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imElite
09-25-2007, 14:31
Now that HAlo 3 is actually out, legally in stores, what is the first thing your doing once you get home? Or what is the first thing you did last night when you got it?

I got home, popped it in and went straight to Matchmaking lol. I went into Basic Training for us noobs who didnt play Beta.

Man was it weird :\ Lol, fun but I had to lower my sensitivity to 1(LOW) :) Couldnt we hold 4 grenades/plasma's in H2? In Basic Training I could only hold 2 of each :\

I got something and hit Y and this big ass flare lit up my screen for like 8 seconds. I was wtf!!! I saw a bubble shield used, went in there and meleed the guy. I had a hard time finding the guns I liked :p The overshield tripped me out since I was use to green one, now its red. I freaked when I jjumped and floated for a bit forgetting Halo's signature jumps.

As I played, my friend actually called @ 3am to ask what I was doing... I was like "Wtf? Playing halo noob what you doing up?" He was like "I knew you had it" than I heard him move the phone, "Babe(his gf), Richard(me) gots halo and is playing it" I lol, he asked about gfx and everything. Had me log off MP and try SP to tell him bout it lol.


So how are you starting Halo 3? Or how did you start it? I am looking forward to my 2 days off after today, I am stuck here for 10 hrs(work) :(

Halo News Post-Launch;
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/09/25/halo.reader.feedback/index.html#cnnSTCVideo

Brian Baker of Beatrice, Nebraska
I am 30 years old, and for my 30th birthday my wife pre-ordered "Halo 3" for me as a birthday present. The 6 month wait for the present/game didn't bother me one bit. The story that is "Halo" is something that people can easily identify with. The late '70s to late '90s had Luke Skywalker and the alpha-male heroes of "Star Wars." The Generation X, Y and Z now have an alpha-male hero of their own in the Master Chief that they can relate to, or use to associate different attitudes and help instill values of patriotism. In this case, patriotism is not for just a country, but an entire planet and species. I am a very patriotic person, a veteran and a father and see the values that may hide below the surface in this Trilogy, which is why I'm a "Halo" fan.

(CNN) -- Some people might call 17-year-old Joshua Hanson one the luckiest people on the planet. Others might call him crazy.
Hanson waited more than eight hours outside a Woodbury, Minnesota, video game store on Monday evening to be the first in his town to buy one of the most anticipated video games in history -- "Halo 3."
The final chapter in Microsoft's acclaimed video game series hit shelves at the stroke of midnight Monday in similar stores across the nation. The Xbox 360 game is expected to shatter entertainment sales records within its first 24 hours of release.
Hanson is not alone in his loyalty to the game, and his belief in "Halo's" power to entertain and inspire.
We asked other CNN.com readers for their take on "Halo 3." Some offered comparisons to "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter," while others discussed compelling new graphics and features. Below is a selection of their responses, some of which have been edited for length and clarity.
Curt Otto of Springfield, Virginia
I waited in line for two-and-half hours to get this game at midnight. I purchased the Legendary Edition of this game at a hefty $130! Totally worth it! Although I haven't slept since yesterday and I'm currently at work and very tired, I would do it all over again for "Halo." This is the GREATEST game ever crafted by the hand of man. If you own a 360, buy this game. If you don't own a 360, buy one and go buy this game! The single player is incredible and the online multiplayer is MIND BLOWING! Totally worth $130!!!
Tony Nash of Buffalo, New York
I've been playing "Halo" since the very first game came out in 2001. After getting the brand new Box with a copy of "Halo" and throwing myself into the game, I quickly realized this wasn't a standard gaming experience. It was something much, much more. The game had a great attitude and unique art style. Along with great audio and environments that brought the worlds to life. It also had the most addictive, natural, and fun game play I've ever experienced. It also contained a well written, downright intriguing story. Getting together with friends to play the multiplayer portion of the game only cemented this title's epic status. Then came November 2004, when, of course, a friend and I were in the lines for the Midnight release of "Halo 2." It is no joke; "Halo" is more than just a game. Now, I plan on "finishing the fight" as soon as I leave work. I had "Halo 3" pre-ordered for about a month before it came out. Hey, after all, it's good to keep the kid inside you alive and well!
Vivek Patel of Albany, New York
"Halo" can be compared to "Harry Potter" in that when you start reading or playing you have to finish. The third installment gamers will wait in line for hours; even bleed to finally finish the fight that was started years ago. To me "Halo 3" isn't even advertised that much, and they will achieve their records by sheer popularity.
Alessandro Miglio of Walnut Creek, California
The "Halo" franchise is like a budding "Star Trek" phenomenon. There are a lot of hardcore fans, like myself, who are not just really into the games, but read all the books and comics that expand the universe. We even write tons of theories and fan fictions with all the potential created by the "Haloverse." I consider myself a "Trekkie" of "Halo," loud and proud.
http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/diversions/stories/MYSA092507.01B.halo3.345d53f.html

Consider this "Halo" effect: Mountain Dew is releasing limited-edition Game Fuel soda wrapped in "Halo 3" packaging. And GM's Pontiac division has teamed up with Best Buy to award one lucky winner a "Halo 3" G6 GXP Street Edition automobile.



