Not too many people can claim they've served one billion customers. McDonald's has all but trademarked that declaration for themselves. Now, Bungie can get in on the action, declaring that Halo 3 has exceeded 1 billion online matches played.
Saturday night, while many of us were stuffing food into our faces, plenty of folks were still playing Halo 3. At precisely 6:36pm PST, in a three minute and nineteen second game of Infection on Foundry, four players participated in Halo 3's one billionth match.
According to Bungie, Halo 2 is "sitting pretty" at 798 million total matches, and even they were surprised to see Halo 3 surpass its predecessor so swiftly. Then they did a little math to put this accomplishment into perspective.
If each Halo 3 match lasted only three minutes and ninteen seconds like the Infection game mentioned above, the total amount of time played would surpass 63 centuries -- 630 decades, 6,300 years, or 2,300,000 days. Now those are mind-boggling numbers.
Bungie admitted that these numbers are just rough estimates, so they decided to hire some professionals from database company RocketMoose. Here's what the firm came up with. The exact calculations came out to be 2,023,153,340,764 seconds of total Matchmaking Playtime, or 64,109 years.
Needless to say, Bungie is absolutely thrilled with the figures. 64,000 years is a long time. Here's a history lesson from Bungie, in case you still aren't impressed:
64,000 years ago:
* Neanderthal walked the Earth.
* Modern Man had yet to set foot in Asia.
* The Battle Rifle was Hitscan.
The creators of Halo made sure to throw out a heart-felt "thank you" to the fans and gamers who made this real-life achievement possible.
We couldn't have done it without you, our fans. Literally. Thanks a billion for all the good games and the continued community support. We're in awe of the success Halo 3 has been met with, but we're not done yet. Stick around and stay tuned, there's definitely more to come.