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Bungie Ends Halo Stat Tracking; Reveals Ridiculous Playing Figures And Steaktacular Success

In what is a sad day for all Halo fans and general statistic trackers, Bungie have ended thier quite astonishing stat tracking system for the Halo series. The system started in September 2004, and has tracked over 20,000,000,000 games of online multiplayer…which is simply insane. Below is an inforgraphic released today by Bungie which shows some of the more interesting stats to come out of Halo.

Yeah, you read that correctly - people have played Halo for over 235,000 years. Happy to have contributed Bungie

Stat tracking for the Halo series will still continue via the Waypoint system set up by the new heads of the franchise, 343 Industries. Let’s hope they keep as dedicated as Bungie have been.

Top 10…Most Important Games On Microsoft Consoles

Welcome to Part One of a new initiative on my blog – the introduction of guest writers! This initiative will be part of a small series looking back at some of the most pivotal games on all time, focusing on the efforts on Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft and PC gaming – if it proves to be popular, I may well extend the project to take in other great names such as Sega and Atari. The basic idea for this project came about because I wanted to take a look back of ten years of Microsoft in the games industry, and then thought that it would be a worthwhile effort to include the other major players in the industry. What you will be getting is a series of top ten lists looking at the games which have defined the companies and their consoles – not necessarily the best selling games, but those which the writers feel have had the biggest influence over time.

And so to the writers themselves – I will be looking back at 10 years of Microsoft, and I have enlisted some of my good friends to write the lists for Sony and Nintendo – they will be revealed in due course. You know, to make it more exciting when you read them.

And so without further ado, here is Part One:

Top 10…Most Important Games On Microsoft Consoles

When the 15th November 2011 marched by a month or so ago, it marked ten years since Microsoft decided to chance their hand at the games industry. Taking the fight to Sony’s PlayStation 2, Nintendo’s Gamecube and Sega’s Dreamcast with its powerful Xbox console (the first to have an in built hard drive), they enjoyed a great deal of success and with the introduction of Xbox Live in 2002, they created an early monopoly on online console gaming that remains strong to this day. The Xbox, despite being crushed by the PS2’s enormous sales figures, nevertheless came out of the sixth generation as ‘the best of the rest’ with 24 million sales, and Microsoft blinked first in the seventh generation of consoles by introducing the Xbox 360 in 2005. With the 360, Microsoft have continued to battle Sony and Nintendo on a level playing field, and the console remains strong to this day, shifting 57 million units – needless to say, Microsoft’s decision to take the plunge in the console wars has been a very lucrative effort. Continue reading Top 10…Most Important Games On Microsoft Consoles

E3 2011: Summary Of Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft And Sony’s Conferences

Monday 6th June 2011 marked the start of the biggest gaming event of the year, where the games industry descended on Los Angeles for E3 2011. Four conferences went ahead yesterday, from Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Sony. Below, is my coverage of the event, and my opinions on the stuff that came up. Strap yourself in, there’s a lot to cover here. Continue reading E3 2011: Summary Of Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft And Sony’s Conferences

Send Halo Out…With A Bang – Halo Reach Review

HALO REACH (2010) – BUNGIE

Noble Team look for a good picnic location...

Games rarely receive anywhere near the hype that has been attached to the Halo franchise. For all intensive purposes, Halo is the Xbox, and Microsoft are damned lucky that they have it. Combat Evolved and Halo 2 were the major selling points for the original Xbox, and the release of Halo 3 was for some time the biggest game launch of all time, before Activision and Call Of Duty broke up the party. Its not surprising then that a lot was resting on the success of Reach; it was known to be Bungie’s last Halo project, and it would be the game that spearheaded Microsoft’s Christmas campaign alongside the Kinect. So does it live up to the lofty expectations attached to it? Continue reading Send Halo Out…With A Bang – Halo Reach Review