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News April 30 2013

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Ignoring the Warnings
Carnage A51 stopped by and let us know about a fun Halo 4 video clip montage called Super Fun Time: Episode 1. Go and check it out! (it is a bit NSFW, so be careful) (GrimBrother One 18:03:28 UTC) (permalink)

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More aPK (and some Clicked)
aPK stopped by last night with word of Clips of the Week, Episode 6 - it's full of moments where staying on his feet made the difference between winning and losing. Not too long after that, xClicked announced the latest Versus episode - he and aPK face off in a Halo Reach minigame called 'Crate Parade'. It's like a shredder... but not really. Who can get to the top of the hill first? (Louis Wu 15:01:27 UTC) (permalink)

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Wait... Where is Fistful?!
Toby Dillman told us about a post he saw on Reddit featuring a pretty awesome timeline of the Halo Universe. You can check it the GoogleDoc directly right here. Pretty comprehensive, go and give it a thorough look! (GrimBrother One 13:08:44 UTC) (permalink)

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Isn't This The One Where Vader Dies?
Robowski from Post Game Carnage Report let us know that Episode 6 of "A Fridge 2 Far 2" is now live and available for your viewing pleasure. Go and see what sorts of shenanigans they're up to this time! (GrimBrother One 13:03:39 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 29 2013

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Breakout
TTL Demag0gue told us about the latest Reclaimer - sometimes you gotta take what you can get. (Louis Wu 22:55:21 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 Ending - Recut
Cody Miller found the ending of Halo 4 to be... overwrought. But rather than just complain, he recut it. It's a simple change... but I have to agree with him, it makes all the difference. Go watch! (The original is here, if you've forgotten the details.) (Louis Wu 22:51:44 UTC) (permalink)

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On My Mark
Yet another awesome piece of fan art has gone up in the 343 "Fan Art Focus" gallery on Halo Waypoint. Check out "On My Mark" by Bryce Sahagun. I really like this piece, harkens back to the feel of some of the original Halo novels. Go check it out! (GrimBrother One 20:41:14 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 Top 5 - Episode 2: Splatters
HT Edge released episode 2 of his top 5 series - this episode focuses on community-submitted splatters (my favorite.) Go watch! (mastrbiggy 18:29:51 UTC) (permalink)

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The Halo Mole
Dust Storm let us know about the announcement of 'The Halo Mole' - inspired by the reality TV show, contestants have a chance to win up to 25,000 Microsoft points and the title of the first Halo Mole. You can register right now on the official Halo Mole website where 10 contestants and one mole will be chosen. The contest will begin towards the end of May with a planned Youtube series to follow shortly after. Go watch the teaser and find out what this is all about! (mastrbiggy 18:20:06 UTC) (permalink)

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Playtime S4E2 - Customer Service
cruellegacy sent word that episode 2 of Playtime season 4 is live - Warren faces a moral dilemma while Dwight struggles with the challenges of retail. You can watch it on YouTube or on the official Playtime wesbite. Loving this season so far! (mastrbiggy 16:06:47 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 28 2013

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Towers in the mist
Yesterday, our sister site Destiny.bungie.org highlighted a piece of Sparth art that was inspired by Bungie's upcoming title... but Sparth is still posting plenty of amazing Halo stuff. Case in point... this Forerunner architecture concept piece. Beautiful! (Louis Wu 22:01:02 UTC) (permalink)

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Double XP for Spartan Ops
If you aren't yet at SR130, you probably never got involved in the Doritos Double XP promotion. For this subset of the Halo 4 community, 343 has a new promotion - play Spartan Ops during the weekend of May 3-5 (that's next weekend), earn 10 Double XP matches! Check out their info page for more details. (Louis Wu 21:58:56 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 27 2013

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A Touching Farewell
Foan Song sent word of his beautifully sad piano rendition of Halo 4's love theme, Green and Blue... followed by To Galaxy. Really wonderful. Go listen. (Louis Wu 23:02:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Driving a Pelican on Warrens
t00lbox is back with a new trick from Warrens (the Spartan Ops level) - wanna fly a Pelican? You can! (Louis Wu 23:01:57 UTC) (permalink)

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Hunter becomes the Hunted
Rockslider let us know about a Halo 3 campaign video released by Sliding Ghost - a lot of work was put into bringing a boatload of Elites up the elevator in The Covenant... and the payoff was fantastic. Elites vs Hunter... that was fun. Elites trading weapons with you... even MORE fun. Go watch! (Louis Wu 22:56:36 UTC) (permalink)

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Versus Ep. 6: Sanctuary Snipefest
aPK came by with a new Versus episode - he and Clicked faced off on Sanctuary, and I laughed more than once. It's a lot of fun watching people who enjoy each other's company try and shoot each other's face off! Check it out. (Louis Wu 22:53:41 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak 136
The latest Fails of the Weak is pretty full of splatters - same team, other team, driver himself, it doesn't matter. They all get mushed. Watch it on AH.com or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 16:01:11 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 26 2013

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Making Halo 4: A Story About Triple-A
Over at Gamasutra, there's a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how Halo 4 came together with a team that didn't exist before the game's inception. Love the game or hate it, the article provides some really interesting tidbits about why certain choices were made, and how the team grew from an idea to a massive studio in just the span of this game's development. Thanks, excowboy83. (Louis Wu 19:19:48 UTC) (permalink)

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Poker Face
TTL Demag0gue told us about the newest Reclaimer - sometimes you just have to roll the dice. (Louis Wu 19:15:38 UTC) (permalink)

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BTB.net Spring 2013 $1000 Halo 4 Tournament
BigTeamBattle.net is hosting a Spring Challenge tournament - top prize is $1000! Get your team of 8 together, qualify yourselves, and kick some butt! Thanks, Hexudus. (Louis Wu 19:14:06 UTC) (permalink)

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Anoj's Top 10 Lucky Kills: Episode 25
Anoj has released another Top 10 video - this one shows off his Top 10 Lucky Kills. There are some Spartan 117-worthy examples of luck in there! Thanks to Jordan Bell, who really enjoyed #2. (It's pretty impressive.) Go watch! (Louis Wu 19:11:36 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR 159 - Epic Rap Battle Edition
Robowski sent word of Post Game Carnage Report 159 - Halo, other games, a rap battle... go listen! (Louis Wu 18:44:46 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 25 2013

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Sanctuary is back
aPK has released his Sanctuary remake - you can watch a video run-through, or just download a copy to your Xbox - appears to be pretty faithful! Thanks, CyReN. (Louis Wu 19:15:48 UTC) (permalink)

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Dark Horse picks up Halo: Initiation
According to Wired, the next Halo comic to hit the bookstores will be from Dark Horse - and it will tell the origin story of Sarah Palmer. Interesting! Thanks to Grizzlei for pointing it out, even if she hates the idea... (Louis Wu 19:13:48 UTC) (permalink)

