Archive for September, 2002

Is that what I think it is?

September 30th, 2002
Whoa... truth or fiction? We got this pic of a master chief model - it comes from a friend who works with ERTL toys. You make the call. (I hope it's real!) Update: picture has been yanked; too much potential trouble for all involved. Sorry...

Jonesin’ for Edge info?

September 30th, 2002
A couple of weeks ago, GamesRadar put up some teaser info from the most recent Edge magazine. Today, they put up a more meaty slice - go check it out! (Thanks to Griffon for the heads-up.)

Wallpaper stuff

September 30th, 2002
At the request of a fan, Warbow has reversed his recently submitted wallpaper so that Mac users don't have to cover the cool artwork with icons. You can find the new version in our Wallpaper section, too. Update: forgot to check the uploads directory - there's one more wallpaper for you, from RAT 9.3, in two sizes. You'll find that, too, in the Wallpaper section.

Art stuff

September 30th, 2002
Couple of art bits for you today: a sketch of a jackal (embossed after the fact, it would seem) and a pretty cool pic of Jeff Lofland's vision of Mrs. Chief. You'll find both in our Miscellaneous Art section.

Reading stuff

September 30th, 2002
Fan Fiction that's come in since Saturday night:

stories down, off to do art...

Christian Spotlight reviews Halo

September 30th, 2002
Da Loaph found a rather unusual Halo review yesterday - it's part of a site called Christian Spotlight, and focuses on how games fit into the Christian viewpoint. Halo got high marks for gameplay, but was heavily downgraded for the potentially anti-Christian messages implicit in the use of Christian 'jargon', and for the violence. We've added this review to the Reviews database, but have used only the gameplay rating in the numerical score; the other parameters seemed to rate Halo on its suitability to the audience of the site, rather than on its own merit. (It's a tricky distinction, and one we haven't made before... but there doesn't seem to be any better way to choose an overall rating for the game, based on the information on the site.) We would ask that anyone going to visit to respect the spirit of the site; I'd hate to be responsible for the influx of a bunch of rude visitors. (If you have comments, feel free to add them to the forum thread here.)

Dead trees become bits

September 29th, 2002
Five new magazine bits for you - no, we can't bring you the newest Edge or EGM mags yet, but there are a couple of articles from the August 2002 XBM, a couple more from the same issue of XGamer, and the article that got forumgoer BOLL into Halo fandom, a 2-pager from the June 2000 issue of PC Gamer Sweden. You'll find these (and several dozen others) in our Press Scans section.

Don’t I know you?

September 29th, 2002
Dave sends in a pic of a situation he thinks might happen in Halo 2 - you'll find it in our Wallpaper section.

From classic music comes classic fan art

September 29th, 2002
Whoa. It really is time to get a 'Halo Fan Music' section set up; we've just gotten another entry. This one comes from Justin R. Durban, of Edgen Animations. It's a 2:36 long .mp3, weighing in at a bit under 2 and a half megs... and it's beautiful. (Very martial.) Justin says:

I played the game for the first time last weekend for about 3 days straight and pretty much got inspired to write my own version of the halo theme. I'd love for your fans to use this track in one of their "fan made trailers" / movie montages. You have my permission to use it however you like.

Full credit is given to Marty O'Donnell for the basis of this piece. Go grab your copy now! (If you have trouble getting it here (you shouldn't, but things happen), you can find a copy on Justin's server, too.)

A weekend of editing

September 29th, 2002
Lots of art bits submitted recently. We'll start with the miscellaneous art - there's an airbrushed MC, a Halo box, and an MC with a sword, from XAL, Jack Smith, and Chris, respectively. You'll find these in our Miscellaneous Art section. And then there's a new banner in our Banners section, and two new logos in our Logos section, all courtesy of Michael Frank. Heh - that should clear out the inbox for a few minutes...

Play with this.

September 29th, 2002
Okay, so it's simple. It's just so cool, though. If you can spare about 200k of downloading, and have Flash installed, go take a look at BOLL's MC model. It makes me giggle. Update: Chime in.

Climbin’ near 800…

September 28th, 2002
Early morning Fan Fiction:

Go take a look...

Toys in the Attic, indeed

September 28th, 2002
Jack points out that a VH1 'Behind the Music' episode about Aerosmith shows one of the band members playing Halo at the back of the tour bus during a Japan tour earlier this year. Jack was tickled by the idea of meeting up with Aerosmith on the Halo 2 Xbox Live battlefield...

Rotation time for sure

September 28th, 2002
Three new desktops for you today; a spectacular image, cleaned up by Warbow, and a pair of clean black pics by michael hopkins. Check 'em all out in our Wallpapers section.

I hate it when that happens…

September 28th, 2002
Ritalin adds another Halo moment to his artwork collection - you can find this one in our Miscellaneous Art section.

I’m melting…

September 28th, 2002
Michael Frank turns in a new twisting of the original Halo logo for our Logos section.

It’s gonna take HOW long?

September 28th, 2002
Chris Hamilton has set up a countdown page to the release of Halo 2. Currently, it counts down to the first of December, 2003 - but as dates become clearer, he'll adjust the end result. (Interestingly, the timer on the front page of Rampancy.net shows a countdown that's over 2 weeks shorter...)

It lives… verily.

September 28th, 2002
mnemesis points out that the Halo Story Page has been updated... again. Nice to have a tag team working on it now!

Sapien, huh?

September 27th, 2002
Ever wonder about the tools used to build Halo? Wonder no more. Bungie.net has put up an interview with Mat Noguchi... you'll learn a lot. Not all of it is useful information... but you'll have fun anyway.

GamingWorld X looks at Halo 2

September 27th, 2002
Another Halo 2 preview has popped up - this time over at GamingWorld X. Take a look.