Archive for July, 2004

GTA :: Sin City Update

July 31st, 2004
The Halo-based Grand Theft Auto conversion has been renamed to GTA :: Sin City. This information, and a few other tidbits about the past week, are available in the Weekly Update posted on their forum.

82 mb of Maw Goodness

July 31st, 2004
The final winning run in our Going Nowhere Fast contest, Trefitch's Maw sprint, is now available via Direct Download from the GNF Status page. If you're not one of the 900 people who have already grabbed this 82 mb file via BitTorrent - now's your chance to get an HTTP download. It's a gorgeous run... check it out! (Again - announcement of the Grand Prize winner should be sometime in the coming week.)

Inheritance a Go

July 31st, 2004
Back in May, Kris Kristensen, director/producer of an upcoming film called 'Inheritance', stopped by various Halo-related forums (ours included) to ask folks to sign a petition showing interest in the film. (He appealed to the Halo fanbase because one of the stars of the show is Jen Taylor, the voice of Cortana.) Apparently, the push was successful; a couple of days ago, he posted a note on the HaloPlanet forum stating that the movie will be distributed between November 2004 and February 2005. (The responses he got were split between indifference and titillation about the mention of 'graphic sex' in the Director's Cut version - it's a little disappointing to see no real support for the film itself.) Thanks to TankRamp for the heads-up.

Halo 2 Wallpaper all over the net

July 31st, 2004
Shacknews pointed out Halo 2 wallpapers at TeamXbox and IGN Xbox, all based on the recently released super-hi-res Halo ad. (The same sorts of wallpaper has been created by HBO visitors, currently in the woefully backlogged Wallpaper queue - for example, Ducain whipped up a batch a week ago (and another batch a couple of days later)... we'll do our best to get these up and posted soon.) Thanks, Ash.

Saturday Storytelling

July 31st, 2004
Seven new stories in the Fan Fiction section today (updates take more work now, because of the new comments section, so it's easier if I do them when the batch size is smaller). Go read!

What Works, So Far

July 31st, 2004
Jake 'Evergreen98' Billo has written an article over at the Junkyard looking at the changes in gameplay, from the release version of Halo through the current prereleases of Halo 2. If you read this, and choose to comment on it, remember that 1) the Halo 2 builds we've seen/heard of so far aren't finished, and 2) Halo has been out (and playable) for almost 3 years, while the longest anyone has ever been able to play Halo 2 without signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement is about 3 hours.

How Stupid ARE People, Anyway?

July 31st, 2004
Some moron is selling the domain name 'ilovepees.com' on eBay, claiming it is guaranteed to generate 1 million hits in the first week, due to the popularity of the ilovebees.com site. Starting bid is $1,000 and the Buy It Now price is $50,000. Personally, I have to say... if this actually sells, I hold out little hope for the human race as a whole. Thanks to Starman343 for the heads-up.

Bungie’s Euro Dash

July 31st, 2004
This week, the Bungie Update is not a normal update - it's a special Bungie.net feature that covers the ins and outs of getting a game going in the European market. Typically fun Frankie read. So go read, already.

Banshee Handling IV

July 30th, 2004
vector40 has written a series of articles on Banshee control - he's now added a fourth segment, but this one is narrated video instead of text. It's rather long (ten and a half minutes), but it covers several key strategy points in a way that simply cannot be duplicated with written words. If you're looking for an edge in your online Banshee battles, this is worth watching. It's 55 mb large, in MPEG-4 format; looks like the encoding is unfriendly to WMP9 on a PC, but QuickTime handles it on both Macs and Windows boxes. Turns out my analysis of our bandwidth situation took into account only files.bungie.org and files2.bungie.org - mythica.org still has a goodly chunk for the rest of the month, so that's where it's being hosted. Grab it today!

