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News January 30 2015
Green Team Ep: 5
fake_frogs returned with another episode of Green Team, his friends' gameplay hijinx in Halo 4. Fun stuff. (Louis Wu 23:49:54 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 3 - Cut Mission Dialog Part 1
Gamecheat13 has posted a pretty cool video showing off cut mission dialog from the first several levels of Halo 3. It's fascinating! Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 23:47:12 UTC) (permalink)
News January 29 2015
Drunken Halo 101
Justin Bryce let us know that Drunken Halo Episode 101 is live - he and Travis wrap up their final thoughts about the Halo 5 Beta. Go listen!
(Louis Wu 23:30:12 UTC) (permalink)
Definitely makes headshots easier.
gamerguy2002 let us know that Gamecheat13 has released a full gameplay video in Halo 3 using the 'BigHead' mod - pretty funny stuff! Go watch.
(Louis Wu 23:27:36 UTC) (permalink)
News January 27 2015
Talking with, not at, your audience
Mike Hector (known to this community as SK1LLZ from Post Game Carnage Report) has written a blog post entitled 'Everything I learned about Audience Engagement, I learned from the Master Chief'. It's an interesting look at the lessons that can be drawn from the release of the Master Chief Collection. Go give it a read! (Louis Wu 23:16:23 UTC) (permalink)
News January 26 2015
The Solar System, over Halo Time
Stephen Loftus put together a few maps showing our solar system for various dates featured in Halo fiction - intriguing stuff! (Louis Wu 21:46:58 UTC) (permalink)
Green Team Ep: 4 Split Screen Fun
fake_frogs came by with a link to some gameplay with his buddies - splitscreen fun!
(Louis Wu 21:45:54 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Clips - get 'em now!
AfroRyan put together some Halo 5 Beta clips, and also linked to a buddy's multi-title montage, and a funky little holo of Truth in the beta. Go watch! (Louis Wu 21:43:50 UTC) (permalink)
New Blood Followup
Last week, we mentioned the new Halo book coming in March, 'New Blood' - GrimBrother One pointed out a post on the author's blog with a little more info for those interested. (Louis Wu 21:41:40 UTC) (permalink)
Mega Bloks for cheap at Toys R Us
SIX min WHISTLE pointed out that Toys R Us is having a clearance sale on Mega Bloks - lots of cool Halo stuff for cheap. On top of that, he linked to a coupon to give you an ADDITIONAL 20% off. Valid in-store only until Saturday. Go see! (Louis Wu 21:39:33 UTC) (permalink)
Reclaimer Radio - now with a website
Mixmasterchief stopped in to let us know that Reclaimer Radio now has an actual website! Go visit for anything to do with that podcast.
(Louis Wu 21:37:07 UTC) (permalink)
Halo CEA - Old Cinematics in Remastered Mode
gamecheat is at it again - he ran the Halo CE: Anniversary cinematics in remastered mode. Things get messy sometimes! Thanks, gamerguy2002.
(Louis Wu 21:35:54 UTC) (permalink)
Next MCC Content Update getting a beta test
Whoops - empty front page for way too long! Let's catch up on a few things. Last week, 343 mentioned that the next big Master Chief Collection Content Update was going to have a beta test - there are more details in the FAQ they've written up. Definitely worth a read. (Thanks, uberfoop.) (Louis Wu 21:34:18 UTC) (permalink)
News January 22 2015
Halo Waypoint has news of a new Halo fiction release - Matt Forbeck has written 'Halo: New Blood', coming in early March. This book will tell the story of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck (the star of Halo 3: ODST and a bit player in Halo: Reach). For more info, swing by the new Canon Fodder blog, where GrimBrother One interviews Forbeck. Excite! Thanks, davidfuchs. (Louis Wu 21:54:04 UTC) (permalink)
The power of branding
Heh - The Guardian has noticed that Microsoft is playing off the popularity of the Halo franchise in other aspects of their product empire... and jumped in to help. Their suggestion for a Garageband competitor is awesome. (Louis Wu 19:17:23 UTC) (permalink)
News January 21 2015
The Name of the Thing
Stephen Loftus has released a couple of images that might help you if you're not up on your ship nomenclature. These are great! Swing by his UNSC Ship Callouts page for full details. (Louis Wu 21:35:14 UTC) (permalink)
Drunken Halo Centennial
Justin let us know that Episode 100 of the Drunken Halo Podcast is now online - they've gone meta to celebrate! Listen to this one for a nice highlight reel of the podcast through the years. (It's got a very special ending, too.)
