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News August 19 2014

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The Spirit of Fire EP13
The folks over at HaloFanForLife have released episode 13 of The Spirit of Fire podcast. In this episode the crew share their thoughts on the Halo reveals at Gamescom and talk about the recent HFFL LANstravaganza. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 23:49:21 UTC) (permalink)

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News August 18 2014

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In Memoriam: The Metaltage
RVideo sent us a link to a trailer for In Memoriam: The Metaltage. It's only a minute long, but it does a fantastic job of building hype for the final product... go watch! (Louis Wu 21:50:54 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 2: Anniversary Pro Team Scrimmage
Chris101b stopped in to let us know that 343 has released an hour of gameplay on two the new maps (Ascension and Sanctuary) from the MC Collection - it's 2v2 and the players are all ex-Pros (that now work for the studio). Good stuff! (Louis Wu 21:49:21 UTC) (permalink)

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Escalation #9: The Bombshell Edition
Comic Book Resources has posted a preview of Halo: Escalation #9... and I must say, there is some info released in those 6 pages that could be considered spoilers (both for the comic series, and for the direction 343 looks to be taking the Halo franchise). If you're into that sort of thing, give it a read! Thanks, Gina Johnson. (Louis Wu 21:43:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Spinning plasma pistol
A few days ago, Rockslider released a video showing off a plasma pistol... which reacted oddly to stimulus. We weren't able to put up mirrors for it, but you can swing by his post for links to YouTube and self-hosted versions. (Louis Wu 21:38:50 UTC) (permalink)

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News August 17 2014

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Halo 2A Gamescom Showdown
Depending on your timezone, you may have been fast asleep during the Halo 2 Anniversary Gamescom showdown. No need to fret, there's a Twitch archive of the entire 6.5 hours of competitive Halo play. You can also watch the rebroadcast of the showdown on the Halo Twitch channel. (mastrbiggy 23:45:59 UTC) (permalink)

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News August 16 2014

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Flügel Meister's Gamescom Blog - Day One Part One
Flügel Meister let us know that he has posted more about his Gamescom adventures. He shares his thoughts on playing Halo 2 Anniversary multiplayer and talks about some of the games coming from WB Games. Seems that he was thoroughly impressed with H2A. Keep an eye out for part two! (mastrbiggy 22:20:43 UTC) (permalink)

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Dennis Reese talks Halo 3 and Halo 4
Polygon talked with Dennis Reese, senior producer on TMCC, about the technical improvements of Halo 3 and Halo 4. It's good to see that Halo 3 and Halo 4 are receiving a lot more than just a framerate and resolution bump. Although not explicitly stated, it seems that Halo 3 and Halo 4 might come with the ability to switch between classic and remastered - interesting. Thanks, randomlyrossy. (mastrbiggy 22:01:12 UTC) (permalink)

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News August 15 2014

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Newcomer: Episode 2
Remember The Darkness? The Newcomer is back - episode 2 is almost entirely Halo, but those Destiny dweebs are still around! Go watch. (Thanks, Zero.) (Louis Wu 23:15:09 UTC) (permalink)

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DoG's Guide to Halo
Den of Geek has put together a Guide to Halo's Expanded Universe - and it's a great catch-up tool. Go give it a read, see if you've missed anything over the years! (Louis Wu 23:12:26 UTC) (permalink)

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News August 14 2014

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2014's Halo Barn Video
LiteVisionsYT uploaded some off-screen footage of Halo 2 Anniversary multiplayer. The beginning of the video shows what the UI looks like and some of the customization options for your Spartan. Thanks, CyReN. (mastrbiggy 22:52:05 UTC) (permalink)

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Team Slayer on Shrine Direct Feed
GameRiot posted a full match (direct feed) of Team Slayer on Shrine - looking sharp! Thanks, XBLYourExWife. (mastrbiggy 22:42:01 UTC) (permalink)

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Catch Up, No Mustard
Is it still Monday? No? This might be late, then. Rooster Teeth released Episode 13 of this season's Red vs Blue, and the way the pirates are working becomes a little clearer. It's good to see Freckles again! Go watch. (Louis Wu 22:38:32 UTC) (permalink)

