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News February 28 2013

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Halo 4 | Beautiful Majestic
Snipetality makes our front page a second time today - this time for an artistic look at the new maps released this week. Gotta hand it to those folks at Certain Affinity - these are definitely beautiful! Thanks, CyReN. (Louis Wu 21:41:17 UTC) (permalink)

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Micro-transactions and character progression
pete_the_duck jumped into the microtransaction discussion that's currently going on over on the DBO forum - but his thoughts got a little too extensive for a forum post. Since the focus of his argument is Halo, we've chosen this front page to highlight his work. (Louis Wu 21:37:27 UTC) (permalink)

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Tyrant's Halo 4 Mythic Walkthrough - Requiem
The Tyrant continues his Mythic assault on Halo 4 - his run-through of Requiem is live now. 35 minutes of tips, tricks, and bad jokes - go watch! Thanks, Lawnmower172. (Louis Wu 20:14:43 UTC) (permalink)

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Tarps Everywhere
As often happens on Wednesday nights, the Halo Waypoint Bulletin was released yesterday, and if you swing by and read it, you'll get info on next week's Playlist updates, details about the newly-functional-on-web Halo 4 File Browser (lots of cool screenshots already!), and thoughts about the end of Spartan Ops Season 1's storyline. (This last has made members of our forum somewhat unhappy.) As always, if you want to you can read it in our local Halo Bulletin Archive. (Louis Wu 18:04:26 UTC) (permalink)

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The Ops-Cast Spartan Ops Season 1 Awards
MoltenSlowa wants your help in picking the winners of his Spartan Ops Season 1 Awards - check out the voting options, and make your selections! You have until March 12 to vote - the ceremony will appear on YouTube next month. (Louis Wu 18:00:17 UTC) (permalink)

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Snipetality's First and Final Halo 3 Montage
Snipetality has edited a lot of Halo montages in his time... but he's never made one using his own clips. Recently, he went through his saved Halo 3 footage, and in one day put together his first (and last) personal Halo 3 montage - check it out! (Louis Wu 17:55:55 UTC) (permalink)

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Podtacular is doing it live!
Dust Storm sent word that starting tonight with Episode 350, all Podtacular shows will be live-streamed on Twitch.tv. They'll be recording every Thursday at 8:00pm Eastern - go listen! (Louis Wu 17:54:18 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 27 2013

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Best of the Community - a Halo 4 Montage
Edge sent word of a new Halo 4 montage he put together, using clips from the HaloTracker community. Nice synching with the music, and some sweet gameplay! Go watch. (Louis Wu 22:11:25 UTC) (permalink)

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Introducing Australian Rules Soccer
Over at AchievementHunter.com, Jack and Ray face off for another game of PIG - some pretty fun-looking maps this time around! Watch it on AH.com, or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 22:11:02 UTC) (permalink)

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Have Black Light, Will See Faces
Kotaku has the story of a pretty cool little feature that Bungie included in the printed materials that came with the Limited Edition of Halo: Reach. (They call it an easter egg - I'm not sure I agree with that. Looks like an identifying hologram to me, it's just not visible unless you use a black light.) Either way - it's pretty slick! Thanks, GryphonOsiris. (Louis Wu 22:09:08 UTC) (permalink)

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Leveraging the Fanbase for a Live-Action/Machinima Hybrid
Tommy Battle let us know about a Kickstarter project that aims to create a hybrid live-action/machinima project - and the pilot is already up for you to see. Go watch it, and read about what they've got planned - your money will make it possible for them to buy the equipment they need to finish this. (Louis Wu 18:06:20 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 Tournament at AASU
GreyThor pointed out a Halo 4 tourney that will be taking place in Savannah, GA, at Armstrong Atlantic State University, this Friday. $2 to get in - go play some Halo! (Louis Wu 13:14:23 UTC) (permalink)

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Podtacular 348
The Podtacular crew released episode 348 - they cover the Waypoint walkthrough videos of the Majestic map pack, matchmaking updates, and share their thoughts on the new maps (Note: this was recorded before the maps were released.) (mastrbiggy 09:29:23 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR 151
Robowski sent word that Post Game Carnage Report episode 151 is live - the crew interviews Halo enthusiast Th3Rogue. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 09:28:53 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 26 2013

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Halo 4 Majestic Map Pack Achievement Guide
MixMaker1 put together an Achievement Guide for the new Majestic maps - it contains loadout suggestions and individual techniques for each Achievement. Pretty helpful to knock this set out! (Louis Wu 18:29:42 UTC) (permalink)

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Cheap Halo GonD Versions - 1 day only
The Xbox LIVE Ultimate Game Sale starts today - and today's offers are all Halo titles. Games On Demand versions of Halo 3, Halo: Reach, and Halo Wars are each $10, while Halo 4 is $40. Act fast! Thanks, Black Six. (Louis Wu 15:52:09 UTC) (permalink)

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Majestic Stair Dual of Destiny
Skywalker DSP dropped in with a fun little commentated game on Landfall - if you haven't had a chance to check out the new Majestic maps, this will give you a nice overview. (If you have, it's fun gameplay in any case.) (Louis Wu 15:41:58 UTC) (permalink)

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Online Gaming
Cracked.com put together a video called 'The 7 Deadly Sins of Online Gaming' - and while these sins are not really game-specific, Halo makes an obvious appearance. How many have YOU been guilty of? Thanks, Revenant1988. (Louis Wu 15:38:54 UTC) (permalink)

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The Box Trick
SonGoharotto pointed out a fun little Halo 4 AI fail... it's all about the lulz. Go try it for yourself! (Louis Wu 15:36:43 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 25 2013

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The Code Solving Pace Increases
Another map pack, another glyph code - GunRunner48 informed us that the Section 3 crowd has already decrypted the code buried in the Majestic Map Pack. Swing by the Section 3 Completed Glyph Sequences page for the solution, or the Halo Waypoint forums for a blow-by-blow breakdown. (We found the resulting concept art gallery a bit difficult to see, so we put up a local copy.) (Louis Wu 22:05:34 UTC) (permalink)

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Providing Majestic Context
DayandKnightly wrote up a quick summary of the story underpinnings of the new maps - give it a read! (Louis Wu 22:03:42 UTC) (permalink)

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Play it like you mean it
Nevin 'CruelLEGACEY' Douglas was given early access to the Majestic Map Pack last week, and discovered that Halo 4 became more fun when he was playing with people who actually wanted to play the game. Go read his thoughts on the dangers of popularity. (Louis Wu 16:00:04 UTC) (permalink)

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Majestic is here
As a reminder, Majestic Map Pack dropped this morning - the 438 MB download is available now for folks who bought the Season Pass (or received it as part of their Limited purchase of Halo 4), or for folks with 800 MS Points to spare. Don't miss out! (Louis Wu 13:49:59 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Ops... like a bawss
uberfoop posted a writeup filled with lots of images and video clips from a group run last week through Spartan Ops Episode 10 - pretty fun stuff! Go check it out. (Louis Wu 13:45:05 UTC) (permalink)

