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News October 25 2014

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Halo | The Avengers: Age of Ultron Mashup
Gugga Leunnam mashed up the newest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer with Halo footage... works pretty well! Go watch. (Louis Wu 19:23:14 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 24 2014

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Pumpkin Pattern Prodding
You know what else happens next Friday? Our 343 Guilt O' Lantern contest closes! Have you carved your pumpkin yet? Get on it! Lots of prizes this time around (yeah, I know, I really need to get to posting those on the contest page) - in addition to the oil painting from Frank O'Connor and the Halo-themed headphones, there are monster Mega-Bloks sets, action figures, posters, and special stuff we haven't even talked about yet! Make sure you don't miss the October 31 deadline. (Louis Wu 20:09:15 UTC) (permalink)

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Remaking a Legend - available in 7 days
According to Xbox Wire, 'Remaking the Legend', the Halo 2 Anniversary documentary we mentioned last week, will be released next Friday, October 31. Get psyched! Thanks, The BS Police. (Louis Wu 20:06:36 UTC) (permalink)

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The Maid of Orleans
Arithmomaniac has provided a whole passel of links for people interested in how Halo 4 (and future Halo titles) leverage the cloud to handle the data transfer needs of the game franchise. Several talks from Catie McCaffery, the second person to be hired by 343 for networking. Great stuff for the tech-oriented! (Louis Wu 19:46:49 UTC) (permalink)

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The Lowdown on Lockdown
IGN wants to help you get up close and personal with Lockdown, the Halo 2 Anniversary remake of Lockout. Go watch! Thanks, Moorpheusl9. (Louis Wu 19:43:09 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 23 2014

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Halo 4 in 1808p60
Wanna see Halo 4 in 1080p, 60fps glory? Go visit IGN. Thanks, Moorpheusl9. (Louis Wu 22:54:36 UTC) (permalink)

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The McDonalds of Shooters
According to a newspost on Xbox.com, Halo has driven over 6 billion hours of gameplay on Xbox LIVE. That's a big number! (I have my doubts about the count... but I certainly don't have access to logs, so it could very well be accurate.) Thanks to gamerguy2002, who pointed out an article at Kotaku about it. (Louis Wu 22:52:55 UTC) (permalink)

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The Elite Eight
The newest Halo Bulletin, published last night, discusses the MCC Launch Invitational (a pro tournament taking place in LA just before launch), reminds you to watch the Nightfall trailer (and lets you do so right from the page), previews Halo: Escalation #11, continues the new tradition of Canon Fodder, whereby Grim tells us all about the Halo storyline, and shows off screenshots of Exile. Whew! You can read it on Halo Waypoint, or you can read it in our Halo Bulletin Archive. Thanks to Grizzlei for the heads-up this week. (Louis Wu 22:43:23 UTC) (permalink)

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A three-way to remember
Rockslider is back with a trio of videos - they all involve the Halo 1 Keyes hangar battle and the three-way shenanigans you can participate in with a little setup. Go watch! (Louis Wu 22:38:45 UTC) (permalink)

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Clowning Around
SEspider pointed out a 2008 interview with Tim '343 Guilty Spark' Dadabo, recorded by AvidX - I couldn't find any record of this before, so here you go! (Louis Wu 22:24:27 UTC) (permalink)

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117 + 1 Minutes of Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Yesterday IGN live-streamed almost 2 hours of the Master Chief Collection. There's plenty of multiplayer and campaign footage from each game as well as a look at a new H2A Blur cinematic. Everything is looking really good! (mastrbiggy 08:35:39 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 22 2014

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Official Halo: Nightfall Trailer
Waypoint has released a full trailer for Halo: Nightfall - and it gave me shivers. Go watch it! Thanks, RANKLANCER. (Louis Wu 20:57:22 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Fest 2014 - coming soon!
Awesome! Looks like there'll be another iteration of Halo Fest - this one is taking place in Los Angeles, the night before the release of The Master Chief Collection. Will you be there? (Thanks to TDSpiral for the heads-up!) (Louis Wu 20:56:44 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4: Playable Cinematics
Funky! Gamecheat13 has managed to mod his way into the Halo 4 cutscenes as a playable character! (The Chief is still present... he's just moving around him.) Weird and creepy! It's unclear whether he can actually affect existing activity - as you could by, say, dropping a Banshee into the final AotCR cutscene, but it's wild how you can get up close and personal to parts that were only visible from a distance. Go watch. Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 20:55:16 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 21 2014

