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News January 31 2012

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Halo Data to migrate from B.net before April
If you swing by Bungie.net, you'll see a new article - it puts a final date on the live Halo data they'll be able to manage. That date is March 31 - after that point, all stats (and any other online features related to Halo games) will be found only on Halo Waypoint. Here's hoping that Waypoint stats can be fleshed out a bit more, and features like film clips and screenshots can be migrated by then! (Historical data isn't going anywhere; Bungie will continue to maintain what they already have online. They simply will not be adding NEW data after that date.) (Louis Wu 19:45:14 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 indirect info - from toys
wwm0nkey posted these pictures at NeoGAF over the weekend, but it was a busy weekend; he found some boxes for the Jada Toys die-cast vehicles coming out in August at the Idle Hands blog. The artwork is placeholder-only... but it's interesting to see what vehicles will be returning for Halo 4! (Louis Wu 17:40:28 UTC) (permalink)

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Warthog Diaries: Episode 1
Revenant1988 came by with a fun writeup of some group BTB activity he calls 'Warthog Diaries: Episode 1'. Sounds like an entertaining evening! (Louis Wu 17:36:58 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Reach Tricks: Hiding Spots
CMNeir is back with another Trick video - this one points out hiding places in Halo: Reach multiplayer maps. Some are clever, but some are simply obnoxious - use these at your own peril. Remember - in custom games, where everyone is choosing to be there, this sort of thing is far less annoying than it is in Matchmaking. (Louis Wu 17:33:32 UTC) (permalink)

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Elders.TV Halo Spotlight
Chris from Elders.TV let us know about a new series called 'Halo Spotlight' - it focuses on sites around the Halo community. The first installment looked at petetheduck.com, while the second (posted this weekend) highlights the work of Anniversary Tournament Gaming, a site devoted to head-to-head gaming using gameplay from the Anniversary lists in Halo: Reach. Interesting stuff! (Louis Wu 17:23:53 UTC) (permalink)

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Forward Unto Dawn Podcast Episode Three
More new content from Forward Unto Dawn - their third podcast episode takes an in-depth look at the Terminals included in Halo Anniversary. Great discussion! (Louis Wu 17:17:23 UTC) (permalink)

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Feminist Analysis of i love bees - Part 6
Dragonclaws has posted part 6 of her Feminist analysis of i love bees - it covers chapter 7-10. Getting close to the end! (Louis Wu 17:15:04 UTC) (permalink)

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DIY Bungie-themed iPod case skin
padraig08 was unhappy that he couldn't show his love for Bungie while listening to music in public - so he designed his own skin for his iPod case. And he made the image available to you, if you want to follow suit. Nice! (Louis Wu 17:09:55 UTC) (permalink)

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BTF#8: Wiretapping the Cosmos
Dani stopped in yesterday with the newest Beyond the Frontline editorial at Forward Unto Dawn - this one was written by Dangerous Dave, and it looks back at 'Conversations of the Universe', a small booklet included with the Halo 2 Limited Edition. Dave laments its neglect (and discusses some of the great branches that could grow from it). Do not fear - Frankie sez it's still relevant. (Louis Wu 17:03:05 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 30 2012

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Operation: Expanded Context: Initial RE
DayandKnightly has begun a project he calls 'Operation: Expanded Context' - it's a chronological read-through of the Halo fiction, and should provide fans with some interesting insights. A teaser is up now, to give you a taste of what's to come. Check it out! (Louis Wu 18:12:28 UTC) (permalink)

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Anniversary Terminal Analysis
Cox let us know that some fans from the Halo Création community put together an analysis of the Halo Anniversary Terminals. The original is in French, so he provided a Google Translate link. Some interesting info in there! (Louis Wu 18:07:05 UTC) (permalink)

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HSH Speed Run of the Week - Legendary Exodus
The High Speed Halo Speed Run of the Week at Halo Waypoint is a 13-minute dash through Exodus, on Legendary, with an emphasis on carnage. RC Master does less dodging and more shooting than we usually see in a speed run. Check it out! (Louis Wu 17:15:48 UTC) (permalink)

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A Halo fan shares his goodies
mikimarquez sent word that he's got some videos on his YouTube channel for the Halo community - he recorded Installation 04 from the Halo Anniversary Vinyl edition, along with some looks at Halo books. Check 'em out! (Louis Wu 17:15:11 UTC) (permalink)

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Stride Championship Series: Match 8
Waypoint's coverage of the Stride Championship series finished up yesterday - the final match had Roy and Lunchbox fighting against Cloud and Clutch for the title. Video coverage isn't as good as it's been (some of the key plays are off-camera), but it's a pretty exciting match! Check it out. (Louis Wu 17:14:17 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 29 2012

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The 50 Most Unique Firearms in Video Games
Dylan Brashear dropped us a note about Complex's 50 Most Unique Firearms in Video Games - Halo weapons show up in positions #19, #9, and #5. Not too shabby! (Also, Marathon had a weapon at #42.) Go check out the whole list! (Louis Wu 22:16:20 UTC) (permalink)

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Marcus Lehto: My Process
Marcus Lehto has posted some fascinating thoughts about the way he approached the development of Halo Reach. Check it out! (Thanks to NeoGAF's TheOddOne for the heads-up.) (Louis Wu 20:45:39 UTC) (permalink)

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Feminist Analysis of i love bees, Part 5
Dragonclaws continues her feminist analysis of 'i love bees' - Part 5 focuses on Jersey Morelli and Durga. Go watch! (Louis Wu 20:37:37 UTC) (permalink)

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A Thank-You Rube Goldberg
Carnage A51 built a new Rube Goldberg machine in Halo Reach - it pays tribute to 343 Industries for the continuation of the Halo franchise. The mine-triggered golf ball (and the ending) seemed really nicely timed. Take a look! (Louis Wu 20:35:41 UTC) (permalink)

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Cute or Creepy? You Decide.
Revenant1988 noticed a new line of Funko figures coming soon - he provided links to a Japanese site, but you can see both figures - a Grunt and the Master Chief - on this page, as well. Definitely... odd. (Remember, Funko is the company responsible for the BobbleHead Chiefs.) (Louis Wu 20:34:04 UTC) (permalink)

