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News April 20 2014
A Crazy Halo 3 Easter Egg Surfaces... on Easter, 7 years later
In January, Lord Zedd posted a short video purporting to show off a newly-discovered Halo 3 Easter Egg - but refused to explain how to reproduce it. (He preferred that fans find it on their own.) There wasn't enough in the video he posted for me to be able to tell if this was staged or real - so I left it alone, figuring that sooner or later, we'd know, one way or the other. It's Easter today, so I guess Lord Zedd decided it was time - he's posted a video showing how to trigger the egg. (It's pretty ridiculous - I don't think this would EVER have been found if not for modders looking through the code.) Go watch - I'm guessing whoever put that into the game knew they were moving over to 343 after Halo 3! (Or maybe they were just commenting on the franchise; the decision to relinquish the Halo IP was finalized in the summer of 2007, just before Halo 3's release.) Pretty cool! Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 17:03:41 UTC) (permalink)
The Chalk Stick is Mightier than the Sword
SEspider found a pretty fun video called 'Chalk Warfare 3.0' - well-done effects, and the Halo Energy Sword plays a pretty important role! Check it out.
(Louis Wu 16:57:03 UTC) (permalink)
News April 19 2014
Blue-hot and deadly
Rockslider has revisited his Megabattle setup yet again - this time he's sticking to plasma weapons. Go see how it turns out!
(Louis Wu 20:39:20 UTC) (permalink)
Fails of the Weak 187
I enjoyed the fails this week - there were some funny ones I'd never seen before. (The Kat murder clip was pretty amazing - I'm not sure what the programming behind the behavior might have been.) Watch it on AH.com or YouTube, your choice. Thanks, Nikko B201.
(Louis Wu 18:14:16 UTC) (permalink)
News April 18 2014
Escalation #8 - here in 3 months!
Grizzlei brings us news about another episode of Escalation - Episode 8 isn't due until July, but you can see the cover (and a summary) on Comic Book Resources now. I'm intrigued!
(Louis Wu 21:24:21 UTC) (permalink)
News April 17 2014
Rockslide megabattle pistol fiesta
Rockslider returns to Halo's rockslide megabattle, this time focusing on pistol action (with a liberal sprinkling of grenades). Sometimes it's amazing to think how much fun can be generated from this one small area of the original game's campaign! (Louis Wu 16:46:23 UTC) (permalink)
Bravo: Saving Lives, Every Day
Yesterday's Halo Bulletin is lighter than usual - mostly playlist updates and info about a new Spartan Assault feature - but there are also some answers to community questions, and some cool Adrift screens. Go read! (As always, there's a copy in our Halo Bulletin Archive, too.) (Louis Wu 16:35:38 UTC) (permalink)
Rogue's Cortana Suit - Behind the Scenes
Robowski shot us a note about Th3 Rogue, who put together a 'behind the scenes' vid showing how she created her Cortana costume - fun to watch. It's not particularly SFW - there's footage of what got on her body after the suit came off - but it's pretty cool to see how much time goes into this sort of thing. Check it out!
(Louis Wu 16:25:40 UTC) (permalink)
Halo | Transformers: Age of Extinction Mashup
Gugga Leunnam sent word that he's got another mashup for you - this one capitalizes on the 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' trailer. I was actually surprised by how well some of the bits worked. Really nicely done! There's even a poster to celebrate. (Louis Wu 16:17:22 UTC) (permalink)
News April 16 2014
I should have embedded 'Siege of Madrigal'
It's not really Halo news, since it doesn't change anything related to the game or its music... but it's pretty big news, at least in my world, and it's certainly Halo-related: Marty O'Donnell no longer works for Bungie. More details can be found in this post on our Destiny site. (Louis Wu 19:11:53 UTC) (permalink)
News April 15 2014
Dust Storm let us know that the latest episode of Podtacular is full of juicy conversation - Ridley Scott, Microsoft's new digital assistant, Gamespy, and more are touched on. Go give it a listen!
(Louis Wu 19:35:32 UTC) (permalink)
4 Years Later: Halo 2 on Xbox LIVE
The staff of Beyond Entertainment has taken this anniversary opportunity (today marks 4 years since the original Xbox LIVE service was discontinued) to look back on Halo 2, and what it meant to them in its heyday. Oh, the feels! Thanks, CyReN. (Louis Wu 18:26:40 UTC) (permalink)
News April 14 2014
It's Broken AGAIN?
