Archive for April, 2003

Pillar of Art – It’s Almost Time…

April 30th, 2003
For those who don't remember, we announced a major bungie.org contest, the Pillar of Art, a few months ago. We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that the deadline for submissions is now less than three weeks away; we need to RECEIVE your submission by May 16, 2003. (If you mail it on the 15th, the likelihood of our receiving it before the deadline is... well, not very good.) There's an added bonus to mailing your entry now, though: any work that we get our hands on by May 9th, 2003, we'll consider hauling with us to Los Angeles, where it will be on display during the Bungie Fanfest. (This will not in any way affect your chances in the contest itself; if it goes, you don't get special consideration, and if it doesn't, you don't get penalized... it's just a chance to show your work off to more Halo fanatics, and to Bungie themselves. Also, we're not promising to carry everything we get early; remember, we're headed out to LA on airplanes.) To date, we've received just a few entries, but an enormous amount of interest - make sure that your entry doesn't miss the deadline! (Cash and glory, people... cash and glory.)

Chupa-thingy at E3.

April 30th, 2003

E3 is just 2 weeks away and as it gets closer so does the Bungie Fanfest. As is the tradition from previous fanfests, there are going to be exclusives that only folks that attend the event will get to experience. Hey, Bungie has to reward those of you that are traveling far (some from Italy!) just to sniff Chucky's sleeve.

SketchFactor has already announced that a surprise mystery guest will attend. Who do you think it is? Speculation is running rampant. heh :)

But on to today's new announcement: It is Bungie's great honor to welcome the guys behind the RedvsBlue videos. Not only will they be around to sign your girlfriend's breast, but DVD-quality versions of their videos will be playing on the big screen! And here's the kicker: They are working on a special video just for the fanfest. The premise for this "Special E3 Video" is so funny that even the folks at Bungie can't wait to see it!

This is truly shaping up to be the Fanfest to beat all Fanfests. How will Bungie top it next year? One can only wonder, but I'm bringing my galoshes.

One One Se7en Debuts

April 30th, 2003
Stuntmutt has begun work on a new comic strip - one that we're hosting here. It's called One One Se7en, and it stars your very own Master Chief, in all his MS Paint glory. We'll be releasing new comics every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, unless something comes up. To start with, go check out 'Mission Um... Possible'.

Halo50K pics – from the Halo50K team

April 30th, 2003
Well, they might be a little hard to see... but Dolbex has put up a couple of hundred pictures from the Halo50K event. Unfortunately, the server is somewhat overloaded, so you might run into trouble seeing some of the thumbnails, or loading some pages. Be patient, though - there's some fun stuff in there!

Speculation runs rampant – even among the old

April 30th, 2003
Good lord - as if you didn't have ENOUGH to read... mnemesis, afraid that his job was being usurped by the young upstart Finn, went on an all-night rummaging binge and pulled out ANOTHER dozen-and-a-half morsels from the enormous Story Page email archive to mull over. Mosey on over to the Halo Story Page news section and nibble 'til you're full!

Inner Circle Halo: Carnage for BF1942

April 30th, 2003
Another Battlefield 1942 mod team throws its hat in the Halo ring. Inner Circle Halo is working on a conversion for BF1942 to bring Halo weapons and vehicles into a multiplayer environment that supports up to 64 players. Check out their website for some early renders... and if you're interested in helping out, they're looking for you; stop by and let 'em know!

The Megg: Official Closure

April 29th, 2003
In late March, an unofficial probe into some comments made by Pallor became what is now known as 'The Megg Hunt' - a community feeding frenzy that eventually involved hundreds (thousands?) of Halo fans, an attempt to discover an easter egg placed in Halo specifically for Meg by her boyfriend, a designer on the Halo team. It got ugly before it got solved... but solved it got. A few days ago, some folks with access to modded xboxes and hacked copies of Halo found some clues that pointed to the location of the Megg... and the rest, as they say, was history. Today, Meg has written up a full history of the search, including the steps required to see it for yourself (and a movie to help you along). Zip on over to Subnova for all the details. (Be gentle; this information is being posted in a lot of places. If you have trouble seeing the page, try again later.)