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Duck, Duck, GO!
It couldn't possibly be any more fitting that I am sitting in a racetrack media room while posting pete_the_duck's latest edition of his absolutely excellent Forge reality show, Last Forger Standing. Don't miss Episode 3, which gives the remaining forgers the challenge of building there very own Halo racetrack in Forge. The results are all at once hilarious, spectacular, and all-too-familiar. Don't miss this one! (GrimBrother One 16:32:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Keeping Halo on Track
Yuri Walkiw stopped in to let us know that he recently had a chance to interview Xorth, the creator of HaloTracker on his Hex19 blog. Cool story, go see what he had to say! (GrimBrother One 16:26:51 UTC) (permalink)

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Hedge's Pics Always Get My Pulse Racing
Today's HBO update comes to you live from the media center at Daytona International Speedway, where your race-weathered Grim has ducked into to keep race fans informed of of various speedy-goings on, and Halo fans informed of our favorite franchise. We're now into the 19th hour into the Rolex 24 Hours, and normally, it's hard for me to feel like much compares to the raw and elegant beauty of a proper race car at speed. However, our beloved Hedgemony certainly makes a strong push for top spot on the podium with his latest round of gorgeous screenshots and panos from the most recent Community Customs night. They have awakened my tired and sleepy eyes, and I think they'll do the same for you... check it out! (GrimBrother One 16:07:03 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 28 2012

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Custom Challenge Heads-Up
This week's Halo Bulletin had word of a Custom Challenge available on Halo Waypoint that could get you 10x the normal credits - I ran into a little bit of trouble this afternoon, and wanted to pass along something I learned. Skulls are important - if your activated skulls don't EXACTLY match the skulls listed in the challenge, you will NOT get the credits. (Since the available skulls for challenges are Gold-only, this means that you cannot have any silver skulls activated while doing a Custom Campaign Challenge.) I play with the Grunt Birthday Party and IWHBYD skulls activated at almost all times - I hardly even thing about them any more. If you do this too, remember to turn them off before doing Custom Challenges. (Louis Wu 04:18:39 UTC) (permalink)

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Archetype
NeoGAF's senador pointed out a fan-made sci-fi short called Archetype - it has some serious Halo vibes. Really cool stuff - check it out! (Louis Wu 04:08:13 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak #71
It's time for another Fails of the Weak - Episode 71 has a bunch of clips of people... well, failing. You can see it at both AchievementHunter.com and YouTube (thanks, hezekiah). (Louis Wu 04:06:22 UTC) (permalink)

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The Art of Halo 3, affordably (UK only)
Tom Pritchard is selling a used but good condition copy of The Art of Halo 3 (UK only) on eBay - one of the more reasonable prices I've seen. If you're in the UK, and you want this book... go bid! (Louis Wu 03:58:12 UTC) (permalink)

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Dust and Echoes, Episode 1
The Woaf sent word that he and his buddy Tom have put together a new podcast, called Dust and Echoes - it's the first Halo-centric podcast from a Britsh perspective. Go listen to the first episode! (He wanted to warn folks that the language is definitely PG-rated; might not cut it in a work environment.) (Louis Wu 03:50:02 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 27 2012

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250 men (and women) enter...
As DeeJ pointed out a little while ago... the Bungie Pentathlon is live. Swing by and read about all the ways you can follow along! (Louis Wu 19:28:16 UTC) (permalink)

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Jackson vs Music
RedGrimRune stopped in to let us know that his latest 6th Circle comic has a (small) Halo reference in it - I'm not sure I'd want to spend time with the guy in that room! (Louis Wu 15:50:25 UTC) (permalink)

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Aww...
According to today's Idle Duck comic, it's actually the last daily comic he's going to be doing. (There will be plenty of other stuff, apparently.) So go enjoy the last three - today's, yesterday's (are you having trouble keeping track of what you play?), and Wednesday's (some packages need more care than others). (Louis Wu 13:06:54 UTC) (permalink)

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Metropolis - Extreme Warthog Launching
Grumpy sent word that there's a new collection of Halo 2 launches out there from DrBizz - you can follow the whole Jumprs.org thread, or if you're in a hurry, the YouTube video just gets you to the action. (Louis Wu 12:54:48 UTC) (permalink)

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Die-Cast Confirmation
If the post at ToyNews last month didn't give you confidence about the release of die-cast Halo vehicles by Jada Toys, there is now an official press release on Halo Waypoint. No new info - but 'Autumn 2012' has changed to 'August 2012', which is always a nice thing for people waiting. Thanks, Imrane-117. (Louis Wu 12:49:38 UTC) (permalink)

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Friday's Fan Fiction
Four new pieces are available this week in the Fan Fiction section - go read! (Louis Wu 12:33:56 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: Helljumper Episode 1
Halo: Helljumper Episode 1 was released yesterday - and it's a pretty impressive piece of work! 13 minutes long, the live action short follows an ODST through training and into the field - and into battle with the Covenant. It uses Tobias Buckell's short story 'Dirt' (found in Halo Evolutions) as a roadmap. Go watch this! And support the group - they're doing some amazing stuff! (Louis Wu 10:58:26 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 26 2012

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IGN's Top 10 Reach Kills - 01.26.12
IGN has a new Top 10 Kills vid - it starts a bit slow, but picks up with the Dances with Banshee clip. (Loved the Spire Falcon.) Thanks, ChrisTheeCrappy. (Louis Wu 22:42:04 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Reach Top 10 Episode 39: Sticks
Jordan Bell pointed out the latest Top 10 from Anoj - it's all about stickydooms.There's blue carnage everywhere! Worth the watch. (Louis Wu 22:20:59 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: Anniversary Series 2 from McFarlane
Swing by Halo Waypoint for a first glimpse of Series 2 of their Halo: Anniversary figures, coming in March. Master Chief, Mickey (from ODST), Keyes, Guilty Spark, a Mark VI Spartan, the UNSC logo, and Halo Wars' Red Team... classy! Thanks, Moorpheusl9. (Louis Wu 17:03:55 UTC) (permalink)