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Not too big to fail
Arithmomaniac pointed out that an outage of the Azure cloud service on Friday affected not only Windows users... but also Halo 4 players. Ouch! (Louis Wu 13:44:14 UTC) (permalink)

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Majestic Map Pack Live Stream Archive
Yesterday morning, 343 Industries live streamed gameplay of the new Majestic maps and showed off some new game types, including Infinity Rumble and Rumble Pro. You can watch the archived version here. (mastrbiggy 09:19:04 UTC) (permalink)

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Go Beyond Entertainment's Majestic Map Pack Review
Clicked shares his thoughts on the three maps included in the upcoming Majestic map pack DLC for Halo 4 - he goes over what game types are best suited for each map. Overall, he thinks the pack is worth your money. While your watching Clicked's review on Go Beyond Entertainment's YouTube channel be sure to also check out Clicked's exclusive 2v2 gameplay on Skyline (I'm a little late posting this one.) Thanks, CyReN. (mastrbiggy 08:57:23 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 24 2013

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Forging Majestic
pete_the_duck shared some videos showing off the Forge options on the new maps included in the Majestic map pack for Halo 4. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 09:14:38 UTC) (permalink)

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You Got Some Halo 3 In My Halo 4
TheIncomeTaxes and Insane Alpha Beta found what I think is the coolest Halo 4 easter egg so far - they found images of Tsavo Highway from Halo 3 cleverly hidden in some of the Forge piece reflections. You can see the giant storm cloud and even the broken bridge where the giant Covenant cruiser flies overhead. Go check it out! Thanks, wwm0nkey. (mastrbiggy 09:05:58 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 23 2013

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Welcome to Majestic
A couple of days ago, we mentioned 'Welcome to Landfall' - and then yesterday, Halo Waypoint released 'Welcome to Monolith'. Today, they finish up the series with 'Welcome to Skyline' - if you haven't checked these out, they're a great way to get familiar with the maps before you get your hands on them! (The video footage was already seen in the BTS released in last Wednesday's Bulletin, but the loadout/weapon spawn/overhead content in the articles is great.) (Louis Wu 23:53:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Podtacular hits Spartan Ops Halfway Mark
Dust Storm contacted us about Podtacular's Spartan Ops coverage - they just hit the halfway mark. Here are all five finished 'casts:

They got some coverage help from HaloFanForLife - go listen! (Louis Wu 23:47:11 UTC) (permalink)

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Playtime Majestic
Nevin Douglas sent word of a new machinima short featuring Majestic, due to drop on Tuesday. Nice backdrop! (Louis Wu 23:41:56 UTC) (permalink)

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Friday's Fan Fiction, just one day late
We actually have a policy that we will publish a maximum of three pieces of Halo Fan Fiction per author, in a given week - but the well's been so dry for so long that we approved all five chapters of Blue 4 that firerwolf dropped off recently. Go give 'em a read! (Louis Wu 23:40:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Twenty Two Minutes Past Midnight
RC Master let us know about a new LASO speed run, this time on Midnight. He polished the level off in under 22 minutes... lots of tricks in this one. Go watch! (To save you some trouble, he also reminded us that all of his LASO speed runs can be watched in this playlist.) (Louis Wu 23:34:38 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 - Fails of the Week 127
Jack and Geoff take a look at this week's Halo fails (AH & YouTube) - self-teabagging is now a thing! There are some pretty great vehicle fails in the video as well (and a win.) Thanks, Nikko B201. (mastrbiggy 09:20:34 UTC) (permalink)

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Majestic Map Pack Preview
Ready Up Live's Greenskull is joined by Heckfu as they preview the new battlegrounds included in the upcoming Majestic map pack DLC for Halo 4. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 09:07:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Drunken Halo: Episode 47
Justin let us know that Drunken Halo episode 47 is live - Justin and Travis discuss the Covenant weapons in Halo 4. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 09:02:07 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 22 2013

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Tyrant's Halo 4 Mythic Walkthrough - Dawn
Tyrant's first segment in his Mythic Walkthrough of Halo 4, 'Dawn', is now online - go watch! (Thanks, Lawnmower172.) (Louis Wu 16:42:26 UTC) (permalink)

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That's some snazzy plasma use.
Wow, cool. Chappified has come up with yet ANOTHER way to get off the first AotCR bridge - it truly is amazing how many options there are! (Louis Wu 16:38:04 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR Sesquicentennial
Robowski sent word of Post Game Carnage Report 150 - lots and lots of guests join in to make this one... crazy. Go listen! (Louis Wu 02:38:35 UTC) (permalink)

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Anoj's Halo 4 Top 10: Multikills
Anoj has released his next Top 10 - this one focuses on Multikills. Yeah, there are Killionaires here. No, none of them are in Grifball. (One's with an AR, though...) Thanks, Jordan Bell. (Louis Wu 02:35:54 UTC) (permalink)

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Women of Xbox: Jessi vs Shutdown
Looks like this slipped through the cracks - The Tyrant brings you another episode of Women of Xbox - Jessi runs through Shutdown (after belting Tyrant in the nose). Go see how she fares! (Louis Wu 02:04:57 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 21 2013

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Steve Reinvents the 'From the Grave' Medal
Greenskull sent along Episode 2 of ReadyUpLive's funny "Halo 4 Fails & Stuff" series. Some pretty hilarious clips in there, and always clever commentary. Don't miss it! (GrimBrother One 21:16:06 UTC) (permalink)

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From Young Cadets to Decorated Heroes
A bit back, we mentioned how Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn was up for multiple Streamy Awards for excellence in online video experiences. Last night, the lovely Kat de Lieva (who played UNSC cadet Dimah Tchakova) shared the acceptance speech from the FuD crew winning "Best Drama Series"! Awesome stuff! (GrimBrother One 20:22:34 UTC) (permalink)

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Hopefully These Achievements Won't Be a Royal Pain
Halo Waypoint has some pretty majestic goodies for us today, starting with "Welcome to Landfall", a new new feature highlighting one of the maps in the upcoming Majestic Map Pack. Also for us Achievement hunters, 343 Industries has also published the Achievement list for the upcoming pack. Awesome stuff, go check it out! (GrimBrother One 20:03:43 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Bulletin - all meat, no filler
The Halo Bulletin went live last night, as it does every Wednesday night - and it's definitely worth a read. It's chock-full of tasty info - the focus is on the Majestic Map Pack (including new exclusive screens, and a Behind-The-Scenes video), but there are also goodies for puzzle seekers, folks who want to know about the next playlist update, and maybe tastiest of all, details about the Title Update that will drop this week. You can, as always, read it in our Halo Bulletin archive - quite a bit lighter, overall, and with a version of the video that does not require Silverlight. Don't miss this! (There's some discussion on our forum, if you want to join in.) (Louis Wu 15:17:49 UTC) (permalink)