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Flügel Meister at Gamescom 2014
Flügel Meister is at Gamescom this week and he is blogging about all his experiences on the show floor. He’s played a handful of new games and even got to play some Halo 2 Anniversary. Go read! (mastrbiggy 20:03:50 UTC) (permalink)

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RUL Podcast EP 8
CruelLEGACEY dropped by to let us know that episode 8 of the Ready Up Live Podcast is available. In this episode the crew talk about what they've been playing, Gamescom news, and spend a good chunk of time sharing their impressions on MCC and the Halo 5 beta info. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 20:02:18 UTC) (permalink)

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News August 13 2014

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Halo Channel Demo
During Gamescom, Kiki Wolfkill sat down with Geoff Keighley to demonstrate what the Halo Channel is and all the features and services that are integrated into the app. I think it looks pretty great, if only we had a front page that could be integrated into the service. One day, perhaps. (mastrbiggy 20:12:07 UTC) (permalink)

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The details are in the armor...
...or is it armour? Anyway, MoaHerder from HaloArchives posted an analysis of the Halo 5 beta trailer that points out some interesting things that I completely missed, doh! The most interesting part of the analysis is that MoaHerder highlights that Nihilus Shadow found that one Spartan models has 104 written in braille on the chest plate. It might just be a fun little easter egg, or it might have bigger implications in terms of who we can expect to see in Halo 5. Thanks to zofinda for pointing this out - go read! (mastrbiggy 20:07:39 UTC) (permalink)

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Watch Halo 2 Anniversary in 60FPS
singhr1 from NeoGAF pointed out that Xbox has direct feed B-roll of Halo 2 Anniversary in glorious 60fps. There's footage of Delta Halo and some multiplayer footage of Sanctuary (you'll have to download the videos). So smooth - go watch! Edit: Urban Relfex let us know that Gamersyde has streaming versions in 1080p60. (mastrbiggy 19:43:11 UTC) (permalink)

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IGN Rewind Theater - Halo 5 Beta Trailer
IGN posted a frame-by-frame analysis of the Halo 5 Guardians beta trailer - maybe they found something you missed… (mastrbiggy 19:35:27 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 5 Guardians Beta Trailer
343i released a Halo 5 beta trailer that shows what players can expect to get their hands on in the beta. The beta trailer gives you a first look at some of the maps, weapons, and Spartans models that will be available come December 29th. Waypoint posted some screenshots of the maps and kapowaz took screenshots of the weapons and Spartans shown in the trailer. Exciting! (mastrbiggy 19:34:16 UTC) (permalink)

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The Halo Channel
During the Xbox Briefing at Gamescom, 343i announced that they would be bringing the Halo Channel to Xbox One. The Halo Channel acts as a centralized hub for all your Halo content, and allows you to access live game broadcasts, community content, manage your Halo career, and more. MacGyver10 pointed out that the trailer for the Halo Channel provides some more info on Agent Locke's character and shows a possible new skull included in the Master Chief Collection - interesting. You can also learn more about the Halo Channel on Waypoint. (mastrbiggy 19:16:26 UTC) (permalink)

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News August 12 2014

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Halo at Gamescom 2014
Earlier this morning at Gamescom, 343i presented a ton of Halo news. Along with new information about The Master Chief Collection, 343i provided a look at the Halo 5 beta as well as some other goodies. You can watch the archived version of the briefing on Twitch. We will have a more in depth breakdown as soon as possible. Be sure to join in on the discussion on our forums! (mastrbiggy 21:35:45 UTC) (permalink)

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News August 11 2014

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Finding Heretic
Stephen Loftus stopped in with an old image he'd whipped up in the late Halo 3 days... where he had been trying to pin down where the multiplayer map Heretic had come from. Pretty cool stuff! (Louis Wu 23:44:15 UTC) (permalink)

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News August 10 2014

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Dust and Echoes 37
Dust and Echoes episode 37 is live - Mr Tomsk is joined by DayandKnightly from Reactive Bias to discuss The Master Chief Collection. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 22:32:30 UTC) (permalink)

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News August 9 2014

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Master Chief vs Crimson Lord Slayde
Michael Rookard shared his latest piece of original artwork - this one features Master Chief and Crimson Lord Slayde trying to stab each other. Very cool! (mastrbiggy 22:22:29 UTC) (permalink)

