Boo scratched Halo discs!

By now, you may have heard about the problem Halo fans are having with their limited edition versions of “Halo 3.” Turns out the game and bonus discs aren’t exactly secure in that cool metal case the game comes in — so the discs tumble like laundry and get nicked up. The AP wrote a business story about it.

Because I’m an idiot, I didn’t think this would happen to me. Or, rather, I hoped.


WRONG!!! (if you can’t see the scratches, I’m sorry. But trust me … they were there.)

I should note that my game actually worked, and I managed to finish the single player campaign. But I wanted to share the twinge of fear with all of you. I can only imagine what some people felt when they pried off the shrinkwrap and security tape, only to find their dream of finishing the fight destroyed by a bad disc. Death by packaging.

Microsoft is working on the problem, offering to replace the bad discs. Here’s the official statement:

We have identified that there are some instances of blemishes on discs as a result of the packaging of the Halo 3 Limited Edition. It is related only to the Halo 3 Limited Edition version of the game. This is a small fraction of the total number of Halo 3 games shipped and sold, and is a limited production version of the game. We are currently investigating the scope of this situation and notwithstanding the outcome of the investigation, we have implemented a plan to address it. We encourage anyone experiencing these issues to go to and click on the Halo 3 Limited Edition disc replacement link. We will be replacing these discs and apologize for the inconvenience.

And you can find a story on the whole problem here.