Archive for March, 2005

Don’t tell mom.

March 31st, 2005
New Calvin and Halo from Blackstar this week - man, did that hit home.

Fanfic is back

March 31st, 2005
W00T! Subnova is back online, which is awesome news for them - but it also means our Fan Fiction section is back online. Sorry for the downtime!

Halo 2 X-Pack – from a Pro standpoint

March 31st, 2005
MLGPro.com put up an article about the Halo 2 expansion pack - it's a weird read. It jumps back and forth between acceptance of the existing price structure (with solid logic including acknowledgment that the majority of Halo 2 owners don't have Live, and the reminder that if you choose to buy the maps rather than wait to get them free, you've ACCEPTED their cost) and annoyance/regret that the maps aren't free NOW (because, you know, if you're a competitive player, you're FORCED to buy them when they come out - waiting for them is not really an option). There's also a bizarre claim that since Bungie clearly sucks at playing the game (as evidenced by their Halo Humpday Challenge record), they "can't possibly know the complete dynamics of any map they make." (That one made my head spin.) Anyway, go read. Thanks, 3Suns.

The Codex Ep 7 now out

March 31st, 2005
The Codex Episode 7 has been released - 'The Siege of Halo Base' features the shotgun action of Jack Foster. It's action-packed, and nicely filmed. Currently in QuickTime only, but DivX and WMP9 should be posted later today.

Halo for Freelancer

March 31st, 2005
Bronzemage sends us a link to a forum working on a Halo mod for the space-sim Freelancer. This general Freelancer mod site has more info, as well. I poked around a little bit, but didn't find any existing artwork - yet. Check it out if you want to help!

Expansion Pack cover art?

March 31st, 2005
Oliver Stopienski, from Halo Orbit, points out that they've got an image that's supposed to be the Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack cover; this is the same artwork that Bungie used for its news post about the expansion pack, so who knows? It might even be true. (It's too small a picture to rule out a simple photoshop job, and there's no mention (that I can understand) of the image's providence in the Halo Orbit news item.) Update: Marc, of Halo Universe, confirms that this image comes from Microsoft's German PR firm - seems like a good bet that it's accurate! (No offense meant to the Halo Orbit folks - my skepticism comes from multiple fakes in the past - not from them, but on the internet in general.)

More Montages

March 31st, 2005
SkyLine asked us to point out Wild Card Production's pair of Halo montages - lots of sniping. Hosting's offsite, so what the heck. Wi1D CarD Montage 2 is 45.6 mb, MPEG 1 format (4:33 long). Wi1D CarD Montage 3 is 3:15 long, MPEG1 format, 32.5 mb.

Get spam, plus a chance at a free xbox

March 31st, 2005
Black Six points out a Halo 2 Sweepstakes at Gamestop - sign up to win a special edition Xbox, along with both Halo Xbox games. You must be a resident of the US, and a legal adult in your state of residence. You've got until April 13 to sign up!

Baby Art? I think not. All grown up.

March 31st, 2005
mr smiley points out another hefty art update at Halo Babies. The Elite and The Assassin and Angel of Prayer were my two favorites, but check 'em all out!

Halo 2 Glow Effect in Halo CE

March 31st, 2005
Hehe - SuperSunny has figured out a way to bring the Halo 2 glow effect (light reflecting off the ground) to Halo CE. The innovation doesn't stop! Thanks, MasterGrief.

New Columns at Team Tabula Rasa

March 31st, 2005
Team Tabula Rasa has two new columns on Halo 2 strategy online - Furiont opens his 'The Making of a Spartan' column with a recap of how he got started in all this, and Faewraith113 fires up his 'Sententia per Antiquus' column with a piece called 'Community of Electrons', which looks at the growth and evolution of the gaming community over the past 20 or 30 years, and how Halo is helping to bring this to the next level. Go check 'em out!

Call for Help – Artist Needed

March 30th, 2005
Overswarm is almost ready to start posting his Strategy guides... but he realized that many of his pieces would be better if he had an artist working with him. If you're interested in helping out, and have some talent, drop him an email!

Containing the Flood

March 30th, 2005
Mat Noguchi was one of several Bungie employees to present talks at this year's Game Developer's Conference. He was kind enough to provide both the paper and the slides he used for the talk itself (with his notes attached). You can read the paper here, and view the slide show (minus a few real-time demos) here. It's a pretty fascinating read!

Halo Stats on your Pocket PC

March 30th, 2005
Hehe - when you absolutely, positively, can't go another minute without your stats... view 'em on your Pocket PC. Thanks to HaloPlanet for the heads-up.

The Sniper

March 30th, 2005
This is highly unusual, but I couldn't wait... Jason Borne (you might remember the name - we've got a pretty amazing piece of artwork of his in our Miscellaneous Art collection) dropped off a new image, and since I have no idea when I'll get a chance to update the misc art section again, I thought I'd just post this. 1080x609, 213k... gorgeous. Perfect mix of death machine and peaceful forest scene...

Please Stand By

March 30th, 2005
For all the folks writing to us - no, there isn't a One One Se7en today. I think Stuntmutt is angry with me.

Why you act like grunt?

March 30th, 2005
Captain Spark posted another 30 dialogue snippets on his website; grab the zip file from there, or browse the new entries in our Dialogue Databank.

Buyin’ Stuff for MLG

March 30th, 2005
Bigsauce is pretty excited about the new MLG Online Store... because the very first player shirt for sale is his. For AR lovers everywhere! (There'll be other player shirts, with all the big-name Halo pros you've watched...)

Mawn-Taj

March 30th, 2005
Bull3tL@g posted a Halo 1 montage on our forum yesterday - lots of nice grenade sticks, and other stuff. 43.1 mb, WMP9 format. Hosted at ods.org.

Emblem Checker works again

March 30th, 2005
Thanks to brokenwatch, of H2 Advanced Stats, for sending along the fixes needed to make our Gamertag emblem checker work again after Bungie.net's tweaks recently. Sorry for the downtime!