Archive for December, 2003

Happy New Year – Be with your loved ones!

December 31st, 2003

The year is winding down, and for some of you it's already 2004. For me it's not, so I'd like to take the opportunity to wish all of you a most joyous new year. For some reason I've been especially nostalgic of late (I blame Wu's work on which makes it easier to go in the time travel machine here at HBO) and I marvel at how long we've been at this, together, all of us. Playing such a cool game and making new friends and forging strong relationships regardless of physical distance. A few years ago I would never have been traveling to Connecticut on a semi-regular basis, yet now it's a done deal and I count Louis Wu as one of my dearest friends. I will follow him to the ends of this earth, on our mission to play fun games and share a laugh together. Isn't that such a fine and noble quest? I think so.

I've made many other friends among the Wu LAN party regulars: KP, nof, Konrad9, Blackstar, Spenser, Juggler, etc. Then there are all my new NY Halo playing buddies, like Jynx, Fuhrman, M Scope, the guys at King Games, etc.

And we here at HBO are of course grateful to Bungie for making themselves available to us throughout the year. Sketchfactor himself is to be showered with kudos for keeping us all informed of the goings on within the walls of Bungie Studios, truly one of the most successful arms within Microsoft Game Studios. And now with the advent of the PC and Mac versions of Halo, we also would like to thank the dear folks at Gearbox and Destineer/MacSoft for making a dream actually come true!

Of course, the forum itself has been fertile ground for new relationships, and there are many, too many folks for me to list here that I consider good people and that I hope to someday meet up with. Even though I lay down the Ban Hammer from time to time, I really am not as grumpy as you may think. I love any and all communication we can share together as a group. We are all in this together. And I absolutely am thrilled that soon, hopefully very soon we will all have another venue, Halo 2, to meet up and share some ammo clips as we fight the virtual enemy.

Now having said all that, I am also very mindful of how we have other aspects of our lives besides this one little corner of the bitstream. We have our families, our 'real life' friends, and the neighborhood that we live in. So in the spirit of staying in touch with the real, physical world, I would like you all to indulge me:

In a few minutes, I'm going to shut down the forum for a few hours!

Now don't get all in a huff. Take the opportunity to shut off your computer, breath some fresh air, and relax. It'll be back soon enough.


note: I haven't actually tried shutting down the forum and I know I have the notes here somewhere on how to do it, but just in case something doesn't work, not to worry, I'll leave the forum as is.

Vote early and often

December 31st, 2003
Rabid Bungie.Net updater SketchFactor has put out the call for Halo fans to make their preferences known at the MTV Ultimate Video Game Countdown, so check out Sketch's article, then go vote! And vote again! And again! And again!

Maximize your Online Game

December 31st, 2003
Not living up to your full carnage potential? Never fear, Bungie is here! SketchFactor checks in over on Bungie.Net with Sketch's Halo Mac/PC Players Companion Volume 1. There's a lot of good info in there, people, so give it a good read!

We wants it!

December 31st, 2003
Ack! Bungie Comics has been updated with a new strip! Also, check out the small article with a few tidbits of info about Frankie (who wrote the strip), and elusive artist Zoë. Next week? Hmmm...

Auld AIquaintance

December 31st, 2003
As we wrap up 2003, the MC is desperately trying to find a New Year's date in today's One One Se7en. What an opportunist...

So THAT’S How You Get In

December 31st, 2003
Uh oh, looks like the Elites are recruiting in today's Halo: Resolution.


December 30th, 2003
Todays guest One One Se7en looks at a granmas... er, marangas... ah, you know what I mean.

Suddenly, a pirate ship appeared on the horizon!

December 30th, 2003
Benjamin Franklin had it wrong. Certain in this life are death, taxes, and fan fiction.

Oh, what the hell.

December 29th, 2003
Small update at the HSP, courtesy of yours truly.

The Twenty Sixth Century Equivalent Of A Tomato

December 29th, 2003
And, of course, the day wouldn't be complete without a new One One Se7en. So! Day's over, apparently!

Down On Your Luck

December 29th, 2003
Apparently, "comics," inspired by Halo, are all the rage right now. Here's a new Halo: Resolution to start your day off with a smile. A tiny, pixelated smile. I think.

Stuff to read.

December 29th, 2003
Ah. Well, okay. Here's one of those update-thingies that Wu usually does. These would be Fan Fiction er, things, so go ahead and read 'em! Okay. So there you go.

Heck, that was easy! I might even update again. Someday.

Bling Bling.

December 28th, 2003
Got a chance to log in to the net for the first time in a couple of days... and I discovered that some of the update tools I left for the other maintainers are... well, busted. Here's Sunday's One One Se7en, created by kubix; hopefully, it won't be the last one you see this week. Gotta head out again...

n00b in Charge

December 27th, 2003
Final post from me, before leaving for the airport: today's Guest One One Se7en comes from puma (now known as someone else on our forum). To get the context, you need to go back a couple of months...

More Desktops For You

December 27th, 2003
Continuing the clearout trend (well, ending it for now), here are 7 desktops submitted to the Wallpaper section in the last few days. This is the last image update for a week or so. If you submit content in the next few days, it'll get dealt with... but not until early January. Enjoy!

Get ‘em before they get you.

December 27th, 2003
We cleared the Miscellaneous Art queue yesterday... but there was a new submission that is worth getting out there. Germain Couët submitted the second of his 'Hiding Spartans' images; it's a shot with 5 hidden Spartans in it, and it's up to you to find them. There aren't any prizes, it's just fun!

Clearing the Story Queue

December 27th, 2003
A small Fan Fiction update - but it's my last for a while, so I figured that clearing the queue made sense. (There will continue to be updates in my absence... but maybe not as frequently.) Six pieces for you today:


Halo Review at xlr8yourmac

December 27th, 2003
Accelerate Your Mac has reviewed Mac Halo - the single-player part of it, anyway. Again, one of the biggest complaints is system requirements... but this reviewer was also unhappy about the speed with which he mastered the game. (I'd guess he ran through on Normal, and hasn't figured out yet that Legendary is an entirely different ball of wax...) There'll be an update for this when the 1.03 patch for multiplayer is released, but in the meantime, check out a linked page of screenshots; they do a fantastic job of showing the advantage of Full Screen Anti-Aliasing (something that actually isn't available on the PC version; this is Mac-only). My recommendation is to load all three shots in a given series, to get your browser to cache them... and THEN cycle through them, looking at differences.

You gotta love that plasma grenade.

December 27th, 2003
Cowled_Wolfe created a small, soundless stop-action movie with Halo action figures... he submitted it in WMV format (243K), but you can also grab a QuickTime version (256K) if you'd rather. He says a longer one (3 minutes, maybe), with sound and a better framerate, is in the works. Comments can go in this forum thread.

CobaltNova – reopening for business?

December 27th, 2003
Hehe - yesterday, we posted a news article about a new poll being run by CobaltNova (the 7th Column chapter), looking for predictions about 2004. I wondered, at the time, if this was an interesting way to re-enter the Halo community after the sudden shutdown of operations last month - and an entry by CobaltNova himself suggests it might be. " will become a repository for Halo based art with the announcement of monthly prizes for the best work." Hmm... and if you VISIT, you'll find a new design, plenty of brand-new news, and (non-functioning, but visible) a section of the navbar devoted to 'Halo Artisans'. Way to slip it in under the radar, Emil. :)