Bungie: 1 billion Halo 3 games played online

Independent developer touts milestone hit by its 360-exclusive shooter, which has now been played for the equivalent of more than 64,100 years.

Anyone vaguely familiar with games knows that Halo 3 is popular. It was the top-selling US game in 2007, and as of January 31, 2009, had sold more than 5.73 million copies in the US alone. The third installment in the sci-fi shooter series was also the subject of widespread critical plaudits, receiving a solid 9.5 rating from GameSpot after its release a year and a half ago.

"We sure showed those Neanderthals! Silly prehistorical species..."

Last night, Bungie reminded the world of the Halo 3 phenomenon's popularity by announcing that some 1 billion online sessions of the game have been played so far. By comparison, the controversial Halo 2, released in 2004 for the original Xbox, has seen only around 798 million online games played.

Were the billion-game figure not enough, the once-Microsoft-owned, now-independent developer underlined the milestone by breaking down exactly how much time has been spent playing the game. As of 6:36 p.m. yesterday evening, it had racked up some 2,023,153,340,764 seconds of matchmaking playtime, or 64,109 years. To put that into perspective, Bungie helpfully pointed out that 64,000 years ago, Neanderthals still walked the earth and Homo sapiens had not yet arrived on the Asian continent.

Bungie did not speculate where humanity would be 64,000 years from now. However, the near future will see Halo 3 online play sharply increase when the Mythic Map Pack hits Xbox Live later this month. The maps will also be included as part of the stand-alone Halo 3 expansion, Halo 3: ODST, due out in the fall.

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CrackF0XX
CrackF0XX

Thats incredible, just shows not only how popular Halo is but also the Xbox 360. I think Halo has to be the most amazing series of games ever and although the only satisfying campaign was on the original Halo, the online capabilities of 2 & 3 really put it in a class of its own.

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

now I wonder how many times UT have been played online ?

meor64
meor64

yup...youre right...or make a cancer..haha

JedmanTheWise
JedmanTheWise

wow with that much time we could have cured cancer =)

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

I'd think if you added up the eons of hours from WoW, you'd span the whole time line of human existence and then some.

krzygamer24
krzygamer24

i thought it was just me that thought halo never got old but i guess others agree to since theirs been 64,109 years of game play on halo 3

VK001thunder
VK001thunder

hey umm thats not the right picture thats halo 3

senorbusyman
senorbusyman

Bungie we Salute you for giving the best games weve ever played!!!!

tonyhawksP8
tonyhawksP8

The funny things is that only Halo 3 was slightly good.

Carpe_Noctum
Carpe_Noctum

WOW, that is an insane amount. It seems that I always have at least one friend, usually 2 or more, playing Halo 3. I also always seem to have at least 1 friend playing CoD 4 or 5 when it comes to LIVE.

gameking5000
gameking5000

Well this is no surprise if Halo 3 is one of the best selling games

Hey12389
Hey12389

Wow think of all the things we could have done with that time.... Life going down the drain.

jansong1
jansong1

killzone is good, I'll give you that (I own it as well), but you can't truly be serious about it stacking up to Halo 3. Let's wait a year& a half and let's see if 300,000 people a night are still playing it (which I highly doubt but I could be wrong) and then let's compare Killzone. Think before you hate.

MrBlack87
MrBlack87

@ -Intellectual- You say the Wii and Xbox 360 won't touch Killzone 2, thats because those systems CAN'T run it! Boom! Anyways I'm done bloggin with you cause your a total troll 360 fanboy, I had a 360 and loved it till it RRoD on me I never bought another one, MS had their chance with me. I stick to console's that last, have a good day sir.Congrats to bungie for this milestone I'm sure they will treasure.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

halo 3 is a great game it deserves to do as well as it has done. i can gareentee when i read through the comments in a bit some playstation fan boy will be putting halo down but the bottom line is halo 3 is a awesome game.

YellowJello
YellowJello

LOOK AT HIM, HE SPEAKS NEGATIVELY!! THUMB HIM DOWN!!!! BRING FIRE!!!

-Intellectual-
-Intellectual-

LOL I was praising Halo 3 multiplayer in my previous comment, not dissing it !!! Halo 3 requires skill just like any other shooter and its easy pick-up and play and user friendly mechanics make it appealing to all ages. Not to forget Forge, Theater and file share which rounds out a very impressive multiplayer tool set. This shows that Bungie are leading the way when it comes to CONSOLE FPS games. Now give me a thumbs up ...