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Here, piggy piggy piggy
Michael and Ray play Achievement PIG with a series of what looks like pretty rough maps. (Might just be their skill level... but it's probably the maps. Maybe.) Watch it on AH.com or YouTube. Thanks as usual to Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 16:55:35 UTC) (permalink)

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One-Bomb gets simulated in H4
SEspider misses Assault - so he tweaked the Grifball gametype a little bit to bring it back (sort of). There are hardcoded changes he can't override... but it's playable. Go read his description, and then grab a copy to play with! (Louis Wu 16:50:38 UTC) (permalink)

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This Bulletin Is Not a Natural Formation
The latest Halo Bulletin is now available. Check it out to see a short and sweet blurb on Jen "I'd Listen To You Read a Phonebook" Taylor, as well as further details on weapon tuning and some tasty hints on Campaign easter eggs in Halo 4. Oh, and we also have that sorcery going on that we lovingly refer to as the local version. Go and check it out! (GrimBrother One 14:31:31 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 24 2013

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Halo 4 Plays of the Week Ep 1
We heard from Edge that Halotracker has posted 'Halo 4 Plays of the Week Ep 1', focusing on clips from Action Sack (more specifically, Binary Rifle kills from Action Sack). Short and sweet! (Louis Wu 20:45:25 UTC) (permalink)

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The aPK Cast Ep 1: Skyline TS/Mikwen PoV
aPK has kicked off yet ANOTHER new series - this one is called the aPK Cast, and has running commentary from aPK and Bl4ck, a caster from Arena Gaming League. The game is Skyline Team Slayer, from Mikwen's point of view. Really entertaining, across the board - go watch! (Louis Wu 20:41:23 UTC) (permalink)

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NGA prepares for Boston Strong
The National Grifball Association is going to be running a charity stream on May 4-5 to raise money for The One Fund Boston, a charity set up to help victims of the tragedy at this year's Boston Marathon. It's marathon-themed (26.2 hours of broadcasts, for example), and looks to be a lot of fun! I've posted their press release, detailing the event and how you can get involved, on our forum - go give it a read! (Louis Wu 20:38:18 UTC) (permalink)

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Forge Talk - Cancelled Pilot
pete_the_duck stopped in with a pilot for a project he never went forward with - it was a series that was going to be called 'Forge Talk', and the pilot has him interviewing GodlyPerfection about Forge in general and a new map GP had created in particular. pete claims it's rough, but I really enjoyed it - go watch! (Louis Wu 19:53:41 UTC) (permalink)

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Futile Escape
TTL Demag0gue let us know about today's Reclaimer - and things are heating up! (Louis Wu 19:45:50 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 Mythic Difficulty Guide - The Kickoff
It's been more than two years since The Tyrant created a written guide to playing Halo at its most challenging... but he's back, with the start of a new series. As we've done with his Halo 3, ODST, and Reach guides, we're hosting his Halo 4 Mythic Difficulty Guide - and the basic info, plus the first level, Dawn, are already online. Swing by and dig in to the wealth of information he's provided - using this guide, you should find it possible to beat Halo 4 with all skulls on! (Louis Wu 16:10:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Mastrbiggy and Commander Giveaway
mastrbiggy likes giving you things. Yes, you. Well, maybe not you, but MOST of you. He's got another bunch of Halo goodies (books, posters, and a statue), and he needs his space more than he needs these items, so take advantage! Swing by his latest giveaway page, throw your name into the hat, and you might find yourself a lucky winner come Saturday! (Louis Wu 16:05:38 UTC) (permalink)

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From Pac-Man To WoW: The Evolution of Video Games
Heh - pretty cool. National Geographic put together a timeline showing the evolution of video games... and Halo was important enough to make the list, joining classics from Oregon Trail to Angry Birds. It is described as having "exceptionally well balanced gameplay", along with "sublimely soaring visuals and high-quality music". Nice! Thanks, Lawnmower172. (Louis Wu 16:01:31 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 23 2013

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Beyond Top 5 Plays Ep. 3 Fails (ft. Ninja)
Beyond Entertainment released episode 3 of their Top 5 series - this episode is a special fails edition featuring commentary by Ninja. Clip two is pretty hilarious! Thanks, CyReN. (mastrbiggy 22:30:04 UTC) (permalink)

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An Intro To Green Screens in Halo 4
cruellegacy was kind enough to make a Halo 4 green screen 101 video - he shows you what you need to know to get started making neat Halo green screen video clips and machinima. The possibilities are limitless. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 22:22:01 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 22 2013

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Clips of the Week Ep 5: Partnered and 1K Subs
aPK is pretty happy to hit the 1000 subscriber mark only a month into having his new YouTube channel, and to celebrate he's got a nice little giveaway going. Swing by and watch the latest Clips of the Week (some nice exterms in there!), and see what you need to do to win a 3-month LIVE card or a 1600 MSP code! (Louis Wu 22:13:50 UTC) (permalink)

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The Composer, Double Time
The Tyrant is back with two new videos involving Halo 4's Composer - the first was a Tips and Tricks vid posted a few days ago, showing off some pretty clever (and never-before-seen) tactics for getting through 'Any Landing You Can Walk Away From', and the second was a full runthrough of the level on Mythic difficulty - thanks, Lawnmower172. Between 'em, it's a Composercopia! (Louis Wu 21:01:23 UTC) (permalink)

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Grifball at RTX - an oddball's throw away
The GrifballHub Kickstarter project, to fund a booth at RTX in July, has reached its initial goal and its first two stretch goals... and it's only $900 from hitting its final stretch goal. If it reaches $4400 before Thursday, there will be playable Grifball at RTX! Go toss a couple of bucks into the pot. Thanks, Kal! (Louis Wu 20:50:36 UTC) (permalink)

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Early placeholder cutscenes found
LordZedd forced some placeholder cutscenes to spawn - and discovered that the original versions packed more punch, according to some viewers, than the final release versions! gamerguy2002 pointed out all three - the Librarian cutscene, the Introduction to Lasky, and the end of Infinity. Even if you don't like them as much as what was released in-game, it's fascinating to see the evolution of the story! (Louis Wu 20:20:23 UTC) (permalink)

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DragonCon 2012 UNSC Appearance
The Really Really Long DragonCon 2012 video (Yes, it's from last year, but it's still awesome) by beatdownboogie is full of amazing cosplay - even some UNSC folk make an appearance. Go check it out! Thanks, SEspider. (mastrbiggy 19:07:43 UTC) (permalink)

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Midwest Geekfest
Celfton Twain shared a brief write-up of his time at Midwest Geekfest - he shared some images too, including a Halo print that he snagged from Leviathan - pretty nifty looking! (mastrbiggy 18:56:40 UTC) (permalink)

