Hey guys and gals. I figured this topic would be worth a bump just to remind everyone that you only have a couple of days left to play you original Xbox games over Xbox Live, with the servers set to permanently shut down on April 15th, sparking the end of the first era for Xbox Live. General Xbox Live Manager Marc Whitten explains it best:
On April 15 we will discontinue the Xbox LIVE service for original Xbox consoles and games, including Xbox v1 games playable on Xbox 360 and Xbox Originals. I want to start by saying 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.Original story:
In the beginning, gamers had to coordinate LAN parties, exchange phone numbers, set dates and times, or jump through a myriad of other hoops in order to play on-line with their friends. Some publishers helped you out with their particular game, but there was no overarching service for all games and all users, well, none worth mentioning Sony, until Xbox Live. With one service, Xbox brought all gamers together to play anytime anyone was on. More for coordination, people were always available.
Today we commemorate the truly visionary advancements to on-line gaming founded on Xbox Live and evolved on the Xbox 360 Live service. Announced only a few hours ago by Marc Whitten and Major Nelson, the Xbox live Service for original games and consoles will be discontinued on April 15th, 2010. Though they state this decision was not made easily, they feel that it will help improve future updates and usher bigger and better updates for the current Live Service.
The following games will no longer be available on Live:
Call of Duty 2
Dead or Alive Ultimate
Star Wars: Battlefront 2
Rainbow Six 3
Call of Duty 3
Star Wars: Republic Commando
Though some of these title will be impacted less than others, still there is a pang of regret to see their on-line shut down.
Microsoft assures us that this change will be for the best in the next year and I for one hope they are right. In the meantime, if you own any of these games, log in, kick back, and remember the glory days for last time while you still can. You may be surprised to see/remember just how far games have come since these titles were the cream of the crop.
EDIT: Due to some confusion, I should try and clarify one point. This will ONLY effect Xbox Original games. If you have a game like CoD3 that was released for both systems at the same time. The 360 version is safe, only the original Xbox version is being shut down.