Archive for February, 2003

Potential Problem Heads-Up

February 28th, 2003
A user has just tracked down what had seemed to be a problem with the server here... and I thought it might be worth passing on the information. He'd recently found that images in some sections were disappearing. Further investigation showed that a single line of the navbar on the left of every page was gone, too. (That line was the banners link.) This all got traced back to the ad-blocking feature of Norton Internet Security. If you're running this program, look to the left. If you don't see a link to the Banners section, just below 'Logos' and above the Press Coverage section, you're experiencing this weirdness, as well. (It might be killing all the thumbnails in the Miscellaneous Art section for you, too. It was for him.)

You gotta be quick…

February 28th, 2003
Hehe - Cybrfrk has been capturing Bungie webcam images automatically, and this morning, it paid off. Apparently, someone put an MC action figure in the picture for ONE FRAME - Cybrfrk noticed it while reviewing recent captures. You can find details (and the frame) on his site, linked from his forum post.

Interested in a lanfest?

February 28th, 2003
A group of halo players that gets together every Saturday night is looking to recruit players for their lanfests. The only problem is... nowhere in the email I was sent, OR on their website, do they list where they are! The website mentions gatherings in both Ecourse and Plymouth - both towns in Michigan. However, according to MapQuest, they seem to be almost 200 miles apart... so I'm not sure about that. Anyway, you can visit their website: the Dust and Echoes Halo League, and if what you see interests you, drop 'em some email and see where they are. Update: Moloch points out that according to their FAQ, they're in southeast Michigan, in the greater Detroit area. (The FAQ link is on the RIGHT side of the top image, and wasn't visible to me, in my 800-pixel-wide browser window... one of the dangers of framed sites.)

Insert Witty Pants Reference Here

February 27th, 2003
Last chance to get into Bungie's pants... contest closes tomorrow. How much money IS in there?

The stories begin again

February 27th, 2003
Six Fan Fiction submissions in the past 24 hours - and zero rejections due to the new rules. Nice!

What are you waiting for?

MC in UT2003

February 27th, 2003
Strato ran across a Master Chief model for UT2003 - you can find it at UT2003 HQ. The download is just over a meg, and there's a screenshot (mirrored locally in case it vanishes) to show you what you're getting.

Lots and lots of pretty pictures

February 27th, 2003
Recently, there was an impromptu art contest on our forum. A couple of the contestants were Postman and Shishka - both have have their entries added to our Miscellaneous Art section. (There are a couple of OTHER images in today's update, as well. Check 'em all out!)

Fight For Her… and Cortana

February 27th, 2003
A pair of desktop images were submitted recently - you'll find 'em both in our Wallpaper section.

Halo50K mirror

February 26th, 2003
Thanks to Whoknew - his Halotics server is the newest mirror to grab the new Halo50K Framework movie from. (As one discerning viewer wrote, this movie "was so good it was scary." He warn't kiddin', either.

I’ll buy THAT for a dollar… um, 7!

February 26th, 2003
Holy Paperbacks, Batman - Halo: The Flood is now available for pre-order at the Bungie Store! (Wallpaper from the cover coming soon. Read about it here.)

Halo 2 details emerge

February 26th, 2003
Some Halo 2 tidbits at SPOnG.com today - some information we knew about, some that might be new. (The ability to sprint was mentioned in a few print articles... but that the MC lowers his weapon (so firing is out of the question)? That's new, I think. And the 'Expect a hands-on opportunity at the May's E3 in Los Angeles' is DEFINITELY new.) Thanks to eva05 for the heads-up. Update: Ouch, seems I'm being burned by the double-reporting bug, too. Opie301 points out that the info from SPOnG was reported in both the GamingWorld X preview (posted in September), and (more damning for its freshness) the Bungie.net Halo 2 FAQ put up by SketchFactor a couple of weeks ago. Sorry, folks! I'll get back into the swing of it all soon. (Put this one down to rustiness.) The hands-on stuff, assuming it's not just conjecture, is still new. Update 2: Matt sez, "It's conjecture." I'll get you for this, eva!