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Reclaimer - Pushback
TTL Demag0gue stopped in with a new Reclaimer - Ferial loses his cool and finds himself in a sticky situation. (mastrbiggy 18:19:55 UTC) (permalink)

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Playtime S4E1
cruellegacy let us know that episode one of Playtime season 4 is live - Warren races to save the love of his life from certain doom. You can watch it on the official Playtime website, YouTube or Halo Waypoint. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 18:04:19 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 21 2013

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HaloGAF Radio Ep 13: Frank O'Connor, Kevin Franklin and Bravo
After an eternity of waiting, podcast host Tashi and HaloGAF personality Heckfu discuss CSR, weapon balance and more with 343i representatives Frank O'Connor, Kevin Franklin and Andy "Bravo" Dudynsky on the latest episode of HaloGAF Radio. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 22:16:02 UTC) (permalink)

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The Fall and the Fire
Halo Waypoint put up another awesome piece of artwork in their "Fan Art Focus" feature this week. Check out Forged in Fire by philorion7. Absolutely gorgeous! (GrimBrother One 14:25:55 UTC) (permalink)

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Time Honored Tradition
Gagnon from the Post Game Carnage Report took the time to write up a really great piece on what he feels "traditional Halo" means, and what it doesn't. It's an excellent take on community opinions and franchise evolution. Check it out and see if you agree! (GrimBrother One 14:17:52 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 20 2013

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Appetite For Overkills
munky-058 let us know about this neat looking Halo shirt that is available for for pre-order on Sharkrobot.com - hmm, it kind of reminds me of Guns N' Roses logo art. Neat! (mastrbiggy 20:03:01 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak 135
Jack and Geoff are back with another episode of Fails of the Weak - go laugh at other people's misfortunes! You can watch it on YouTube or AH.com. Thanks Nikko B201 . (mastrbiggy 20:02:22 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo music Video - Space Invader
TheSparbiter is on a Halo music video roll - his newest video features the song 'Space Invader' by Trocadero and features footage from various Halo games and media. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 20:01:27 UTC) (permalink)

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Getting Inside a Halo 4 Cutscene (Without Mods)
t00lbox's latest video shows you how to get inside the 'Midnight' cutscene area - it's the space where the Infinity blows a hole in the Didact's ship. Neat! (mastrbiggy 20:00:25 UTC) (permalink)

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Reclaimer - Mettle
TTL Demag0gue shared today's (yesterday's) Reclaimer - Feral reveals his plan for the Reclaimer. Go check it out! (mastrbiggy 19:59:22 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 19 2013

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Halo Customs iOS App
Long time Halo fan Jonathan Marsh sent word of his Halo Customs app (iOS App) - his goal is to help revive the Halo customs community by allowing you to easily find and connect with others playing Halo custom games. Pretty neat idea - go check it out! (mastrbiggy 08:33:20 UTC) (permalink)

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Weapon Balance Breakdown
aPK shared the latest video from Beyond Entertainment - it breaks down all the weapon balance changes presented in this week's bulletin. There's also a visual aid to help better communicate what these changes mean. Nice! (mastrbiggy 08:30:50 UTC) (permalink)

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Anoj's Top 10 Amazing Kills: Episode 24
There's a new top 10 from Anoj - this one focuses on amazing kills. Number six is pretty cool! Thanks, Jordan Bell. (mastrbiggy 08:30:00 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Bulletin 4.17.13
Yes, it's a day late - can't you give a guy a break? Anyway, this week's Halo bulletin is filled to the brim Halo news - there's plenty of juicy info detailing weapon tuning, a recap of AGL Nashville, info on next week's matchmaking update as well as a look at Strongside's UNSC-themed Ford Raptor (lucky!) The bulletin closes out with some mighty fine looking Halo 4 Grifball screenshots. As always, there's a low-calorie local version. Thanks, Grim. (mastrbiggy 08:28:56 UTC) (permalink)

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A Fridge 2 Far 2: Episode 5
It's Friday and that means episode 5 of 'A Fridge 2 Far 2' is live - The Post Game Carnage Report crew play a huge part in this episode. Thanks, Robowski. (mastrbiggy 08:27:24 UTC) (permalink)

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Playtime Season 4 Soundtrack
cruellegacy lets us know that he has released the soundtrack to Playtime Season 4 - it's available on iTunes, CDBaby and Soundcloud. You can also check out the recently released season 3 and the Playtime Soundtrack Volume 1 (Volume 1 is on sale for $5!) (mastrbiggy 08:25:30 UTC) (permalink)

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MLG Episode 11
John Battle informed us that episode 11 of 'MLG' is up - we're closing in on the season finale! Go watch! (mastrbiggy 08:23:05 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 18 2013

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Halo 4 Fan Art - That New Suit Smell
The Lionheart posed a piece of Halo 4 fan art by lonfirewarrior - it was made using Garry's mod and Photoshop. I thought this was from the "scanned" trailer or the Halo 4 Prologue, but it's not. Neat! (mastrbiggy 22:17:25 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo HORSE 123
Jack and Kevin face off (Geoff commentates) on a bunch of new community maps in the latest episode of Halo HORSE - watch it on AH or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201 . (mastrbiggy 22:07:36 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR 158
Robowski sent word of Post Game Carnage Report 158 - the crew discuss the latest episode of 'A Fridge 2 Far 2' and then focus on Halo Fan Video's along with the AGN. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 22:06:51 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 17 2013

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Reclaimer - Survival
TTL Demag0gue let us know about the today's Reclaimer - Ferial loves the spotlight. (mastrbiggy 19:12:43 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Music Video - Burning in the Skies
TheSparbiter is back with another Halo music video - this time featuring the songs 'Fallout' and 'Burning in the Skies' by Linkin Park. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 19:07:55 UTC) (permalink)

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Support A Fridge 2 Far 2 - Halo Mega Bloks Movie
Andrew Gagnon is looking for your support - help spread the word! Episode five is slated to be released this Friday! (mastrbiggy 19:04:55 UTC) (permalink)

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Flood Map Collection 01
FyreWulf dropped by to share some screenshots of a bunch of Flood maps he created - go check 'em out! (mastrbiggy 09:00:01 UTC) (permalink)

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Animazing
A while back we highlighted Will Christiansen's Halo 4 animation reel (I still don't believe it's hand animated), now you can go learn a little bit more about the man behind the motion and how he brings your favorite Halo characters and weapons to life in the latest 'Inside 343 Industries' entry. (mastrbiggy 08:53:43 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 16 2013

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Podtacular 361: Forgetacular
pete_the_duck wanted us to know that the latest Podtacular is full of a bunch of quacking about Forge - go listen! (Louis Wu 20:17:20 UTC) (permalink)

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A Resource for Mapmakers - and Enthusiasts
Thanks to SNIPE 316, who let us know that the Community Cartographers have their own website now! It's full of fascinating information - tutorials, how-tos, interviews - of interest to Forgers and non-Forgers alike! Go take a look. (Louis Wu 20:16:58 UTC) (permalink)

