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Old 09-11-2007, 03:44 PM
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Default Halo 3 Launch week:Free XBL Gold access for Sept. 25-27th. Plus other promotions

Microsoft calls it "the biggest entertainment event in history." We call it "the week Halo 3 comes out," and it's fast approaching.

Master Chief touches down Sept. 25, and Microsoft said today that more than 10,000 retail stores in the U.S. will open their doors at midnight that night to deplete the engorged wallets of the Halo hardcore nationwide.

Dubbed "Unite to Fight Week" by Microsoft, the Halo 3 launch week will include a Pontiac "First to Own" Halo tie-in promotion; a series of special events at stores in New York, L.A., Seattle and Miami; and a Sept. 23 NASCAR race featuring a Halo-inspired car.

Microsoft is also planning an Xbox Live blowout to promote the game, partnering with Best Buy to sponsor three free days of Xbox Live Gold access for everyone with a 360 and a broadband connection from Sept. 25 through Sept. 27.

Game with Fame sessions will also take place during the first week of launch, pitting gamers against actors, musicians, and athletes over Live. Exclusive Marketplace content, "Game with Bungie" sessions, and a variety of Live sweepstakes and contests are also in the works.

Players can register their Gamertag at the Microsoft "Unite to Fight" web site starting today and then play the game between September 28 and September 30 to enter the sweepstakes. Prizes will be randomly drawn and will include Halo accessory packs, Xbox 360 Halo 3 Special Edition consoles, Halo 3 Edition Zunes, Microsoft Points, and the Halo Graphic Novel.

The Halo 3 launch week is also expected to include 1.7 billion uses of the word "powned," or variations thereon.
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