Archive for May, 2004

GamesRadar Hands-on – a little late

May 31st, 2004
GamesRadar put up their Halo 2 Hands On during E3 - but it wasn't until today that anyone in our community noticed. Thanks, Noman Husainie. (They claimed they were playing 6 on 6 - I was pretty sure all the rooms were set up for 5 on 5, but hey - what do I know?)

How to be stupid, in public

May 31st, 2004
Yesterday, we got word from haloruler33 that a rather bizarre auction was going on over at eBay. Someone who'd registered on Thursday had started an auction for a Halo 2 pre-release playable game. There was a bit of discussion in our forum about this - many people warned the bidders that this was likely not real. By yesterday evening, things had gotten out of hand; the bidding, which had been creeping up by $50s and $100s all day, suddenly started jumping by thousands. At 11:38 pm (PST), the bid had reached $100,000. By 15 minutes after midnight, it peaked - at $99,999,999.00. And that's where it closed, at 7:15 this morning. It's quite possible this page will be yanked by eBay - there's fraud on all sides, more than enough to go around - so we've put up a static (no working links) local copy. The exception is the Bids link - that works, and points to another local page. Bungie's been alerted - but I'm really doubting this is anything but a scam, in any case.

The Clan Mark of Damocles

May 31st, 2004
One One Se7en looks at clan markings, and why yours should be picked by a friend.

…Nor By The Color Of Their Armor…

May 31st, 2004
Late - but not TOO late; today's Halo: Resolution continues the Dada-ist storyline for another episode.

Halosn.bungie.org down again

May 31st, 2004
Once again, it seems we're having problems with our third mirror (the one that handles Fan Fiction, among other items) - I've rerouted all OTHER content, but Fanfic is down until we can get the problem fixed. Bad combination of hardware troubles and a holiday weekend - sorry!

No, it’s better than that. Better. No, better.

May 31st, 2004
Tycho, of Penny Arcade, wrote up a nice review of the Bungie Fanfest at E3 last Friday (scroll down near the bottom) - they had a good time, it seems. (Looks like clarksbrother was the first to give us the heads-up - thanks!)

Going Nowhere VERY Fast

May 31st, 2004
A few days ago, I digitized a bunch of videotape submitted by Michael Coffing, and posted a whole passel of new scores on the Going Nowhere Fast leaderboard. Some he submitted just because there was no entry for that level, others because he had really nice runs. One run he posted, Silent Cartographer in 5:46, I was pretty sure wasn't going to be beaten any time soon. I was wrong. We received a new entry from Ducain this afternoon - and it shaves more than 20 seconds off that very impressive run from Michael. The time to beat for Silent Cartographer is now 5:24. Wow! (We'd show you the vid, but that would give away Ducain's secrets - and would probably result in some faster entries. You'll have to find the tricks for yourself!)

Platform wars

May 31st, 2004
A public beta of Aquaduct 2, an Xbox tunneler program for Mac OS X, has been released. The big news is that it's now compatible with XBConnect , so you're not limited to playing your fellow Mac users any more. Grab it and get fragging!

3D screenshot for folks who hate QuickTime

May 30th, 2004
Yesterday, Rip-Saw posted a note about an option to view the 3D screenshot Bungie posted Friday for those without QuickTime - he created a 2.1 mb, 320x240 animated gif. Viewing it took a little work; there's no .gif extension on it, so many browsers don't know what to do with it. BOLL came to the rescue, with a more elegant (though quite a bit larger) solution: a 7.4 mb Flash version (640x480) that reproduced the rotational options of the 3D QuickTime VR version. There is a problem with that version, though - it's a really, really, REALLY slow download outside of Scandinavia. He's uploaded an updated version to our servers; this one remembers your starting point (multiple rotations aren't quite so jarring any more), and he's added an auto-rotate feature (left and right arrows, down arrow to stop). View it in our Miscellaneous section. (Again, if you've got the hi-res QuickTime version, and it works for you, you don't really need this - it's for the QuickTime-impaired.)

I Thought IMAX Was The Other Guy…

May 30th, 2004
Hot on the heels of Friday's 3D screenshot, One One Se7en has gone 3D. Sort of.

Lots of writing

May 30th, 2004
Not being able to access the Fan Fiction admin section didn't seem to stop submissions - there are 32 new pieces in the section for you today. Some good, some... um, not so good. Check 'em out.

I gotta try that Feckless Cry idea

May 30th, 2004
Red vs Blue has released a bonus vid found on last month's Computer Gaming World cover CD to sponsors; check the Season 2 Sponsors forum for a link. (Non-sponsors; you might still find that CGW on store shelves.) It shows off some of the FAILED concepts they didn't go with, before deciding on the RvB comedy theme. Personally, I think Soldiers with Passion could have gone somewhere... if only they had more women. Thanks to Ross Mills for the heads-up.

Large vids showing… stuff.

May 30th, 2004
Blade writes to point out that he's posted Episode 2 of his 'Blood Gulch Experience' on his Teamhalo website. (Free registration required.) This is 8:28 of standard gameplay on Blood Gulch, weighing in at 51 mb in WMP9 format. The point, it seems, is to show how much better Halo looks on his new Radeon 9200 video card. Um... okay. And there's a video posted in his forum - even bigger (98.8 mb, 16:18 long), showing gameplay using NiTrOuSoXiDe's Halo 2 mod (version 5.5, released recently) - the gameplay's nothing special, but it's nice to see the mod in action. This one doesn't require registration to get.

First Annual Enkidu Fanfic Contest – reminder

May 30th, 2004
Steve writes to ask that we remind people of the Fan Fiction contest we mentioned last week - there are just two weeks left to enter a submission. If you're going to enter, keep the deadline in mind!

Backstory… revealed obliquely?

May 29th, 2004
Interesting find by Anton P. Nym: If you visit the Library, one of Bungie.net's new forums, the splash bar at the top has a pretty interesting secondary definition for the word itself:

2. A collection of cloned DNA sequences whose location and identity can be established by mapping the genome of a particular organism.

So is THAT what level 7 is all about? Hmm...

Site troubles

May 29th, 2004
Apologies - once again, we're having trouble with one of our mirror sites; everything it handled has been redirected at this point, EXCEPT the Fan Fiction section (because of its dynamic nature, it CAN'T be mirrored properly). That section is offline until we can fix the problem. Sorry. Update: Fixed, more easily than expected. All sections (including Fanfic) are back online. Thanks, 3!

I didn’t know they could talk…

May 29th, 2004
Rockslider points out the next episode in Frontline with Suzie - this week's episode is called 'the heavy brigade', and talks to a Hunter.

Advanced Demand

May 29th, 2004
Dr. Nick points out that even though the actual movies are being hosted elsewhere, the Advanced Essentials movie brought enough traffic to the [-GTC-] website that it's offline again. I wasn't smart enough to record all the mirrors, but I can at least point out the b.org ones: we're hosting both the DivX version and the QuickTime version. Read the original news post for more info on the vid itself.

New Mombasa gets a shot

May 29th, 2004
Out of time and out of options, it seems, Frankie has posted this week's Bungie Weekly Update over at Bungie.net, on the new 'New Mombasa' forum. It's not particularly meaty this week - but Frankie has lots of excuses for that. There IS some discussion of new maps, a new (previously unmentioned) weapon, and some fun stuff about dialog. Go read!

Bacon-Flavored Marshmallows

May 29th, 2004
Red vs Blue has Episode 34 - 'aftermath, before biology' - up for sponsors. (The general public will have to wait a couple of days.) It's 4:27 of RvB goodness, with a great combination of humor and plot advancement. And the - oh, go watch it.