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A Very Special Mythic Finisher
DEEP NNN stopped by to point out his friend, Old n Achy, who's just beaten Halo 4's campaign on Mythic difficulty (Solo, Legendary, All Skulls On) - and put them up on YouTube for public viewing. Now this, by itself, isn't really unique - we've mentioned lots of people who do this. But Old n Achy has something none of those other people have - 65 years of time on this planet. Now THAT'S impressive! You can read his post on 2old2play, and you can see some of the runners whose techniques he credits in a followup by DEEP NNN. Hats off to O n A! (Louis Wu 20:16:05 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 15 2013

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Clips of the Week Episode 4
aPK has released another Clips of the Week ep - this one contains some nice Daybreak footage, along with Boltshot kills that don't involve an overshield. Nice! Check it out. (Louis Wu 19:14:36 UTC) (permalink)

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ThreeA Commando Figure Unveiled
mrKevinHurd visited this morning with pictures from a Hong Kong forum of the ThreeA Carter figure - pretty incredible. (There are dozens of pics.) Go look! (Louis Wu 13:41:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Backup Plans
TTL Demag0gue stopped in with a new Reclaimer - Ferial shows some creativity - albeit amoral creativity - when it comes to problems. (Louis Wu 13:35:20 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 Commissioning Trailer in LEGO
legoboy12345678 recreated the Halo 4 Commissioning trailer in Lego form - with over 100 hours of work and 2,425 individual frames taken, the end result is nothing but spectacular. Every single shot and moment from the trailer has been faithfully recreated, wow! Thanks, Greenskull. [Quick edit from lwu - this is one of the most amazing stop-motion pieces I've seen! DO NOT MISS THIS.] (mastrbiggy 08:36:30 UTC) (permalink)

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Confessions of a Grifballer
goosechecka let us know about the 'Confessions of a Grifballer' tumblr page - now you can share a Griffball moment with the world, in gif format. Go crash your computer! (mastrbiggy 08:22:14 UTC) (permalink)

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Playtime Season 4 Launch Trailer
cruellegacy released the launch trailer for Playtime season four - you can watch it on YouTube or on the CruelLegacy Productions website. Nice! (mastrbiggy 08:20:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo - Wonderwall Music Video
thesparbiter edited another Halo music video together with the song 'Wonderwall' by Oasis. thesparbiter went with a more story driven approach to pay tribute to Noble Team, John, Cortana, and the Arbiter. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 08:19:24 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 14 2013

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Who's the Machine?
Postmortem brought us word of ChasingArtwork's take on the "Who's the Machine?" line of Halo 4 - fantastic! (Louis Wu 20:18:02 UTC) (permalink)

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Podtacular 360
Dust Storm sent word that the latest Podtacular (an auspicious number!) covers Halo Week, and all its fun - go listen! (Louis Wu 20:16:00 UTC) (permalink)

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Launching above the Lich
t00lbox is back out of Halo 4 again - this time, it's the Lich area of Reclaimer. It takes 2 or 3 people, but it puts you WAY above the action - pretty fun-looking! (Louis Wu 20:14:40 UTC) (permalink)

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Forward Ops: Agronomics
Postmortem continues his idea of a new Spartan Ops season, this time by exploring what life in Venezia might be like. Pretty interesting project! (I had trouble getting any browser to load all the images; they're pretty enormous (more than 25 mb pics alone!), so you might find you have to reload a few times to see 'em all. Worth it, though! (Louis Wu 20:09:49 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 13 2013

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LEGO Mantis
Legohaulic built a pretty spectacular Mantis out of LEGO - it even compresses to let you get in! Amazingly, there's an in. Thanks, Black Six. (Louis Wu 23:24:29 UTC) (permalink)

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Interview with a duck
pete_the_duck got himself interviewed by XBL Gamerhub, for their Halo Month Tournament - you can read it on their site, or on You Know You're a Spartan. It's a great read! (Well, I watched more than I read - should I have said 'great watch'?) (Louis Wu 23:21:39 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak 134
Another Fails of the Weak from the AH guys - some cool ones! I liked the double vehicle spawns on Exile. You can watch it on AH.com or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 23:19:21 UTC) (permalink)

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Versus Ep 2: MLG 1v1 on Zealot
aPK and Clicked are back with another episode of Versus - they face off 1v1 with MLG rules on Zealot. Some great sniping, and the end was pretty fun. Go watch! (Louis Wu 23:13:49 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 12 2013

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Halo 4 Map Pack One-Day Sale
Running short on time... but there are a few Halo 4 items on sale right now on Xbox LIVE Marketplace: the Halo 4 War Games Map Pass is 1600MSP, down from 2000.. and you can pick up either the Crimson or Majestic Maps for 600MSP (200 off the regular price). Go save some dough! (Louis Wu 23:26:15 UTC) (permalink)

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Turnabout
TTL Demag0gue let us know about the latest Reclaimer - sometimes even master villains screw up. (Louis Wu 19:44:22 UTC) (permalink)

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Waiting for Halo 4: Deleted Scenes
About a month ago, we mentioned a documentary by Joseph "Maniac" Cirillo, chronicling his love of the Halo franchise over the years. Today, he let us know that there are some deleted scenes he didn't get a chance to include - you can go watch them on his website. (Louis Wu 19:42:55 UTC) (permalink)

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MLG Episode 10
John Battle let us know that episode 10 of 'MLG' is live - go watch! (mastrbiggy 17:48:25 UTC) (permalink)

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A Fridge 2 Far 2 - Episode 4
It's Friday and that means 'A Fridge 2 Far 2' episode 4 is out - in this episode the PGCR crew makes their debut. Go check it out! Thanks, Robowski. (mastrbiggy 17:47:56 UTC) (permalink)

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Under The Sea
Oakley Hidef of The Halo Forge Epidemic posted a tutorial showing how to get under the water level on Forge island - what's neat about this is that there is an actual Forge space underneath the surface and the lessened visibility makes for some pretty cool visual effects. Oakely Hidef also provided an underwater Forge canvas to make things a little easier. Thanks, Gabotron ES and uberfoop. (mastrbiggy 08:55:25 UTC) (permalink)

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Anoj's Top 10 Betrayals and Suicides: Episode 23
Anoj released episode 23 of his top 10 series - this one focuses on betrayals and suicides. Gotta love Halo's physics engine! Thanks, Jordan Bell. (mastrbiggy 08:54:05 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 11 2013

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Halo 4: Spartan Ops Extended Behind the Scenes
LifeUp! Productions constructed a fantastic behind-the-scenes interview of 343 Industries and Axis Animation (in Glasgow, Scotland), discussing the creation of Spartan Ops, and how it all came together. It's currently available on the YouTube Channel That Xbox Show. I loved it. Thanks, John McMurtrie. (Louis Wu 15:41:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo HORSE 122
Jack and Geoff face off against each other on a new batch of community-created maps for the latest episode of Halo HORSE (this time as PIG) - Watch it on AH.com or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 15:36:11 UTC) (permalink)

