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News January 31 2014

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Multiplayer and Forge... where it wasn't before
gamecheat13 sent us a link to this vid - it's a work in progress, but it's pretty darned cool! (You'll need a modded Xbox to make this work - which violates your TOS. Just sayin'.) (Louis Wu 23:59:39 UTC) (permalink)

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Girl Battle
Leviathan came across a DeviantART piece entitled 'Girl Battle' - it's an attempt by artrobot9000 to 'make badass armored/covered girls look feminine without being sexual'. I'd say it was a success! (Sadly, I recognize only the Halo/Destiny/Metroid characters... but then, I live a sheltered life.) Go look! (Check out the rest of the gallery, too - some awesome stuff in there. Loved 'Halo-Spartans', 'The Last Stand of the Spartans', and lots more.) Update: Oops, that's Mass Effect's Tali, not a Destiny Hunter. Sorry, Quirel. (Louis Wu 20:50:04 UTC) (permalink)

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Hey, it's still this week, right?
We totally forgot to mention Wednesday's Halo Bulletin yesterday - sorry! It's absolutely worth reading; in addition to the information about upcoming changes in Matchmaking playlists, and beautiful screenshots with a nature theme, there's an announcement about a job opening for a Franchise Writer - a job many fans might love to have. More - a job many fans might be qualified for! Go give the whole thing a read. (It is, of course, in our local archive, as well.) Thanks to MacGyver10 for keeping up when we forgot. (Louis Wu 20:38:55 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 30 2014

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PGCR 194
Robowski and the Post Game Carnage Report crew were pretty intrigued with Microsft's purchase of the Gears of War franchise... but that doesn't stop 'em from talking about Halo. Go listen! (Louis Wu 22:26:12 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Assault News (Again)
There was some confusion a couple of weeks ago about the release date of Spartan Assault for the Xbox 360 - we'd pointed out that a fan had noticed a page on the Xbox.com site listing a release date of January 31, but the following day that page disappeared. Well, according to Halo Waypoint's front page right now, It IS coming out tomorrow! Good news. ($15 gets you everything that's been released so far - the game, the new co-op mode, and the first expansion pack. If you bought it for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 before the middle of December, your price is $5.) (Louis Wu 20:10:29 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 29 2014

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GrifballHub Firefight Challenge
GrifballHub is hosting a Halo: Reach Firefight challenge - lone wolves and team players welcome. GrifballHub will be updating leaderboards and you can find the gametype on the forums. Thanks, Goose Checka. (mastrbiggy 22:39:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Sometimes, ze bull... he weens.
The Tyrant's latest Halo 4 WTF Moments episode is called 'Attack of the Replicons' - sometimes, you're confident that you know how the AI is going to react... until they react differently. My heart goes out to you, Tyrant. (Louis Wu 22:35:47 UTC) (permalink)

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Back in Action
NOKYARD let us know that High Speed Halo is back after a long hiatus. The website has been updated and will be featuring multiple speed runs per day, meaning that the submission process is now pretty quick. In addition, there's a new live stream page where players will attempt world records. Check it out! (mastrbiggy 22:34:07 UTC) (permalink)

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Dustbowl megabattle carnage
Rockslider returns to grenade-flying fun on Truth and Reconciliation - there are two new videos showing off dustbowl megabattle fun. Go watch 'em! (Louis Wu 22:25:37 UTC) (permalink)

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Fanart Tuesday - Cortana
Quirel is back with another Fanart Tuesday (well, west coast Tuesday) - this time, the focus is Cortana. And the images he's found make a fantastic collection of perspectives - go explore! (Louis Wu 22:23:41 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 28 2014

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I think I'm going slower
Masterz1337, the co-lead for the CMT project (search our news if that doesn't ring any bells), let us know that they've discovered an interesting discrepancy in player speeds between the various Halo games - read all the details on the Halomaps forum! (Louis Wu 23:59:38 UTC) (permalink)

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That's-a-my-sword!
DeviantARTist SebastianvonBuchwald envisioned a battle between Master Chief... and Mario. Nice artwork! Thanks, SEspider. (Louis Wu 23:54:29 UTC) (permalink)

