Archive for November, 2007

Bungie Weekly Update: 11/30/07

November 30th, 2007
Applying soothing unguents to the Internet's furious rage, one calming paragraph at a time. The Weekly Update.

Puzzleball 03 – with schwag

November 30th, 2007
c0ld vengeance continues his creation of Forged puzzle maps; Puzzleball 03 has been released. This one even has a prize for the fastest finisher - a copy of Crackdown, courtesy of Simpsons rule. Go read the rules, and get to practicing!(Louis Wu 19:37:19 UTC)

Video: XBOX 360 Fall dashboard update walkthrough

November 30th, 2007


Serious Issues.

November 30th, 2007
Many people are annoyed by the delays occurring with the Halo: Uprising comic from Marvel. Judging by today's One One Se7en, Stuntmutt is one of them.(Louis Wu 18:47:22 UTC)

Podtacular All Stars Kick Off New Era

November 30th, 2007

That's right!!! The Podtacular All Stars are back on active duty and they have faced their first opponent this week. Yesterday, we played the fine Gents and Gal from Clantacular.com, an amazing tournament site led by our fellow community neighbor DemonCorpse.

We played a series of 5 games. Well, initially wanted to play a best of 5 but we had such a great time that even after the third game we just kept playing and time went by tooooo faaaassst! Anyway, thanks to Clantacular for showing up and being such great sports and congrats to the all stars. Let this be the first of many victories.

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Tenuous Security

November 30th, 2007
TTL Demag0gue has gone back to the poster-edged look for Reclaimer - Chapter Two, Part Five looks great, and makes it clear that the Viper team is in trouble. (Louis Wu 11:24:52 UTC)

Friday’s Fanfic – on Friday!

November 30th, 2007
After being posted a couple of days late last week, the weekly Fan Fiction update is back on track. This week's offering is understandably light - six pieces. Go read!(Louis Wu 11:20:50 UTC)

HBO Press… I like that.

November 30th, 2007
stan has proven that he has way, way, WAY too much time on his hands. (Louis Wu 11:18:17 UTC)

WTFiction?!

November 30th, 2007
1UP has put together a graphical summary of the Halo 3 storyline, for folks who might be confused about certain points. Not all the info is canon (for example, I was under the impression that Installation 05 was closer to Earth than Installation 04), but in general, it's a decent overview, in an entertaining format. Thanks, BlueNinja.(Louis Wu 11:11:10 UTC)

Halo movie – speculation returns

November 30th, 2007
Don was the first to let us know about an article on Yahoo! Games - it's another summary of games that might be up on the big screen in the forseeable future. Halo's on the list, though the project is currently in limbo. Yahoo is pessimistic about the chances that a decent flick coming out of the franchise...(Louis Wu 10:39:37 UTC)

Halo Stats – and a Bungie Beatdown

November 30th, 2007
Halo3.junk.ws is quickly becoming the place to go to look at your Halo 3 stats; the options they offer over Bungie.net are ridiculous. They've just added a game browser that lets you filter your games based on more than 20 parameters - date played, game length, headshots, type of medals... you can see exactly how you perform, in any way you choose. If the results were directly linkable, for example, I'd show you how selecting '11/28/2007' games for Indutiomarus would yield the three Humpday Challenge games that the Junk.ws team played against Bungie this week. They lost that challenge - but you can read either their writeup (on their front page, or on their forum with comments), or you can read Bungie's writeup, on Bungie.net. Looks like it was a good match! And the stats can be exhaustively analyzed using the tools these guys have put together. If you haven't signed up for a (free) account - do it today!(Louis Wu 10:35:41 UTC)

RT: Fashion Victim

November 30th, 2007
Today's comic is pretty much a "word for word" example of the conversations that happen in our office about 45 times a day. It's like girl kryptonite. Guess who's not getting laid tonight!

Humpday Challenge: Statistics Count

November 30th, 2007
We show our junk to Halo3.Junk.ws and when it comes to junk, our junk is funky.

New ViDOC available on Xbox Live Marketplace

November 30th, 2007
The past is the new future. "Journey's End," a ViDOC tracing the events leading up to Halo 3 is now available on Xbox Live.

Halo 3’s water is the best

November 29th, 2007
The 'Break it Down' blog looks at a couple of articles that detail the evolution of water in video games... and decides that Halo 3 is better than any of the games they looked at. Go read why!(Louis Wu 21:07:44 UTC)

Creeping Death

November 29th, 2007
Due to some true foolishness, Another Halo Comic Strip has been offline for several hours - but it's back now, with a new funny. Hmm... I'm not sure 'funny' is the right word, in this particular case... in fact, some of you may wish I'd kept the site broken after reading it. In any case, though, it's up, and you should look.(Louis Wu 20:34:15 UTC)

Believe Ad Diorama Details

November 29th, 2007
Microsoft's Larry Larsen went into the Microsoft company store with a camera to take some cool footage of pieces of the huge diorama built for the Believe ad. Taylor Smith, of the Xbox Global Marketing Team, helps to explain what you're looking at. Amazing stuff.(Louis Wu 20:22:29 UTC)

Journey’s End

November 29th, 2007
On Essentials, Disc One (the disc that comes with both the Limited and Legendary Editions of Halo 3) is a six-part documentary called 'Anatomy of a Game: Making Halo 3'. (We reviewed it just before Halo 3 was released.) One of those parts focuses on Halo's story - and that piece, reshuffled a bit, is now available as a free HD download from Xbox Live Marketplace. (It's fifteen minutes long, and more than 750 MB.) It's a fantastic piece of work, and if you haven't seen it, certainly go grab it. If you don't have Xbox Live, it will be available shortly for download on Bungie.net (and here). Thanks to AlStrong for the first heads-up.(Louis Wu 19:41:45 UTC)

VGL to play at Spike’s VGAs

November 29th, 2007
I've you've never seen a Video Games Live concert - they'll be on TV during Spike TV's 2007 Video Game Awards, airing December 9. Thanks to Music 4 Games for the full details.(Louis Wu 18:58:24 UTC)

IGN’s Top 100, 2007

November 29th, 2007
Another Top X list - this time it's at IGN, and it's the Top 100 Games of All Time. (Well, the 2007 edition, anyway.) You can read a summary of their older rankings in last year's newspost - but the bottom line is, Halo's slipping. In 2003, it was 39th. 2004 - 18th (but this one was fan-picked). 2005 - 30th. 2006 - 14. And this year? 32nd. Halo 2 and Halo 3 haven't been mentioned yet - so either they're higher-ranked than Halo (possible for Halo 3, unlikely for Halo 2, given the previous scores it received)... or they're not on the list at all. The top 20 are still to be posted. Thanks, Avateur.(Louis Wu 18:25:09 UTC)