Archive for May, 2003

More desktops than you can shake a stick at

May 31st, 2003
Under the wire... there are 20 new desktops for you today - but half of them are variations. Enforcer turned in 6 images, in 16 variations. (On top of that, we got 4 OTHER submissions.) Check out the whole mess in our Wallpaper section! Update: The total has been reduced by 6 - see this post for details.

Yosemite, huh?

May 31st, 2003
Mom, he's doing it again...

All Targets Eliminated.

May 31st, 2003
Red vs Blue Episode 8 is now up for sponsors (thanks, Ross). If you watched episode 7, you knew this one was gonna be sad... but man, for a sad episode, it's hilarious. If you don't wanna pay 'em any money, you'll have to wait until Sunday to grab this... but $5 gets you access now. ($10 gets you access to the hi-res version... it's worth it.)

Dirrrty Flood.

May 31st, 2003
...missed it by THAT MUCH. One One Se7en's Friday episode was ready to go, but I didn't make it home to post it. Go read it now.

MS Acquisition FAQ now archived here

May 30th, 2003
Thanks to Eric Jury, who pointed out that the Wayback Machine had an archive of the Acquisition FAQ we mentioned yesterday. I'd checked there... but only on earlier dates (closer to the time of the actual reporting). My mistake. To ensure that it doesn't get lost again (and so that URLs listed can be made to work again), we've archived a copy locally. It's Bungie History, after all. Interestingly enough... the information about Take 2's rights to the Halo engine aren't mentioned. I'm not sure exactly WHERE that information was originally published.

Overdue pics…

May 30th, 2003
A week and a half ago, Warbow posted a few very nice shots of the limited-edition Master Chief action figure given away at the fanfest. For some unknown reason, I neglected to ever mention this to the wider front-page audience. Consider it mentioned.

Are You Big Enough?

May 30th, 2003
Blackstar is setting up a lanfest in Andover, MA this summer - on a massive, massive screen. (See this forum post for some details.) Attendance is pretty limited... but you can (at the very least) watch the new promo vid for the event. Just under a minute long, 9.1 mb, QuickTime format. I think I saw footage of me dying in there... The Matrix flavor is great, and the vid's got me pumped up for the day! Update: we seem to be significantly slowing down blackstarproductions.net, so we've tossed a copy of this vid up at Mythica.org. Grab whichever copy works faster for you!

Westlake says no OS9 Halo

May 30th, 2003
Recently, Westlake updated its Project Status page; The OS 9 status for Halo Mac went from 'Undecided' to 'No'. The Mac version of Halo, then, will be OSX only. Thanks to mnemesis for the heads-up.

POA Update – Snail mail sux :(

May 30th, 2003

I'd like to apologize for the holdup in announcing the winners in the recently concluded Pillar of Art contest. An unfortunate set of circumstances: real-life work pressures, judge schedules, and most importantly, awaiting a return package from Bungie of some of the pieces we had the extreme pleasure of showing at the recent E3 Bungie Fanfest... these all conspired to postpone the judgement. :(

If you were one of the lucky ones and got your piece on display at the Fanfest, you should feel good about yourself because alot of folks at the 'fest were drooling at the paintings!

Within the next week or so, a truck should pull up at my doorstep with the handful of pieces that were shown in LA and things should be back on track. Although I can't comment on the individual pieces, I will say this: Some of you folks are absolutely outstanding artists. And your love of the game showed through and through. Louis Wu can attest that a few of the entries literally made my jaw drop. :)

Next, they’re doing a story on Blizarde.

May 30th, 2003
Now THIS is a typo no journalist should make. Thanks to HUNTR-KILLR for the heads-up.

Halo-engined game coming from GoD

May 29th, 2003
Whoa... long time coming, but it looks like Take 2 is finally gonna exercise some options it acquired back in 2000. The Acquisition FAQ doesn't seem to be online anywhere any more (I was pretty sure SOMEONE had archived it, but I can't find a copy), but it included information about what Take 2 got out of the Microsoft/Bungie deal; for their 19.9% share of Bungie, they received all rights to Bungie's Myth franchise, Oni and any sequels, and the right to use the Halo engine in two future games. Since that point (almost three years ago - June 19, 2000), there's been no mention of this last license... until now. Gamespot has put up a news post discussing what's in the works from Take 2.

He also mentioned that one or more of the games in development under the Gathering [of Developers] label will utilize the Halo engine.

Something to look forward to! (The same article states that Duke Nukem Forever will NOT be out this year, but that the project hasn't been totally killed yet.) Thanks to travis for the heads-up! Update: See this news item for info about the FAQ.

More Halo Dogtags

May 29th, 2003
Infininja points out another pair of Halo Dog Tag auctions at eBay... this one has just under a day to go, and currently sits at $30... while this one has a bit OVER a day, and is sitting at $4.99 at the moment (that's sure to go up, though). How bad do you want one of these?

New pics for you

May 29th, 2003
Four pieces of artwork for you today in the Miscellaneous Art section. Slowly but surely... Update: hot on the heels of that update, we received a Zelda concept from Jerry H. Take a look!

Elite This

May 29th, 2003
Gr3yFoX dropped off a modified screenshot for our Wallpaper page. Take a look.

Stories to read

May 29th, 2003
5 stories for you in the Fan Fiction section today:

Go get 'em...

They just keep coming…

May 29th, 2003
And more pics... Djof, of the Psyjnir Complex, has posted a bunch of his own (and a link to those of Magellan of Wolfpack). E3 Fanfest all over again!

Another round of fanfest photos

May 29th, 2003
Skeletor has put up a dozen and a half photos from the E3 Fanfest last week (the perils of non-digital cameras...). Check 'em out... some good flavor stuff in there. (There's a forum thread about this - which is where I learned of it.) You can finally see the 'Boll Says Hi' shirt at the fest!

Halo PC (but not Mac) FAQ at B.net

May 28th, 2003
Wanna know all the down-and-dirty details about Halo PC? Curious about what's true, and what's just forumboard speculation? Bungie's put together a Halo PC FAQ, just for you. Read it for detalis on the upcoming PC game. (For some unknown reason, it doesn't mention the Mac version even once... but I'm guessing that'll change eventually.)

Halo 2 Paradise comes online

May 28th, 2003
Robcsi14 writes to tell us of a new Halo 2 forum, Halo 2 Paradise. There's not much there yet, but he's hoping a post here will change that. Check 'em out!

FiringSquad looks at Halo 2

May 28th, 2003
FiringSquad has put up a Halo 2 preview - it's actually a review of the trailer, more than anything. We've added it to our Previews database. Thanks to Mhaddy, of the Junkyard, for the heads-up.