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News February 27 2015

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Canon Fodder - Second To None
This week's Canon Fodder focuses on Second Story, a feature of the Halo Channel that allows new views into existing content. Nightfall is one of the first projects to receive the Second Story treatment, and GrimBrother One's got the lowdown for you on what sort of goodies you can find if you go looking. Cool stuff! (Louis Wu 22:54:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Crowd-sourced Halo? Not yet.
Remember that old chestnut about a million monkeys pounding away on a million keyboards, accidentally creating Shakespeare as they go? Yeah... not so much. (Thanks, SEspider.) (Louis Wu 22:53:39 UTC) (permalink)

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Rockslide Megabattle - Now With More Sniping
Rockslider has added another variant to his newest rockslide megabattle - this time it's sniper/pistol vs the bad guys. Go see how he does! (Louis Wu 22:50:49 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 25 2015

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Halo Randomness 2015 - E01
2good4u2 is back with another installment of his Randomness series - it's well-labeled. Games range from the original Halo to Halo 5 Beta. Go watch! (Louis Wu 22:47:04 UTC) (permalink)

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Drunken Halo vs Pigs Round 3
Game 3 of 4 of the Drunken Halo vs PIGS podcast showdown is now on YouTube. This time they duel it out by slaying each other on Abandon. Thanks, Travis Bryce. (colindosaj 21:48:02 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 24 2015

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Rockslide megabattle, 12 against 33
Rockslider's back to his rockslide megabattle setup - this time with 11 marines and 33 covies. Sound like fun? Go watch! (Louis Wu 20:56:43 UTC) (permalink)

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Teleporting Projectiles
Interesting! Lord Zedd has posted a video showing teleporters working with projectiles (you fire into one end, it comes out the other). Apparently, this was built into the game, but never activated. I'm sort of glad (I can't tell you how frustrating it would be to be killed by a rocket that came out of nowhere - erm, out of the nearby teleporter - in a matchmade game) - but I can see how this would be pretty interesting to play with! Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 20:55:07 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 23 2015

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Drunken Halo 2v2 Round 2
Travis Bryce sent word that game 2 of 4 of the Drunken Halo vs PIGS Podcast showdown is live. Go watch some 2v2 Oddball on Countdown! (colindosaj 23:46:45 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 21 2015

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Canon Fodder - Have S'Moa
GrimBrother One continues his crowd-pleasing ways with another iteration of Canon Fodder, his lore-based blog on Halo Waypoint. This one answers a whole passel of community-generated questions... and makes us laugh while informing us. Who could ask for more? Thanks, CINCL. (Louis Wu 21:31:19 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 2 OST Remix - 'Follow (Moa Remix)'
TheSparbiter (also known as UncookedMoa) decided to mix the version of Follow that appeared on the Halo 2 Official Soundtrack with the version that was released on its own EP (with lyrics). The remix is pretty interesting! Go listen. (Louis Wu 21:28:30 UTC) (permalink)

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The Reclaimer Recap: Episode 3
Mixmasterchief let us know that Reclaimer Recap Episode 3 is now online - now with more speculation! Go watch. (Louis Wu 21:25:35 UTC) (permalink)

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Scale Comparison Gains New Data
Stephen Loftus made some updates to his Halo Scale Charts, based on the information released with the announcement of the Spartan Games tabletop offerings - swing by the main page to see the newest work! (Louis Wu 21:23:39 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 19 2015

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Galactic Battles
robofin117 noticed a project on IndieGoGo called 'Galactic Battles' - it's an open movie project that combines a variety of universes, including the Halo universe. They're looking for $15,000 to help fund this, and they've got a little over a month to raise it. Swing by and watch the promo video to see if it's something you want to support!

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Bumping Turrets
Rockslider makes a Covenant Dropship Turret positively DANCE... it's weird. Go watch. (Louis Wu 22:38:14 UTC) (permalink)

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Drunken Pigs
Travis Bryce, from Drunken Halo, let us know that there was a 2v2 challenge between the Drunken Halo Podcast and the PIGS Podcast... and Game 1 was Team Slayer on Zealot (Halo Reach). Go watch! (There are 3 more games after this.) (Louis Wu 22:28:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 5 Gets a Horse Drawn Carriage
Earlier this week we pointed out some suspicious looking Halo Mega Blok figures that were shown at the 2015 Toy Fair. A news post on Xbox wire has confirmed that one of these news Mega Blok figures is called the "Promethean Phaeton Gunship" - can you guess which one it is? Thanks, serpx. (colindosaj 20:57:10 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Community Update 2.18.15
The latest Waypoint community update provides some details regarding the next MCC patch (still no release date), MCC playlist updates, and visual design goals for the Relic remake. There's also a new piece of concept art to check out. Go read! (colindosaj 20:56:17 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 18 2015

