Archive for June, 2004

WATCH THAT VASE!

June 30th, 2004
Whoa. RunningRiot managed to capture some pretty amazing footage in his living room...

More Halo 2 Screenshots from Kikizo.com

June 30th, 2004
Kikizo.com has put up a massive collection of screens - it's all content that's been seen in recent print articles, but it's in digital form. Very nice stuff. Thanks to Zero Flaw for noticing. Update: Higher-resolution versions of some of the renders can also be found at Eurogamer.net (thanks, R.net). You know, of course, that the appearance of all this content on various websites means we'll be seeing higher-res versions from Bungie themselves in the forseeable future...

I Screen, You Screen, We All Screen for HUDless Screens

June 30th, 2004
It's been a couple of months since the last batch... but XLNC is back with 10 new HUDless screenshots. These were taken using the detachable camera in Halo CE - which, unfortunately, only works when you're alone. (It's not networkable.)

Quashing Typos Before They Matter

June 30th, 2004
Before anyone goes overboard... 1up.com has recently overhauled their website, and one of the things that changed was the listed release date for Halo 2. (They currently have it listed as December 15, 2004.) Normally, silly release dates on random websites are ignored by us... but 1up is a pretty big site (they're the web presence for several major gaming magazines (Electronic Gaming Monthly, Computer Gaming World, Xbox Nation), and this listed date is newly changed, which might lend credence to the date even among people who normally would scoff. Not to worry - Bungie has confirmed (as of about 5 minutes ago) that the date has NOT changed - November 9th is still the day of reckoning.

Windows programmers – win Halo 2

June 30th, 2004
Djof points out a contest on Channel 9, site run by Microsoft programmers - the Summer of Express Coding Contest. Create a 'non-business' application using the new Express products, and win one of 6 Xboxes (which come with Xbox Live and Halo 2)! Details are on the contest page.

Flying around New Mombasa

June 30th, 2004
GUzz3re points out a thread on the Halo Revolution forum containing a new video showing off New Mombasa, the ambitious mod from Mrs Doublefire, NiTrOuSoXiDe, and company. Last time I posted a link to a New Mombasa vid, I got bombarded with email screaming about how I was making a beta leak worse. (I wasn't, according to the team leaders - but lots of folks didn't know that.) I haven't checked this time, but some posts by Mrs Doublefire at the Gearbox forums make it clear that he, at least, knows about the video, and doesn't seem to be angry that it's out there. It's a large WMP9 vid (640x480, 5:07 long, 36.2 mb), and it's mostly just flying around the level in detached camera mode - but you get a good sense of its layout.

XboxOttawa says Bring It

June 30th, 2004
Hehe - the Fire Team Charlie boyz have a whole bunch of goodies to give away, and they've finally settled on how they're gonna do it. Play 'em on XBC, 2v2, and beat 'em, and you win stuff. That simple! There are some very reasonable rules laid out on the contest page - go make sure you're not breaking any! Thanks to Dr Lime, at HaloPlanet, for pointing it out.

One Entry That Won’t Be Winning GNF…

June 30th, 2004
Today's One One Se7en looks at our Going Nowhere Fast competition, and how Stuntmutt's run stacked up. (In truth, he's in third place, and had some pretty l337 moves near the start... as far as I can tell, he's still in the running for the grand prize.) That said, visual manipulation of photos of me automatically disqualify you from any meaningful compensation, so he's probably right.

Observation Is Nescessary For A Succesful Mission

June 30th, 2004
Sometimes, the obvious isn't really enough. That's what I learned from Halo: Resolution today, anyway.

Green and Silver

June 30th, 2004
A couple of months ago, Bungie ran a contest called the 'Launch Week Prizetacular' - they gave away cool stuff to randomly-selected B.net members. The second prize was a Limited Edition Xbox Console - and last night, rapture showed up in the #hbo irc channel with pictures. Seems Joyeuse finally received his prize, and posted up shots on the Gearbox forum. A Limited Edition Xbox... signed by all Bungie employees. How cool is that?

No, YOUR Mom.