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News August 8 2014

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Salvation Mod Walkthrough
A few days ago, AbandonedCashew released a Halo 4 objective-based Infection mode called 'Salvation'. Mr. Pokephile decided to make an 18 minute video detailing what the mode is and all the cool features that are now available for players to tinker around with. It seems that the possibilities are almost limitless in terms of cool gametypes that you can create. Thanks, wwm0nkey. This is really neat - go watch! (mastrbiggy 22:43:00 UTC) (permalink)

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LANs aren't dead - yet
Kal stopped in with a link to Beyond Entertainment, who've confirmed that the Master Chief Collection will support LAN gaming. (You still need an internet connection - but it doesn't have to be very big at all.) Yay! (Louis Wu 22:21:00 UTC) (permalink)

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GameVGame: Your favorite Halo Map... Revealed
Well, Okay, maybe not YOURS - I don't even know if you voted. But a bunch of people did, over the course of the past week, and one map came out on top. Go check out which one! (Louis Wu 22:18:05 UTC) (permalink)

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News August 7 2014

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The Halo Bulletin - Cologne Edition
The latest Weekly Halo Bulletin is filled with info about Halo goings-on at Gamescom, starting next Tuesday. Go read the full schedule - there's a lot of good stuff! (The Bulletin also has some Race-related eye candy, for you screenshot fanatics.) You can, as always, read the local version if you choose. (Louis Wu 17:19:57 UTC) (permalink)

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It's EVERYWHERE!
Kermit stopped in last night to mention that Halo 2 makes an appearance in the recently released movie 'Boyhood' - a nice nod to a cultural touchstone! (Louis Wu 17:14:32 UTC) (permalink)

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News August 6 2014

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GameVGame: Favorite Halo Map (Final)
Well, GameVGame has polled you on each individual Halo title, and they've combined the top 3 vote-getters in each in a final shoot-out! Go pick your favorite map - from ANY title! (Louis Wu 22:49:17 UTC) (permalink)

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News August 5 2014

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MCC Limited Edition Unveiled (in the UK)
Xbox UK has tweeted pics of a Limited Edition Master Chief Collection - I'm not sure what a Grunt Funeral Digital Skull is, but I'm intrigued! Thanks, Kal. (Louis Wu 18:35:20 UTC) (permalink)

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Match Breaking
Rooster Teeth released a new PSA yesterday - looks like the canyon dudes are as good at finding dates as they are at fighting. Hrm. (Louis Wu 18:28:47 UTC) (permalink)

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AI Character Design Vector Art - Part 2
SEspider put up another segment of his 'Speed Art' video, in which he's drawing Cortana. Take a look! (Louis Wu 18:21:15 UTC) (permalink)

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UST! UST!
Mator came by to let us know that his Ultimate Stunting Tutorial website now has 400 stunts online - go check it out! (Louis Wu 18:18:15 UTC) (permalink)

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GameVGame: Favorite Halo 4 Map?
And the polls go on - today's query involves Halo 4's multiplayer. What's your favorite field of battle? GameVGame wants to know! (Louis Wu 18:16:09 UTC) (permalink)

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Threshold
A few days ago, RVideo sent us a link for Puba's latest (and maybe last) Halo 3 montage - it's called Threshold, gameplay is by Dkahre and Dutchy, and editing is off the charts. (It's not long at all, so don't let that bother you.) Pretty amazing shooting! (Louis Wu 18:09:43 UTC) (permalink)

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News August 4 2014

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Come then, Warrior.
David Carpenter built a Didact cosplay outfit - and it's amazing. Swing by Make to see photos and a video. My jaw's STILL on the floor. (Louis Wu 18:40:56 UTC) (permalink)

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Dub-misstep
Lluís SD let us know that there are some Halo fans in Spain that are unhappy with the lack of Castilian Spanish localization for Halo 2 Anniversary (Halo 2 was supposed to have it, but was released with 'neutral spanish' - focused more on Latin America than Spain). They've got a Facebook page and a blog, and they want Microsoft to hear them! Add your voice! (Louis Wu 18:39:57 UTC) (permalink)

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Finish That Spreadsheet
Interesting - Microsoft is selling a Master-Chief-branded mouse... that's not for gaming. Dat marketing! (Louis Wu 18:34:28 UTC) (permalink)