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Chief Motorcycle Helmet Coming in July
According to the NECA website, The Master Chief DOT-approved motorcycle helmet is slated for release this July. NECA also stated that the helmet would cost "around $500". I just hope that the final version doesn't fit like this. (colindosaj 20:40:10 UTC) (permalink)

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Xbox Ultimate Game Sale
Starting today, Xbox will be discounting various digital titles through February 24th. Halo 4 is currently 60% off for Gold members and 50% off for Silver members. According to this promotional shot, The Master Chief Collection will see a 60% discount during the weekend. You can check out the rest of the deals here, including discounts on Destiny and the Digital Guardian Edition. (colindosaj 20:38:54 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 17 2015

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Halo 1 - The Original Flamethrower
Gamecheat13 went back to the original Halo and looked carefully at the Flamethrower - a weapon which wasn't actually IN the original Halo. (Well, the released version.) It showed up first in Gearbox's port - but this video shows that most of the assets were created by Bungie, and there in the code. Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 21:53:37 UTC) (permalink)

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Fear the Pink Suction Cups
Have you ever wanted to shoot sticky foam projectiles at loved ones? Well, now you can! Mattel unveiled their Needler dart gun at the 2015 NY Toy Fair and it looks pretty dang sweet! Hopefully it doesn't work the Halo 2 Needler, though. Thanks, Grizzlei. (colindosaj 21:02:05 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 16 2015

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Customs Night Montage 2.13.15
Hyokin is back with more gameplay from Customs Night. There's a good mix of cool plays and humor - go watch! (colindosaj 22:10:47 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Mega Bloks at Toy Fair 2015
Toyark posted a photo album of all the Mega Blok figures that were displayed at Toy Fair 2015. One of the Halo Mega Blok photos shows what could be a new character and vehicle - most interesting! Thanks to Finaj for the lead. Update: There's also an image showing off the Commander Locke and Vulture Mega Blok models. (colindosaj 22:05:25 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 15 2015

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Covenant Banshee - now with Turret!
Heh - what would be more fun than a Banshee flying around AotCR? How about a Banshee with a dropship turret? Check out Rockslider's latest exploration. (Sadly, the player has no control over the turret.) (Louis Wu 21:45:32 UTC) (permalink)

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Venerance - Spartan-II content creation guide
The Lionheart stopped by to announce that the Venerance team (building a total conversion mod for Crysis 3) has released a content creation guide, aimed at nailing down the proper body type for a Spartan II. Useful for anyone creating fan art! Check it out. (Louis Wu 21:44:08 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 2 Theme, on Violin
Wow - Taylor Davis performed the least martial version of the Halo 2 theme I've ever heard, on a violin... go listen! Thanks, thebruce0. (Louis Wu 21:42:50 UTC) (permalink)

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Fan Fiction Section gets new content
Whoa - been a little while, but there was a Fan Fiction piece in the queue this week; sorry it didnt' get posted on Friday! Check it out. (Louis Wu 21:39:26 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 14 2015

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Canon Fodder - In the Loop
Speaking of Grim (we were, weren't we?), there's a new installment of Canon Fodder, his lore-based blog on Halo Waypoint - and if you like ships, this one's for you. He looks at the new miniatures created by Spartan Games (we mentioned them earlier this week), and discusses the ships realized in that game that we've never actually seen before. It's fascinating. (Louis Wu 20:51:09 UTC) (permalink)

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The Halo Bulletin: Episode 12
We haven't been keeping close track of the Halo Bulletins being posted at Halo Waypoint (we're sorry!) - but the most recent one features a great interview with Jeff 'GrimBrother One' Easterling, late of bungie.org. You should watch it. Jeff's a wizard. (There's also an interesting piece on New Blood, coming next month, and info on the Halo Championship Series.) (Louis Wu 20:50:39 UTC) (permalink)

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Valentines Day 2015
AssaultGodzilla is back with his annual release of a new Halo music video set to Linkin Park's 'Valentine's Day'. New footage from the latest Halo releases, integrated as smoothly as in the past. Go watch! (Louis Wu 20:50:10 UTC) (permalink)

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Reclaimer Recap Episode 2
Mixmasterchief let us know that Episode 2 of the Reclaimer Recap is now online - listen in for this week's news! (Louis Wu 20:49:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Developer Spotlight: 343 Industries
GameRevolution has posted a Developer Spotlight focused on 343 Industries. Go check it out for a summary of the studio's achievements and milestones! (Louis Wu 20:49:19 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 11 2015