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The PA Report Reviews Spartan Ops
The Penny Arcade Report posted a review of Halo 4's Spartan Ops season 1 - the article takes a look at what Spartan Ops did right and what it needed to improve on. Go Read! Thanks, Def Guru 7777. (mastrbiggy 09:45:58 UTC) (permalink)

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Achievement HORSE 115
Jack and Gavin are back with the latest episode of Halo PIG (AH & YouTube) - Gavin finally ends Jack's winning streak. Thanks, Nikko B201. (mastrbiggy 09:45:17 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 Glitch - Ghost Mode
Carnage A51 shared a video tutorial of a glitch he calls 'Ghost Mode' on the mission Reclaimer. It's a really weird glitch that requires you to bypass all the scripting. Go check it out! (mastrbiggy 09:44:28 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 20 2013

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Forward Ops: From Exodus to Accession
Postmortem announced a new article at Forward Unto Dawn - Forward Ops looks at the goods and the bads of the first season of Spartan Ops, and kicks off an ongoing series in which Postmortem attempts to create his own (hypothetical) season of the game. Go give it a read! (Louis Wu 17:52:28 UTC) (permalink)

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One heck of a Halo outfit
Wow - someone is selling a suit of Halo armor... that's actually made of body armor. (The claims it makes are questioned by Bry in this post... but the bottom line is, this isn't just a costume.) It ain't priced like a costume, either - starting bid is $13,500. Wowsers! (Thanks, The Lionheart.) (Louis Wu 17:49:28 UTC) (permalink)

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Meanscreen Production Machinimas
PhatMonkey shared some Meanscreen Production machinimas - The shorts are particularly wacky. Overly friendly Flood is worst Flood. Go check them out! (mastrbiggy 10:07:27 UTC) (permalink)

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Feminist Review of Halo 3: ODST
Dragonclaws posted another feminist analytical review on Youtube - this time she takes a look at Halo 3: ODST. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 09:56:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Ops Paving the Way for Future DLC
Jake108 let us know about his Geekscape article that talks about how Spartan Ops revolutionized console downloadable content. Go read! (mastrbiggy 09:52:44 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 19 2013

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Revisiting a 10-year-old talk
Wow, was THIS a blast from the past... in more ways than one! BOLL stopped by (!!!) to point out that a 2003 GDC talk by Jaime Griesemer, Marty O'Donnell, and Mat Noguchi (and Hamilton Chu!) was made available in video form. Back in 2006, Gamasutra released the audio, and soon after Jaime provided us with the slides... but this is the first time the video has been made available for free. Go watch! (Louis Wu 14:50:16 UTC) (permalink)

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Requiem
If you've got a jailbroken iPhone 4S, davidfuchs has created a pretty gorgeous Forerunner-like theme for you - check it out. (Louis Wu 14:35:31 UTC) (permalink)

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HBO Forum Card Game - a look at what almost was
pete_the_duck stopped in to announce the final state of his HBO Forum Card Game project, with descriptions, pictures, and a Schooly D-supplied video. (Save Schooly's bandwidth and watch our slightly smaller version here.) I'm sad, now, that this will never really see the light of day... but I'm pretty pleased that pete was willing to share! (Louis Wu 14:20:45 UTC) (permalink)

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Visualizing the Halo Universe: Round 7
Postmortem has announced another round of his Visualizing the Halo Universe competition (I hesitate to call it a contest, because there are no prizes, but I LOVE seeing what people come up with) - swing by to read all the details! You've got a couple of weeks to show off your vision of what the Queen of a Yanme'e (Halo 2/3/Reach Drone) colony might look like. Get to sketchin'! (Louis Wu 14:05:37 UTC) (permalink)

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Majestic Map Pack Gameplay
CyReN found four videos showing gameplay on new the maps included in the Majestic map pack - one of the videos even shows off a new game type called Infinity Rumble. These maps look great - Landfall kind of reminds me of Halo 3's Longshore. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 09:16:31 UTC) (permalink)

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Collaborating on Halo 4's Majestic Map Pack
Polygon posted an article detailing the collaborative development between 343i and Certain Affinity on the Majestic map pack. It provides some interesting insight into how the two studios communicate ideas. Thanks, Hypertrooper. (mastrbiggy 09:03:39 UTC) (permalink)

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Making Halo 4: Majestic Map Pack
Halo Waypoint released a video showing off three new Halo 4 maps included in the upcoming Majestic map pack. Those are some pretty looking skyboxes. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 08:55:33 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 18 2013

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Stay in Mammoth to Avoid Death by Reclaimed Water
Podtacular invited yours truly to join the show for the Reclaimer episode of their Halo 4 campaign walkthrough series. Lots of great discussion was had, tips were given and credited, bad jokes were made, and fun ran rampant. Give it a listen and see if you agree! (GrimBrother One 23:53:22 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Ops Cutscene Library Updated
A combination of a really busy morning and a much-larger-than-usual collection of uploads conspired to delay the updating of our Spartan Ops Cutscene Library - but it is complete now, as far as Season 1 goes. Swing by to view or download Episode 10, the Season 1 Epilogue, and the Season 1 Credits! (Louis Wu 20:05:37 UTC) (permalink)

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An Axe to Grind
If you enjoyed the opening episode of the new machinima series "Renegades" by Nuclear Taco Productions, then don't miss Episode 2, which is now available! Follow Axe and Kane as they travel towards their destination, metting up with inevitable obstacles. Check it out! (GrimBrother One 14:43:20 UTC) (permalink)

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Dax01's Halo 3 Co-Op Story
For her birthday, Dax01 sat down with Dan Miller of Bungie for a few games of Halo 3 co-op. She details the entire game session (pics and all) and shares some developer insight into Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST. Go check it out! (mastrbiggy 11:39:47 UTC) (permalink)

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MLG Season Finale
deathmcgunz let us know that season finale of the Halo 3 machinima, MLG, is live - Cameron gets his shot at the clan and Remey gets what she's always wanted. Great job with the first season - I hope to see more episodes in the future. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 11:32:02 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Ops Season 1 Conclusion and Matchmaking Update
Spartan Ops Season 1 comes to a conclusion with the release of Episode 10, 'Exodus' - there's actually two parts to watch. Along with new Spartan Ops content, the Team Throwdown playlist went live this morning - Bravo posted all the details. Go watch and read! (mastrbiggy 11:24:19 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 17 2013

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An early look at Majestic's maps
Looks like screenshots of the next Halo 4 map pack (dropping in just over a week) have leaked out - swing by NeoGAF to view Wifiplayer13's post. He found them by simply editing URLs on Halo Waypoint. Thanks to TDSpiral, who found them on Kotaku (whose article seems to have larger versions, as well). (Louis Wu 21:03:11 UTC) (permalink)

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A Season 4 Playtime
CruelLEGACEY sent word that the latest trailer for Season 4 of the popular "Playtime" machinima series is now ready for viewing. Looks like this new season is going to continue building on the awesome that's come before... Go and watch it! (GrimBrother One 17:41:53 UTC) (permalink)

