Remember when Halo first hit the market? How about Halo 2 and Psychonauts? Good times right? Starting on April 15, Microsoft will pull the cord on Xbox Live service for the original Xbox games. According to TechCrunch, the move to kill Live service for these games is supposed increase the number of friends a user can have.
1Up.com posted a letter to Xbox Live members from Live general manager Marc Whitten that explained why they're making the decision:
“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.
Seven years ago we laid out our vision for the connected console when we launched Xbox LIVE. We believed then that the power of the Internet to connect people would revolutionize living room entertainment. It started with amazing multiplayer games, and we've since seen that bet pay off again and again with the launches of Xbox 360, Marketplace, Netflix and powerful social features like Facebook, Twitter and Last.fm. None of this would have been possible without the success of LIVE as a multiplayer gaming network.”
Just so you don’t panic, this doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to take a stroll down memory lane with the originals, you just won’t be able to go online with them. So live it up, when April 15 rolls around the taxman will be knocking and so will the piper for your old games’ online capability. Remember folks, old games don’t die. They just get phased out for titles with better gameplay, graphics, and story.