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Beyond Top 5 Plays of 2013
Beyond Entertainment has a new Top 5 vid - with commentary by FrankTheShow and editing by Jazzy. Watch it! (Thanks, CyReN.) (Louis Wu 23:47:49 UTC) (permalink)

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Once Upon A Dream
MixMaker117 cut a new Halo vid to 'Once Upon A Time' - nice feels! Go watch. (Louis Wu 23:39:52 UTC) (permalink)

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Project Contingency - coming back around
You may have seen some reports of leaked pictures from the next Halo recently; the 'leak' has been debunked across the board (by 343 and by the creators of the images, who are actually building a CryEngine 3-based mod we mentioned back in July). If you missed it then, swing by the Project Contingency website and read their public service announcement - and explore the work they've got on display! (Louis Wu 23:36:11 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 27 2014

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Whoa.
TD Spiral had created an alternate cover for Cryptum as a present for his Secret Santa recipient. Today, he decided to share with the forum. BEAUTIFUL. (Louis Wu 22:50:47 UTC) (permalink)

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Wandering Frags
Rockslider noticed some more bizarre grenade behavior - this time it's a Frag, though. Go see! (Louis Wu 22:45:53 UTC) (permalink)

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Making TV more entertaining
Elan Lee has some experience with setting up out-of-the-ordinary experiences with stuff like videogames; he was part of the team that created I Love Bees, for Halo 2, and he was part of the team that created Sadie's Story, for Halo 3: ODST (at a completely different company). Now he's the Creative Director at Microsoft Entertainment Studios (they'll be the people bringing you the Spielberg-produced Halo series) - go read an interview at VentureBeat to get a sense where he thinks interactive TV is going! (Louis Wu 22:43:45 UTC) (permalink)

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If They Like It Then They Might Just Put a Ring On It
With the announcement of Microsoft's acquisition of the Gears of War franchise from Epic, Polygon thought it fit to provide an opinion on how they feel that Halo 4 laid the blueprint for the next generation of Gears of War. It's an interesting read regarding the evolution of both series', and how the way Microsoft has handled one might clue us in to how they might handle the other. Check it out! (GrimBrother One 19:33:29 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 26 2014

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Blomkamp and Halo - it's like chocolate and peanut butter
This keeps coming around, it seems. IGN is reporting a rumor that Neill Blomkamp has been tapped to direct the upcoming pilot for the Stephen Spielberg-led Halo tv series. I guess we need to wait and see. Thanks, Avateur. (Louis Wu 16:24:39 UTC) (permalink)

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Scratching the Surface of a Halo
Katie Satow does a vlog for Geek & Sundry, and her latest shows you how to paint your fingernails in a full-on Halo theme. Awesome! (Really cool final product.) Thanks, doober187. (Louis Wu 16:19:17 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 25 2014

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Fails of the Weak 175
Another week, another set of fails. They actually look at them this time... you can watch on AH.com or YouTube. Thanks, as always, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 19:50:37 UTC) (permalink)

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New Mega Bloks on the Horizon
Grizzlei noticed a new article at Halo Waypoint, showing off the spring line of Mega Bloks - some pretty cool stuff in there! Go look. (Louis Wu 19:50:16 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 24 2014

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How to Blow Up a Warthog
pete_the_duck is back with a new Rube Goldberg machine... and it's awesome. The Mantis Shuffle, especially, rocked. Go watch. (Louis Wu 13:40:04 UTC) (permalink)

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Salvation
Trendt Boe stopped in with a link to 'Salvation' - a 2d digital painting of Halo 4's Master Chief and Cortana, animated just because he could. Pretty nice! Take a look. (Louis Wu 13:39:48 UTC) (permalink)

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Finding Unused Skulls in ODST
Looks like there were a couple of extra skulls in Halo 3: ODST that were cut before the final game was released; YouTuber TehBanStick posted a film showing off gameplay with the 'Third Person' skull activated. (As you might guess, it moves you into a 3rd person position off the right shoulder of the player model.) The second unused skull (the Director's Skull) was actually discussed by dev team members at PAX '09 - it would have provided hours of commentary that could run over gameplay. (Yeah, no extra work on that one...) Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 13:39:16 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 23 2014

