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News February 28 2014
3D printing is changing film
doober187 pointed out a video on YouTube from Legacy Effects, born out of Stan Winston Studio - it discusses how 3D printing is revolutionizing special effects in mass media (mostly movies). The Halo diorama, created as part of the runup to Halo 3, plays a significant role (almost a minute and a half of this 8-minute piece). The Halo content starts around 1:10 or so - but the whole thing is a fascinating watch. (Louis Wu 22:13:49 UTC) (permalink)
MGS VP promises E3 Halo news
Wondering when you'll get OFFICIAL word about what's coming next from 343 studios? Phil Spencer tweeted to a fan that news would be coming to
Good news for folks wanting clarification!
(Louis Wu 22:08:30 UTC) (permalink)
The Secrets Within: ONI Interrogation of macca chief
Flügel Meister sent word that the first of his Halo community interviews is now online - it's done in the style of an ONI interrogation, and the subject is macca chief, fan and artist. Go check it out!
(Louis Wu 22:05:14 UTC) (permalink)
RTX Grifball Kickstarter
Kal sent word that GrifballHub is once again running a Kickstarter to fund a Grifball booth at RTX, the Rooster Teeth convention in Austin, TX this summer. Swing by their page to see what it's all about!
(Louis Wu 22:02:00 UTC) (permalink)
PGCR 198 - The Fans Take Over
Robowski let us know that Post Game Carnage Report Episode 198 is live - it's an experiment. It was run by (and hosted by) listeners. Go check it out!
(Louis Wu 21:58:32 UTC) (permalink)
News February 27 2014
Bulletinizing you... Weekly
The Weekly Halo Bulletin was posted last night at Halo Waypoint (and, of course, in our Halo Bulletin Archive) - go give it a read! There's stuff about upcoming Matchmaking updates (Medal Madness seems... well, a little mad), some great stuff on Halo: Escalation #3, info about an update to the Waypoint mobile app, and some pretty purple screenshots. Explore! (Louis Wu 14:32:59 UTC) (permalink)
News February 26 2014
Mohammad Haque drew a couple of fantastic Cortana pics back in 2012 - swing by his Tumblr to see them! Thanks, Max. (Louis Wu 22:31:38 UTC) (permalink)
Andrew Gagnon sent word that Post Game Carnage Report is hosting a Halo Wars and Spartan Assault challenge in March. Head on over to PGCR for more details! (mastrbiggy 18:52:34 UTC) (permalink)
News February 25 2014
Halo - 'Iridescent' Music Video 2.0
TheSparbiter remade his Halo music video based on Linkin Park's Iridescent - nice work! (Louis Wu 19:30:52 UTC) (permalink)
CMT's Silent Cartographer: Evolved now has a release date
Ifafudafi, from CMT, sent word that The Silent Cartographer: Evolved now has a release date - you can read about it (and see some new screenshots) at Halomods. This impressive-looking package should be ready in July, 2014! (Louis Wu 19:28:53 UTC) (permalink)
News February 24 2014
Murder Miners - New Trailer
If you never picked up Murder Miners, a Halo-inspired shooter available on Xbox LIVE Arcade, check out their latest trailer, put together by longtime Halo montage maker SillyGoose. Really makes me want to go and play! (Looks like it's coming to the PC, via Steam, in the near future.) (Louis Wu 22:20:07 UTC) (permalink)
Echo Falls - multi-title machinima
DeathMcGunz let us know about a new machinima series called 'Echo Falls' - Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 are both online now. I'm having a little trouble following the storyline - but I love the use of Halo 3/Reach/Halo 4 in the footage. Check it out!
(Louis Wu 22:17:24 UTC) (permalink)
Should We Hate Halsey?
