7th Columnist

Halo 3: Factoid Burst
September 19, 2007, 1:20 pm
Filed under: Gaming, Halo, Halo 3, News

It’s nearly here and there’s much to be done in preparation for the big day. But before we begin, it’s time for some facts. How many? Ummm… pretty much all of ’em.

The Numbers

  • “Halo®” and “Halo 2” have sold more than 14.8 million copies worldwide (Xbox® and PC versions). It’s expected that by the end of the year fans will have spent more than $1 billion on the “Halo” franchise.
  • The “Halo 2” release on Nov. 9, 2004, set entertainment history by generating $125 million in U.S. sales in its first 24 hours. The launch of “Halo 3” on Sept. 25, 2007, is expected to once again set entertainment sales records by selling more in the U.S. on day one than any movie in history (the current record is held by “Spider-Man 3” at $151 million) and selling more in its first week than any album.
  • “Halo 3” has reached over 1 million presells in the United States alone in late July, two months before the launch.
  • More than 10,000 retail stores across the United States will be open at midnight on Sept. 25 to ensure that fans receive “Halo 3” hot off the shelves. Managers at workplaces worldwide expect a higher than usual number of absentees in the days following the launch.

The Xbox LIVE Numbers

  • The “Halo 3” multiplayer beta, which ran for three weeks in May 2007, attracted more than 820,000 unique participants from 25 countries around the world and became the biggest console beta of all time.
  • Participants in the multiplayer beta logged more than 12 million hours of online gameplay. That’s the equivalent of 1,400 years of continuous play by a single person. They downloaded more than 350 terabytes of data, equivalent to more than 82 million digital song downloads with an average size of 4 MB.
  • Of the 7 million members on Xbox LIVE®, the largest social network on TV, more than 5.5 million have played “Halo 2.”
  • Nearly three years after the release of “Halo 2,” more than 300,000 unique gamers continue to log on to Xbox LIVE every day to play it.

The Facts

  • Master Chief, the hero character of the “Halo” franchise, is one of the most recognizable characters in video games. He recently joined heroes of television and film as the first videogame character to be immortalized in Madame Tussauds’ 250-year history.
  • “Halo 3” will be released around the globe as follows:
    • Sept. 25: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States
    • Sept. 26: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom
    • Sept. 27: Japan
  • Owing to its worldwide popularity, “Halo 3” will be available in 17 languages: English, Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Danish, Finnish, French, Italian, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Slovak, Spanish (Iberian and Latin American), Swedish and Traditional Chinese.
  • “Halo 3” has more audio than 20 feature films combined, including the following:
    • 39,000 lines of dialogue
    • 13,000 sound effects
    • Music totaling six hours of continuous play
  • The music of the “Halo” series has garnered numerous audio awards around the world, including the 2004 Console Game of the Year from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, the Game Developers Choice Awards and Rolling Stone magazine’s award for best game soundtrack.
  • Inspiration for the environments in “Halo 3”came from a variety of sources, such as French cathedrals Chartres, Metz and Reims; a Wallace Stevens poem titled “The Snow Man”; and the sketches and watercolors of artist David Roberts.
  • “Halo 3” development began in 2004, and the title took 120 full-time employees (double the number that developed “Halo 2”) and an army of contractors over 1 million person-hours to create. The Bungie Studios team spans a broad range of talent, including architects, engineers, journalists, artists and videographers.
  • The Bungie Studios team consumed more than 20,000 pounds of pizza, 24,000 gallons of soda and more than a half ton of bananas during the three years it took to develop “Halo 3.”

The Partners

  • The “Halo” franchise has spawned numerous licensed products such as action figures, soundtracks, graphic novels, collectible figurines, apparel, costumes and a comic book series. The licensed merchandise for “Halo” has brought in three times more revenue than all merchandise sold to date for the Harry Potter franchise.
  • “The Official Halo 2 Guide: Strategy Evolved” had day-one sell-through of 270,000 copies, the second-best launch day for Random House Inc. next to Bill Clinton’s “My Life.”
  • Bungie’s “Halo Graphic Novel” was one of Marvel Comic’s top-selling graphic novels in 2006 — amongst a field of “Amazing Spider-Man,” “X-Men” and a number of other Marvel properties.
  • Two of the four “Halo” novels made the New York Times’ best-seller list, and are the top-selling video game novels of all time.
  • Academy Award-winning director, screenwriter and producer Peter Jackson has partnered with Bungie Studios to extend the “Halo” franchise by co-writing, co-designing and co-producing an interactive entertainment experience exclusively for Xbox 360.