StarlightHunter
StarlightHunter

killzone 2 will not do anything near 1 billion. so ive been told the online multiplayer is a total joke. all i can say is halo is great game, not the best shooter but its good en doff.

yoko81
yoko81

killzone 2 lol it doesn't have enough psn users to compete with the powerful and dominating microsoft.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

another hype machine from the genius marketers at MSFT. It's just to make noise for Halo Wars release week, which I'm buying asap.

MatzeEdend
MatzeEdend

That is a LOT of man hours... if only we'd put that much time into something constructive... but even I have to admit something destructive is a lot more fun :P

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

congrats to bungie. i know i play halo3 like every other day and on a weekend i play on multiplayer alot. so hey, congrats to em. i hope sony can do something like this in the future!

biggy887766
biggy887766

cod4 > halo 3> gow2 > gow apart from the random nades and stupid martyrdom and juggernaut w****s call of duty 4 is a better game than either halo 3 or gow 2 or gow and as for intellectual saying it takes no skill to play halo you are sadly mistaken. It is incredibly easy to pick up and play however your reasons are far from the truth. cod4,halo3,and the gow's all take skill just some take more skill than others. Skill wise its halo 3 > cod 4 > gow's. gow requires a ridiculous amount of luck and cod 4 is filled with f**s that exploit every thing they can such as x3 frag, noob tubing, juggernauting, martyrdoming, or last standing (When you die you should be dead people can't just cr*p out grenades people). Halo 3 however only has a couple noob weapons that can easily be countered. (rockets, laser, and needler)

BigBad95
BigBad95

Halo 3 is the best game in the universe and nothing is even close to being as good as Halo 3 and COD 4 is pants

BigSmitts07
BigSmitts07

cant wait for my Halo Wars to get here, and I will deff buy ODST without hesitation, i love Halo so much =)

DDR_Midian
DDR_Midian

Give it a rest nintendokid, -Intellectual-'s post was far from invalid. Who even said it was a criticism? The points he made are entirely true and it's due to them that the game is so popular, it's a GOOD thing. If he had specifically said it was a bad point, then fair enough, it's a strange one to make... but how you can sum that up from a post that merely states how accessible Halo 3 is I do not know.

nintendokid
nintendokid

Gears 2 is a big mess of trying to force people to play paintball. Sure, I get the philosophy behind nerfing the sniper, shotgun, and adding things such as proxy mines, tighter running and wall cover to force a strategic rifle fight. But in the end, it feels like a football game that requires you to wear nut cups and protective gear, but no tackling allowed because it's only 2-hand touch. Awkward.

Crombian
Crombian

CoD4 > GoW2 > GoW > Halo 3 sorry 'bout it.

nintendokid
nintendokid

@-Intellectual- The same can be said about Gears from a Halo player. How invalid your criticisms are.

fillup0
fillup0

I bet the majority of those 1 billion are custom games, nothing wrong with that, the matchmaking is so crappy and custom games are laugh out loud fun!

ALTAIR360
ALTAIR360

@ VenDaler Lmao!! like every game reaches 1 billion matches. let me explain you, ONLY ONE GAME( HALO 3 ) HAS ACHIEVED THIS BESIDE COUNTERSTRIKE.

-Intellectual-
-Intellectual-

Halo 3 is one of the most noob friendly shooters out there, so it is accessible to just about any age group. Your shield takes more damage, the target reticule turns red when in sight of an enemy, grenades are realistic and easy to get kills with and the list goes on and on as to why its such an easy pick-up and play shooter.

ishoturface
ishoturface

whoa.... and nobody can say that is not awesome

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

What makes Halo 3 successful is in the community. People are able to share their pictures, ingame videos, customized maps, game modes. It's probably as close you can get to the PC with a map editor. I don't think one FPS is supperior over another. I think there are games that have their own unigness. I liked COD4's strong single player campaign, Rainbow Six Vegas's cover system and customization options (probably the most challenging multiplayer I think).

RobNBankz
RobNBankz

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VenDaler
VenDaler

@Kenji_Masamune-"Halo never was nor ever will be the end all be all of FPS." But if any shooter ever was to be, what do you think it would be... It would be in the running. That's a lot of play time... It must rack up fast though.

YellowJello
YellowJello

Big deal? The game's been out for a long time now, why is this a surprise to anyone?

abelav78
abelav78

Thats just nuts, geeks give it a rest, put down the controller and do some homework or chores or built something to save mankind instead of growing roots on the couch. haha

insanitycheck3
insanitycheck3

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