Archive for June, 2005

MLG St. Louis Writeup Online

June 30th, 2005
Quick note before I dash out the door - swing by MLGPro.com for a great writeup of the MLG St. Louis event, from Dyslexia. This looks like a good time none of us should have missed! Thanks, Dolbex!

RvB Walkthrough of Gemini Posted

June 30th, 2005
Red vs Blue has posted a 6:22 walkthrough of Gemini - Burnie warns you that this might spoil the initial experience of playing the map, because it's so detailed, but if what you really want is to know how to get around, you can't beat this. Hi-res WMP9 is 49.6 mb, low-res is 14.6 mb. We'll have QuickTime versions up for you a bit later. Go watch! Thanks, meesta pink. Update: We've put up QuickTime versions now: Hi-Res (50.2 mb) | Lo-Res (22.8 mb). Enjoy!

New Flythroughs Up

June 30th, 2005
It's June 30, which means it's okay for us to post the final three map flythroughs that were created by Film Oasis for Bungie. You can find links for Backwash, Gemini, and Terminal on our Maptacular Vids page. Just a minute or so long each... but man, do they make you want to play these maps. Awesome stuff! Update: Apologies - the Terminal flyovers were named oddly - fixed now. Sorry!

Lots of Movie Mirrors at TWTv

June 30th, 2005
Feenix writes to point out that both massive versions of The Harvest 2 (wmp9 and quicktime) are mirrored over at That Weasel Television, and they've put up mirrors of the Film Oasis flythroughs - Containment, Warlock, Sanctuary, Turf, Relic, and Elongation. Always nice to have more mirrors!

HaloCE work continues

June 30th, 2005
HaloCE Updates, from MasterGrief: The Zelda: Ocarina of Time mod is coming along nicely (a magic meter, and new melee attacks with hte sword) - you can see tons of new screenshots in this Gearbox Forum thread, and BitterBanana has created a much less buggy, more realistic chasecam - go download version 1.07. More people should play this game!

Screenies – for those who missed ‘em

June 30th, 2005
I meant to mention this the other day, but forgot; I'm sure there are a few people who missed it. In the 'Relic Revealed' article over at Bungie.net, SketchFactor mentioned that new screenshots had been posted, as well. This has been true for ALL the map overviews, starting with Elongation. You can find three new pics of each map in Bungie's Screenshot section, starting on page 6. They're dated according to the writeup, so Elongation and Backwash are on June 22 (clearly, that's when the policy began), Terminal (four pics) on June 22, and Relic on June 28th. The action shot off Terminal ROCKS.

Tastes Great! Less Filling!

June 30th, 2005
IGN's posted a Grudge Match between Halo and Halo 2 - IGN editors duke it out over which is better. Thanks, Sir Jivealot.

Where’s their sense of History?

June 30th, 2005
Gamespy is counting down the Top 25 Xbox Games of All-Time (hehe - or since 2001, I guess) - Halo made #6. Halo 2 hasn't been mentioned yet. Thanks, Spenser.

Ultimate Slayer – Again

June 29th, 2005
A week ago, we mentioned a fun film by Final Supremacy - a story of a Team Slayer game on Coagulation. (That is - a machinima of a game, sort of.) We killed their bandwidth by mentioning it, so I told them to submit the film to the MPRRS for review, so we could help host it. The reviewers were unhappy with the long credits, and it didn't pass - by the smallest of margins. I'm putting it up anyway. 52 mb, zipped DivX format. Enjoy.

Relic/Elongation vids continue to spread

June 29th, 2005
More copies of the Film Oasis movies - TeamXbox has the Elongation and Relic films, in WMP9 format, and Computer and Video Games has them as well (though at a smaller screen size), along with text writeups of the levels. Glad to see they're getting more press now!

Dymdez Montage 2 Trailer

June 29th, 2005
Z, over at Halo2Forum.com, lets us know that they've released a trailer of Dymdez's next montage - some nice timing and lots of superfast snipes. DivX format, 15.6 mb.

Halo Rocks the House

June 29th, 2005
IGN has posted an article entitled 'The Best First Person Shooters on Xbox' - and Halo and Halo 2 took the top two spots (not in that order, though). Nice! Thanks to RC Master for noticing.

Map Pack – Fair Game

June 29th, 2005
There's a great piece over at Bungie.net - apparently, the message that EB Games has been giving to Australian buyers of the Maptacular Map Pack (that they'll be banned if they go online with the new maps before the street date of next week) is false; you will NOT be banned. In Sketchfactor's words:

Bungie and the Live Team will not be taking any action against anyone who has these maps early, despite rumors that have been circulating the 'net.

You won't see the new maps in matchmaking playlists before Monday, July 11... but you're welcome to play custom games with your friends (provided they have the maps as well, of course) with no fear of bannage. W00t!

A Marathon Slog.

June 29th, 2005
Man, you know it's bad when Cortana gets into the punning. Careful stepping into today's One One Se7en.

Lego Scarab

June 29th, 2005
Chargoyle has been working on a Lego Scarab, to scale with the Lego people themselves. You can see pics at his website - fun!

Live Action Halo Movie – coming soon!

June 29th, 2005
Gregory Austin let us know that Zool Inc is working on a live-action Halo fan film. It's entitled "117", and he's sent along a small teaser poster for the film. In his words:

Set in the style of "The Fall of Reach", "117" details the life of Master Chief, starting from his first promotion to Petty Officer, to?the dawning of the Mjolnir body armor.

Post-Production will begin soon, and we will release a teaser trailer. Expect more updates soon!

Keep your eyes open!

Game Viewers for newest maps visible

June 29th, 2005
HaloChat pointed out on our forum that games using the new maps (not to be played by the general public before next Tuesday, on pain of banning) can be seen on the Bungie.net stats pages - using the Game Viewer, you can get a decent idea of the overall layout (in some cases, better than the gameplay vids released recently). Follow the links in his post for more details!

Wednesday’s Words

June 29th, 2005
Eight new stories in the Fan Fiction section today - go read!

Tied the Leader Weekly Update

June 29th, 2005
It's time for XerxdeeJ's weekly Tied the Leader update - his blog contains an endorsement of CarnageStats, a slam at cheaters, defenses against cheating, a rant about how often Warlock shows up in matchmaking, and a pair of readers polls - Map Picks and Best Gamertags. Go read!

The Harvest 2

June 29th, 2005
trigger119 announced the release of Crossfire's 'The Harvest 2' yesterday on our forum - but things were so crazy I didn't get around to mentioning it. (This is partly because I wanted to watch it before I wrote about it - and the thing is 30 minutes long.) It's the full version of the vid we mentioned a trailer for a few weeks ago - film quality is pretty good, storyline works nicely. The BloodSignature team did a great job of keeping it all together for a half-hour video! trigger119 is hosting a WMP9 version at halomachinima.com for them (right-click/option-click to download - streaming won't work) - it weighs in at 114 mb. We've decided to put up a QuickTime version, as well, to help out - 110 mb. I'm actually pretty happy to see folks taking on more ambitious projects!