It will forever go down as one of the great epic gaming battles of all time. Years from now children will gather around to listen to the lobby elders tell tale of a devoted band of gaming warriors who refused to let something as trivial as the shutting down of the original Xbox Live service get in the way of their Halo 2 multiplayer and glory. Or someone will just be all, “Remember those dudes who kept playing Halo 2 weeks after Microsoft pulled the plug on Xbox Live? That was cool.”
Either way, it’s a crazy story, and it’s one that has reached its inevitable end as the last remaining player, Apache N4SIR, was kicked offline yesterday morning, bringing a close to the great Halo 2 battle of 2010.
As of April 30, there were just eight players still playing Halo 2 online, but as Kotaku reports, that there were just two players standing as of Monday afternoon, Agent Windex and Apache N4SIR. Shortly thereafter, Agent Windex got the boot, followed a few hours later by his devoted comrade.
It was a valiant effort for all of those involved. And as for the original Xbox Live, you have finally found peace, dear friend. Rest now. And just show our appreciation, let's take a look back at some of your best moments...one last time.