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News December 22 2014
MCC Content Update Drops
343 has documented the latest MCC Content Update - swing by to read what's new. (Short version: Halo 4 Spartan Ops, matchmaking updates, bug fixes, improvements.) Thanks, uberfoop. (Louis Wu 22:34:46 UTC) (permalink)
A monster PoA - new pics
The last time we mentioned Lee Jones' 100+kg Pillar of Autumn model made of LEGOs was back in November - if you missed it then, or didn't get enough of it, swing by MOCpages to see it again! Thanks, munky-058. (Louis Wu 22:32:28 UTC) (permalink)
A little catch-up... munky-058 ran across a pretty slick picture of a Pelican - it was created by Reno Levi and Cki Vang. Swing by Facebook for some other very cool Halo 2 Anniversary artwork - love the Scorpion! (Louis Wu 22:28:00 UTC) (permalink)
News December 21 2014
In thanks for your continued patience
This should have been posted a couple of days ago - and for the delay, I apologize. Bonnie Ross has written a thank-you to Halo fans over on the Xbox Wire - and if you've purchased the Master Chief Collection, it would behoove you to read it. In it, she apologizes for the problems the release has had, she looks forward to what else is being fixed soon, and she offers an olive branch to outraged consumers: a free month of Live, a free avatar, and a free nameplate will be available to anyone who played the MCC between launch and December 19. Oh, and a couple of biggies: The Halo 3: ODST campaign... and the Halo 2 multiplayer map Relic, reimagined for Halo 2: Anniversary. There are more details on the offer on Halo Waypoint. To 343, I say, good on ya! (Louis Wu 20:25:27 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 5 MP stream
We are streaming more of the Halo 5 MP beta. Come watch! (mastrbiggy 00:48:19 UTC) (permalink)
News December 19 2014
FUDcast Ep. 15: Rapture in Space
davidfuchs told us about Forward Unto Dawn's FUDcast Episode 15 - the crew discusses Broken Circle. Check it out!
(Louis Wu 20:32:12 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 5 Guardians MP Beta Stream
We will be streaming the Halo 5 multiplayer beta throughout the weekend. Join us! (mastrbiggy 20:30:58 UTC) (permalink)
Drunken Halo Ep 95
Justin let us know that Episode 95 of Drunken Halo is online - and in it, he and Travis play the long-awaited Fall of Reach drinking game! Go listen. (Louis Wu 20:29:43 UTC) (permalink)
The Beta Arrives Now for Some
Looks like the Halo 5 multiplayer beta is dropping early for a select group - but that group includes participants in the Xbox Live Preview Program. If that's you, grab your copy and jump in! (Thanks, Chris101b (and Frankie for the confirmation). IGN will be streaming the action, for those of you who need to wait until the standard date of December 29 (thanks, ChrisTheeCrappy). (Louis Wu 19:47:41 UTC) (permalink)
Behind the Scenes of the Halo 5 Multiplayer Beta
If you've got access to the Halo Channel, swing by and watch 'The Sprint' - the first of a six-part series chronicling the making of the Halo 5 Multiplayer Beta. A trailer is available on YouTube - thanks, Gamespot. (Louis Wu 18:19:08 UTC) (permalink)
News December 17 2014
Looking (way) down the road
Silly me, thinking that coming up for air once meant things would level out a little... While you're waiting for the return of our regularly scheduled events, check out this article at Bloomberg. Bonnie Ross is the focus of a piece on women in gaming, and while there are a number of interesting parts, what stood out to me was a comment she made about the goals of the studio with respect to the life of the Halo franchise. I posted this on our forum a couple of days ago, and the discussion's been pretty lively - join in!
(Louis Wu 23:33:30 UTC) (permalink)
News December 15 2014
Day One Signed Xbox One for Auction
A very cool Xbox One - Day One Edition signed by 343 Industries and the Halo Nightfall film cast - is on sale right now on eBay (for just a few more hours). If you've got the scratch, this would make an amazing Christmas present for that Halo fanatic on your list! Thanks, MrKevinHurd. (Louis Wu 22:26:12 UTC) (permalink)
Drinking Games Ep 5 - Screen Watchers
Once upon a time, we let you know about a group called TeamSexy (most of the posts were in 2003 and 2004, though there've been a few references to SexyJosh in the following five years) - they liked Halo, a lot. Recently, they've been hosting a series called Drinking Games, and in honor of the release of The Master Chief Collection, they devoted an episode to Halo. I found it pretty entertaining. Check it out!
(Louis Wu 22:14:00 UTC) (permalink)
343's Josh Holmes stopped by the TeamBeyond forums to explain some of the reasoning behind the changes we've seen in the current footage of Halo 5 Beta multiplayer. Take a peek! Thanks, Gravemind. (Louis Wu 22:00:23 UTC) (permalink)
Revenant1988 passed along a link to a really odd cartoon... his description is apt. Take a look! (Louis Wu 21:54:21 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 3 - DK Mode
Gamecheat13 enabled a 'Big Head' mode in Halo 3 - looks like fun! Thanks, gamerguy2002.
(Louis Wu 21:40:46 UTC) (permalink)
HaloScene H2A Tourney - Signups Open
Coming up for air for the first time in what seems like forever - a chance for a little catch-up. A few days ago, oDinZu stopped in to metion a Halo 2 Anniversary tournament, coming in January, hosted by HaloScene. Swing by for full details!
