Archive for January, 2005

Bantastic.

January 31st, 2005
That Stuntmutt... always finding new angles for One One Se7en. Well, maybe not NEW...

What the Halo?

January 31st, 2005
Okay, this is just... disturbing. Thanks, Edwin Durning. Update: But wait... there's more. And more.

The choices for stats just keep going up

January 31st, 2005
Another stats archiving option just turned up; Altomesi found CarnageStats. One of the developers chimed in to explain the free/pay options.

A mop and some blood remover

January 31st, 2005
If you're not offended easily, there's a pretty funny article over at Pointless Waste of Time - it's called 'Halo 2 and the Criminal Mind', and suggests why Halo 2 might actually be good for society as a whole. (You've been warned about the offensiveness - remember that.) Thanks, Bakudai.

The Shape of Things to Come?

January 31st, 2005
retsamolah has been experimenting a bit... The movie listed in this forum post is pretty short, but gives you an idea of what's possible. Personally... I think it looks pretty dang cool.

Cracking the Egg

January 31st, 2005
There's been quite a bit of talk on our forum recently about the IWHBYD skull - it was used to discover a cool little easter egg in Outskirts a couple of days ago. One of the problems with this skull is that the triggers to get it aren't completely known; some things seem to work... sometimes. And apparently, it's quite easy to go through a lot of trouble to get it... but lose it immediately. Lt. Tuma sent us a movie a couple of weeks ago; I didn't think we'd be able to host it (for a lot of reasons), but things have come together to make this possible. Quality is not the best - but that's because it's rather long, and he wanted to keep the file a reasonable size. Thanks to GloryFish, we're able to host this right now; otherwise, we'd have had to wait until after Tuesday, when our bandwidth reset. The video is 12 and a half minutes long, and contains running (text) commentary. It was originally submitted as a WMP9 file (25 mb). I re-encoded it in QuickTime, but because of the severe compression it started with, there was further degradation in the QT, and I wasn't able to get it any smaller than 29.6 mb. (It's still watchable at that size.) Please don't mind the spelling; it's the content that's important, not the presentation. Along with the movie, Lt. Tuma submitted a Word doc (11k, zipped), detailing some hints and tricks to help you on your quest. (This is also available as a straight-up html document.) If you've wanted to play with this egg, but didn't think you were up to the fight (it's an AWFUL lot of Spec-Ops Elites, on Legendary), this might help!

UK LAN event in February

January 30th, 2005
Yayap the Grunt pointed out yet ANOTHER event - this one isn't a tourney, it's a LANfest, in Wales - but there's a door fee (it's held in a commercial venue). There'll be several games; Halo is one. Check out the details on the Frag Fest Wales page.

Sponsored by Poor Mel

January 30th, 2005
The Red vs Blue team (well, okay, the COOL part of the team) is back from the Sundance Film Festival, and they've posted a video they put together for the Festival. 2 minutes of hilarity. It's available for sponsors now, and will be up for the public in a few days. Go watch! Thanks, Black Six.

Introduction to Destruction

January 30th, 2005
Funky vid posted to our forum last night... Mintz08, from www.Echo-413.com, took some filler from a Sum 41 album and put video to it. There are two versions; large is just under 7 mb, small is under 2. Here's hoping the bandwidth holds out!

Halo 2 clips: now at 594, total

January 30th, 2005
Thanks to thesaelens, for another 29 dialogue snippets for our Halo 2 Dialogue Databank. (There's also one in there from Captain Spark, posted on our forum a couple of days ago.) Go listen!

4v4 tourney in Iowa

January 30th, 2005
Matt Hamilton wrote to us about an upcoming Halo tourney to be held on Saturday, February 26 on the campus of Iowa State University. 4v4, hosted by the Uni's Halo club (ub3r-l33t), $20/team, with money split between prizes and tsunami relief. More info can be found on their web page. Update: While we're talking about tourneys... there's one in Sydney, Australia, hosted by AussieXbox, Spe6tre, and the David Peachey Foundation, coming up on February 12. A bit of information can be found in this forum post, but for the rest, you'll have to register. 4v4, $50/team, 100% of the takings to go to tsunami relief. There's $10,000 in prizes being provided by sponsors. Thanks, Octavian Augustus.

Sunday Reading

January 30th, 2005
Fifteen new pieces for you up in the Fan Fiction section today... go see what you can find! It's a bit early here to curl up in front of a fire... but it sure is cold enough.

Links update

January 30th, 2005
Just wanted to give folks a heads-up... there are a number of sites that have been submitted to our Links page that I've left in the queue - they're all on Freewebs, which seems to be down at the moment. I haven't deleted the submissions; they're just on hold until we can actually see the pages.

After War 11

January 30th, 2005
Red Leader let us know that After War, a Halo comic hosted at Black Art Studios, is back on track after a short hiatus (Kevin apparently got sucked in by Half-Life 2). Episode 11 has been posted. Chief and the Arbiter... mano a mano.

Halo Revisited

January 30th, 2005
Joe Hopkinson sent us a link to a Flash vid he's put up at Newgrounds. There's not much to the story... but the artwork's pretty fun. It's less than a meg... go watch!

Music for Pretty Vids

January 30th, 2005
Each time David Galindo releases a Halo vid, forum threads pop up, asking what music he used. Dan Downs pointed out that David's put up a page on his website that contains a comprehensive list. Go visit if you were curious where you heard that tune before...

Stats apps recap

January 30th, 2005
Cubedog reminded us that even though they were discussed at length on our forum, we neglected to post the list of winners of the Flash Stats contest held by Mike Chambers of Macromedia a couple of months ago. Oops. Now we have.

What’s underneath the bodywork

January 29th, 2005
Interesting article at Computer Graphics World - if you're intrigued by the technical aspects behind Halo 2's beauty. There are some factual errors in the article about story-related content... but that's not really what these guys were looking at. If you've ever wondered about polygon counts, or Level of Detail specifics, or how individual NPCs were personalized, check this puppy out! Thanks, Germain Couët.

Cutscenes – bane or boon?

January 29th, 2005
Clive Thomson, of Slate, wrote a piece on the hassles of cutscenes... and condemns their use in Halo and Halo 2.

Both games had forgettable storylines—pure alien-invasion boilerplate—that were redeemed by the game's superrealistic physics.

Ouch! You might disagree, but the general argument (that cutscenes tend to pull you out of the immersivity the games engender) is a reasonable one. Thanks, Anton P. Nym.

Another Egg Down

January 29th, 2005
A few days ago, Starman343 posted a note on our forum, pointing to a far more detailed post on the High Impact Halo forum - he'd managed to hear a dialogue snippet that Marty O'Donnell alluded to a few weeks back. This was clearly added as an easter egg; it requires that you have possession of the IWHBYD skull (see the HIH Skulls Database for all known details of this mysterious skull), something extremely difficult to obtain. Even when you have it, hearing this egg isn't a guarantee; once Starman343 had posted, our resident dialogue guru, Captain Spark gave it a shot, but was unsuccessful on his first attempt, and Starman himself explained that he cycled through a lot of dialogue before repeating that tidbit. Last night, Cody Miller proved his Legendary prowess yet again... and posted three hilarious snippets on our forum - so Marty's egg has been found, and added to our Dialogue Databank for posterity. Go listen! They're hilarious. (And nice work, everybody.)