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Help Pick The Best Grifball Screenshots of 2013
Goose Checka let us know that screenshot maestro oObex has opened voting on the best Grifball screens of 2013. Go make your opinion known! (Louis Wu 23:10:03 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR 193
Robowski sent word that Post Game Carnage Report 193 is live - go learn about the Halo Baseball League, the upcoming Halo Tryhardathalon 2 (!!), and more. A veritable smorgasbord of Halo goodies! (Louis Wu 23:08:31 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Marathon for Charity
Zachary let us know that Guys Playing Games would be playing through all of the Halo campaigns on Legendary, for charity. They're starting at midnight tonight, and you can watch them on Twitch.tv. Check out the reddit thread for more info! (Louis Wu 23:06:24 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 22 2014

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Grifball World Tour t-shirts
GrifballHub is selling " Grifball World Tour" t-shirts featuring your favorite maps from Halo 3, Reach, and Halo 4. You've got until next Monday to grab yourself one. Thanks, Kal Belgarion. (mastrbiggy 20:42:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Valentine's Weekend Tournament from Beyond
Team Beyond is hosting a Valentine's Weekend Halo 3 2v2 tournament - prize pool maxes out at $576. Go check out the rules! Thanks, CyReN. (Louis Wu 20:12:44 UTC) (permalink)

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Greatest No-Scope (Halo 3)
Heh - this made me grin. (Louis Wu 20:10:29 UTC) (permalink)

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Machinima Roundup
In the last couple of days, we've gotten a number of emails pointing out Halo machinima projects - both new and updated. Here's a roundup:

  • ZoxinTV turned us on to Rookshot, a new Halo machinima series from Red Rook. There are two episodes live at this point (Ep 1 | Ep 2) - the second one even has a musical in it! Pretty entertaining.
  • The Halo Mole team has released their eighth contestant introduction - this one looks at Master Sundown a strong (and sneaky) player. Go see what he brings to the table!
  • Death McGunz sent word that Suicide Episode 9 is now live - Jerrod can't seem to figure out his priorities.

Go watch! (Louis Wu 19:28:26 UTC) (permalink)

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Fanart Tuesday - Spartans
Quirel did some digging through DeviantART, and came up with a bunch of Halo goodies. He's organized them, and his first dump is focused on Spartans. We've seen some of these pics before... but as a whole, this is a great collection! Go explore. (Louis Wu 18:20:51 UTC) (permalink)

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Waitin' on the Blunder
Over the past weekend, a number of HBO regulars got together for the second annual HBO Mountain Bash, a ski-and-fun weekend organized by Schooly D in Heber, UT. Tex wrote up a pretty exhaustive recap of the event, chock-full of pics, and others in the thread added their own reminiscences. There's nothing really like a real-world get-together of like-minded people... only a little Halo was played, but if it hadn't been for Halo, these people wouldn't even know each other. Go read! (Louis Wu 18:18:46 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 21 2014

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Hey - die like you're supposed to!
The Tyrant has released a new Halo 4 WTF moment - he's found some misbehaving Promethean Knights on Infinity. (I'm not sure what he's complaining about - his film is what ALL of my runthroughs look like, on ALL difficulties.) (Louis Wu 21:43:09 UTC) (permalink)

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The benefits of giving all characters equal weight
Halo Waypoint has published an interview with Karen Traviss, focusing on Mortal Dictata, the third book in Traviss' Kilo-Five trilogy (out officially today). Interesting read! Thanks, Grizzlei. (Louis Wu 19:27:17 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Assault coming next week to 360
Fear_Of_Falling noticed that the Xbox 360 version of Halo: Spartan Assault now has an official release date, according to Xbox.com - you'll be able to grab it on January 31 (next Friday). If you've been waiting, because you didn't have a Windows mobile device or an Xbox One... here's your chance! (Louis Wu 19:23:42 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 20 2014

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Podtacular 404
Dust Storm sent word that the first Podtacular episode of 2014 is live - the crew covers that latest Halo news, including some Halo 5 speculation. They also discuss their goals for the new year - go listen! (mastrbiggy 23:20:29 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 19 2014

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What ARE those things made of, anyway?
Rockslider found some truly odd behavior from some plasma grenades he was studying recently. Go see! (Louis Wu 21:10:22 UTC) (permalink)

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The Fallen Continues Apace
Levi visited the Facebook page of The Fallen, a fan-made live-action film project... and found a gorgeous model-in-progress of the Pillar of Autumn. Looking great! (Louis Wu 20:21:44 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 18 2014

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Fails of the Weak 174
Jack and Geoff from Achievement Hunter released Fails of the Weak episode 174 - nothing too worthwhile here, but the team coordination fail on Haven is pure gold. You can watch it on AH or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201. (mastrbiggy 23:16:18 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 17 2014

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Master Chief Sculpt Creation Process
Jason Evans has appeared in our news a bunch recently; he creates fantastic Master Chief sculpts. He stopped by today to show you the process. Fascinating! (Louis Wu 22:27:22 UTC) (permalink)

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Do a Barrel Roll!
crazedone1988 is back, with another really entertaining video combo. What do you get when you combine Halo: Reach with Starfox? You get win, that's what. (Louis Wu 22:26:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Don't Sit on Me
DeviantARTist Siphen0 did a wonderful mashup recently - check out Chief of Thrones. Thanks to The Lionheart for pointing it out! (Louis Wu 22:24:41 UTC) (permalink)

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Of Hobbits and Rings
The How It Should Have Ended crew put together new scenes for the latest Hobbit movie (if you haven't seen The Desolation of Smaug yet, some of these might not make any sense) - the final clip has a great nod to the Halo series. Thanks to both SEspider, on our forum, and Kimball Morejon, via email, for the heads-up. (Louis Wu 22:22:48 UTC) (permalink)

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Mortal Dictata Chapter Too
Keeping the novel ideas rolling, Tor Books has put up Chapter 2 of Halo: Mortal Dictata for your visual perusal. Go and check it out! Thanks to Grizzlei for letting us know. (GrimBrother One 20:31:59 UTC) (permalink)

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Just Enjoy the Stars...
Halo Waypoint put up an awesome preview of the upcoming novel Halo: Mortal Dictata, the third and final installment in Karen Traviss' "Kilo-Five" series. The preview includes the prologue and first chapter, and aims straight for the heart, especially if you happen to be a parent *raises hand*. Absolutely worth the look, go and check it out! (GrimBrother One 04:33:17 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 16 2014

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Twin bridges megabattle action
Rockslider stopped in with a pair of videos, showing off some megabattle action under the Twin Bridges on AotCR. One is longer-ranged fighting than the other; both are fun to watch. Go explore! (Louis Wu 23:23:22 UTC) (permalink)

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Catching up while we're behind
Apologies for the lack of Halo news yesterday; blame a broken washing machine and a slightly obsessive family member for my inability to find updating time. Halo Waypoint had no such trouble; their weekly Halo Bulletin was posted as expected, on time. It's full of stuff you'd expect to see - details on upcoming playlist changes, fun tidbits about the office, a blurb about Mortal Dictata, the third book in Karin Traviss' Halo trilogy that will be out next week... but there's also a pretty cool interview with a female Master Chief. Go read about Stephanie! As always, it's available in our local Halo Bulletin Archive as well as on Waypoint. (Louis Wu 08:01:41 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 14 2014

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Going for the Gold
MisterMonopoli streamed another Halo 2 speed run last night - this time he was attempting a world record. Although he didn't set any records the stream was still fun to watch and fairly intense. You can catch the archived version on his Twitch channel. (mastrbiggy 23:05:58 UTC) (permalink)

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HaloGAF Radio - The Unholy Trinity
Tashi released episode 17 of HaloGAF Radio - he is joined by Wahrer, SpeedyBlueDude, and Zoojoo. They discuss recent Halo news as well as Joseph Staten's return to Microsoft. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 22:57:44 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Gets Off Scott Free
Remember that movie project we mentioned a couple of days ago? Yeah... not really happening, according to Microsoft (via Eurogamer). Bummer! Thanks, Fear of Falling (who found it at XboxAchievements). (Louis Wu 20:53:09 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 13 2014

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Q&A with GH057ayame
A few days ago GH057ayame announced that he would be leaving Beyond Entertainment to join the 343i family. Fortunately, GH057 didn't leave without saying a proper goodbye - CyReN put together a Q&A session with GH057ayame about his future at 343 industries. Go read! (mastrbiggy 21:24:39 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 12 2014

