Master Chief Collection Matchmaking Update being deployed

November 20th, 2014 by
According to Halo Waypoint, the Master Chief Collection content update scheduled for this week should be live now (or possibly in the next few hours). The blog post lists the changes being made - players frustrated by matchmaking issues should find some relief!(Louis Wu 23:42:15 UTC)

Bungie Weekly Update – 11/20/2014

November 20th, 2014 by Bungie.Net Content Feed
The second biggest update of the week.


November 19th, 2014 by Bungie.Net Content Feed
Catch some air in The Dark Below.

Let’s Play Destiny Co-Op #21: The Black Garden

November 19th, 2014 by narcogen
The Black Garden

We finally arrive at the Black Garden, tasked with ripping out the dark heart that is fueling the Vex invasion-- if it is an invasion after all!

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Gonna need more coffins

November 18th, 2014 by
This cover of the Halo theme, by The Warp Zone, is the best thing I've heard (and watched) all week. Listen to it. It's fantastic. Thanks, Nikko B201.(Louis Wu 23:25:00 UTC)

MCC Content Update Pushed Back

November 18th, 2014 by
The Master Chief Collection Bug Hunt continues - and according to an update last night, the update that was to have fixed a number of problems tomorrow has been pushed to farther in the week. On the positive side, the list of fixed items is longer now!(Louis Wu 23:22:34 UTC)

Drunken Halo Ep 92

November 18th, 2014 by
Justin Bryce let us know that Drunken Halo Episode 92 is now online - there's discussion of a joint trip to London, the matchmaking issues facing the Master Chief COllection, and thoughts of the upcoming Halo 5 Beta. Go listen! (Louis Wu 23:19:59 UTC)

Aim Down Sights – in Halo 4

November 18th, 2014 by
Looks like there was some code in Halo 4 that would have allowed an Aim-Down-Sights-like experience... interesting! (Obviously unfinished; the weapons are actually in the way of seeing what you're shooting at. But interesting.) Thanks, Lord Zedd (and gamerguy2002, who told us about it).(Louis Wu 23:18:28 UTC)

First-person memories

November 18th, 2014 by
USA Today has a look back at the early days of Halo, through the eyes of the people bringing it to you today. Fun!(Louis Wu 23:15:55 UTC)

Dem Skyboxes…

November 18th, 2014 by
Beyond Entertainment has put together a video they call 'Beautiful Halo 2 Anniversary' - I think it's pretty accurately named! Go watch.(Louis Wu 23:12:33 UTC)

Needs Moar Russian Music

November 18th, 2014 by
LG Concepts created a pretty heroic-looking Master Chief - swing by Twitter to see it!(Louis Wu 23:10:14 UTC)

Seems like patience might have worked, too

November 18th, 2014 by
Over at the Post Game Carnage Report, The Wach called Microsoft about the Master Chief Collection's launch problems... and got a refund, on the air. Go listen!(Louis Wu 23:06:38 UTC)

Halo Flight Simulator, Halo Edition

November 18th, 2014 by
Another vid from Gamecheat13 - he's got a first-person view in a Halo 3 Hornet and Jet, for folks who would rather be IN the cockpit than LOOKING at it. Thanks, gamerguy2002.(Louis Wu 23:04:16 UTC)

H2:A Scenes Compared to Originals

November 18th, 2014 by
Ben Ritter put all the Halo 2: Anniversary cutscenes side-by-side with the original Halo 2 ones - he cautions that the quality is limited (he's converted downloaded videos to make his comparisons), but that his comparisons are most useful for folks interested in filmmaking, looking to see what Blur decided to focus on when they updated these scenes.(Louis Wu 23:00:03 UTC)

What Marathon scenario should we play next?

November 18th, 2014 by narcogen
0% (0 votes)
0% (0 votes)
Tempus Irae
50% (5 votes)
0% (0 votes)
30% (3 votes)
20% (2 votes)
Other (name in comments)
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 10

ASE Ep. 144 Marathon EVIL 22: Life’s End Part 2

November 18th, 2014 by narcogen
 Life's End Part 2

We've finished with the canonical Marathon Trilogy and are moving on to third party scenarios, starting with EVIL. In this scenario, a UESC ship from Tau Ceti runs into a spatial anomaly that sends them far away where we encounter something dark and evil.

We've finally arrived at the final level of EVIL!

EVIL can be played, like the other Marathon games, using the open source Aleph One engine which you can get here for Windows, Mac and Linux:

EVIL and other third party scenarios for the Aleph One engine can be downloaded here:

We use irons' Co-Op script, which gives weapons and ammo to both players if either picks any up, and prevents weapon loss on death (so items can't be destroyed in lava or slime). The script also allows one player to teleport to a destination set by themselves or their partner, in case co-op players run into a problem a solo player would have to restart for.

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Music used in this episode:

"What About Bob?" by Alexander Seropian, remixed by Craig Hardgrove (intro music)
"New Pacific (Reprise)" by Alexander Seropian, remixed by Craig Hardgrove (outro music)

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Bungie Bounty: Iron Banner Dev Commentary

November 18th, 2014 by Bungie.Net Content Feed
Send us home crying!

Iron Banner Reforged

November 17th, 2014 by Bungie.Net Content Feed
Your legend grows.

Podtacular 452: The Master Bug Collection

November 17th, 2014 by (Dust Storm)

The Master Chief Collection has had a very problematic launch with many bugs and issues affecting almost every part of the game and it seems to be different for every person. Achievements aren’t unlocking for campaign, lobbies are crashing post game for customs and campaign, matchmaking rarely works, and people are rightfully frustrated.  However, the silver lining on the story is 343 Industries is actively trying to fix the issues plaguing the game so Halo fans can get their game on and enjoy everything the Master Chief Collection has to offer.  Despite the launch problems, this past weekend had a lot going on from the Launch Invitational tournament and the release party in Hollywood, which we were privileged enough to be a part of.  Taking the walk down memory lane with us this episode is Alfredo Diaz from IGN and VoRLiN also sharing our Halo 5: Guardians experience.

He has to move his head a lot.

November 16th, 2014 by
Game Informer sat down with Tim Dadabo and discussed the voicing of 343 Guilty Spark (and voice-acting in games in general). Great read!(Louis Wu 16:18:01 UTC)