Movies, movies, movies

July 30th, 2004
It's Friday - I guess it must be Movie day again. Merecatfish has made another PSA for Halo CE - you can snag it off his Halocity site. (WMP9 format, 320x240, 3:51, 5.6 mb) 45 Sion has made a pretty foul-mouthed vid called 'SouthPark MC Class' - WMP9 format, 640x480, 57 seconds, 5.6 mb... thanks, c0ld vengeance. Legend has made a teaser for an upcoming 'Halo Revolutions' film; you can find it on Halo Orbit (thanks, Oliver Sopienski). I'm not sure what it has to do with Revolutions at this point... but the sniping's pretty good. (MPEG1 format, 320x240, 1:10, 18.8 mb) Team EP has put together a teaser for a new map they're building (still in Alpha) - Ndugu has snowboards (with all the grinding and tricks that suggests), plus snowball launchers, pickaxes, and more. WMP9 format, 640x480, 2:29, 9.8 mb. A thread about the release can be found on the Gearbox forums. And [CHP] member Vinx has put together a long (9:25) video of gameplay on the Halo CE map New Mombasa. (It's in WMP9 format, 640x480, and weighs in at 56 mb downloadable.) Thanks to HaloPlanet for these last two. And to people who've submitted movies to US for hosting - please be patient. The Going Nowhere Fast contest releases have hit us pretty hard, bandwidth-wise. We'll be in better shape come August 1. Update: oops, one more from our own forum - scabbronumber1 posted Game Over, a 9.6 mb WMP9 that's 4:01 worth of mostly Blood Gulch tricks and gameplay.

Rivalries Rage On

July 30th, 2004
MarkHawk points out a new Subzero Rivalries comic - takes a shot at Halo's AI, I think.

The Joy Of Socks.

July 30th, 2004
Stuntmutt proves that even Cortana is not immune to the corrupting influence of One One Se7en.

Contact

July 30th, 2004
Halo Babies has posted their 50th strip today - and it's a cliffhanger. There's also some information on meeting these guys at the Halo50k Seattle event, coming up at the end of August. Go visit!

Halo Maps up and running

July 30th, 2004
A couple of months ago, we mentioned the UXB web-based Halo server database. This has now moved to a new home at UXB's recently launched Halo Maps website, a home for map downloads and HaloPC/Halo CE information. The site has no ads - just good, solid Halo info. Check it out!

Unreal Chief

July 30th, 2004
Strato has found a Master Chief skin for UT2004; you can see pictures and grab a copy (4.8 mb) from FileFront. Nice colors!

Fan Fiction Comments are Back

July 30th, 2004
Thanks to Wado, who was the driving force behind the new Comments solution to the Fan Fiction section. Stories will continue to be posted in the usual manner - but comments are now handled on the Fan Fiction Forum. (Each story gets its own thread, and you can either follow the 'Read/Post Comments' link from the story itself, or backtrack from the comments page for a given story - the first post will always have a link to the story it's attached to.) If you want to post comments, you'll need to register on the forum; it's a standard phpBB install, so comments section moderators will now have far more control over abuse than the old system had. You cannot post new topics, and you cannot reply to existing ones unless you're registered. The system went live yesterday, with no fanfare, with just the dozen or so stories posted since the Comments section was taken offline - but it now contains today's Fan Fiction update (another 18 stories). Please read the FAQ and the Guidelines that Wado's been so kind as to write up - and enjoy the new functionality!

Another Dew Writeup

July 30th, 2004
Bill Daiber and his crew were another winning team in the Mountain Dew/Halo 2 contest - he's sent us his writeup of the experience, and the pictures that won them their seats, for the fans to read. You'll find the info in our Miscellaneous section.

No more Halo for Trautmann – really.

July 29th, 2004
A couple of days ago, we posted a note suggesting that Eric Trautmann might not have left the Halo universe entirely. An email from Eric points out that we misinterpreted the blog entry - no matter WHAT happens to his job, he won't be working on Halo. He IS looking forward to the wedding, though. Priorities - it's all about priorities. And he's got good ones.

Short People Got No…

July 29th, 2004
Bah. Looks like Warbow got one last Calvin and Halo into the queue before he left for the summer - and I missed it on Tuesday. It's posted now. When you play a game, you should always think the rules through before you start.

The Case for Switching

July 29th, 2004
MasterGrief points out an 'Advertisement Campaign for Halo CE' over on the Halomods forum. In actuality, it's a video made by Aztec showing gameplay on Fissure Falls - but who am I to argue? Available in high and low resolutions (bizarrely, the screensize of the 'low-res' version is larger than that of the 'hi-res' version, though it DOES have a lower bitrate). DivX-encoded .avi, 11.2 or 14.7 mb, depending on the version you grab.