Richard Simmons? No way.

April 29th, 2003
Hart points out a quiz he's created at Quizilla; What Weapon Are You? Take the test, and find out!

Doggin’ the tags

April 29th, 2003
And again... there's ANOTHER of the Dogtags sets up for sale on eBay; this one currently sits at just under $15 (much better than the $71 the last one closed at), auction closes in 2 days, but the seller has no history at all. Caveat emptor... and thanks to The_Unseen for the heads-up.

Halo: It’s not just for videogame players any more.

April 29th, 2003
Wow. Halo: The Flood has shown up on Publisher's Weekly's Mass Market Bestseller's List (number 11)! Wow. More details over at Bungie Sightings. Thanks to poenadare for the heads-up.

Movies DB up-to-date

April 29th, 2003
The last time the Movies database here at HBO was updated was mid-March - about 5 weeks ago. As of today, the 22 movies released since then have been added to the database. Total number of movies is up to 231; it's getting to be an unweildy list. Time to rethink the organization, maybe...

Now THEM’S some expensive tags.

April 29th, 2003
We forgot to get back to this last week... but the Halo Dog Tags we mentioned on eBay a while back sold a week ago for $71. Ouch!

OXM info spreads

April 29th, 2003
At least two big websites have picked up the info available in the latest issue of the Official Xbox Magazine, and have made some of it available in text form. Eurogamer fairly credits OXM as its source... Computer and Video Games doesn't. ("Details have been released..." yeah, well, it's terrible to actually NAME a competitor...) If you haven't downloaded the scans (good for you!), you can get a good sense of what's in store at this stage by reading these articles. Thanks to Ciarán Walsh, Harry Al-Shakarchi, and Nathan Drews for the heads-up. Ups, even.

HaloRama – in spades

April 28th, 2003
A week ago, BOLL came up with a new technique for creating cool panoramic views from Halo. He's continued to create, and the current collection is up to 31 images. We've built them a home in our Miscellaneous section, and will add new images as he creates them. (Warning: the current page has more than 30 images on it... it might be slow-loading on modem connections, and even some broadband connections. If things get out of hand, we'll take steps to reduce the load.) Make good use of these images... they're really slick.

Can’t… keep… up

April 28th, 2003
In an effort to break the database system at the Halo Story page, Finn processes another 18 user submissions in the two days since his last Story page update. If you think your puny human brain can handle it, head over to the Halo Story Page and read, read, read! (FAQ coming soon, apparently.)

Ze Storeez, boss, Ze storeez!

April 28th, 2003
Before I forget - 6 stories for you today in the Fan Fiction section:

What are you waiting for?

Gametype Options, Demystified

April 28th, 2003
Forum regular Opie301 has submitted a Reference Guide for Halo multiplayer gametype creation. All the various options available when you're creating a new gametype are explained in detail. This is available now in our Miscellaneous section, as well as from Subnova, online... and if you choose, you can download a Microsoft Word document or a PDF document for printing. (All links can be found at the bottom of our online version.)

Red vs Blue – on both sides of the Atlantic

April 28th, 2003
For those who haven't grabbed Episode 4 of Red vs Blue from the official site (or for those in Europe), Eclarap points out that Halo-Game is once again mirroring this content.

Aw, c’mon guys, he can’t buy milk now…

April 28th, 2003
Skav's back.

Write On, Longfellow!

April 28th, 2003
Just a heads-up to the Fan Fiction writers... an oversight that's been in place since the new automated system went online a couple of months ago has finally been rectified. (Thanks to Socrates for the heads-up.) You can now submit poetry again. The warning below the poetry/prose radio button should not be taken lightly.