'Halo 3' marketing going at full speed


Just as the dust settles from the latest barrage of new iPods, along comes "Halo 3" to bring back the gotta-have-it-now crowd.

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But today's release of "Halo 3," the final chapter in the hit video game trilogy, is more than a banner day for gaming geeks and retailers. Marketers hope to score points with the kind of product tie-ins usually reserved for movies about young wizards or swashbuckling pirates.
Consider this "Halo" effect: Mountain Dew is releasing limited-edition Game Fuel soda wrapped in "Halo 3" packaging. And GM's Pontiac division has teamed up with Best Buy to award one lucky winner a "Halo 3" G6 GXP Street Edition automobile.
Need more of Master Chief, the helmeted hero of the "Halo" saga? Look no further than Burger King cups and Doritos bags, not to mention comic books, novels and action figures.
The message shines like the Chief's golden visor — "Halo 3" has transcended the game console to become a hallowed marketing property.

On the Web • Halo 3 (http://www.halo3.com/)
• Electronic Gaming Monthly (http://www.1up.com/)
• GameStop (http://www.gamestop.com/Default.asp?cookie%5Ftest=1&)


"(We wanted to) treat it like a pop culture phenomenon, a major blockbuster," says Jerret West, senior global product manager for Microsoft, which owns "Halo" developer Bungie Studios.
The blockbuster tag fits. Licensed "Halo" wares have pulled in three times more revenue than all the Harry Potter merchandise sold to date, according to Microsoft. The first two "Halo" games have sold more than 14.8 million copies worldwide, with "Halo 2" alone raking in a blockbuster-worthy $125 million in sales in its first 24 hours.
"Halo 3" should only add to these records. More than 1.5 million copies were already sold before its release, and the game comes in three varieties for varying tastes and budgets: a standard edition at $59.99, a two-disc limited edition with extras at $69.99 and a three-disc "Legendary" edition for $129.99 with even more goodies, including a collectible Master Chief helmet case.
Another profitable perk: More than 10,000 retailers nationwide plan to open tonight at midnight to sell the game.
"Everyone wants to see how this story is going to end," said Pete Requejo, manager at the GameStop at Culebra Road and Loop 1604, one of the many early-bird retailers.
"Halo 3" pits Master Chief against the alien Covenant and parasitic Flood to save humanity. Players can fight offline or online via Xbox Live either solo or with other gamers.
"It's such a deep product," said Dan Hsu, editor in chief of Electronic Gaming Monthly. "We've never had a console game that offered so many options."
Besides a dynamic main character and sci-fi story, Hsu compliments "Halo's" accessible-yet-sophisticated gameplay. For example, up to 16 people can play simultaneously on Xbox Live.
A lively game experience is one thing. But does wrapping "Halo 3" around a bag of french fries go too far?
From a gamer's point of view, perhaps. "When you're seeing Master Chief's face on soda cans or in 7-Eleven — any day I'm expecting to see Master Chief underwear — it starts to get a little diluted," Hsu said.
Nevertheless, he concedes that the merchandising has helped Microsoft in the console wars with Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii. Microsoft has even launched a special "Halo 3" version of its Xbox 360 console in anticipation of the game's release.
Yet for all this movie-like merchandising, one "Halo" product remains curiously absent. There's no movie — yet.
Entertainment Weekly reported that Peter Jackson of "Lord of the Rings" fame was to be executive producer of a "Halo" film adaptation, but the project got shelved. Jackson is still much a part of the "Halo" franchise — Microsoft's West says Jackson has been tapped for a special "Halo" game.
The "Halo" universe also lives on with a spinoff game called "Halo Wars," slated for next year.
Meanwhile, the "Halo 3" hype rolls on like a major motion picture marketing machine — even if the saga has yet to reach the big screen.

Soldierboy
09-25-2007, 14:43
wow... sensitivity 1. No way, i'll be using 10 =P

The flare is like a flashbang, and why not paly campain first :D

imElite
09-25-2007, 14:46
wow... sensitivity 1. No way, i'll be using 10 =P

The flare is like a flashbang, and why not paly campain first :D
I use a 2(out of 10) on RFOM(Ps3) Easier to aim for me :p

Flashbang was sweet but its not like a Grenade :\ You use Y to deploy it. How do I switch from Flashbang to Bubble Shield? Or can I only hold 1 @ a time?

