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News September 29 2014
Ambivalent Cartographer, Sorted
Rockslider took on Fire Team Zulu's Ambivalent Cartographer challenge (we mentioned it last week), and filmed the final product. Definitely a couple of dicey moments there! Take a look. (Louis Wu 22:19:22 UTC) (permalink)
Making of a Halo-themed 3D Intro Clip
SEspider put together a progress video showing how he made a commissioned 3D logo for someone. Since the logo is Halo-themed, it's appropriate here - check it out! (Louis Wu 22:17:04 UTC) (permalink)
News September 28 2014
Look Before You Leap 4
Over at TheHaloForum.com, there's a new Look Before You Leap jumptage from Jump Theory... lovin' it. Go watch! Thanks, RVideo. (Louis Wu 21:44:09 UTC) (permalink)
News September 27 2014
New FTZ challenges - Halo 3 and 4
Didn't make it home in time for this to be in Friday's news... but FyreWulff has posted new Fire Team Zulu challenges - Hamlet HD involves a lack of in-game data, while Hardpoint involves a lack of big weapons. Both look fun! Check 'em out.
(Louis Wu 00:50:40 UTC) (permalink)
News September 25 2014
From Ibie'shan to Vulture evolution
This week's Halo Bulletin is something of a departure - Bravo's off, so GrimBrother One has jumped in to answer some long-standing fan questions about the Halo canon. Fascinating stuff! (There's also a tidbit about Halo Escalation #10, and some fun DMR screenshots.) As always, there's a local copy in our Halo Bulletin Archive.
(Louis Wu 18:57:55 UTC) (permalink)
News September 24 2014
Fed vs. New
Red vs Blue Season 12 is nearing its close - Episode 18, released this week, piles on the action! Felix and Locus run into some unexpected trouble... and guess who's involved? It's a star-studded cast this week, with friends we haven't seen much making an appearance alongside the regulars. Go watch! (Louis Wu 22:21:12 UTC) (permalink)
But this ring... is HIS!
Revenant1988 recently got engaged... and his ring tells a lot about him. Check out the pic! (And congrats, Rev!) (Louis Wu 22:18:40 UTC) (permalink)
Minecraft Halo 5 Trailer
Back in August, Achievement Hunter community member SpawnSolo released this 'Minecraft' Halo 5 trailer recreation (it's not really Minecraft, it's Maya-based animation using Minecraft-like visuals, but it's still awfully cool) - I just stumbled across it today. Go watch! (Louis Wu 22:02:29 UTC) (permalink)
News September 23 2014
SEspider whipped up a new wallpaper - check it out! (Louis Wu 22:38:13 UTC) (permalink)
FyreWulff stopped in to announce a new challenge on Fire Team Zulu - can you complete Silent Cartographer and kill ONLY Elites at the highest tier? Heh. Sounds like fun! (There's a bonus challenge, posted today - can you get a ghost from the bridge at the start of Metropolis to the top of the Scarab at the end?) (Louis Wu 22:36:35 UTC) (permalink)
News September 22 2014
A Quiet September Day
We're wrapping up a week on the East Coast - tomorrow will be spent traveling. Just wanted to apologize (in advance) for a quiet couple of days! Should be back in the saddle by mid-week. (Louis Wu 18:26:04 UTC) (permalink)
News September 20 2014
I think we're on to something.
Super Bunnyhop talked to Steve Downes and Tim Dadabo, the voices of Master Chief and Guilty Spark, respectively, at Dragon Con last month. Go listen as they hold forth on Halo, voice acting, and more! Great listen. Thanks, Captain Spark. (Louis Wu 15:46:16 UTC) (permalink)
Hindsight: Halo Reach - Sword Base
davidfuchs let us know that Forward Unto Dawn's Hindsight series has been updated with a new entry - this one looks at Reach's Sword Base. Great memories! (Louis Wu 15:39:10 UTC) (permalink)
News September 19 2014
Frank O'Connor discusses Nightfall
Back in August, when the upcoming movie Nightfall was first announced at San Diego Comic-Con, Shacknews interviewed Frank O'Connor about the details surrounding the project. They released a 2-minute clip at the time. (That clip focused on Frank's thoughts about Comic-Con itself, didn't really mention Nightfall at all.) A couple of days ago, they released a 4-minute piece of the interview that did, indeed, focus on Nightfall - a lot of it is recap, at this point (not surprising, when a month and a couple of other large press events have happened since), but it's a pretty nice summary of the project, and contains tidbits you might not know yet. Go watch! (Louis Wu 12:02:02 UTC) (permalink)
Of Chiefs and Brides
We neglected to mention it when it came out on Wednesday (I was on a plane at the time), but this week's Halo Bulletin contains some great MCC stuff for you - screenshots, videos, descriptions, you name it. There's also a heartwarming tale of love and betrothal, a look at the Walk For Wishes (something a chunk of the studio participated in), and some high-flying screenshots. As always, you can read it at Halo Waypoint, or right here in our Halo Bulletin Archive. Thanks, CrisTheeCrappy. (Louis Wu 12:01:41 UTC) (permalink)
H1 freakiness and fun #7
Rockslider compiled another batch of fun or weird clips from his myriad playthroughs of the original campaign - go watch! (Louis Wu 12:01:15 UTC) (permalink)
News September 18 2014
New MCC Footage: Delta Halo, Zanzibar
VG247 has posted a new interview with 343's Dan Ayoub, discussing the Master Chief Collection... with new footage from the campaign's Delta Halo, and the multiplayer Zanzibar. Awesome! Thanks, Mixmasterchief.
(Louis Wu 18:18:25 UTC) (permalink)
News September 17 2014
Speaking of Red vs Blue, Episode 17 of Red vs Blue Season 12 went live this week - and while it's light on humor, it moves the storyline along nicely. Just two more episodes - there's a lot of wrapping up to do! (Louis Wu 13:45:18 UTC) (permalink)
Perks of Expertzone Membership
AfroRyan stopped by a couple of days ago to let us know that he'd whipped up a Red vs Blue parody for ExpertZone, Microsoft's retail loyalty program. It's cute! (Louis Wu 13:43:41 UTC) (permalink)
News September 15 2014
Dress Up Your Fridge in Style
If you search for Jason Evans in our news, you'll find some cool work - he just sent us pics of his latest. Check out the Master Chief magnets!
(Louis Wu 23:50:36 UTC) (permalink)
Halo: Thermopylae - Official Trailer
DrummDragon stopped in to let us know that there's a live-action film being put together by the folks of the 405th - check out the trailer for a look at some amazing costume work!
(Louis Wu 23:40:22 UTC) (permalink)
News September 14 2014
Now THAT'S an awesome commission
Isaac Hannaford posted some work-in-progress shots of a Halo-related commission he's been doing for Kevin Hurd - check out the pencil sketches, then the ink pass, and finally the marker pass. Gorgeous triptych! Thanks, Black Six. (Louis Wu 21:48:52 UTC) (permalink)
Twin bridges megabattle trough carnage
Rockslider has set up one of his most explosive megabattles to date - 16 soldiers (including himself) vs 49 Covenant, all in a trough. Boom! (Louis Wu 21:44:35 UTC) (permalink)
One man's rejects...
The Silent Cartologist posted some fun panoramas that didn't make the first cut - they're still a fascinating set of images! Check 'em out. Thanks, uberfoop. (Louis Wu 21:42:53 UTC) (permalink)
Befriending a 1.5 Billion Person Market
Here's an interesting tidbit - it looks like Halo 5 will be the first Halo title fully localized in China (well, assuming you speak Mandarin). Awesome! (Louis Wu 21:41:06 UTC) (permalink)
News September 12 2014
Master Chief: The Story You Never Knew
So... Treesicle published 'Master Chief: The Story You Never Knew' back in May - but the first I heard about it was today, when ChrisTheeCrappy mentioned it on our forum. It's an analysis of the Halo storyline... with special care shown to our friendly neighborhood green-clad Spartan. It jumps from jokes to serious thought with abandon - but it's pretty solid thinking (except for maybe the lumberjack stuff). Go watch!
(Louis Wu 22:03:59 UTC) (permalink)
News September 11 2014
Club Errera - Now With More Multiplay
Gamecheat13 has turned Club Errera (and, indeed, almost all of New Alexandria) into multiplayer space, by modding. What a fantastic choice of venues for getting together with your friends for some friendly fragging! Happy Happy Carnage Carnage! (Louis Wu 23:42:42 UTC) (permalink)
Want to throw eggs at Palmer? Now you can.
Feeling like you don't have enough action figures? McFarlane has you covered - they've announced their Series 3 for Halo 4 figures. Jul 'Mdama, Spartan Thorne, and Commander Palmer are all on deck. Check 'em out! Thanks, Action Figure Fury. (Louis Wu 23:38:41 UTC) (permalink)
News September 10 2014
RvB Season 12 - almost over!
Whoa. Yesterday, we mentioned the latest PSA from Rooster Teeth - looks like we missed two whole episodes! Episode 15 ('Accentuate the Interrogative') and Episode 16 ('Out of the Frying Pan') reveal some intriguing twists... and leave the crew wondering what's coming next. Go watch! (Louis Wu 22:06:47 UTC) (permalink)
News September 9 2014
PSA: Getting Away From it All
Rooster Teeth has posted a new PSA - it's called 'Getting Away From it All', and it extolls the benefits of camping. Go enjoy the vacation!
