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Friday, April 30

Give us the money, then get out of our way



This video has Bungie staffers talking about how hard they work to make their games original. Good sux. Great is the aim. What also comes through is they are fiercely proud of being independent.

More on Activision news....

So you might have heard the news that Bungie signed with Activision as the publisher of the new Bungie IP, whatever that might be... HBO' staffers scored a pretty awesome interview with Bungie about the deal.

Here's a taste:


Miguel Chavez: There was a bombshell announcement made recently that's all the buzz on the internet. We're here w/ Brian and Joe of Bungie, and they promise to answer the question on everyone's mind:
Brian Jarrard: These money pants are chafing me.
Miguel Chavez: Why did Pro Wrestling starlet Chyna beat up on another chick?
Brian Jarrard: Oh wait we started, scratch that...
Joe Staten: Where's the key to my Ferrari?
Claude Errera: I hate you all.
Miguel Chavez: OK, just kidding. The real question: Bungie is moving to Arizona to support the legal immigrant population?
Joe Staten: I mean my Corolla (seriously).
Brian Jarrard: Chyna clearly has anger issues, stemming from her childhood.
Miguel Chavez: All right, enough of that: When will Halo: CE come out for Windows 7?
Claude Errera: Wait, there are legal immigrants?
Brian Jarrard: this transcript = gold
Miguel Chavez: No one's touching my lawn unless they are Claude.
Claude Errera: I'm pretty sure there are still some groups we haven't insulted yet.
Joe Staten: Marty is insulted in absentia.
Claude Errera: Goes without saying.
Miguel Chavez: The fans are noticeably upset. I mean, it's like even the naysayers have figured out how to twist their panties just a *little* bit tighter. But I think there's precedent here vis a vis Bungie's initial arrangement with Microsoft over a decade ago. Is it fair to assume that since Bungie came out of that not only alive but stronger than it's ever been that the same will happen here w/ Activision?

Here's the full iv on HBO.

Boner Alert

Remember I opined it was Bonedry? Obviously, it's Boneyard. I just recalled I did that post (the one linked to).

Carry on my wayward son.

So, you guys ARE interested in the Beta then?



With the hype about the Reach beta going into overdrive, Halo Reach Game News hit the 1K a day visitor mark three days running (without the generous help of Mr Louis Wu who linked to A Noble Hunt on the 14th*)...

Dear Halo fans, thank you for reading,

Most sincerely,

Jimmy Jangles

*We thank also most sincerely Mr Wu for his generous help.

Thursday, April 29

Bungie's Activision Press Release

Bungie's Activision Press Release:

BUNGIE AND ACTIVISION ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE, WORLDWIDE PARTNERSHIP

10-Year Alliance Expands Global Reach for Leading Game Developer Across Multiple Platforms
Kirkland, WA and Santa Monica, CA – April 29, 2010 --

Bungie, the developer of blockbuster game franchises including Halo, Myth and Marathon, and Activision, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, the #1 online games publisher (Nasdaq: ATVI), announced today that they have entered into an exclusive 10-year partnership to bring Bungie’s next big action game universe to market. Under the terms of the agreement, Activision will have exclusive, worldwide rights to publish and distribute all future Bungie games based on the new intellectual property on multiple platforms and devices. Bungie remains an independent company and will continue to own their intellectual property. Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The groundbreaking alliance will provide Bungie its first such partnership since splitting off from Microsoft in 2007, significantly broadening its global reach by providing the resources and support to develop, distribute and release games worldwide on multiple platforms and devices.

Activision will broaden its portfolio with a new franchise from one of the industry’s most creative, successful and proven studios, whose games have sold more than 25 million units worldwide. To date, Bungie’s Halo games have generated approximately $1.5 billion in revenues, according to The NPD Group, Charttrack and GfK. Activision expects this agreement to be accretive to its operating margins as of the release of the first game.

“We chose to partner with Activision on our next IP because of their global reach, multi-platform experience and marketing expertise,” said Harold Ryan, President of Bungie. “From working together over the past nine months on this agreement, it is clear that Activision supports our commitment to giving our fans the best possible gaming experiences.”

“Bungie is one of the premier studios in our industry and we are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to work with their talented team over the next decade,” stated Thomas Tippl, Chief Operating Officer of Activision Blizzard. “Bungie has developed some of the most compelling and successful games, multiplayer experiences and thriving fan communities, and this alliance underscores our long-standing commitment to foster the industry’s best creative talent. Our unprecedented partnership with Bungie will enable us to broaden our pipeline of exciting new games as we continue to strengthen our industry position and pursue long-term growth opportunities.”

