Archive for December, 2005

Stop Drinking The Laundry Detergent.

December 31st, 2005
Over at Red vs Blue, their annual New Year's video has been posted for sponsors - should be up for everyone later today. (I'd guess before midnight, Central time... but hey, I've been wrong before.) Made me laugh - though I don't think it encouraged any actual resolution-keeping... Go watch! (Thanks, SaBoT.)

Old images, revisited

December 31st, 2005
Interesting. Slith points out a 'Covenant Mystery Ship' from the bridge screens on the Pillar of Autumn; there are representations of two types of Covenant vessel, and one looks similar to the CCS-class cruiser (the Truth and Reconciliation is of this class). The other is... squatter. The T&R-style ship can be seen in this in-game screenshot (I couldn't actually find it on a cutscene), and the 'mystery' ship is nicely represented on this high-res screen released by Bungie several years ago. Looks sort of like a Halo 2 boarding craft to me... what do you think?

One Hundred Percent Unexpected

December 31st, 2005
Pinkuh has updated her Lost the Lead comic - and this one is Halo-related! YAY! (There's no way to link directly to the comic page... this link will get you there, until she posts another one, and then it won't any more. But if you're visiting after this post went live, you're looking for the 12-30-05 strip.) Great artwork - but hey, that's to be expected.

Money for Montages (and chicks for free)

December 31st, 2005
Eep - I meant to post this yesterday, but it got lost in the pre-New Years Eve-planning. Z, over at halo2forum.com, announced a new montage contest a couple of days ago - and this one has what none have had before: cash prizes for the winners. There's a thousand dollars on the line; at least half of that, and maybe more, will go to the first-place winner, thanks to a sponsor... so if you're into making Halo 2 montages, you might wanna go check out the h2f thread. The submission deadline is several months off, so you've got time to collect good gameplay clips.

Tommy Boy

December 31st, 2005
Late last night, a new comedy passed the Movie Peer Review Rating System (submissions are WAY off, so we haven't been hosting a lot of films - are people just not making them any more?) - it's a re-enactment of a Chris Farley bit from the movie Tommy Boy. You can grab a copy in either WMP9 format (17 mb) or QuickTime (17.4 mb). This is not the same Halo content as the Tommy Boy clip that has been circulating the internet since early November (you can find a copy of that here, for example) - but it is the same clip from the movie itself.

BMAC’s Montage Trailer

December 31st, 2005
BiGmAc2121 has a new montage coming out soon - the trailer for it was edited by MikeMan27, and can be found on Halo2Forum.com. 19 mb, WMP9 format. Short, sweet, action-packed. What more do you want?

Northeast Tourneys

December 31st, 2005
A couple of tournaments were announced on our forum yesterday - there's a 2v2/4v4 Halo 2 event in Pittsburgh, PA, on Sunday January 8 (forum post was here, with a tourney flyer here), and a Halo 1 event in Groton, CT, on Saturday January 7, with details in this post. Next weekend looks to be busy in the Northeast!

Def And Dumb.

December 30th, 2005
If you don't like puns, don't read today's One One Se7en. (Then again, if you don't like puns, you've had 418 chances before today (not counting Sunday, Holiday, Guest, or Archive strips) to learn that lesson... so you do what you need to do.)

Friday Fanfic

December 30th, 2005
Well... it's the second week of experimentation with the submission process for the Halo Fan Fiction section, and clearly a number of submitters haven't bothered to glance at the submission guidelines. Several stories were rejected for lack of basic formatting for readability - if you want to ensure that your story is archived here, you need to at least read the rules. That said - there were STILL 22 pieces that got added this week - go read!

Limitations of the medium

December 30th, 2005
GU Comics incorporated Halo Zero in a strip a couple of days ago - it's pretty funny. Thanks, Ross.

Halo Stats on your Google Homepage

December 30th, 2005
oil has created a module for Google's personal homepage - you can read about it, see screenshots, and find install links in this forum post. Nice!

It’s The Thought That Counts

December 30th, 2005
This week's VG Cats comic was posted a few days late - but it's got a Halo mention, so we'll let him go. Looks like Echoes was first with the heads-up on our forum.

4v4 tourney in Ohio

December 30th, 2005
You know the holiday stuff is getting to you when you start missing stuff. Scooter, from Game Junkie, posted a note on our forum yesterday about an upcoming tourney at his store in West Chester, OH, on January 21. $100/team to get in (this goes up a couple of days before the event), minimum of $800 in cash and prizes. There's a web page with more info.

A Tense Countdown

December 30th, 2005
What makes this week's Halo Babies comic so funny is how appropriate it is... for both the BABIES... and for forumgoers everywhere. (What does that tell you about forumgoers?) Go read!

And even more art.

December 29th, 2005
There were three images that had been included in Jilly's fanfic last week that did NOT get included in the Misc Art update this morning - and that's because Theo Prins has his own gallery page here at HBO. We've added those three images there - and the more I look at his work, the more I'm astounded by how much depth he can create with just a few strokes. If you haven't seen these... look now.

Misc Art Goodies

December 29th, 2005
As penance for letting the Wallpaper queue get so out of hand recently, I've cleared out the Miscellaneous Art queue, as well. You'll find the images that were included in Jillybean's Christmas Fan Fiction last week, as well as dozens of others - HrtBrkr, GT Gundam, Dillo, and Kristina Smith all have multiple entries, and there are a number of other impressive pieces. Go browse!

Halo 2 top with teens

December 29th, 2005
The Contra Costa Times put up a series of top 5 lists for teens for 2005 - and Halo 2 is the top choice on the 'Top 5 Video Games' list. Now that's too legit to quit.

New montage vids at H2F

December 29th, 2005
Word from Z, over at Halo2Forum.com, is that there are a couple of pretty snazzy vids to download over there. There's a trailer for an upcoming vid being made by three of the top 5 finishers in the montage contest that just ended there - nice frenzied action. (24 mb.) And there's Indica Haz3's first montage, heavy on the effects, but nice kill choices. (126 mb) Go grab 'em!

Halogen Update

December 29th, 2005
It's been about five months since we mentioned the Halogen project - a Halo total conversion for C&C Generals. Patrick Dalire sent us a note to go look - and I gotta say, it's looking pretty impressive these days! You have to go through the news posts one at a time to see new renders and screenshots - but it's worth it, there are some amazing ones. Here's hoping they turn on the sections of the site that would let you browse through all the units in one place!

Cashing In

December 28th, 2005
Gamasutra is running a feature where every day they post the top three games of 2005 from a different reader (most of which are members of the game development community). Today's picks come from Large Animal Games' Coray Seifert - and his number one choice was the Halo 2 Expansion Pack. (I found it interesting that his second choice was the GTA Hot Coffee minigame... but that's neither here nor there). We'll keep an eye on the feature, and if Halo shows up in other lists, we'll let you know!