Archive for September, 2003

Good lookin’ stuff.

September 30th, 2003
Been a little while since we've updated the Wallpaper section... got 13 desktops for you, some real doozies. Check 'em out!

Screenies at WorthPlaying, too

September 30th, 2003
While I was over at WorthPlaying, I found a whole bunch of screenshots (54 of 'em) posted about a week and a half ago. They're interesting, because they've got lots of graphic features turned off; you can see what the game looks like with no specular reflections, low textures, etc. Warning to those who haven't played yet - they're full of spoilers.

Wow. Patched before most even have it.

September 30th, 2003
Speed is everything. The Halo v1.01 patch is already available for download from WorthPlaying.com. It's 3.6 mb, but WP doesn't know what, exactly, it addresses. Thanks to Tocki, of Halo Orbit, who's already put up a mirror. More details when we have them. Update: It's mirrored at Halo Universe (in Germany), as well. Thanks, Marc!

It’s Official.

September 30th, 2003
The official Halo PC Press Release has hit the wires; get ready to start fragging.

High-quality music… coming

September 30th, 2003
More info from Neo Alucard X about the Bonus DVD coming from Bungie (Soonâ„¢). It's going to have 5.1 versions of both Halo 2 trailers, plus a suite of music from the E3 demo (also in 5.1). Plus a new image. Info comes from the Marty Army chapter of the 7th Column. (If your response is 'huh? WHAT bonus DVD?' - you haven't been keeping up. Neither have we, really... it's been mentioned at that chapter a few times, but I don't have any other info for you.)

GamePro reviews Halo PC

September 30th, 2003
GamePro has put up their Halo review... and they were REALLY unhappy with the framerate issue. (They gave Halo a 3.5/5 on Graphics partly because it's dated... but partly because (in their opinion) you have to turn everything off in order to play the game.) Thanks to KP for the heads-up.

Flaming Love

September 30th, 2003
Very nice. Gearbox has put up a new screenshot - this one shows Dave Mertz getting toasted crisply with the flamethrower. Thanks to comcipher for the heads-up.

The End Of A Legend.

September 30th, 2003
Today's Guest One One Se7en was submitted by forum regular Simpsons Rule... and it expresses a heartfelt sentiment shared by most forumgoers.

Video review, too, from Gamespot.

September 30th, 2003
As KP pointed out, Gamespot has updated its coverage to include a 10 minute video review for Gamespot Complete members.

No rest for the workers

September 30th, 2003
Serious tasty bits from Dave Mertz, lead designer of Halo, over on the Gearbox forums this evening. Highlights:

  • The first bugfix for Halo PC is already almost finished, and will be ready soon after the game's release. Two more patches/updates are in the pipeline.
  • Additional features are coming soon.
  • Game tweaking to conform to the needs of the CPL (and tournament play in general) is underway.

Check out the whole post (and, indeed, the whole thread, if you've got an hour to kill) - rest assured, Gearbox is VERY aware of the issues being brought forward by the community (even though most of the vocal ones right now have stolen the game), and are working hard to make things better.

[HOH] is looking for members

September 30th, 2003
Hell on Halo, another Halo clan, is also recruiting. Check 'em out.

Putting a new face on… something.

September 30th, 2003
HaloJuggaloProductions has another new design. Go take a look.

Gamespot reviews Halo PC

September 29th, 2003
More new Halo PC content - this time at Gamespot. There's a review (they gave it a 9/10; complaints were repetitive level design, high hardware requirements, unvaried multiplayer - what?) and a couple of dozen screenshots. (It DID get an Editor's Choice award.) Thanks to Strato for the heads-up.

Killtacular Classic results posted

September 29th, 2003
Eep - came in late last night, I forgot to get back to it. The iGames Championship Killtacular Classic took place on Saturday in Tempe, Arizona... and once again, The Dream Team walked away with cash. $2000, in fact, in the 2v2 Championships, beating out The Assault Rifles. In FFA action, Zyos beat Sheppard in a 1-capture CTF match for $500. (He also won the Royal Rumble elimination match and took home a 42" HDTV.) Full details can be found at Killtacular.com. Thanks, Andy.

Project 117 looking for members

September 29th, 2003
Micah writes about a new Halo Clan, Project 117; they're currently recruiting. Check 'em out!

Reviews, Screens

September 29th, 2003
Four new Halo PC reviews are up; GamingNEXT, Gamers Depot, Telefragged, and The Wargamer (a first impressions article, which, judging from the screenshots, was written from Beta 1.5). The pattern amongst the first three is the framerate issue; the game simply requires a LOT from the hardware. (We'll be posting a tips page to optimize your experience soon; there are definitely some things you can do to avoid the worst of the problems.) All 4 reviews have screenshots (GamingNEXT put up 69 of 'em), and there are even MORE screens at LoadedInc. Thanks, Blue's News.

Halo for $40. Free shipping.

September 29th, 2003
Lophan wrote this morning to point out that his local Best Buy was selling Halo PC for $39.99, but that this was not the case on Best Buy's website. It is, now. If you haven't ordered Halo, save $10 by grabbing it here. Thanks, Hijack.

Look Up ‘Elitespeak’.

September 29th, 2003
It's Comic Morning at HBO - Here's Monday's One One Se7en.

Halo: Resolution – a new feature

September 29th, 2003
Because it's worked so well for Stuntmutt and One One Se7en, we've recycled our comic template for a new series, this one sprite-based, created by Fuzzy and D.I.M agic. It's called Halo: Resolution, and it'll have new strips every Monday and Saturday. Today's strip is entitled 'Old School'. Enjoy!

Words, words, and more words

September 29th, 2003
Nineteen Fan Fiction pieces from over the weekend:

Start your week with some Halo prose.