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The Listener points out that if you're looking for a place to preorder Halo 2, be careful when browsing at CompUSA. This page showed Halo 2 availalble for delivery-- at $1,109. I wonder who might pay that if it could actually be delivered today...

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This image appears to promote a Halo 2 soundtrack featuring pop bands.


Rampant for over se7en years.



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Devin Olsen points out in the HBO forum that some new items have popped up at the recently-reopened Bungie Store, including a new titanium coffee tumbler. It seems KP tipped him off.

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The Bungie Store is back according to Bungie.net; not everything shown is available yet; Frankie calls the selection "compact and bijou", which we'll assume he's doing to prove he knows French. One thing they do have, though: flaming ninja t-shirts.

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Eurogamer has the story that Microsoft has cut the price of the Xbox in Europe to £99.99, as a preemptive measure against Sony, rumored to be cutting the price of the PlayStation 2 to £104.99 this coming Friday.

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According to GameSpot, a company called Nyko Technologies is shipping the SpeakerCom, an alternative to the XBL headset. It's a microphone and speaker that mount on the Xbox controller, allowing the use of voice communication features without a headset.

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Whether you can see through it or not, it's obvious to everyone: even more than two years after its release, Halo is still the reason to get an Xbox.

In conjunction with the recent price drop to $149, Microsoft is introducing a limited run of a translucent green Xbox with Halo bundled for $169.

Coverage of this is... well, everywhere else on the web, so Google it already.

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In addition to the latest update, Frankie has posted a beginner's guide to home theater over at Bungie.net. It's got pictures of some of the specialized gear they use over at Bungie HQ, as well as the lowdown on surround sound jargon.

The previously mentioned $30 drop in the retail price of Microsoft's Xbox takes effect in the U.S. and Canada on Tuesday, March 30, according to News.com. There's no mention of any price change for Halo. Analysts are already speculating about whether Sony will also cut the price of the PlayStation 2, and about whether or not this cut is deep enough to spur additional Xbox sales.

Personally, I think the biggest boost that Xbox sales will get this year will be the released of Halo 2 and possibly Fable.

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Gamespy is reporting that the long-rumored price cut for Microsoft's Xbox, bringing the unit under $150 in the US, has been announced by MS and will finally happen in April of 2004. The Xbox is now cheaper than the leading next-generation console, the PlayStation 2 from Sony. A second-generation Xbox is widely rumored for release in 2005.

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This time, no less a source than the Wall Street Journal is being cited in association with the story that Microsoft's Xbox gaming console will drop in price to $149, and a bundle with Halo will be $169.

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Citing retail sources and market analysts, the New York Post had an article on the 18th that referred to Microsoft's "flagging Xbox video game console" and suggested that a price cut to $150 may come as soon as April. Thanks TheElderGamer at Xboxsolution.

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Webshift posted on the HBO forum that the makers of Nightmare Armor are doing a raffle. $5 gets you a chance to win a Master Chief's helmet.In other news, the pricing has been removed from the site due to some legal concerns, but they haven't been changed or reduced (darn).

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Yes, I won't buy one unless it is.
51% (813 votes)
Good idea, but not that important.
39% (623 votes)
Nope, doesn't matter at all.
5% (78 votes)
I'm buying a PlayStation 3 instead.
4% (69 votes)
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The Bungie Store now has new Grunt short-sleeved T-shirts; thanks SketchFactor at Bungie.net.

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