Archive for March, 2008

Inside Job

March 31st, 2008
The massive Inside Job, a four and a half minute cutscene weighing in at about 200 mb in HD, is now up for downloading in the Halo 2 Cutscene Library. From a story standpoint, this one can't be missed. From a gorgeousness standpoint, this one is up there with the best. Go watch! Thanks, as always, to Clan Infectionist and Wraith-Ops.(Louis Wu 21:17:21 UTC)

Halo 1 Maps in Goldeneye 007

March 31st, 2008
Ducain forwarded some interesting news from laser - looks like someone's trying to bring Halo maps into Goldeneye 007. Check out the Hang 'em High movie!(Louis Wu 21:11:16 UTC)

More Renderosity Art

March 31st, 2008
A couple of months ago, someone (I can't figure out who) pointed out this picture at Renderosity.com - a very nice render of a Halo landscape, built in Bryce. I asked for, and received, permission to add this to our Misc Art collection, from Orestes, the creator - but somehow, I never actually NOTICED the permission. When I was looking over the pictures we mentioned this morning, I noticed his mail - he pointed out that he'd done this, as well - a render of some banshees over a Terragen'd planet. We'll add these to our queue - but check 'em out now!(Louis Wu 21:05:29 UTC)

Sheer Shotguwnage.

March 31st, 2008
Hawty McBloggy found a fun shirt at Split Reason - go look!(Louis Wu 19:13:21 UTC)

Bornswavia has been Demoted {Part of April Fools}

March 31st, 2008
Bornswavia has been repeatedly insulting me and I'm well and truly tired of it.  As a result he has been demoted to the role of member.  If he persists he will be permanently banned from the group.

Catching Up with CJ

March 31st, 2008
Next-Gen has an interview with CJ Cowan, Halo 3's cinematics director - read it for a glimpse inside the studio, a look at how the work pipeline has changed over the years, and a positive spin on Seattle's weather! Thanks, LordGideon.(Louis Wu 17:46:44 UTC)

Halo Renders at Renderosity

March 31st, 2008
RVideo ran across a pretty impressive artist over at Renderosity.com - Ubald has been creating Halo-related images for a couple of years now. I've sent off a request to him to be allowed to mirror the Halo content here, for ease of viewing - but you should look through the links RVideo has supplied, and if you're intrigued, there are a couple of dozen Halo images interspersed among 6 gallery pages of renders (lots of Spiderman and AvP stuff) - go crazy!(Louis Wu 16:22:01 UTC)

Halo 3, Legendary, No Deaths

March 31st, 2008
A couple of years ago, Cody Miller announced that he'd finished Halo 2 on Legendary difficulty, with no deaths - if you wanted to watch it in a reasonably viewable form, you had to download a two-gigabyte file. A couple of days ago, we were contacted by SPDN p0iz3n0us, who's now done the same thing for Halo 3 - but thanks to Bungie's built-in assets, the downloads are much smaller, and you don't have to take his word for it. Swing by his fileshare for 9 downloads, one of each level of Halo 3. All are done on Legendary, all are done with the Iron Skull on. (For those who don't pay close attention to Skulls, the Iron Skull resets you back to the beginning of the level each time you die - so if you finish the level with it on, you've successfully completed it with no deaths.) Theater mode rocks!(Louis Wu 13:16:35 UTC)

Sizing the Ark

March 31st, 2008
This has been discussed before, but the inclusion of our planet for scale is a nice touch. Stephen Loftus has used a screenshot from Halo 3 along with some previous reference info to estimate the size of the Ark. That's one big structure!(Louis Wu 13:15:16 UTC)

Oops, sorry.

March 31st, 2008
I'd like to apologize for a post I made yesterday, tying a UFO sighting to the IRIS ARG. While those images did surface during the ARG, they were shown to be unconnected to the game itself (the only thread I could find on a superficial search was this one). Thanks to DHalo for the heads-up. If you'd like to learn more about these UFOs, Sensei322 sent along this YouTube link of a History Channel special on them. I need to be more careful.(Louis Wu 13:11:15 UTC)

Stories and Demons

March 31st, 2008
TTL Demag0gue has let us know that Reclaimer Part 38 is now online - Ferial becomes less, rather than more, clear. (The comic has also moved to its own domain. While the old links still work - they're being redirected to the new site - I've updated the links in our news database just for posterity's sake.)(Louis Wu 13:03:22 UTC)

She Died in Eden

March 31st, 2008
Cocopjojo let us know that the second part in an analysis of Halo 3's Terminals by vociferous is now online at Ascendant Justice. It's a very extensive and well-researched look at the story of Didact and the Librarian - if you didn't pay very close attention to the terminals as you ran through the game, this really gives you a sense for what's going on behind the scenes. Great work!(Louis Wu 12:57:37 UTC)

Grunt Birthday Party Skull – For Real

March 31st, 2008
EternalDarkWing let us know that a friend created a custom Halo 3 Grunt Birthday Party skull - pics and details can be found at Destructoid. It's even got the input plug!(Louis Wu 12:44:31 UTC)

Consider the casket… unsealed.

March 30th, 2008
Dan Baker has stepped up the pace on his Halo comic - Page 3 has been finished, Page 4 has a gorgeous panel on it, and the whole thing, to date, has been made available in PDF format, if you want to print it out yourself. Go see!(Louis Wu 21:56:26 UTC)

Forge Art Contest Update

March 30th, 2008
Maximum Fear has an update on his Forge Art contest posted on his site - entries are still welcome until April 25, but you can see a few of the best things he's gotten so far by swinging by his site.(Louis Wu 21:53:46 UTC)

DGCN – a new Friday Night Tradition

March 30th, 2008
AoD Deadite stopped by to report that the Dispatch Community Game Night #1 went well - you can read a Bungie Humpday-style writeup of the games, as well as see a short trailer showing off some of the gameplay, on their website. (I can't find a way to link to the post directly, but as of now it's on top.) If it looks like fun, they're doing this every Friday night.(Louis Wu 21:29:02 UTC)

Sleek? I don’t think I’d call it sleek.

March 30th, 2008
Not surprisingly, when Wired Magazine took a look at powered suits in honor of the upcoming release of Iron Man, your favorite Mjolnir outfit made the list.(Louis Wu 18:57:30 UTC)

More AA Area Fun

March 30th, 2008
Rockslider's expanded the fun you can have with the AA gun megabattle he mentioned last week - now intercept them on their way to the gun. Looks like a blast!(Louis Wu 17:14:10 UTC)

Winter on Valhalla

March 30th, 2008
Over on NeoGAF, someone posted pictures of Valhalla... under a heavy layer of snow. Looks great! Thanks, DHalo.(Louis Wu 17:07:08 UTC)

The Riot 93

March 30th, 2008
Sigafoos sent word of The Riot 93 - 30 minutes, 12 mb, with the requisite community news and challenges, along with discussion of the upcoming maps. Good luck to Night Rider 7!(Louis Wu 17:05:37 UTC)