Archive for January, 2008

Humpday Challenge: Bengal Hunting

January 31st, 2008
It's the NFL's Bengals against Bungie this week in the first great sporting event of the New Year.

I got candy, get in the van

January 31st, 2008
Sirkan, From Halo.Fr, let us know that they've interviewed Frankie and Luke - you can read the original, in French, or an English translation on their forum. Learn how to pick up (leetle) girls in French, how honorable Luke will be with his debts of meat, and what's coming next, among (many) other things.(Louis Wu 22:12:41 UTC)

Ranked BTB hits XBL

January 31st, 2008
There's a note on Bungie.net describing a new playlist in Halo 3 Matchmaking - you can now play Big Team Battle Ranked. (The Social list is still there; you just have a choice now.) Check the newspost at B.net for details on gametypes and maps.(Louis Wu 19:16:19 UTC)

Ranked Big Team Battle is Live in Halo 3

January 31st, 2008
Sixteen player carnage in ranked form has arrived in Halo 3. Log in to matchmaking and hop into the Ranked Big Team Battle playlist to take it for a spin.

Turning Halo into Cash

January 31st, 2008
Kotaku has taken an in-depth look at the marketing effort for Halo 3 - how a global marketing firm helped Microsoft create the largest game launch in history. Interesting read. Thanks, KP.(Louis Wu 18:51:17 UTC)

Installation Disintegration: Part 4

January 31st, 2008
Today's installment of Another Halo Comic Strip might solve a mystery that's been bugging you for a while...(Louis Wu 16:59:05 UTC)

A second chance for actors

January 31st, 2008
Anton P. Nym noticed an article in Scientific American about voice acting in video games - and both Keith David (the voice of the Arbiter) and Marty O'Donnell are mentioned prominently. The issue of residuals (an ongoing piece of the pie, paid to actors as the game sells, as opposed to a flat fee for the voice work) has been a bone of contention for years; check out this blog post from Wil Wheaton back in 2005, when the Screen Actors Guild settled with video game producers - and the other side of the story, from game girl advance during the same time. (Louis Wu 16:51:52 UTC)

Nine point five on the landing.

January 31st, 2008
Rooster Teeth has posted Week Three highlights of the Grifball Winter League 08 - swing by to see stuff like Team Kaboom (Gus's team) get scored on 4 times in 60 seconds. Available in streaming Flash and downloadable QuickTime.(Louis Wu 13:43:34 UTC)

Soundtrack Analysis, Part 2

January 31st, 2008
Narcogen's walk through the Halo 3 Soundtrack continues at Rampancy.net - Part Two covers the second third of the game. Again, it's a really interesting read, and will help you look at the music you're listening to in a different light. (If you missed Part One, we mentioned it on Tuesday.(Louis Wu 13:34:02 UTC)

Everything is Under Control

January 31st, 2008
And speaking of comics, I forgot too post Elnea's latest episode of Halo Action Figure Theater - it doesn't seem to have a number, but it SHOULD be 121, I guess. Consequences of activating Zombo-O-trons are now known. You were warned.(Louis Wu 13:23:53 UTC)

Hydra

January 31st, 2008
TTL Demag0gue is back with another episode of Reclaimer - Chapter Three, Part Two has the Reclaimer wondering what's going on with Viper squad, and musing on ways to even things up a bit. (His forum post also contains links to a couple of blog posts, explaining the delay and discussing his choice of medium.) Go read!(Louis Wu 13:21:15 UTC)

Bungie was the game.

January 31st, 2008
Bungie has posted their Winter Pentathlon Results - there's no video, but there are plenty of fun pics, and lots of funny writeup tidbits. Go read! (Raulboy was the first on our forum to notice.)(Louis Wu 13:14:47 UTC)

Mylar Print on eBay

January 31st, 2008
Scanner Darkly is selling a signed, factory-sealed mylar print of Lorraine McLees' classic Halo 2 Chief. You've got a bit over 6 days to decide.(Louis Wu 12:53:35 UTC)

MS says Halo Wars is Xbox-Only

January 31st, 2008
Yesterday, we mentioned a rumor that Halo Wars was under development for PC, as well as the 360. IGN checked with Microsoft, and were told that there is no PC version planned. Thanks, MasterChief2829.(Louis Wu 12:51:05 UTC)

The Bungie Winter Pentathlon Results

January 31st, 2008
A massive wall of text with pictures of women, dudes and dudes dressed as women.

CoD4 back to #2. You do know that Infinity Ward? Right?

January 31st, 2008

So, I bust open my email to see that Charlie Oscar Delta has mailed me again.  (Gah, they sure do send some email.  I've even opted out several times.)  What does Infinity Ward have to say about Call of Duty 4?

"CoD4:MW soars to the number one spot!  We were overjoyed with the recent news that COD4:MW surpassed Halo 3 as the top played game on Xbox LIVE."

They even link to last week's post on Major Nelson's blog reporting that Halo 3 had been dethroned.

I hate to break it to them.  But Halo 3 has now returned to the #1 spot as XBOX Live's most played title.  Major Nelson reported so today.

So, Call of Duty 4 was the most played game for one week.  Will it ever return to #1?  I think it will as soon as downloadable content comes our way --- or a patch to fix networking issues.  Until then, I think Halo 3 will be king.

Forgery Membership

January 30th, 2008
Due to overwhelming interest and the resulting chaos, joining Forgery now requires approval from a Group administrator. We still welcome you as a member but you have to jump through a hoop first. Thanks for your understanding.

Polishing the Bling

January 30th, 2008
Bungie's made some pretty big changes to Bungie.net - forums have been upgraded, Groups get new themes. Go read about it - and then explore!(Louis Wu 20:16:24 UTC)

January Site Update

January 30th, 2008
As you may have noticed, we've applied a fairly major update to the web site today.  Read on for a list of some of the changes that matter to you.

How to spend your leftover Christmas money

January 30th, 2008
several orphans pointed out a bunch of objects at the Bungie Store - some ActionClix stuff, a couple of posters, a mylar print. They've never been mentioned in our news, so if you haven't seen 'em, check 'em out!(Louis Wu 19:46:26 UTC)