Archive for March, 2004

Pac WHO?

March 31st, 2004
Hehe - here's a fun little Halo-related flash thingy... Nice work from the HaloNATION team. Heads-up from HuMaN_fLy in our forum.

Mmmmm, Smores.

March 31st, 2004
One One Se7en looks at those funny Subnova folks today. Poor MC.

A Sense Of Closure

March 31st, 2004
Today's Halo: Resolution pulls our poor MC out of the frying pan...

FRG in TB

March 31st, 2004
Wow. Wraith has managed to add a working Fuel Rod Gun to Two Betrayals; the graphics are a tad blocky, but the functionality rocks. (I'm not sure WHY the graphics are blocky; you're using the gun that the Spec-Ops Grunts use on that level.) It was originally available as a PC mod, but he also found a way to make it work for Xbox (NTSC). Update: Wraith explains the blockiness here.

Where Stories End and Games Begin

March 31st, 2004
There's an interesting essay on Games, and the stories they try to tell, written by Greg Costikyan, Co-Founder of Unplugged Games. It looks at games in general, and is not Halo-related, in any direct sense... but Halo (and Bungie games in general) tend to try and tell stories, and they do it more successfully than a large chunk of the games released in their genres, so it's worth a read to anyone who thinks about this sort of thing from time to time. Heads-up comes from Brian Graham, in our forum.

Halo tournament at MSU

March 31st, 2004
Jonathan Eaton points out the third ACM @ MSU -hosted Xbox Halo Tournament, in East Lansing, Michigan, on April 10. $700 in cash prizes, plus goodies. The web page is here.

The Blood Gulch Experience

March 31st, 2004
Blade posted a 22 mb, 8:37 long movie of Blood Gulch gameplay on his TeamHalo site. Fraps makes the gameplay pretty choppy, and the low-end video card makes the image quality... well, pretty low-end. It's mostly just a few guys running around shooting each other. You need to register on the site (with a valid email address) to download the video.

GameSpy Arcade Tutorial

March 31st, 2004
Akba and Allroy have written up a tutorial on how to play Xbox Halo using Gamespy Arcade. If you have the client already, or don't like Xbox Connect for some reason, but you want to play online, go take a look! (You can comment in this thread.)

HUDless Movie

March 31st, 2004
JM made a HUDless 'trailer' for Halo, and posted it (in two sizes) over at Halomods. It's not very big, so take a look!

The Specter – A plane with a sting

March 30th, 2004
Wraith has put together a new model for a Covenant heavy attack aircraft; ground landings might be a tad awkward, but it looks pretty deadly. (The tail, which folds underneath like a scorpion's, is flexible - making it a rather deadly weapon.)

Free helmet for a lucky guy

March 30th, 2004
Wonga. The Nightmare Armor guys updated their site - with the name of the winner of the Helmet raffle. Scott Mills, of New Jersey, congratulations! (He probably already knows, since the helmet was sent out last weekend.) Heads-up came from Madda Cheeb.

Not Just Another Pretty Flash Face

March 30th, 2004
BOLL wrote an interesting paper for school recently; it's called 'Analysis of Halo: Combat Evolved using Game Design Patterns'. He uses a methodology developed last year by three Scandinavian researchers to break down gameplay in Halo, and determine how well the game would work without the patterns found. It's an interesting read, so we've posted it in our Miscellaneous section. If he fails the class, we'll probably yank it.

…little gray cells…

March 30th, 2004
Keeping up with current discussions, that's Finn. Not noticing until today, that's me.

Run!

March 30th, 2004
Bachus found a reference to Halo in today's Real Life Comics... another step in the plan towards World Domination.

Toy Confusion

March 30th, 2004
Hmm. Over at Rampancy.net, there's a pointer to a new page at the Joyride Studios site, showing a 'sneak peek' at the Waves 4 and 5 action figures, as well as early views of the Halo 2 prototypes. However - this is just a rehash of the page posted at Bungie's Truth and Reconciliation site, which went live back on February 14. ALL of these pictures came from the show itself, and if what you're interested in is Halo 2 shots, then what you REALLY want is this page at figures.com (a site first mentioned by Dan Chosich on February 18). There are much better shots of the Master Chief and Brute prototypes there, including closeups.

Tree Warfare

March 30th, 2004
Calvin and Halo asks the question... are tigers part of the Covenant?

Readin’, Readin’, and more Readin’

March 30th, 2004
22 pieces for you in the Fan Fiction section today:

Several good ones, but Jillybean's comedy was a standout for me.

Updates at BGH

March 30th, 2004
Battleground: Halo has some new content today - Viper's posted a new mailbag (someone's planning to write to Bungie and tell 'em about their dumb halo battleground dumb site), and Rams has posted a rant about how unreasonable it is that 4 of the first 11 Weekly Updates were posted here at HBO. (I guess I should stop sending Frankie chocolate now...)

Of Warthogs, and Launches

March 30th, 2004
To all the people pointing out that BOLL's Warthog Launch game is now on Ebaumsworld, or AlbinoBlackSheep, or any of several dozen other sites - we know, thanks. HBO served over a million copies of the game to viewers in the first two and a half weeks it was online - and we're still serving more than 100,000 copies a week. It was monstrous before those sites picked it up, and at least when it was here, BOLL was getting credit for its creation. It's unfortunate that these sites feel that it's acceptable to simply hijack a Flash game without asking the creator for permission - but I guess that's the internet today.

Random Movie News

March 30th, 2004
Updates on a couple of films; Eclarap writes to point out that Lord of the Ring is now mirrored at Halo-Game, in France, and Verdafolio dropped a note in our forum that Elevation has changed hosting (we've updated the movie database for this one). If there's time today, I'll add the new movies from last week to the database, as well.