Bungie signs with Activision!



Here's the full press release
While Activision Blizzard look set to lose one set of award winning developers in the shape of Infinity Ward following recent troubles, they appear to be gaining another having signed an exclusive 10-year publishing deal with Bungie Studios.

Marking a significant departure for the studio and a coup for Activision, Bungie will part from Microsoft, with whom they have been synonymous since 1999 having developed the hugely successful Halo series of games.
This could well signify that the impending Halo: Reach for Xbox 360 will be the last Halo game to grace Microsoft's console - at least developed by Bungie.

Xbox fans need not fear however, as the deal does not mean Halo's metallic hero Master Chief will be blazing a trail on to rival consoles such as the PlayStation3 and Nintendo Wii any time soon.
Instead, it is believed the deal signifies a whole new Bungie franchise to be released at some point across multiple platforms.

"We chose to partner with Activision on our next IP because of their global reach, multi-platform experience and marketing expertise," said Harold Ryan, President of Bungie.
"From working together over the past nine months on this agreement, it is clear that Activision supports our commitment to giving our fans the best possible gaming experiences."

Exactly what this new intellectual property will be remains to be seen but, having published critically acclaimed titles such as Marathon, Myst and Halo, Bungie's new project is sure to be the subject of huge interest and hype.

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So now you really may have to ask yourself, will you buy a Playstation to play a Bungie game?.

The second question is does this have anything to do with Bungie Aerospace?

Source: The NZ Herald

Halo in the Hood(ie)

There's heaps of codes flying round the interwebs to get into Reach beta, heaps of videos, I'd link to them but there's just soooo many. HBO has a list though...

Available to anyone who logs in and plays at least one full game of any type in the beta will receive a Halo: Reach Avatar hoodie via the Halo Waypoint portal on Xbox LIVE. Players must access Halo Waypoint and browse their "Halo" Career statistics after completing a match.

Kinda like the Tshirt I guess

Wednesday, April 28

Halo 2 WILL NEVA DIE!



Remember when they turned the Halo 2 pipes off? Someone forgot to tell the following dudes:


"According to Eurogamer, about 20 gamers who were playing 'Halo 2' simply refrained from turning off their consoles on April 15th, which has allowed them to keep playing the game online. But, as you can imagine, the numbers have dwindled. Not because they can't stand up to this marathon gaming session, but because their consoles can't last. Overheated Xboxes and lost network connections ended a few gamers' online 'Halo 2' days, but according to Geekosystem, there were still 16 loyalists playing the game online as of Sunday afternoon."


Thanks to Dave who sent me in the tip!


Source

Reach Beta Runs from 3 - 19 May



From B Net comes the news the Beta will officially run from 3 May to the 19th. That's two weeks to pawn noobs....

I expect it to go a little longer as what happened with Halo 3.

The beauty of running a beta of this scale (millions of people) is that's its a great way to buy that emotional committment to the game and also to generate boat loads of free publicity. Heck, if Microsoft paid me a dollar for every word I've written for Halo Reach Game News I coudl probably buy Bungie... ;)

Bungie has also reminded everyone that your player stats from the Beta games you play will be available on B net as per your Halo 3 and ODST matching making games.

Extra for Experts: 10 excuses to use to play the Reach Beta

Like the picture above? It is Seenoht 's "A Noble Hunt"

Sixokay's commentary on Birth of a Spartan

Sixokay knows their Halo, hmmkay?

Sixokay has put together an excellent commentary on the Birth of a Spartan video (it's a promo for Halo Reach)


Here's my favourite bit:

"Halo has always been generous with it’s references and homages to other science fiction greats, including Aliens, Star Wars, and Firefly. With that in mind, I couldn’t help but post this obvious reference to one of Star Wars’ iconic shots of the Millenium Falcon being pulled into the Death Star hangar bay.

This also represents, as the shot in Star Wars did, the mythological journey of the hero into the inmost cave, where he must face his inner battle to come out the other side as the hero he’s meant to be."

Which reminds me, is Luke Skywalker a hero, or a super hero?

Birth of a Spartan Video is Released

Woah, it's like I'm starring at a mirror but I'm not. Heavy. 

The Halo piece of propaganda that I think truly marks the start of the campaign to sell Halo Reach to the mass has been released (I'm discounting all the Beta stuff...) Behold, dear reader, Birth of a Spartan.