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Russian Meteorite (Halo Edit)
DarthTurkeyBurrito edited together videos of the Russian meteorite and then added a little Halo secret sauce. The result is a real life version of the opening scene from Halo 3. Genius! Thanks, EagleBurnn. (mastrbiggy 11:53:11 UTC) (permalink)

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Podtacular Campaign Coverage Hits the Halfway Mark
The Podtacular crew just released the 4th episode of their mini-series that covers each Halo 4 campaign level. Here are all the episodes so far:

Thanks, Dust Storm. (mastrbiggy 11:49:05 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4: Forerunner Binary Rifle (Fan Prop)
DaFrontlineTrooper finished his biggest project yet - he built the Binary Rifle from Halo 4. It's 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) of complete awesomeness. Check it out! Thanks, robofin117. (mastrbiggy 10:44:14 UTC) (permalink)

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Inside of an Xbox
sec0nd decided to open up his Xbox 360 and take a look inside - I bet he wasn't expecting to find the Covenant waiting inside. Luckily Master Chief was there to help out. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 10:08:10 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 16 2013

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Fails of the Weak 126
Jack and Geoff from Achievement Hunter present Fails of the Weak Volume 126 (AH & YouTube) - being betrayed by a teammate in a Warthog is one thing, but respawning and then immediately being betrayed by a teammate driving a Ghost is just bad luck. Thanks, Nikko B201. (mastrbiggy 10:47:58 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 : Awakeing (Piano)
Foan Song is back with another Halo 4 piano cover - this time we are graced with a rendition of Awakening. Like his last cover, he sneaks in older Halo themes - it provides a nice contrast. Love it! (mastrbiggy 10:47:07 UTC) (permalink)

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Science Mountain RE-CUT
MoltenSlowa thought that this week's Spartan Ops mission, Science Mountain, was lacking in the music department - it just didn't have that certain Halo oomph. He decided to edit in other Halo tracks - It's really nice to hear those pounding drums again. Cool! (mastrbiggy 10:30:37 UTC) (permalink)

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Dust and Echoes Episode 32
Tom let us know that Dust and Echoes Episode 32 is live - the crew discuss Team Doubles, Team Snipers, Spartan Ops and the upcoming Title Update. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 10:23:35 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 15 2013

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All Skulls, No Bulk!
RC Master continues on the LASO rampage through Halo 4's campaign. This time he tackles Infinity, and shows all kinds of great tips, tricks, and skips to help you try and achieve it on your own. Go check it out! (GrimBrother One 16:36:20 UTC) (permalink)

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Still Fulfilling His Destiny
Newer readers might be curious about the watermark in the background of the front page today, while Bungie.org veterans will probably just give a wink, smile, or respectful nod to a day so many will always remember. Today marks the 10th anniversary that the Bungie fan community lost one of its bravest, Brian Morden, to Ewing's Sarcoma. Brian's spirit forged pathways into the hearts of many, and remains something that will never die. Last year, mad.max wrote up a small summary for those interested in knowing more. Note that the link in that post to the Brian Morden Foundation seems to be borked, but this one works just fine. Thanks in particular to Macguyver10 who kicked off the trip down memory lane this morning. RIP, Brian. You are truly Mythic. (GrimBrother One 15:38:41 UTC) (permalink)

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Anoj's Top 10 WTF Moments: Episode 15
Anoj released his latest top 10 video titled 'WTF Moments' - number 7 is particularly strange. I'm always having 'WTF Moments' when playing Halo (aren't we all), maybe I should send in some clips. Thanks, Jordan Bell. (mastrbiggy 11:16:05 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Ops Cinematics - Behind the Scenes
Scarab found a CG Society feature on the production of the Spartan Ops cinematics - it's a nice behind the scenes look at Axis Animation's work on the CG series. Check it out! (mastrbiggy 11:06:50 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 - Our Last Hope
TAK had some spare time and decided to edit a Halo 4 video - the Halo 4 cinematics and high adrenaline music go well together. Nice work! (mastrbiggy 11:00:58 UTC) (permalink)

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Rockslide Megabattle
Rockslider is back with another Halo CE video - long story short, he takes on 34 Covies with only a Plasma Rifle and a Needler on Heroic difficulty. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 10:52:56 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 14 2013

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Chief Finds His Way Into A Harlem Shake Video
Yet another Harlem Shake video (sorry) - this time from freddiew. You never know what to expect from a freddiew video - I'm still not sure what I just watched, but I did see the Chief in there somewhere. (mastrbiggy 21:36:34 UTC) (permalink)

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Bad Idea, Good Idea
Dust Storm dropped by the forum to let us know about a new video series called 'Bad Idea, Good Idea' - ALWAYS bring a tank. Neat concept for a series, go watch! (mastrbiggy 20:56:06 UTC) (permalink)

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Space Whales
343i's Paul Richards posted some Halo 4 art - there are some really great pieces of art showing off Forerunner artifacts (some of them creepy) and interesting looking structures. There's also a space whale - BRING BACK the space whale (I guess it turned into the Sky Leviathan.) Thanks, TheOddOne. (mastrbiggy 20:46:05 UTC) (permalink)

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Achievement HORSE 114
Jack and Michael from Achievement Hunter face off in the latest episode of Halo PIG ( AH & YouTube) - the sniper tower looks really fun, though I would add Speed Boost for extra hilarity. Thanks, Nikko B201 . (mastrbiggy 20:36:12 UTC) (permalink)

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COVER: Halo CE - 'Under Cover of Night'
cursedlemon covered the song ' Under Cover of Night' from Halo CE - it's really well done and the improvised solo is awesome. Nostalgia chills just shot up the back of my neck. Go watch! Thanks, CyReN. (mastrbiggy 20:27:21 UTC) (permalink)

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The Halo Bulletin: 2.13.13
This week's Halo Waypoint bulletin is up - bs angel provides some rather suspicious Halo eValentines pictures and provides on update on season one of Spartan Ops. We also get details about next week's matchmaking update, including Team Throwdown settings and information regarding the upcoming Title Update. A local version of the bulletin is available too. Go read! (mastrbiggy 10:09:45 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 Vector Emblem Pack
SKCRISIS finally finished the Halo 4 Vector Emblem Pack he has been working on for the last month and a half - there are 174 PSD files you can use to make high quality multiplayer emblems for whatever project you might be working on. Nice work! (mastrbiggy 09:59:25 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 2 PC Support Extended
Halo 2 PC servers were scheduled to be axed THIS Friday, but 343i's David Ellis tweeted that the game will be supported through June 2013 - that gives you a little more time to BXR foes until your heart's content. (mastrbiggy 09:51:22 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 13 2013

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PGCR 149 - Plus Contest and Tournament News
Robowski let us know about the latest PGCR news..

