'Halo 2' Diehards Keep Online Play Alive Through Xbox Live Vigil

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Microsoft ended Xbox Live support for "Halo 2" earlier this month, but some of the connections that the cancelled service forged continue to hang on for dear life. In an act that should bring a tear to the eye of any longtime console FPS fan, a gathering of players claim to have left their boxes on and not yet suffered an interruption in gameplay.

"Throughout the past week, a small group of dedicated 'Halo 2' players kept their Xbox[es] on so that they could enjoy the game for a while longer," a poster named Joe Campbell wrote on the official Bungie forums. "As long as we don't turn off our Xbox[es], or lose connection, we can stay online. Our Xbox[es] have been on for nearly 14 days straight!"

The adventure sounds a bit like "Survivor: Halo" with the original group of players getting a bit smaller with each passing day. They feel like a "family" now and plan on sticking around until the power goes off.

"We will keep playing until we are all forcibly removed," Campbell said. "It could be by Microsoft, Bungie, our Xbox[es] overheating, or just lagging out. Not for competition, not for a prize, but for the love, and memory of "Halo 2.'"

My hat's off to the whole lot of them, whose names you can read over on Campbell's post. By all means, do not go gentle into that good night.

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