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Ready Up Live wants to play with you
RUL's Greenskull will be jumping on Xbox LIVE to play some Halo 4 Customs this evening - RUL and Xbox Canada are teaming up for a Playdate this evening between 7-10pm EST. Join 'em! (Louis Wu 13:25:57 UTC) (permalink)

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Neil Blomkamp Talks Halo
IGN posted an article about Neil Blomkamp's thoughts on finally doing a Halo feature film. He admitted that while he still loves the mythology of Halo, living up to everyone's interpretation of Halo isn't appealing. I would love to see Neil make a Halo movie, but I completely understand the hesitation. I guess Elysium's 'Halo'-esque setting will have to do, for now. (mastrbiggy 08:05:18 UTC) (permalink)

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A Fridge 2 Far 2 - Episode 3
Andrew Gagnon let us know that part 3 of the Halo Mega Bloks Movie, A Fridge 2 Far 2, is live - subscribe and keep an eye out for part 4, which will premier on Friday. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 06:58:11 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Bulletin 4.10.13
GrimBrother One pointed out that this week's Halo Bulletin is live - there's plenty of Halo goodness to be had, including info on the CSR and Spartan Ops Challenges (as well as tips to help you rank up and win stuff), CSR statistics, new Halo avatar gear, weapon balance details, and Halo 4 DLC sales. There's also a handful of slick Halo 4 screenshots to close out the info dump. A local version is available too. (mastrbiggy 06:56:52 UTC) (permalink)

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Five Facts - Halo CE Part 2
Jack and Geoff are back with five more Halo CE facts - go test your Halo CE knowledge! Thanks, robofin117. (mastrbiggy 06:56:06 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR 157
Roboski sent word of Post Game Carnage Report episode 157 - Kete from The Running Riot joins the PGCR crew to discuss the latest Halo news such as the Title Update and the Halo Bulletin(s). There's plenty off-topic discussion too. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 06:55:15 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 10 2013

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Halo 4 OST V2 - now available
UnrealCh13f let us know that the Halo 4 Soundtrack Volume 2 is now available - you can buy it at Amazon, or at Halo4Soundtrack.com. (You can also stream it on Spotify.) This is digital-only; it's not available on CD. (Louis Wu 12:33:21 UTC) (permalink)

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Painting the Edge
Wow, awesome - pete_the_duck (with some help from NOKYARD) showed how you can make visible safe/kill boundaries in Grifball! No more trying to guess where that edge is... (Louis Wu 12:26:37 UTC) (permalink)

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CSR Trackers hit the scene
mastrbiggy passed along a pair of new CSR trackers, courtesy of NeoGAF - Rev3rb created this one - simple and clean - while CyReN pointed out another one I can't get to load. If you want to keep track of your brand-new Competitive Skill Rating, here are some tools for the job! (Louis Wu 12:22:31 UTC) (permalink)

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Madness for Madness
TTL Demag0gue stopped by with a new Reclaimer - if you haven't finished Silentium, this MIGHT be considered to contain spoilers. However, since these ideas came completely out of Demag0gue's head, maybe not. Check it out! (Louis Wu 12:09:59 UTC) (permalink)

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Scientifically Spea- Ranking
Sal Salerno let us know about his Periodic Table of Competitive Skill Ranks - if numbers alone weren't enough to help you determine your skill level then perhaps this more 'scientific' approach will be of more use to you. Go check it out! (mastrbiggy 12:04:11 UTC) (permalink)

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Anoj's Top 10 Splatters an Vehicle Kills: Episode 22
Anoj's latest Halo 4 top 10 video focuses on spatters and vehicle kills - number two is probably the coolest vehicle moment I've seen in a while! Thanks, Tawpgun. (mastrbiggy 10:46:50 UTC) (permalink)

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A Majestic Glitch
Tashi witnessed a Spartan go into phase mode and fall through the geometry on Monolith - even more strange is Tashi's taste in music. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 10:41:27 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 9 2013

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27 seconds of reverb
Malukah is back, and I'm in love. (It's platonic, I'm happily married... but that voice is amazing.) She's covered the main menu music from Halo 4, and I want someone to swap it in so I can hear it every time I launch the game. Thanks, GryphonOsiris. (Louis Wu 19:55:52 UTC) (permalink)

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Microtransactions coming to Halo 4?
Mr Daax is unhappy about the news that Halo 4's creators are considering adding microtransactions to the game. Does the idea of monetizing the game further bother you... or do you look forward to being able to buy new skins for your weapons? Weigh in! (Louis Wu 19:53:31 UTC) (permalink)

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Versus Ep 1: MLG 1v1 on Guardian
aPK has kicked off a new series with xClicked - they're playing 1v1s in various games. Episode 1 is MLG 1v1 on Guardian, in Halo 3. Good stuff! (Louis Wu 19:51:36 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4, segmented, in an hour and a half
slYnki is back with another segmented speedrun - this one is a full-game run (on Easy) of Halo 4... in under 84 minutes. Excuse my drool. (Louis Wu 19:49:59 UTC) (permalink)

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We're going on a BOB Hunt!
Lord Friendship has jumped back into BOB hunting - he's killed his 52nd BOB, and compiled a sortable table showing all the runs he's actually done so far - amazing. Go check it out! (Louis Wu 19:47:19 UTC) (permalink)

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ODST now a GonD
Back to Halo news: according to Major Nelson, you can now buy Halo 3: ODST (well, the campaign section) on Games On Demand - it went live today! A quick search of XBL Marketplace turns up the price - just $14.99! Grab a copy, and have what might just be the best Halo campaign available at your fingertips. (Louis Wu 17:29:52 UTC) (permalink)

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Pathways... again
I posted this on DBO, but it's big news for ALL Bungie fans, and gamers in general; two big-time fans rebuilt Pathways into Darkness to run on modern Macs, and released the product (with Bungie's blessing), for free, on the App Store. If you're too young to have played Pathways when it first came out (in 1993), or you weren't a Bungie fan until recently, or you simply didn't have access to a machine that could play this... here's your chance. Grab a copy, and relive the early days! Major props to Mark Levin and Bruce Morrison, who created this out of their love for the studio and its roots. If you need more info about the game, Hamish Sinclair still maintains pid.bungie.org! (Louis Wu 17:23:40 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Week: Drop Shock
For full details about the happenings this week, check out the Halo Week: Drop Shock article, which includes a friendly video from Bravo (also available on Xbox LIVE), and handy links to all the upcoming goodies. Get back in the game! (Louis Wu 15:38:13 UTC) (permalink)

