Halo 3 launched in the fall of 2007 and has since remained at or near the summit of Xbox Live’s most played games, based on a weekly unique user count.‚ Other titles have come and gone, but Halo 3 has remained a rock solid normality.
Anyone familiar with Bungie knows of their at times freakish affinity for statistics.‚ Bungie.net displays such numbers ranging from the highly coveted kill to death ratio to percentage of kills per match with specific weapons, and absolutely everything in between.
Bungie’s ability to provide such statistics is incredible, but their latest statistic, released today is all together mind-blowing.
A recent post on the Bungie.net front page revealed that on Saturday at 6:36PM PST, in a three minute and nineteen second game of Infection on Foundry, four players participated in Halo 3’s one billionth match.
You heard that correctly, 1 billion games played.‚ Boy, if I had a nickel for every match played……
A Bungie employee known as ‘RocksetMoose’ cracked the numbers on Halo 3 even further and figured that if ten players took part in a ten minute match, the database would log 100 minutes of playtime, for a grand total matchmaking playtime of 2,023,153,340,764 seconds.
That equates to two trillion seconds, or 64,109 years of total playtime.
How does Halo 2 match up with the pure domination of Halo 3? Another staggering 798 million games played.
Bungie continues to feed the hungry mouth of the fan with numerous updates, revamps, and tweaks to core-gameplay, as well as the frequent rehashing of the beloved community, and match tracking site Bungie.net.‚ Clearly, the Washington based, Halo creator, have perfected the art of online multiplayer.
Halo Wars launches today, and contained in the limited edition is the Mythic Map Pack, the long awaited, final installment of Halo 3 content.‚ The Mythic Pack is expected to land in the Xbox Live Marketplace come April, and if you aren’t an RTS fan, you’ll have to wait it out, or fork over a premium on eBay.
Stay tuned for my in depth, hands-on written review of the Mythic Map Pack.
Halo 3 for the broadband generation is the DOOM and Duke Nukem of the dial-up generation, yet I bet more dial-up games of DOOM have been played.