Swing by the site for all the info! (mastrbiggy 22:24:59 UTC) (permalink)

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Why Do You Love Halo Contest
Dogiojoe has decided to host a Valentine's Day themed Halo contest. Do you love Halo the MOST? Go find out how you can win! (mastrbiggy 21:09:57 UTC) (permalink)

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Wednesday Night Grifball: Red Ray vs Majestic
GrifballHub will be streaming the playoff match series between Majestic and Red Ray tonight at 9:30PM EST during the Wednesday Night Grifball broadcast. The winner of the playoff series will advance to the Final Four and be that much closer to winning the first ever Halo 4 Grifball Championship! Thanks, kalbelgarion. (mastrbiggy 20:57:35 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Opus
The new trailer for Episode 10 (which is also the season finale) of Spartan Ops is now available. Go and watch it now! (GrimBrother One 19:39:04 UTC) (permalink)

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ARGS.Bungie.Org Has Got You Covered
Avateur informed us that the Destiny section over at ARGS.Bungie.Org is up and running - most, if not all the information regarding the Destiny ARG can be found there. Remember to also keep an eye on sites and forums we linked to yesterday, including Misriah Solutions and Bungie.net. (mastrbiggy 07:42:40 UTC) (permalink)

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Star Wars vs. Halo Gameplay
FunkyHalo3Production released gameplay of the new version of Star Wars vs. Halo (alpha 1.0.0.5) - playing Halo music alongside Star Wars music is odd but completely awesome. Check it out! Thanks, Lawnmower172 . (mastrbiggy 07:32:45 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 Mythbusters Episode 7
defendthehouse released episode 7 of their Halo 4 Mythbusters series - Damage Boost actually does affect your Auto-Sentry. Wow, I'm going to go try this out! Thanks, Lawnmower172 (mastrbiggy 07:22:04 UTC) (permalink)

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Tank Beats Geometry
RC Master is back with another Spartan Ops Solo Legendary No Deaths run on the misson Science Mountain. He shows you how to take your Scorpion through the entire misson, even when Spartan Miller tells you to get out. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 07:13:26 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 12 2013

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Wait... A MATTER OF DAYS?!
Moments ago, Bungie tweeted a special announcement regarding all the new places you can go to get the latest updates on Destiny. "Exciting times" is an understatement around here! UPDATE: Bungie confirmed via their Facebook page that the reveal is set for February 17. Squeeee! (GrimBrother One 18:24:08 UTC) (permalink)

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Destiny ARG
A wild Bungie ARG appeared. The entire community is hard at work trying to decipher the latest puzzle…

  • ncsuDuncan is leading a community investigation over at Misriah Solutions
  • ninjaflashlight is leading the Reddit community
  • wwm0nkey started a NeoGAF thread
  • Guardian has created an ARG thread on Bungie.net

And of course, the Destiny.Bungie.Org forum is running wild with speculation. So put on your deerstalker hat and grab your pipe, we have some investigating to do. Seems like we are gearing up for something exciting! (mastrbiggy 11:22:17 UTC) (permalink)

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Destiny.Bungie.Org
Louis Wu discreetly announced that Destiny.Bungie.Org is now live! The site isn't fully operational yet, but you can register and start posting on the DBO forum. You'll be delighted to know that you can now edit your posts, in 2013! Stay tuned. (mastrbiggy 11:17:07 UTC) (permalink)

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BAFTA Games Awards 2013 Nominees
The Video Game Nominees for the 2013 BAFTA Awards have been announced - Halo 4 has been recognized for...

  • Action Game
  • Artistic Achievement
  • Audio Achievement
  • Online Multiplayer

Nice! (mastrbiggy 10:21:55 UTC) (permalink)

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Gravemind's Halo 4 Review
Gravemind dropped by to share his review of Halo 4. The review is pretty lengthy clocking in at 19,819 words - that's A LOT of words. Go read! (mastrbiggy 10:13:16 UTC) (permalink)

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Thick & Thin Episode 46: Interview with Walshy
DEEP NNN let us know that 2old2play interviewed Walshy for Episode 46 of Thick and Thin - they talk about the gaming industry, 343 Industries and the state of Halo. Check it out! (mastrbiggy 10:03:40 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 11 2013

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Nice Johnson
Flugelmeister let us know that Hedgem0ny kindly donated a picture of Sergeant Avery Johnson sporting ODST armor, which is proudly displayed on the Johnson Memorial page over at The Secrets Within. I miss that Johnson. (mastrbiggy 18:50:40 UTC) (permalink)

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Breadcrumbs Leading The Way To Awesome
343 Industries and Tor Books just announced that during the leadup to the upcoming novel Halo: Silentium, they will be "sending out encrypted communications via halowaypoint.com bulletins and forums, which will allow Halo fans to unlock additional content. There will also be embedded data in the text of the Halo: Silentium paperback and e-book editions..." Sounds awesome! (GrimBrother One 17:17:48 UTC) (permalink)

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Key
Spartan Ops Episode 9 went live this morning, as scheduled - you've got five new chapters to plow through! We've added the cutscene to our Spartan Ops Cutscene Library, in case you want to watch it on the web rather than on Xbox LIVE (or if you need downloadable versions for other purposes). (Louis Wu 14:37:17 UTC) (permalink)

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BR Guests
ncsuDuncan dropped by last night with a new song parody - I think this is the most I've liked Beauty and the Beast... ever! Go give it a read (and listen to that candlestick sing it in your head). (Louis Wu 14:34:57 UTC) (permalink)

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Toying with excess
More action figure news - the latest Mega Bloks offerings showed up at New York Toyfair 2013, which kicked off yesterday. Some pretty interesting stuff in there! Thanks, Dielectric. (Louis Wu 14:06:44 UTC) (permalink)

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Info on McFarlane Halo 4 Series 2
Word on the next batch of McFarlane Halo figures came out yesterday (thanks, Grim) - if you swing by Halo Waypoint, you can see pics of the full set. That Didact is amazing! (Louis Wu 14:03:21 UTC) (permalink)

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News February 10 2013

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Expendable: Lancer (Solo Legendary)
RC Master is back AGAIN with another Spartan Ops run-through - this time, it's Ep 8, Chapter 3, Lancer. He manages a no-deaths solo run on Legendary - go watch how! (Louis Wu 21:14:19 UTC) (permalink)

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AotCR Bridge Descents, Revisited
Sligfantry has released a couple of videos showing off some really cool bridge descents. It's worth struggling through the video quality - because the content is pretty amazing. In one drop, he boards a Pelican - in midair! (Louis Wu 21:11:31 UTC) (permalink)

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Desktop Prettiness - on multiple levels
We got a couple of new tidbits from Firestream - first off, he redid his site to make it easier to get all of his desktops in one place (works great with mobile devices, even!), and second, he's released a new desktop focusing on Sarah Palmer. Go check 'em out! (Louis Wu 21:09:28 UTC) (permalink)

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Podtacular-tacular
Dust Storm let us know that the Podtacular crew has been cranking out shows with abandon this week - swing by to listen to:

  • Ep 341 - Mini-series Mash-up covering Campaign's Requiem, SpOps' Artifact, and War Games' Haven
  • Ep 343 - History of Grifball
  • Ep 344 - Changes to Grifball
  • Ep 345 - Bulletin Update
  • Whew! (Louis Wu 21:04:15 UTC) (permalink)

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    The Harlem Shake Halo Dance
    I don't have much to say about this other than how ridiculous it looks. Thanks, CyReN. (mastrbiggy 10:12:26 UTC) (permalink)

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    Rescuing Majestic on Legendary Solo
    RC Master informed of us his no death run (with some help from Scarab) on the Spartan Ops mission "Majestic Rescue' from Episode 8: Expendable. He was able to finish the mission with 13 kills and in under 8 minutes, wow! Go watch. (mastrbiggy 10:00:57 UTC) (permalink)

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    Two Pelicans, One t00lbox
    t00lbox stopped by with a tutorial showing how you can do a Pelican crossover glitch on Shutdown - this trick lets you get out of the map and explore some neat spaces. Oh, you can have two pelicans instead of one! (mastrbiggy 09:40:30 UTC) (permalink)

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    News February 9 2013

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    Radar Glitch on Rail
    XyloxHD posted a video video showing off a weird trait zone glitch on the map Rail. One of the player trait zones allows radar to appear for a moment - should be handy for Doubles Pro (no radar.) He also shows off a neat jump that I had no idea about. Go watch! Thanks, VivaciousJazzy. (mastrbiggy 16:08:55 UTC) (permalink)

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    Welcome, Reclaimer
    Fuchsdh is working on a Forerunner iPhone theme - he still has lots of work to do, but even in its current iteration it looks pretty darn slick. That lock screen! (mastrbiggy 15:58:56 UTC) (permalink)

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    Forge FOR Pete, get Halo swag!
    pete_the_duck is looking for specific types of Forge maps for his top secret Forge Project. Pete has 10 Knight and 10 Watcher avatar codes (courtesy of BS Angel) that will randomly be given away to authors of maps that impress him. Submit your maps by February 20th - get Forging! (mastrbiggy 15:54:00 UTC) (permalink)

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    MLG Episode 5 (Halo 3 Machinima)
    deathmcgunz let us know that the latest episode of 'MLG' is now live - Cameron confronts Remey about the doubles match and Vincent has something to say about his actions. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 15:43:55 UTC) (permalink)

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    Fails of the Weak 125
    Jack and Geoff from Achievement Hunter present Fails of the Weak volume 125 - this one has a lot of vehicle based clips, particularly vehicular physics fails. Watch it on AH or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201 . (mastrbiggy 15:39:20 UTC) (permalink)

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    News February 8 2013

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    Una guerra Sangheili non ha mai fine...
    Back in 2009, Leviathan made his 'A Sangheili's War' graphic novel available in PDF format. Today, I learned from bs angel that an Italian fansite has made this available... in Italian. Check it out! (For what it's worth, Levi gave his blessing to the conversion, though he has no way of telling how good the translation actually is.) (Louis Wu 23:33:19 UTC) (permalink)

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    DICE Summit 2013: Changing The Universe - Three for Three
    343i's Frank O'Connor and Kiki Wofkill share what it was like building a AAA game studio from scratch, rebuilding the Halo franchise and expanding Halo beyond video games. 343 Industries is really unique in terms how the studio was formed and the challenges they had to face (as many of you already know) - it is worth checking out what they have to say. (mastrbiggy 20:46:39 UTC) (permalink)

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    Tyrant's Let's Play Spartan Ops - More Ep 2
    The Tyrant continues to power through Spartan Ops with friends - CruelLEGACEY has joined him for two more Episode Two chapters, For Science and Hacksaw. Go see how they did! (Louis Wu 18:36:43 UTC) (permalink)

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    Spartan Ops Ep 8 After Show
    Clever Musings continues their series of 'interviews' with in-game characters from Spartan Ops - Episode 8's installment is live now. Thanks, Carmelo M. (Louis Wu 15:28:01 UTC) (permalink)

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    Goodies from Waypoint
    I wasn't around yesterday afternoon, but Halo Waypoint put up a couple of great tidbits - there's a video from a Halo 4 tourney held in Afghanistan at a Forward Operating Base, to blow off steam, and there's a Halo 4 emblem generator put together by Furiousn00b (so you can experiment with a mouse and keyboard before you use the controller interface to finalize your choice online). (Louis Wu 15:26:12 UTC) (permalink)

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    Halo 4 Top 10 Ep 14: Lucky Kills
    Ever have a lucky kill in Halo 4? Anoj has 10 impressive ones in the latest Top 10 collection. I know if I were on the other end of some of these, I'd be cursing at my screen. Thanks, Jordan Bell. (Louis Wu 15:22:46 UTC) (permalink)

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    Teasing Next Week's SpOps Reveals
    GrimBrother One pointed out a collection of screenshots at the Xbox Press site showing off both cinematic and in-game shots from Spartan Ops Episode 9. A close look at these will give you clues about what's coming - there's already some interesting speculation on our forum! (Louis Wu 15:16:35 UTC) (permalink)

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    News February 7 2013

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    Bungie Community Theater, Act Two
    Host of Bungie Community Theatre, DeeJ, replies to James' letter about how much he loves the Halo series. Accents are questionable, tigers talk and details are dropped, take note! Everybody knows it's called "Destiny," bro. (mastrbiggy 20:34:55 UTC) (permalink)

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    The Ball Sack: Episode 1
    Goosechecka premiered episode 1 of The Ball Sack :), a mailbag video series where Goosechecka answers community questions during the Wednesday Night Grifbrawl pre-game show. Why the ball carrier call the ball? Go find out! Thanks, pete_the_duck. (mastrbiggy 20:02:46 UTC) (permalink)

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    Halo HORSE 113
    Jack and Gavin from Achievement Hunter are back with another episode of Halo HORSE - they get their 'Trials Evolution' on. Go watch it on AH or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201 . (mastrbiggy 19:51:56 UTC) (permalink)

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    Want some flan made of you're dead?
    Clueless Gamer Conan O'Brien (hey, don't get mad at me, it's what he calls the segment) reviewed Halo 4 - it contains a 2 minute summary of the Halo story (leave it to Conan to tie Bill Cosby into Halo), and then some... interesting gameplay. Absolutely worth a watch. Thanks, thebruce0. (Louis Wu 14:46:28 UTC) (permalink)

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    Awaiting
    It ain't Halo, but it IS Levi, and when Levi paints, we listen. Leviathan stopped in last night with some Destiny fan art - it's perfect for your phone, or your desktop, or even just your eyes. Go look. Lots of options. (Louis Wu 13:24:01 UTC) (permalink)

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    Siri contributes to Halo 4
    The Waypoint Halo Bulletin hit the interwebz last night pretty late - and by now, we've added it to our Halo Bulletin Archive, as well. Go swing by for some pretty tasty bits! There are details of next week's changes to Matchmaking, some great behind-the-scenes info about Spartan Ops, and some Campaign easter egg hints. (No, you haven't found them all yet.) Thanks, Grim. (Louis Wu 13:21:49 UTC) (permalink)