How do I deploy a flashbang without it effecting me :p

unr3stricted
09-25-2007, 14:55
I use a 2(out of 10) on RFOM(Ps3) Easier to aim for me :p

Flashbang was sweet but its not like a Grenade :\ You use Y to deploy it. How do I switch from Flashbang to Bubble Shield? Or can I only hold 1 @ a time?

How do I deploy a flashbang without it effecting me :p

You can only hold one piece of equipment at a time... or at least that was the case in the beta.

As for your thread, I got it last night at about 12:15 and went home and played matchmaking only once. it was valhala which I had already played before so it was just "ok" considering the lag. I had to get up early this morning to take my gf to school so I didn't play anymore.

Now, I'm going to either play some SP or see if I can get anyone to do the online Co-Op, but first I'm going to bed for an hour or two more... **** I'm tired.. :) lol

PS> 1 sensitivity? Thats crazy! I can't stand to use default (3) cause its too slow, I have to change it to 5 instead.... How can you stand that?

imElite
09-25-2007, 15:00
You can only hold one piece of equipment at a time... or at least that was the case in the beta.

As for your thread, I got it last night at about 12:15 and went home and played matchmaking only once. it was valhala which I had already played before so it was just "ok" considering the lag. I had to get up early this morning to take my gf to school so I didn't play anymore.

Now, I'm going to either play some SP or see if I can get anyone to do the online Co-Op, but first I'm going to bed for an hour or two more... **** I'm tired.. :) lol

PS> 1 sensitivity? Thats crazy! I can't stand to use default (3) cause its too slow, I have to change it to 5 instead.... How can you stand that?
XD Its easier to aim @ the players when they are running all crazy. If I have my sensitivity @ high, I lose them easier from the quick moving cursor, lower is easier for me to hang on to them. You get use to it.

Yo unrestricted, mind if I add you on XBL?

Is there a site that shows the map names yet? Not Bungie? I cant go there @ work since its restricted.

Aquanox
09-25-2007, 15:19
Ok, the madness has gone too far to follow it so I had to do something to put things orderly.

All the Halo 3 Reviews Discussions go here.

We will also have other Halo 3 Threads:

:arrow Official Halo 3 - Single and Multiplayer Discussion and Media (http://www.ps3forums.com/showthread.php?t=99404)
:arrow Official Halo 3 - I got Halo 3 Roll Call Thread (http://www.ps3forums.com/showthread.php?t=100138)
:arrow Official Halo 3 - Launch Center (Only Halo 3 Launch News) (http://www.ps3forums.com/showthread.php?t=100645)
:arrow Official Halo 3 - Reviews Thread (http://www.ps3forums.com/showthread.php?t=100090)

That'd be it for now.

Thanks for your understanding.

imElite
09-25-2007, 15:23
Aqua killed my hype :( Thanks for links though :(

Novicegamer
09-25-2007, 15:24
Ok, the madness has gone too far to follow it so I had to do something to put things orderly.

All the Halo 3 Reviews Discussions go here.

We will also have other Halo 3 Threads:

:arrow Halo 3 - Single and Multiplayer Discussion and Media (http://www.ps3forums.com/showthread.php?t=99404)
:arrow Halo 3 - I got Halo 3 Roll Call Thread (http://www.ps3forums.com/showthread.php?t=100138)
:arrow Halo 3 - Launch Center (Only Halo 3 Launch News) (http://www.ps3forums.com/showthread.php?t=100645)

That'd be it for now.

Thanks for your understanding.

I was wondering why all of the threads were suddenly locked :-?. Good idea to consolidate.

Aquanox
09-25-2007, 15:27
Aqua killed my hype :( Thanks for links though :(

Nope. Your thread stands as the Launch Center ;)

Dissident
09-25-2007, 15:48
Some launch pics from various places...

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1006/1436097848_3ac76fb108.jpg
http://images.chron.com/photos/2007/09/24/8043931/600xPopupGallery.jpg
http://images.chron.com/photos/2007/09/24/8043858/600xPopupGallery.jpg
http://images.chron.com/photos/2007/09/25/8045177/600xPopupGallery.jpg
http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1578/7487957/17755573/280090677.jpg
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1227/1434741196_dada4f6156.jpg

Aquanox
09-25-2007, 15:51
LOL! That Car looks incredibly Fine!

justintheman99
09-25-2007, 15:59
I would not be embarresed for a second if I were driving that car. This is complete torture looking through these threads with no copy of Halo 3, and no 360! :(

imElite
09-25-2007, 15:59
The pics are nice to see, crazy car. I have only 1 pic I took cuz I was embarrassed in line by myslef :)

But @ the gamestop I went to, easily sold 20-25 Legendary editions. I have like 15-20 gamestops in my city alone.

I had to stand all the way in the back, but Gamestop was really good with the line flow, very fast.

Aquanox
09-25-2007, 16:01
NY's 'Halo 3' launch was no riot, but it was close

For the final installment of its wildly popular Xbox 360 first-person shooter trilogy, Microsoft pulls all the stops.