Wow. Last week, slYnki beat the world speed record for Silent Cartographer... and yesterday, it happened again. Vetro shaved a full 5 seconds off the total - amazing! Check it out. Thanks, Reed Tiburon.
(Louis Wu 19:26:57 UTC) (permalink)
News April 13 2014
Some days I'm blue. Some days I'm not.
Revenant1988 bought some UV LEDs and turned his Halo 3+ Cortana into a Halo Cortana. Pretty slick!
(Louis Wu 18:32:02 UTC) (permalink)
Fan Fiction Update (at long last)
Eep - forgot to mention this on Friday... but for the first time in nearly 6 months, there's a new Fan Fiction piece loaded! Go give it a read. (Louis Wu 18:28:27 UTC) (permalink)
News April 12 2014
Going... going... gone.
Reach's Emile plays a larger-than-usual role in the latest Fails of the Weak (AH.com | YouTube). That guy should spend less time polishing his knife and more time avoiding out-of-the-park swings. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 20:49:48 UTC) (permalink)
Definitely prettier than a Mongoose.
Awesome - Impact Props released a video of Master Chief - on a motorcycle.d It made me happy. Thanks, thebruce0. (Louis Wu 20:47:55 UTC) (permalink)
News April 11 2014
Starhammer - an influence for Halo
Grey101 might be a newcomer to our forum - but he's hit the ground running, that's for sure! A second analysis piece in as many days looks at the Starhammer trilogy, from Christopher Rowley, and focuses on how it has affected the Halo universe. (Spoilers - the answer is 'really heavily'.) Go give it a read! (Louis Wu 21:53:56 UTC) (permalink)
News April 10 2014
Halo Bulletin - April 9
The Latest Halo Bulletin went live last night - and Bravo's packed it chock-full of goodies. A new fan-made helmet (killer!), matchmaking updates, info on a new Spartan Assault feature, a shoutout to Beyond Entertainment's Spring Tournament, and a spotlight on 'pink' - it's all in there. Go read! (It's local, too, of course.)
(Louis Wu 20:26:06 UTC) (permalink)
Building Halo 4's Distributed Cloud Services
If you're into cloud computing and massive data processing, there's a pretty in-depth talk from Build 2014 in which the team from 343 discuss how they built the cloud services that power Halo 4. SERIOUSLY technical. Check it out! Thanks, Arithmomaniac.
(Louis Wu 20:22:55 UTC) (permalink)
SC in 3.75 minutes. Wow.
slYnki has (re)broken the world record speed run for Silent Cartographer - it's now down to 3:44! Take a look!
(Louis Wu 20:20:30 UTC) (permalink)
100 not out
Rockslider continues his habit of pushing Halo glitches to their extremes; for his 100th video, he decided to mess with the Spirit dropship, in an attempt to keep it from its normal path. He's successful - to a point. (The end of the video shows some really nice flying.) Check it out!
(Louis Wu 20:18:27 UTC) (permalink)
Impossible Pragmatism - isn't that an oxymoron?
Grey101 stopped by our forum to announce his analysis of Catherine Halsey - swing by his blog to give it a read! A very interesting piece, it is.
(Louis Wu 20:10:16 UTC) (permalink)
I do some web design...
Gugga Leunnam (we've mentioned his mashups before) let us know that he's put out his latest work: Halo/The Amazing Spider-Man 2 FINAL Trailer Mashup. Pretty slick! (He even made some wallpaper for this one!) (Louis Wu 20:07:39 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 3 ODST - Sword Slaughter
Hey, it's Thursday, time for a little catch-up! We got a note a couple of days ago from Gamecheat - he modded Halo 3: ODST to allow the Rookie to wield an Energy Sword. Pretty satisfying! (Might have been moreso without infinite ammo and invulnerability... but hey. Sometimes you just gotta cut a Grunt.)
(Louis Wu 20:00:10 UTC) (permalink)
News April 9 2014
Halo TV series - maybe behind schedule?