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    News February 6 2013

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    The Beatles Machinithology - or part of it
    Firestorm12 let us know about a cancelled project he's been working on for years - he calls it 'The Beatles Machinithology', and the vision was a fourteen-part music video series made with as many Halo games as possible. Circumstances were such that the project has been canned - so he's releasing the three segments that HAVE been finished. Go watch:

    Interesting camera work, great music - how can you go wrong? (Louis Wu 22:44:41 UTC) (permalink)

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    Lifting Skir- um, Curtains
    According to the timestamp on the article, we missed this last night, apparently... but it's more likely that the stamp's a bit inaccurate. In any case, Bungie.net has a new dramatic reading available for your viewing pleasure - Halo Lover waxes nearly poetic about his love of the series, and Deej offers tantalizing hints of the future. Go watch! (Grizzlei kicked off a thread on our forum, if you want to discuss it.) (Louis Wu 20:53:33 UTC) (permalink)

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    Banshee-assisted Warthog Stunting
    Rockslider continues to find new sources of entertainment in the original Halo - this time out, he's using Covenant-manned Banshees to help him perform Warthog acrobatics. Color me impressed! (Louis Wu 20:18:37 UTC) (permalink)

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    Glimmer of a Dying Star
    Over at Forward Unto Dawn, a new article has gone live - Dangerous Dave looks closely at the Covenant Empire, and how the shakeups in the past have led to the current situation in Halo 4. Interesting read! Thanks, Postmortem. (Louis Wu 20:16:52 UTC) (permalink)

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    Grab Your Helmet. Get The Key.
    Halo Waypoint just released the trailer for Spartan Ops: Episode 9. Go and watch it. Right now. You can also catch the trailer on YouTube if you so prefer. (GrimBrother One 19:03:47 UTC) (permalink)

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    PGCR 148
    Robowski let us know that Post Game Carnage Report episode 148 is now live - they cover the Trihardathalon Tournament and Gagnon drops by to announce the release date of A Fridge 2 Far 2: The Halo Mega Blok's toymation film! Go listen! (mastrbiggy 17:56:57 UTC) (permalink)

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    Halo 4: FLAGtacular!
    Skywalker DSP came by with another gameplay vid - this one is a 6v6 CTF custom game on Ravine. Definitely has some great gameplay moments... and the commentary is entertaining! Go watch. (Louis Wu 17:42:26 UTC) (permalink)

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    Unstable
    TeeFury's offering today is another Halo-related shirt - Cortana and her rampancy can grace your front for just $10 plus shipping. Thanks, padraig08. (Louis Wu 17:40:22 UTC) (permalink)

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    News February 5 2013

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    Renegade Taco Is HBO's Next Solo Album
    Nuclear Taco Productions is excited to announce "Renegades", a very cool new machinima telling the story of a man, betrayed by his fellow countrymen, on a mission to sort out his life and what has become of it. Be there as he encounters acquaintances, adversaries, and allies along the way. If you want a taste, you can check out the trailer here. If you want to jump right into Episode 1, you can do so here. Go and check it out! (GrimBrother One 23:16:29 UTC) (permalink)

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    It's Not Just One Sight...
    Kotaku posted a pretty neat feature that compares certain real-life parasites to the Flood in Halo. Interesting and slightly disgusting comparisons to say the least! Check it out... (GrimBrother One 18:35:57 UTC) (permalink)

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    Fantasy Football, from the mind of a Pixar artist
    Awesome. A Pixar animator sketched up a bunch of 'Fantasy Football' matchups - and his vision of Cincinnati vs. Kansas City stars our favorite supersoldier. (Cincinnati gets short shrift in these pics - that tiger gets his butt kicked by Houston and Baltimore, as well.) Thanks, padraig08. (Louis Wu 17:08:16 UTC) (permalink)

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    Ding Dong!
    I've been a fan of XKCD's "What If?" since it started, pretty much - what's not to like about using physics to answer hypothetical questions? - but today's is actually Halo-related. Xbox LIVE might not be the highest-bandwidth option out there... but it has other advantages. Loved it! Thanks, Arithmomaniac. (Louis Wu 15:46:55 UTC) (permalink)

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    HBOMB 2013: No Blunders Allowed
    rowboat 000 dropped by with a short video showing off some fun moments from the HBO Mountain Bash a couple of weeks ago. Yes, I wish I'd been there. (Louis Wu 15:46:30 UTC) (permalink)

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    News February 4 2013

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    Halo 4 - Requiem
    DigitalXMedia let us know about Halo 4 - Requiem, a tribute to Cortana made from a variety of clips and some great editing. It's a really moving piece - go watch! (Louis Wu 22:05:12 UTC) (permalink)

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    Let's Play Spartan Ops Ep Two: Clean Up
    The Tyrant has started in on Episode 2 of his Let's Play Spartan Ops series - the first chapter, Clean Up, is online now. his time around, the special guest is CruelLEGACEY. Go watch! (Louis Wu 20:47:30 UTC) (permalink)

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    IPUL Virtual Snow Day Fundraiser
    Dogiojoe let us know that her latest giveaway is live - swing by to see how to get your hands on an iPad... or some Halo 4 Avatar codes. (Louis Wu 20:47:08 UTC) (permalink)

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    SpOps Ep 8 Cutscene - Watch it Now
    As Grim pointed out, Spartan Ops Episode 8 is now live and playable - and we've got the cutscene up and ready to watch in our Spartan Ops Cutscene Library. Streaming if you just want a quick view, downloadable in HD or SD if you'd like to use it for other purposes. Enjoy! (Louis Wu 17:06:52 UTC) (permalink)

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    The Ice Cave, Remastered (and more)
    The SuperWaffle let us know that Tenacious Tricking has gone back and redone The Ice Cave - a pretty complicated trick from Reach's The Package. Check it out! (He also provided a link to Project Phase's latest video, covering Exodus and The Package - a whole series of fun bits.) (Louis Wu 17:06:21 UTC) (permalink)

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    Carry 101
    Tol Eressea stopped in with gameplay video showing him and a clanmate carrying a couple of randoms to victory. There's no commentary, but you can watch two points of view simultaneously. (Louis Wu 17:04:21 UTC) (permalink)

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    Grim Does Love Hot & Dangerous Redheads
    MoltenSlowa wanted to remind everyone about Episode 7 of their very funny Ops-Cast podcast. "Hilarity Ensues" is usually an understatement. Check out the post for more details on how you can go and give it a listen! (GrimBrother One 16:53:56 UTC) (permalink)

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    343: Making Mondays Relevant Again since Jan 21st
    Speaking of Spartan Ops, don't forget that the latest episode (Episode 8) is now out and available for download and enjoyment! Go play now! (GrimBrother One 16:50:41 UTC) (permalink)