NEW YORK--Late Monday night, George Clooney waltzed into a midtown Manhattan hotel, with the camera flashes of the paparazzi following him into the lobby.

A block away at the Best Buy store on Fifth Avenue and 44th Street, those waiting for the launch of Microsoft's Halo 3 video game couldn't have cared less.

They had their own epilepsy-inducing lights, after all. New York's Halo 3 debut stopped short of pyrotechnics, but it was over the top in just about every other way.

"George Clooney who?" one person near the head of the line joked when he heard the gossip. Like most of the queuers who'd shown up at the Best Buy store for the official launch celebration (http://www.news.com/Xbox-tries-to-get-its-Halo-back/2100-1043_3-6209063.html) of the final installment (http://www.news.com/Review-Halo-3-an-amazing-package/2100-1043_3-6209714.html) of the Xbox 360 game trilogy, he was young, male and sporting a Halo 3 T-shirt that had been given away as part of the festivities.

"We're more famous than him tonight," a nearby line-waiter added, gesturing at one of the many flat-panel TV screens that had been set up in the windows of the Best Buy store, projecting previews of the title, interspersed with live footage of numerous NFL players from the New York Giants and New York Jets inside the store, squaring off against one another on Halo 3. For this crowd, Clooney couldn't hold a candle to Master Chief, the iconic Halo protagonist who's been blasting away at bad guys on TV screens since the original title launched in 2001.

Don't hold back

Tech reporters and enthusiasts are well accustomed to the fact that Microsoft likes to pull out the public relations guns for a product launch (http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9783413-7.html)--remember Vista's debut (http://www.news.com/2300-1016_3-6154216-1.html)? Halo 3 was no exception.

An enormous spotlight beamed up over Fifth Avenue, and full-out lighting and sound equipment--along with plenty of enormous TV screens--dominated the ground scene. A team of Mountain Dew minions were walking around with trays of plastic shot glasses containing a seemingly endless supply of samples of its Halo 3-branded energy drink, "Game Fuel." There was a guy in a Master Chief outfit (http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9783980-7.html), of course. Best Buy and Microsoft representatives were giving away T-shirts and other prizes to the fans who were willing to scream the loudest or wave their homemade signs (best one: "MASTER CHIEF IS MY FATHER"). And in addition to the handful of local NFL players, rappers Ludacris and Chingy and R&B singer Bobby Valentino were also on-site to try out the game for the cameras.
And there were a whole lot of cameras. Microsoft dominated the myriad big-screen TVs with its in-house coverage of the launch, but video and photo crews were around from every local television network, as well as cable channels like Spike TV and G4 that target the Halo demographic. There were also more than a few video bloggers and even Justin.tv (http://www.justin.tv/) lifecaster Sarah Meyers (http://www.sarahmeyers.net/).

At first, it seemed as though the marketing and press were going to overshadow the actual pack of fans. There simply weren't that many of them in line earlier Monday; with fewer than 12 hours left, the line still stood at about 15 people despite the fact that 28-year-old Uche Nwachukwu, the first person to show up (http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9783581-7.html), had been there since 6 p.m. Sunday. Things didn't really pick up until schools and offices had cleared out for the day, and by about 7 p.m., the line was pretty respectable. By about 10:30 p.m., it stood at several hundred.

'Mixed reactions, mixed feelings'
All in all, the crowds and the audio-visuals made for a sight that certainly turned heads. "Some people just pass by and say 'Oh, you're crazy. What are you in line for?'" said 22-year-old Alex Escobar, who was near the front of the line. "Mixed reactions, mixed feelings, I don't care. I love my Halo."
But no one, really, was prepared for the spectacle that the Halo 3 event would turn into with about an hour to go. Best Buy and Microsoft staffers kept their swag giveaways going, insisting that the rambunctious crowds cheer at the top of their lungs in order to get a free T-shirt or bouncy ball thrown at them. The bouncy balls were a bad idea, as the line-waiters proceeded to simply hurl them at one other, but thankfully no legitimate fights ensued. (It made you wonder exactly what was in that "Mountain Dew Game Fuel.")

Then the Mongooses arrived. With only 20 minutes left before midnight, three camo-clad bikers atop all-terrain vehicles decorated to look like the Halo 3 pimped rides showed up and incited the crowds to cheering as they performed noisy "wheelies" along the block of Fifth Avenue that had, by that time, been completely blocked off from normal traffic. They were followed by a Hummer H2 decorated in Halo 3 logos, from which an armored Master Chief ceremoniously pulled several copies of the game and took them inside for the first few buyers.

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With the combination of massive, energy-hogging audio-visuals, a Hummer, discarded plastic shot glasses and several all-terrain vehicles, it should be noted that this was embarrassingly far from being a "green" event. But that apparently wasn't the point.