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DrBizz Breaks In
Whoa. High Impact Halo went into cryosleep back in April 2011 - it had one update in June of that year, when a long-standing trick challenge finally fell, but otherwise has been read-only for almost 3 years. Until today. There's a new post, courtesy of Ducain, because a ridiculously difficult trick, worked on by the community for almost 10 years, has finally been completely successfully. Swing by and read the details! (Louis Wu 23:49:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Is that a NEW project?
Hmm. Scified noticed a short-lived (deleted now) Twitter conversation in which Production Weekly mentioned a Halo project written by Paul Scheuring and produced by Ridley Scott. Absolutely the first I'm hearing of this! Not sure what to make of it... but there's a discussion going on at NeoGAF if you want to speculate. Thanks, bryan newman. (Louis Wu 19:13:57 UTC) (permalink)

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The GH057 of 343
Eric Hewitt, better known to the Halo community as Gh057ayame, has taken a position with 343 industries (Team Beyond has the story, based on a tweet of his plane ticket out, and his Twitter bio). He joins a number of other Halo pros there - first Bravo, then Dersky, and Neighbor, were all hired by the company. This concentration should have significant effects on the multiplayer of the next Halo title! Thanks, pete_the_duck. (Louis Wu 19:13:34 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 11 2014

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The Future of the Halo Franchise
Den of Geek has an article speculating about where the Halo storyline (in games, at least) might be going - and some of the arguments it makes might surprise our forumgoers. Interesting read, whether you agree or not! (Louis Wu 23:35:38 UTC) (permalink)

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Tying together the disparate universe
Bryan Newman found a description of an upcoming episode of Halo: Escalation that implies a pretty interesting plot twist... go see! (Louis Wu 23:06:12 UTC) (permalink)

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Suicide Episode 8
Death McGunz let us know that Suicide Episode 8 is live - it seems like it's more a description of how to play a custom game than a machinima, but hey - it's always good to learn! (Louis Wu 23:04:07 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak 173
I said I wouldn't post more Fails of the Weak because the AchievementHunter guys had stopped even paying attention to the fails... but this week's episode has a return to actual commentary on the footage. You can watch it on AH.com or YouTube - there are some fun ones! Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 23:02:14 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 10 2014

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PGCR 191
Robowski sent word that Post Game Carnage Report 191 has been released - they look forward to the rest of 2014... and they discuss the Halo film Neill Blomkamp never made. Go listen! (Louis Wu 22:05:25 UTC) (permalink)

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Not sure I'd get close to that...
Chappified dropped a Pelican in the Delta Halo courtyard, and then used it for some jumping fun. Go see the details! (Louis Wu 22:02:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Peek-a-boo
343 EP Josh Holmes posted a little update on Waypoint - he talks about how the studio has changed, new faces, and hints at the future of the series. Former AD Kenneth Scott sheds some light about his move to California and we are presented with some Sparthan concept art that shows off an important location featured in the next Halo game. Check it out! (mastrbiggy 09:42:54 UTC) (permalink)

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Statengate
A few months back Joseph Staten, writer and designer director on Destiny, surprised us with his unexpected departure from Bungie in order "to tackle new creative challenges." Today, Xbox Studio Manager Mike Ybarra tweeted that Staten is now back at Microsoft serving as Senior Creative Director. Many speculated that this was his return to the Halo franchise, but Polygon reports that Staten isn't directly involved with the next Halo game. Instead, "he will help create the world's best entertainment on Xbox, as well as help shape our franchise strategy for some Microsoft Studios titles." It will be interesting to see where this leads! Thanks, Mariachi and marmot 1333. And thanks to Frankie for the title. (mastrbiggy 09:38:04 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 9 2014

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That's a lot of invisible guys!
T07WRX5 has 11 sealed Mega Bloks Series 3 Active Camo Elites (and four non-sealed ones) he'd bought for a project that never saw the light of day. He's looking to sell them; if you're interested, swing by his post for contact details! (Louis Wu 21:47:12 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4's Art Director steps down
IGN has an article about a change at the top of 343's art direction; Kenneth Scott, senior art director, has stepped down, and his position is being filled by Nicolas 'Sparth' Bouvier, an artist well-known to the Halo community. Thanks to Schooly D for the heads-up. (Louis Wu 21:32:39 UTC) (permalink)

