, so I want to know who their provider is.