Archive for August, 2003

Sunday Reading

August 31st, 2003
Nine Fan Fiction pieces for you this Sunday:

Go outside after you read - beautiful day. (Well, it is HERE, anyway...)

Long-overdue egg update

August 31st, 2003
Wow. It's taken a LOONNG time, but the Easter Eggs page is finally up-to-date; two eggs (the Megg, and the Chinese seven on the pistol) have been added, and one egg (the Gametypes screen, as corrected by ZechsGX recently) has been updated. Dunno why I hadn't done this before...

Serious Tactics.

August 31st, 2003
Every once in a while, Serious Sam comes up in a discussion of what Halo is missing (due to its more-than-two-player full-screen coop play). Stuntmutt looks at what it DOESN'T have, in comparison to Halo, in today's One One Se7en. Ouch.

That’s just too long, man.

August 30th, 2003
I'd have to say that this is getting out of hand. Luckily, it seems to be the last piece... Go read the rantings of Skavenger's feverish mind. You might scratch your head once or twice... but if you've spent ANY time at all on our forum, I guarantee you'll laugh at least a little.

Dolbex dishes the dirt on Halo PC

August 30th, 2003
The last Halo PC Fanstock participant has written up his experiences... and the wait was worth it. He wanted to include information that required the 2.0 beta of Halo PC - and he did just that. Go check out Dolbex's Fanstock and Beta Review!

Newbie Goodie Hoardie

August 30th, 2003
Today's Guest One One Se7en strip was originally posted in our forum... I'd have to say it would be funnier if it didn't happen so often to me, dangit. Thanks to Geeoff for pointing out my weaknesses.

Saturday Stories

August 30th, 2003
Fourteen Fan Fiction pieces remain after deleting the stuff that doesn't meet the basic guidelines:

For those who didn't notice it - Wado's back.

The toughest job you’ll ever love

August 29th, 2003
...wait, that's the Peace Corps. Never mind. It's Friday... so it's time for a Halo PC Weekly Update. This week, it looks like Sketch is doing the writing, instead of Michel Bastien - Michel is too busy helping get the game finished, and Sketch needed a break from playing Halo PC online, anyway. In fact, the update is mostly a recap of what worked (and didn't work) for him in gameplay. Get jealous, or file away the knowledge for future use... but whatever you do, go read it.

He’s gonna get SOOO wet…

August 29th, 2003
New comic over at Halobabies.net... the Warthog Jump theme continues. Man, I feel sorry for 'Yomama... or whatever his name is. (mrsmiley pointed this out in our forum.)

PC beta movie update

August 29th, 2003
Eep - forgot to put this up earlier. Dan Chosich's Halo PC Beta footage (discussed here) has been moved around a bit. Currently, there are two mirrors each for the QuickTime and Windows Media Player versions:

If you haven't gotten a copy yet, grab it now... it's nicely filmed.

Danger Canyon Shots at MS site

August 29th, 2003
Continuing on their one-new-map-a-week schedule, Microsoft's Official Halo PC site has put up 5 new screenshots in the Multiplayer section, this time of Danger Canyon. You can get a good sense for the scale of the map, if you didn't have it already... take a look! Thanks to quickfire for pointing it out. We've gone ahead and added these to our Screenshots database, simply because we just brought it up to date yesterday, and I'd hate to begin getting behind so soon...

The Countdown is on!

August 29th, 2003
Gearbox's Project page, which was offline for a while this morning, is back up with a new screenshot (feel sorry for the Blue Base)... and a countdown of remaining work items left on Halo PC (before it can go gold). Total at the moment: 146. (That's not very much; I remember Oni's bug tracker had over 3000 items in it a week before it went gold. They weren't all bugs... but they were things that needed to be addressed.) Woohoo! Thanks to Sedgr for the heads-up.

Me llamaron Lopez – La Pasado

August 29th, 2003
Red vs Blue Episode 17 has been posted for Sponsors; it's pretty bitter, but in a funny way. Effects rock. Pay 'em the lousy 5 bucks and get it now, instead of waiting until Sunday (and then sending us email that we've forgotten to put up a Red vs Blue post for the week). C'mon... you know you want to.

But when are they releasing the Overshield model?

August 29th, 2003
Whoa. Buy a Halo action figure, get a free Active Camouflage Master Chief from Joyride. (Supplies are limited - and free means $5 for processing... but still!) Thanks to sirBoB for the heads-up.

GTA: Vice Earthcity.

August 29th, 2003
The GTA series of One One Se7en wraps up today... isn't that ghost a little big for him?

And the clips keep coming

August 29th, 2003
More movies - both free (streaming) and pay (downloadable) from IGN PC; 8 clips of Halo PC multiplay. A couple are pretty big suckers... check 'em out! Again, thanks to KookyBastard for noticing.

Do I want to know what poutine is?

August 28th, 2003
The second go-round of 'Ask the Cananimators', a Bungie.net feature in which anim8rjb and bentllama (the two Canadian animators on the Halo 2 dev team) answer your questions about animation, Canada, hockey, and life in general, has been posted. None of the sentences in the article are as long as the one I just wrote. Go read it. (And yes, I DO know what poutine is.)

Making of the E3 Demo, pt 5: Engineering

August 28th, 2003
Gah! How did we miss this? SketchFactor has put up part 5 of the Making of the E3 Demo series at Bungie.net - this one focuses on Engineering, and contains input from Chris Butcher, Michael Evans, and Damian (brought on board to work on the Halo 2 AI). It's a fascinating read. I'm drooling for Halo 2 again... even WITH the Halo PC info overload.

Screenshots DB made current; 133 pics added

August 28th, 2003
Whoa. Our Screenshots database has been updated with the screens released thus far in August - and the total number of Halo PC screens shot up from 70 on August 1... to 203 today. That's a lotta shots.

Action Trip looks at Halo PC

August 28th, 2003
Action Trip has posted a preview of Halo PC; not a huge amount of new info (and actually the hardcore among you will probably give them a hard time for some of their facts), but the screens are quite nice. 1600x1200, no watermark; there are 10 with the preview, and an additional 17 if you're an Action Trip Plus subscriber. Check it out!