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Hustla : Origin : 1st MCC Montage
The launch of MCC has rejuvenated interest in making montages - and Hustla released one today. No fancy editing - just clean clips and pretty impressive gameplay! (He's pretty scary with a Halo 2 sniper.) Go watch. Thanks, RVideo. (Louis Wu 23:45:56 UTC) (permalink)

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L-058: A Halo Fan Film (Round 2)
Back in October, we posted a note about a Kickstarter campaign to fund a Halo fan film called 'L-058', based on Linda, a Spartan-II who showed up first in Halo: Fall of Reach (the book). They got 62 people on board - but didn't raise enough money to hit their goal ($21,000). A couple of weeks ago, they fired up a page on Indigogo - they're trying again, and this time they're asking for half as much money. Check out the page - they've got some concept art up, details on where the money will go, and more. If 500 people shoot 'em $20, they'll be good to go! Thanks to Diego (who contributed to the original Kickstarter campaign, and has been keeping an eye on them since) for the heads-up! (Louis Wu 23:39:30 UTC) (permalink)

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Incoming
Leviathan was commissioned to create some Halo-based artwork for Blackt1g3r, using the Spartans he and his wife used in Reach. Blackt1g3r had the piece printed on metal - and it's pretty gorgeous! (You can see his attempts to photograph it - semi-successful, because of the material - and the digital artwork he started with, from Levi, over at DBO.) Now I want one of those! (Louis Wu 23:32:27 UTC) (permalink)

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Podcast Unlocked 182: Will Halo 5 Release in September?
On this week's Podcast Unlocked, the IGN crew talk about the changes being made based on Halo 5 beta feedback and speculate about Halo 5's release date. They also chat with Josh Holmes and Quinn DelHoyo to further discuss the beta feedback. Go listen! (colindosaj 22:42:19 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 10 2015

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Halo Wars Alpha
Another video from Gamecheat13 - this one shows off some never-before-seen footage of the Halo Wars alpha. The Halo Wars alpha was an internal build that only Microsoft and Bungie employees had access to. Gamecheat13 was recently able to crack the build with the help of Lord Zedd and Kornman. Pretty neat! Thanks again, gamerguy2002. (colindosaj 23:19:37 UTC) (permalink)

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H4 First Person Assassinations - Victim POV
Gamecheat13 posted another Halo 4 first person assassination video - this time from the victim's perspective. The Infection pounce assassination is particularly frightening! Thanks, gamerguy2002. (colindosaj 23:17:49 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 9 2015

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News from 343, Early Feb Edition
Halo Waypoint has posted another update - it contains details about a major overhaul to the MCC, and info about Relic, coming this spring. Also, new (and gorgeous) wallpapers, based on Relic concept art! Thanks, MacGyver10. (Louis Wu 23:59:59 UTC) (permalink)

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Tabletop Miniatures - coming soon from Spartan Games
Fun - Spartan Games is going to be producing Halo tabletop miniatures game! Go read the details on their blog. Thanks, Grizzlei. (Louis Wu 23:59:54 UTC) (permalink)

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Homefront - out now
Better late than never! We got word from Alex Bayer that Homefront, a mod for Homeworld 2 that we first mentioned back in August 2008, and more recently at the end of 2011, finally released their project this past December! You can download it from ModDB, and you can see a fanmade trailer for it here. Check it out! (Louis Wu 23:52:57 UTC) (permalink)

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Turret Ramming - the higher and better edition
So what happens when you get to be an expert at playing with Covenant Dropship turrets? Check out Rockslider's latest work for an entertaining answer to that question. (Louis Wu 23:49:53 UTC) (permalink)

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Customs Night Montage 2.6.15 - More than Two Betrayals
Hyokin put together a montage of all the cool moments and mishaps that took place during Customs Night. It is my opinion that Halo is a team game, but the HBO community seems to think otherwise. (colindosaj 21:49:08 UTC) (permalink)

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Reclaimer Recap EP 1 - Beta Changes
Mixmasterchief dropped by to let us know that the Reclaimer Radio crew have started a new weekly video recap series. If you're looking to catch up on Halo news then this might be for you. (colindosaj 21:47:37 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 7 2015

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Drunken Halo 102
Justin Bryce Let us know that Drunken Halo episode 102 is live - in this episode Justin and Travis decide to read some letters from the Drunken Mail Bag. (colindosaj 23:08:55 UTC) (permalink)

