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News April 30 2015

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Invasion goes the way of the dino
343i executive producer, Josh Holmes, stopped by the Beyond forums and confirmed that Invasion won't be part of Halo 5 Guardian's multiplayer suite. He did mention that there are plans for large-scale multiplayer modes, which leads me believe that he is alluding to something other than traditional BTB. Thanks, Bounce-A-Gon. (colindosaj 21:52:47 UTC) (permalink)

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Secrets secrets are no fun
Hmm...

Thanks, The Lionheart. (colindosaj 21:48:37 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 29 2015

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Halo: The Original Trilogy - Epic Retrospective
Thomas Davidson put together a retrospective of the original Halo trilogy. This is extremely well made and worth your time. Go watch! (colindosaj 21:41:59 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 28 2015

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HCS Cup #1 Cancelled
343 Industries announced that HCS Cup 1 will be cancelled due to party connectivity problems. Although Halo: The Master Chief Collection has received a handful of patches over the past 5 months, connectivity and online matchmaking issues still persist. Hopefully we will receive further updates regarding HCS and connectivity fixes sooner than later. Kotaku is currently running on story on the situation that details some of the specifics. Thanks, gamerguy2002.

(colindosaj 22:07:51 UTC) (permalink)

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There is another...
Kyle Johnson also created a Force Awakens/Halo mashup trailer. The Force is strong with this one! (colindosaj 21:37:49 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 5 fan made trailer - Force Awakens style
TheGamingVault put together a Halo 5 Guardians fan made trailer inspired by the Star Wars Force Awakens teaser trailers. Very cool, but it needs more lense flare! (colindosaj 21:33:23 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 5 Cover Art Revealed
For the past few days the Halo community has been hard at work trying to piece together the Hunt the Truth star map images. The mystery has been solved and the final image was revealed by Xbox Wire earlier today. The art reveals the inclusion of Blue Team as well as some new Spartans. There's also a animated reveal of the image on the Xbox YouTube Page. Expect more juicy details in June during E3! Thanks, Grizzlei. (colindosaj 21:27:55 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 27 2015

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Podtacular 476
Dust Storm sent word that the latest episode of Podtacular is live. In this episode the crew discusses episode 4 of Hunt the Truth by dissecting Mashak Maradi's interview and Janecek's talk with Ben Giraud. Go listen! (colindosaj 21:21:56 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 26 2015

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Hunt the Truth - are you keeping up?
Hunt the Truth is heating up considerably - here's a rundown of what's been happening.

  • Xbox emailed star maps yesterday - you can unlock images by clicking on flickering stars. A visit to this thread on reddit will show you what's out there (that the community knows about), and how it all fits together. (It's looking pretty clear that Blue Team will be back in Halo 5!)
  • The official page is now accepting theories - go share yours! (They'll take text, images, and video.) According to this post at ReadyUpLive, you can use this interface to submit your voice for use in future episodes! (Read the post for full details.)
  • Finally, Episode 5 has been released - go listen!

Thanks to everyone on our forum who helped with this info - especially zofinda and Grizzlei. (Louis Wu 23:22:35 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 5 Xbox One in the works
343i executive producer, Josh Holmes, confimed that a limited edition Halo 5 Xbox One is on the way. Neat!

(colindosaj 20:21:34 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 25 2015

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H1 freakiness and fun #10
Rockslider put together another H1 freakiness and fun compilation - go watch! (colindosaj 22:16:31 UTC) (permalink)

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Canon Fodder - Taking Orders
GrimBrother One stopped by to let us know about the latest Canon Fodder. We get a recap of this week's Halo news, including Halo: Fleet Battles and the Spartan Locke pre-order bonus. Grim also does a little Canon Fodder housekeeping and chats with 343i writer and producer, Symantha Reagor, about the Halo story. Go read! (colindosaj 22:15:24 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 23 2015

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Playlist Updates and Ranks for MCC
Get your headshot on!

(colindosaj 23:18:07 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 22 2015

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The Terminus Progresses
Maker is back with another note - looks like things might be ramping up. (Louis Wu 17:20:47 UTC) (permalink)

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Content Update for MCC Released
343 released new Update Notes for the Master Chief Collection - the latest update covers quite a bit of ground. Go read all the details! Thanks, The BS Police. (Louis Wu 17:18:38 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: Fleet Battles Content Revealed
Grizzlei stopped in with details about the Halo: Fleet Battles tabletop game, coming next month. (We mentioned them in February, but now we have more info - including price, number of pieces, and more.) Apparently, there are a couple of busts that come as pre-order bonuses - more details on the DakkaDakka forum. (Louis Wu 17:14:57 UTC) (permalink)

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Fan Fiction Friday-er, Wednesday
A few days ago, we got a new (now-rare) submission to the Fan Fiction section - go take a look! (Louis Wu 16:13:04 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 21 2015

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I thought they'd be bigger.
Heh - Microsoft sent their full-scale Warthog down to Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Tacoma... and put US military inside. Go watch the video on Facebook! Thanks, SEspider. (Louis Wu 21:52:56 UTC) (permalink)

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Playable Cinematics in Halo 3
Gamecheat13 has modded Halo 3 to allow the cinematics to be playable - and the end result is pretty interesting! Go watch. Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 21:50:06 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 20 2015

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Tourist Trap
Red vs Blue Season 13 continues, with Episode 4 going live for the general public today. One team investigates an abandoned base, and accidentally activates... something. I'm not sure that's a good thing. Go watch! (Louis Wu 23:23:47 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Locke Armor as a Preorder Bonus
gamerguy2002 and serpx both noticed new ads from Gamestop (there's a 30 second version and a 60 second version) showing off Spartan Locke armor you can get by preordering Halo 5 at the right place. Putting aside the issue of preorder bonus unfairness... what can you glean from the ads? (Louis Wu 23:14:59 UTC) (permalink)

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VTHU: Illustration Round 20
Postmortem has kicked off another round in his Visualizing the Halo Universe series - what can you come up with, when you think about Precursor tech? (Louis Wu 23:11:01 UTC) (permalink)

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Crossing the Black
Hunt the Truth got another update this weekend; Episode 4 dials up the story a bit. Thanks, arithmomaniac. (Louis Wu 23:09:32 UTC) (permalink)

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Flood onslaught challenge
Rockslider jumped into Keyes, just to see what sort of mayhem he could wreak with a needler and a shotgun. (Turns out, quite a bit.) Check it out! (Louis Wu 23:08:00 UTC) (permalink)

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Is this information correct?
Maker stopped by this weekend with an... interesting post. Go give it a read... and see where it goes! (Louis Wu 23:06:32 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 19 2015

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Halo Championship Series Atlanta
Today is the final day of the Iron Games HCS Atlanta tournament. Head on over to the Halo Twitch channel to catch some of the action! (colindosaj 20:49:38 UTC) (permalink)

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Canon Fodder - Striking Features
This week GrimBrother One talks about the release of Halo: Spartan Strike and chats with some of the people who worked on the game. Grim is also giving away codes for Spartan Strike, but you'll have to humor him in order to snag one. Unfortunately, those codes are probably gone by now, but you can follow Grim on Twitter for more chances. To finish things off, we get a few new and updated universe entries to help scratch that lore itch. Thanks, Hyokin. (colindosaj 03:32:42 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 16 2015

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Halo Community Update 4.16.15
The latest Halo Community Update went live today - there's info on the latest MCC update (coming next week), plus details about Halo: Spartan Strike (did you notice it was out today?), and Season 2 of the Halo Championship Series, which kicks off in Atlanta this weekend. Go read! (Thanks, MacGyver10.) (Louis Wu 22:45:19 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Strike Original Soundtrack Now Available
The Official Soundtrack for Halo: Spartan Strike is also avilable now (iTunes and Amazon, among other places) - music is (once again) by Tom Salta, and samples are up for your perusal on SoundCloud. Gamasutra's got a copy of the full press release. Thanks, Greg O'Connor-Read. (Louis Wu 22:25:09 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: Spartan Assault & Halo: Spartan Strike now on iOS
Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spartan Strike are now available on iOS platforms. Each game costs $6, but you can also purchase them as part of a bundle for $10. Neat! (colindosaj 19:56:10 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 15 2015

