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Huge Halo 3 feature on Wired by Barbecue Bros
August 21, 2007, 9:24 am
Filed under: video games

Wired’s cover story this month is about how Halo 3 and Microsoft Labs “invented a new science of play” through intense research and scrutinization of gameplay hours by testers. Really interesting article, with video and photo features as well as several interesting sidebars.

All game companies test their products, but generally they just pay people to report any bugs they find — monsters that disappear or places where graphics don’t render properly. But because it is owned by Microsoft, which launches dozens of Xbox and PC games every year, Bungie has access to one of the most advanced game-testing facilities ever built. Pagulayan and his team have now analyzed more than 3,000 hours of Halo 3 played by some 600 everyday gamers, tracking everything from favored weapons to how and where — down to the square foot — players most frequently get killed.

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