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This one goes to 11.
profhalo stopped by with some interesting info - it looks like 343 has updated the promotional material for the Master Chief Collection in an... intriguing way. Go see what the flap's about! (Louis Wu 23:41:30 UTC) (permalink)

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Hi-Res Halo 3
IGN's latest offering in their month-long coverage of the Master Chief Collection is a video showing off Halo 3 in 1080p, at 60 frames per second. Gorgeous! Go look. Thanks, Moorpheusl9. (Louis Wu 23:40:13 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 20 2014

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Halo Nightfall In Cinema First Look
You can watch a First Look (like what you see in theaters while you're waiting for your movie to begin) of Halo: Nightfall right now - looking good! Thanks again, Moorpheusl9. (Louis Wu 23:48:57 UTC) (permalink)

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Goin' down to Stonetown
Goin' down to Stonetown IGN has posted a walkthrough of Stonetown, the newest iteration of Zanzibar. Awesome! Thanks, Moorpheusl9. (Louis Wu 23:46:26 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 19 2014

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Remaking the Legend - Official Trailer
Yesterday, the Halo Waypoint team released a trailer for 'Remaking the Legend', a documentary which looks at the development process of Halo 2 Anniversary. Pretty cool! Thanks, robofin117. (Louis Wu 20:40:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Brinstar (New Mombasa Mix)
A couple of days ago, Wahrer stopped by with a new remix he'd put up - he worked on the Brinstar theme from Super Metroid in the style of 'Encounter' from the Mombasa Suite, off of the Halo 2 soundtrack. Interesting combination - go listen! (Louis Wu 20:28:18 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 18 2014

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A Noble Bloodline
It wouldn't be a weekday in October without new MCC content from IGN - so check out the video walkthrough of Bloodline, the successor to Coagulation (and Blood Gulch before it). Thanks, as usual, Moorpheusl9. (Louis Wu 15:50:27 UTC) (permalink)

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That's-a big one!
A side note in the day-one patch story is of interest to UK gamers: According to Halo Waypoint, the release date in the UK has been moved forward - the original November 14 is now November 11, same as in the US. Nice! (Thanks, Moorpheusl9.) Not so nice - Spartan Ops is being delayed for EVERYONE - until December. (Louis Wu 15:48:39 UTC) (permalink)

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Hope you haven't filled your Xbone drive yet
Kotaku explains why you'll either be pre-loading the Master Chief Collection (pre-loading for digital copies is available now, actually) or maybe not actually playing on Launch Day - there's a 20GB Day-One download coming. (It's not even a patch - it's just the stuff they couldn't fit on a 45GB Blu-Ray.) On the plus side - that's an awful lot of content for your $60! Thanks, rhubarb. (Louis Wu 15:43:52 UTC) (permalink)

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Dare to Buck the Casino
robofin117 noticed some pretty nicely-done ODST armor (and a gun) for Fallout New Vegas - go play! (Louis Wu 15:39:34 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 17 2014

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This week in Halo
This week's Halo Bulletin, released yesterday, contains some fun stuff: controller settings for The Master Chief Collection, an update for Halo 4 matchmaking, an update on our own Guilt o' Lantern contest (have you submitted your carving yet? WHY NOT?) and more story goodies from GrimBrother One. (And some nice screenshots.) Go read it - either at the newly revamped Halo Waypoint, or right here in our own Halo Bulletin Archive. (Apologies for the formatting - it'll get better over time.) (Louis Wu 22:27:35 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 16 2014

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The least-known MCC maps
Today's IGN video shows off the updated versions of the Halo PC (and Halo 2 Vista) maps being included with the Master Chief Collection - the nostalgia is palpable! Go watch. Thanks, Moorpheusl9. (Louis Wu 19:02:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Famous people in video games
Watchmojo has put together their list of the Top 10 Celebrity Performances in Video Games... and the number one choice might surprise you. Thanks, The BS Police. (Louis Wu 18:56:47 UTC) (permalink)

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Campaign Leaderboards - coming next month
Halo Waypoint has shown off the Campaign Leaderboards coming in The Master Chief Collection - and they look really spectacular. Go check it out! Thanks, RC Master. (Louis Wu 18:55:12 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: Spartan Strike
A new title has been announced for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 - Spartan Strike is the followup to Spartan Assault. Looks pretty - and has Prometheans this time around! Go watch the trailer, and read about it at Halo Waypoint. Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 18:53:45 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 2 Classic - running at 1080p, 60frames per second
Yesterday, IGN posted some 1080p footage of Halo 2 Classic gameplay running at 60fps - go watch! Thanks, Moorpheusl9. (Louis Wu 18:50:18 UTC) (permalink)

