Launched back in November of 2002 for the original XBOX, XBOX LIVE brought online console gaming to the forefront. Allowing gamers to create their own unique identities that could then be used to compete in various battlegrounds with players from all over the world. XBOX LIVE also worked as an online marketplace which gaming studios could provide additional downloadable content to extend the life of their games.
XBOX LIVE evolved in 2005 with the launch of the XBOX 360 with the advent of achievements and a Gamerscore which has allowed players to compete with each other on a whole new level. This new XBOX LIVE has seen many more additions such as an improved marketplace, Netflix, and the new retro Games Room to name a few. XBOX LIVE has now reached a staggering 23 million users as of February 2010.
Alas all good things must come to an end, at least for the older generation XBOX. This past week on April 15th, 2010 marked the final day of XBOX LIVE service for the original XBOX, it's backwards compatibility on the 360 and any downloadable content. It's a sad day as I'm sure we all have fond memories of gaming on the original XBOX. I'd have to say playing Counter-Strike with my buddies from Aurora (and a certain Black Caesar) was by far my favorite memory of the previous XBOX LIVE generation, what's yours?