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Pigs and Baseballs
Two new videos from the Achievement Hunter guys this time around - a game of PIG between Michael and AH staffer Ray (entertaining) is available at both AH.com and YouTube, and the Things To Do In series grows with an entry called 'RBI Halo' (which seems really dumb), also available on both AH.com and YouTube. Thanks, hezekiah. (Louis Wu 15:26:44 UTC) (permalink)

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Custom Firefight Goodness
RC Master continues his work on the Survival Firefight custom game he's been working on - now there are 3 downloadable gametypes. Read his post for full details, and download links! (Louis Wu 15:23:09 UTC) (permalink)

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Tyrant's Halo 3 Legendary Walkthrough - Crow's Nest
The third installment of Tyrant's Halo 3 Legendary Walkthrough - covering Crow's Nest, that bastion of Brute barbarism, is now online at YouTube. It's a solid run - no cheap shortcuts. Plus, a special appearance by RvB's Caboose! Go watch. (Louis Wu 15:07:20 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Bulletin: 25 Jan 2012
The latest Halo Bulletin went live on Waypoint last night (thanks, Grim!) - lots of good stuff, including Seattle reactions to the recent snow, a custom challenge that pays a LOT, info about Halo motion comics coming to the Zune marketplace, tidbits from the Halo 4 team, community questions, and a new fun-themed image. Go read! (It's local, as well, if you'd rather.) (Louis Wu 12:50:50 UTC) (permalink)

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Grizzled and Ancient - I'm down with that
Tom 'Achronos' Gioconda was the victim guest of honor on the latest Bungie Community Ride Along - he spent the evening in Reach matchmaking with members of the B.net group the Ancient Warriors. Attached to the thoughts of the group members and a writeup of the evening's festivities is a short interview of Achronos - fascinating read, all around! (Louis Wu 12:22:45 UTC) (permalink)

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New Halo: Helljumper Stills
Halo: Helljumper is scheduled to be released today - and yesterday, Someone came by with a link to some new stills. Get psyched! (Louis Wu 12:18:36 UTC) (permalink)

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Heroes and Villains
Leviathan noticed a collection of superhero/villain posters created by blo0p - and Halo's own Master Chief made the list! Cool stuff. (Louis Wu 12:11:44 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 25 2012

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GGL Signups Open
Goosechecka let us know that signups for GrifballHub's Good Games League are now open - and H2O Camper has put together a promo video to get your blood racing. Join the fun! (Louis Wu 16:52:01 UTC) (permalink)

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Fronkin' Hell
Hedgemony stopped in to announce an upcoming special from BECKX-TV, starring your favorite ninja shark. Go see! (Louis Wu 15:52:13 UTC) (permalink)

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Of TUs and Halo 4
Nikko B201 would like to see some changes come to Halo 2 Vista. He also has some wishes for Halo 4. You can read both in his blog post, 'Of TUs and Halo 4'. (Louis Wu 15:51:50 UTC) (permalink)

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WorthTheWait?
The WorthPlaying crew takes a look at Halo 4 as part of their 'Most Anticipated Games of 2012' project - go check out their opinions of this upcoming game! (Louis Wu 15:51:27 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 24 2012

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MLG EXTREME Episode 80: Duos Annos
ShawtyHullstineFilms dropped us a note about the second anniversary special for their show, MLG EXTREME. Go celebrate with them! (Louis Wu 21:02:06 UTC) (permalink)

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Podtacular 271: Protect the Internet
Dust Storm sent word that the latest episode of Podtacular features the Community Manager for the Electronics Consumer Association, JVB, and the topic of discussion is the SOPA/PIPA bills recently postponed in congress. Go check it out! (Louis Wu 20:58:32 UTC) (permalink)

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Super Halo World
Sieglinde sent us a link to Super Halo World, by Brian Walline... cute! (Louis Wu 14:55:14 UTC) (permalink)

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Free goodies from Elders.TV
Chris, from Elders.TV, dropped us a line to announce 3 contests this week - just follow their Twitter feed, and then fill out a form. Monday's prize was 480 MS Points (yes, we've missed that), tomorrow's is 2 months of XBox LIVE Gold, and Friday has the Halo Anniversary Map Pack. Go get your name in the hat! (Louis Wu 14:53:41 UTC) (permalink)

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Aftershock update
=sw=warlord stopped in with new screenshots showing off the skybox and lighting changes to Project Aftershock, the Crysis mod he's been working on for a while. Looking great! (Louis Wu 14:49:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Idle Ducks are the Devil's Waterfowl
Your Idle Duck comic infusion for the beginning of the week: Busted! takes a look into the life of the Monitor, These things are always rigged suggests there MIGHT be an issue with gametype confusion, and It's the truth and you know it makes me think pete_the_duck is getting frustrated with unsportsmanlike conduct. Should put a smile on your face! (Louis Wu 14:45:49 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 23 2012

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MC X Tekken X Street Fighter = A New NotCanon.net
Elzar "The News" the Bam dropped by with a link to an article from OXM UK that talks about how Capcom tried to get Master Chief into the upcoming Street Fighter X Tekken (as well as Marcus Fenix from the Gears of War franchise. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be, but it would certainly have been interesting to see John-117 take on Panda! And disturbing, of course. Also related, GrimBrother "Attention Hog" One (wait that's me) ran across a slightly-related article on IGN where they muse that having an energy sword-wielding Covenant Elite as DLC in Soul Caliber V would be pretty awesome. I would have to agree. How about you? (GrimBrother One 20:58:23 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Reach Tricks Ep 39 - Mini Spartan
I'm not at all sure what I just watched - but CMNeir sent us a link to a video showing you how to become mini-Spartans on The Package. They're so cute! (Louis Wu 18:33:25 UTC) (permalink)

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Heroes and Villians, Typographical Style
mc leprechaun came by with a link to a very cool page of artwork - Josip Kelava created a bunch of fan art where the typography is directed by the subject matter itself - and Halo's Master Chief made the list. Love it! (Louis Wu 14:44:19 UTC) (permalink)

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Solidifying the Web Presence
Interesting. Fusible.com found a number of domains that have recently been acquired by Microsoft - many of them are Halo-related, but a couple are just... odd. ClicktoHump (both .com and .org)? Maybe Microsoft bought them to ensure they wouldn't be used for nefarious purposes? Others offer a tantalizing peek into potential marketing ploys - CortanaKnows.net and LostinSlipspace.com make me wonder about what's coming. Thanks to wwmOnkey, over at NeoGAF, for the heads-up. (Louis Wu 14:43:11 UTC) (permalink)

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Consider me teased.
Timgie stopped in with a link to a machinima teaser - and nothing else. The post (and the teaser) are supposed to be mysterious - I think he succeeded! Go watch. (It's only 24 seconds long - what do you have to lose?) (Louis Wu 14:42:41 UTC) (permalink)

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The Lives of the Brute - Unfinished Version
SpearheadWarrior has an 'unfinished' version of his 'Lives of the Brutes' mockumentary - not sure what it's missing, but it's pretty funny as it stands! Thanks, Ogan Panavo. Update: Paula wrote to remind us that the very end of the video contains spoilers, of a sort, for Primordium (and possibly for Halo 4). Skip if you're staying dark. (Louis Wu 14:37:17 UTC) (permalink)

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The Halo Community - Then, Now, and the Future
Greenskull put together a vlog about the Halo community - it's called 'Then, Now, and the Future'. He reminisces a bit about HaloFest, and takes a look at what he feels both Bungie and 343 Industries have done right in regards to community involvement and embracing. He brings up a good point about what drives people like him to keep coming back for more, and how 343 can (and should!) capitalize on this. It's an interesting take - go watch! (Louis Wu 14:31:50 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 22 2012

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A Growing Age
If you are looking for some pretty awesome feel-good Halo stories, you should check out the Age of Gratitude site, which has just been updated with 9 new submissions from fans across the globe recounting what Halo has meant to them. Some really great reads in there, go and give it a look! (GrimBrother One 18:02:00 UTC) (permalink)

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Blind Jumps Now Available From Your Dashboard
A few days ago, Halo Waypoint announced their new January Halo Avatar Collection. This time you can sport a Cortana costume, or - my personal favorite - grab yourself a Pillar of Autumn Avatar Prop. Sweet! (GrimBrother One 17:53:23 UTC) (permalink)

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The Creative Leaders of Reach - back together
Looks like Marcus Lehto has kicked off a new blog - METTLEshop. The latest post discusses his return to Bungie - and his teaming-up with Joe Tung on a brand-new project. The two leaders of the Halo: Reach project are building something new! Thanks to ncsuDuncan for the heads-up. (Louis Wu 17:41:29 UTC) (permalink)

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Arby 'n' the Chief Short #4
Your Arby 'n' the Chief content this weekend is another short - Arby's playing Skyward Sword, the Chief provides pointed commentary. Thanks, Ogan Panavo. (Louis Wu 17:40:37 UTC) (permalink)

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STRIDE Championship Series: Match 7
Another match from the Stride Championship Series is live on Halo Waypoint right now - Ogre 2 and iGotUrPistola team up against Flamesword and Enable to see who goes home with the 3rd place title. Really close game! (Louis Wu 17:39:50 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 21 2012

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Getting a sense of scale
Stephen Loftus put together an image that shows you just how big AotCR/Two Betrayals are, in the context of the entire Halo ring. Pretty cool! (Louis Wu 22:46:26 UTC) (permalink)

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Delay of Game
Dan Miller was kind enough to stop by with an update on the Bungie Pentathlon - it was postponed a week due to the weather in Seattle. (Wimps.) If you were waiting for a writeup this weekend, let your breath out - new challenge date is January 27! (Louis Wu 16:58:26 UTC) (permalink)

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UH-144 Falcon in X-Plane - Updated
Mid7night stopped by with an updated version of his X-Plane Falcon, bolstered by new 3D models. Check it out! (Louis Wu 16:56:27 UTC) (permalink)

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It's a Flying Vehicle Edition.
hezekiah feels chastised by my comments from last week, but it doesn't stop him from serving up some puncakes and bacon to announce the most recent Fails of the Weak (AH.com | YouTube). Some really funny fails! (Louis Wu 16:54:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Stick Figures & Stat Padders
TCKaos dropped in to help answer the age-old question of which controller arrangement was better, the FightStick or the FightPad? Since both are used almost exclusively for fighting franchises such as Street Fighter and Soul Caliber, the only logical thing to do would be to test it out... in Halo. 1 v 1 style of course. The result is a couple of pretty funny videos, both from his perspective and from his opponent's. Who will win? Watch and find out! (GrimBrother One 16:50:12 UTC) (permalink)

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Comparing old and new
uberfoop took a really close look at Halo Anniversary, to see how well it lives up to the goals set forth by 343. Interesting read! (Louis Wu 16:47:18 UTC) (permalink)

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This Desert Plateau
Also up on Waypoint this morning is the second installment of their video series "The Halo Conflict". This week's edition looks at the conflict around and upon the Truth and Reconciliation from Halo: Combat Evolved. These fiction-focused videos are always a great watch, and can help explore angles you might not have seen before. Go and check it out! (GrimBrother One 15:49:45 UTC) (permalink)

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Will the Commercials Have a Fast-talking Announcer?
Yesterday we mentioned a Halo Waypoint announcement regarding the new XBOX Live Avatar-based Halo collectibles coming from McFarlane Toys, but we forgot to mention the add the additional news that McFarlane Toys also announced yet another type of Halo collectible called "Micro-Ops". These sound very cool, as they scale down the vehicles and personnel in order to focus on some of the larger set pieces in the Halo Universe, such as the environment itself. The first series alone will give you the ability to recreate the Halo 3 map High Ground! Sounds awesome! Check out the aforementioned press release for more details. I wonder what model of Banshee they'll use... (GrimBrother One 15:35:03 UTC) (permalink)

