Now, I never owned an original Xbox, but my upstairs neighbors took part in the first Xbox Live beta testing way back in 2003-04, and I got a chance to play around on that. It was mind blowing being able to play a console online and have your little mic with the baby voice turned on talking smack to Canadian pre-teens. So even I was a little sad when I came across this today (from Kotaku):
Microsoft's decision tonight to end online play for all original Xbox consoles and games marks the end of an era in console gaming. Let's take a minute to remember those titles who tonight gave their lives.
Being the first successful platform for online console gaming (sorry, Dreamcast), the Xbox was home to many good games that were made better by online multiplayer, and some great games that were made classics.
Games like these, for which the looming disconnect brings an end to their multiplayer lives (not to mention the life of any digital content purchased for them), and for whom we'll now observe a minute's silence.
Call of Duty 2
Dead or Alive Ultimate
Star Wars: Battlefront 2
Rainbow Six 3
Call of Duty 3
Star Wars: Republic Commando
Age shall not weary them. Now, back to Modern Warfare 2 and Halo 3, eh?