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Podtacular 460
Dust Storm sent word that episode 460 of Podtacular is now available. The crew is joined by 0IAH to discuss all the aspects of the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta. Go listen! (colindosaj 23:07:29 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 6 2015

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An Oral History of the Halo 2 E3 2003 Demo
Oozer3993 put together a really impressive 'Oral History' of the Halo 2 E3 2003 Demo - he compiled quotes from various team members (with full documentation) that gives a beautiful overview of the project, and how the various people involved felt about it (both at the time, and afterwards). There are bonus links containing all related media - in all, a serious labor of love focusing on a project that embodied the best and worst Bungie was capable of in the heady pre-Halo 2 days. (I've got half a mind to localize it, for the sake of posterity.) Thanks to Jordan117 for pointing this out - not to be missed! (Louis Wu 23:52:41 UTC) (permalink)

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Canon Fodder - Beta Late Than Never
Our secret agent and pun extraordinaire, GrimBrother One, posted this week's Canon Fodder. Join Grim as he takes you through each of the Halo 5 beta maps and sprinkles them with some canonical context. <3. (colindosaj 22:53:15 UTC) (permalink)

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WoahDST
Lord Zedd posted a video showing what ODST would have looked like during the 60s. Thanks, gamerguy2002. (colindosaj 22:37:49 UTC) (permalink)

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Green Team EP 6
fake frogs dropped by to let us know that Green Team Ep 6 is now available - join them for some 'League Major Gaming' paintball. (colindosaj 22:33:26 UTC) (permalink)

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Financial Post chats with 343
The Financial Post sat down with Josh Holmes and Quinn DelHoyo to talk about all things Halo 5. Josh and Quinn talk about some of the creative decisions regarding the new features and abilities and also reflect of the beta. (colindosaj 22:09:53 UTC) (permalink)

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Learning from the Beta
343's Josh Holmes posted a blog detailing some of the changes being made to Halo 5 based on player data and feedback since the beta. It looks like a good amount of changes and tweaks are happening across the board. There's also a neat little infographic with some beta stats for you to check out. Go read! (colindosaj 22:09:04 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 5 2015

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Wind rattling in an empty cage
Gamecheat13 has posted the last 5 levels' worth of cut mission dialogue from Halo 3. Some is just interesting - some is downright creepy. Go listen! Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 00:57:51 UTC) (permalink)

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Nightfall - on physical media
If you don't have an Xbox One, you haven't been able to watch Nightfall... yet. Urban Reflex noticed that it's coming to BluRay and DVD in March - and surprisingly, it's cheaper ($17) on BluRay than it is on DVD ($21). It's available a day sooner in the UK, and the BR is £4 more than the DVD - makes more sense to me. (Louis Wu 00:51:39 UTC) (permalink)

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Hyena's Final Halo 3 Montage: 'Mastery'
Wow. I haven't watched a lot of montages recently, but Morpheus pointed us to the final Halo 3 montage from Office Hyena, called "Mastery"... and I must say, I'm impressed. Seven minutes of 'wow'. Check it out! (Louis Wu 00:15:00 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 1 2015

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Canon Fodder - Array With Words
GrimBrother One stopped by to announce the latest episode of Canon Fodder, his Halo backstory blog at Halo Waypoint. It touches on the timing of the Halo array firing - and it's a pretty interesting read. Check it out! (And with that, I'm out - go Hawks!) (Louis Wu 21:16:37 UTC) (permalink)

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A sad time for the Halo machinima community
Followers of Red vs Blue might recognize the name of Monty Oum, the animator behind some of their recent seasons. He's had a medical emergency (details are vague, at the request of family), and it looks pretty serious. (He's hospitalized in critical care, and it is unknown whether he will recover.) You can read Burnie's post on the subject at the Rooster Teeth website, and you can contribute to his medical expenses on this GoFundMe page. We're pulling for you, Monty! Update: On Sunday, February 1, 2015, Monty passed away. A truly sad day. (Louis Wu 21:15:27 UTC) (permalink)

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Dustbowl Megabattle - the Grenade version
Rockslider's back with a new Megabattle vid - this time, he's playing in Truth and Reconciliation's Dustbowl, with (self-) limited weapons and all enemies gathered in one place. Check it! (Louis Wu 21:14:08 UTC) (permalink)

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It Draws a Red Chief
AfroRyan pointed out a fun set of tributes to Halo in the Xbox One game #IDARB, a crowdsourced eSports title (of sorts). Nice! (Louis Wu 21:13:41 UTC) (permalink)

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