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Matchmaking Update this week
In case you forgot what changes were coming this week in Halo 4 Matchmaking, Halo Waypoint has reposted them from last week's Bulletin. Castle maps are great - go try 'em out! (Louis Wu 15:35:40 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 8 2013

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Clips of the Week - Episode 3
aPK is back with another Clips of the Week episode - this one is predominantly Halo 4 and Halo 3, with a little Reach thrown in for good measure, and a couple of Black Ops 2 clips to ensure there's no accusations of monopolistic tendencies. Good stuff! (Louis Wu 19:25:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Will You Be an Angel for Grif Today?
Kal stopped by with a new plea for donations... wrapped in a funny vid. Go watch, then toss 'em a few bucks to make that last Kickstarter stretch goal possible! (Louis Wu 19:23:17 UTC) (permalink)

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Beautiful Castle
Beyond Entertainment's Snipetality recorded some of the beauty of the Castle Map Pack environments... absolutely worth slowing down to smell the roses (or the reactor effluent, whatever)! Thanks, CyReN. (Louis Wu 19:19:22 UTC) (permalink)

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More than a Basketball Team
Tom 'TheLegendary117' Garrett has grown his life-sized Halo statue collection by one more - Carter now graces the ranks. (We mentioned his collection back in November - he's now just one member of Noble Team and one special Master Chief away from a complete connection!) Check out the pics. (Louis Wu 17:57:17 UTC) (permalink)

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The Context of Castle
DayandKnightly has gathered the info he could find about the fictional setting for the new Castle Maps - pretty interesting read! (Louis Wu 17:56:43 UTC) (permalink)

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Castle Map Pack Glyphs - Solved Already
The Section 3 crew has already solved the latest Glyph puzzle, buried in the Castle Map pack - you can use the code they found to unlock 40,000 XP and some nice Castle Map Pack concept art! (23 gorgeous pics - even if you're maxed out on XP, this one's worth getting.) Thanks, GunRunner48. (Louis Wu 17:54:06 UTC) (permalink)

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Castle Preview (well... Review)
Greenskull and his friends tried out the Castle Map Pack early - there's a twenty minute video showing off what they found! Go watch. (Louis Wu 17:44:32 UTC) (permalink)

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Why Aren't Video Game Actors Treated Like Stars?
Polygon has a pretty interesting article about video game voice actors, and how they're treated in comparison to movie voice actors (or any kind of voice actor, for that matter). Jen Taylor and Cortana (and Nathan Fillion!) play roles. Go check it out! Thanks, Arithmomaniac. (Louis Wu 17:41:50 UTC) (permalink)

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Madness and Modification
TTL Demag0gue has posted the latest Reclaimer - we're starting to get an idea of what Ferial had in mind for the Precursors! (Louis Wu 17:31:28 UTC) (permalink)

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The Halo Community Matchmaking Project
Time Glitch is looking to automate the process of finding people to play Halo with. Read his summary on our forum, or the full description over at Reddit. And join in! (Louis Wu 17:29:38 UTC) (permalink)

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Visualizing the Halo Universe: Round 9
Postmortem has put out the call for a new installment of Visualizing the Halo Universe - this time, he wants your ideas about an odd, obscure aquatic creature. Go read! (Louis Wu 17:28:03 UTC) (permalink)

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He got his 50 in Spartan Ops. Before CSR was even out.
RC Master has truly gone where no man has gone before (we think) - he's completed all 50 Spartan Ops missions, on Legendary, solo, with no deaths. He's still working on commentary, so they're not all online yet - but his post contains some fun stats, interesting awards, and his thoughts on the entire game mode. Go give it a read! (Louis Wu 17:26:40 UTC) (permalink)

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Island to Island Slide Jump on Forge Island
t00lbox paid tribute to a classic Halo trick, using Forge Island. I laughed. (Louis Wu 17:24:41 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Wars Skirmish Automatic Difficulty info
kornman00 has dug deep into the code of Halo Wars and pulled out yet another nugget - he now knows exactly how the Automatic Difficulty is calculated, and how you can maximize it. He even goes so far as to show you what you'll be facing when you do! Give his post a read. (Louis Wu 17:23:27 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 7 2013

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343's Moving Castle
If you want to watch some Castle Map Pack action this evening, in preparation to release tomorrow, 343 will be streaming, beginning at 5pm PDT. Check it out! (Louis Wu 23:00:51 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 Lithographs
Deadly Cyclone found a few Halo 4 lithographs for sale - they are pretty darn neat, though I would skip buying the frame : /. Go get them while you can! (mastrbiggy 09:57:05 UTC) (permalink)

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Drunken Halo 52
Justin Bryce sent word that Drunken Halo episode 52 is live - Travis (and Justin) are joined by one of the founding members of Tea Bag or Die, The Quim Ninja. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 09:49:33 UTC) (permalink)

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The Forge Perspective
pete_the_duck uploaded Forge walkthrough videos for each of the maps included in the Halo 4 Castle map pack - go check 'em out! (mastrbiggy 09:49:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Playtime: Castle
Warren and Cobra explore Daybreak, Outcast and Perdition in the latest machinima short from CruelLEGACY Productions. GASP - those are some incredible sky boxes! (mastrbiggy 09:48:22 UTC) (permalink)

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Deadpoint - Halo PC Trick Jumping Montage
Mator dropped the the forums to share his Halo PC trick jumping montage, 'Deadpoint' - I've seen quite a few trick jumping videos, yet this video showed off plenty of jumps I've never seen before. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 09:47:35 UTC) (permalink)

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Castle Map Pack Guide
Go Beyond Entertainment released a Castle map pack guide - the crew give the low down on map strategy, weapon spawns, cool jumps and more. Get ready to dominate come Monday! Thanks, CyReN. (mastrbiggy 09:46:54 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 6 2013

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Local Pimpage Failure
Wow, was cleaning up some notes and ran across this - totally forgot to post it a couple of days ago! If you're anywhere near Kansas City this weekend, be sure to stop by Planet Comicon - our very own Leviathan will be there, and maybe you can get him to draw something cool for you! (Louis Wu 18:36:54 UTC) (permalink)

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Podtacular's Spartan Ops coverage - Season 1 Second Half
Back in February, we mentioned Podtacular's coverage of Spartan Ops - they were halfway through the season at that point. (If you missed any of those episodes, that newspost contains links to all 5.) They've finished the ten Episodes at this point - here are the second 5:

Once again, HaloFanForLife is on board to help - go listen! (Louis Wu 18:36:19 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak 133
There's a new Fails of the Weak live on both AchievementHunter.com and YouTube - and it's actually full of some fun fails! Go watch. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 17:25:08 UTC) (permalink)

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Area 52 Perfect Dark Remake in Halo 4
FyreWulff has recreated the Perfect Dark map 'Area 52' in Halo 4's Forge - go check out the pics, and then grab a copy and reminisce! (Louis Wu 17:23:22 UTC) (permalink)