The video shows future leader of Noble Team, Carter, being transformed into a Spartan Warrior through some futuristic precision surgery. I think I read somewhere that a longer version of the one below is, or will be soon, available for your viewing pleasure on your 42 inch plasma via Xbox Live:



Whaddya reckon? He looks like a bit of a pussy?

Extra for Experts: Check out the headhunter video - a full game, unedited.

It's sugar free! WTF?

The boys and girls of Bungie are at crunch time making the fareaking game the best Xbox game since Halo 3 was released and they are being served sugar free Red Bull? Jesus wept, and then he wept some more.

Met Dan.
"We all have our vice when it comes to fueling crunch. But, keep the Red Bull away from Dan!"

Man Points Awarded: Zero. 

Tuesday, April 27

Rockets are LOCKED


Remember how in Halo 2 you coulld use a rocket and it would identify a target, lock on to it and bang, you sent them rocket to where the sun don't shine? And then Bungie took away this wonderfull trick in Halo 3? It's back.  It warmed my heart when I saw it in this IGN Video that I linked to a day or two ago.


I grabbed the screenshots from Grunts R Us. They be good blokes, those lads.

Headhunter of Swordbase Full Game Video

Jetpacks for the win, b'arches!
With lest than a week until the Halo Reach Beta release (May 3), the Halo proganda is coming thick and fast from all quarters. My word, Bungie and Microsoft have a pretty damn slick marketing machine!

To that end, today's Halo Reach marketing machine as brought us a full version of the Headhunter game variant being played on the Swordbase map. Check it out!



Yesterday's video was the Invasion game type.

Extra for Experts: Check out HawtyMcBloggy's Gamer guide to preparing for the Beta

Thanks to HBO for the heads up

Full Youtube version of Reach's Invasion game type

Check out this full length game of Invasion as seen through the eyes of shall we say a 'reserved' player.  It gives one of the best insights yet to the Reach game type Invasion and to see some of the weaponry on offer in Reach is pretty awesome.

Monday, April 26

Want a free code to the Beta?



Want to Play the Halo: Reach beta early? ARS has your hookup

If you read our hands-on preview of the upcoming multiplayer beta for Halo: Reach, you know just how good we think the game is going to be. The beta goes live on May 3, but what do you say we sneak you in the back door?

We have 20 codes that will get you into the "Friends and Family" portion of the Reach beta, which means you'll be able to start playing on April 29. That means you'll be online with the full beta five days before everyone else. You'll be playing with people who were also given early access to the beta, alongside the gaming press and Bungie employees. It will be a glorious thing.

You'll need to be an Xbox Live Gold subscriber to access the beta, but with these codes you won't need a copy of Halo: ODST in your 360 to play. Simply plug in the code, download the beta, and jump into a game. To enter, simply e-mail giveaways@arstechnica.com with the subject line, "Halo, is there anybody out there?"
If that doesn't work you can always try writing a Halo Haiku....




We'll be accepting entries until 12 pm EST April 28, and will send the codes out on the 29th. I think that would be a wonderful time for some Ars Technica games on Xbox Live as well.

Sunday, April 25

'Girls Play Halo Too'

Have you ever heard of the website, Post Secret?

PostSecret is an ongoing community mail art project, created by Frank Warren, in which people mail their secrets anonymously on a homemade postcard. Select secrets are then posted on the PostSecret website, or used for PostSecret's books or museum exhibits.

In short, people send in their secrets and millions around the world read them all... here's a wiki

In this week's edition, I spyed this troubling one - 'Girls Play Halo Too'.


How many Halo players sit around imagining 'killing off the anoying ones' in real life?

Saturday, April 24

Halo Haiku

Here's my Haiku to try and win an early code to the Reach Beta:

Planet scorched
Men found to be wanting
Spartans FTW

WTF Jimmy? A haiku? Well it's seems a legit competition is being run as Halo Waypoint Retweeted it..

RT: @CraveNGN Want an early access code to the Halo: Reach Beta? RT this message, follow @CraveNGN and @ them with a Halo Themed Haiku.

So get onto your own Haiku and maybe I'll see you in the Beta!

Here's some of the entries so far:

SzrZx @CraveNGN
 one more For the win, flawless game is my middle name, hell yeah, KILLTASTIC

Dee_Cazo @CraveNGN This Submission sucks, but I like playing Halo,Here is my entry

Chenmeister @CraveNGN Halo Reach Beta / They say it's super awesome / I need to try it

Sycomikey91 @CraveNGN we are surrounded// brutes, elites, jackals, and grunts// we will destroy them!