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A Fantastic Creation About Fantastic Creations
pete the duck just doesn't let up. He stopped in today to let us know that Episodes 1 & 2 of his new Forge-based reality show are now live! The first episode introduces the audience both to the overall concept of the show as well as to the contestants themselves. Episode 2 puts them to the test, and eliminates one contestant from the group. The Forge work on display is really awesome from top to bottom, and the show overall is just a really great watch. Can't wait to see the next episode, you should go and check it out! (GrimBrother One 15:29:33 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 20 2012

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Quack Quack Quack
Three days, three new comics from pete_the_duck. Four, actually. His anti-SOPA entry made me put my thumbs up, I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN gives you his view of Armor Lock, and The oldest question, answered made me laugh out loud. Start your weekend with some Halo-related duck humor! (Louis Wu 21:26:57 UTC) (permalink)

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Fan Film gets its own Fan Trailer
HavokSage has put together a fan trailer for a live-action fan film - this is getting too meta for me! Halo: Helljumper is a fan film whose first episode is due out next week - HavokSage is not part of their team, but likes their work. He created a trailer for the project using footage from official pieces (Halo: Landfall, the ODST trailer, etc) and his own voiceover. Interesting! Check it out. (Louis Wu 21:16:42 UTC) (permalink)

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Wait... what?
According to Halo Waypoint, McFarlane will be introducing a new line of figures this fall - based on Xbox LIVE Avatars? Weird! Go read about 'em. (Louis Wu 17:18:58 UTC) (permalink)

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Synister's First Reach Montage
Over at NeoGAF, VivaciousJazzy pointed out a new montage from Synister, edited by SillyGoose. VERY edited - but some killer gameplay between the sharp cuts. Take a look! (Louis Wu 16:52:26 UTC) (permalink)

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Serenity
Vengeance417 stopped in with word of Serenity, a 'beauty of Halo' music vid - loved it! Go watch. (Louis Wu 13:49:18 UTC) (permalink)

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An update from Frankie
OXM Online has a short interview with Frank O'Connor - it's not really new information about Halo 4, but for folks getting nervous about how quiet the studio has been up until this point, it should assuage some fears! Thanks, CyReN. (Louis Wu 13:45:26 UTC) (permalink)

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Drunken Halo: Episode 35
Justin Bryce sent word that Drunken Halo Episode 35 is now online - go listen! (Louis Wu 13:44:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Friday's Fan Fiction
It's been a few weeks since we've had any submissions in our Fan Fiction section... but there are two new pieces today! Go look. (Louis Wu 13:43:32 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 19 2012

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The Pentathlon Awaits
The Halo content is so slim as to be invisible (it consists of a couple of video screens in a single photo), but the Bungie Pentathlon is an annual event of great importance to Bungie employees (and Bungie fans) - and we're pretty big Bungie fans here, so we're gonna tell you about the latest article on Bungie.net. Deej has written up a nice summary of this year's event (which takes place tomorrow), including a mini-interview with Dave Dunn. For the first time in a really long time, there are no Halo games at all in the lineup. Wonga! We'll still be roothing for the Grizzled Ancients, though, cause old people have to stick together. Go read about it! (Louis Wu 17:46:30 UTC) (permalink)

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Don't be fooled
We really shouldn't need to tell you this - but 343's David Ellis wants you to know that there's currently no Halo 4 Beta signup, so if you see one, it's not real. Thanks to Moorpheusl9 for the heads-up (he found it at CVG). (Louis Wu 17:35:31 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR 101
Robowski sent word that Post Game Carnage Report Episode 101 is live - they spent a lot of time discussing the nine lives of Sgt. Johnson. Go listen! (Louis Wu 17:31:07 UTC) (permalink)

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We Always Figured They Would...
In a pretty awesome piece of news, 343 Industries announced today that McFarlane Toys will be manufacturing a line of Halo 4 toys, as well as continuing the Halo Universe line (I know personally that GrimBrother IV will be ecstatic to see a Fred-104 figure in the lineup!). You can see a partial (very partial for Halo 4 obviously) lineup in the linked press release. Collectors, be at the ready! Also, as a bonus, I would like to personally link you to the local version of this week's Halo Bulletin from bs angel! (GrimBrother One 14:19:34 UTC) (permalink)

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Kick Me, I'm a Reclaimer!
bs angel dropped another new Halo Bulletin on us last night. Don't worry, everyone's fine. The focus of the new edition is an excellent interview with Tinkerbell himself, Tim Dadabo. Check it out for some awesome insight into not just how he feels about Halo, but also a peek at some of the many different roles his voice has given life to! (RAID Bugs? Really, Tim?!) The extra-awesome goodie at the end is a 25-minute preview of the upcoming Halo: Primordium audio book voiced by - you guessed it - Tim Dadabo. Go and check it out! [And because Grim hates me, and doesn't believe in mentioning our Halo Bulletin Archive, I'm gonna step in with a local link. And then I'm gonna go have a good cry. -lwu] (GrimBrother One 13:00:26 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 18 2012

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The Lives of the Brutes Preview (and more)
SpearheadWarrior, the man behind "Life of the Grunts" and "Lives of the Elite" (and a video we totally missed when it came out in September, "The Lives of the Moa"), is back with an opening preview for "The Lives of the Brutes". A mockumentacular! Thanks, Ogan Panavo. (Louis Wu 23:06:00 UTC) (permalink)

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Achievement HORSE #58
There's a new Achievement PIG up (YouTube | AH.com) for folks who enjoy watching Geoff trying to beat Jack. The maps this time around look fantastic. Go see! Thanks, SEspider (and hezekiah). (Louis Wu 22:55:48 UTC) (permalink)

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BTF #7: The Deeper End of the Pool
Dani stopped by with word of a new 'Behind the Frontlines' editorial at Forward Unto Dawn. This one was written by Postmortem, and suggests that a more realistic Halo might be fun. (I think I'm with Dani on this one; I wouldn't really want to see it. But it makes for some interesting conversation!) (Louis Wu 22:52:06 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: Archetype Teaser Trailer
TDSpiral let us know that there's another fan-created video projects in the works - Halo: Archetype has just released a teaser trailer. Go see what you think! (Louis Wu 16:49:27 UTC) (permalink)

