Yes, I’m playing Halo 2 and have helped contribute toward the following statistics:
Total Sales of Halo 2 in North America in 1 day: $125,000,000
Total Copies of Halo 2 sold in North America: 2,400,000
Total number of unique users: 320,119
Total number of matches logged: 775,468
Total number of users online: 44,901
Total number of hours logged:
The experience playing Halo 2 – Priceless.
Thanks to a very nice gift I am finally on Xbox Live. I’ve only been playing Mech Assault online but hope to try out some other Live enabled games such as Crimson Skies or Halo 2. Overall the entire process, from obtaining Xbox Live to signing up for the Xbox Live service clearly reflects well on Microsoft’s vision for the Xbox.
For example some of the experiences that helped meet and exceed my expectations of the Xbox Live Service:
1) Sales representatives who spoke of the service with experience, knowledge and passion
2) Microsoft’s commitment to the Xbox has been clearly revealed through posts on the blogosphere and excellent community support from sites such as Xbox or TeamXbox
3) John Porcaro has talked about branding for the Xbox in some of his recent blog posts. The power of the Xbox brand was made very clear to me when exposed to feature sets such as MSN Alerts, Voice Chat, Statistics, Friends – all of which have been seamlessly integrated and tied to the “It’s good to play together” tagline. In my opinion a brand succeeds when the end user is not overwhelmed by the brand but is still aware of its presence.
4) Content, content and more content have continued to keep me on Xbox Live for hours, much longer than my eyes would have me.
5) Perhaps the last aspect that keeps me going back for more is the community surrounding Xbox Live. Having quite an active offline life, I find less time to spend online, but Xbox Live can mould to fit your life style by offering a community that is not only growing but also one that lives your kind of life style.
Have you added the Xbox Live Starter Kit to your Christmas list yet?
I cannot wait till November 9th. For those of you who don’t know – Halo 2 is set to be launched to the waiting world. Oh if only I could get on the beta program for Halo.
Nevertheless, Bungie does not disappoint. So if you’re looking for more Halo updates, check out the recently released 3D Halo 2 screenshot and the weekly updates that continue to build desire.
This past year has definitely been a transitional phase for Microsoft. Apparently the war chest is being put to good use with deals finalized with AOL, Sun and now EA.
If you don’t have an Xbox and have held out for various reasons, perhaps now would be the best time to invest in one. Aside from the best online service, including upcoming support for video chat, the Xbox does have one of the most complete game system chain : from developers, to end users to third party providers.
If it’s on another console, consider that it’s a stolen idea from the Xbox.
E3 2004 is scheduled to begin Tuesday (05/11). Looking forward to updates on Halo 2, Fable, Half Life 2 …
Some blogs and sites that you should be reading regarding Xbox updates include: