Archive for November, 2014

What Marathon scenario should we play next?

November 18th, 2014
0% (0 votes)
0% (0 votes)
Tempus Irae
50% (5 votes)
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30% (3 votes)
20% (2 votes)
Other (name in comments)
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 10

ASE Ep. 144 Marathon EVIL 22: Life’s End Part 2

November 18th, 2014
 Life's End Part 2

We've finished with the canonical Marathon Trilogy and are moving on to third party scenarios, starting with EVIL. In this scenario, a UESC ship from Tau Ceti runs into a spatial anomaly that sends them far away where we encounter something dark and evil.

We've finally arrived at the final level of EVIL!

EVIL can be played, like the other Marathon games, using the open source Aleph One engine which you can get here for Windows, Mac and Linux:

EVIL and other third party scenarios for the Aleph One engine can be downloaded here:

We use irons' Co-Op script, which gives weapons and ammo to both players if either picks any up, and prevents weapon loss on death (so items can't be destroyed in lava or slime). The script also allows one player to teleport to a destination set by themselves or their partner, in case co-op players run into a problem a solo player would have to restart for.

EVIL has its own spoiler guide:

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Music used in this episode:

"What About Bob?" by Alexander Seropian, remixed by Craig Hardgrove (intro music)
"New Pacific (Reprise)" by Alexander Seropian, remixed by Craig Hardgrove (outro music)

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Bungie Bounty: Iron Banner Dev Commentary

November 18th, 2014
Send us home crying!

Iron Banner Reforged

November 17th, 2014
Your legend grows.

Podtacular 452: The Master Bug Collection

November 17th, 2014

The Master Chief Collection has had a very problematic launch with many bugs and issues affecting almost every part of the game and it seems to be different for every person. Achievements aren’t unlocking for campaign, lobbies are crashing post game for customs and campaign, matchmaking rarely works, and people are rightfully frustrated.  However, the silver lining on the story is 343 Industries is actively trying to fix the issues plaguing the game so Halo fans can get their game on and enjoy everything the Master Chief Collection has to offer.  Despite the launch problems, this past weekend had a lot going on from the Launch Invitational tournament and the release party in Hollywood, which we were privileged enough to be a part of.  Taking the walk down memory lane with us this episode is Alfredo Diaz from IGN and VoRLiN also sharing our Halo 5: Guardians experience.

He has to move his head a lot.

November 16th, 2014
Game Informer sat down with Tim Dadabo and discussed the voicing of 343 Guilty Spark (and voice-acting in games in general). Great read!(Louis Wu 16:18:01 UTC)

Customs Night Montage

November 16th, 2014
A bunch of HBOers got together for a regular Customs night this week... but for the first time, they played on the MCC instead of Reach, or Halo 4, or whatever. Hyokin commemorated the occasion with a highlight reel. Check it out!(Louis Wu 16:16:29 UTC)

While the floor explodes…

November 16th, 2014
Another what-if sort of video from Gamecheat13 - have you ever wondered what the Trench Run at the end of Halo 3 would be like... from a first-person view? Wonder no longer. (It looks terrifying, that's what it looks like. And pretty hard.) Thanks, gamerguy2002.(Louis Wu 16:11:57 UTC)

343 Guilt O’ Lantern Contest: Winners!

November 15th, 2014
Voting for our 343 Guilt O' Lantern pumpkin entries closed last night - swing by the Results page to see the winners! We'll circle back to this in a couple of weeks, when the prize packs are ready to be mailed out, with pictures of all the goodies... but in the meantime, congrats to the four prizewinners, and to everyone else who entered! (Louis Wu 19:02:14 UTC)

The Egg Hunt Begins

November 15th, 2014
We've already gotten word about a couple of new easter eggs in the Master Chief Collection - one, from Road Trippin', shows off a secret that earns you an Achievement, found in Halo 2 Anniversary, while the other, from Walterrific, possibly gives away the musical tastes of a member of 343's art team. Take a look!(Louis Wu 18:59:44 UTC)

Free Halo Merch, on YouTube

November 15th, 2014
SEspider stopped in to let us know about a giveaway his buddy is running - prizes include action figures and one of spider's shirt designs! Check it out.(Louis Wu 18:53:50 UTC)

New To Forge – in the MCC

November 15th, 2014
A few days ago, Certain Affinity released a video showing off the new and improved elements of Forge, as it appears in the Master Chief Collection. If you're looking to build stuff, this is a must-watch!(Louis Wu 18:52:28 UTC)

Because Science

November 15th, 2014
robofin117 pointed out a video from Nerdist called 'Science of Halo's Ringworlds' - it's a pretty interesting (though somewhat limited) view of the physics behind the Halo rings. Pretty fun stuff!(Louis Wu 18:50:52 UTC)

RUL Goes Full Halo

November 15th, 2014
Ready Up Live released a couple of Halo-specific podcasts this week - one about the Master Chief Collection, the other about the Halo 5 Beta. Go listen to both! Thanks to CruelLEGACEY for the heads-up.(Louis Wu 18:45:19 UTC)

343 Addresses MCC Launch Issues

November 15th, 2014
Moorpheusl9 collected a couple of links from 343, detailing the biggest of the launch problems of the Master Chief Collection (and the official response) - worth reading!(Louis Wu 18:43:21 UTC)

Master Chief Figure from 3A

November 15th, 2014
3A has released info about their newest action figure - it's a Bambaland Exclusive Edition, purchaseable next week in Hong Kong. It's 1/6th scale (meaning it's over a foot tall), and weighs in at $240, US. But it's oh, so pretty! Check it out. Thanks, munky-058 (for the heads-up, not the snark).(Louis Wu 18:40:37 UTC)

Let’s Play Destiny Co-Op #20: A Rising Tide

November 15th, 2014
A Rising Tide

In deepest, darkest underground Mars, a tide of Vex arises.

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Destiny Update – 11/17/2014

November 15th, 2014
1.0.3 : The one about Iron Banner and Voice.

At midnight, they turn into pumpkins. Wait…

November 15th, 2014
Hey, have you voted yet for the pumpkins in our 343 Guilt O' Lantern contest? There are just a few hours left - the voting's pretty close! Let us know your favorites - help pick the winners! (Louis Wu 01:12:22 UTC)

The Halo 2 Listening Guide

November 14th, 2014
Den of Geek has an awesome review/retrospective on the Halo 2 listening experience - go read!(Louis Wu 23:06:18 UTC)