(Louis Wu 21:35:15 UTC) (permalink)
News December 13 2014
Omnithon - Streaming H2A for Child's Play
We just got word that Omnithon is currently streaming Halo 2 Anniversary to raise money for Child's Play - go watch, and if you've got it, throw some money in the pot! It's a great cause. (If they get to $500 in donations, they'll be running this in Solo Legendary!) (Louis Wu 20:32:05 UTC) (permalink)
Into The Trance 2
RVideo let us know about a montage from Kiko Mia - it's called 'Into The Trance 2', and it's 21 minutes of crisp Halo gameplay set to hypnotic music. Go watch! (Louis Wu 20:20:59 UTC) (permalink)
News December 11 2014
This is amazing. Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 23:22:39 UTC) (permalink)
News December 9 2014
I... he's WHERE?
DrBizz let us know that he's expanded on his discovery of a hidden warthog in Cairo Station (we mentioned that back in March 2013). He's actually figured out a way to have the hog driveable! This is done on an original Xbox, with an unmodded version of the game. So what do you do if you're a crazy trickster and you have a warthog? Yep, you guessed it - you launch it. To the top of the Cairo Station MAC gun. Insane. Go watch. (Louis Wu 15:31:48 UTC) (permalink)
Neato Burrito 2
Chappified let us know that he'd created a new montage with his brother - nothing complicated, just fun gameplay. Covers most Halo games. Go watch! (Louis Wu 06:29:09 UTC) (permalink)
News December 6 2014
Enjoying the playing
A couple of forumgoers put together recent montages - Melee wanted to highlight the fun he's having in MCC Matchmaking (watch his montage here), while 2good4u2 just wanted to update his randomness collection (watch his Destiny/Halo video here). Fun stuff! (Louis Wu 16:29:09 UTC) (permalink)
The Bulletin Continues
The Bulletin, the video evolution of the original Halo Bulletin, took a break after Episode 1, which was released on 11/14 - mostly because of issues with the Master Chief Collection. It's back now - Episode 2 was released yesterday. Go catch up! (Thanks, Hyokin.) (Louis Wu 16:28:56 UTC) (permalink)
Spartan Strike Delayed
Looks like Spartan Strike, the followup to Spartan Assault, is being delayed until early 2015, so that 343 can focus on the issues facing the Master Chief Collection. Full details on Halo Waypoint. Thanks, Urban Reflex. (Louis Wu 16:28:38 UTC) (permalink)
This would have been my favorite thing ever.
Real life is totally in the way right now, but there were a few gems on our forum worth sharing. Let's get started with Gamecheat13, who found a way to enable Moah-riding in Halo Reach - this was built in for a Joust-like minigame which was cut before release. Wonderful! Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 16:18:56 UTC) (permalink)
News December 4 2014
MCC Content Update focuses on Matchmaking
There's a new Content Update available for the Master Chief Collection - it focuses specifically on matchmaking. There's a list of changes available in the notes from 343 on Halo Waypoint - go give it a read! (There's another update targeted for early next week, as well.) (Louis Wu 15:31:01 UTC) (permalink)
News December 3 2014
Lots of Halo 5 Beta Gameplay
If you're interested in seeing what Halo 5 Multiplayer gameplay looks like, Ready Up Live and Polygon have posted an hour of it. Should give you enough time to form an opinion! Thanks, Revenant1988. (Louis Wu 16:57:08 UTC) (permalink)
More Escalation Coming
Urban Reflex noticed that the Escalation comic series has quietly been extended - it's no longer a 12-piece series, it's at least 16. Interesting! (Louis Wu 16:54:36 UTC) (permalink)
Okay, my head hurts now.
Gamecheat shows what it would have been like playing as an Elite in Halo 4's Spartan Ops. (It would have been hard, since none of the guns point the right way.) Thanks, gamerguy2002.
(Louis Wu 16:53:37 UTC) (permalink)
News December 2 2014
Biff Bang Pow
This is fun. Thanks, Kzy1m3. (Louis Wu 23:07:22 UTC) (permalink)
News December 1 2014
On the other side of the invisible barrier
General Vagueness stopped by with a new project - 'Breaking out of Halo 4'. He's got fileshare downloads available of all the Multiplayer maps (from the 360 version, not the MCC version of Halo 4) that you can grab and play around with. (There are a few screenshots to show you what you're in for - pretty slick!) Go play.
(Louis Wu 23:37:56 UTC) (permalink)
How big is that thing, anyway?
Stephen Loftus was messing around with 3ds Max and decided to put the interior portions of the Forward Unto Dawn (the game spaces we play in at the start of Halo 4) into a model of the ship, to see how big it actually needed to be to fit what we saw in-game. The results are... surprising. Go see! (Louis Wu 23:26:54 UTC) (permalink)
Toonami's MCC Overview - online
We mentioned Toonami's plan to preview the Master Chief Collection last week - it's up now, on YouTube (in four parts). Check out gamerguy2002's post for full details! (Louis Wu 23:19:39 UTC) (permalink)
It's like clay... but with pixels
SEspider filmed the modeling of a Halo Elite in Sculptris - you can watch the entire process, from Hippo to actual Elite, in 13 minutes. (Louis Wu 23:15:51 UTC) (permalink)
The Dark Side... and the Light
Nice - MixMaker1 mashed up The Force Awakens trailer with Halo footage... works really well! Check it out. (Louis Wu 23:13:24 UTC) (permalink)
I want ALL of those.
Zach Braff visited Legacy Effects, and took a picture next to the prop gun wall - check out what's front-and-center!
(Thanks, KP.) (Louis Wu 00:31:57 UTC) (permalink)