The Awards

  • The “Halo” franchise has received critical acclaim worldwide. “Halo,” “Halo 2” and “Halo 3” have received more than 235 awards from media and industry organizations in the United States alone.

Impressive eh? Props to Evil Avatar for the heads up.

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54 Comments so far
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sweet but how could they eat that much pizza

Comment by will

well its over 3 years. plus i am super excited im taking off school to play it.

Comment by Maxime Merenda

hey 7th were yah ben?

Comment by x_kenney_x

I LIKE BANNAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by N Fox

Female Spartan Playable Confirmed

in this video at the end when he looks at character customization it says gender male

Comment by Lupus

The big day is almost here.
How can you eat that much pizza?

Comment by D-thunda

I like this Halo 3 Factoid post very clever :)

Comment by BYRDMAN 20

the gender thing is just how he/she screams when killed

Comment by JBEAU117

I know its just people have been asking that since the books came out

Comment by Lupus

hey 7th, since you’ve got the game, you should make your own review of the game, say what you love, what you don’t love, etc.

Comment by D-thunda


Comment by Master Tricks

i feel fuckin srry for japan

Comment by sniper snider

wow ive got big news if u dont want to no this DONT READ IT————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–OK i heard from a friend who said it was on a internet video the ending of halo 3 still wanna read—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-apparently master cheif dies at the end of halo 3 the arbiter survies and the rings are activated but this source is not trusted so dont beleive it———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–i made all the lines so some pol can avoid reading this if they want to

Comment by sniper snider

I looked at the video cause I want the game mainly for multiplayer and it doesn’t realease any facts other than the arbiter and Lord Admiral Hood Survive, the rest is way to choppy to understand.

Comment by Lupus

This game is so gay, I dont know why so many people like it.

p.s. all gay people should die

Comment by sniper snider

oh my god get out of here fuckin sipper i hate you now i hope you die in two days witch you will because of all these drugs,alcohol and everything else in this poluted world

Comment by Master Tricks

stop using my account, i freaking hate u

Comment by Master Tricks

god damit there doing it agian

Comment by sniper snider

I love how people do that to you guys.

Comment by Lupus

I wonder who uses the accounts…

Comment by D-thunda


Comment by Master Tricks

Oh your right sorry

How do you like it

Comment by Lupus

There now we know whos who happy you retarded little scrawny gay freak!!

Comment by Master Tricks #1

Oh and lupus if you ever ever joke about us again oh you’ll be sorry you’ll be sorr.. oh wait i’m sorry i’m hurting your little gay fellings aren’t i. errrrrrr!!! you people are so stupid i can’t beleive i live in this world so much hate anger oh my god what happened to peace and understanding oh i know it all went to dissapointments and unfulfilled dreams you people make me sick sick!!!!!

Comment by Master Tricks #1

I’m so gay you right tricks ugh well i’m sorry

Comment by Lupus

Apoligy accepted. man your on the computer alot

Comment by Master Tricks #1

I hate it when people do this.
Go post spam and stuff on b.net!

7th, can you delete these posts or something?

Comment by D-thunda


Comment by Master Tricks

u took tha time ta protest your hate 4 gay people in my book that makes u a square, and nobody likes a square…let’em b and stop bein an asshole just cause u got no friends to hang out with and your ps3 sucks…

Comment by Floppy

I’m not going to lie about my views on homosexuality, because I am a christian who is devoted to his faith, but i think expressing your views like that is wrong.
I can’t say I agree on homosexuality, but don’t be rude and insulting to gay people.
I know that’s not the actual master tricks, but to the person who impersonated him, refrain from doing this and go play resistance, or motorstorm.

Comment by D-thunda

I’m not going to lie about my views on homosexuality, because I am a christian who is devoted to his faith, but i think expressing your views like that is wrong.
I can’t say I agree on homosexuality, but don’t be rude and insulting to gay people.
I know that’s not the actual master tricks, but to the person who impersonated him, refrain from doing this and go play resistance, or motorstorm.

Comment by D-thunda

I’m not going to lie about my views on homosexuality, because I am a christian who is devoted to his faith, but i think expressing your views like that is wrong.
I can’t say I agree on homosexuality, but don’t be rude and insulting to gay people.
I know that’s not the actual master tricks, but to the person who impersonated him, refrain from doing this and go play resistance, or motorstorm.

