Archive for August, 2004

Fall Foliage: Crisp Death

August 31st, 2004
Normally, I wouldn't put this on the front page... but it's the best way of making sure everyone who needs to see this will. The next HBO Junkies lanfest has been scheduled for October 2, 2004; details (and instructions that EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO ATTEND MUST FOLLOW) can be found on the HBO Junkie's Events page at b.net. I'm already overwhelmed with how many people want to come... so don't sign up unless this is really something you can make it to. (Even if you DO sign up, please understand that I'm gonna have to turn away at least half the folks who sign up; nothing's guaranteed. I wish I had a bigger house... but I don't.)

Misc Art Grows, Too

August 31st, 2004
Equally as surely, we're working our way through the Miscellaneous Art backlog - another ten pieces have been posted today. We're still in July, as far as submissions go... but that won't be for much longer.

MLG VoD footage for the masses

August 31st, 2004
Dolbex, synide, and Jason of MLG put together an 8-minute long retrospective of the MLG-Seattle Halo 2 experience; you've already seen the in-game footage, this will give you some flavor of the event itself. 26.9 mb, QuickTime format; we've put copies up on both files2.bungie.org and mythica.org.

Can Anyone Recommend A Good Lawyer?

August 31st, 2004
No matter how hard you try, sometimes info gets out before you mean for it to. Take One One Se7en, for example.

More pretty pics for your computer

August 31st, 2004
Another day, another 10 desktop images for the Wallpaper Section. Slowly but surely...

Wideload Aspyrs to Greatness

August 31st, 2004
Nice. Wideload Games, the brainchild of Bungie co-founder Alex Seropian and the first (and only?) company with plans to release a game using the Halo engine, has finalized a publishing deal with Aspyr Media, a Mac publishing house. (This doesn't mean Wideload's first offering will be Mac-only... in fact, it'll be released on Mac, PC, and Xbox.) There's very little info about the game itself in the article, other than some comments about it not being just like Halo. We'll be keeping our ears to the ground about this one - the Halo engine is a pretty solid asset, it'll be fun to see how else it can be used. Thanks, Elite Marine and Gundulf.

Hawt chicks and scalped tix

August 31st, 2004
Frankie showed up at the PAX event (the Penny Arcade blowout last weekend) with 12 Xboxes loaded with Halo 2 in hand... and seems to have had a good time. Of sorts. Check out the pictures and entertaining commentary over at Bungie.net. (He states, near the end, that this is probably the last chance the public will have to play this build. I think he must mean 'in the US', because unless something really stupendous is happening at the ExCeL center in London next weekend, they'll be playing it again at the Gamestars event there.)

And the art keeps flowing

August 30th, 2004
Didn't think I was going to get to it today... but sometimes you get lucky. The next of about 8 backlogged batches of Miscellaneous Art (ten items per batch) is now up for grabs - so go grab. Cool sketches today.

Inactive and Camouflaged

August 30th, 2004
Boxer points out that Episode 5 of Adventures in Disaster has been posted at akba.net. Careful where you step.

I’m goin’ under

August 30th, 2004
Don't expect to hear from me until after September, maybe....

Halo 2 Wallpaper Kit

August 30th, 2004
About a million years ago, or maybe it was just back in July, drelnathi sent along a collection of 18 Halo 2 figures, nicely separated from their backgrounds and saved as layered Photoshop documents. They were designed to help people make cool wallpapers - which is why he called it the Halo 2 Wallpaper Kit. Of course, the first upload was corrupt, and the second one got lost in the crush of new files... so it's taken until now to make this package available. It's rather large (32 mb, zipped), so if you don't have Photoshop (or an application that can read layered photoshop documents), don't bother downloading it. Hopefully, folks can use these to make cleaner desktops for the community! Go grab it at files2.bungie.org.

Imported from Reach.

August 30th, 2004
John Kamphus found an old cigar box in his attic, and added some flavor (14k). Sarge would love him...

Halo FAN Opens

August 30th, 2004
Subnova has launched the Halo FAN - a Fansite Advertising Network. If you run a Halo fansite with banner ads, joining this network will give your site exposure across the Halo fansite continuum, as well as providing you with a professionally-managed backend for your advertising particulars. Visit the info page for more details, and information on how you can benefit from this.

Halo 2 Preview at MuchMusic

August 30th, 2004
MuchMusic.com got a chance to play the Zanzibar build at X04 in Toronto a couple of weeks ago - and they, too, have written up their impressions. Check 'em out. Thanks, Bored_dude.

Hardcore Mapping

August 30th, 2004
Now THAT'S some dedicated mapping. Eric Loux sat down with what looks like graphing paper and a pencil and mapped out the Pillar of Autumn. Image is only 10K, so take a look.

synide – graduate, Halo skool of ownage

August 30th, 2004
Ryan 'synide' Thompson, who was recently Spotlighted by the Junkyard (go read it - it's funny!), wrote up his own Halo 2 review based on his experience at last week's MLG Seattle Downpour event. Swing on by Gotfrag for the lowdown, and some cool pics.

Death of the Common Grunt

August 30th, 2004
Okay - the film quality is pretty low (it was filmed with a digital camera, in movie mode), and the dialogue leaves a little to be desired... but Collin Ferry's 'Death of the Common Grunt' film still brought a smile to my face. It's available in WMP9 format (3.6 mb) or QuickTime format (3.4 mb), and it'll only eat a minute of your life. Go watch it.

Still more wallpapers

August 30th, 2004
And again, continuing to clear the Wallpaper queue, there are 10 new desktops for you in the Wallpaper section this morning. Eep - time to get back to the Misc Art queue!

German Halo 2 preview at Halo Universe

August 30th, 2004
If you can read German, you should swing over to Halo Universe, where they've put up a preview of Halo 2, based on thier impressions at the Games Convention last week, along with another small (2.7 mb, WMP9 format) shakeycam vid of the action.

55-0 in 6 Seconds.

August 30th, 2004
Stuntmutt takes a shot at passed-over assets in today's One One Se7en. Might make you cry instead of laugh... (For some of you, that won't be anything new, when it comes to One One Se7en.)