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I'm tellin' y'all it's sabotage
Tashi from HaloGAF interviewed Gabotron ES about a new Halo 4 gametype he created called Sabotage. Inspired by Reach's Invasion gametype, Gabotron ES spent months modding and messing around with Megalo to create a gametype that would scratch that Invasion itch. It's an interesting read - go check it out! (mastrbiggy 10:33:20 UTC) (permalink)

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I Voted
Yesterday, Waypoint released this week's bulletin - it has information regarding the playlist update and there's a poll for which game type you'd like to see in Team Doubles. Voting only lasts for four days - don't miss out! There's also some information about the second installment of Halo: Escalation as well as a six page preview. On January 13th there will be a BTB Swat (sounds like my one of my nightmares) Community Playdate. The bulletin closes with an interview with our favorite quacking Forger, petetheduck - go check out what he has to say! Read it on Halo Waypoint or in our own archive. (mastrbiggy 10:17:18 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Assault - Giant Bomb Quick Look
Jeff and Brad from Giant Bomb check out what Halo: Spartan Assault has to offer - they don't seem too impressed. You can watch it on Giant Bomb or YouTube. (mastrbiggy 09:53:57 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 8 2014

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Installation 01 - a fan-made game
TheChunkierBean stopped in to announce his free-to-play Halo game, built on the Unity engine. The video shows off some early weapons and some physics - looks great! (Louis Wu 21:49:32 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR: 2013 was a Great Year
Robowski let us know that his latest blog entry at Post Game Carnage Report summarized the highlights of 2013 - go see how great a year it was for them! (Louis Wu 21:46:25 UTC) (permalink)

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First Look: Goosechecka - The Halo Mole
The Halo Mole Team let us know that the next contestant has been revealed - Goosechecka holds the honored seventh slot. Check out the intro video for more info - and try and guess whether she's a real contestant... or the Mole? (Louis Wu 21:45:17 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 7 2014

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AGDQ 2014 Halo 2 Speedrun
NOKYARD found an archived version of Monopoli's Halo 2 speed run from Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 - if you weren't able to watch it in the wee hours of the morning now is your chance. Monopoli and crew provide some really great commentary on their strategies and some insight into how the game was built and how it functions. CyReN pointed out that that stream of Halo 2 overtook League of Legends as the most viewed game on Twitch! Pretty impressive for a game that came out in 2004. (mastrbiggy 23:36:35 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: Escalation #2
GameRevolution has posted a review of Halo: Escalation #2 - it's more of a quick summary of the action, but it serves as a nice reminder that the issue will be available tomorrow, both in stores and via digital download. Grab your copy! (Louis Wu 22:34:28 UTC) (permalink)

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We're doing it because we think it really matters
OXM has an interview with Microsoft's Phil Spencer - he talks about the Halo TV series coming from MS and Steven Spielberg. It's an interesting read - it gives some insight into how MS sees Halo, going forward. Thanks to Grizzlei, who found it at examiner.com. (Louis Wu 22:11:21 UTC) (permalink)

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Can you endure?
TrueAchievements' Achievement of the Week this week is ODST's Endure Achievement - swing by the site and complete it for yourself (or help others do so)! Thanks to Morpheus for the heads-up. (Louis Wu 22:06:15 UTC) (permalink)

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Why I Game
This isn't really Halo-related, but it's video-game related, and the submitter shows up around here quite a bit. Gina 'Dogiojoe' Johnson has just kicked off a Kickstarter campaign for a book she's written called 'Why I Game' - it's a response to the 'video games are responsible for violence' reaction after many gun-related tragedies in this country. There are Halo-specific perks, in honor of her favorite hero, Master Chief. Check it out! (Louis Wu 22:03:45 UTC) (permalink)

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Best Films Never Made #3 - Neill Blomkamp's Halo
An article focusing on the aborted Halo film helmed by Neil Blomkamp was written last April at One Room with a View... but it popped up in my Google feed last night. Weird. It's a nice overview of the project, and contains a bunch of tidbits I'd never seen before. Definitely worth a read. (Louis Wu 21:59:25 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 6 2014