At its climax, the New York Halo 3 launch resembled some combination of a red-carpet premiere, a wild sporting event and an apocalyptic action movie. The security presence was considerable, considering the energy of the crowd. But when midnight rolled around, it was unclear whether the eager, heavily sugared and caffeinated gamers or the camera-wielding press would be the ones to start some kind of riot. Luckily, no one did.
The Halo fans, after all, had only one thing on their minds: go home, log on to their Xbox 360s and load up that new game.

"I feel awesome," said Chris Camisa, who had been fifth in line, as he traded Xbox Live usernames with some other young gamers whom he'd met while waiting so that they could eventually meet again and blow each other's Halo 3 incarnations to bits. "I skipped one class today, and it was well worth it," he said.

Next to him, one of the other early line-waiters held up the limited-edition Halo 3 game that was sold to early adopters, packaged with a Master Chief helmet.

"All right!" he exclaimed, waving the box above his head. "Now I'm going to go play--all night."

First reports of Halo 3 launch in New York!



:arrow Source (http://www.news.com/NYs-Halo-3-launch-was-no-riot,-but-it-was-close/2100-1043_3-6209832.html)

Soldierboy
09-25-2007, 16:05
Omg where is UPS, its 11:00 am. COME ON NOW

Theft
09-25-2007, 16:10
I went straight to single player and won't be doing multiplayer until I finish the fight :) But I will do co-op single player with people :)

Aquanox
09-25-2007, 16:24
First User's Videos Directly from the Halo 3 Launch!

Somebody got really excited here:
http://www.youtube.com/v/42bcUUV1c7s

Halo 3 Launch Party... somewhere:
http://www.youtube.com/v/O6r_Gq5CtdU

http://www.youtube.com/v/5PJnCFlWZaQ

Los Angeles:
http://www.youtube.com/v/dQ7KxZiXj-M

Halo 3 riot....errr. Launch in Orlando:
http://www.youtube.com/v/EGFhRkK0giA

Aquanox
09-25-2007, 16:55
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Last updated 7:38 a.m. PT
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/dayart/20070925/450halo26_342mu_gates.jpg

Mike Urban / P-I
Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates jokes with the assembled media at Best Buy in Bellevue as he signs the first copy of "Halo 3" sold to Ritesh David, 17, of Bellevue, on Tuesday.

Gates kicks off 'Halo 3' frenzy

By CLAUDIA ROWE (claudiarowe@seattlepi.com)
P-I REPORTER
For nearly 10 hours, Ritesh David, 17, waited in the cold dark for the culmination of years of fanatical dedication to a make-believe world. At 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, as the "Halo 3" video game was released to hordes of customers at Best Buy in Bellevue, his dedication paid off.
Just inside the door, Microsoft guru Bill Gates shook his hand and sold him one of the first copies of the corporation's hugely popular video game. Musicians and designers from "Halo's" Bungie Studios autographed David's posters and memorabilia. It was, the Issaquah High School senior said, the most exciting moment of his life.

"I felt like a billion bucks," he crowed, cheerfully upfront about his plans to skip classes Tuesday and stay home playing "Halo." "Business professionals around the world won�t be going to work tomorrow, so why would I go to school? It brings me joy."

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/dayart/20070925/226halo26_358mu_2gates.jpg http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/art2/zoom.gif (http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/photos/photo.asp?PhotoID=148644)

Mike Urban / P-I Gamer Ritesh David, 17, is congratulated by Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates on being the first to purchase "Halo 3" at Best Buy in Bellevue on Tuesday. Best Buy was among 10,000 stores nationwide opening its doors at the stroke of midnight to sell the game. Already, 1.7 million units have been pre-ordered, a record for the gaming industry, said Chris Lee, who oversees marketing for "Halo."

"For this generation, it literally is like 'Star Wars' was except with this, you get to play Luke Skywalker, not just watch him," Lee said, struggling to describe the motivation behind fans' frenzied devotion.

It was enough to keep Larry Viesse, 54, cheerfully on his feet for 35 hours (except for the 2 that he spent trying to sleep) as he waited at the front of the line in 40-degree weather with his 15-year-old son, Michael.

"I can understand the attraction to kids -- shooting each other, running each other over," he said.

Hardcore gamers like Matt Kinzelman, 20, acknowledged that other game series may have more intriguing qualities but the buzz surrounding "Halo" -- confirmed last night by the presence of football Hall of Famer Warren Moon and several other sports celebrities -- created an undeniable draw.

"Basically, I'm a slave to the hype," Kinzelman said.Uncle Bill himself signing kicking the launch =)

:arrow Source (http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/333041_halo25ww.html)

justintheman99
09-25-2007, 16:58
Judging by that second photo ol Bill is starting to have a gut I see. :wink:

Thanks for the posts Aqua!

imElite
09-25-2007, 16:59
"Basically, I'm a slave to the hype," Kinzelman said.

