Two weeks before Halo 3, arguably the most anticipated game of the year, is due to go on sale, a pair of apparently legitimate copies were posted for auction on eBay. The seller, an Australian, opened the case and snapped a few shots of the cover (seen at left) and the disc itself to prove the items were for real, but the asking price makes you wonder.

Gamers have routinely been commenting not so much on whether this was right or wrong, but why in the world this person would only try to sell it for $125. People are seriously itching to push Master Chief, the hero of the series, through the next phase of the epic game, and would probably pay hundreds of bucks to get an early chance.

According to gaming site, Microsoft had no comment on the early release, but you can imagine they’re not exactly clapping gleefully.—Gregory Mone