Microsoft offers to replace damaged "Halo 3" discs Fan Darnell Jefferson plays a copy of the Xbox 360 video game "Halo 3" prior to it going on sale in New York September 24, 2007. Microsoft is offering to replace damaged discs of its just-launched "Halo 3" game for the Xbox amid reports that special limited-edition packaging is scratching them. REUTERS/Keith Bedford.
Microsoft Corp <MSFT.O> is offering to replace damaged discs of its just-launched "Halo 3" game for the Xbox amid reports that special limited-edition packaging is scratching them.
On its Xbox Website, Microsoft says the disc replacement program covers the "Halo 3" limited edition game disc and essentials disc at no charge through the end of the year.
Microsoft began selling "Halo 3" on Tuesday, and the acclaimed alien shooter game is seen as the $30 billion video game industry's equivalent of a new "Harry Potter" book.
The Associated Press said that blogs were brimming with reports that special limited-edition packaging is scratching the videogame discs.
Halo 3 Discs Arrive Pre-Scratched
Eager fans today cracked open the hot new video game Halo 3, only to discover that their game discs were already scratched. It seems in their midst of preparing for a global launch with mondo cross-promotion, Microsoft forgot to check they didn't use the the DVD holders with the defective nubs.
The weak nubs allowed the DVDs to float around and get all scraped.
Reader Mr. Chip Livejournals that 3 out the 4 he opened in Walmart, which were of the fancy metal tin "collector's edition" variety, were scratched upon opening. That's $70 for a game that's already scratched. PC World says the scratches are cosmetic and you can still play the game just fine, but wants to buy a "new" scratched video game?
If your Halo 3 is scratched, you can get it swapped out for a shiny new one under the Xbox disc replacement program.