The original Xbox Live service was supposed to have been shut down at midnight. But midnight has now passed, and the people playing Halo 2 online in anticipation of its demise are...still playing Halo 2.

We don't yet know whether this is a last-minute hiccup or whether Bungie and Microsoft have made a deal with the devil, but it's happening, Giant Bomb's countdown to midnight transforming overnight from a deathbed vigil to an online miracle. Of sorts.

We'll update when we hear what's actually going on, but if Halo 2 players have any hope left in you that there was some way around the impending shut down, now's a good time to squeeze it out.