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    Grunting Ops
    uberfoop lets us know that Episode 2 of "The Spartan Ops Experience" is now available to view. Join him and other HBO stalwarts Nart, SNIPE, and MoltenSlowa as they get themselves into all sorts of mischief and chicanery in the latest Spartan Ops missions from Halo 4. Check it out! (GrimBrother One 16:46:41 UTC) (permalink)

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    The Art of the Harvest
    I MendicantBias over at the Waypoint Forums noticed a really nice concept render of the Harvester in Halo 4's Spartan Ops done by 343 artist Kolby Jukes. Definitely check out his site for lots more awesome stuff. Go now! (GrimBrother One 16:39:08 UTC) (permalink)

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    Breaking the Silencium
    Some interesting bits are starting to trickle out from Greg Bear regarding some lovely details about the Halo story and things specifically dealing with the upcoming finale of the Forerunner Saga, Halo: Silentium. Greg actually lets us know which Didact we faced in Halo 4 (many had strong suspicions, but it's nice to see something "official"). He also drops a name of an upcoming new character that will be featured in Halo: Silentium (thanks to ajw34307 over at the Waypoint Forums for noticing that one). Awesome stuff! (GrimBrother One 16:31:42 UTC) (permalink)

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    News February 3 2013

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    Somewhere, Under the Rainbow(s)
    t00lbox stopped in with a video showing how to get through a death barrier near the double-rainbow falls on Reclaimer, so that you can explore the water underneath. Pretty cool! (Louis Wu 17:58:58 UTC) (permalink)

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    Let's Play Spartan Ops - Ep 1 Complete
    The Tyrant has been going through Spartan Ops Chapter 1 in his Let's Play series - now that he's finished all five individually, he's releasing a start-to-finish run, with help from RC Master. Check it out! (Louis Wu 17:34:58 UTC) (permalink)

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    Composer LASO in less than half an hour
    Want to learn some tricks to blow through Halo 4's composer in less than 25 minutes... on Legendary, with all skulls on? RC Master's got your back. Go watch his run! (Oddly, the level's lighting broke during his run... so things get pretty dark.) (Louis Wu 16:03:43 UTC) (permalink)

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    Spartan Ops After Show
    The Clever Musings crew decided to conduct a mock interview with the fictional Spartan Ops cast - neat idea! Go check out episodes six and seven. Thanks, Carmelo M. (mastrbiggy 15:35:34 UTC) (permalink)

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    MLG Episode 4 (Halo 3 Machinima)
    DeathMcGunz let us know that episode 4 of 'MLG' is now live - Vinny introduces Remey to the rest of the team. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 15:22:29 UTC) (permalink)

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    News February 2 2013

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    Halo 4 Animation Show Reel
    Will Christiansen posted his Halo 4 animation show reel - he did an incredible job making the characters seem lively and the assassinations look extremely brutal. This is one of the coolest show reels I've seen! Thanks, Pok3R Fac3D. (mastrbiggy 19:51:17 UTC) (permalink)

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    Road to DICE - plus SpOps Gallery
    If you've got a little spare time this fine Saturday, swing on by Halo Waypoint - they've got a Machinima video in which Kiki Wolfkill talks about the studio in the context of the upcoming DICE Awards. And check out the pretty pictures in this gallery of screenshots from Spartan Ops Episode 8, which will go live on Monday. Nice! (Louis Wu 19:41:45 UTC) (permalink)

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    Halo 4 '117' - Piano Cover
    Foan Song let us know about his cover of '117' from the Halo 4 soundtrack - it is a really beautiful arrangement and he even sneaks in a little Halo 3 Marty into the piece. Nicely done! (mastrbiggy 19:16:36 UTC) (permalink)

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    Midnight Legendary Guide
    RC Master sent word of his Legendary guide for the mission 'Midnight' - he shows off some really great strategies to help you complete the mission. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 12:22:50 UTC) (permalink)

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    Spartan Ops Season 1 Guide
    Dust Storm shared his Spartan Ops Season 1 Guide - pretty much everything you need to know about Spartan Ops is covered. So far he has covered episodes 1-5, but he plans to include 6-10 and add graphics and screens by the end of March. Go check it out and submit feedback! (mastrbiggy 12:21:48 UTC) (permalink)

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    Fails of the Weak 124
    Jack and Geoff from Achievement Hunter are back with another episode of Fails of the Weak (AH & YouTube) - this episode if fairly tame, but the Ghost launch clip is pretty funny! Thanks, Nikko B201. (mastrbiggy 12:20:27 UTC) (permalink)

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    News February 1 2013

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    Creating New Spartan OpPortunities
    GameSpot Takes a Behind the Scenes Look at Spartan Ops in this new (very meaty; 22 minutes long!) video feature and interview. Some really great information and discussion providing insight into the creation and development of the awesome game mode. Plus, Kiki Wolfkill! Why do you need more reason to watch? Go check it out! (GrimBrother One 20:08:26 UTC) (permalink)

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    Tyrant's Let's Play Spartan Ops - Episode One: The Core
    The Tyrant is drinking again - and filming his escapades again. Let's Play Spartan Ops finishes out Episode One with a run-through of The Core. Luckily, he's got RC Master to carry him. Go watch! (Louis Wu 19:04:22 UTC) (permalink)

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    Friday's Fan Fiction
    The Fan Fiction section grew by one new piece this week - go give it a read! (Louis Wu 19:01:18 UTC) (permalink)

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    Fridge 2 Far 2 Release Date Trailer
    Andrew Gagnon posted a release date trailer for the upcoming Fridge 2 Far 2 movie. The movie will be presented in 7 episodes - episode 1 is coming March 22nd. This looks really cool! Thanks, Robert Hays. (mastrbiggy 17:41:59 UTC) (permalink)

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    The Halo 3 Great Journey
    The Halo Council is organizing a mass Great Journey to Halo 3 on February 1st (today), 2nd and 3rd. Share gamertags and spread the word - it would be really awesome to see a huge Halo 3 population spike. Update: This is actually being organized on Reddit, The Halo Council was just spreading the word. Thanks, CyReN. (mastrbiggy 17:33:52 UTC) (permalink)

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    Lords of the Dance
    The Section 3 crew at Halo Waypoint has discovered a new Spartan Ops easter egg in Episode 6, with help from 343's Jayce Diaz - the trigger, and resulting fun, was filmed by OvTheVoid. Be sure to go in solo, on Legendary, to make this work. Thanks to ZaneZavin for bringing it to our attention! (Louis Wu 14:38:40 UTC) (permalink)

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    Anoj's Top 10 Amazing Kills: Episode 13
    Anoj released episode 13 of his top 10 series - this one focuses on amazing kills. All the clips are really amazing, but the video does a great job of showing off how awesome the Sticky Detonator can be. Thanks, Jordan Bell. (mastrbiggy 09:03:05 UTC) (permalink)

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    117 Emblems But A Crescent Moon Ain't One
    SK CRISIS shared this full emblem chart - it shows all 117 foreground emblems found in Halo 4. Neat! (mastrbiggy 08:50:32 UTC) (permalink)

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