Unfortunately, this is something that's happened before. Actually, modders were able to get their hands on both Halo 2 and Halo 3 before their official releases. Individuals over at Game-Tut.com, the new title from Bungie Studios has been yanked from Microsoft's servers. While the technicalities are all their own, we imagine that it was made much simpler by the fact that Microsoft put the game on their servers, enabling a $1,250 download of the title for reviewers just a few days ago.
This isn't the first time that a game has appeared in Microsoft's Xbox LIVE Marketplace ahead of its launch. And it's not the first time that, even if you had the required amount of money to actually download that said game, you wouldn't be able to. Digitally distributing games for review isn't a new concept, but it definitely does add something quite entertaining to the whole mix. That's exactly what's happening with Halo Reach right now, which you can find in the LIVE Marketplace right now, ready to download. But, as usual, there's a catch.
Despite the fact that Microsoft cut the cord, figuratively speaking we hope, on the original Xbox's access to Xbox LIVE on April 15th, there were determined gamers out there that wanted nothing more than to keep playing their favorite First Person Shooter (FPS) on the service. They wanted it so much, in fact, that they refused to turn off their consoles, or disconnect from their Internet connections at all costs. It garnered them some instant fame, and put them in a spotlight that none of them probably expected.
Even more out of left-field than HP buying Palm, Activision and Bungie come out of nowhere and announce that the two companies have just agreed to a multiple-year, worldwide exclusive agreement. Before you jump the gun, though, that doesn't mean that Halo Reach will be coming to more consoles than Microsoft's Xbox 360, but it does mean that their future titles will be doing just that.
So, what's the definition of dedication? There's probably a bunch of answers for that, and we're sure you even managed to make up a few for yourself, even after you read the title of this article. For 14 individuals, the meaning of dedication is keeping your Xbox console on for 12 days, playing the ever-living snot out of your favorite game. What's that game happen to be? Yep, you guessed it: Halo 2.
Bungie's ultimate Halo franchise is nearing an end, as the final title in the sweeping saga is set to release later this year. And while it may not feature the series' main protagonist, there's no doubt that the game has players all over the world waiting with pent-up anticipation. There's an open Beta starting May 3rd, so hopefully you're getting ready for that. But, if you're more interested to see what the final product will launch in, Bungie has pulled the curtain off the three editions.
Around the time of this year's E3, back in June, there was some good and bad news delivered regarding one of the quintessential video games to grace consoles in recent times: Halo. With the announcements of Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach came the good news; but then Lars Bakken, Senior Designer over at Bungie Studios, made some comments regarding the final days of the Halo series, with regards to Bungie's involvement. He basically said that Reach was the studio's final Halo game, much to the dismay of the gaming world (or at least Halo's fanbase).
This one off pop machine was designed for Bungie to help them celebrate the milestone that was Halo 2, but it never got used. Well, now they’ve had the whole team sign it and are selling it for charity with all of the proceeds going to the Make a Wish foundation.
Like I said, the team never used it, so it’s more or less brand new, save for the small amount of dust that might have built up on the machine. The current bid is $15,000 if you want this literally one of a kind machine.
Shipping is free if you can pick it up in Kirkland, Washington, otherwise it ranges from $200 to $2000 depending on where you live in the continental US, and if it has to leave that are either to hit Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico, or worse yet, internationally, I’m sure those shipping costs spike up quite quickly. They did use it a few times to test it and make sure it worked, and it does, but that’s it, so, fire up your bank accounts. I wonder if it comes with a case or two of Mountain Dew’s Halo Game Fuel drink?
Remember that story last week about the guy who had his autographed Xbox 360 scrubbed clean? Well, we found out that Bungie had something up their sleeves for him, and while they aren't replacing his console (he already has a working one), they did hook him up with some pretty sweet gear. Hit the jump for a complete rundown of the goodies.
Remember earlier this week when I told you about the gamer that had his autographed 360 wiped clean (or had his case swiped)? Well there still hasn't been any official word from Microsoft on the matter, they're still “investigating.” While Microsoft is looking into the matter, Bungie is taking action.
"Something is already 'afoot' within Bungie to help our community member in need," Bungie community director Brian Jarrard told Next-Gen on Monday. "Our team and the community as a whole is rallying to help fix this unfortunate situation. It’s been awesome to see such an outpouring of sympathy and support from our community. We can't replace the exact item that was lost but, but we should come very close."