Microsoft has shut down the servers on the original Xbox Live service this week, bringing a defining era in the emergence of online gaming to an end.
Gamers – in typically hyperbolic fashion – are referring to it as the 'Xboxalypse', commemorating the end of the first Xbox Live's seven-and-a-half year lifespan.
Bye Xbox Live
Giantbomb streamed its final Halo 2 session earlier this week to mark the passing of Microsoft's online service.
"We'll be playing loads of Halo 2 and other Xbox classics," noted the Xbox fans. There are sure to be a few hardcore
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"And so, without further ado," the lament continues, "LET THE XBOXALYPSE BEGIN!!!"
Jon Hicks, Editor on Official Xbox 360 magazine, added: "It's a solemn day. The first version of Xbox Live pioneered console multiplayer, and laid the groundwork for everything that's come since – and did so off the back of some genuinely classic games, as proven by the fact they're still being played right up until the plug is finally pulled.
"It's a shame they can't live on, but their demise does mean bigger, better things for the Xbox Live service. We're expecting to hear more about that at E3."