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Old 11-05-04, 05:51 AM
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Reports: Halo 2 retail date broken in Midwest

Gamers from several Midwest states claim to have already bought Bungie's shooter sequel from stores.

Roughly a month before its November 9 release, a pirated version of Halo 2 began to be widely circulated around the Web. Now, it seems the game is once again falling into gamers' hands earlier than Microsoft and Bungie had planned.

Numerous reports surfaced today from the Midwest claiming several retail chains had broken Halo 2's street date. Several reports on the Gaming Age forums--which included photos of the limited edition of the game--said that several individual Meijer stores, a self-described "grocery and general merchandise retailer" that operates in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky, were selling the game early. Outlets in Toledo, Ohio, were mentioned specifically.

However, calls made by GameSpot to several Meijer outlets made it sound like the franchise was sticking to the deadline. "Halo 2? That doesn't go on sale until next week," was the typical response. Regardless, people have already gotten their hands on copies of Halo 2 from somewhere, because several "in-hand" copies of the game are already on sale on eBay, some with options for next-day shipping.

While unfortunate, especially given the logistics of shipping a game of Halo 2's scale--for which preorders are reportedly nearly 2 million--these sorts of leaks are increasingly common. And although it can be assured that Bungie and Microsoft are less than pleased gamers are pumping Covenant Brutes ahead of schedule, the two companies aren't letting on. The mantra "Microsoft doesn't comment on rumors or speculation." was once again uttered by reps for the company when queried by GameSpot about the retail date break.

For more information on Halo 2, be sure to read GameSpot's full review of the game when it goes live at 12:00pm PST on Sunday, November 7, which is two days before the game hits store shelves.

By Tor Thorsen -- GameSpot
POSTED: 11/04/04 03:14 PM PST
oh man this is crazy. well only 4 days to go for the rest of us.
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hmm true or not, I think some people are about to get FIRED. We got a memo at work a few day ago reminding us that displaying, playing, taking home, or selling Halo 2 will result in instant termination. Needless to say we're all excited for this games release but not so excited we want to lose our jobs.

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i agree i wouldn't risk it either. here's a pic from the same article, forgot to put it in last time:

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That alone wouldget me fired, whoever did that must not like having a job.
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not to sound all threadcrappy - this comment is more about this article being news than anything else - but, does anyone really give a shit if a few people get this game a week early? I realize it's a high profile release, and I fully understand the concept of "I can't wait to play this" with regards to whatever game... but who is so anxious to play this game that a story about some kid in Ohio getting his copy of it early is somehow interesting? I mean, there's plenty of people who played this half a year ago. I'm sorry if I sound like I'm dissing the OP - I'm not trying to. Between this story, the french folk who got the hacked beta or whatever and the story about how if you get it early and play it online that your account would be killed, I'm just more anxious for the game to come out so this won't be newsworthy anymore than I am so I can play it.

And by the way - that case looks like ass - I'm sort of regretting buying the collectors version now. I'd rather have the standard green case than that.
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i don't care that people got it, i'm very patient and can wait. i just think it's funny that people did get it.
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If that picture is from the limited edition than where does it hold the other disc?


I notice that there is a 2 month trial so does anyone know if I can add 2 more months to my current subcription?
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Originally posted by kar10
If that picture is from the limited edition than where does it hold the other disc?


I notice that there is a 2 month trial so does anyone know if I can add 2 more months to my current subcription?
nope, you cannot add a two month trail to you subscription. You can only use it to start a new id.
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Originally posted by zero
That alone wouldget me fired, whoever did that must not like having a job.
teenagers don't give a damn. Jobs are a dime a dozen for them. Especially around Christmas. Plus it means they get a jump on the game before all his buddies so that he is at an advantage the first time they play multiplayer.
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Originally posted by kar10
If that picture is from the limited edition than where does it hold the other disc?
My guess is the game disc is stacked on top of the bonus disc (a situation similar to the bonus Colin McRae Rally 04 disc that comes included with TOCA Race Driver 2, i.e. TOCA disc on top, CMR04 below on the same spindle. It was a pain to remove both discs; a better option would have been to use an Amaray Slim Double DVD Case - cheap bastards )
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Riddle me this? Why would you pay$265 on ebay for a game that's going to be out next week? How stupid is that?
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I believe the case has a flipper held on the right side for the second disc.
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Originally posted by The Franchise
Riddle me this? Why would you pay$265 on ebay for a game that's going to be out next week? How stupid is that?
And if was shipped priority on Thursday, it may not get to you till monday. So you would pay $200 extra to get it 12 hours early.

Is there also an exterior tin casing that holds a regular plastic case? I was under the impresion it was special tin packaging.

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Originally posted by KingSmoth
I believe the case has a flipper held on the right side for the second disc.
You may be right (somehow, I missed that )
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Originally posted by RVP


Is there also an exterior tin casing that holds a regular plastic case? I was under the impresion it was special tin packaging.

Nope, there sure isnt. The plastic case pictured above, is lined with sheets of tin. No cool tin box like I was expecting, I was pretty dissapointed with the whole deal /
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Originally posted by Michael Corvin
teenagers don't give a damn. Jobs are a dime a dozen for them. Especially around Christmas. Plus it means they get a jump on the game before all his buddies so that he is at an advantage the first time they play multiplayer.
Good thing Im not a teenager . And to clarify Trigger, someone cares and that's Bungie. I dont care that someone got their game early, and more power to them for taking advantage of an employee who didnt know better, but still it remains that people (teens or not) are going to lose their jobs and that kinda sucks doesnt it? To lose your job over Halo 2?
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Originally posted by PrivatePixel
You may be right (somehow, I missed that )
Where?

I don't see anything. The Halo 2 silver sheet is just a book. I hope that they don't stack them together.
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Where?

I don't see anything. The Halo 2 silver sheet is just a book. I hope that they don't stack them together.
All Gamestops and EB's in my area have 500 of the cases sitting out empty on the shelves(have for a long time actually). Been a while since I checked one, but I'm certain it has a flipper.
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Hmmm, I wonder if the Meijer by me put them out?????
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I put up some in game videos I took at a pre-release event last night... go take a look if you want to see the multi-player game in action:

http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...49#post5510149

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Originally posted by KingSmoth
All Gamestops and EB's in my area have 500 of the cases sitting out empty on the shelves(have for a long time actually). Been a while since I checked one, but I'm certain it has a flipper.
Those might just be the pre-release sample display cases. I've seen them at my GameStop as well. Look closely and it has printed on it: "Final cover art may vary from shown" . . . or something like that.
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A coworker just got a copy in the mail. Now I'm just trying to get him to leave his desk so I can steal it! It also came with a new Halo headset that looks pretty sturdy.
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I just picked it up at my local, independant video game store. I won't be able to play it 'till Saturday morning, though. It's supposed to rain - I love staying in on rainy Saturdays, playing good video games!
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For what it's worth, a buddy dropped by the Meijer store in Rolling Meadows, IL to see if they had them out. The clerk said they had them, but he couldn't sell them. So it goes. YMMV.
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the modded one leaked a month ago and theyve all been playing halo 2 for a solid month by the time we all get the game, all of the videogame "pirates" will be halo gods.

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