Practice Your Marksmanship With This Gears Of War 3 Target Poster

Practice Your Marksmanship With This Gears Of War 3 Target Poster

Microsoft sent out a big thank-you email to every participant in the monthlong Gears of War 3 beta, noting the outrageous stats it compiled and directing everyone to a set of desktop wallpapers and a printable target-practice poster. That might come in handy, as it took 25 rounds per kill, on average.

The email went out to anyone who downloaded the beta (I played it briefly and got the notice). It contains a link to a .zip (pick it up here) that offers some desktop backgrounds and a large .pdf of the practice target depicted in them. So run go get it.

For those curious, here’s the final statistical tally, which Microsoft reported about 10 days ago:

Total Participants: 1.29 Million

Total Countries Playing the Beta: 145

Total Kills: 927 Million

Total Executions: 127 Million

Total Deaths by Chainsaw: 23 Million

Total Bullets Fired: 23 Billion

Total Match Time Played: 249 Years


  • Wow, 1.29 million people took part in the beta? Surely that’s the biggest public beta that’s been done, how many people were in the Reach beta or the SC2 beta?

    No doubt speaks to what kind of sales you can expect for this. I’m not that big a Gears fan but I’ll grab it and see what the multiplayer is like.

    • Joystiq had an article on the Reach Beta stats a while ago.

      1 million + on the first day (which caused the servers to overload)

      1,170,112 total players

      157,972,986 total kills

      14,205,611 games played

      29 years total play time.

      Gotta remember that Gears 3 beta could be accessed first via Bulletstorm, then Pre-order, and finally released to the public via the XBL Marketplace.

      The Reach Beta was exclusive to people with the ODST disc.

      That aside, the Gears 3 beta was still a gigantic beta.

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