Archive for April, 2004

Halo Custom Edition

April 30th, 2004
In tandem with the HEK announcement, Cysco, over at the Gearbox forums, has changed the HaloPC forums to Halo Custom Edition forums. What is Halo Custom Edition? Glad you asked - Cysco answers some basic questions in this thread. It's a completely unsupported version of Halo, available free to all HaloPC owners, that introduces lots of new features - including the ability to play user-created (think HEK) content. THIS is what we've been waiting for; THIS is why it wasn't as simple as 'dump that HEK out there'. There will be lots more info in the next few days about this stuff... but for now, you can discuss on our forum, on Gearbox's forum, or at Bungie.net - it's the topic of the moment. (Thanks to Reppyboyo and L337Mondo for the first notices.)

Silent Cartographer… in a mini.

April 30th, 2004
Stephen Cakebread, a programmer on the Project Gotham 2 team at Bizarre Creations, dropped a note in our forum about 'a mostly complete copy of the silent cartographer exported as a circuit which can be loaded in the gotham 2 engine'... a tribute to the level as a driving challenge! (Before anyone gets their hopes up, it's unlikely that he meant this construct would ever get released... though I think it would be really, really cool.)

Holy Rescues from Oblivion, Batman!

April 30th, 2004
SketchFactor has posted a very cheering (though vague, with respect to dates) note to Bungie.net about the Halo Editing Kit... it's coming, folks! And it's coming soon. W00T! (Thanks, KP, you're not fired... yet.)

Halo + PGR2 = Fun

April 30th, 2004
WhiteRaBbit pointed out a fun Halo/PGR 2 composite he found. Adam Daniel pointed to a different thread on Bungie.net - started by the image's creator himself. Nice work! (Special mention goes to blinkmetoys, in the Bungie thread, who noticed it might be photoshopped.)

Bill Murray’s coming by later to sing.

April 30th, 2004
What's a birthday without presents? Some HBO regulars put together a small collection of presents for Stuntmutt to celebrate the One Year Anniversary of One One Se7en.

Of course, there are plenty of others that feel like this might be the perfect time to hang up the pencil... but hey, never listen to the naysayers. They'll just say nay.

Invite Only.

April 30th, 2004
One One Se7en turns One Year Old today... and it looks like the cast is making a statement. Happy Birthday, Stuntmutt! (There were wellwishers on the forum, also.)

Suspicion Builds

April 30th, 2004
Halo: Resolution gets... odd.

I’m never getting in the Warthog again.

April 30th, 2004
Red vs Blue Episode 32, 'me, myself, and you', was posted a couple of hours ago - pretty early! (It's currently in the Season 2 Sponsors forum.) Very nice work - and props to Yomary for the funniest bit in the film. Thanks to pilotelite for the heads-up.

Lossy, indeed.

April 30th, 2004
Oops - another one.

VCTF Timberland

April 30th, 2004
Caskey discovered a Timberland conversion for Unreal Tournament 2k4 - and rapture points out that it's being hosted by cooked Gamers (along with other Halo conversions). Nice!

Covenant Creature Catalog

April 30th, 2004
Bungie.net has been updated with a new Top Story - A Covenant Primer: The Best of the Bestiary. There's some excellent background information about the Covenant itself (and how the Forerunners fit into the equation), along with individual descriptions of each client species. Absolutely worth a read for anyone interested in the backstory of Halo! I heard about this on the #hbo IRC channel this morning, but the earliest note I can find about it is from MC vince on our forum. Update: Gah, is right. Seems mnemesis actually posted this story when it first went live... I never checked the page. :( My bad! (Thanks, Dean.)

Faulty Code

April 30th, 2004
Halo Babies has a new strip up today - it takes a shot at Bungie's scripting. (mrsmiley also points out that today's the last day to donate to HaloBabies.net and get entered in their Spoiled Sponsor contest - he's choosing a winner tomorrow.)

The Best Of The Bestiary

April 30th, 2004
Hokey Smokes! Apparently, Frankie has gone insane and is actually providing official story information on the Covenant over on Bungie.Net. Godlike Forerunner! Engineers in trances! Jackal snipers! With needlers! Gah! Thanks to MC Vince, for noticing the story in the first place.

HUDless desktops

April 29th, 2004
WaLKa came up with some very nice HUDless desktops, and posted 'em to our forum. KP put up a mirror, and so did we - I can't speak for anyone else, but as long as you can get to HBO, you can get to ours. :) Enjoy 'em!

I smell a SA-type contest coming on…

April 29th, 2004
Deanero asked a reasonable question on our forum, concerning the energy balance of Halo and its denizens. (Personally, I think Speedy's answer is the most likely, and not just because he took a totally gratuitous shot at KP in formulating it.) BOLL, however, went in a different direction... hrm.

At least there are no tentacle searches

April 29th, 2004
Narcogen, over at Rampancy.net, has gone through the site's search logs and pulled out some of the commonest requests... and answered them. In the process, he's found a use for his Halo Pickup Lines database. (R.net takes no responsibility for any consequences of using these lines in real life.)

Ross says Discuss.

April 29th, 2004
So discuss already.

Height isn’t everything.

April 29th, 2004
Calvin and Halo hint at a potential solution to E3 entrance for younger readers...

Halo Invasion

April 29th, 2004
Blake Noble sent us word of a Halo mod for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. It's 1.57 mb and called 'Halo Invasion' - it's available from this page (it's about 3/4 of the way to the bottom). If you own Vice City, this might be fun to grab!

Motor Gulch

April 29th, 2004
Dominator has whipped up a Motorcycle mod for Halo PC; there are currently screenshots and a movie on the Halomods forums. (The actual model hasn't been released yet.) The movie is large (33.5 mb, .rar-compressed), and duplicates footage... but overall it looks pretty nice. First notice of this goes to The Guardians, 3 days ago.