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Scraps of Destiny
ncsuDuncan continues to be the go-to source of compiled Destiny information (what little there is of it) - if you want to keep up on what Bungie fans are scrounging up, swing by and read his article! (Louis Wu 16:48:41 UTC) (permalink)

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OpenSauce v3.0 Released
kornman00 let us know that OpenSauce v3.0 has now been released - it's a project to extend the HaloCE game engine and tools. The announcement article contains screenshots and a video to show you just what this powerful package can do - and get you started on using it, if you're so inclined. Take a look! (Louis Wu 16:46:10 UTC) (permalink)

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Reach Top 10 Ep 38: Multikills
Anoj has posted Episode 38 of his Reach Top 10 series - this one focuses on Multikills. Amazingly, there's nothing over Killtastrophe... but there are still plenty of impressive moments! Check it out. Thanks, Jordan Bell. (Louis Wu 14:50:09 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 17 2012

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He's a sucker for ancient giant alien artifacts
Omnivoracious has an interview, of sorts, with Greg Bear about Primordium - go read what he had to say! Thanks, Hypertrooper. (Louis Wu 17:22:13 UTC) (permalink)

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Oboe Scores - Halo with a bit of class
A little bit ago, OboeCrazy decided to set fun Reach clips to music - music played by her. Thus was born Oboe Scores. Episode #1 has some great Grenade Launcher action set to a mellow oboe score. Episode #2 was called 'The Friendly Elite' - it's a heartwarming example of how enemies can lay down their arms and get along. (Until one decides to assassinate the other.) And Episode #3 switches things up - the gameplay is from HWM Sarge, the instrument is the English horn instead of the oboe, and the subject is 'The Revenge of the Falcon'. Awesome stuff! (Louis Wu 15:46:57 UTC) (permalink)

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A Numbers-Based Approach
Hoovaloov decided to look more closely into how bloom affects the DMR's effectiveness (or, more specifically, how the change due to the Title Update affects the winning chances of folks who pace their shots vs folks who pull the trigger as fast as they can). The results might surprise you. (Interestingly enough, RC Master decided, totally independently, to look at the statistics of the Needle Rifle today, and compare its kill speed (in ideal conditions) to the DMR. Again - fascinating results.) (Louis Wu 15:09:21 UTC) (permalink)

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I need a washcloth.
Ross Mills noticed a new set of Halo-themed soaps from Digitalsoaps (we mentioned them back in 2009) - I love the design, but I'm not sure I want to smell like carbonated corn syrup. (The original link was via Sprite Stitch.) (Louis Wu 15:08:44 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo-inspired first aid kit
We've mentioned THORSSOLI before - he made some cool Halloween armor a couple of years ago. (He's made a lot more than that - but it's what we noticed.) He put up a post this weekend that's quite cool - he documented the creation of a Halo health pack, ready to be filled with first-aid goodies (or snacks, whatever works). Check it out! Thanks to wwm0nkey, over at NeoGAF, for the heads-up. (Louis Wu 15:06:18 UTC) (permalink)

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343 Guilty Spirits
Another day, another comic from pete_the_duck - I gotta say, I'm a little curious about what might have happened last night. (Louis Wu 15:03:37 UTC) (permalink)

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Deathless Package
A little late to help you with yesterday's Daily Challenge, but still a pretty impressive run - RC Master passed along word of a no-deaths run on The Package on High Speed Halo. It sets a new record time for The Package on Legendary (16:37), and has just enough mistakes to give someone looking to best it a sense of hope! Check it out. (Louis Wu 15:02:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Tyrant's Halo 3 Legendary Walkthrough - Sierra 117
The Tyrant has kicked off his Halo 3 Legendary Guide on YouTube, with a half-hour commentated run through Sierra-117. Skips, tricks, tips for staying alive - this video will help you survive your way through the start of the Halo 3 campaign! The video has a special guest appearance from Steve 'Master Chief' Downes, and apparently, later today there will be a question posted to Tyrant's Twitter feed that will give you a chance to win a free Avatar code. (Louis Wu 15:01:57 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartans Know How to Keep Cool in a Crysis
Longtime HBO member The Lionheart unveiled today a new community-driven project that looks to hit the ground running strong. Called Venerance, the project is a Halo mod using CryEngine 3, and focuses on Blue Team's exploits on Sigma Octanus IV. The project is certainly rich in passion, and The Lionheart says that the creative team behind it will soon be recruiting even more talent from the Halo community to join on board. His forum post is more of a teaser, but I'm sure he'd love to answer any questions he can about the project. So keep an eye on this one, and if you don't think you can help out, at least lend some encouraging words! Check it out! (GrimBrother One 01:17:17 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 16 2012

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Playing brings us together
Tex stopped in with word from a friend who attended the UCSD Winter Games Fest last weekend - looks like the Halo matches were played on GAEMS G155s. Nice! Worth a read - a long-time fan remembers where he came from! (Louis Wu 18:59:26 UTC) (permalink)

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Annoying the internet since 2002
pete_the_duck made it easy to read the latest comics on his site, by posting direct links on our forum. Each one is funnier than the last! (Louis Wu 18:58:05 UTC) (permalink)

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Motion Capture for MC
Dennis Powers let us know that Maniac1000 has put together a tutorial showing how to add motion capture easily to Master Chief. Might make for some interesting machinima! (Louis Wu 18:57:47 UTC) (permalink)

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Str8 Sick and Prototype Dualtage
Nick_GTL, over at NeoGAF, pointed out a dualtage showing off footage by Str8 Sick and Prototype, with editing by whaTime - this was released a couple of weeks ago, but it's the first I'm seeing it. Editing is heavy, but well-done. Check it out! (Louis Wu 18:55:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Reaching WAAAY back
Longtime HBO readers might remember Z, who used to run Halo3Forum all by himself. He turned over the reins to people he trusted, but has recently decided to come back. If you swing by TheHaloForum.com right now, you can watch an hour and a half of Halo 2 gameplay between TCO (originally XiT Woundz) and Team 3D from about 6 years ago. Unfortunately, there's no sound - but for true Halo 2 diehards, that shouldn't be a huge problem. (Louis Wu 18:53:50 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 15 2012