The Secrets Within published an article that asks whether or not we should hate Dr. Halsey - the article provides a deep look into the philosophical and ethical reasoning behind Halsey's actions. Definitely worth checking out! Thanks, Flugelmeister. (mastrbiggy 18:54:00 UTC) (permalink)
Grunt Costume for Sale
Awesome. A truly spectacular Grunt costume for an 8-10 child is for sale on eBay right now; auction ends 21 hours from when I'm writing this, so if you want this, now's the time to jump in. I sort of wish I were 8 again; I'd buy this. (Well, I'd make my folks buy it, I guess.) Go look. (Louis Wu 05:53:13 UTC) (permalink)
News February 22 2014
Fails of the Weak 179
Nikko B201 is back in the saddle with the first mention of Fails of the Weak 179 - AH.com or YouTube, it's (again) a mix of Halos - this time it's Reach and Halo 4. Go watch! (Louis Wu 21:01:10 UTC) (permalink)
How great is your voice?
MatthewDratt is looking for voice actors for a variety of projects - swing by his post on our forum and see if you can contribute! (Louis Wu 21:00:53 UTC) (permalink)
We've pointed out a lot of LEGO creations over the years - scarab stopped in with a couple of links that show off a whole bunch. Some I've seen before, some are brand-new to me. Pretty amazing collection of creativity! Take a look. (Louis Wu 21:00:25 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 3 on Feminist Friday
Over at Comparative Geeks, there's a look at the Halo 3 titles (Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST) in the context of feminist-related tropes. And neither game comes off too well. Interesting read!
(Louis Wu 20:55:59 UTC) (permalink)
Detox :: The Final Montage
RVideo shot us a note about the final Halo 3 montage from Detox - 15 minutes of effects and gameplay. Nice work, overall! Check it out. (Louis Wu 20:51:21 UTC) (permalink)
This traffic is not a natural formation.
Back in September, we mentioned an upcoming personal digital assistant, available at some point to owners of Windows phones, based on Halo's Cortana - The Verge has more info about that project, which may actually be usable sometime this spring. Beorn (and others) are less than thrilled. How do you feel? (Louis Wu 20:50:01 UTC) (permalink)
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
VideoGamer.com noticed a Halo Waypoint tweet posted earlier this week - a suggestion that the return of Master Chief might be coming sooner than we thought. Is this a coy denial of the rumor that Halo 5 (or whatever it's called) has been pushed back to 2015? Or is it a hint that we might see a new title (maybe Halo 2 Anniversary) sooner than the 2014 holiday season? Or is it just a piece of fan art that someone at Waypoint liked enough to retweet? Only time will tell. (Louis Wu 20:32:30 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 4 WTF Moments: Jump The Shark
The Tyrant has released the penultimate episode of his Halo 4 WTF Moments videos - all that remains is the finale. This moment is frustrating - but not, unfortunately, uncommon. It comes with some commentary he originally meant to use in his LASO Challenge series (he went a different direction with that, ultimately) and ends with a fun montage of epic LASO bites. Go watch!
(Louis Wu 20:30:27 UTC) (permalink)
It's not Wednesday, but...
We neglected to remind you of this week's Halo Bulletin - it's full of info like news of a Community Playdate, the latest matchmaking update, a Spartan Assault update (Xbox One only), as well as the usual screenshot gallery and a pretty nifty montage. As always, it's also available in our Halo Bulletin Archive. Go read! (Louis Wu 20:23:48 UTC) (permalink)
March Madness, HBO-style
Wanna shoot HBO regulars? Revenant's got your back. Swing by his thread and sign up for the B.org 2014 March Madness tournament - and get ready to rumble! (Louis Wu 20:23:10 UTC) (permalink)
Escalation heats up
Comic Book Resources has posted a quick summary of Halo: Escalation #6 (coming in May; do a local 'Find' on the page to get down to 'Escalation') - it ties up a couple of longstanding loose ends that canon fans might be pretty interested in. (The cover art, created by Sparth, is spectacular.) Thanks, Grizzlei. (Louis Wu 20:18:06 UTC) (permalink)
News February 21 2014
Halo: Escalation #3
In the event that you can't wait until the 26th, Darkhorse comics posted a 6-page preview of Halo: Escalation #3 - neat! Thanks, Dogiojoe. (mastrbiggy 18:57:34 UTC) (permalink)
Robowski sent word that PGCR episode 197 is live - the crew discusses the Halo baseball league, the Trihardathalon Tournament, and speculate about Halo 2 Anniversary rumors. Be sure to also check out the Trihardathalon stats page! (mastrbiggy 18:56:47 UTC) (permalink)
There Is No 'I' In Team
CHa0s dropped by the forums to share his Halo 4 'Wingman' wallpaper - check it out!
(mastrbiggy 18:56:08 UTC) (permalink)
News February 19 2014
First Look: Deadpool MN - The Halo Mole
The Halo Mole team released a first look for the ninth contestant, Deadpool MN. Go find out more about this eager yet skilled Halo player and place your bets! (mastrbiggy 22:30:26 UTC) (permalink)
News February 18 2014
Halo Invades the NY Toy Fair
Waypoint posted a photo gallery
of all the neat Halo stuff shown at the 2014 New York Toy Fair. Go check out what Mega Bloks, Bandai, and McFarlane had to show. There's also a pretty awesome Cortana data chip that lights up - neat! (mastrbiggy 21:47:27 UTC) (permalink)
News February 17 2014
More pretty pictures
Stephen Loftus submitted another batch of high-resolution images for his Halo Signs collection - you'll find the newest additions at the end of the Civilian section, the end of the Forerunner section, the end of the Miscellaneous section, and the end of the UNSC section.
(Louis Wu 16:18:03 UTC) (permalink)
News February 16 2014
Getting to the Black Spartan
t00lbox stopped in with a new tutorial; it shows how to get to a pretty off-the-grid player model (included in Reach by Bungie for loading purposes, never supposed to be seen by players). Go watch - pretty amazing! (Louis Wu 17:48:23 UTC) (permalink)
News February 15 2014
Flaws of the Covenant
crazedone1988 is back with another piece of fantastic machinima - this time, he takes a good hard look at a Covenant military safety issue. Go watch! (Louis Wu 18:44:16 UTC) (permalink)
Fails of the Weak Volume 178
This week, Achievement Hunter did a retrospective - Fails of the Weak covers death-inducing mistakes from Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, Reach, and Halo 4. Nice! You can watch it on AH.com or YouTube. (Louis Wu 18:36:57 UTC) (permalink)
News February 14 2014
ODST Speed Art test
Gundamguy got a new tablet, and released a speed art test... of a Halo 3 ODST Helljumper. Great work!
(Louis Wu 23:59:59 UTC) (permalink)
Talking Halo with the Chief
GameZone has published the full Steve Downes interview they teased yesterday - it's a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Steve's transition (or near non-transition) to the 343 stable... go give it a read! (Louis Wu 23:59:46 UTC) (permalink)
Valentine's Day 2014
AssaultGodzilla is back with a new Valentine's Day Halo music video for 2014 - you'd think after so many of these, they'd start to be repetitive... but they're not. Go watch! (Louis Wu 23:55:47 UTC) (permalink)
ODST - in an hour and a half
Chappified has laid down a speedrun of Halo 3 ODST (start to finish) - now that's pretty novel! Take a look. (Louis Wu 23:54:06 UTC) (permalink)
Drawing Cool Stuff
We've certainly highlighted our share of Isaac Hannaford artwork over the years - there's an interesting piece at Kotaku which has several examples, and some nice background. Give it a read! Thanks to Bones, who posted this on destiny.bungie.org, and to Black Six, who sent it in via email. (Louis Wu 23:44:23 UTC) (permalink)
News February 13 2014
'I need a new edition'
And the stories about Halo 2 Anniversary (and the often-connected rumors of a delay in the first Xbox One title from 343) continue to swirl - GameZone says that in a recent interview they did with Steve Downs (the voice of Master Chief), Downes confirmed both that Halo 2 Anniversary will be coming this year... and Halo 5 (or whatever it's going to be called) will not. Still no word from 343, either way. Update: looks like the wording in the GameZone transcript might have been a little overstated. A Facebook conversation was posted on NeoGAF yesterday, in which Downes stepped back from any real confirmation. Thanks, DEEP NNN. (Louis Wu 23:57:01 UTC) (permalink)
Waypoint Kind of Sort of Loves You
Valentines Day is coming up, so the Halo Bulletin this week has some love-themed content (cards and screenshots). There's also a nice writeup of the Gamers For Giving tournament that took place last weekend. Finally, there is some info about upcoming playlist tweaks - go read! (If you need or want it, it's available in our Halo Bulletin Archive, as well.) (Louis Wu 17:19:32 UTC) (permalink)
News February 12 2014
Halo 4 Figures, Cheap
tadboz is selling off some new Halo 4 action figures - prices are great! Take a look. (Louis Wu 20:41:39 UTC) (permalink)
News February 10 2014
Forged of Steel and Mother of Pearl
Hyokin pointed out a new vid from Man At Arms, a master swordsmith and propmaker. He's whipped up a Halo Energy Sword, and released a video showing the entire process. I want one! (Louis Wu 21:00:29 UTC) (permalink)
More H1 freakiness and fun
Rockslider has a new batch of fun clips - swing by to see an overview, and get links to the video itself.
(Louis Wu 20:57:45 UTC) (permalink)
HaloRuns opens its doors
Hawaiian Pig came back with word of HaloRuns, a new site devoted to Halo speedrunning - putting records and online streams in the spotlight. Give his post a read, then sign up!
(Louis Wu 20:56:35 UTC) (permalink)
GeneticSpartan stopped in with 'Alert Carry', a Halo 2-based machinima. Oh, the memories!
(Louis Wu 20:55:05 UTC) (permalink)
HaloSphere2 Season 3 Starts Wednesday
HaloSphere2 is kicking off Season 3 of their web-based RPG - lots of prizes to be won, so swing by, sign up, and play! (Scroll down to 'News and Updates' for full details.)
(Louis Wu 20:54:05 UTC) (permalink)
News February 9 2014
Zodiac Ep 1: Thief
Hyokin has kicked off another machinima series, based around a group he calls 'Zodiac'. Go give Episode 1 (Thief) a look! (Louis Wu 06:17:49 UTC) (permalink)
News February 8 2014
Fails of the Weak 177
Another week, another fail video (AH.com | YouTube) - this one has a couple of rarely-seen fails. Worth a look!
(Louis Wu 15:26:45 UTC) (permalink)
H2A discussion continues (among fans)
Halo 2 Anniversary, whether it happens or not, is engendering a lot of discussion in the Halo community. There's an interesting thread on our own forum (chime in with your own thoughts!), and there's a new vlog from The Tyrant discussing his feelings about a remade version of Halo 2. Go watch and see what he thinks about this remake idea - at some point, we'll probably hear whether this title will ever exist, but in the meantime, there's no shortage of fan opinions on the subject!
(Louis Wu 15:26:03 UTC) (permalink)
News February 7 2014
Weekly Halo Bulletin - Late
Once again, due to circumstances beyond our control (this time, it's because I'm in San Francisco and my internet access is spotty), we missed the Weekly Halo Bulletin - and we're sorry! (It's a pretty interesting read, so we're even more sorry.) Swing by and catch up on the Halo 4 Spartan Bowl, eValentines, and this weekend's Gamers For Giving tournament! (You can, as always, read it in our Halo Bulletin Archive, if you choose.)
(Louis Wu 18:44:54 UTC) (permalink)
AGLA Signups Open
Kal Belgarion announced that signups are now open for the American Grifball League of America - add your name if you'd like to play! (Louis Wu 18:19:16 UTC) (permalink)
High Speed Deets
NOKYARD sent word that High Speed Halo is changing its focus - they will now be covering the behind-the-scenes world of the speedrunning community. Check it out!