Love this part. Matter of fact I am putting that in my sig because its 100% true for me, I went out to Sears and bought a 360 just for Halo.

Nice read.

Aquanox
09-25-2007, 19:37
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More Halo 3 Launch Pics ;)

phxe
09-26-2007, 00:40
I can't wait until another games launch is this big, preferably a ps3 game because thats all I have!

Aquanox
09-26-2007, 16:56
Retail reports "record breaking" Halo 3 sales
Day one sales already rivaling DVD and CD products

UK retail has reported that copies of Halo 3 (http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=29021#) are flying off the shelves, with High Street outlet Woolworths praising the "record breaking" sales.
As numerous retailers up and down the company took advantage of the anticipated release by opening at midnight or early this morning, some are suggesting the game (http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=29021#) may even beat day one sales of the biggest DVD (http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=29021#) and CD releases.

"Halo (http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=29021#) 3 has been flying off the shelves this morning," said Gerry Berkley, trading manager for games at Woolworths.

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"If sales continue at this rapid pace, it could end up being the biggest ever first day sales number for an entertainment product, beating any CD, DVD or book that has gone before it," he revealed.

Specialist retailer Gamestation also saw a successful launch, as it opened over 190 stores at midnight throughout the UK, and provided a link-up for customers in two different cities to play against each other.

"Our midnight openings were a great success. Big crowds showed up with customers and staff alike in great spirits," offered Jenny Leach, senior product manager for Gamestation.

"The live link-up between our Birmingham flagship and Edinburgh stores added another exciting new dimension to the launch, providing extra entertainment during the lead up to midnight."

Don McCabe, managing director of Chips, said that some stores were close to selling out already, and he expected to be ordering more before the weekend.

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Following a successful launch in the US (http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=28956), Microsoft treated a select audience of UK gamers to a special red carpet screening (http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=28993) of Halo 3 last night at London's iMAX cinema.



I wonder when will the official numbers be revealed. It will be very interesting =)

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Aquanox
09-26-2007, 22:51
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We all knew Halo 3 was gonna sell big... but how big? Apparently, $170 million... in the US only!
That's right, it made more than that worldwide.
Microsoft's press release is included after the cut:

Microsoft today announced that the Xbox 360 exclusive game “Halo 3” has officially become the biggest entertainment launch in history, garnering an estimated $170 million in sales in the United States alone in the first 24 hours. The Xbox 360 title beat previous records set by blockbuster theatrical releases like “Spider-man 3” and novels such as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”
“Halo 3” is the conclusion to the epic trilogy and picks up where “Halo 2” left off, answering questions around the fates of the beloved protagonist Master Chief and his artificial intelligence sidekick Cortana as they struggle to save humankind from destruction at the hands of the alien coalition known as the Covenant. In addition to the rich storyline, “Halo 3” continues the franchise’s grand tradition of delivering innovative online multiplayer experiences via Xbox LIVE, the world’s largest social network on TV.

“Halo 3 has become a pop-culture phenomenon,” said Shane Kim, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios. “Not only is “Halo 3” setting sales records, it’s also redefining entertainment.

Within the first 20 hours alone, we’ve seen more than a million Xbox LIVE members come online to play Halo 3 – that makes September 25 the most active Xbox LIVE gaming day in history.”
Retailers have also expressed their excitement about the launch of “Halo 3.”

Bob McKenzie, Senior Vice President of Merchandising for GameStop Corp commented that, “With consumer demand for Halo 3 and related products, we expect it to be the biggest video game title generator in GameStop's history."

“The initial demand we’ve seen for ‘Halo 3’ has been astounding, and the game is on track to become the number one gaming title of all time. ‘Halo 3’ is a genuine entertainment phenomenon and our customers have responded very enthusiastically to the release,” said Jill Hamburger, vice president of movies and games at Best Buy.

Developed by Bungie Studios, the “Halo” franchise is exclusive to the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system and optimized for the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network. The more than 7 million Xbox LIVE users will get a continually evolving gaming experience with “Halo 3.” Its online multiplayer and cooperative gameplay for Xbox LIVE Gold users, the much-talked-about Saved Films feature that enables players to capture and save their favorite moments on their hard drives, and Forge, an innovative map editor that enables infinite customization options are just some of the new features to experience.

More than 10,000 retailers hosted Midnight Madness events to celebrate the launch of this third installment in the billion-dollar franchise. In New York, Seattle, Miami and Los Angeles, Microsoft and retail partners hosted marquee launch events that featured contests and appearances by local celebrities and professional athletes who are fanatical about the “Halo” franchise, including Ludacris and Zac Efron and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.