(Louis Wu 22:20:56 UTC) (permalink)
Fire Team Zulu - Challenges for all Halos
FyreWulff has reopened Fire Team Zulu - swing by for new challenges. Cool stuff! (Louis Wu 22:19:57 UTC) (permalink)
News September 8 2014
We heard about a couple of podcasts today on our forum - Mixmasterchief stopped in with word of Reclaimer Radio Episode 2, recapping RTX this year, while davidfuchs let us know about FUDcast Adjunct 2, the PAX 2014 Debrief. Get your pod on! (Louis Wu 20:23:00 UTC) (permalink)
A Wild Week, Wrapped Up
Did you miss this week's Halo Bulletin? (It wasn't posted until Friday night, so maybe it got by you.) There's a recap of PAX, and all the Halo goodness that was found there, as well as a summary of what's coming in Halo 2 Anniversary Forge Mode. (There are some cool screenshots, too.) Read it at Halo Waypoint, or here in our Halo Bulletin Archive. (Louis Wu 01:47:13 UTC) (permalink)
A eulogy for Epitaph
Eurogamer has an interesting article about how Halo 3's story was ultimately forgettable... but its multiplayer geometry was not. Go read!
(Louis Wu 01:44:19 UTC) (permalink)
Escalation issue 10 preview
Wanna quick preview of Escalation #10? Laird found one at Comic Book Resources. (Louis Wu 01:41:44 UTC) (permalink)
AfroRyan stopped by with two separate montages (well, three if you count his repost of his Reach Beta montage) - one by his buddy RYZ3R, covering Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo Reach, and Halo 4, and one by himself, covering Halo 3, Reach, and 4. Go watch - there's almost an hour's worth of footage here! (Louis Wu 01:39:19 UTC) (permalink)
Lovely Hi-Res Models from Halo 3
Arnold 'Dogma5150' Ayala was a Bungie artist during the Halo 3 days - and The Lionheart just discovered some hi-res models he posted on his blog. Fantastic work!
(Louis Wu 01:36:34 UTC) (permalink)
uberfoop took a very close look at raindrops in Halo: Reach... and discovered something pretty cool. Go watch!
(Louis Wu 01:34:23 UTC) (permalink)
It's all about the Dance
Oh, my goodness - we did it again! This has been a crazy week; here's hoping it's unique. Catch-up time: let's start with a really fantastic article which delineates just what's so cool about Silent Cartographer, and how that applies to the rest of Halo. Andre Dunn was the first to tell us about it, and Kermit kicked off a forum thread which spawned a few great comments. Go read!
(Louis Wu 01:33:14 UTC) (permalink)
News September 5 2014
A new look at a classic
Marty O'Donnell posted a copy of the original 1999 MacWorld New York Halo trailer last night - and beyond the powerful nostalgia of this iconic video, this is worth watching because you haven't really seen it before. It's a slightly different cut than the official Apple/Bungie trailer we've all pored over - there are different edits, and a couple of additional clips that weren't in the released version. Over at Rampancy.net, Narcogen has posted a side-by-side comparison of the two videos, making it easier to pick out some of these differences - upon watching both, it's clear that the released version is more polished, but it's wonderful to see this early cut! (Louis Wu 16:30:36 UTC) (permalink)
PAX Vids For All
343 Industries has released web versions of the two Halo Channel pieces revealed during the MCC Panel at PAX last week - go watch the Behind-the-Scenes look at Nightfall and the Halo 2 Anniversary Gun Audio Demo (thanks, Grizzlei). If you have comments, there are threads for both in our forum (Nightfall | Audio Demo). (Louis Wu 16:19:02 UTC) (permalink)
Prime999r stopped by with word of 'Icy Silence', his latest machinima. It's short, but powerful - a powerless observer stands by as an alien invasion takes place. Check it out!
(Louis Wu 16:15:22 UTC) (permalink)
VTHU: Writing Round 3
Postmortem has kicked off another writing round of his Visualizing the Halo Universe project - this one looks at Solitary, the Halo CE Anniversary remake of Prisoner. What can you come up with? Let him know!k (Louis Wu 16:11:27 UTC) (permalink)
Halo x Attack on Titan
tadboz pointed out Halo x Attack on Titan, a Halo-based recreation of an anime opening. (If you check this comparison link, you can see how amazingly the Halo 4 shots mirror the originals.) I'd never seen the anime - but that didn't stop me from appreciating the work! (Louis Wu 02:29:47 UTC) (permalink)
Time is a precious resource
Whee! You'd think that now that PAX is over, we'd have more time to update HBO. (You'd be wrong.) Apologies for the downtime (again). Sort of feels like a broken record... During the weekend, Urban Reflex posted a link to his Halo Timeline - it does a great job of putting a HUGE number of disparate sources into chronological order. Check it out!
(Louis Wu 02:20:21 UTC) (permalink)
News September 2 2014
Wort Wort Wort
Tex was a little devious, and mucked around the settings menu on Halo 2 Anniversary when nobody was looking - check out what she found! (Louis Wu 23:46:26 UTC) (permalink)
News September 1 2014
Some kids have awesome parents
Swing by the Sci-Con Tampa Facebook page for some awesome pics of a fan-made mini-Warthog created by Mystic Makings LLC (for their young daughter): here are some in-progress pics, and here is an awesome shot of their 3-year-old on the main gun. Thanks, RVideo. (Louis Wu 18:17:07 UTC) (permalink)