Archive for June, 2011

Did Halo ruin online multiplayer?

June 30th, 2011
GamePro has a debate around the question "Did Halo ruin online multiplayer?" (It's not about gameplay, it's about player behavior.) Surprise, surprise - there are actually two sides to this one!(Louis Wu 21:53:37 UTC)

Bungie Charity Auctions, Round 2

June 30th, 2011
The next wave of Bungie charity auctions is live now on eBay - another 13 items, mostly artwork, but also the Macaroni Sgt. Johnson from Red vs Blue, and the Weta Marine armor that went missing last week. If you missed grabbing something in the last batch, you've got another shot! (That "Silent Cartographer" triptych is amazing.) Auctions end in a week - don't miss out!(Louis Wu 21:14:09 UTC)

Sacred Icon Suite 2 – Halo: Legends

June 30th, 2011

This is the song "Sacred Icon Suite 2" from the Halo: Legends Original Soundtrack.

I did this entire song BY EAR. There are many parts to which I am doubtful, but these are mostly the chords. The sheet music, though, sounds pretty decent. There are parts in which I wanted to put dynamic markings, but the program that I used, MuseScore, would have messed it up a little (like at measure 21, the top hand should be piano, and the bottom hand should still be forte).
Nonetheless, I here is the sheet music, as well as a midi and the MuseScore (.mscz) file to "Sacred Icon Suite 2" from the Halo: Legends Original Soundtrack. Enjoy!

MR

Last chance to bid

June 30th, 2011
Quick reminder - the Bungie auctions are ending NOW. (First one in 3 minutes, last one in 20.) GO!(Louis Wu 18:48:29 UTC)

DoublePlusGood Part Deux

June 30th, 2011
Hedge's second batch of screenshot love for the day is up, despite personal injury issues. And they're worth it!(Louis Wu 17:42:20 UTC)

Master Chief Goes Platinum

June 30th, 2011
If you're going to Comic-Con in July, be sure to pick up this Toys"R"Us exclusive Master Chief platinum action figure. The fully-articulated figure will hit stores in August, along with the rest of the "Anniversary" line. And if you are going to Comic-Con, on July 21, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Todd McFarlane will be available to autograph the figures at the Entertainment Earth booth No. 2343. Thanks, Homeboyd!(Hitmonchan 16:04:43 UTC)

Gamasutra has more on Aerospace and ‘Crimson’

June 30th, 2011
Going beyond the press release, Gamasutra spoke with Jordan Weisman, founder of Harebrained Schemes and the first revealed client of Bungie Aerospace, about the new partnership and the team's game, "Crimson." The site also spoke with Eric Osborne (urk) about the scope of Aerospace and the process of choosing who to work with. An informative read. Check it out!(Hitmonchan 15:40:25 UTC)

Playing many instruments at once

June 30th, 2011
Craig Haupert sent us a link to an article from last year in New Yorker Magazine - it's written by a middle-aged non-gamer who has jumped with both feet into the videogame pool. One of the first games he tried was Halo 3: ODST - but the whole article is a pretty interesting read. It's a viewpoint many of us don't see often! (Louis Wu 14:31:25 UTC)

Tools for Gameplay Change?

June 30th, 2011
There's definitely more coming down the road about the Halo: Anniversary package - Dan Ayoub teased Game Reactor with information about how there'll be a reveal at Halofest in August that will discuss "tools we're giving the player to maybe change that gameplay, if they want to." Nice! Thanks again, wwm0nkey. (Louis Wu 14:30:27 UTC)

Scarab

June 30th, 2011
A new Halo: Faith song has been released - go listen to Scarab. Thanks to GAF's wwm0nkey for the heads-up. Update: DOH! I mentioned Scarab over a week ago. (In fact, I thought I was being clever, then, because I found it on my own after munky pointed out The Landing.) Guess it didn't stick... thanks, DHalo.(Louis Wu 14:29:56 UTC)

DoublePlusGood

June 30th, 2011
Hedge continues his Halo screen love - there are two batches today. This is the first. (Louis Wu 14:29:33 UTC)

PCGR Ep 81

June 30th, 2011
Robowski let us know that Postgame Carnage Report episode 81 is live - plenty of Halo discussion, focusing on Halo 4, Bungie's preparations for Bungie Day, and more. (Plenty of other gaming discussion, as well.) Go listen! (Louis Wu 14:27:59 UTC)

Monkey Suit-Up!

June 30th, 2011
RedGrimRune has worked Halo yet again into his 6th Circle comic. You should read it because the art's great. (Louis Wu 14:27:25 UTC)

Phresh

June 30th, 2011
RVideo shot word about Phresh - a very long Halo 3 video with editing by Orphanslayer and gameplay by Wafflebrains and Elite C56. In his words - there's "a lot of good eye candy". (I'd agree.) (Louis Wu 14:26:40 UTC)

Rage

June 30th, 2011
Sl'askia has gotten back to a fanfic she was stuck on for a while - and was inspired to create art for it, as well. Check her post for both colored and line art versions! (Louis Wu 14:26:10 UTC)

McFarlane Reach Series 4 Coming Soon

June 30th, 2011
Sniper94 pointed out that Spawn.com has put up some new info about the McFarlane Series 4 Reach figures - pics and all. (Louis Wu 14:25:42 UTC)

Celebrating the love across the web

June 30th, 2011
Braxton C has been writing Halo articles for Gamerfront.net, in honor of Halo's tenth anniversary - swing by and read some! He's got one explaining ways to improve your chances in Matchmaking, another looking at the Bungie Foundation, and a third focusing on Bungie Week. Always nice to see new people spreading the Halo love!(Louis Wu 14:25:13 UTC)

Frostbite – Chapter 7

June 30th, 2011
Ty Coker's back with another episode of Frostbite - Tom Roland and Ben Scofield work together to come up with a plan to break Ryan Young out of the containment facility. As always, nice work! (Louis Wu 14:24:52 UTC)

Examining the TU

June 30th, 2011
CruelLEGACEY has posted an article looking at the Halo: Reach title update news unveiled in this week's Halo Bulletin. Give it a read to see where he thinks it might be going. (Louis Wu 14:24:17 UTC)

Aerospace Observations

June 30th, 2011
Inevitably today, there will be multiple news outlets that will have their own reactions to Bungie's exciting new project. We will continue to collect them and pass them along to you. The first of these is Kotaku's writeup, which includes a few statements from Bungie COO Pete Parsons via phone interview. Thanks for letting us know, calmkiller!(GrimBrother One 14:18:52 UTC)