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Halo 3 beta today? No, probably not.

Wow, a few hours without Live just makes people kuh-razy. When Live goes down for maintenance, it doesn't take long for the intertubes to start compiling theories as to what that maintenance is for (or indeed, if it is even maintenance at all). If the headline didn't already tip you off, some are speculating that the Live maintenance is being performed in anticipation of the much awaited Halo 3 beta. What's more, some are speculating that the beta will release today after the maintenance is finished. But what's wild speculation without a little evidence to back it up, right? rounds up all the speculation in one convenient spot. Alright, it goes like this: the Xbox Live maintenance FAQ never specifically states what the purpose of the maintenance is. Of course, many would say that maintenance is an end in and of itself, but that ruins the fun. Some are speculating that the Live maintenance is to ready the Live servers for the stress created by thousands of Halo 3 beta testers downloading the beta at the same time. The other bits of evidence are just as tenuous, including a convoluted story about some Alpha tester's uncle (no joke) and historically important things that have happened on March 27th (like Marlon Brando refusing his Oscar). Finally, the article notes that Crackdown players have been prompted to download new content though there is nothing new available. Of course, this could be tardy Crackdown players just now seeing previously available content, but it's interesting nonetheless.

Is it true? The Live maintenance should be over by the time this post goes Live, which leaves 10 hours (Pacific Time) for the Halo 3 beta to release. We're not holding our breath.

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1. That Would Be Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted at 5:06PM on Mar 27th 2007 by Jason Smith

2. No wonder I kept getting an MTU error.
It said to check, which is down.
Can't they announce these so I dont have to check major nelson every day? (Or reconfigure my wireles network!!)

Posted at 5:09PM on Mar 27th 2007 by zach

3. it's 2:16pm pacific time why the heck is it still down?!

Posted at 5:17PM on Mar 27th 2007 by dslite_user

4. @ #2:

I received an email, a message through Xbox Live, saw on and on Major Nelson about the down time. How did you miss it?!

Posted at 5:23PM on Mar 27th 2007 by Retro_X

5. In the official downtime article, in the list of the "top 10 things to do on March 27", at #6 ("Study up on some March 27 History"), there are 4 things listed. The THIRD mentions an earthquake that killed 117 people.

For those dozen of you who don't know, Master Chief's code name is SPARTAN 117

Posted at 5:23PM on Mar 27th 2007 by Shaymus22

6. @5 ha ha ha ha ha ha ha awesome.

Posted at 5:30PM on Mar 27th 2007 by Ryan

7. I think it's something big because it is late and lets face it how hard is it to turn the servers on when you say your going to turn them on.

Posted at 5:34PM on Mar 27th 2007 by Andrew Tomlinson

8. Is anyone else having the problem of a failed MTU test. Because that is the only reason on why i cant get on.

Anyone know how to fix it if it doesnt have to do with the maintenence test?

Posted at 5:38PM on Mar 27th 2007 by Gabe

9. The thing to keep in mind is that this downtime occurs pretty much before every update. It's par for the course. It's in preparation for the next six months. I wouldn't expect anything fantastic to occur today.

Posted at 5:47PM on Mar 27th 2007 by Les Doodis

10. Speculation be damned, what happens will happen. And all I know is that if I get an E-Mail from Microsoft with my download code in the next 2 hours for the Halo 3 Beta I will cream myself.

I'll also have to tell my girlfriend that we won't be seeing each other this month and I'll have to quit my job and school.

Posted at 5:48PM on Mar 27th 2007 by Mikeawesome

11. I'm not really sure about the halo 3 thing. I wish it was true but I don't Know. And I am getting the MTU thing also so it is normal. Does anyone know when live is sopposed to be up?
Btw if anyone wants to play the h3 beta with me if its tru my Gt is Chase09

Posted at 5:51PM on Mar 27th 2007 by Chase09

12. XBL withdraw seem to taking a toll on some people.

Posted at 5:58PM on Mar 27th 2007 by thw

13. We can only hope.

Posted at 6:00PM on Mar 27th 2007 by Andrew Hawker

14. Hmm, some of you may need an intervention. Gaming addiction is a very real and very disabling condition. Going without Live for one day is not a catastrohpic event and-

Did you say the Halo 3 beta might be coming out soon?!?!?? YES!

Posted at 6:06PM on Mar 27th 2007 by Grindstone

15. retro-
no email, no message (even if there was I can't get it now), and I dont really check major nelson.
anyway im glad the mtu things ok.
now to go cry because i still dont have beta...

Posted at 6:12PM on Mar 27th 2007 by zach

16. @6 - I hope you don't think that I'm joking...take a look for yourself and see

Posted at 6:14PM on Mar 27th 2007 by Shaymus22

17. I hope this is true but i was ready for Beta in April - May time but hmmmm.... this makes me think, I haven't had an Xbox 360 for that long, what happen last downtime?

Posted at 6:19PM on Mar 27th 2007 by xxAlGorexx

18. the latest crackdown patch put advertisements for the movie 'shooter' starring mark wahlberg on billboards across the city.

Posted at 6:26PM on Mar 27th 2007 by tim

19. Live should have been up nearly an hour ago.

Posted at 6:29PM on Mar 27th 2007 by Zack11190

20. Usually, Live downtime happens during the night only for a few hours in order to fix a few bugs here and there. But when it is down for over 15 hours, then you know that something big is about to happen.

Posted at 6:36PM on Mar 27th 2007 by Zack11190

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