Archive for April, 2002

Out of Afri- erm, Halo

April 30th, 2002
A couple of escapades have been posted to the Gameplay Tricks section - some great out-of-map shots on Battle Creek (nobody's ever gotten out before) and Blood Gulch (a whole BUNCH of places never seen before)... check 'em out! (More stuff coming soon.)

O’Donnell GDC talk available in French

April 30th, 2002
Djoey 154 writes to say he's translated Marty O'Donnell's GDC talk into French - you can read it at Halo-Game.

You gotta wonder, sometimes…

April 30th, 2002
Your daily Fan Fiction batch:

Interesting mix, today...

More pistol sketches for you

April 30th, 2002
Last week, Trey Ikon submitted a series of pistol concept sketches - pretty cool stuff. Today, we're adding another series that he mentioned on our forum yesterday - you'll find 'em in our Miscellaneous Art section. That pistol/shotgun combo is getting prettier and prettier...

Looks sort of familiar…

April 30th, 2002
We get some pretty odd Wallpaper sometimes...

MC gets a color job

April 30th, 2002
An early greyscale concept drawing of the Master Chief has been colored by WeTsLaYeR - we've added it to our Miscellaneous Art section.

Ghost Jumping with SaTaN

April 30th, 2002
A few weeks ago, SaTaN discovered a cool new trick - you could use the momentum of a vehicle to push your player up a LONG way. He described it on our forum, and then Bonk filmed a demo of the technique... but SaTaN's put out a video of his own, showing how versatile this trick really is (and showing some s7yle in the process). We've started you out with two mirrors for the 8.6 mb film... but we're happy to list more.

Siege of Madrigal, revisited

April 30th, 2002
Daniel, of Team 7hr33, points out that his sister Robyn (Dephalt) wrote (and recorded) a very nice addition to Marty O'Donnell's 'Siege of Madrigal', and the result is posted on Team 7hr33's website. (Sheet music is also included.) Go listen! (It's on the Miscellaneous page.)

A reader’s work is never done

April 29th, 2002
Fan Fic For Freddy:

Get to readin'!

Wallpaper to read by

April 29th, 2002
Alex Cross, who has been writing chapters for the Fan Fiction series Aftermath for about a month now, has submitted a desktop image to accompany the writing. You'll find it in our Wallpaper section.

Sidewalk art – now THAT’S fanaticism

April 29th, 2002
Now this is just plain cool. Some Halo fanatics recreated some Halo wallpaper at a Sidewalk Arts festival in Georgia... in chalk. Lots of chalk. Check out the results in our Miscellaneous Art section. (Explanation included.)

First Japanese Halo review – with tranlations

April 28th, 2002
Yesterday, Matthew Brady found this Japanese Halo review, but didn't know what it said. A quick question on our forum elicited two translations - interesting reading!

Easier Trick Finding

April 27th, 2002
Small change in the Gameplay Tricks section - you now have the option to search by Trick Type. (If you don't care about Exploration, but want to see all the weird glitches people have found... this is for you.) As soon as I can figure out a clean way to do it, you'll be able to combine limiters - explorations on Blood Gulch, for example. (Right now, the only way I came up with takes too much room at the top of the page...) Thanks to Reckless Angel for the suggestion. And while we're thanking people, thanks to Mark Mendenhall for suggesting a variant of the Trick Suggestions database that went up a couple of days ago - be sure to add your ideas to the list!

New Wallpaper posted

April 27th, 2002
Red hunter at night, take flight. To the Wallpaper section with you!

Imagination makes the world go round

April 27th, 2002
Today's Fan Fiction batch:

Went nicely with Barenaked Ladies...

I gotchyer trick, right heah…

April 27th, 2002
Another half-dozen tricks have been uploaded to the Gameplay Tricks section - keep an eye out for easier navigation, coming soon. In the meantime, check these babies out - they range from elegant to seriously useful, with fun stuff thrown in just for kicks. And what's this? The queue is almost empty! W00t!

The Joys of Halo

April 27th, 2002
Nice article over at Gamespot - this issue of Gamespotting has 'Halo's 10 Commandments', a well-written list explaining why Greg Kasavin says he "wouldn't hesitate to name Halo as my single favorite system launch game of all time." The only thing that bugged me was the pic he chose to illustrate The Co-op Mode'... Thanks to DT for the heads-up.

Japanese halo commercials decoded

April 27th, 2002
Robert Whitaker has kindly translated (or explained) the speech and captions of the four Japanese Halo commercials released last week - visit his translations page and see if you can decipher the inscrutable Japanese advertising mindset...

Secret Halo Factoid, eh?

April 26th, 2002
Wondering why the number of grenades in ammo caches on multiplayer maps isn't constant? Read this.

Tricks Suggestions Database comes online

April 26th, 2002
The Gameplay Tricks database has gotten rather large - currently, there are 114 entries in it (plus another collection of tricks illustrated by some of the One-Shots entries; there are almost 50 of those). It's becoming difficult to tell what tricks have been done, how they've been done, and what still needs to be done. To that end, we've set up a simple Gameplay Tricks Suggestions page. We'll let it run for a while - feel free to add whatever comes to mind. (Try not to be obnoxious - yes, you can fill it with garbage, but how useful is that?) We'll eventually use it to build a comprehensive table of tricks - we'll include the tricks already in the database, plus any tricks queued up but not yet added, so that people can tell, in once place, what still needs to be accomplished. Until we get around to building that list, the creative among you should use the entries as inspiration for cool new submissions! (If someone submits a trick that's listed in this database, and it comes in after the database entry, we'll be giving joint credit to the suggester AND the submitter; there doesn't seem to be any other fair way to do it.) Now go add your info!