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US Army And Microsoft Team Up For Halo 3 Championship Tournament

It looks like the Army is going to be using Halo 3 as a recruiting tool, but if they give me some free tips and tricks for combat situations that carry over to the game, I'm all for it!
I'm personally excited about this. I'm all for getting information on how to react in combat situations. If that can then be taken and translated into my Halo 3 gameplay, even better.

It's all about increasing the frag count.

Full Press Release From Microsoft:

Microsoft and U.S. Army Present First Ever "Halo 3" Championship Tournament on Xbox LIVE

Microsoft announces a winner-take-all "Halo 3" tournament March 2008; Gamers can prepare for battle with a series of Basic Combat Training exercises starting Christmas Day

More than five million gamers have been glued to their Xbox 360s since the launch of "Halo 3" on Sept. 25., including scores of fans in the U.S. Army. Microsoft Game Studios and the U.S. Army today announced that U.S. gamers will have a chance to prove their fragging skills in the first ever "Halo 3" Championship Tournament, hosted exclusively on Xbox LIVE. The tournament kicks off this March, complete with prizes for winners and finalists, and registration will begin in February.

In preparation for any battle, a soldier must train and prepare for combat. As such, gamers will have the opportunity to participate in a series of Basic Combat Training exercises leading up to the tournament kick-off. Registration for these training sessions begins on Dec. 18, and the games begin on Dec. 25, exclusively on Xbox LIVE.

Designed specifically to prepare gamers for the Championship Tournament, these Basic Combat Training sessions will help gamers hone their skills with different weapons groups by setting up specific games where only one or two focus weapons will be available to play. Winners of these Basic Combat Training competitions will receive prizes, including Microsoft Points, exclusive "Halo 3" art, and more.

The Basic Combat Training schedule is as follows:
  • Registration begins: 12/18, Training begins: 12/25 – Sniper School
  • Registration begins: 1/8, Training
  • begins: 1/15 – Heavy Weapons
  • Registration begins: 2/5, Training begins: 2/12– Vehicles
  • Registration begins: TBA February, Tournament begins: TBA March – Championship Tournament
To further ensure that players are trained to the top of their games, the Army is also hosting a Destination Experience blade on Xbox LIVE. When the program begins, gamers will be able to access the blade via their Xbox LIVE dashboard, gaining access to multiple videos and a Tips and Tricks section dedicated to providing the best combat strategies and advice the Army experts have to offer.

Training registration opens Dec. 18. Gamers should watch Xbox LIVE and for upcoming registration details, full contest rules and regulations.
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