Just a year ago on March 23, 2002, according to a NPDFunworld market report, the official tally of copies of Halo: Combat Evolved purchased by consumers reached 1,008,992! Dave Candland reported this on April 2, 2002, and Microsoft issued the press release on April 8, 2002.
According to the latest guesstimate by Matt Soell, the worldwide figure should be well over three million. Considering that Minotaur: The Labyrinths of Crete only sold 2,500 copies in 1992, Bungie is obviously doing something right.
Keep banging the rocks together, guys.
By 2010 every person on earth will own a copy of Halo!
Remembering the early Marathon map editors gets this reporter to wheezing and coughing, as well as an irresistible urge to watch a Macintosh spontaneously reboot. Bungie Sightings hopes that other old Marathon fans feel the same, as it was eight years ago on this day, March 17, 1995, Steve Israelson made the first-ever Marathon map editor, Pfhorte, available for download via AMUG. Thus, the cult of serious Bungie game modding was born!
Thanks for all your dedicated work, Steve.
Right now, somewhere in Bungie's offices, Marcus Lehto's getting slapped on the ass 34 times. It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
Happy birthday Marcus, from your stalking fans at Bungie Sightings.
As a public service announcement, Bungie Sightings would like to remind you that Colony Reach will not be a good place to be in exactly 522 years. According to our Bungie Future Calendar (BFC), on February 3, 2525, humanity will meet the Covenant for the first time.
What the Covenant have begun in anger shall end in their shame.
Bungie.org maintainers were remiss in not pointing out that last Monday, January 6, was Bungie.org's 4th birthday. Happy birthday guys; your efforts in supporting the Bungie community have given hope and comfort to drooling geeky shut-ins the world over.
On this day, 207 years in the future, "the grandest technological achievement of all of mankind," the colony ship Marathon will be launched from from the orbit of Mars to begin its historic mission to Tau Ceti. According to the Bungie Future Calendar (BFC) the Marathon will be launched on November 11, 2209.
We implore all interested parties to not wait until the last minute before buying your tickets. During the voyage, Bungie Sightings will maintain a hospitality suite with complementary Mida martinis and Misriah food chits. Patrons will be entertained by the musical stylings of Gheritt White and the Waves. We look forward to seeing you there.
As a public service announcement we would like to warn all interest parties that 792 years from this day Tau Ceti will not be a good place to be. According to the Bungie Future Calendar (BFC) Tau Ceti will be attacked by the Pfhor on October 25, 2794.
So unless living on a glassed planet is your idea of fun, we suggest finding another place to live. Regardless of the circumstances, the Chokis Landlords Association (CLA) is unlikely to refund the deposit on your enviro-cube. Sorry.
On this day, 515 years in the future, the Office of Naval Intelligence will take 75 soft innocent children and start to make unstoppable killing machines out of them. According to the Bungie Future Calendar (BFC) the Project SPARTAN II will officially begin on September 23, 2517.
Fans wishing to purchase induction gifts for the children are encouraged to visit our store.
As a public service announcement we would like to warn all interest parties that 792 years from this day the colony ship Marathon will be attacked by advance elements of the Pfhor empire. According to the Bungie Future Calendar (BFC) the Pfhor will attack on June 25, 2794.
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It was on this momentous day 8 years ago that the Jjaro diplomat Ryu-Toth appeared before President William Jefferson Clinton and warned him of the impending destruction of the Earth if the unnamed sleeping god buried in the jungles of the Yucatan awoke. According to the Bungie Future Calendar (BFC), on May 5, 1994, Ryu-Toth appeared before the President and his senior military staff with dire warnings. Thanks to quick thinking on Bill's part, a crack team of special forces soldiers was able to plant a nuclear device in the lowest levels of a strange pyramid and stun the sleeping god until the Jjaro could arrive to dispose of it.
In a related note, if anyone knows the whereabouts of Sergeant Eddings, please tell him the crystal he sold me has stopped working.