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Buck shuts down the Biebs
Heh - Alan Tudyk discussed a classic Halo moment at a Fan Q&A during NerdHQ 2014 - he couldn't remember (during the telling of the story) when it took place, but longtime readers of the Bungie Weekly Update will remember Urk's telling of the same story in September 2010, about an incident at a Reach prelaunch event. (Scroll down to "We're in LA!") This one made me smile. (Louis Wu 18:31:19 UTC) (permalink)

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GameVGame: Favorite Halo Reach Map?
GameVGame's poll series continues - today the question is, what's your favorite Reach multiplayer map? Go vote! (Louis Wu 18:23:18 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Collectible Bundle
ViralSyris needs some extra money, so he's selling his collection of Halo stuff. Highlights include a Halo 3 Gamestop employee-only metal wristband - never seen one of these before! It was just a 3-day auction, and it's already been going for a day... so make up your mind quickly! (Louis Wu 18:11:17 UTC) (permalink)

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News August 3 2014

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The Reunion
I did it again. Rooster Teeth released Episode 12 of Red vs. Blue last Monday... but I completely forgot to mention it. This is bad, because Episode 12 helps a lot in understanding how Project Freelancer ties together with the current storylines. (It also has some pretty nice animation.) So you should go watch it. Episode 13 is out tomorrow, so don't dawdle! (Louis Wu 23:10:58 UTC) (permalink)

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10 years later: GamesBeat's most memorable games of 2004
GamesBeat has decided to take a 10-year look back at memorable games from 2004. In a not-so-surprising twist, Halo 2 makes their list. (Louis Wu 22:54:03 UTC) (permalink)

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VTHU: Writing Round 2
Postmortem stopped in to announce Writing Round 2 of his Visualizing the Halo Universe project - this one focuses on Doarmir, a small animal native to Sangheilios. Fun! Go see what you can come up with. (Louis Wu 22:52:02 UTC) (permalink)

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A must for your PAX calendar
Marty O'Donnell will be at PAX this year, one of a half-dozen composers participating in the 'Maestros of Video Games' panel on Saturday. Put it on your calendar so that you can hear him wax poetic about his contributions to the Halo franchise (among other things)! Thanks to Greg O'Connor-Read, at Top Dollar PR, for the heads-up. (Louis Wu 17:03:39 UTC) (permalink)

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Detaching the Dropship Turret without Bridge Help
Rockslider went back to his exploration of the Dropship Turret, and the ways you can take it off and stay alive. The technique he stumbles on (and then polishes) at the end is pretty amazing! Check it out. (Louis Wu 17:01:29 UTC) (permalink)

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GameVGame: Favorite Halo 3 Map?
GameVGame's Halo 2 favorite map poll fell out pretty much the way you might have predicted (though I would have thought Sanctuary would have rated higher, actually) - today's your chance to stand up for your favorite Halo 3 map. Go vote! (Louis Wu 16:57:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 2 LAN action, now on Twitch
Shadow8P and his buddies are streaming a Halo 2 LAN again - 4v4 MLG 2007 gametypes are on display! Go watch. (They started a little while ago, so if you're reading this on Sunday, it's probably going on RIGHT NOW.) (Louis Wu 16:44:52 UTC) (permalink)

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News August 2 2014

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GameVGame: Favorite Halo 2 Map?
GameVGame's Combat Evolved poll went live yesterday - the people have spoken, and Blood Gulch is the most popular multiplayer map. Halo 2's offerings are up now... what brought you the most joy? Go vote! (Louis Wu 17:34:44 UTC) (permalink)

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News August 1 2014

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The Forgecast, Episode 2
pete_the_duck, PsychoDuck, Ducain23, NOKYARD, and FyreWulff joined forces to discuss Forge-relevant topics from the latest Halo conferences - go listen to Forgecast Episode 2. Then go build something! (Louis Wu 21:35:04 UTC) (permalink)

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GameVGame: Favorite Halo Map?
GameVGame.com is building towards The Master Chief Collection with a series of polls - the first one is up now. What is your favorite Halo: Combat Evolved multiplayer map? Go vote! (Louis Wu 21:32:15 UTC) (permalink)

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Go. Go? Yeah.
If you find yourself in an empty church, what's the first thing you should do? Yep - sing the Halo theme. Thanks, Monochron. (Louis Wu 21:29:15 UTC) (permalink)

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