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Castle Previews all live on Waypoint
The Castle Map Pack drops this Monday - and you can get an early look at the maps on Halo Waypoint. The Daybreak preview went live on Thursday, as we told you, and then Perdition went up yesterday (thanks, CARDO 8 ATL), and finally Outcast is live today. Prepare yourself! (Louis Wu 16:59:36 UTC) (permalink)

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Spectator Mode - Stalking Podcasts
Kete told us about another Spectator Mode podcast - this time he's spying on Post Game Carnage Report. Block out some time this Tuesday evening! (Louis Wu 16:56:01 UTC) (permalink)

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Take a girl for a ride
The Lionheart found a piece of Cortana fan art that's pretty interesting! Quirkilicious (we mentioned his rendition of Cal-141 a couple of years ago) created a piece called 'Take a girl for a ride' - go check it out! (Louis Wu 16:54:22 UTC) (permalink)

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Reclaimer - Of Gods and Precursors
TTL Demag0gue stopped by yesterday with the latest episode of Reclaimer - you get some Precursor history! It's inspired by Greg Bear's work... but has its own twist. (Louis Wu 16:50:13 UTC) (permalink)

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Horizon now handles Halo 4 Game Variants
kornman00 pointed out a modding tool being released by Xbox Message Boards (don't use this if you don't know what you're doing, folks) that can actually now edit Halo 4 game variants. Pretty cool! (Louis Wu 16:48:44 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 5 2013

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Momma said knock you out!
Wow. Nicholas Marchetti released 'Halo Legends Episode 7: Homecoming Abridged' - it's consciously silly, but not a lot sillier than the original! It's a fun watch - check it out. Thanks, TheStuffedCrust. (Louis Wu 19:32:42 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Ops E10: Exodus, Legendary Solo No Deaths
RC Master announced some new Legendary Solo No Death runs on Spartan Ops - he's looking to have a collection of the entire 50 chapters! This week, he's put up a playlist containing all five chapters of Episode 10, Exodus, and only 11 chapters remain to be defeated! Check out his post for more details. (Louis Wu 19:27:42 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo pops up in the oddest places
Whoa, bizarre. Paula told us about a Japanese video of 'Hatsune Miku' that contains some Forerunner symbols. I don't understand enough Japanese to understand why. (Symbols show up around 6:50.) (Louis Wu 19:22:56 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR 156
Robowski sent word about Post Game Carnage Report episode 156 - special guest is Quim Ninja from teabagordie.com. Go listen! (Louis Wu 19:17:59 UTC) (permalink)

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More Halo in Your Halo
64thekillzone shared a video of his work-in-progress Halo CE mod - it seems like the mod includes art assets and models from EVERY Halo game (well maybe not Halo Wars.) Really awesome stuff! Thanks, StalkerUKCG. (mastrbiggy 09:42:34 UTC) (permalink)

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Sandbox Science & WHAT THE LOL
aPK let us know about the debut of two new video series from the Beyond Entertainment crew - they include:

  • 'Sandbox Science', is a video series where aPK and Ghostayame teach you how to master Halo's sandbox - The first episode focuses on the Pulse Grenade and the the close to mid-range advantages it provides.
  • 'WHAT THE LOL' focuses on aPK's funniest and most frustrating Halo moments.

Go watch! (mastrbiggy 09:40:46 UTC) (permalink)

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I Heard You Like Halo...
so ABakedReubenTV decided to put Halo 4 in your Halo 3 by using the Forge Island green screen. Pretty convincing if you ask me - I laughed at the man cannon part, though. Thanks, NobleGundam. (mastrbiggy 09:37:38 UTC) (permalink)

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Burn - Fan Made Halo Music Video
TheSparbiter dropped by the the forums to share his Halo music video featuring the song 'Burn' by Three Days Grace - it's pretty neat seeing footage from all the Halo games and live action Halo commercials combined. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 09:35:55 UTC) (permalink)

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Origins - Forge Island Map
SEspider provided some images of his custom Halo 4 Forge Island map called 'Origins' - the images show off the four bases. Go check 'em out! (mastrbiggy 09:32:05 UTC) (permalink)

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spARTh
The TheOddOne pointed out a new piece of early environment art for Halo 4 by Sparth - I think it's about time I purchased one of his concept art books. (mastrbiggy 09:31:26 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 4 2013

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Daybreaking News
If you are looking to get just a bit closer to the new Castle Maps coming Monday to Halo 4, check out the new video "Welcome to Daybreak" over at Halo Waypoint. It'll give you a sweet look at one of the new playspaces you'll be taking your skills to come next week. Looks gorgeous, go check it out! (GrimBrother One 20:27:55 UTC) (permalink)

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CSR U Ready?
The latest Halo Bulletin found its way to the interwebs yesterday. In it you'll find a whole lot of information about the upcoming implementation of the new Competitive Skill Rank for Halo 4, as well as information about the impending celebration of the Castle Map Pack and all sorts of things Halo-related next week. Lots of worth-reading conversation, so go and check it out! And as always, if you like your Bulletins slimmer, faster, and more productive, you can always grab it locally. Go go go! (GrimBrother One 15:05:10 UTC) (permalink)

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Pacific Nerd West Halo 4 Tournament
laird dropped by the forums to let us know that Pacific Nerd West is hosting a Halo 4 tournament sponsored by 343i - according to laird the $5 entry fee goes towards Child's Play. The event takes place on April 6th - go help out children in need, play Halo 4 and win awesome prizes! (mastrbiggy 09:57:07 UTC) (permalink)

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Five Halo CE Facts
Yet another video from the guys over at Achievement Hunter, this one looks at five Halo CE facts - pretty interesting stuff, especially the part about Disney imagineers sticking things where they don't belong ;). Thanks, robofin117. (mastrbiggy 09:55:17 UTC) (permalink)

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MLG Episode 9
John Battle let us know that episode 9 of 'MLG' is live - this week Christy confronts her sister. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 09:54:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo HORSE 121
Jack and Geoff from Achievement Hunter are back with another episode of Halo PIG (YouTube & AH) - they check out a bunch of new and interesting maps. Thanks, Nikko B201. (mastrbiggy 09:53:38 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 3 2013

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I am better. At what? Everything.
Gugga Leunnam created a mashup using audio from the new Star Trek: Into Darkness trailer and Halo 4 footage... it works astoundingly well! I found this on the Halo Waypoint blog. (Louis Wu 20:35:32 UTC) (permalink)

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Walshy Waxes Philosophical about Competitive Gaming
MixMaker1 sat down with Walshy at PAX East a couple of weeks ago - go watch the interview! (Louis Wu 20:31:37 UTC) (permalink)

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UNSC Emblem Render Desktop
Firestream whipped up another awesome looking desktop - I don't want that on my screen, I want that on my DESK. Someone get on that. (Louis Wu 20:30:32 UTC) (permalink)

