Archive for May, 2005

No-Scope Teaser Posted

May 31st, 2005
(GT)Juggler has posted a teaser to his next video, HaloGT 18, 'No Scope King'. Great video quality, and a no-scope montage... should be fun! Available in several formats; they range in size from 4.4 mb to 8.4 mb, depending on size and version.

Blind Devotion

May 31st, 2005
XerxdeeJ points out his newest post on his Tied the Leader blog - a look at Fanboy Psychosis. It's more focused on the Star Wars series than Halo, but Halo's mentioned, and the syndrome is definitely applicable.

Vrbas Montage

May 31st, 2005
Z, from Halo2Forum.com, wrote to point out a new montage they're hosting - very high quality video, nice timing. You can find it in this forum thread.

This Island Earth Ep 11

May 31st, 2005
Red Leader pointed out that there's another episode of This Island Earth posted now. I've lost track of the plotline, but the graphics work is nice.

T and R cutscenes – all up

May 31st, 2005
The Halo Cutscene Library grows by another two scenes today - the Keyes rescue from the brig, and the final Truth and Reconciliation scene have both been added. Go grab the flavor of your choice!

Earth City Transcribed

May 31st, 2005
Over at Rampancy.net, there's another Halo audio transcription - this one is Earth City, done by Spenser Anunsen. The downloadable archive (free registration required to see the Download link) contains a midi file, Printmusic files, a score, and a PDF doc containing the score. Nice work!

The Hand that Feeds

May 30th, 2005
It's the end of the month, and we happen to have a bit of bandwidth left over. So I went through some of the recent rejections from the Movie Peer Review Rating System, and I found a film I wanted to post. Partly, it's because I enjoyed it - it's the story of the Arbiter, set to 'The Hand that Feeds', by Nine Inch Nails. It mixes cutscene footage with gameplay footage, and does a nice job synching the music to the action. Partly, though, I was hugely amused by some of the comments this film received from reviewers - it taught me that context is EVERYTHING. You need to understand that this film, put together by Epyon, uses cutscene footage from our Cutscene Library, and gameplay footage, taken from Mike Miller's Legendary Walkthrough. None of the footage is original to this film. (That's not what makes it funny, though that IS what disqualified it in the eyes of several reviewers.) The funny part is this: the footage, while recognized by some reviewers, was totally missed by others - there were comments like "this whole thing was just cutscenes with mediocre gameplay mixed in," or even better, "Try doing gameplay footage on legendary, and pull off some awesome moves, like Mike Miller on the Legendary walkthroughs." My eyes were watering, reading this stuff. So it seems only fair to release the film and let others see it, as well. It's 15.3 mb in QuickTime format, or 15.7 mb in WMP9 format. (I guess Mike's gameplay looks much more awesome when viewed in the context of the walkthrough itself...) And for anyone who doesn't believe Mike has what it takes, after seeing his footage put together like this, I'd remind you of clips like this (in QT, or if you'd rather, in WMP9) - it's all in how you look at it. Okay, back to hotdogs and chicken wings - I hope you're all enjoying this Memorial Day!

Truth and Reconciliation Begins.

May 30th, 2005
The first pair of cutscenes from Halo's third level, Truth and Reconciliation, are now available in our Cutscene Library. Check 'em out!

Enemy At The Gates.

May 30th, 2005
What do you do when your carefully crafted message is undermined by a well-meaning but unthinking superior? Today's One One Se7en looks at one possibility...

Monday Missives

May 30th, 2005
Thirteen new pieces posted in the Fan Fiction section this morning - begin Memorial Day with Halo!

Voice Actors Needed

May 30th, 2005
HALOChat is looking for voice talent for an upcoming Halo movie - information about the film, test scripts, and how to apply are all available in this forum post. Swing by and try out.

Additional Zelda mod movie links

May 30th, 2005
The Zelda mod movie we mentioned yesterday has exceeded its bandwidth; thanks to the folks who pointed out a thread on the Gearbox forum with a couple of other links that still work. (We still don't have any other formats for this video - if you can't watch Flash, you're out of luck. Sorry.)

Halo 2 Wins Spacey

May 30th, 2005
A few weeks ago, we mentioned that Halo 2 was up for a Spacey Viewer's Choice Award - the ceremony was held last night, and Halo 2 took the Favorite Game award (with 41% of the vote) - thanks, Laird.

Advanced Combat Techniques: Brute Shot and SMG

May 29th, 2005
Overswarm apologizes for the lack of updates to his Not So Common Sense guide - it's hard to create strategy aids when you don't have access to online play. (He's out of luck for the summer.) However, he HAS managed to put together a pair of useful demonstration videos, showing off advanced combat techniques for the SMG and the Brute Shot. You'll find them (in both WMP9 and QuickTime format) on the NSCS Movies page.

TIE 10

May 29th, 2005
Red Leader writes to let us know that This Island Earth Episode 10 has been posted. Take a look!

Halo Cutscene Goodness

May 29th, 2005
Because they're small, we're releasing all 3 cutscenes (well, 5 if you count the variants for the final one) for the level Halo in our Halo Cutscene Library today. Enjoy!

Tricking interview at Hackaday.com

May 29th, 2005
Redbluefire, of Trickingit.com, lets us know that he's been interviewed by Hackaday.com about Halo 2 tricking; the interview is available via podcast. Swing by and listen!

Oh. No. What shall we do?

May 29th, 2005
Wow. Sometimes you just have to be scared for the future of journalism.There's an article at Channelnewsasia.com about videogame addiction, and how it's 'America's newest social scourge'... and it quotes statistics from the website of MAVAV, Mothers Against Videogame Addiction and Violence. (MAVAV, you might remember, was a hoax website, put together as a school project by David Yoo in 2002.) Oh, how I miss the days when journalists actually CHECKED their sources... Thanks to Funkmon for the heads-up.

Zelda Mod Movie

May 29th, 2005
We've mentioned a Zelda mod for HaloCE in the past - a movie has now been released (27 mb, Flash format). Take a look! (Thanks, MasterGrief.)

Map Pack Screenies

May 29th, 2005
Aussie Xbox has put up a bunch of screenshots and some cover art for the upcoming Multiplayer Map Pack release, due in early July. (Xboxyde released some of these shots a couple of weeks ago, but that was well before the media embargo was lifted. It's unclear what that embargo date actually IS - but since the big boys haven't released these yet, it's probably safe to say that Aussie Xbox is a little early, too. In any case - they're online, go look.