Archive for February, 2005

It’s Probably Not True

February 28th, 2005
A very large number of people have pointed us to this article on IGN. This page reports that, allegedly, Microsoft and Bungie are already working on Halo 3, and that it will be timed to coincide with the release of the PS3 (expected in early 2006, but Sony hasn't fixed a date yet). Remember, this is a rumor- there is absolutely no evidence for this anywhere else on the net. Try to think of it the same way as you would a Halo movie story.

Old and Canny beats Young and Stupid every time

February 28th, 2005
Over at Geezer Gamers, there's a writeup of a game in which a team tried to glitch their way to victory - but didn't count on the tenacity of geezers. (Go geezers!) Worth a read because it points out the sort of unsportsmanlike conduct you can run into on XBL - and what can be done to counteract that conduct. First brought to our attention by 3Suns, but I was goaded into posting by Dave Friesen. Go read.

Game With Fame – Writ Large

February 28th, 2005
Matt Stum wrote to let us know about playroster.com - a new network that is billing itself as 'the World's First Online Celebrity Gaming Network'. Their launch title will be Halo 2 - and their goal is to hook you up with celebrities playing online. They plan to list what celebrities are online at any given time (along with their gamertags), plus scheduled gaming events and live streaming video of celebrity sessions. This looks like an expansion of the existing (Microsoft-run) Game with Fame program - done by a third party. It's unclear from what's online at the moment how much of this is actually sanctioned by the celebrities they'll be tracking. If you sign up now, you get a free 12 month membership; once the offer expires, you'll have to pay to get in.

Washed Down With 117 Up.

February 28th, 2005
Today's One One Se7en shows that you can, indeed, take a joke too far.

More tournaments

February 28th, 2005
A couple of tourneys came across our inbox recently... Michael M. pointed out one that's taking place in New Zealand - visit the Halo 2 Battle website for more details. (It's happening the first two weekends in April.) And Kevin Bunch pointed out a pair of tourneys being run by MVP Gaming in Michigan; end of April/Early May, Halo and Halo 2, $70/$120 per 4-man team to register (for one or both tourneys, respectively), $1000/tourney payout. Details can be found on the tournament web page. New Zealand and Central US - Halo gaming, spanning the globe!

The Pillar of Autumn, Realized

February 28th, 2005
Stephen Loftus has spent an awful lot of time studying the intricacies of the Halo world - to a degree that some might consider fanatical. In the coming weeks, we'll be bringing you a variety of his speculations and analyses... but to start with, we've put up a page devoted to a 1/1000 scale model of the Pillar of Autumn he's building. This is a work-in-progress; at this point, it's a skeleton of the ship. The detail, however, is astounding... check it out!

Not a very good day to be Church…

February 27th, 2005
Red vs Blue episode 50 has been posted for sponsors; it's MASSIVE. 124-129 mb, depending on format... 16 and a half minutes of revisionist history. A whole bunch of mysteries from Season One are finally cleared up - sort of. Awesome episode, overall... for everyone except Shishka. If you're not a sponsor, this should be available by mid-week. Thanks to all who wrote in to let us know.

On the money… in some places

February 27th, 2005
Jillybean sifted through some forum posts and emails to put up another few tidbits on the Halo Story page today; a novels-based morsel commented on by Eric Trautmann himself, along with some speculation about the mechanism behind Halo's offensive capabilities. Go read!

What’s that big yellow thing?

February 27th, 2005
Today's Prickly City comic looks at one of the pitfalls of pushing the visuals envelope... thanks, pirate stunn.

Halo 2 as a serious player

February 27th, 2005
HALOChat has also posted an interview with a high-ranking Halo 2 player - it's described as part 1 of 3 of 'Speaking with a Pro'... but from reading the interview, it looks like cAPPy204 is just someone who plays a lot. (I can't see anything that suggests that he does this for money anywhere.) Comments can go in the forum thread HALOChat started to announce this.

Tsquared talks to MLG

February 27th, 2005
MLGPro has turned the Pro-Player Spotlight on Tsquared, a 17-year-old signed MLG player. Go read for a taste of what it's like to be young and a professional gamer. Thanks, 3Suns.

Scotland Gaming

February 27th, 2005
We got a note from Jim Smith that there'll be a Running Riot tourney happening at the Sauchiehall GameStation (upstairs of the Sports Cafe Glasgow) in Glasgow, Scotland, on March 7th. Registration opens at 7, gaming happens until midnight. There's a small entrance fee. More details can be had by contacting running_riot@btopenworld.com.

Unintended Consequences

February 26th, 2005
Dennis Powers dropped us a note to let us know that Episode 6 of the Halo CE Chronicles has been released - 3:49, 4.2 mb, in Flash video format. The Spartan takes on the Covenant troops that killed his friend, and finds he's not just a killing machine. Update: Dennis writes to say bandwidth might be limited at the start; if the stream is slow, try again later. Thanks!

MC Suit Progress

February 26th, 2005
Not long ago, we put up a page detailing the progress Alan James has been making with a new MC suit he's building. He just sent us a couple of shots of the gun he's building to go with it - we've added them to the page. Great start!

Brain Ninjas

February 26th, 2005
FugitiveSoldier and some buddies played a marathon game of Zombies, and the resultant film is pretty funny; Brain Ninjas is just under 5 minutes of Benny Hill-type humor (complete with soundtrack), zombies chasing a poor living spartan. Latest thread for this can be found here on our forum; the movie is WMP9 format, 20.6 mb. adrenaline786 has tossed up a mirror, and we added a pair more - both for the original WMP9 (mythica.org | bungie.org), and for a QuickTime version (20.7 mb, mythica.org | bungie.org). Update: Chester the Destroyer has mirrored the WMP9 version, as well.

Stop Motion Reload

February 26th, 2005
KillR posted a small Battle Rifle Functions video in our forum - stop-motion footage of a White MC action figure and his Battle Rifle. Pretty nice work! I've tossed up both the original WMP9 version (1.5 mb) and a QuickTime version (1.9 mb) on local servers, in case his bandwidth runs out.

A power shift

February 26th, 2005
After War episode 14 has been posted over at Black Arts Studios; the story's getting a bit difficult to understand, but hang in there. Thanks, Kevin.

Saturday Stories

February 26th, 2005
Small buildup of Fan Fiction pieces during the time I was gone; 26 new items added today. (There was some talk on the forum about starting to call it Fan Literature, so that searches for Fan Fiction in the news wouldn't return more than the 777 items written before today... but no, we'll stick with what works. Consider this the first post in the SECOND batch of 777 fan-fiction-related news posts.)

GSJ Rocks.

February 25th, 2005
MrJukes has been busy - there are two more Jump Sessions and a pretty fun flag cap on his Trick Jumping site. Some pretty cool stuff in that new one... go start downloading! Update: oops - I should have reminded people that we've mirrored the entire site - if you have trouble getting to the original (like, say, now, when rabid fans like you have brought it to its knees), you can grab files from us.

LEVEL 28 MORONS/LOSERS

February 25th, 2005
The Bungie Weekly What's Update is up, and boy is Frankie mad. Steaming mad. Luckily for us, however, he put aside his boiling rage long enough for another peek into the vast intellectual emptiness that is his mailbox, some answers to some questions, and an old-skool Mister Chief, simple-style.