Archive for April, 2005

Your whining shames us all!

April 30th, 2005
Captain Spark posted another batch of dialogue snippets on his website yesterday - they're now in searchable form in our Dialogue Databank. Elites and Grunts, this time around.

Out of place, geographically…

April 30th, 2005
Michael M. was vacationing in Australia, and ran across a hotel that looked familiar.

Epic Battle

April 30th, 2005
HunterXL points out a Halo 2 mod from TheTykoMan, part of the 7th Sanctum modding clan. Looks like he's managed to bring together a LOT of marines and either sword-wielding or beam-rifle-wielding enemies... if you've got a modded box, and you want to get into a pretty big battle in single player, check this out! (Pics and a video are linked in the HaloMods forum thread.)

SoCal Tourney

April 30th, 2005
There's a Team Slayer tournament at Cal Poly Pomona on May 13, sponsored by MLG - more details are in this news post. Thanks, 3Suns.

Play Goldfinger online

April 30th, 2005
Another 'Game with Fame' opportunity - the band Goldfinger will be online on Sunday, May 1. You can find full details in the official press release.

Stuff that should interest you

April 30th, 2005
Today's Weekly What's Update is posted over at Bungie.net - and it focuses mostly on the new playlists, due to be in place on Xbox Live late next week. There are a bunch of changes made to decrease the effect 'griefers' (folks who play mostly to make OTHERS miserable) have on games, and also some style changes. There's also info about the stats reset coming soon, as well as questions left over from the recent Auto-Update and the Downloadable Content release this week. And (and this is WHOLLY unnecessary) a Mister-Chief-painted Scion. Well, on second thought... I don't really like Scions. So... yeah.

A Cody Day In Hell.

April 29th, 2005
Today's One One Se7en will make more sense... soon.

It’s a Mod, Mod, Mod World

April 29th, 2005
Some interesting stuff going on in the HaloCE world... Halohoger has released a trailer for his upcoming Area 54 - you can grab it at HaloMods. And jahrain is working on a mod that remakes a village from 'The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time' - pics are up on the Gearbox forums. Thanks to MasterGrief for letting us know about both of these.

Objective-based game lovers, unite!

April 29th, 2005
Mothergoat is trying to compile a list of gamers that enjoy objective games, but aren't obnoxious Live-users. If you're interested, read his post, visit his forum, add your name.

Yet more words

April 29th, 2005
Twelve new pieces for you today in the Fan Fiction section - go read!

Free online tourney Monday

April 29th, 2005
Matt Scalcione points out that HaloTournies.com is running a free tournament on Monday, May 2. Winning prize is a $35 EBGames gift certificate. More details can be found on the site.

XBL integration at 2old2play.com

April 29th, 2005
DSmooth writes to point out that 2old2play.com has set up a new service whereby you have access to lots of information if you link your gamertag on the site; a Friends list, wireless Friends list, stats integration, and more! Check out all the details.

Sometimes, the hype is accurate.

April 29th, 2005
Wow. This is a little off-topic... but not really. I've spent the morning running some tests with QuickTime 7, and the new H.264 codec. It blows away EVERYTHING I've used up to this point - I'm seriously considering making it the new 'default' QuickTime codec for HBO-released movies. (QuickTime 7 is a free download for all, though if you use QT6 Pro, you'll have to pay for a new Pro license.) This is mostly a heads-up.

A nice tip o’ the hat.

April 29th, 2005
Lionhead Studios, creators of Black & White and Black and White 2, has put up a page with questions and answers for the developers about the making of B&W 2. If you scroll down to the section entitled 'Blooming and Trees', you'll see that the inspiration for this technique came straight from the original Halo. Nice! Thanks, HookMeUpImLocal.

Bungie-signed Xbox for Auction

April 29th, 2005
Shinesevens noticed a signed Xbox on eBay - there are 5 days left. This was brought to the Seattle fanfest the day Halo 2 was released, and has been signed by many Bungie employees. No bids, currently. Interesting collector's item!

9th Map identified

April 29th, 2005
rRootage scanned the display case for the new Multiplayer Map Pack - he found it on display at EBGames. It contains pretty solid confirmation that one of the remaining maps (almost certainly Backwash) is set in a 343GS-type swamp... which would pin down Frankie's last remaining hint word, 'Firefly'. The original post is here, with speculation - the actual scan is in this post. (This is news because before this point, 8 of the 9 maps were either released or fully described (look for the writeups on Luke Timmins' talk at the University of Utah for details on 4 of the 5 coming out in June) - Backwash was the only unknown, and many people speculated that it would be a remake of Damnation. Looks like that's not the case.) Update: Whoa. mnemesis noticed yet another box acronym. Get started! (If you don't know about Bungie and box acronyms... read this.)

Halo PC Still Selling

April 29th, 2005
HaloPC slips to number 9 on the Top 10 PC Games list for the week of April 10-16. The most amazing thing about this is that week is some 80 weeks after the game was released! Thanks, 3Suns.

Magnum 1.1

April 29th, 2005
mrsmiley was unhappy with the changes to the magnum in the recent autoupdate - his response is today's Halo Babies.

Cairo Station Signage

April 29th, 2005
Stephen Loftus has posted yet another in-depth study of Halo - this time, his focus is the signage of Cairo Station. Awesome job - and the pictures, all hand-done in Adobe Illustrator, are gorgeous! Check it out.

Stryke Force – in Hi Res

April 28th, 2005
Stryke Force had released hi-res versions of their movies on the cover DVDs for Xbox World - now they're making them available on their website. You can find WMP9 versions of the Opening Credits, plus Episodes 1 and 2, in nice hi-res, on their Videos page. QuickTime links should be up there soon.