Archive for November, 2000

NYT Online looks at video game cinematics

November 30th, 2000
Kudos to Jon Chang, who points out a Halo mention in a New York Times Online article on cinematics in video games. (You'll need to sign up for a (free) account to be able to see this.) The article discusses 'parallels between the movie market and the game market', and points to Halo as an example:

In Halo, a futuristic Earth-versus- Them shooter and strategy game scheduled for release early next year by Bungie, the computer-generated preview that sets up the game lasts for nine minutes.

An interesting read, overall... makes me drool for the work that Joe Staten and Marty O'Donnell are doing right now!

Halo to accompany XBox release?

November 30th, 2000
In a reply to a reader's letter at the MSXBox site it was reported that Halo might be one of the titles to accompany the Xbox launch. Here's the fullreply to the readers question:

The Xbox will hit the UK around the same time it is released to the rest of the world. No more reading about experiences of gamers from other countries who get systems earlier than the UK. While the launch list for games is not finalized, it seems the most likely games, according to early indications, that will accompany the Xbox launch are Halo, New Legends, Oddworld : Munch's Oddysee, and several Microsoft sports titles.

HBO spin: Halo may actually be bundled with XBox which makes sense since it's a Microsoft title. Also since you won't be able to play Halo without the Xbox hardwareit's certainly consumer friendly to throw in a few games as well.

HP finds alternate links for the Incite movie

November 29th, 2000
Haloplayers has put up some alternate links for the Incite movie that is no longer available from its original source. It's WAY out of date now, but there are lots of fans who want to see EVERYTHING. Thanks, HP!

Wallpaper page updated

November 28th, 2000
Diogo Barbosa has submitted another version of his beach-scene wallpaper. You'll find it on our Wallpaper page.

Fan Fiction section updated (again)

November 28th, 2000
Yeah, we said the first chapter was short... but the second followed 6 hours later, so we forgive. One Who Knows has submitted his second installment of his ongoing saga... check it out in our Fan Fiction section! (Remember, you can always use the "More by this author" link that follows each story to read them all, in chronological order, on one page.)

CrimsonRush.com to cover Halo

November 28th, 2000
ParaDoxX writes to say that CrimsonRush.com has decided that Halo and Tribes II are the future of gaming, and therefore plans to spend much more time covering them. Stop by for the latest info.

Fan Fiction section updated

November 28th, 2000
Thanks to One Who Knows, who submitted the first (very short) chapter of a work-in-progress... check it out in our Fan Fiction section!

HCC says ‘Please stay away!’

November 27th, 2000
Ouch... Griffon writes that Halo Command Central has been flooded with visitors since they put up their Halo MP3, and ask that folks not visit for a while. (Seems to me that ANY mention at all is gonna make folks want to go see the damage... try to resist the temptation.) We apologize for any trouble we caused by actually mentioning this file.

Books for sale… early

November 27th, 2000
Thanks to Eric Meyer, who posted to our forum a clarification of how Amazon.com lists books. Although the actual method is pretty close to what folks have been speculating, it's nice to see some harder facts. Bottom line - don't look for that Sybex Strategy Guide any time soon, though it most likely WILL get published eventually.

Halo SETI Team 7 day stats posted

November 27th, 2000
Dink!... The Halo SETI Marines fall another notch in the Battle of the Teams, thanks in large part to the disappearance of Oddot, and almost 1400 units. Welcome, though, to the new members - ReddyStupidity, Dr. Gough, OneWhoKnows - who brought almost 1000 new units with them. With work, we'll begin climbing again... but the team needs to crunch to win! The gory details can be found on the 7 day stats page.

Xbox, Xbox… that’s not an Xbox

November 26th, 2000
Wow... somehow we missed this last week, but it seems an image has been making the rounds, purportedly a leaked shot of an Xbox. Daily Radar has gotten word from Carrie Cowan, PR manager for Microsoft's Game Division, that this is totally false. Ack... by the time we hear the rumors, they've been disproved!

Fan Fiction section updated (again)

November 26th, 2000
TyRant has already sent in Installment Two of his Ridge series (Installment One came in less than 18 hours ago). Check it out in our Fan Fiction section!

The Syndicate Clan now recruiting

November 26th, 2000
ParaDoxX writes to tell us that The Syndicate Clan, a Starcraft/Broodwar/DiabloII clan, is planning to branch out into Halo, and is looking for new recruits. (They're specifically looking for 'very ELITE, active and mature gamers'.) Stop by and take a look (this URL works, too, though it seems to be down at the moment).

Fan Fiction section updated

November 25th, 2000
TyRant sends in Installment One of a new fiction series - Ridge. Find it in our Fan Fiction section.

Halo music at HCC

November 25th, 2000
Oops, almost got lost under the leftover cranberry sauce: Griffon writes to say that Halo Command Central has put up a new halo song, incorporating sounds from the E3 video. It's an MP3, zipped, and weighs in at 3.3 MB. Check it out here.

Theories section updated

November 24th, 2000
Maarten Edgar sends in a theory discussing possible purposes for the Halo, in the context of the closure of the universe. Intriguing stuff! Check it out in our Theories section.

Fan fiction page modified

November 24th, 2000
At the author's request, we've removed all fan fiction written by $erial-ki!!A. We're sorry to see them go!

Halo: Sybex’s Official Strategies and Secrets at Amazon.com

November 24th, 2000
Hmm. We know we've seen this somewhere before... but we can't for the life of us remember where. Anyway, it's news here, so we'll post it. Amazon.com is selling Halo: Sybex's Official Strategies and Secrets, listed as being published on January 22, 2001. (Yeah, right.) It's written by Bart Farkas, who wrote both the Myth and Myth II Strategy Guides. It's even listed as having 272 pages (which would suggest that it's already mostly written). It's obviously premature, but its mere existence is intriguing, no?

Terra Defense Force is now recruiting

November 23rd, 2000
General DwK writes to tell us that the Terra Defense Force is back, and looking for new members. Check 'em out, and join up if you like what you see! Pax.

It’s new, it’s improved…

November 23rd, 2000
Looks like all that crypticity (yeah, we made that up) over at bungie.org was just a site redesign. (A pretty nice one, actually.) Now, if only we could figure out how many of those random links in the Habete Quidam section pointed to HBO... Pax.