SzrZx @CraveNGN driving through the map, just stalking for a splatter, double kill it is

Gamer0309 @craveNGN Hiakus are so lame. But Halo is terrific. Hiakus just got cool

Sycomikey91 @CraveNGN I will stand and fight// my Spartan brothers with me// we all stand and fight
 

Gamer0309 @CraveNGN Party time in May. But Thursday is in April. Halo in April?
 
AJD2 @cravengn Oh Battle Rifle How I love a good 4 shot You majestic beast


FlashKwonDo @CraveNGN halo reach beta//jet packs stickys and needlers//rag doll explosions!!!!

  
bonzai1888 @CraveNGN Darkness falls on reach UNSC prepares for contact Fall of reach begins

This exercise reminded my of a Halo poem I wrote a while back.

Mister Chief: Petroglyph Style

HawtyMcBloggy's BS Angel is like the magpie of the online Halo universe, always being her readers the weird and wonderful. A Grunt cake? No problem. Awesome Halo tattoos? Heck, she had those up six months ago.

Today's find is an absolute classic however. It's a stone age Mister Chief:


Here's the original shot which is apparently in Petroglyph Beach in Wrangell, Alaska.

Who the heck is Mister Chief you might ask? He's Mr 343, Frank O'Connor's version of the Master Chief. Frank was well known for his stint at Bungie, where he often drew Mister Chief for various reasons. Frankie's latest was an effort for the Haitian Earthquake relief fund which was auctioned off. It featured Mister Chief and Oonsk:

Friday, April 23

Free Halo 2 goodie from Bungie?


We bid farewell to Halo 2 online last week. Bummer. To make up for it (ha!) Bungie might have a wee treat instore for us:

"Of course, anyone who played, ever, will be getting some visual love once Reach rolls around, as long as the gamertag you’re currently using tallied up an online game of Halo 2. We know you want to know exactly what it is, but to be honest, we haven’t finalized the flair just yet. It won’t be something as grand as a suit of armor, but we’ll make sure that other players are able to pick you out of a lineup based upon your Halo 2 loyalty. When we hammer out some more details, we’ll get in touch to hammer them home."

My pick is some more clothing for your XBL Avatar, kinda like the Beta Test T-shirt we're gonna get.

Meet the flaming Spartan

Bungie notes in the weekly update this cool lil trick you can play with if you buy the
Legendary Edition of Halo Reach ...

"In addition to those goodies, players who opt to go big will also score a sweet armor effect that will light their head on fire in multiplayer. It’s not tied directly to any one helmet, so no matter which Spartan gear you strap on, you’ll find the flames work perfectly in tandem."

Do you smell something burning? Is it Bacon?
 Whaddy reckon? Worth shelling out US $149.99 for?

Why Andrew Nicol should direct the Halo Movie


Why Andrew Nicol should direct the Halo Movie (if it ever gets green lit again!)

First up. Who is Andew Nicol you might ask? He’s a Hollywood film director that KNOWS his SCI FI. He’s notabably notable for writing and directing GATTACCA and writing and producing The Truman Show (and was Oscar nominated) but he also wrote S1MONE which starred Al Pacino and wrote the The Terminal for Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. He also knows about guns, lots of guns as he wrote and directed the Nic Cage vehicle, Lord of War. Don't get shot with your own gun eh?

Nicol knows the Hollywood system inside and out having been a player for many years. He's friends with the Biggest Player of them All, Mr Speilberg. He will be able to manage the crap and provide a platform which Frank, 343 Industries and Bill Gates are happy with.

Combine his love of sci fi, ability to write oscar nominated scripts, and his clear, determined approach to no nonsense movie making and you have a guy that can sheppard in a Halo movie with the love and care that expected from the built in fan base.

Actually, it’s not that Andrew Nicol should direct the Halo movie, its Andrew Nichol deserves the Halo movie.

Plus he’s a New Zealander! We Kiwis are fucking great at making movies (and Halo Games – see Chris Butcher). We have Peter Jackson and Sam Neil. He kicked Juarassic Park’s Prehistoric Ass back to beyond the Stone Age. Hell, Sam Neil would make a great Captain of the Pillar of Autumn eh? 

