Archive for December, 2009

Podtacular 211: Multiplayer Tips for Citadel

December 25th, 2009

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Finals are over with, giving us time to sit down and record the show for Citadel: one of the new maps on the Mythic Disc. Brent has finally become a co-host of the show, dubbing as Podtacular’s own Rich Fields, so to speak. Lots of little goodies throughout the show. Enjoy.

Lone Wolf

December 23rd, 2009

Lone Wolf from Halo: Reach. Enjoy.

Amazon Pulls Reach Release Dates From Thin Air

December 23rd, 2009

Got some interesting mail from Amazon today.

First:

Hello from Amazon.com.

We now have delivery date(s) for the order you placed on August 26 2009 (Order# 104-9132614-4806655):

"Halo Reach"
Estimated arrival date: October 26 2009

Two months ago? That's great! Send it right away. Sure, the developer says it won't be out for another year, but I don't mind getting a sneak preview!

Then, an hour later:

Hello from Amazon.com.

Unfortunately, an unexpected delay from our supplier may prevent us from delivering some items in your order placed on August 26 2009 (Order# 104-9132614-4806655) by December 24. We'll keep working to obtain these items for you, and we'll ship the items as soon as we receive them. Other items that may be in stock will still ship separately, with no increase in your total shipping charges.

"Halo Reach"
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002BSA20M

The developer said this game will be out in Fall of 2010. How is failing to ship in Fall 2009 an "unexpected delay"?

Ten more minutes go by.

Hello from Amazon.com.

We now have delivery date(s) for the order you placed on August 26 2009 (Order# 104-9132614-4806655):

"Halo Reach"
Estimated arrival date: January 22 2010

These are the kinds of messages that send customers screaming to fansites that games are being pushed up, delayed, or cancelled. The developer has stated to everybody "FALL 2010". Is there a reason Amazon's ordering system seems to be ignoring that general date and instead consulting psychics?

UPDATE: I sent the above into Amazon's feedback system and got back another automated message that makes about as much sense as the first three. Stripped of its administrivia, it says:

Regarding your "Halo Reach":

I see we sent you an e-mail message about the unexpected delay in obtaining "Halo Reach." I realize this has been a frustrating experience, and I'm sorry about this.

When we ship your order, we'll send you an e-mail confirming the date, contents, and tracking number. Please contact us again if you don't receive a shipment confirmation by January 22. You can reach us at www.amazon.com/contact-us.

If you'd rather cancel your order, I understand.

Which is ridiculous. There is no way I, nor anyone else, is going to get a shipment confirmation on Halo Reach by January 22. I realize that retail outlets MUST give some kind of release date to people who buy preorders. Why they don't pick a more accurate date is beyond me-- why tax themselves by having to dance this little dance, "delaying" the game by a few months every few months?

Bungie Weekly Update: 12.18.09

December 19th, 2009
One last thing before we go...

Hardass Space Adventures

December 18th, 2009
In space, no one can hear your ringtone.

Ten FTW: Best Halo 3 Snipes

December 18th, 2009
Long Rifle Lovin'.

Master Chief Under My Christmas Tree

December 18th, 2009
Oldie but a goodie.

Halo 3 Mythic Walkthrough Updated

December 18th, 2009
The Ark 2.0.

Funny Halo 3 Fails and Laughs 9

December 18th, 2009
Fails and fun caught on film.

‘Star Fell’ – Halo 3 Hybrid Machinima

December 18th, 2009
Fifteen minutes of Friday morning machinima.

Mythic Brawl Double EXP Weekend

December 17th, 2009
Fight your way to the top in this Big FFA playlist.

Halo: Reach Score: Mobilized and Ready

December 17th, 2009
Marty's giving out his gift early this year.

‘Put Me In, Coach’ – MLG/Halo Song

December 17th, 2009
Clap your hands, everybody...

‘Happy Holidays!’ – A Halo 3 Montage

December 17th, 2009
There's nothing wrong with a little early holiday spirit right?

‘403’ Remastered

December 17th, 2009
Suck my bubble!

Halo 3 Top 10 Kills of the Week

December 17th, 2009
The kills just keep on coming.

‘Phisto’s Eleven’ – A CTF Montage

December 17th, 2009
Going to work.

Bungie @ The VGAs

December 17th, 2009
Bungie was at the Spike VGAs and we have pics and video to prove it.

AH: The Saboteur: Contraband Guide

December 16th, 2009


Hey guys,

I've got a quick little video for you today. It shows how to get some extra contraband in The Saboteur, which I'm sure you know is necessary for buying all the coolest stuff in the game.

RT: Sex-Box

December 16th, 2009
Poor poor Gavin. He has such a young and naive view of the world.