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Reclaimer Radio 6 & Reclaimer Writeup ONI Edition
Wahrer stopped by to let us know that the latest episode of Reclaimer Radio is now live. The crew discusses the recent ReclaimerHub relaunch, welcome Steven McDonald to the team, and speculate about the Hunt The Truth marketing campaign. Wahrer also let us know about the very first Reclaimer Writeup, which focuses on the enigmatic Office of Naval Intelligence. Go check it out! (colindosaj 22:57:14 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 14 2015

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What's Yours is Ours
Episode 3 of Red vs Blue Season 13 is now live - Epsilon can't handle floating buildings, but Caboose is good with field trips. Go watch! (Louis Wu 20:21:02 UTC) (permalink)

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An early adopter of Halo 5 IP
Wow - this first came to light during GDC last month, but we're just hearing about it now, from the company's press release. 3DPlusMe, a company that will put your high-res scanned face on a 3D model, has licensed content from Halo 5: Guardians - and will be able to put your face on your favorite Spartan. I... don't know what to say. (You can learn more about them on their website.) (Louis Wu 20:16:58 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 13 2015

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Visualizing the Halo Universe: Writing Round 4
Postmortem is back with another writing round for his Visualizing the Halo Universe project. This round focuses on the multiplayer map Frozen Valley from Halo Wars. Go see what you can come up with! (colindosaj 23:48:36 UTC) (permalink)

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Hunt the Truth - Episode 03 'Critical Condition'
Episode 3 of the the Hunt the Truth audio series is now available. In this episode Giraud talks with retired military personnel to help uncover the truth behind the Master Chief's past. General Vagueness also pointed out a picture of a glassed planet and a neat little postcard. Check it out! (colindosaj 23:41:33 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 12 2015

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The Hubdate
Mixmasterchief stopped by to let us know that the ReclaimerHub crew have relaunched their site. Go check out all the upgrades! (colindosaj 23:52:40 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 11 2015

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Suicidal Elites
Rockslider posted a new video - the one shows how you can bait Elites into running off the edge of the map at the beginning of AoTC. This is pretty funny! (colindosaj 23:06:07 UTC) (permalink)

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Dumb Ways to Die (in Video Games)
This is quite old, but Mehasteakman created a song that pokes fun at all the silly and dumb ways to die in video games. It's only fitting that Halo's multiplayer make an appearance in the music video. Thanks, SEspider. (colindosaj 23:00:51 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 - Unused Aim Sway
Lord Zedd dug deeper into Halo 4's code and found more hidden secrets. This video shows aim swaying when scoped. According to Lord Zedd, the degree of 'swayness' changes depending on zoom level and that the sway can be scaled with moving and crouching - interesting! Thanks, gamerguy2002. (colindosaj 22:59:45 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 9 2015

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Halo 4 - Vault/Clamber
Lord Zedd discovered a vault/clamber mechanic buried in the Halo 4 code. There are no fancy animations, but it's neat to see that this mechanic was considered prior to Halo 5. Thanks, gamerguy2002. (colindosaj 23:26:49 UTC) (permalink)

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Simplex for TMCC
TheCrazedSpartan has recreated Simplex from Halo 4 for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Looks like an exact replica - nice work! Thanks, SEspider. (colindosaj 23:26:17 UTC) (permalink)

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Help fund GrifballHub's RTX booth
GrifballHub is running a Kickstarter to help fund a Grifball booth for this year's RTX. There's 23 days left to help fund the booth and reward levels start at $1. Go donate! Thanks, Kal Belgarion. (colindosaj 22:27:38 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 8 2015

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Martin O'Donnell now part of the Classic FM Hall of Fame
Martin O'Donnell was recently inducted into the Classic FM Hall of Fame for his iconic work for the Halo series. Neat! (colindosaj 22:19:32 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 7 2015

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ODST is looking FINE
Frank O'Connor is excited with how ODST is looking - check out this Tweet:

I'm really looking forward to playing this through again! (Louis Wu 22:53:14 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 5 TV Spot Concept Art
Hedgem0ny let us know about some Halo 5 tv spot pitch art by Ev Shipard. There's one from Spartan Locke's POV and one from Master Chief's POV. Very cool! (colindosaj 21:13:59 UTC) (permalink)

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Capital Assets
Episode 2 of Red vs Blue Season 13 went live yesterday for everyone - and Grif is on a really important mission. Will his needs be met? Watch to find out! (Louis Wu 18:12:18 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 6 2015