What ever you do Andrew, DO NOT CAST DENZEL WASHINGTON as Sarge Johnson. Washington's smugness ruins just about every movie he's been in. Except Training Day when his smug character needed his smug attitude....

Oh crickey, I just remembered about James Cameron. Ignore the above!

Thursday, April 22

Reach Beta Avatar Clothing for XBL

Does my ass look fat in these jeans?
Grunts R Us found a sweet tweet from 343 Industries on their Twitter account today that included a picture of an avatar wearing a green shirt that says, “Reach Beta Tester”.

The tweet further mentioned that further details would be coming. As Grunts R Us speculated, those who enter the Halo Reach Beta Test programme will likely unlock this for the XBL account.

For those living under a rock, Bungie is launch a beta test of the Halo Reach Multiplayer on May 3.

I rewatched the Carnival Carnege Vidoc and noted that Lukems talks about wearing an avatar beta shirt, I presume it was in reference to this!

You need your ODST game disk to get Beta access.

Reach Bundles Drop. It's a legendary moment for some


Straight from B Net....
-Sweet! Microsoft just dropped all the details about the fantastic Halo: Reach bundles you get to salivate over in the months ahead. And it's not just lip service. We've worked hand-in-hand with Microsoft and McFarlane Toys to ensure that no matter your selection, from Standard to Limited to Legendary, you'll be getting a great experience to go along with your kick ass game.

Seriously, tons of people put a pile of painstaking work into all our game editions and we're pretty stinkin' proud to finally get to show them all off. Please do us a square and make sure you don't rush home on launch night and gnaw your way to the game disc! Here are all the fine details (and fancy, high res images).

"
Halo: Reach Delivers the Ultimate Collector’s Experience with Limited and Legendary Game Editions. 

Available for pre-order starting today at participating retailers worldwide are the Limited and Legendary editions of Halo: Reach, each packed with exclusive content fans won’t want to miss.

Halo: Reach will be available in standard, Limited and Legendary editions when the game launches this fall. Both the Limited and Legendary editions are filled with content based on the fiction of Halo: Reach and the Halo universe, and are expected to sell out quickly. The Legendary edition, which will be produced in very limited quantities, is designed for the Halo fan who has to have it all. The centerpiece is a collectible 10 inch tall, more than 10 pound statue of Noble Team, created by the acclaimed designers at McFarlane Toys.

Full details on the contents of the Limited and Legendary editions are below:

Halo: Reach Standard Edition
Game disc and manual. Fun for the whole family.

Halo: Reach Limited Edition


In addition to the game disc and manual, the Limited edition includes: 
  • Game disc housed in recovered ONI ”black box”
  • An exclusive in-game Elite armor set for use in multiplayer modes
  • Artifact bag containing Dr. Halsey’s personal journal and other classified documents and effects that unravel long held secrets from the Halo Universe
You like nice things and you're up to speed on all things Halo.
Halo: Reach Legendary Edition


The complete Halo: Reach collection. In addition to the game disc, manual, and the complete contents also found in the Limited edition, the Legendary edition includes: 
  • Noble Team statue expertly crafted by the artisans at McFarlane Toys. Individually molded, hand-painted and individually numbered, this statuette is a must have for any serious Halo fan
  • UNSC-themed custom packaging
  • An exclusive multiplayer Spartan armor effect
You're in deep. Real deep. When I say "Charlie Hotel," you let out a squeal of delight! This edition isn't just an un-boxing, it's a delightful experience.


The standard edition of Halo: Reach will have an estimated price of $59.99 USD, and the Limited and Legendary editions of the game will retail for $79.99 and $149.99 USD, respectively. The two special editions will be available only while supplies last, so fans who want to secure their copy and ensure access to the exclusive in-game armor sets are encouraged to preorder quickly."




Carnage Carnivale Vidoc is out baby

The Latest Bungie ViDoc to promote Halo Reach is out - Carnàge Carnivàle is an adrenaline-filled look at what's coming in the Halo Reach Beta.

Some dude called Devs tell you what's cool, and why.

Wednesday, April 21

The Big Flood of Halo Reach news and views

Boneyard?

I've been busy so blogging bin light. Here's a round up of all the news and views that have popped about about Halo Reach over this week. Mostly thanks to HBO! (but sources linked direct)

Halo Pricing Let Loose?