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Whoda thunk Halo fans didn't like sci-fi?
Shacknews highlighted a tidbit from Josh Holmes' postmortem of Halo 4 given at GDC last week - you may have missed it if you weren't watching carefully. Looks like some of the cooler unused guns that have surfaced in Halo 4's code since release were cut not because they didn't work - but because they made the game too sci-fi-like... and thereby less relatable. gamerguy2002 brought this to our forum, and added his own thoughts - go chime in yourself! (Louis Wu 20:28:50 UTC) (permalink)

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Concept Art Cornucopia
I stumbled across Thomas Scholes, a concept artist who did a lot of work on Halo 4, a couple of years back - you can find a whole bunch of his work on his blogspot blog, and much of that work has comments if you swing over to his Tumblr page. There are also large versions on this portfolio site. A walk through his tumblr turns even more Halo 4 concept art - there's new stuff from Sparth (hey, there's an entirely new SITE from Sparth), as well as cool stuff from Shae Shatz. For concept art lovers, this is a mother lode! (Louis Wu 20:19:54 UTC) (permalink)

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Something For Every Body
TTL Demag0gue reminds us that the latest issue of Reclaimer is out. It's getting really good! Go check it out! (GrimBrother One 15:09:15 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 2 2013

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There Castle, There Cheevo
Halo Waypoint has released the Achievement list for the upcoming Castle Map pack for Halo 4. Most of these don't look too bad, which is certainly refreshing. Go and see what it'll take to add another 250 points to your Gamerscore! (GrimBrother One 19:47:09 UTC) (permalink)

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Grifball's gonna be at RTX
GrifballHub has launched a Kickstarter to fund a Grifball booth at RTX - and their initial goal of $1600 was met in 2 days! They've got some great stretch goals set up - swing by to see 'em, and help 'em get there! (Louis Wu 16:25:40 UTC) (permalink)

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Playtime S4 Release Date
Nevin 'CruelLEGACEY' Douglas has announced the release date for Playtime Season 4 - you can watch it on Halo Waypoint on April 22. More details at his website! (Louis Wu 16:23:08 UTC) (permalink)

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HaloWars Sounds
kornman00 stopped in with some sounds he extracted from Halo Wars - cool stuff! (Louis Wu 16:19:56 UTC) (permalink)

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How to craft a perfect world
VG24/7 has an interview with Certain Affinity producer Tom Patter and 343's Dan Ayoub, discussing the creation of the Castle Map Pack. Go see what these guys think about these maps! (Louis Wu 16:14:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Clippin' the Gameplay
A couple of new vides popped up recently, with decent multiplayer clips - first up is aPK with a new Clips of the Week episode; many clips from a bunch of games, including Halo 4. The second is from Clipen - he's got a nice Running Riot on Team Throwdown, and wants to use it to highlight his new YouTube channel. Go watch! (Louis Wu 16:12:14 UTC) (permalink)

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Maker and Master
TTL Demag0gue released a new Reclaimer comic - the origins of the Cavalcade are revealed! Go check it out. (Louis Wu 16:05:48 UTC) (permalink)

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Good Will HUD-ing
Check out the the newest entry in Waypoint's "Inside 343 Industries" series, highlighting the people behind the scenes who bring our favorite universe to life. Learn about Senior 2D artist Eric Will, and how his talent has been in your face the whole time you've been playing Halo 4. Very cool read! (GrimBrother One 15:02:06 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 Postmortem - GDC 2013
343i Creative Director Josh Holmes talks about building a team from scratch and the challenge of taking over one of the biggest video game franchises in the world. He also provides insight into the development of Halo 4 as well as the studios future. It's an interesting talk - go check it out! Thanks, serpx . (mastrbiggy 09:25:59 UTC) (permalink)

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Going Green with Greenskull
Greenskull sent word of his Forge Island green screen experiment - he captured some pretty amazing visuals. Wow, it has only been a few days and people are already doing awesome things with the green screen! Go watch. (mastrbiggy 09:25:19 UTC) (permalink)

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Kevin Franklin PAX East 2013 Interview
MixMaker117 dropped by to share his interview with Halo 4 multiplayer designer Kevin Franklin - they discuss the latest map pack as well as some of the sandbox changes included in the upcoming Title Update. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 09:24:15 UTC) (permalink)

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Playtime Forge Island
cruellegacy let us know about the latest Playtime video - Warren and Cobra discover the magic of the Forge Island green screen. It was only a matter of time before Epic Sax Man found his way into Halo : /. (mastrbiggy 09:23:27 UTC) (permalink)

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News April 1 2013

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Like Visiting Cheers, but with Way More Drinking Involved
In other news, the Halo Waypoint Forums were recently named the "Friendliest & Most Accessible Online Community in Video Games", citing an excellent member-to-mod relationship and top marks for fan-based constructive criticism & encouragement. Congrats, guys! (GrimBrother One 14:57:45 UTC) (permalink)

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What the world needs now, is hugs, free hugs.
Um, I was asked by Grim to handle the next news post. But instead, I just want to encourage eveyone to hug more. That is all! (Molten Slowa 14:50:12 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 5' Gets New Lead Designer
In an unprecedented move, Jessica Shea (bs angel) of 343 Industries has been moved from her post as Community Manager and will instead serve as Lead Designer on Halo 5. Some of the already-rumored feature changes include Spartans' canonical height being retconned to 4'8, and the inclusion of a Ranked Betrayal competitive playlist. Current Community Coordinator Rukari "rukizzel" Austin will move to a mixed role of half Community Manager, half Gameplay Designer. His first move was to enlist the services of Kevin Hart to join the Narrative Team. Covies gon' learn today! (GrimBrother One 14:37:38 UTC) (permalink)

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Destiny's Child Quits the Band
The folks over at Gears of Halo have stumbled upon some incredible news: apparently Jason Jones has left Bungie. Details are scarce at the moment, with various reasons being cited but not confirmed. Either way, we wish him luck as he chases a different destiny! (GrimBrother One 14:32:57 UTC) (permalink)

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Apparently, she really knows how to push his buttons.
Well it looks like it's official; Sarah Palmer will serve as Cortana's replacement in Halo 5. This will include roles both as combat companion and awkward love-interest. In an interesting twist, we're hearing rumors that Halo 5 will never see Chief with his helmet on; Palmer however, will never remove hers. (GrimBrother One 14:22:37 UTC) (permalink)

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A Future Fair for All
I's like to introduce you to the next revolution in the Halo Custom Game experience. Raise a hand for The People's Republic of Customs, where you don't don't just vote for the map and gametype, you vote for change. I'd also like to draw your attention to the impeccable grammatical structure of this particular news post. Coming soon, my opinion on an eleven year-old thread that seems to have no connection to the current conversation whatsoever. (Gnrl Vagueness 14:12:54 UTC) (permalink)

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