(Louis Wu 21:33:49 UTC) (permalink)
Mid-air turret ramming
Hmm... that title sounds vaguely pornographic. Don't worry - it's not. Rockslider returned to the Dropship Turret Removal technique he played with a while back (1 | 2 | 3 | 4), discovering that the turret is rammable in mid-air, leading to some interesting fun! Take a look. (Louis Wu 21:30:23 UTC) (permalink)
News January 19 2015
She's more human than you think
Grizzlei pointed out a pretty interesting article at Microsoft.com, focusing on Cortana. Go give it a read! (Louis Wu 22:44:37 UTC) (permalink)
HaloStarscope stuff - sort of
HaloFanForLife has highlighted a few new tidbits you can collect from the HaloStarscope.com website - wallpaper and ringtones are up for your perusal! (You might need to grab the versions he posted on his website - the actual site is offline at the moment.) (Louis Wu 22:28:36 UTC) (permalink)
The next MCC content update drops soon
343 Industries posted new content update notes on their website this weekend - swing by for full details. Several critical matchmaking issues are addressed.
(Louis Wu 22:24:28 UTC) (permalink)
News January 18 2015
Pax 2014 - Biased Cat's Quest for Halo
I got an email from Armin Mortazavi, who, with his brother, had done some filming at PAX last summer. The video product (a search for anything Halo) finally went online in December; I didn't know about it until the email arrived. Go see what they found! (Louis Wu 19:18:20 UTC) (permalink)
Wait... who did the art?
Okay... what? (Louis Wu 19:13:13 UTC) (permalink)
Stay outside that swing range!
Interesting - Lord Zedd added Gutas to Reach's Firefight mode, just for giggles. With no long-range attacks, the fights are not as varied as I'd expected... but they still look like they'd have added some spice to the mode! Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 19:10:22 UTC) (permalink)
News January 17 2015
Free month of LIVE for early MCC users
Did you log in to play the Master Chief Collection during its first month after launch? If so, you should receive a free month of Xbox LIVE Gold as part of your apology compensation for the early problems the game had. The messages announcing this started arriving today - log in to see yours! Thanks to Schedonnardus for the heads-up. (Louis Wu 00:24:02 UTC) (permalink)
News January 15 2015
I think we're just getting started.
Are you a lore junkie who couldn't wait to read the latest installment of 'Canon Fodder' in the (old) Halo Bulletin? Are you sad that the feature disappeared when the Bulletin converted to a video format? Be sad no longer! According to GrimBrother One, over at Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder is being spun off into its own blog! Swing by to read the plans, and see some new Universe entries. Oh, happy day! (Louis Wu 23:04:55 UTC) (permalink)
Well Enough Alone
This showed up in our Twitter feed. I like it a lot. (Louis Wu 22:45:52 UTC) (permalink)
News January 13 2015
Fulmination Re: Culmination
Penny Arcade has their own take on the way Halo 5 Beta matches end. And on what constitutes 'beer'. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 23:49:50 UTC) (permalink)
We need more guns. 3D printed guns.
Intriguing - this article discusses a Halo 4 tournament that took place earlier this month in St. Louis... and one of the focuses is 3D Printing. Odd? No. The founder of UCG, the host of the tournament, printed out a bunch of Halo weapons to help celebrate the event... and to "bridge the exposure of 3D printing game props to competitive video gaming." Love it! (Louis Wu 23:47:19 UTC) (permalink)
News January 12 2015
A cornucopia of toys
tadboz decided to model some of the weapons visible in the Evolution of Halo video released back in 2002 (as well as a few bonus pieces). He used Creo, and then had the results printed at Shapeways - go check out the pics! There are even cookies! (Louis Wu 22:55:06 UTC) (permalink)
H2A Cutscenes... In-Engine (sort of)
Intriguing. We know that Halo 2 Anniversary was released with Blur-created CGI cutscenes... but apparently the original (in-engine style) scenes were being worked on at some point... and some NeoGAFfers found a way to see them. There are results in this post, this post, and here - pretty cool! Thanks to davidfuchs for the heads-up, and for BlueNinja for the followup! (Louis Wu 22:45:19 UTC) (permalink)
News January 10 2015
Flying Outside the Beta
Wow, very cool views. Gamecheat13 has broken out of the Halo 5 Beta space, and provided some flythroughs. Love this! Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 23:17:31 UTC) (permalink)
News January 9 2015
Halo 2 Anniversary Terminals - now in the Cutscene Library
The Halo Cutscene Library has grown again today - we're making the Halo 2 Anniversary Terminals available for viewing and downloading. Once again, they're available in 1080p, 720p, and 360p, but audio is stereo-only (this is because they were recorded from the Halo Channel, on the Xbox One, and that channel doesn't broadcast in 5.1 sound). Thanks, as usual, goes to Cody Miller for the superb work. (Louis Wu 22:26:57 UTC) (permalink)
News January 8 2015
Always buy local
This was posted on DBO, but it's Halo-related, so I'm bringing it up here. Our very own Leviathan is creating a commissioned piece for Blackt1g3r... and today the original concept sketch and a WIP piece were sent along. Amazing. Hire the guy - he's really, really good! (Louis Wu 23:56:30 UTC) (permalink)
Death by a thousand needles
Rockslider has revisited the concept of filling frozen characters with needles, and then unfreezing them... this time with an Elite, and 1000 needles. (Yeah, that's a lot.) Check it out... booms galore! (Louis Wu 22:07:51 UTC) (permalink)
New MCC Achievements Dropping Today
343 has announced that new Achievements for Spartan Ops (as well as some additional ones for MCC Multiplayer) will be dropping today - are you a completionist? Get to work! (They're not listed yet on Achievement websites, but that should change soon.) (Louis Wu 22:03:17 UTC) (permalink)
News January 7 2015
The Master Chief Collection joins the Cutscene Library
Cody Miller jumped on the heavy-duty job of filming the cutscenes/terminals from The Master Chief Collection pretty early on... but life's been so busy here that we're JUST NOW beginning to get some of that content out there. First up - the CGI cutscenes Blur created for Halo 2 Anniversary. These are pretty amazing, and we're making them available in 360p, 720p, and 1080p, with full surround sound. Go grab 'em! (Louis Wu 21:22:49 UTC) (permalink)
Now that's an incredible ear.