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Nice bonuses for MCC Purchases from the Microsoft Store
If you choose to buy a copy of The Master Chief Collection from the Microsoft Store, you'll be getting some nice goodies (as long as you also are an Xbox Live Rewards member). $15 in Rewards credits, plus a super-hard-to-find My Other Car is a Warthog license plate cover, a window decal, and the Boom skull for Halo 2 Anniversary. Sweet! Thanks, Nevan. (Louis Wu 18:43:01 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 15 2014

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Halo 3 - One Sided Scarab Assault Gameplay
Gamecheat13 let us know that he's uploaded more 'Scarab Assault' (multiplayer Assault with a Scarab on one side) gameplay - the editing ins't great, but the gameplay ROCKS. (It should go without saying, but this is only functional on modded Xboxes.) Go check it out! (Louis Wu 22:20:20 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 14 2014

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Whoomp there it is
IGN released the world's first look at The Master Chief Collection version of Halo CE. There's footage of both the campaign and multiplayer running at 1080p 60fps. Looking hot! Thanks, Moorpheusl9. (mastrbiggy 19:47:06 UTC) (permalink)

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Baby gets a new pair of shoes
It's Tuesday, so it must be time for a cool update... hmm... looking, looking... dang, nothing. Oh, wait! Check out Halo Waypoint - it's gotten a complete overhaul! New organization, new layout - works great on computers AND mobile devices! All the great Halo content, now easier to get to! (Thanks, Grim.) (Louis Wu 15:41:45 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 13 2014

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H2A OST Available for Pre-Order at Amazon
The Halo 2 Anniversary soundtrack is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. As of right now you can only purchase the Audio CD, but I'm sure a digital version will show up soon enough. Neat! (mastrbiggy 20:20:55 UTC) (permalink)

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Preview the H2A Soundtrack
Moorpheusl9 dropped by to let us know that IGN posted 6 preview tacks from the official H2A soundtrack - I'm loving the new version of Impend! Go listen. (mastrbiggy 20:20:13 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 12 2014

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Eye Candy while you wait
Halo Waypoint has updated their media library for the Master Chief Collection - lots of new screens! Gorgeous stuff in there - I'm loving that tree on Warlord! (Louis Wu 20:57:12 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 10 2014

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Achievement Bonanza
IGN continues to bring the MCC goodness - today's offering was the complete list of Achievements available in the collection (401 altogether!). LOTS of really cool stuff in there... spend a little time checking the list! Thanks, The BS Police. (Louis Wu 23:07:11 UTC) (permalink)

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MCC Launch Day Multiplayer Playlists Revealed
Yesterday, IGN posted the Launch Day Multiplayer Playlists - if you want to know where you're going to be spending your multiplayer time a bit early, go peruse! Thanks, Moorpheusl9. (Louis Wu 23:04:46 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 9 2014

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A pun, on the forum? Oh, yeah, Grim's back.
GrimBrother One returned to our forum to announce the latest Halo Bulletin - good to see him around! It contains info about next week's reboot of Halo Waypoint, pics of the upcoming Halo-themed ASTRO A50s, details about the Halo-related content available at New York Comic-Con this week, and the continuation of his very own series - "Canon Fodder". This in-depth look at events in the Halo universe is a fantastic resource, both for newcomers to the extended universe and for folks already immersed - there's so much out there it's easy to forget details. (We're also making one small deviation from the original Bulletin in our local version, for the first time: it seems that the screenshots are no longer presented in both full and thumbnail versions in the Bulletin, you have to follow the Fileshare link and download if you want the big version now. For the time being, we're going to continue supplying both, to save you a bunch of extra clicking.) (Louis Wu 16:12:43 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 8 2014

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Halo Channel Developer Walkthrough
IGN continues their month-long coverage of the Master Chief Collection - today's entry is a look at the Halo Channel, with Kiki Wolfkill providing a developer walkthrough. See what's coming! Thanks, Moorpheusl9. (Louis Wu 22:41:56 UTC) (permalink)

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Of Geese and Eggs
Cody Miller attended GameSoundCon this week, and reported back on Marty O'Donnell's keynote about work for hire, and how audio professionals can make their situation better by working together. It sounds, from the writeup, like a fascinating talk! Check out the summary. (Louis Wu 22:39:53 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 2 Funtage
AfroRyan put together a funtage using clips collected on the last day of Halo 2's matchmaking - great nostalgia! (The very first clip shows a pretty familiar name on the other team... pretty cool!) Check it out. (Louis Wu 22:31:24 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 7 2014