Running REALLY low on free time - but there's enough to slip you the info that mikimarquez shot our way: it looks like the Spielberg-helmed Halo TV project announced last year has been postponed a bit - according to Deadline, it's still in the 'deal-making phase'. No word on what that might mean for the projects that came AFTER it - like the recently-announced Ridley Scott-produced series. (Louis Wu 23:55:27 UTC) (permalink)
News April 7 2014
Halo 4 Alien Vehicle Mod
Hyokin came across this really strange Halo 4 vehicle mod on YouTube. This one is really neat and certainly worth checking out! (mastrbiggy 20:51:19 UTC) (permalink)
News April 6 2014
Musical Friends Are Keeping Me Happy
Sumthing Digital let us know that Spartan Assault composer Tom Salta will be at Pax East next week - if you're going, schedule some time for the Maestros of Video Games panel! (Louis Wu 23:23:58 UTC) (permalink)
News April 5 2014
Bones did a wonderful job of summing up the B.org March Madness 2014 tournament in a monster infographic - go look! (Louis Wu 22:10:37 UTC) (permalink)
Halo: Jericho Prototype by VulcanRaptor
Leviathan ran across a DeviantARTist who created a 5-page, no-speech Halo comic - and it's pretty impressive! Check it out. (Louis Wu 21:55:37 UTC) (permalink)
Halo: Tablet Evolved
I'm not sure I understand what I'm looking at... but it's pretty darned cool. I hope it's real. Thanks, uber. (Louis Wu 21:51:50 UTC) (permalink)
Fails of the Weak 185
Jack and Geoff from Achievement Hunter are back with another collection of fails from Halo 4 and Halo Reach - the last fail had me giggling. You can watch it on AH or YouTube. Thanks Nikko B201. (mastrbiggy 20:34:22 UTC) (permalink)
News April 4 2014
Pfft. He thinks he found all the cameras.
Once again, we're late posting news of the Halo Bulletin - which is sad, because it's a great read this week. Word of the Bravo-Cam, descriptions of Matchmaking updates, the skinny on a new Mega Bloks release (and giveaway!), news about Spartan Assault, an interview with a community Forger, and a dozen grenade screenshots fill this issue. You can, as always, read it in our Halo Bulletin Archive, if you so desire. (Louis Wu 17:41:31 UTC) (permalink)
Quagga released Travelogue - a snapshot, as he says, of his time in Halo 3 and Reach. It's not a montage, in the normal sense of the word; it's not a collection of incredible shots and plays... it's a collection of moments, some good, some bad, some both. It's a fifteen minute summary of his time in these games, and if you're like me, watching it will make you want to fire up your Xbox. Go enjoy it.
(Louis Wu 17:34:57 UTC) (permalink)
Noah: Halo Style
Kyle 'Kehlek' Johnson sent us a link to his Halo/Noah mashup - pretty nice work! If you like what you see, he's got a whole collection of mashups on his channel - explore! (Louis Wu 17:21:28 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 4 Music at a pretty good price
Morpheus pointed out a nice bundle at Amazon - it includes the original soundtrack from Halo 4 (on CD and vinyl), the bonus remix CD, the Making of Halo 4 Music DVD (and book), an art print, and a signed Master Chief poster. And a t-shirt. Package price - $35. (Remember - the Vinyl LE, all by itself, was $75 when it was released.) Not too shabby! (Louis Wu 16:40:47 UTC) (permalink)
It's been a good ten-year run...
FyreWulff pointed out that Gamespy is shutting down its game hosting service before June of this year - this means that online players of Halo PC (and Halo CE) will no longer have a centralized place to find games to jump into. Bummer! (Louis Wu 16:29:19 UTC) (permalink)
News April 3 2014
Red vs. Blue Season 12: Teaser Trailer
A couple of nights ago, Rooster Teeth posted a teaser trailer for Red vs Blue Season 12 - go check it out! Looks like CGI will play a big role this time around - and almost everybody's gotten a promotion! ("Captain Caboose"? That doesn't sound right...) The season begins April 28 - less than 4 weeks! (Louis Wu 19:55:40 UTC) (permalink)
GrifballHub's Spring 2014 Season - Signups End Soon!
Kal let us know that registration is now open for GrifballHub's Spring 2014 season - swing by and throw your hammer in the ring! (Signups end on Friday, so don't dawdle.) (Louis Wu 19:53:37 UTC) (permalink)
Of all the questions, Frank...