More than 1.7 million copies of “Halo 3” were preordered in the United States before a single store opened its doors at midnight, Sept. 25, making this the fasting pre-selling game in history, surpassing the previous record-setting pre-sales of “Halo 2.” Well beyond just a U.S. phenomenon, the launch of “Halo 3” was a worldwide celebration that released in 37 countries and available in 17 languages.Wow Masterchief, You actually made it :shock:



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maltrophstitan
09-26-2007, 23:00
Wow Masterchief, You actually made it :shock:



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Halo 3 has officially broken every single launch record in the U.S. Entertainment History.

i wonder when we get worldwide numbers.
but 170mil is amazing, how many copies is that? over 2 million copies just in the U.S

immortal
09-26-2007, 23:02
obviously it would beat out harry and spidey... Spidey tickets are 10$ and harry potter is 20$... on the other hand, halo 3 is 60, and upwards of 130.

Great job though, for halo. Though it didnt get anywhere close of the prediction that was 300 mill.

NinjaFridge
09-26-2007, 23:06
Apparently spoiler tags are a foreign concept for you Aqua

But **** $170mil +, granted that games cost much more than movie tickets and books but still quite an achievement.

Scotracer
09-26-2007, 23:13
*claps*

Well done, MC.

The European sales must be insane too, as most of the people I meet online are fellow Brits. I want full results!

maltrophstitan
09-26-2007, 23:14
obviously it would beat out harry and spidey... Spidey tickets are 10$ and harry potter is 20$... on the other hand, halo 3 is 60, and upwards of 130.

Great job though, for halo. Though it didnt get anywhere close of the prediction that was 300 mill.

it also had how many people to sell to in the U.S
6, 7 million?

it sold over 2 million copies in the U.S alone.

XxScarfacexX
09-26-2007, 23:38
Incredible. I am buying the game this Friday when I get paid. Should be a weekend of goodness.

X2
09-26-2007, 23:43
That's only in the US.:shock:, I sorry immortal about time the worldwide numbers come in. it will have surpass 300mil.:shock:

maltrophstitan
09-26-2007, 23:52
im betting theres going to be a good spike in sales come holidays

X2
09-26-2007, 23:54
Given that number it had to sale around 2.2 million+ copies in the US alone.:shock:

immortal
09-27-2007, 00:02
it also had how many people to sell to in the U.S
6, 7 million?


...are you talking about the population? Because there are 300 million in the US to sell to.

DOGG
09-27-2007, 00:07
Astounding. This is groundbreaking for the entertainment industry.

Bakari
09-27-2007, 00:10
obviously it would beat out harry and spidey... Spidey tickets are 10$ and harry potter is 20$... on the other hand, halo 3 is 60, and upwards of 130.

Great job though, for halo. Though it didnt get anywhere close of the prediction that was 300 mill.

How many people would pay 59.99, 69.99, or 139.99 to see a movie or read a book? When you put it into proportion the numbers are quite impressive.

Silver&black_Attack
09-27-2007, 00:26
...are you talking about the population? Because there are 300 million in the US to sell to.I think he means the install base of the 360 in the US is 6 or 7 million, but i guess some of those 300 million in the US population could have bought Halo 3 and a 360 console to go with it.

immortal
09-27-2007, 00:29
How many people would pay 59.99, 69.99, or 139.99 to see a movie or read a book? When you put it into proportion the numbers are quite impressive.

Ye, but the thing is video games have the pricing and ones that are great, oh say, the spider man of the video game world, or the potter of the video game world, they sell alot of copies. Though not as much copies as books or especially not movies.

Good point though, im not doubting halo's magnitude, but potter is something that will be remebered for life as book that took hold of a generation (and me, at the age of 10) and changed there lives. No matter how great the game may be, or the money it makes, it will never do that to a generation.... Ya, my potter speech, i love the books that much.


That's only in the US.:shock:, I sorry immortal about time the worldwide numbers come in. it will have surpass 300mil.:shock:

Yup, probably. Up here in Canada, we had a lot of line ups from the ones i saw. And taking into account europe, plus whatever they get from japan, it will probably get close to, or surpass 300 million.

Naxi
09-27-2007, 00:33
How many people would pay 59.99, 69.99, or 139.99 to see a movie or read a book? When you put it into proportion the numbers are quite impressive.
That's a little unfair.How many people would pay 139.99 for the standard edition?

Still, amazing news.

Bakari
09-27-2007, 00:43
That's a little unfair.How many people would pay 139.99 for the standard edition?

Still, amazing news.

Which is why I included all of the prices that Halo 3 is selling at. My point being gaming is a hell of a lot more expensive hobby then reading or movie watching.

Carsonal
09-27-2007, 00:56
If thats not a killer app, I don't know what is.

Dissident
09-27-2007, 01:10
I had 15 friends online a while ago, 13 were playing halo 3.

Sufi
09-27-2007, 02:18
That's pretty badass considering Halo 2 had around 25 million users potential users? While Halo 3 has only around 11 million and it still managed to get pretty darn close to the previous record!