A Movie To Learn From

February 26th, 2003
Yee-haw! Mythica.org is back online (as some of you have already noticed), and we're gonna stress-test it RIGHT NOW. Dan Chosich, who's proven himself to be a pretty talented moviemaker, has created a full promo movie for the Halo50k event coming up in Atlanta in a couple of months. (Yes, there have been other movies made by him for this event... but this is the big enchilada, the piece he's been working towards for months.) It's oh-so-professional-looking, and should inspire you to want to kill your friends. (In a game of Halo, of course.) There are two flavors - a big one and a small one, both in QuickTime format. (Warning; I had trouble running the large one on a slower machine; if you experience this, grab the smaller one.) Currently, only Mythica and the Psyjnir Complex Hotline server have copies of these movies... but we'd LOVE to hear from you if you have bandwidth to spare; we'll add you to the mirror list. Go grab this film now. (There are many, many films in the queue right now, but we can't release them very quickly, because of our bandwidth limitations. We'll pump 'em out just as quickly as we can...)

More short notice – big money

February 26th, 2003
Hehe - speaking of late notice... Jacob McCarthy writes to point out the 2003 Northwest Regional Festival and Tournament, sponsored by the International Video Gaming Federation. Online registration is closed... but On-Site registration will be available on Saturday morning. The event covers a bunch of games, but the Halo portion has a $50 entrance fee, and a first-place prize of $8000. Gameplay rules are rather bizarre (first to 30 kills? How are they going to judge that?), but hey, the money's good. It's a two-day event (Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2), and 'Come and Watch' passes are available for purchase as well. This will take place in Bellevue, Washington - more details are available on IVGF's website.

Short Notice on a Florida Halo Tourney

February 26th, 2003
Ouch - sorry for the short notice on this one, but it was submitted as an add-on to a movie readme in our uploads directory; since Mythica was down for so long, it's simply been sitting in the 'to be dealt with' pile. MCheif-117 is holding an 8-hour Halo tournament in Vero Beach, FL, this Saturday night, March 1. It starts at midnight. Entrance fee is $10/head ($40/team), first place is guaranteed at least $100. Check out the details at the 7th Column Chapter of the Florida Halo Community.

More Fiction Options

February 26th, 2003
Rams, the head honcho over at Battleground: Halo, writes to point out that BGH is opening their own Fan Fiction section. They're willing to provide a home for ALL fiction, as long as it's legible. This is great news for fiction writers - you can have your work shown on more than one site, if you choose... and if you find our new Fiction guidelines too strict for you, BGH is happy to help you out. Write more! (For more information, drop them a note.)

Platform Loyalty

February 26th, 2003
Heh - the PS2 is defined by its processor, the Xbox by Halo. At least according to THIS comic... (thanks, Cybrfrk)

Sleeper, Awake

February 26th, 2003
Woohoo! A venerable name in the Halo community, Haloplayers, has woken up! New site design, the beginnings of a content flesh-out, and the promise of the return of the Squad Centre, a place for Halo clans to gather. Check 'em out!

With Trepidation, Fan Fiction Reopens

February 26th, 2003
The Fan Fiction section of this site has been closed to new submissions for two weeks. Several options for overhauling the submissions procedure have been considered - most were discarded due to time constraints. The new rules are about as simple as I can make them. The length requirement has been increased slightly. The types of submissions we will accept have been restricted to three. Basic common sense has become a requirement in the submission process. A brightly colored box has been placed at the top of the Fiction section - if you miss it, you're blind. The new guidelines have been posted in a much more concise manner. If you submit a story that does not conform to these guidelines, we will simply throw it away. We will not contact you to tell you we did this. Subsequent inquiries will be directed to the Guidelines page. Several frequent submitters have suggested that we institute a screening process by which new fiction submissions are vetted by community members before being submitted to the archive - we haven't implemented this yet, but it's not off the table. If the quality level remains where it was when we closed down, we WILL set up a screening panel. As of now, the Fiction section is open for submissions... hopefully, the new rules will help, rather than hinder, the overall productivity of the site.

So THAT’S what happened to Greg…

February 26th, 2003
A window into Bungie Culture... ouch. (A little more detail can be found here.)

Screenies – with no HUD!

February 25th, 2003
Spec Ops Elite came up with a pretty cool technique for taking screenshots that are similar to Bungie's cursor-less shots. They require a modded Xbox, and it only works in the latter half of the game - but if you meet these requrements, the basic steps are described in this forum post. Examples of what you can do with it are here, here, and here. (All of these images are under 50k each.) The possibilities for moviemakers are mouth-watering...