Comment by D-thunda

I’m not going to lie about my views on homosexuality, because I am a christian who is devoted to his faith, but i think expressing your views like that is wrong.
I can’t say I agree on homosexuality, but don’t be rude and insulting to gay people.
I know that’s not the actual master tricks, but to the person who impersonated him, refrain from doing this and go play resistance, or motorstorm.

Comment by D-thunda

im a homosexual, but the weird thing is that i also hate other homosexuals with passion, i seriously hate them, i hope they all die

Comment by Master Tricks

homosexuals are a disgrace to the human race!!!

Comment by Master Tricks

and i was joking that im a homosexual, i truly hope they all die, im not even kidding, who ever trys to stand up for them r retards, homosexuality is a disorder if u guys didnt know, its like being mentally challenged, but since they can think right, then they do know not to be a homo, but idk y but they wont stop, so they are retards, thats why people say….”i just turned gay last year, or i just turned gay not that long time ago”. because they did it not because they truly like it, but because they got used to the idea. its the same thing when people listen to grind gore music, do they like it at the begining??? no, and they start listening to it just to be different, they want to show how different they are by listening to that music just because they are emo…or other genres like emo, and people get used to that music and they like it after that, but they can stop listening to that music, and they could start listening to what they liked before. so being gay is like that. and no one should defend them because if we keep defending them, then they get more powerful. like before when we left them alone, they were ok cuz they werent doing anything, but now they want power, they want to merry, they want parades, when a homosexual dies in the army they set up a special funeral, just because hes a homosexual. so if we keep on defending them then they are gonna be more powerful.

so why not stop defending something that is a disgrace to humanity???

Comment by Master Tricks

i know, i know i kinda messed up at the begining of my last comment but u get the point with the music and gay part, so u guys should all listen to what i said and seriously think about it, cuz homosexuals CAN TURN straight, like they TURNED gay

Comment by Master Tricks

…im the real Master Tricks, stop calling me a fake

Comment by Master Tricks

I’m the real MT I’m #1!!!

Comment by Master Tricks #1

ha!! Your just sore because the ps3 has no frickin games. I’m the real one you know why because i’m honest and don’t hate a thing call me anything you want You know WHY BECAUSE I DON’T CARE I’M 11 YEARS OLD AND I LIKE HALO,SPLINTER CELL,METROID AND A LOT MORE EVERYONES GOING TO HARASS ME FOR SAYING THIS BUT I DON’T CARE I’M A KID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PS: I’M #1

Comment by Master Tricks #1


Comment by Master Tricks #1

Your a disgrace to the human race you are MT #2 ok now harass me all you want i can take anything!!!! ban me, anything i will come back you can’t stop a child trying to get his Halo 3 news!!

Comment by Master Tricks #1

I guess Tricks has to make up a copycat nemesis since nobody cares enough even to hate him. lol

Nice post about the factoids 7th, and hope to see you on the battle field soon (hammers and swords anyone?).

Comment by TidalSpiral

You guy(s)/girl(s) can keep arguing about homosexuality until the cow comes home, but I’m still pissed off at the one guy who wasted ten seconds of his life just to write a pointless message about how he hates Halo. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it. Call me or flame me to your hearts content for this message, but I stand by my opinions. Halo 3 is a good game which that dozens of people have taken years to work on. All I’m asking is to give them the respect they deserve.

PS: If you would like to further debate, send me a message: Chewy8126 for Xbox Live

PPS: Thanks for all the information, 7th Columnist. Can’t wait to Finish the Fight.

PPPS: Sorry to ramble, but once all the Halo 3 info is out, what’ll happen to 7th Columnist? Halo Wars? Halo:Arm Race cutscenes? What about after that? Dear god, this’ll be a ghost site… it already almost is! (seeing that Master Tricks has been replying to him or herself over and over again).

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Comment by Master Tricks #1

Um i’m a guy

Comment by Master Tricks #1

guys im goin to be makin a machinima with the halo 3 game so if any wants to pitch idea id try them out

Comment by sniper snider

Comedy Is allways good and as long as you don’t super dramatize it you can make a good action one.

Comment by Lupus

Note to self: stop reading 7th Columnist articles right BEFORE the comments.

Comment by dreadnaught

I can’t help don’t have software and i’m 11.You know how many kids play Halo over 500!!

Comment by Master Tricks #1

Nice site man Halo Rules, i have a ps3 and Halo3 will piss all over ps3!!!

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