Archive for November, 2004

Can we PLEASE put this one to bed?

November 30th, 2004
A million people have been sending us mail about the last page of the upcoming XboxWorld magazine in Europe. It says 'Halo 2. Didn't think there was more? Think again!' And then, below that, 'Plus! If all goes to plan, a massive world exclusive first look... NEXT MONTH!' Folks have been theorizing that this refers to everything from downloadable content to Halo 3, coming out next month. Looks like Spong got the lowdown... the Halo 2 'more' is a Multiplayer guide booklet, and the 'world exclusive' is the new Medal of Honor title. Sorry for any burst bubbles.

Cairo Station, Legendary – in 10 minutes.

November 30th, 2004
Last week, a few people turned in speed runs of Outskirts - and I mentioned that I'd really love to see a speed run of Cairo Station, on Legendary. Today, Cody Miller obliged. I was amazed. It's not perfect - he dies twice (in the same place both times), but man... it's beautiful. 10:19, from start to finish. The film is QuickTime format, 64.8 mb, 480x360 (just like the GNF speedruns). Grab a copy, and check out the shortcuts you missed!

Nebular rocks.

November 30th, 2004
The ongoing saga of Calvin's meeting with the Covenant continues in today's Calvin and Halo. I'm thinkin'... Calvin might have just gotten himself into something big...

A Weasel’s View

November 30th, 2004
Frankie has finally gotten around to writing up last week's Halo Humpday Challenge - I'm guessing it took so long because they got so badly beaten. (He even tried to blame the lack of players on 'tryptophan poisoning' - but his Scottish heritage betrayed him; he forgot that Thanksgiving is on THURSDAY, so those folks should have been turkey-free on Wednesday afternoon. NICE TRY, FRANKIE.) They played the Bungie.net mods - and then after they lost, they tried to claim that since 2 of the mods were Bungie employees, they actually DIDN'T lose. Interesting to see how THIS week's challenge goes...

There once was a Spartan from Reach…

November 30th, 2004
Quick note - Mhaddy wanted to remind you that the Junkyard's Poetry Contest (mentioned recently) is now open for entries.

Art and film at Halo Babies

November 30th, 2004
Large art update over at Halo Babies - plus a movie. (Apologies to zero, the movie's creator - he submitted the link to us a few days ago, but I let it slip.) I'm not sure I get it, entirely... it's a whole bunch of Halo 2 clips strung together, but I was having trouble finding a theme. However, that's for you to decide, not me. Go look at the art, download the movie, enjoy the day!

Forget the shows – watch ads

November 30th, 2004
Gamespot is running a 'Commercial Challenge' - vote for the best commercials of 2004, win prizes. Halo 2's TV spot is in the running. Thanks, Nathan.

Buy it. They\’ll love it.

November 30th, 2004
Hehe - amidst all these doom-and-gloom articles about how Halo 2 will cause your child to become a Satanist, it's nice to see that SOME places are still recommending it. People Magazine has a Top Ten Games to buy your kids for Christmas - and Halo 2 is #8. Thanks, Alexander.

DLC coming soon?

November 30th, 2004
Total Video Games, a UK gaming site, has an article up claiming that the first Downloadable Content Update for Halo 2 is coming soon. We haven't seen this confirmed anywhere yet - so at this point, this is rumor - but it sure is INTERESTING rumor.

Everybody\’s drawing the guy.

November 30th, 2004
KP was just browsing through sketches made by Tim Buckley, of the webcomic Ctrl+Alt+Del... and ran across this very nice pencil drawing of the Master Chief, done in honor of Halo 2's release. Coolness!

The Wipeout Chronology

November 30th, 2004
It's the end of the month, and the end of our bandwidth; we've had a MOUNTAIN of movies submitted to us over the past 60 days or so, and I've been a bit lax at getting to them, partly for bandwidth reasons, partly because the flood of new Halo 2 content on the website has overwhelmed me. I went back over some of them today - and found one I liked a lot. It's nothing new, film-wise; it's just Halo gameplay. However, it fits the music quite well, and it's... I dunno, I just liked it. It's called 'The Wipeout Chronology', and it was submitted by Mick Lacy, of Team A.G.R.O., sometime back in September. It's available in both WMV (25 mb) and QuickTime (21.4 mb) formats. There won't be that many more of these made, I bet... enjoy it!

Fan Fiction. Again.

November 30th, 2004
32 new Fan Fiction pieces written in the past 5 days - I guess the Thanksgiving holiday meant people had extra time on their hands. This section is an enigma to me... why is it, in the area of HBO where words are MOST important, that such a huge percentage of participants can't be bothered to read the huge 'READ THIS OR ELSE' directions? Why is it, in this most-often-updated section of the website (except for the front page, I guess), that I receive more complaints from submitters impatient to see their work online than anywhere else? (And often rude complaints!) Why do these people, who spend so much time trying to get inside their characters' heads, have so little empathy (or gratitude, for that matter) for the people who work hard to showcase their writing? Mysteries for the ages, I suppose. Sure makes me tired, though...

Escapism and Playing God

November 30th, 2004
Chris Butcher was interviewed by a hometown- er, home-country media outlet, the New Zealand Listener, about his current job at Bungie and how he got there. It's a pretty nice piece - go read! Thanks, Frankie.

The high cost of stats storage

November 30th, 2004
There's a news post over at Bungie.net talking about an upcoming purge of the Stats database; if there are particular games you want to keep track of, you need to grab the info now, before it's gone. More details can be found in the post.

Bungie.net stats for all

November 29th, 2004
There are a whole bunch of new solutions for displaying Bungie.net stats on your website currently in development... but most of them are either not out yet, or not for public use. Jay Roberts found a site that converts RSS to Javascript, allowing easy inclusion with very little effort. He put up an example including his own stats. If you can't wait for the fancy stuff, give this a look - it's easy, and it works!

Happy Post Thanksgiving everyone!

November 29th, 2004
Enjoy the triptofan while you can, kids. In a week you'll be swearing off turkey for another year.

Northeast Halo Tourney

November 29th, 2004
Cavmn pointed out a Halo tourney being held at a chain of paintball centers in northern Massachusetts/southern New Hampshire. 1v1 this Saturday, December 4, with a $5 entry fee and a first prize valued at $500. Phone numbers can be found on the info page.

A hardcore fan speaks up

November 29th, 2004
Randall Glass, a cornerstone of the Halo online community since his release of the Warthog Jump video in early 2002, has written a frank and honest review of Halo 2 - campaign, multiplayer, and the Limited Edition DVD. There are some really, really good points in there. (There are also some major spoilers; don't read this until you've finished the game.) Thanks to Ducain for the tipoff.

Patience is a virtue.

November 29th, 2004
Almost 2 years ago, Racing Champions Ertl (the parent company of Joyride Studios) announced that they'd be creating Halo action figures - and the first thought from Stuntmutt was 'we need Halo-based Twisted Toyfare Theatre!' (There's a link in that post if you've never heard of this.) Sometimes these things take a little while. Toyfare released their first-ever Halo photo price guide recently... and included in it 3 'Big Shots' - exactly what Stunt was asking for. One... two... three. Wheee!

Don\’t Monkey With Him.

November 29th, 2004
Today's One One Se7en points out the danger of humor in the wrong situation.