Archive for November, 2005

Feet First Into Mouth.

November 30th, 2005
Stuntmutt makes it clear in today's One One Se7en that if you're going to be punny, be sure you know your audience.

Wednesday Reading

November 30th, 2005
Seven new pieces in the Fan Fiction section today. Too late for lunchtime reading... unless you're on the US west coast.

It’s still pretty cold, though.

November 30th, 2005
Hehe - Jim Shorts pointed out some photos showing a bunch of guys (presumably waiting to buy 360s last week) playing Halo 2 on the side of a Best Buy. Now THAT might make the time go faster!

Halo for cheap – in the UK

November 30th, 2005
Over in the UK, it looks like Halo 2 has been released as an 'Xbox Classic' (similar to the US 'Platinum' category?), and is selling for £16.99 (just under $30 US). That's better than the US Amazon price of $33.95... though it wouldn't pay to order from the UK, for a few reasons; it's PAL, for one, so it won't play in the standard NTSC Xbox, and the shipping would easily swamp your savings anyway. For UK Halo players, though, it's a great deal! Thanks, Ross Mills. Update: Thanks to 3of9, who pointed out that here in the US, you can buy Halo 2 from Wal-Mart for just $17.82. Beat that, ya brits!

More Pie…. mmmm

November 30th, 2005
GameDaily has a My Turn column (written by Chance Thomas, a composer who's worked on games like King Kong, X-Men, and Lord of the Rings), discussing how the videogame soundtrack is an underexploited market. Halo is held up as a shining example - go Marty!

Legendary Walkthrough: The Arbiter

November 30th, 2005
UNSCDF has put up a legendary walkthrough of The Arbiter - it's the fourth level they've posted. Check it out!

The MPRRS Needs You!

November 29th, 2005
Word from Cybrfrk is that we're getting short of movie reviewers for the MPRRS. He just added everyone in the queue, and pulled all those who weren't actually submitting reviews... and the end result was a shortage of bodies. If you're interested in participating, please fill out an application! (Remember, before you do, that the job tends to wear down even the most enthusiastic of watchers; a LOT of movies come through the system, and most of them require work. If you sign up, you're agreeing to help the moviemakers improve their products by supplying them with constructive feedback... and to help the HBO staff by filtering the incoming movies to a more manageable volume.) Thanks in advance!

Wasabi 360 Doubles Tourney

November 29th, 2005
Nexus Beat sends word of a new tournament site - they're starting with Halo and Halo 2, but they'll be adding others down the road. Wasabi 360 has already gotten going with a 2v2 MLG-style tourney that's pretty close to capacity - go check it out!

Podtacular Ep 33

November 29th, 2005
Over at Podtacular.com, you'll find Episode 33 - where the talk ranges from 360 madness to halo 2 on the 360 to the latest news from the Halo community. 19.3 mb, 21 minutes. Go listen! Thanks, Foo Mo Jive.

Angst Management.

November 29th, 2005
Last week, Red vs Blue appeared on 'Total Request Live', an MTV program. The team was interviewed about how the series is put together, and for fun they created a video involving TRL's host. That video is now available for download for sponsors - it should be up for everyone in the next day or two. Thanks, Cramesta.

A Whatplate?

November 28th, 2005
Stuntmutt explains why you should always know who you're talking to, in today's One One Se7en.

Monday Text

November 28th, 2005
Eight new pieces for you in the Fan Fiction section today. Burn off some turkey calories by reading!

The Rumors Are Flying

November 28th, 2005
Man, I HATE rumors. I hate 'em because they travel around the net, and they take on a life of their own, and by the time they get back to you a second time, they're fact, in the eyes of many who read them. I'm posting this because I want to make it clear that it's a rumor - likely a rumor concocted by the website itself to generate traffic. If there's any news on Halo 3, it will come out of Bungie - and we'll be all over it like lions on wounded antelope. That said: PALGN is suggesting that the reason we haven't heard anything from Bungie about Halo 3 is because Bungie isn't MAKING Halo 3 - someone else is. Here's the part I love:

Some Microsoft executives were not happy with Halo 2, in particular some of the repetitive level design. They want the game to be a PS3 killer, and believe another developer has more chance of making it that great a game.

Whatever you want to say about Bungie... you're not gonna find a lot of prospects for a Microsoft-controlled studio that can do a better job with Halo 3. Until official information comes out about the game, however, I suppose it's fair game for articles like this...

HMG-38

November 28th, 2005
The guys over at UNSCDF have put up a new article... about a weapon that gets a half-sentence mention in Fall of Reach. It covers the HMG-38, an outmoded machine gun now in use by pirates. (I guess this should be classified as Fan Fiction?) Comments can go here.

Halo50k4 is history.

November 28th, 2005
MLG Atlanta has wrapped up, and you can find info at both MLGPro.com (full bracket info is here) and Team3D.net (roundup, focusing on Team3D of course, is here - thanks, FI3ND). Congrats to Ogre2, who took the FFA tourney, and Team3D, who dominated the 4v4 race.

The Library’s Back!

November 27th, 2005
We don't normally keep track of the ups and downs of Halo-related websites around the net... but The Library was a pretty formidable resource that has been offline for quite some time. It's back - thanks Psyrixx!

Hell Quarters: Blood Spilled Redemption

November 27th, 2005
The third and last segment of Crossfire's Hell Quarters, 'Blood Spilled Redemption', passed the MPRRS this afternoon - you can grab it in WMP9 format (61.6 mb) or QuickTime format (64.3 mb). Dark and moody, this segment uses music powerfully to keep the atmosphere mysterious, and to keep you guessing until the end. Very, very nice work - and evidence that voice acting is not an absolute necessity for a great film.

More comparison shots

November 27th, 2005
A couple of days ago, Atsumi posted a link to a LiveJournal entry with some comparison shots of Halo playing on an Xbox and a 360. Even though the Xbox shots were taken through an S-Video connection and the 360 shots were taken through standard composite video cables, you can see the improvements in color, saturation, and sharpness. The 360 DEFINITELY makes Halo look better - and the better your hardware, the more you'll see the effect. (I forgot to mention this until I saw a response to the thread this morning.) Update: Bandwidth ran out on the pics the first time around. Atsumi has replaced those links with a new batch - but they could go, as well. I've mirrored the images themselves in this forum post; you should still visit the original page for her commentary, but if you can't see the pics there, follow my mirror.

Rico’s House of Gaming – A Social Force

November 27th, 2005
Rico's House of Halo has been a part of the Halo scene for a long time - we first mentioned them almost 4 years ago, when the Battle of the Bay went off. (The original Rocket Dance video, much copied, came from that fest.) In today's Napa Valley Register, they're in the news again - helping to put a positive face on gaming. Way to go, guys!

Family Settings can improve your mental health

November 27th, 2005
Ed Chipman points out an article at Xbox365 that might just save your sanity, if you've got an Xbox360 and you're having trouble playing Halo 2 online. Apparently, the ability to play Xbox games on live on a 360 is NOT the default setup, and the toggle isn't the easiest thing to find.