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Xbox Ondering
This morning a blog post by Xbox Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Strategy and Business, Yusuf Mehdi thanked fans for "an epic 2013" and touted some of the cool happenings and titles on their way in 2014. Missing conspicuously from the list was Halo, which inevitably led to some fraught musings regarding the next installment making it in time to meet its 2014 goal on the Xbox One. As Game Informer points out though, there is no current reason for concern, highlighting some post-blog tweets o' clarification from Rob Semsey, PR manager for the Halo and Forza franchises. So far, it looks like the next step in our journey is still on pace for this year! (GrimBrother One 18:33:35 UTC) (permalink)

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Master Chief Lifesize Boy
Neo+Gaf=Nerd_Fap found something rather disturbing on Craiglist - donít worry, itís PGÖunless your mind likes to wander. Someone is selling a boy mannequin dressed as Master Chief. Itís the sellerís sonís costume - but still! (mastrbiggy 08:38:20 UTC) (permalink)

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HaloGAF Episode 16
HaloGAF Radio Episode 16 is live - Tashi is joined by Steelyuhas and Heckfu to discuss the Xbox One and the recently faked Halo 5 images. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 08:36:38 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 5 2014

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You Found Me...
Halo Waypoint focused on a gorgeous painting by ThePriceOfPower a couple of days ago - if you missed it, you should swing by. (Louis Wu 22:56:04 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 4 2014

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Spartan Assault Level Specific Achievement Guide
MixMaker117 put together a level-specific Achievement Guide for Spartan Assault - pretty helpful! Give it a look to speed up your achievement hunting. (Louis Wu 23:01:19 UTC) (permalink)

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Wait... don't open that!
DrummDragon filmed Master Chief's Christmas... I'm not sure his friends are really friends! Go watch. (Louis Wu 22:58:00 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak 172 - the uninteresting edition
This might be our last news post about Fails of the Weak - the AH crew seems to have pretty much lost interest in actually doing them any more. (There were some fun fails this week - but you'd have trouble telling from watching the vid.) Anyway, here are the links for this week's ep - AH.com and YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 22:55:37 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 3 2014

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The Grotto
DeviantARTist Tekka-Croe put together some concept art for the Venerance team (search our news archives if 'Venerance' doesn't ring a bell)... very nice. Thanks, TheLionheart! (Louis Wu 21:19:44 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Assault - Killing you with Tiny Cuts
Arithmomaniac pointed out a review of Spartan Assault from Ars Technica - their biggest complaint is the microtransaction situation. (The weapons/abilities you need at higher levels require either experience or real cash, and experience is hard to come by sometimes.) Guess that tip from Mix earlier today is more valuable than ever! (Louis Wu 21:18:08 UTC) (permalink)

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Earn 1000XP in ONE Minute
Do you want to get every gold star in Spartan Assault, but find yourself lacking XP? Fear not because MixMaker1 found a way to earn 1000XP every minute or so. Doing this will allow you to get the weapons and boosters you'll need for those hairy situations. Check out the video! (mastrbiggy 09:35:08 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 2 2014

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World's Most Dedicated Halo Dad
Justin Barr posted his nearly 60 year old (Wu still not dethroned) farther Guy's entire Halo service record, which adds up to 17,000 online games played across various Halo titles. After garnering quite of bit of attention, Bravo from 343 reached out to Justin to thank his Dad for his dedication, and to surprise Guy with a one-of-a-kind gift. As a fan of Ragnarok, Guy received a poster that includes concept art and screenshots of early map builds straight from map creator Vic Deleon himself, all presented in a frame signed by the team. As pointed out by Bravo, one of the sceenshots shows off an early build of Ragnarok that still has the Halo 3 bases - neat! If that wasn't cool enough, 343 also sent him four years worth of XBL Gold to help Guy continue his Halo passion. Thanks, CyReN. (mastrbiggy 02:09:52 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 Easter Egg Compilation
MixMaker1 let us know about his Halo 4 easter egg video compilation - there are over 30 different easter eggs to check out and each one of them is time-stamped. Nice work! (mastrbiggy 00:38:12 UTC) (permalink)

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