Archive for September, 2004

Sometimes, you just want to cry.

September 30th, 2004
Man, I don't know how I missed this one... except maybe because I wanted to. posted an article in their Lifestyle section a few weeks ago that looked at who should be cast in what role if anyone ever made a Halo movie (which, I hasten to say before the next sentence break, they're not doing). Their first recommendation - Vin Diesel as Master Chief. And it went downhill from there. I like the community folks, because they bring interest stories about Halo to a wider audience... but this was a mistake from the first paragraph.

Power Ranger UNDERWEAR?

September 30th, 2004 has posted answers to last week's Xbox Question of the Week, which was "What would you do for a sneak peek at Halo 2?" After reading the replies they got, I'm thinking that most of the people who answered have also made it into our mailbag...

Everybody’s gotta try…

September 30th, 2004
Want a cookie? Calvin and Halo shows you the bar; raise it for results.

343 Guilt O’ Lantern

September 30th, 2004
An astoundingly generous fan - who wishes to remain anonymous - has donated some pretty cool schwag for use in a new contest; we're proud to announce 343 Guilt O' Lantern, a pumpkin-carving contest. Last year, Bungie hosted their own, and it was pretty successful - our fan wanted to see it happen again, and made sure it would by tossing an Xbox and all the trimmings into the pot. Unfortunately, we can't ship it to the winner in time to be able to play Halo 2 the day it comes out... but soon after that, the coolest pumpkin carver will have another toy. Go read all the details on our Contest page - and if you ever need to refresh your memory about the rules, or whatnot, the small pumpkin banner in our navbar will be available for clickthroughs until after the contest closes. Start your exacto knives! Update: Gah. Apologies... but it was just pointed out to me that we never specified what format this Xbox was in. It's an NTSC box... and although I HATE having to say this, I really don't want to have to ship it out of North America. So the contest is limited to the US and Canada... sorry.

Fan services, and a new movie

September 30th, 2004
A quick update on the free file hosting service being offered by Brian Towne... the list of sites that can use the service has grown considerably - and a check of the bandwidth usage for the box tells me that there's an added bonus that I hadn't expected. Over the years, I've gotten pretty stingy about bandwidth we offer for fan-made movies; partly this is because there are hundreds of them now, and just the maintenance bandwidth required to keep them online (and being downloaded) is noticeable... but partly because I've become somewhat jaded. And that's where Brian's service comes in. Until now, if you had a movie that you wanted the world to see, but no bandwidth to serve it with, you uploaded it to us, and we decided if it was new or different or interesting enough to warrant hosting. Now (assuming your movie is under 8 mb, which many are), you no longer have to ask; you can just upload. Yesterday, Hikaru-119 posted a movie called 'Warriors of the Prophets' - a 6.8 mb, 2:14 long WMP9 video using existing footage to show the Covenant side of the war. I watched it, and thought, 'okay, it's fine... nothing special.' When I read the comments in the forum thread this morning, though, I started to wonder if maybe I wasn't looking with a fresh-enough eye... because most people liked it quite a lot. Had Hikaru submitted it the normal way, nobody would have seen it, because it wouldn't have made it out of my 'not now' folder... but thanks to Brian, anyone can watch this. <3, Brian. Update: Dennis Powers, of UXB Internet, points out that the Halo Maps website has a pretty lenient upload policy as well, for many kinds of Halo-related files. You can read the submission guidelines to see what's allowed, and then register (or log in) to be allowed to upload your files.

Halo 2 – it’s dangerous

September 30th, 2004
Getting started late today - apologies. Looks like Halo 2 fever has gotten people thinking about what has brought them here (or, I guess, to ANY Halo site) - there are a couple of threads today on our forum that look at various aspects of this game's effect on us. Neo-genesis asks "Why are you here?" hoping to get stories about what led you to HBO in the first place. smeginfrell looks at Halo 2, and how it's infected his brain. What makes YOU keep waiting? Share your thoughts!

Someone get MacLain!

September 29th, 2004
Narcogen, over at, noticed a new update to the blog of Mat Noguchi, ToolMaster for the Halo 2 team. (I think I heard someone shortening that a bit, at one point...) Sounds like they're really winding down - we're close to the Gold announcement! An interesting 'bit of trivia', as well: "Legendary is hard. Really really really hard. Adamantium hard." Hehe - I wonder if we'll all feel the same way in 2 years?