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Audiobook: Reconing by Big Heeb
Robowski wrote to let us know about something new at Post Game Carnage Report - they've turned one of their fan fiction stories into an audiobook. It's... not as serious as you might expect. (Louis Wu 13:34:49 UTC) (permalink)

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Community Customs Montage: 1.13.12
MixMaker117 put together another montage based on customs madness; this one collects footage (and in-game silliness) from last Friday night. Four minutes of fun. Thanks, SEspider. (Louis Wu 13:31:47 UTC) (permalink)

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I love you guys.
Yesterday, Jillybean stopped in to our forum with a proposal - she thought it might be fun to recreate the Halo 3 terminals in Halo: Anniversary style. The enthusiasm, and pooling of talent, was amazing to watch. Here's to the fans who make this happen - I'm really looking forward to the end result! (Louis Wu 13:03:19 UTC) (permalink)

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Stride Championship Series: Match 6
Match 6 of the Stride Championship Series is now up at Halo Waypoint - Clutch and Cloud face off against Flamesword and Enable. This is much more of a cat-and-mouse type game than the last few matches... great watch! (Louis Wu 13:02:24 UTC) (permalink)

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Severance
Arby 'n' the Chief Season 6 Episode 12 went live yesterday - and it becomes clear what's REALLY going on. And sets things up for the final episode. Pretty nicely done! Thanks, Ogan Panavo. (Louis Wu 12:58:30 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 14 2012

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The Halo Conflict 1: Strange New World
There's a video up on Halo Waypoint right now that I was SURE I'd seen before... but given the footage, I'm thinking it might be new. It's called 'The Halo Conflict 1: Strange New World', and sets the stage for the games in about two and a half minutes. If you overlook the mispronunciation of 'Soell', this is a pretty nicely-done introduction to the story! (Louis Wu 19:11:41 UTC) (permalink)

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Custom Carnage, Pano-Style
Hedgemony is back to his old tricks - check out his latest collection of pano shots, built from Community Customs action last night. Some really amazing pics in there! Update: And... more. And still more. And... STILL more. And the last batch. (Louis Wu 18:59:22 UTC) (permalink)

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NOVA Teaser
MASSAIKUR stopped in with word of a new comic he's working on with PAraNoia817 and Shacker - the teaser looks epic! (Louis Wu 18:57:54 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak 69
Achievement Hunter's posted Fails of the Weak volume 69 (AH.com | YouTube) - I found it to be pretty weak, across the board, except for the last fail (which was awesome). And it looks like I broke hezekiah's spirit, which sort of sucks. (Louis Wu 18:57:05 UTC) (permalink)

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How to Make Machinima series
CruelLEGACEY has been posting an article series on Halo Waypoint that is aimed at helping you create machinima. Part 1 went live last week (it covered planning and audio recording), while Part 2 is up now (Storyboards and Animatics). 3 more parts are coming, once per week. (Louis Wu 18:56:35 UTC) (permalink)

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Fall of Reach: Invasion (coming soon)
Dogiojoe sent word that the third installment of the Fall of Reach comic series from Marvel is finally beginning - Invasion should be on store shelves this coming Wednesday, January 18. If you need to get 'caught up', check Halopedia! (Louis Wu 18:54:56 UTC) (permalink)

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Podtacular 270: Future of MLG
Dust Storm sent word that this week's Podtacular episode features two MLG icons, AnTiPRO and Cheeky, and the topic of discussion is the future of Halo on the MLG Circuit. Worth listening to, whether you're a fan of MLG or not! (Louis Wu 18:53:46 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 13 2012

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Pungent Traces of Methane
DeeJ has posted a new mailbag over at Bungie.net - the Halo-specific content is very, very light, but any window into the dark and mysterious castle that is Bungie (at the moment) is welcome! Go read. (Louis Wu 20:10:35 UTC) (permalink)

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A real nail-biter
Today's webcomic at petetheduck.com hit home for me; do you find YOURself reacting with Halo content to real-world situations? (Louis Wu 19:57:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Sketches
Nikko B201 stopped in with word of some Halo artwork he'd sketched and scanned - go look! (Louis Wu 19:55:17 UTC) (permalink)

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Bandanna Skull: Warthog-Window Method
Quagga sent us a link to his tutorial showing how to get the Bandanna Skull on Halo Anniversary... without grenade jumping (or rocket-jumping). Sneaky! I wish I'd known about this a couple of months ago... (Louis Wu 19:49:47 UTC) (permalink)

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RvB wins at IAWTV Awards
Congratulations to the Rooster Teeth crew - last night, they took home the Best Animated Webseries award for Red vs Blue at the International Academy of Web Television Awards in Las Vegas! Steppin' up in the world... (Louis Wu 13:51:15 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Multiplayer Tips and Tricks
Over at Halo Waypoint, CruelLEGACEY has put together some Halo Multiplayer Tips and Tricks - techniques you can use to improve your K/D. (Louis Wu 13:50:57 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 12 2012

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Bulletinizing Halo development, one week at a time
This week's Halo Bulletin went up earlier this afternoon at Halo Waypoint - a little bit later than usual. (It didn't make it into our Halo Bulletin Archive until just now - still more delay. Sorry!) Coverage of Greg Bear's recent book tour, a nice Super Jackpot available in Matchmaking, some behind-teh-scenes stuff from the Halo 4 team, and fan questions make up the bulk of the content. Go read! Thanks, JDQuackers. (Louis Wu 22:46:53 UTC) (permalink)

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BTF #5 : Are We BETA Off Without It?
Forward Unto Dawn has a new piece - this one returns to the Beyond the Frontline opinion series, and focuses on an open beta test for Halo 4 - or more specifically, whether Halo 4 NEEDS an open beta. Interesting read! Thanks, Dani. (Louis Wu 17:36:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: Faith - Sidelined?
thebruce0 stopped in with a link to a (currently live) podcast from Rex Sikes, on blogtalkradio, containing an interview with Jared Pelletier, the driver behind the Halo: Faith movie. I can't figure out how to hear the relevant portion at the moment (will probably be easier once the live part is over), but according to thebruce0, Pelletier has said that the project no longer has a potential release, apparently because of an IP conflict. Bummer! (Louis Wu 17:18:30 UTC) (permalink)