June 30th, 2004
We got word from Dolbex about a fun contest sponsored by MLG: Impress 'Your Mom', win free entrance to 50k3. The details: come up with the coolest multiplayer move ever, and 'Your Mom' (one of the Been Mawed crew, and a staff member of the 50k3 event) will give you a free ticket, an MLG t-shirt, and dogtags. Full rules can be found on the MLG site. Deadline is 3 weeks from now... so get cracking!

Cortana.org – RIP

June 30th, 2004
Looks like Cortana.org has gone offline. A visit to the site gives a Denied message... and a visit to Forerunners.org, its parent site, shows a news post stating that it's officially offline, with an explanation coming sometime in the future. Our links page has been updated.

Getting out of PoA – the easy way

June 30th, 2004
MireL pointed out a glitch he found at Halo Online some time ago - it's possible to climb out of the Pillar of Autumn, into space, through an airlock door. (The top pane of glass is passable by bodies, though not by bullets.) Goatrope quickly filmed the glitch (DivX format, 1.7 mb - I've also put up a QuickTime version of roughly the same size), and others in the thread confirmed that it works on both Xbox and PC. There's not much to see outside... but it's still fun to find areas like this!

HaloPlanet opens officially

June 30th, 2004
Battleground: Halo has become HaloPlanet - an official Gamespy Planet site. A new look, tons of new content (check out the interview with NiTrOuSoXiDe), and lots more to come - there's a welcome message from the site directors explaining where they're hoping to go. Explore!

Waldo ain’t got nothing on the MC

June 29th, 2004
Recently, Saint's been running some fun mini-contests on our forum, called 'Where's The Master Chief?' An invisible MC is placed somewhere in a screenshot of a Halo level, and it becomes your job to find them. (We haven't been front-paging these because the files are pretty huge (a front-page link might swamp psyjnir.org, the host), and because they're being solved fast enough just with forum regulars participating.) Yesterday, he upped the stakes a bit; instead of just the warm glow of knowing you found him fastest, Saint offered to make custom screenshots for the winners of a 6-image contest. The contest is here (with an extra screen here, to fix a mixup) - the 6 winning images are here. A nice change of pace!

But I LIKE the sun…

June 29th, 2004
SFGate.com has put together a list of games coming out in the next 6 months that could keep you in your house - forever. (Like that's a GOOD thing.) Halo 2 is on it.

HaloTV – Streaming Halo Goodness

June 29th, 2004
A forum member reminded me that I'd been meaning to mention HaloTV again. This is a site which provides streaming versions of many popular Halo vids, including some content not available elsewhere. Recently, they opened a beta Red vs Blue channel... a great way to grab a random dose of the funniest Halo serial on the net. If you haven't looked recently, check 'em out!

These Lips Were Made For Talking

June 29th, 2004
Calvin makes Hobbes happy (but not the converse) in today's Calvin and Halo

Moon Crater – now available as a beta

June 29th, 2004
A week ago, we mentioned an upcoming mod from Icetiger with low-gravity play and bots - it's now available for beta download from Halomods. (If bandwidth runs out, there's a mirror at Halo World and another at Fileplanet, as well.) If you've got Halo CE - give this map a shot, and send your feedback to Icetiger! Thanks to Battleground: Halo for the heads-up on this one.

Going… Going…

June 29th, 2004
This is just a reminder - midnight, EST, on July 1 is just under 64 hours from now. That's the final deadline for all entries to the Going Nowhere Fast contest - if you plan on mailing a tape, now would be a VERY good time to do so. (And you should send it Second Day Air at the very slowest - anything slower, and you're not guaranteed a delivery by the due date.) The more glitchable levels (Silent Cartographer, AotCR) and the foolable levels (PoA, 343GS) are honed down to a razor's edge... but there is plenty of room for improvement on some of the less-attempted levels. For example, in the past 12 hours, we've received not one, but TWO entries for Keyes - both of which beat the existing fast time by many, many minutes. (Times will be posted once we've gotten the films into the hands of the judges.) Show us what you got! Remember, there's lots of little schwag (books, action figures) and some pretty good BIG schwag (a special-edition Xbox) on the line...