As for us, Sara will be in New York City, and the rest of us will be here in Seattle celebrating at Best Buy in Bellevue.
Here are some things you can look forward to, from a media alert posted earlier:
Where: Best Buy, 529 5th Ave, New York, NY, 10017
What: Located in the heart of 5th Ave. and only a few blocks from Times Square, the Best Buy store on the corner of 5th and 44th Ave. will be the first to provide consumers in the U.S. with their copies of "Halo 3.” The event, which will begin early afternoon on Monday and can be seen on televisions nationwide via live broadcasts from both Spike TV and G4, will feature day-long activities. People are encouraged to demonstrate their fanaticism for Halo through costumes, distance traveled, best signs and more. Additionally, fans in line may get to play "Halo 3" prior to launch against on-site celebrities from early Monday afternoon through midnight. Every hour, a new personality will enter the fray with the fans. At midnight, attendees can expect a spectacle unlike any other. A number of Bungie team members and local professional athletes will be on hand to participate in the launch festivities.
Where: GameStop, 1000 Universal Studios Blvd, Universal City, CA 91608
What: From the entertainment capital of the world, GameStop's flagship store at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles will host the Halo 3 West Coast launch. The event begins Monday evening and will lead up to the first sale of the game at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, September 25, and will feature a celebrity autograph session, Halo trivia contest and a special appearance by the man of the hour, Master Chief, as well as a number of Bungie team members. Fans in line will also have a chance to be one of the lucky few who can battle it out against a celebrity on "Halo 3" prior to the launch. The event can be seen on televisions nationwide via live broadcasts from both Spike TV and G4.
Where: Best Buy, 457 120th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005
What: Seattle fans are invited to join the celebrations at Bellevue's Best Buy, which will open its doors at 12:01 am on September 25 to sell the highly anticipated and final chapter in the "Halo" trilogy. To commemorate the release of "Halo 3" in the game's hometown, fans will be able to celebrate the occasion with product giveaways. People in line may also get a chance to play against Bungie team members and local professional athletes.
Where: Circuit City, 8575 Northwest 13th Terrace, Miami, FL 33126
What: Hosted by Circuit City, Miami's Midnight Madness event of choice will feature product giveaways and contests starting at 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. Current Miami Dolphins stars, Chris Chambers and Joey Porter will be on hand signing autographs as well as challenging fans in "Halo 3" inside Circuit City. Additionally, a number of Bungie team members will be on hand to participate in the launch festivities.
Attendees at the regional events will also have an opportunity to receive the following giveaways as part of the festivities:
- Halo Action Clix from WizKids
- Collectible trading cards from Topps
- Halo Ghosts of Onyx by Eric Nylund from Tor
- Frag Fest t-shirts from Mighty Fine
- Accessories and hats from Changes
- Messenger bags from Enmon Accessories
- Console sling bag and hardware organizers from BD&A
- Halo Graphic Novels published by Marvel
- 2008 Halo calendars from Trends International
- Halo Uprising Comic (issue one) from Marvel
- Halo soundtracks from Sumthing Else Music
- Weapon replicas from Master Replicas
- Zune Halo 3 edition
- Limited-edition figurines from the diorama created for the "Halo 3" ad campaign
- And many other great pieces of merchandise
from Gamerscore Blog