(Louis Wu 18:17:34 UTC) (permalink)
PGCR 195 (and more)
Robowski let us know that the latest Post Game Carnage Report podcast is live... and the first week's Halotryhardathalon 2 results are online. A cornucopia of pleasures! (Louis Wu 18:15:24 UTC) (permalink)
News February 6 2014
FUDCast #13: Tea-Drinking Funtimes
davidfuchs stopped in with a bunch of links to the latest Forward Unto Dawn Podcast - this one is centered around Mortal Dictata and the Kilo-Five trilogy in general, with speculation about the direction Halo fiction is taking from here. Go listen! (Louis Wu 22:09:53 UTC) (permalink)
Fans continue to speculate about H2A
Over at The Koalition, The Co-op has devoted a chunk of their 69th podcast to the question of whether or not we'll see Halo 2: Anniversary on Xbox One. It's definitely an interesting question! (Louis Wu 22:05:05 UTC) (permalink)
News February 5 2014
A Halo scene, in the classroom
Nice - UnderTheFear and his friend used Halo 4's Prologue (Halsey's interrogation) as their acting class final exam. Great choice! Thanks to Halo Waypoint for the heads-up. (Louis Wu 18:17:52 UTC) (permalink)
News February 4 2014
Social Buzz for Xbox One Halo Soaring
Apparently, Gametrailers has created something they call the 'GDEX' - it's a social media index of games and gaming platforms. Because of the rumors swirling around the idea of a Halo 2 Anniversary edition, the Xbox One Halo title has jumped from #29 to #9 on the GDEX - biggest jump of any game this week. Interesting! (Louis Wu 22:40:41 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 4 WTF Moments: Well Enough Alone
A common technique employed by folks who are running Halo with All Skulls On is to take advantage of 'skips' - areas where you can use routes not anticipated by the developers to keep enemies from spawning, and thereby decrease the number of things shooting at you. Sometimes, though, skips aren't worth the trouble. The Tyrant's latest Halo 4 WTF video is a great example of this. Not only does performing the skip take him forever and a day... when he DOES succeed, he succeeds too well! He gets rid of so many enemies, he can't advance! So he goes back to trigger the final bad guys... and ends up triggering EVERYTHING. Ouch. (Louis Wu 22:08:43 UTC) (permalink)
343 Gets a new Publishing Partner
Intriguing - 343 has entered into a new publishing deal, this time with Gallery Books (a division of Simon and Schuster). Swing by Halo Waypoint to read the press release! Thanks, thebruce0. (Louis Wu 21:58:20 UTC) (permalink)
News February 3 2014
The Secrets Within Gets Ready to Reboot
Flügel Meister sent us word that his blog, The Secrets Within, is overhauling its content - if you swing by, you'll see a list of new features that should be coming online soon. Encouraging! (Louis Wu 20:53:46 UTC) (permalink)
News February 2 2014
Where are those shots coming from?
And... the last glitch for this Sunday, February 2 - t00lbox got himself an invisible vehicle. How'd he do that? (While you're thinking about, I'm gonna get dressed - pregame starts in 90 minutes.) (Louis Wu 20:49:18 UTC) (permalink)
Same Team! Same Team!
Rockslider was putting together footage for his recent AotCR runs, and realized he had an opportunity for a bit of collaboration. Him and a Wraith, against a poor little Hunter! Go see how it turned out. (Louis Wu 20:09:50 UTC) (permalink)
Bottom to top in AotCR
slYnki's back, with a new Halo 1 launch (bottom of AotCR to the top, maybe the highest jump ever filmed). Awesome! (Louis Wu 20:07:30 UTC) (permalink)
So we sort of skipped the whole 'potential insider shows up on NeoGAF and leaks Microsoft's next year's worth of announcements' thing a few days ago, mostly because it was more trouble than it was worth to figure out if anything was actually confirmable... but it's pretty funny that a Spanish video game seller actually put up a page for one of the leaked items. Halo 2 Anniversary, which has not been announced by anyone officially, can now be preordered from XtraLife. (The artwork they chose for the cover is fan-created, and includes a gun which didn't even appear in Halo 2.) Thanks, GameRevolution (who snagged a screenshot, in case XtraLife's page disappears). Wow - talk about proactive! (Louis Wu 20:04:33 UTC) (permalink)
News February 1 2014
Fails of the Weak 176
Jack and Geoff sometimes stay on topic in the latest Fails of the Weak (AH.com | YouTube) - the final fail, with an amazing "kill everyone on my team while leaving the opponents unscathed" shot, is definitely watchable. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 21:06:12 UTC) (permalink)
A Spectacular Spirit of Fire
Whoa. Mark Kelso built a LEGO replica of the Spirit of Fire, with reference help from one of its designers, that comes out to 7 feet long (by almost two and a half feet tall by more than a foot and a half wide). It took him FOUR YEARS to build (mostly because life kept getting in the way). It's pretty amazing. Black Six pointed out the Brothers Brick page he found it at. (Louis Wu 19:47:16 UTC) (permalink)