Halo Models for UT2k4

September 29th, 2004
Looks like posted a Halo Character Model pack for Unreal Tournament 2k4 last week. Thanks, Hawk7886, for .

9.78 Newtons.

September 29th, 2004
A couple of weeks ago, Frankie confirmed to Gamespy that there would be no low-gravity levels in Halo 2 multiplayer. Looks like someone forgot to tell One One Se7en...

Wait – there are OTHER games?

September 29th, 2004
Hehe - this is sort of funny. IGN Xbox is running a poll... "Most Anticipated Xbox game besides Halo 2?" If you can't beat 'em, rule 'em out. :) Thanks, Pete.

And Still MORE Zanzibar Footage

September 29th, 2004
E1337 points out a page at Xboxyde with a couple of vids on it; the first is simply a re-encode of a video we mentioned from them last week (if you didn't get it then, it might be worth grabbing now), the second is a 16 mb, 4:19 long WMP9 showing more Zanzibar gameplay from the TGS game floor. Video quality is good, audio is mostly the Japanese announcer and show sounds. For the collector who must have EVERY video...

Wednesday’s Words

September 29th, 2004
12 new pieces for you in the Fan Fiction section today - poems, songs, stories. Go read.

Halo Revolutions released

September 29th, 2004
Back in July, we mentioned a teaser for a movie called 'Halo Revolutions' - it was footage of Legend, one of the best German Halo players out there, sniping... well, everyone. The full movie has now been released; it's a 124 mb download (the .rar compression knocked 35 mb off the full size of the movie), in DivX format, and available from, the site of the clan Legend belongs to. It's almost 10 minutes of kills, set to heroic music. Thanks to Demden and Geiernase for pointing this out!

Super Play Translation

September 29th, 2004
Victor Andersson has translated the Super Play article (a Swedish magazine) we added to our Press Scans area a couple of months ago - for those of you who don't read Swedish, you can now see the text that goes with the pretty pictures! Thanks, Victor.

Thank God it’s Wednesday

September 29th, 2004
Boxer points out that Adventures in Disaster finally has its own website, with text and everything! Go check out the comic listing; there's a new episode for today (Episode #13), though it looks like the MC isn't too happy about it...

MLG Championship Invitational

September 29th, 2004
The final event of Major League Gaming's 2004 season is going to be the Championship Invitational - head over to to read the overview of the event. It's being moved from Las Vegas (where it was originally planned to be) to New York City, on the weekend of October 23 and 24. The entire event will be broadcast live over VoD, MLG's subscription video service. More details will be coming soon!

Halo 2 Slurpee cups

September 29th, 2004
Sanjuro Tsubaki, who works at 7-Eleven, was kind enough to grab all three Halo2-themed Slurpee cups (we mentioned them Monday) and snap a couple of pictures. Side one (144k)... and side two (143k). To those offended by the cheapening of the Master Chief - live with it, this is popularity in the US.

It’s not the fall that kills you…

September 29th, 2004
Holy crap, I haven't updated in more than two months? What the hell have I been doing?

Oh, right. That.

It's really interesting to go from three months of crunch, seven days a week, 12-16 hours a day, back to a "normal" schedule of weekday only, 9-5 workdays. And by interesting, I mean relieving. I do have problems going to sleep before midnight, but a month away from work should fix that.

I have to admit, I've been feeling pretty lazy as of Monday, but that's just because I haven't been doing anything. Except occasionally freaking out when there's a random bug or two that might have something to do with the sound code. (That turned out to be a headphone problem.)

I want to apologize for the lack of recent updates. The content on this blog wanes with the waxing of challenging work; that probably means I'll be posting more often in the near future.

And now, a random bit of trivia to end with:

Legendary is hard. Really really really hard. Adamantium hard.

The banner changes – and Marty speaks.

September 28th, 2004
Hehe - the power of fan outrage. The banner on the top of Sumthing's main page has changed; all the band names have been removed. (Again, I've linked a local copy, in case of more changes.) Note - I don't think this means that the involvement of those bands has been terminated - I think it just means the info was a bit premature. Thanks, op_ivy. And whoa - just as I was about to post this, Marty himself jumped onto the forum and posted a pretty interesting piece - absolutely worth a read if you're worried about the musical tone of Halo 2. Thanks, Marty!

Speculations R Us

September 28th, 2004
A sizeable update to the Halo Story Page today, from Finn - everything from potential story spoilers for Halo 2 (don't worry, you have plenty of warning, you can read this update safely) to speculation about meteors. Go see what you can find!