One of my favorite features of the New Xbox Experience is the ability to install games on the Xbox 360 hard drive. It greatly cuts down on the ridiculous noise the console produces and improves load times...in most cases. One of the exceptions is Halo 3. As Brian reported earlier, installing Halo 3 on the Xbox 360 hard drive actually increases load times. Bungie's Mat Noguchi gives a lengthy technical explanation of why this is the case. He sums it up by saying:
"So in conclusion, please be aware that installing Halo 3 to your HDD will actually result in longer load times and thus a less optimal experience than if you run the game from the disc drive. This happens due to the way Halo 3 already uses a HDD to cache data and once you do an install, you are copying between two different areas of the same drive as you are loading a map."
That's cool that Bungie took the time to explain why installing Halo 3 on your hard drive isn't necessarily a good thing. It would be even cooler if the company released an update that allowed the game to take full advantage of hard drive installs. Keep your fingers crossed!