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Could help game industry's current slump.

The latest installment of the Halo video game series hit its stride within the first 24 hours of its release.  Microsoft's Halo: Reach pulled in more than $200 million dollars globally on its launch day, according to Reuters and Venture Beat.

Halo: Reach numbers tell me is gamers are there," said Vice President of Microsoft Game Studios, Phil Spencer. "They are willing to buy the great experiences when they come out. In fact, that we are exceeding Halo 3 numbers out of the gate tells me that the industry is in a healthy state."

The gaming industry has experienced a sales slump in recent months.  The break-out success of
Halo: Reach, along with the anticipated rise of video game sales during the holiday shopping season are expected to help end the downturn.

Spencer called
Halo: Reach, the biggest game Microsoft has ever released.

"Every major installment has grown in scope and popularity, firmly cementing the
Halo franchise as one of the most popular entertainment properties in the world over the past decade."

Reach is a prequel to the main Halo trilogy.  The last installment of the trilogy, Halo 3,  released in 2007 brought in $170 million in its first 24 hours and generated more than $300 million in its first week.

In total, the
Halo franchise has grossed nearly $2 billion in sales and sold more than 34 million copies in its nine-year run.

The $200 million record-breaking figure made
Reach the biggest entertainment launch so far this year in the U.S. alone, but the prequel's debut still falls short of the biggest entertainment launch to date.   

In November 2009, Activision’s
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 raked in $310 million in first day sales in the U.S. and the U.K. 

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Halo Pf
By zippyzoo on 9/16/10, Rating: 0
RE: Halo Pf
By smackababy on 9/16/2010 1:06:30 PM , Rating: 4
On release day at like 12:20AM, there were 700,000+ people online. This was on a Tuesday morning. I think quite a lot of people play Halo.

RE: Halo Pf
By zippyzoo on 9/16/10, Rating: 0
RE: Halo Pf
By RugMuch on 9/16/2010 1:20:29 PM , Rating: 2
All I can say is Pfffffffffffffffffffffffff to your

RE: Halo Pf
By zippyzoo on 9/16/2010 1:39:55 PM , Rating: 2
Don't make me come across the cubical and punch you in the Halo.

RE: Halo Pf
By RugMuch on 9/16/2010 1:40:58 PM , Rating: 3
Bring it I'll take you to school son and brain your mother.

RE: Halo Pf
By zippyzoo on 9/16/2010 1:42:17 PM , Rating: 5
want to go to lunch?

RE: Halo Pf
By RugMuch on 9/16/2010 1:42:51 PM , Rating: 3

RE: Halo Pf
By robert5c on 9/16/2010 1:46:49 PM , Rating: 2
check your math, i think you meant to say .015 of a single percent, then your statement makes it a bit more valid...

but still, the fact that 700k people bought and turned on the game in one early morning IS a lot

RE: Halo Pf
By zippyzoo on 9/16/2010 2:21:01 PM , Rating: 2
Well, the statement isn't wrong but I understand your point. Except when using a 98% confidence interval you will usually only trust 1.5% or better.

RE: Halo Pf
By clovell on 9/16/2010 2:25:45 PM , Rating: 2
Despite the obvious sarcasm, that made my statistical brain twitch.

RE: Halo Pf
By RugMuch on 9/16/2010 2:25:06 PM , Rating: 3
Ahhhh, you're full of mularky, you know you screwed up.

RE: Halo Pf
By zippyzoo on 9/16/2010 2:25:53 PM , Rating: 1
Shut up son.

RE: Halo Pf
By tedrodai on 9/16/2010 1:17:58 PM , Rating: 2
Does the world revolve around you? J/K man...I rarely play any of the Halo games also, but only cause it's a console FPS. I'll probably pick this one up when I can get it under $20.

RE: Halo Pf
By Mitch101 on 9/16/2010 2:43:33 PM , Rating: 2
Same here I think the numbers show how many people were willing to spend $60.00 for a title. Im sure a lot of people are waiting for the price to drop before committing. You know several thousand people will complete the game and sell it within a month.

RE: Halo Pf
By tng on 9/16/2010 3:31:08 PM , Rating: 2
Same here. I normally wait until I can find a game for under $30. Finally got Halo ODST last month when it appeared used for the right price.

Can't imagine spending $60+ on a game....

Who cares about $, how many units sold?
By zephyrxero on 9/16/2010 1:56:04 PM , Rating: 1
I could care less how Halo Reach vs Halo 3 sales equal out in terms of raw dollars, that may simply mean more people were willing to buy the ridiculously expensive collectors editions this time around. Where are the real important figures: of how many copies were sold?

The game industry does this time and time again when comparing themselves with movie. Sure, your stockholders obviously only care about revenue/sales/profit/etc, but there are still far more people watching movies than playing games so, no, you haven't overtaken that industry guys. </rant>

By smackababy on 9/16/2010 2:03:50 PM , Rating: 1
Ofc there are more people watching movies. Seeing a new film costs $8 per person. Buying a new game costs $60.

By Hiawa23 on 9/16/2010 7:28:24 PM , Rating: 2
I have all Halo games & love em all, but I think MS is right, gamers are there & in this bad economy we are not going to rush out pay $60 for all those other crap releases that stream out throughout the year. What this tells me is even in a bad economy, if devs will release good to great games, we will buy. Personally, I am loving Halo Reach as the game exceeded my expectations.

By KnickKnack on 9/16/2010 8:03:11 PM , Rating: 5
I'm sorry, but it really bugs me when I see this. The saying is actually "I couldn't care less". I don't know why people started saying the opposite, but when you think about what you're saying - that you could actually care less - you're saying that you do care to some degree, which isn't really the point you're trying to make is it?

