Microsoft ended XBox Live support for the original XBox on April 14th, meaning users can no longer play some games, including Halo 2.
But a handful of players aren’t going down without a fight. Fifteen days later, 12 holdout players remain online (it was 16 two days ago), and they’re looking to keep it up for as long as possible. In the original post on the Bungie.net forums, a player explains:
Throughout the past week, a small group of dedicated Halo 2 players kept their Xbox’s on so that they could enjoy the game for a while longer. (As long as we don’t turn off our Xbox’s, or lose connection, we can stay online. Our Xbox’s have been on for nearly 14 days straight!) Each day the amount of people decreased, at a rapid rate.
A lot of us became really good friends, and it’s almost like we’re family now.
The user, Joe Campbell, goes on to explain their mission:
We will keep playing until we are all forcibly removed. It could be by Microsoft, Bungie, our Xbox’s overheating, or just lagging out. Not for competition, not for a prize, but for the love, and memory of Halo 2.
The numbers are steadily decreasing, but here’s to hoping they can keep it up for a while. Stay strong, brothers.