Monday, September 24, 2007

Got Halo? How is it?

It's less than two hours until area stores begin to sell what's anticipated to be the biggest videogame of all time, Halo 3.

A recent price cut has helped sales of the Xbox 360 spike and this release could push an even bigger sales spike for Microsoft.

"Halo 2" generated a record $125 million in U.S. sales in the first day. "Halo 3," created by Bungie Studios and exclusive to the Xbox 360, is expected to easily top that.

I've heard that more than a few of you, um, older gamers are planning to take vacation days or sick days to accommodate some marathon "Halo 3" sessions tonight and tomorrow.

More than 10,000 U.S. retailers are planning to open their doors at midnight Sept. 25 to allow early birds to get their game first.

Other advance events:

• Pontiac is teaming with Microsoft to provide 1,000 lucky winners a copy of "Halo 3" before it's available in stores. To participate, visit

• David Stremme will drive the No. 40 Target/"Halo 3"-inspired race car at the NASCAR Dover 400 on Sept. 23. Select NASCAR drivers will have a chance to test-drive "Halo 3" during a private event before the race.

• Best Buy stores will give free Xbox LIVE Gold subscriptions to customers Sept. 25-27. The company also will give away 8,000 Microsoft Points to 144 randomly selected people.

• Microsoft will release a $399 Xbox 360 "Halo 3" Special Edition Console, featuring an authentic Spartan green and gold finish. The unit will come with a matching Xbox 360 Wireless Controller, a 20-gigabyte hard drive, a headset and a Play & Charge Kit.

Simpson in the news again

O.J. Simpson was named a suspect in a confrontation at a Las Vegas casino hotel room involving sports memorabilia last week. Simpson denied breaking into a hotel room to get sports memorabilia he said belonged to him.News also broke last week that Simpson received $50,000 from 2K Sports to lend his likeness to its "All Pro Football'' title released in July. Simpson was ordered to surrender his earnings to the estate of Ron Goldman, who was slain along with Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, 13 years ago.

The Goldmans won a $33.5 million judgment against Simpson in a wrongful death lawsuit. Simpson was acquitted of criminal charges in 1995 but was found legally responsible for their deaths in a civil court two years later.

Madden Challenges kick off

The new year of Madden Challenges -- designed to find the best Madden players in the world -- kicked off Sept. 15 in Dallas, Texas.

This year, there will be competitions on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2. Regional winners will take home $1,000 plus other prizes and advance to the national finals later this year in California.

There will be no regional in Charlotte, though events will be held in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 27 and Atlanta on Nov. 10. For a complete list of locations and more details, visit


hal Simmons said...

hey i got it at Best Buy last night and it rocks.It's not the greatest game ever. It's not even better than Madden '08. For a cool First Person shooter, though, this can't be beat.

Anonymous said...

I just got confirmation that my preorder from (of the limited edition) shipped today. I thought about braving the midnight crowds last night, but without a preorder from someone, I didn't want to potentially waste my time sitting in line.

This message is directed to all of the EBGames/Gamestop stores out there: Your policy of only ordering enough copies of any given game to satisfy preorders SUCKS.

sterling d said...

ok i just gotit. The story you need towrite is about the long lines and deception used by stores. I preordered but they sold my copy! i had to wait three hours for a new shipment. It's a great game. i love it. I hate how Ihad to jump through hoops to get it.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what kind of geek does it take to go stand in line at midnight and then skip work to play a game? I love my 360, too, but geesh, what a bunch of wieners!