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Halo’s astounding numbers

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In the 4.5 billion years the earth has been around, about 108 billion humans have walked its surface. In the 11 years Halo has been around, a small subset of those humans have killed each other more than 136 billion times.

As Bungie says goodbye to the franchise that brought it fame and fortune, the game developer has released some statistics detailing the dedication of its massive fan base. And the numbers are staggering.

"Thanks for being the brightest stars in our galaxy," the developer wrote to its fans. "See you starside."

Since players first matched up in an online game of Halo (Sept. 9, 2004), they've played some 20.9 billion games online. The most popular in sheer numbers has been the combination of Halo 3 and Halo ODST, which has seen 11.5 billion matches.

If you go by the average number of games per month, though, Halo: Reach wins the crown. Halo3/ODST boasts a quite respectable 221 million matches per month, but Reach has averaged 263 million over the past 15 months.

A few other statistics of note from Bungie:

  • Players have assisted each other in kills more than 43.4 billion times.
  • Halo 3 is the most brutal game in the series, with 76 billion kills to date. Halo 2 has 36 billion and Halo: Reach boasts 23 billion.
  • Players have spent more than 2 billion hours playing multiplayer Halo — the equivalent of 235,182 years. In that time, according to Bungie, "you could have traveled across the expanse of the Milky Way at the speed of light … and back."
  • Players have earned more than 79 billion medals
  • Those "Blame Stosh" videos (an inside joke blaming one of the original moderators of Bungie.net whenever something goes wrong)? They've racked up nearly 6 million views on YouTube. The time spent watching them totals five years.
  • There are 4.3 million topic threads on Bungie's forums, a quarter of which are dedicated to the game's once-rare Recon Armor.

While Bungie's time with Halo has come to an end, the franchise will keep racking up numbers courtesy 343 Industries. The Microsoft-owned developer is working on Halo 4, due out later this year.

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