Archive for October, 2004

Free Halo stuff at Game Revolution

October 31st, 2004
Stuntmutt pointed out a nice little contest over at Game Revolution - Enter, you've got a chance to win some cool Halo schwag.

Goodbye, HBO-Coerce

October 31st, 2004
A quick reminder - HBO Coerce is going offline at midnight EDT tonight. (That's about 7 hours from now, for folks who can't do the math.) Go play some last minute Halo CE!

New Flash at Newgrounds

October 31st, 2004
Biography of Master Chief, Part 1, at Newgrounds. Wronchi takes liberties. Thanks, Blade.

Frightful.

October 31st, 2004
Stuntmutt, too, has gotten into the spirit, with a special holiday One One Se7en.

Halo 2 in Entertainment Weekly

October 31st, 2004
Yesterday, Sep7imus mentioned that the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly contained an article about Halo 2. He couldn't scan it, though. Today, Finchmeister found an online link for the same article - no scans necessary.

New Halo 2 Action Mini-Figures

October 31st, 2004
ONI_operative_343 found a new Halo 2 action figure mini-pack (it doesn't seem to be advertised on Joyride's site). You can see it (and buy it) at DieCastExpress.com.

Halloween Comic

October 31st, 2004
Kevin Ryan made a Halo 2 Halloween comic last winter - Red Leader suggested now is a good time to remind people. You can find it at Black Arts Studios.

Spike TV’s Ultimate Halo 2 Gamer

October 31st, 2004
Alex Barnes noticed a commercial on Spike TV for a show called 'Halo 2 Ultimate Gamer'. (We posted the casting notice for this a couple of weeks ago.) If you want to watch - check out showtimes. (Coming up this Thursday and Saturday.)

Bus Shelter Posters

October 31st, 2004
mecka wrote to say that he works for a company that is putting up large Halo 2 posters in public transport shelters across Melbourne, Australia - and he snapped a pic (164K) of one of these babies before pasting it up. It's about 1.8 m (6 feet) tall. Pretty!

Dutch Gaming Awards

October 31st, 2004
There's a Dutch site that's hosting

Posted in HBO

Celebrities playing Halo 2 – for some people

October 31st, 2004
Sean Kelly pointed out a new clip on the MTV website promoting this week's Making of Halo 2 video (showtimes are here). Once again, it's XP/IE only. Some websites suck.

The Australian Spin

October 31st, 2004
The Melbourne (Australia) Herald Sun had a short article on Pete Parsons, the 'man behind Halo 2' (that's a direct quote) and a previous Melbourne resident. There's a followup next week. Pooston sent us a digital photo of the article (229K).

ILB Training – now open to more

October 31st, 2004
A few days ago we mentioned a page on the I Love Bees website that discussed a closed invite to a 'training session' in 4 large cities - as of last night, that invite has been opened to several hundred people per city. Go visit the page, and if you're in the area, follow the instructions and get yourself included! Thanks to Major Hellion Youngblood and weephun for sending word.

Heretic, Hero

October 31st, 2004
Mostly working on pumpkin stuff today (the number of entries nearly doubled overnight), but there's other Halo news. In an attempt to staunch the flood of emails about the new Official Halo Soundtrack clip over at nilerogers.com, I'll post that now. It's called 'Heretic, Hero', and the snippet is 1.1 mb (1:10 long). As always, preferred listening method should be the Listening Station at the website. There are now 11 clips to listen to. The first heads-up came last night, from Hunt3r.

Think before you write twice

October 31st, 2004
To all the people who send mail to us: READ THIS. A week ago, Count Zero posted a note stating that he was going to stop reading and answering mail until after Halo 2's release, to avoid spoilers. The rest of the crew has pretty much decided the same thing. Since that point, HBO has been maintained, in its entirety, by ONE PERSON - me. I've been doing my best to answer all mail that needs answering, add all news that needs adding, update all sections that need updating... but I'm human. I miss things. Sometimes I decide that things aren't important enough to add, and I forget to send mail explaining that. PLEASE - do NOT send news to multiple addresses here if you don't get a response - they all go to me right now. Hopefully that will change again in a week or two, but for now... please, be patient, and understand that I'm pretty close to the limit of what I can realistically do when it comes to maintaining this website. Mail telling me you're angry about something not being updated will NOT be handled gracefully - for that I apologize now. You can avoid the nasty mail by NOT COMPLAINING. Thanks.

Homefront is out.

October 30th, 2004
Quick note, before heading to dinner - Homefront has finally been released. If you own Battlefield: Vietnam... go grab it. Thanks to lots of people, but Zavaro was first.

The Gathering

October 30th, 2004
Major Nelson, the Xbox marketing guy, has a blog entry up from yesterday about a gathering of 'the most influential fansites from across Europe' - he's talking Xbox fansites, now. They got lots of cool treats... but the last might have been the best:

To cap off the day, we held the very first European Halo 2 Tournament with winners walking away with cool prize packs...including a new Samsung mobile phone!

Oh, the goodies you get when you run a fansite... HEY, WAIT A MINUTE! (Thanks, Cybrfrk.)

Pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere.

October 30th, 2004
Just got finished organizing the entries so far for the 343 Guilt O' Lantern contest - I have to say, I'm really impressed. There are currently 37 entries... and some are AMAZING. The contest is still open for another 36 hours or so; at Midnight EST tomorrow night, we close the doors to entries. Then, sometime Monday, or Tuesday if Monday is REALLY awful, the entire collection will go up for voting; folks will have about a week to pick their favorites. Then give US a few days to tally the votes - and sometime soon after Halo 2's release, we'll announce the top three entries. I'm looking forward to this one!

New enemy – extracted

October 30th, 2004
Very nice - BOLL extracted one of the more interesting pictures from the Halo 2 Montage now available at Halo2.com (it's PC-only, to save you a download if you're on a Mac). Now, if you're one of the people who felt that the mere existence of a creature not present in the first Halo should be considered a spoiler, DON'T LOOK AT THIS - but it's the same baddie that's popped up in a bunch of places now, and you STILL don't know much about him. We have a regular jpeg (67k), or, if you want to use this in artwork, BOLL's original PNG file, with nice transparency (432K)... and the same image, without the glow border (317K). Enjoy!

OXM UK says OK to Halo 2

October 30th, 2004
Another review comes back perfect - this one is OXM UK's Halo 2 review, another 10/10. So far, of the OXMs, only OXM US has rated Halo 2 less than perfect... Thanks, Andy C.