Dissident
09-27-2007, 02:47
it still managed to get pretty darn close to the previous record!

It beat it!
Halo 2 - 125 million
Halo 3 - 170 million

Strung Out
09-27-2007, 04:33
Well 24hrs after it launched there have been

1 452 174 unique users that played Halo3 while signed into xbl.

and

626 393 332 covenant enemies have been killed in the campaign mode!

and

4 733 981 matches have been played online!


That's a lot of action for 24hrs. The number for UNSC CAMPAIGN KILL COUNT is going to be massive in a year. I guess that's why it's there...shock value.

gilzones
09-27-2007, 04:55
Wow, imagine the sales when 360 hit 30 million plus users. Potentially the first game ever to hit 1 billion dolar maybe if Bungie continue to milk the Halo franchise. Hahaha, i imagine it too much.

Oldboy
09-27-2007, 05:45
Wow, imagine the sales when 360 hit 30 million plus users. Potentially the first game ever to hit 1 billion dolar maybe if Bungie continue to milk the Halo franchise. Hahaha, i imagine it too much.

No, it isnt by a far stretch of imagination for it to reach 1 billion, seriously, with the holiday season on the horizon, it might still have alot of lurkers, you know 360+halo+xmas shoppers.

The thing is they have to keep pushing the legendary edition out, that's where the money is at, if they do it, definitely it can make.

GO HALO 3!

StruggleWithin
09-27-2007, 16:04
Wow for being "overhyped" it did pretty well..all you naysayers out there are eating your words now I'm sure..

Sufi
09-27-2007, 16:22
It beat it!
Halo 2 - 125 million
Halo 3 - 170 million

Oh **** lol, I thought Halo 2 did 200m for some reason >_> ****, very nice then.

One of the biggest successes Halo has brought to MS is the fact that it isn't seen as a nerd game. People think of it as a cool hip game for the teenagers. That's why it's much easier to advertise it too. This and GTA are good at that.

Aquanox
09-27-2007, 16:30
A movie can be watched by anyone with $10. For a book is nearly the but for a bit more money. Target market, more than 200 million people.

Halo made its way to the history from a target market of less than 7 million people. If that's not an astonishing achievement I don't know what it is.

Sufi
09-27-2007, 16:35
A movie can be watched by anyone with $10. For a book is nearly the but for a bit more money. Target market, more than 200 million people.

Halo made its way to the history from a target market of less than 7 million people. If that's not an astonishing achievement I don't know what it is.

However, a game costs 60 dollars and a movie around 11% of that, they're counting money. But yea, it is a pretty big accomplishment when seen as something selling so quick.

Also, a movie usually costs somewhere around 7 at start, then eventually to a dollar movie theatre and dish-on-demand, payperview. If you're trying to tell us about how many heads are watching then you can't compare it with the game since a movie is watched by several dozen millions people.

XxScarfacexX
09-27-2007, 23:23
However, a game costs 60 dollars and a movie around 11% of that, they're counting money. But yea, it is a pretty big accomplishment when seen as something selling so quick.

Also, a movie usually costs somewhere around 7 at start, then eventually to a dollar movie theatre and dish-on-demand, payperview. If you're trying to tell us about how many heads are watching then you can't compare it with the game since a movie is watched by several dozen millions people.

But Halo is only open to 7 million people or so in the U.S. A movie has a market of over 200 million (same for a book).

Sufi
09-27-2007, 23:54
But Halo is only open to 7 million people or so in the U.S. A movie has a market of over 200 million (same for a book).

Right, and that's why it'd be unfair for Halo 3 to be judged with a movie when speaking about how many people bought it or saw it. Because movies are cheaper than games. Which is why we're comparing money lol

hisame
09-28-2007, 22:46
170 million sale might sound a lot but that's 2 million copy only.
Comparing moive which in same context means over 10 million ticket sold.
I wonder how many 360 will get sold in the week time.

BTW I don't really see Halo3 going to beat Halo2 in sale.
Frankly there are already people selling 2nd hand Halo3 in many places for $50 and less.
I really doubted if it's going to sale over 5 million copy.

Metal_Gear_Solid
09-28-2007, 22:53
of this would pass this movies sales, since its 60bucks each up to 130bucks

spandexman
09-28-2007, 23:53
170 million sale might sound a lot but that's 2 million copy only.
Comparing moive which in same context means over 10 million ticket sold.
I wonder how many 360 will get sold in the week time.

BTW I don't really see Halo3 going to beat Halo2 in sale.
Frankly there are already people selling 2nd hand Halo3 in many places for $50 and less.
I really doubted if it's going to sale over 5 million copy.
It will reach 5 million before Jan 2008

Bitmap Frog
10-01-2007, 00:44
First day sales are estimated at around 2.4 million. We'll have to wait to next NPD for the tally, but I guess 3 million isn't that far off. Halo3 will get 12 days in september npd.