Wow. Check out this video from PlayerPiano - Sonya Belousova listens to the Halo theme for a few seconds... and then plays her own take on it. Amazing. (She covers a number of other video game themes in the same video.) Go watch! Thanks, Jeff.
(Louis Wu 21:21:10 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 3 Beta - Early Spawn Points
gamerguy2002 let us know about the newest vid from Lord Zedd - he found some early spawn point markers in the Halo 3 Beta; low-poly Spartans instead of the abstract shapes we got in the final. Interesting! (Louis Wu 21:20:16 UTC) (permalink)
Kzy1m3 let us know about a photo on Halo: Humanity's Facebook page - looks like a new live-action film is on its way! (Louis Wu 21:19:34 UTC) (permalink)
News January 6 2015
Halo - Did You Know Gaming?
Did You Know Gaming? has released a Halo version - lots of facts that are probably well-known to hardcore fans, but might contain some interesting new tidbits for many people. (I saw a lot of HBO-originated material here... kind of nice!) Thanks, gamerguy2002.
(Louis Wu 18:27:55 UTC) (permalink)
H1 freakiness and fun #8
Rockslider is kicking off the new year with another 'freakiness and fun' compilation - some funny clips, some sad clips, some just-plain-weird clips. Amazing how much fun there is to be had in the original title!
(Louis Wu 18:24:18 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 5 Forge Maps: Pegasus and Orion
IGN has posted an article detailing two new Forge maps revealed for Halo 5 - go learn about Pegasus and Orion! Thanks, Gravemind.
(Louis Wu 18:22:50 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 5 Beta Impressions sought (by a fan)
Wahrer put together a survey with Google Docs, looking to get your feedback on the Halo 5 Beta. Go let him know what you think! (Louis Wu 18:21:47 UTC) (permalink)
Coop Halo 2 Speedrun for AGDQ
Awesome Games Done Quick is in the middle of their winter fundraiser - money goes towards the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and you get to watch lots of cool speedrunning. This weekend, there'll be a Halo 2 speedrun being done in coop by Mr Monopoli and Ruudyt - should be spectacular! (The schedule suggests it'll happen at 8:13am PST on Saturday.) Thanks, General Vagueness. (Louis Wu 18:18:15 UTC) (permalink)
Solving the Starscope
Cody Moore noticed some interesting stuff on the Xbox Twitter account... what does it get you? We don't know yet! (Louis Wu 18:16:30 UTC) (permalink)
Epic CTF in the new year
The first Epic CTF match of the year took place a few days ago - munky-058 put up both a full video and a highlight reel. Go watch!
(Louis Wu 18:15:13 UTC) (permalink)
Cheesecake... or maybe Gun cake
Hmm... Impact Props has fired up a Kickstarter project that's already fully funded (and then some)... are you interested in a 2015 Car Calendar featuring Master Chief? Go jump on board! (Thanks to gamerguy2002 for this one, too.)
(Louis Wu 18:12:10 UTC) (permalink)
Exploring the codebase
gamerguy2002 has been keeping track of Lord Zedd's modding progress - he let us know about some unused Halo 4 death messages (these are pretty funny), a pretty disturbing video showing what characters look like without faces, and a two-for-one showing off some unused assets that were left in the game. Fun stuff!
(Louis Wu 18:09:47 UTC) (permalink)
My December V2
AssaultGodzilla celebrated the end of 2014 with another Halo music video set to Linkin Park's My December - somber! Go watch.
(Louis Wu 18:07:41 UTC) (permalink)