I couldn't care less that people will down-rate this post....

By StevoLincolnite on 9/16/2010 10:39:09 PM , Rating: 2
Where are the real important figures: of how many copies were sold?

3 Million sales is the estimated day 1 sales, with 4.2 million predicted for the first week.

but there are still far more people watching movies than playing games so, no, you haven't overtaken that industry guys.

They are making more in day 1 sales though for some franchises, heck some movie companies have started to keep an eye on game releases so that they release there movies around the blockbuster game releases.

Also for a single platform release, I think you will find that Halo: Reach also outdid Modern Warfare 2.

Still got Fable 3, Black Ops, Crysis 2 and Medal of Honour coming this year to.

Missing the comic.
By Bremen7000 on 9/16/2010 1:26:30 PM , Rating: 5
This story is incomplete without the Penny Arcade comic:

Oh Wow...
By clovell on 9/16/2010 2:23:26 PM , Rating: 2
Has it really been 3 years since Halo 3... Geeze, I guess it has.

Just kinda... puts things into a weird perspective.

By crimson117 on 9/16/2010 4:14:23 PM , Rating: 2
By Bioniccrackmonk on 9/16/2010 9:43:49 PM , Rating: 2
In November 2009, Activision’s Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 raked in $310 million in first day sales in the U.S. and the U.K.

How about a staggered release date? Exclusive for say 6 months, maybe a year, and in that time port it over and then reap the benefits yet again.

I do understand the reasoning behind exclusives, really its just forces you to buy the console if you want to play it. No matter how good the game is though, I will not buy every console on the market. I would, however, be willing to buy that game, even if it was released much later.

Once again PR wins over common sense
By BZDTemp on 9/16/10, Rating: -1
RE: Once again PR wins over common sense
By smackababy on 9/16/2010 2:36:45 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah because it is impossible to believe people actually enjoy playing a console game right? ...

RE: Once again PR wins over common sense
By DEVGRU on 9/16/10, Rating: -1
By MGSsancho on 9/16/2010 3:58:54 PM , Rating: 2
Halo maybe be mediocre but the game sells just like the spice girls and Justin Bieber.

RE: Once again PR wins over common sense
By SPOOFE on 9/16/2010 4:17:17 PM , Rating: 4
with graphics only a Commodore PET envies - and its still popular.

Graphcs are about the least important factor in determining a game's quality. Only a real idiot would blather so much about how a game looks and completely ignore how a game plays.

Rose-colored glasses, my friend: Witness the late '90s, when PC gaming was still dominating, and everyone was lamenting the focus on graphics at the expense of gameplay. PC gaming got less popular because PC gaming started to suck due to the myopic focus on fancier effects. Hell, that's why Duke Nukem Forever got delayed so damn long. THAT'S the world you miss? Dumbass.

RE: Once again PR wins over common sense
By DEVGRU on 9/16/10, Rating: -1
By SPOOFE on 9/16/2010 8:52:22 PM , Rating: 1
My level 60 what?

I don't understand. All I did was state that good games don't need good graphics, and only an idiot would think otherwise. Do you think otherwise? If not, why the butt-hurt?

RE: Once again PR wins over common sense
By smackababy on 9/16/2010 4:32:31 PM , Rating: 3
Clearly because your opinion on a game determines if I enjoy it or not. And as for WoW, the fact that you call it cookie cutter is laughable. Find me an MMO released pre 2004 that WoW was cut from. Sure, all MMOs out now might feel the same, but that IS the WoW effect.

As for Halo being mediocre, your opinion is severely misjudged. Halo:CE introduced the recharging health to the FPS genre. This is used in almost all FPS now. All FPS share identical gameplay for the most part. Shoot, throw grenade, run. I love how the elitist PC gamers are usually the most ignorant.

RE: Once again PR wins over common sense
By DEVGRU on 9/16/10, Rating: -1
By Oobu on 9/16/2010 5:10:33 PM , Rating: 3
DEVGRU, shut up already. You're a trolling faggot. Die in a fire.

By Narbo on 9/17/2010 9:51:29 AM , Rating: 2
To add to this, before Halo, Bungie released the Marathon series for Macintosh. Halo draws HEAVILY from Marathon and is essentially an evolution of that series. The grunts and their hilarious spastic commentary, the faceless Hero in an armored suit, the dual function weapons and the the general play style are all almost directly lifted from Marathon.

The first Marathon game was released shortly after Doom so in short yes, Bungie is without a doubt one of the major innovators of the FPS genre through nearly it's entire history.

By Sazar on 9/16/2010 5:40:01 PM , Rating: 3
Oh puhlease.

I got into Halo when the Xbox first came out and Halo basically redefined FPS's. There was nothing out at the time that came close the experience that Halo provided, with the relatively open worlds and vehicles and the game-play. It was superior to anything on the PC at the time in terms of these aspects and even the graphics were amazing.

Since then, yes, the standard has dropped and the story has gotten all over the place, BUT, the original experience is still very fresh to me and all my other friends who play Halo games. Because we have vested time and money in the franchise, we choose to invest in the newer games.

If YOU don't like it, don't buy it. Others are free to do what they want with their money.

By jonmcc33 on 9/16/2010 6:28:56 PM , Rating: 1
I got a PS3 console because sports and racing games aren't really existent on the PC.

By InvertMe on 9/16/2010 3:26:49 PM , Rating: 2
You act like this is an Apple product..

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