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Four Score and 7 Years Ago...
Okay, so maybe it hasn't been a few decades, but it sure seems like it. It's just been a few months. Back in October, we hosted the 10th Annual 343 Guilt O' Lantern contest - and it's taken until today to get the prizes packaged up and mailed to the winners. Swing by the Prizes page to see photos of the goodies. And please - winners and waiters alike, please pardon our extreme lateness. It won't happen again. (Louis Wu 23:30:46 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 5 2015

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Master Chief, a Lightsaber, the Empire, and Starfleet
A group of indie filmmakers are raising money for a fairly strange movie premise titled, Galactic Battles. The idea is to merge the universes of Star Wars, Mass Effect, Star Trek, and Halo into a single universe. You can check out their indiegogo page here. (colindosaj 20:14:07 UTC) (permalink)

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Behind the scenes look at the MCC cinematic trailer
It's Art Mag posted a behind the scenes look at how Digital Domain created the Halo: The Master Chief Collection cinematic. The video shows the entire process including, storyboarding, the VFX pipeline, and motion capture. This is worth checking out! (colindosaj 08:40:04 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 4 2015

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Canon Fodder: Clarity and Grace
GrimBrother One filled the latest Canon Fodder with questions from fans, and answers from canonical sources. (See what I did there?) Grim, as always, tiptoes a fine line between facts and hints, without knocking over existing constructs or disappointing fans. Go read! (Louis Wu 22:13:43 UTC) (permalink)

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Microsoft issues DMCA takedowns against Halo Online modders
According to Ars Technica, Microsoft is serving DMCA takedown notices to those who have accessed Halo Online content and are outside Russian territory. So far the takedown specifcally targets GitHub's repositories, but this has also affected any YouTube videos that feature Halo Online content. Thanks, arithmomaniac. (colindosaj 20:54:58 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 3 2015

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Exploring the SuperCarrier
We haven't heard from t00lbox in a while, but thankfully he still posts elsewhere; Bounce-A-Gon noticed a reddit post describing Termacious Trickocity's exploration of the SuperCarrier at the end of Long Night of Solace. Pretty awesome - go watch! (Louis Wu 23:58:05 UTC) (permalink)

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Steal My Kill
This is so six weeks ago... but it made me laugh, so I'm posting it. The Warp Zone (yeah, they like One Direction) has a parody of OD's "Steal My Girl" that's pretty good. Plus, there's a Grunt Plushy in there! Go watch. (SEspider posted it on our forum a couple of weeks ago - but it was STILL a month old then. We gotta start keeping up!) (Louis Wu 23:52:58 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 2 2015

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Halo 5: SPECTRE
MixMaker1 stopped by with his latest mashup trailer - this one portrays the tensions and rivalry between Locke and Chief and it is mixed with sound from the 007 Spectre trailer. Go watch! (colindosaj 23:10:24 UTC) (permalink)

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Pillar of Autumn speed run with plasma combo
Rockslider posted another POA kill 'em all speed run - this time using plasma weapons. He managed to complete the run in 8:14 - go check it out! (colindosaj 22:44:09 UTC) (permalink)

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Project Contingency - Pre-Alpha of Valhalla
This is a little old, but the folks working on Project Contingency released a small update last month that shows off some pre-alpha footage of Valhalla. Seems like this CryEngine Halo mod is still coming along nicely. Neat! (colindosaj 22:39:34 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 1 2015

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Free Phone with MCC Xbox Bundle
Looks like Best Buy is offering a free phone (the Nokia Lumia 635, running Windows Phone 8.1) for buyers of the new Xbox One/MCC bundle; get an Xbox One, a copy of the Master Chief Collection, AND a phone - all for $349! This is not an April Fools joke. (Louis Wu 23:39:44 UTC) (permalink)

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Prologue
Red vs Blue Season 13 has kicked off - and Episode 1's a doozy. You didn't think Felix and Locus were just gonna fade away, did you? (Louis Wu 23:07:02 UTC) (permalink)

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Dubsteppin' Quadwings
GrimBrother One stopped in to let us know that the latest Canon Fauxder is up (a little early, methinks) - it's FULL of cool info! Go read and you'll understand some of the longest-kept secrets in the Halo universe! (Louis Wu 23:02:15 UTC) (permalink)

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