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Gamers can't wait to get their hands on Halo 3.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Halo 3 press kit.

September 25, 2007 may just be a regular day for most Winnipeggers, but for gamers around the city the 25th marks the end of an epic saga.

Halo 3, the final chapter of a wildly popular science fiction video game series, is released to the entertainment community on Tuesday. According to the Globe and Mail website, Microsoft executives are predicting the game will set an entertainment record by selling over $200-million (U.S.) in software in its first day of release.

The game, developed by Microsoft and only available to play on the company’s Xbox 360 gaming console, is causing a buzz amongst local gamers, and retailers are looking to take advantage.

Best Buy on St. James Street plans to open their doors early Tuesday morning so hardcore “Halofanatics” can get their hands on the game they’ve been waiting three years for.

“We’re having a big Halo 3 release party,” Chaz Brodbrick, a media specialist with Best Buy, said the morning before the release. “The doors are opening at midnight for two hours, unless it gets really busy and then we will stay open later to accommodate everyone. I’ve actually had two people in the store since 10 o’clock.”

Best Buy will have over 400 copies for sale, with the game available in three editions: standard, collectors and legendary. Ranging in price from $69.99 - $149.99 (Cdn), the three editions get more extravagant as the price rises. Either way, Brodbrick, a devoted gamer and fan of the Halo series, won’t be in line for the game when his shift ends tonight.

“I can understand it, but would I go along with it? Not really. I can see that there are gamers out there who obviously love the games, and I do love the Halo games. But not so much that I would want to stay up until midnight to get the game.”

University of Winnipeg student Ryan Surowich is at the opposite end of the spectrum. The 21-year-old psychology/criminal justice major has been counting down the days until Halo 3’s release, despite his broken Xbox 360.

“I’m pretty excited, but I tried to boot up my Xbox like a week ago and I got the red lights of doom and it died so I had to send it in. So I’m still pretty choked about that.”

Like any good gamer, Surowich found a way around his broken device. His friends will be heading to his house with their console upon buying the game.

“It’s going to be awesome, but I can’t wait until my own system is fixed.”

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Wil Alambre of Visual Lizard » Sep 24th 2007, 19:16

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Also, Microsoft is going to be giving all Xbox 360 users free access to Xbox Live Gold (the account access that allows online multiplayer) for three days, September 25th to 27th. No excuse not to get online and try some sweet, sweet four player co-op.

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