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99 Maps - A Visual Guide
Back in June, profhalo whipped up a graphic showing all 99 maps available in the Master Chief collection. (He was short a few, due to the fact that they hadn't been announced yet.) He came back today with an updated version - plus some variations that help you place maps in sources. Check the entire thread! (Louis Wu 23:37:55 UTC) (permalink)

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Track that progress
IGN's got more for you; there's news of a new medal system added to the original title and Halo 2 in the MCC. You can turn it off if you want the classic experience - but it's there for folks who have trouble going back without the modern feedback. Thanks, The BS Police. (Louis Wu 23:35:09 UTC) (permalink)

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The Horse You Rode In On
IGN continues its IGN First coverage of the Master Chief collection - 'The Horse You Rode In On' contains a 6-minute video looking back at the games that brought us to this point. Oh, the feels! Thanks, Moorpheusl9. (Louis Wu 23:32:06 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 6 2014

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Cheap Ts with Cool Designs
SEspider stopped by to announce that two of his Halo parody designs are available on t-shirts from TeePublic - just $14 each, for the next 3 days. Check 'em out! (Louis Wu 21:04:15 UTC) (permalink)

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A noble Bloodline
Wondering what the Blood Gulch remake is going to look like? A screenshot has made its way out into the interwebs... and Joe Duplessie (SNIPE 316) has embedded it in our forum for your viewing pleasure. So go pleasure yourself. (Louis Wu 21:01:52 UTC) (permalink)

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Which ones do the execs like?
Over at GamesBeat, muckety-mucks from 343 pick their favorite Halo maps of all time... go see what you agree with! (Louis Wu 20:59:34 UTC) (permalink)

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A Wild Warlord Appears
IGN has information (and a gameplay video, and a walkthrough) about Warlord, the 6th and final Halo 2 Anniversary remake in the Master Chief collection. Looks fantastic, though it's closer to Halo 2's Warlock than it is to Halo's Wizard. Thanks, Moorpheusl9. (Louis Wu 20:57:06 UTC) (permalink)

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The complexities of Halo 5's story
The Xbox One Magazine (from the UK) had an interview with Mike Colter, the actor behind Agent Locke in the upcoming Nightfall - a redditor clipped a question or two in which Colter states that his character is the primary one in Halo 5. And that it's playable. (We've had other confirmation that the Master Chief will be playable, as well, so it's not an either-or thing.) Join Moorpheusl9's thread if you have a comment! (Louis Wu 20:55:07 UTC) (permalink)

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H2A Terms to help with Halo 5
It's been hinted at before, but it's nice to have it explicitly stated: recently 343's Dan Ayoub told Gamespot that the terminals that will be included in Halo 2 Anniversary will hint at story content from Halo 5. Great way to get new content into a game that will be presented in a historically accurate way! (Louis Wu 03:40:19 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 3 2014

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Teasing the full coverage
IGN has posted an 'Everything you need to know' article about the Master Chief Collection - go read it! (There's a video with teases of upcoming content - their full coverage begins on October 6 (Monday).) Thanks, Grizzlei! (Louis Wu 23:00:15 UTC) (permalink)

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It's fall in Halo-land
This week's Halo Bulletin contains some nice tidbits: there's a Twitter giveaway, some great story background from (what used to be our own) GrimBrother One, a small FAQ focused on the copy of Halo CE that will appear in the Master Chief Collection next month, and some cool Autumn-themed screenshots. Go read! (As always, there's a copy in our Halo Bulletin Archive. Ours even has large versions of the screenshots.) On our forum, Grizzlei had some comments about this week's content - join the conversation! (Louis Wu 22:56:45 UTC) (permalink)

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You Know Who We Are
This week, Season 12 of Rooster Teeth's long-running series, Red vs Blue, came to a close; Episode 19 wrapped up the loose ends left by last week's cliffhanger, and then unraveled one or two new ones. Great stuff! Go watch. (Louis Wu 22:50:53 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 1 2014

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It's baaaaack...
Hey! Do you know what today is? It's the first day of October - which means it's less than a month before Halloween! And what happens on Halloween every year? That's right - the 343 Guilt O' Lantern Contest! This is the 10th anniversary of our first contest, so we're going all out... if you've thought about entering in the past, but haven't bothered, do it this year! More details are on the entrance page; you've got until October 31 to get your entries to us. Get carving! (Louis Wu 23:15:15 UTC) (permalink)

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