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One Last OORAH: The Halo 2 Farewell Weekend - UPDATE: APRIL 10-11

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[b]UPDATE - 22nd March[/b]

[b]The plan is to have the Halo 2 Farewell Weekend on [size=5]Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th April.[/size][/b]

Someone (in all likelehood Gaz) will set up a communal Halo 2 Rllmuk gamertag so everyone can see who's online, and we'll put together an agreed list of gametype/map combinations in readiness to mean minimal fussing in the Custom Game lobby.

Can't see it being especially hardcore competitive, more a bit of a laugh really; see who's online, get some teams together and have a blast - that's the plan!

If everyone who's up for this posts their gamertag I'll collate them into a list on this first post. ;)


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[size=3][b]Gamertags[/b][/size]

[size=4]Communal Tag (add to see who's online): [u]rlmh2[/u][/size]

IC3COLD
Wahwah UK
Mr Benn
Capn XBOKS
strawd0nkey
merman1974
Yawdib
Kropotkin
donrosco
MW Jimmy



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Microsoft are discontinuing Xbox Live compatability for original Xbox titles on April 15th.

As such, Halo 2's online multiplayer - the title that changed the way we play console shooters - will be no more.

We need to give it one big sendoff. One final goodbye.

[i]One last OORAH.[/i]

Gaz and I propose we pick a weekend in March or the start of April, set up a special commemorative gamertag so everyone can see who's online, then go at it like a laser sword carrying Spartan at a Grunt farm.

We're thinking everything from team-based slayer to FFA, BTB to multi-team objective gametypes, on all of the maps that made Halo 2 great, and to this day overshadow Halo 3.

And, of course, Catch the Sticky.

Who's with us?


[quote]Multiplayer to end on April 15.
xbox live - MS to discontinue LIVE for original...

Microsoft has announced that on April 15 it will discontinue the Xbox LIVE service for original Xbox consoles and games, including Xbox 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," said Marc Whitten, General Manager, Xbox LIVE.

"There’s no greater example of the power of the Xbox LIVE community than the Halo franchise. Halo 2 has had an amazing run on LIVE, with a dedicated community more than five years after launch and well into the next generation of consoles. It has fundamentally changed the way we play video games," said Whitten. "And while it’s difficult to see that run come to an end, the Halo franchise continues to act as the benchmark for multiplayer gaming in this generation, with Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and soon Halo: Reach on Xbox 360."

Whitten continued: "To reach our aspiration, we need to make changes to the service that are incompatible with our original Xbox v1 games. We will contact the Xbox LIVE members directly impacted by this change and if this includes you, I encourage you to check your LIVE messages and associated e-mail account over the coming weeks for more details and opportunities. We view you as a partner in this process."

Whitten concluded by promising that "the best is yet to come for Xbox LIVE" and gamers will "look back on 2010 as a landmark year in gaming and home entertainment".


[url="http://www.videogamer.com/news/ms_to_discontinue_live_for_original_xbox_games.html"]http://www.videogamer.com/news/ms_to_disco...xbox_games.html[/url][/quote]
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[quote name='ICECOLD' post='6785498' date='Feb 5 2010, 02:21 PM']Catch the Sticky.[/quote]
[i]YES.[/i]
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[url="http://kotaku.com/5465871/dlc-removal-threatens-halo-2-farewell?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kotaku%2Ffull+%28Kotaku%29"]Have you all read this article?[/url]

Luckily I've got all the maps, but if MS don't sort it I can imagine a lot of you won't get chance to play it again.
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I'd like to take part. I still have the game and my original XBox and all of the maps as well come to think of it. Actually I believe that was the last bit of DLC I ever bought for the original XBox :P
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[quote name='Jon' post='6792202' date='Feb 8 2010, 12:33 PM'][url="http://kotaku.com/5465871/dlc-removal-threatens-halo-2-farewell?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kotaku%2Ffull+%28Kotaku%29"]Have you all read this article?[/url]

Luckily I've got all the maps, but if MS don't sort it I can imagine a lot of you won't get chance to play it again.[/quote]

Ouch! Thankfully I downloaded them all a few months ago.
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oh FFS. I still have my original xbox but it won't boot games without the chip turned on.. I'll have to see if I have the maps on my 360 HDD but it is unlikely.
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I expect there's a number of us (myself included) in possession of the multiplayer map pack disc, which could be distributed in a 360 transfer cable stylee, if necessary. It doesn't have the last two maps, but they were a bit shit anyway.
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[quote name='Preacher' post='6792730' date='Feb 8 2010, 02:43 PM']I expect there's a number of us (myself included) in possession of the multiplayer map pack disc, which could be distributed in a 360 transfer cable stylee, if necessary. It doesn't have the last two maps, but they were a bit shit anyway.[/quote]
But you need ALL the maps to play in any of the playlists apparently. It's a fuck up!
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A few of the playlists can be done without the last map pack (including Big Team Battle) so even though its a fuck-up, its not much of an issue.
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We will all be doing custom games for this anyway.

Lets get a list of people who need the maps and start a chain going so we are all sorted for march.
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I dunno, I'd like us to have at least some Matchmaking games. We should go out the way we started: being shottied in the face by standbying American teenagers calling us all tea-drinking fags.
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[quote name='Preacher' post='6804728' date='Feb 12 2010, 01:45 PM']Apparently, all the DLC is back up.[/quote]
Yeah, and that was a good couple of games we had, wasn't it?!

Jesus, matchmaking is full of people who have obviously not stopped playing since it came out, so switching back from Halo 3 made for some uncomfortable games. We got severely owned.
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[quote name='Jon' post='6809523' date='Feb 14 2010, 09:16 PM']Yeah, and that was a good couple of games we had, wasn't it?!

Jesus, matchmaking is full of people who have obviously not stopped playing since it came out, so switching back from Halo 3 made for some uncomfortable games. We got severely owned.[/quote]

All the more reason to just do custom games, innit? But yeah, me and Jon had a couple of excruciating slayer games in matchmaking, topped off with some old-school abuse from a couple of American frat boys that left us both completely dumbfounded.

Thank god for Halo 3 and party chat.
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[quote name='Preacher' post='6811855' date='Feb 15 2010, 07:54 PM']All the more reason to just do custom games, innit?[/quote]


Hell yeah. Customs are the best.
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[quote name='Preacher' post='6811855' date='Feb 15 2010, 07:54 PM']Thank god for Halo 3 and party chat.[/quote]

I miss the late-night Halo 2 abuse sessions, especially Panda trying to get stupid people to say 'Malevolent'.
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ICECOLD has gone and moved house and hasn't got internet sorted.

I'll get him to sort something out and update the thread. I would say 27/28 march or 10/11 april would be the best dates.
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10-11th works best; ideal really as it's the very final weekend before the cutoff. I'll update the first post.
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