Yeah, so remember how we mentioned yesterday that Cortana, the new digital assistant for Windows Phone 8, had been officially announced? So then this happened. I'm shaking my head... thanks, rhubarb. (To be fair, it's part of this campaign - check out other snippets in the recommended vids.) (Louis Wu 18:58:04 UTC) (permalink)
Beyond Halo 4 Spring Showdown
Beyond Entertainment is hosting a Halo 4 Spring Showdown - it's a free-to-enter 1v1 tournament taking place at the end of this month - and the prizes are pretty nice! Go read about it. Thanks, CyReN (I miss you too).
(Louis Wu 18:52:00 UTC) (permalink)
New Video Project Surfaces
Interesting thread on our forum last night - thanks to Grizzlei for kicking it off. Looks like a new live-action series is ramping up - it will be produced by Ridley Scott (among others), and directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (best known for his work on Battlestar Galactica). You can read about it at Variety, The Wrap, and IGN, and likely a few dozen other outlets. Interestingly enough, a rumored project from a couple of months ago (that was then debunked, according to the Escapist), might have been this same deal. (Louis Wu 18:47:24 UTC) (permalink)
News April 2 2014
Halo Inspired Vintage Poster
stabbim came across a really awesome Halo poster on Etsy - that would make a nice present for any Halo fan…like myself. Thanks in advance! (mastrbiggy 21:03:26 UTC) (permalink)
Me. Inside Your Phone. Now.
Revenant1988 shared an article from Engadget confirming Cortana for Windows Phone, Microsoft's answer to Siri. Arithmomaniac chimed in and pointed out that The Verge posted an in-depth article about Cortana. The most relevant information is that 343i and Jen Taylor helped work on Cortana. There is also a video walkthrough of Cortana that shows off what is possible - the synthesized voice isn't that convincing, but the dialogue Jen Taylor recorded is a nice touch. It does seem that Microsoft plans to keep working with Jen on future Cortana developments. Neat! (mastrbiggy 20:49:45 UTC) (permalink)
Dust Storm sent word that Podtacular 416 is live - the crew talk about releasing Halo: Spartan Assault on Steam, Phil Spencer's comments on Halo 2 Anniversary, and talk about the rotational playlists mentioned in the Halo Bulletin. (mastrbiggy 20:31:25 UTC) (permalink)
News April 1 2014
spartansniper619 stopped in with word of a new short film - it's called 'Poursuit', and though spartansniper619 is French, the movie deals in the language of lead, which is universal. (There are no spoken lines.) Go watch White Guy take on Grey Guys! Nicely done. (Louis Wu 22:43:40 UTC) (permalink)
Fusion Frenzy Infinite Demo Bundled, Too
Whoa - scoop from Podtacular! Looks like the next Halo title will actually be developed for the original Xbox! For all those clamoring for that older experience... this one's for you!
(Louis Wu 21:28:34 UTC) (permalink)
RedPandaHub Comes Online
Kal, from GrifballHub, sent word that the Hub is moving in a new direction - in his own words:
Instead of focusing on the brutal sport where people are bludgeoned to death by giant hammers, we're now all about the world's cutest animal: The red panda!
Check it out! (Louis Wu 18:47:30 UTC) (permalink)
Halo meets American Dad
SEspider noticed that an episode of American Dad contains some Halo inspiration - fun! (Rockslider has helped out a bit with links, and timestamps to the relevant portions, so if you're in a hurry, read his post before you watch.)
(Louis Wu 18:34:31 UTC) (permalink)
Tank - a Halo 2 Vista Montage
Over at The Halo Forum, Kiko Mia has posted Tank - it's a 10-minute montage using Halo 2 footage from a variety of players, all collected in Halo 2 Vista. Oh, the memories... thanks, RVideo.
(Louis Wu 18:32:07 UTC) (permalink)
The Halo Community, and its influence - one fan's view
Hey, let's do a little catch-up. It's been a busy week (and yes, it really did just start). A few days ago, Gagnon 30 wrote an article looking at the "Halo Community" (it's in quotes because in this context it's pretty hard to define), and what they want - or, more accurately, what they SAY they want. Or what SOME of them say they want. Hmm... these qualifiers could become a pretty deep rabbit hole if I'm not careful... Anyway, Gagnon 30 has a pretty strong view about this subject, and you can read his thoughts (and comment on the article) at Teabag or Die. (Louis Wu 18:30:03 UTC) (permalink)