"An alleged Best Buy ad, to be circulated next week, reveals that the retail packages will range in price from $60 for the standard game to $150 for the Legendary Edition, with the "limited" iteration of Reach falling in at $80. As you might imagine, the standard version supposedly comes with just the game itself, while the limited version is said to also include a "special limited edition case, collectibles and in-game armor," according to the ad. The $150 option allegedly contains all of the contents of the limited edition, in addition to even more "unique packaging" and in-game armor, plus a "Legendary Noble 6 Sculpture." When asked for comment, Microsoft issued its standard response: "We don't comment on rumor or speculation."" Source

Remember if you buy Halo Reach from Amazon you get a $20 Amazon store credit.

Forward Unto Dawn lets the words fly on Halo 2 Muliplayer

Three articles on their thoughts about how Halo 2 muliplayer worked for them. ONE. TWO. THREE.

Reach is fast nearing completion

According to Marcus Tung, "We’re days away from content complete, which means we’ll be hammering on this game for the next couple of months to make sure it’s the best damn thing any of you have ever put in your xbox."

The rest will be spit and polish. Bungie, I'm sending my spit across the Pacific Ocean for you...

Tuesday, April 20

Return of the Ring

Given there was no Halo news today and given the most amazing thing happened to me and my wife today, I'll shall share something non Halo related.

I have the best story I've ever had the joy to tell. You know sometimes how you hear of how a gentleman was fishing and he loses his wedding ring and a giant fish eats it and then 20 years later his son catches it, fillets the thing and finds the ring and gives it back to his father?


Well, it's Halo related in that a Halo is a ring and my story is about a ring....

Sunday, April 18

Buy Reach on Amazon and get a $20 credit post ship!

I know I'm behind the 8 ball on this but I just realised that if you buy Halo Reach on preorder from Amazon you get a 20 dollar freebie from Amazon itself:

"Get a $20 Video Games Credit - Pre-order Halo Reach and get $20 off a future video game purchase. The promotional code will be placed directly into your Amazon.com account within 2 business days after the product ships. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com. Promotion valid on all existing orders. Limit one per household. Amazon reserves the right to change or terminate this promotion at any time."

So what are you doing still reading this? Get your credit card handy and click on the below!














Please note I earn a small commission on any sale made through clicking on the above Amazon advertising.

Will of the Prophets: Hard to decipher

It's just a cool picture, Ok?

Forward Unto Dawn has conducted some sweet analysis of the latest Halo info from Gametrailers.

Dani spells out the Invasion game type quite succintly:

"Invasion is a six on six objective game mode. Six Spartans attempt to defend their base against the invading six Elites across three “phases”. Each team takes a turn at both invading and defending."

Check out the full article.

I noted in the comments section for Space Invaders Anonymous suggested the "Will of the Prophets' as a title for the comments section was too hard to figure out on a casual read - duly noted and so I have gone back to 'Comments' for a trial. Thanks for your input Anon!

How many days till the beta? 15? CANT.HARDLY.WAIT.

Saturday, April 17

Lies, damned lies and Halo 2 statistics



Halo 2’s Xbox Live run is over, gone the way of the Moa and the Dodo. 
Bungie’s statistics generator,  Mr Michael Williams has released some last Halo 2 statistics for us players to revel in. Farewell Halo 2, you were a true champion. 
Final Halo 2 player stats:
  • Unique Players (not including guests): 6,603,900
  • Kills: 36,784,837,266 (Or something like 5.5 times the current population of the earth)
  • Assists: 10,422,552,715
  • Current total games: 803,136,816
  • Current player games: 5,417,490,994
  • Seconds in Matchmatchmade games: 1,798,459,752,186
  • Minutes in Matchmatchmade games: 29,974,329,203
  • Hours in Matchmatchmade games: 499,572,153
  • Days in Matchmatchmade games: 20,815,506
  • Years in Matchmatchmade games: 56,991 (So since around 54,981 BC, about the time Europe was thought to have started being inhabited by Neanderthals)
  • Seconds playing campaign on live: 850,462,468,852
  • Minutes playing campaign on live: 14,174,374,480
  • Hours playing campaign on live: 236,239,574
  • Days playing campaign on live: 9,843,315
  • Years playing campaign on live: 26,950 (Or about 1.7 billion dollars at a minimum wage of 7.25)
  • Total Clans: 8,653,124
  • Clans with 8+ members: 68,868
  • Clans with 16+ members: 16,752
  • Times the Halo 2 Banhammer has swung: 548,479 (Slightly more than the population of Wyoming) (includes multiple bans on the same players)

Hat Tip: Grunts R Us