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Jello wrestling, midnight
You gotta hope that AIs don't last 540 years... (Louis Wu 16:22:46 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR Ep 100
Robowski let us know that the 100th episode of the Post Game Carnage Report is now online - plenty of Halo discussion, mostly mitigated by alcohol. Go listen! (Louis Wu 15:25:56 UTC) (permalink)

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Blowing Up to Win
Achievement HORSE #57 (AchievementHunter.com | YouTube) marks the return of Geoff - will Jack's 3 extra months of practice keep him on top? Watch to find out! hezekiah's informational forum post used up what seems to be a lifetime supply of horse puns, so the next few announcement posts will probably read "Achievement HORSE #[some_number_here] live". (Louis Wu 15:24:43 UTC) (permalink)

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Kampy and BesT MaN Anniversary Montage
This was on Halo Waypoint on Monday, but I missed it until thee henery mentioned it at NeoGAF - Kampy and BesT MaN have released an Anniversary dualtage, with some pretty slick multikills. Go watch! (Louis Wu 15:22:50 UTC) (permalink)

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Drunken Halo: Episode 34
Justin Bryce sent word that Drunken Halo: Episode 34 is now online - the crew goes spelunking in the Waypoint forums. (Louis Wu 15:21:14 UTC) (permalink)

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The Future of Cortana's Face?
Lord Friendship stopped in with some interesting information from reddit - looks like a woman is claiming to be the face of Cortana for Halo 4. No word from 343 on whether her claims have merit. (Louis Wu 15:18:12 UTC) (permalink)

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Firefight Survival
RC Master continues to hone his Firefight Survival gametype - check the post for details and download links! Doesn't look like Waypoint plans on making too many changes to the Firefight playlists online, so this might be your best chance for some variety. (Louis Wu 15:13:15 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 11 2012

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Tuesday Night Tests at XForgery
If you have a forged map, and you want people to test it, you should swing by XForgery - they're still running Tuesday Night Tests, and are happy to give you feedback! Swing by and try 'em out! Thanks, Spencermx14. (Louis Wu 18:58:36 UTC) (permalink)

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Aww...
Today's comic at petetheduck.com just made me sad. (Louis Wu 17:53:40 UTC) (permalink)

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The Interrogation of Nak3d Eli
MASSAIKUR caught up with Nak3d Eli for an interview about his Halo playing and thoughts on the game. Interesting read! (Louis Wu 15:19:01 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Reach Top 10 Ep 37: Amazing Kills
Anoj has a new Halo Reach Top 10 - this one looks at Amazing Kills. The earlier ones might be a little weak... but they definitely get pretty amazing near the end. Thanks, Jordan Bell. (Louis Wu 15:18:40 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: Gray Team - Episode 2 Teaser
MastaSin333 stopped in to let us know that a Teaser for Halo: Gray Team - Episode 2 is now up at Newgrounds. Go watch! (Louis Wu 15:18:05 UTC) (permalink)

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January Matchmaking Playlist Update
The January Matchmaking Playlist Update went live yesterday - you can read all the details over at Halo Waypoint. New maps, new playlists, tweaks to gametypes - go read! (Louis Wu 15:16:08 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: Agent of Anti-American Terrorism!
ChristWire has an article explaining how Halo is ruining our society. I laughed. (Hint: ChristWire is satire. Apparently, some folks who read this article don't get that.) Hypertrooper was the first to post it where I could see it, but there's also a thread on our own forum. This one must have been fun to write... (Louis Wu 15:10:10 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 10 2012

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Forerunner fails
OXM UK has some choice words for Halo's Forerunners (and other ancient races) - thanks again, ElzarTheBam. (Louis Wu 16:02:14 UTC) (permalink)

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A close look at 343
All Ages Gaming has an article explaining why you shouldn't be worried that 343 Industries currently sits at the Halo helm. (I wasn't, actually... but it's good to know other fans have their back.) Aside from some inaccuracies about prior credits of some of the principals, it's an interesting read. Thanks, ElzarTheBam. (Louis Wu 14:00:17 UTC) (permalink)

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Duck and Laugh
pete_the_duck continues to amuse with his webcomics - today's is pretty clever, and I liked Sunday's, as well. Quack! (Louis Wu 12:10:22 UTC) (permalink)

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Rust and Echoes
Sqorck stopped by with a link to the Halo theme chanted... in a giant oil chamber. Awesome echoes! Moorpheusl9 followed up with one from a squash court. They both sound great! (Louis Wu 12:09:37 UTC) (permalink)

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Lightbulbs for your Desk(top)
HotIcePhoenix put together a Guilty Spark wallpaper as a commission... he's cute! Check it. (Louis Wu 12:08:44 UTC) (permalink)

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An Awesome Opening Credit Roll to Tide You Over
Timgie stopped in to show off an incredibly cool draft of the opening for his newest machinima project. It already looks amazing, but he's still looking for your feedback so give it a watch, then stop by to let him know what you think. If the intro looks this good, I can't wait to see the full project! (GrimBrother One 06:42:56 UTC) (permalink)

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Holy Trailer Recreation, Batman!
Don't worry, despite Wu's only headlines from yesterday reading "Quitting Halo" and "No Help", I have convinced him to stay around for a bit and use my sometimes-versatile vernacular as a creative crutch whenever he needs. On that note, over the holiday break, HBO participant JIMBOTHY had yet another capital idea and decided to recreate the recent Dark Knight Rises trailer in Halo: Reach machinima-style. The result is awesome; you should definitely check it out! Update: you can now watch a comparison video showing both the original and the machinima version side by side. (GrimBrother One 06:30:05 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 9 2012

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No Help
MASSAIKUR stopped by with word of a live action/machinima mashup called 'No Help' - this was put together by xXCrushedStarXx. I giggled. (Louis Wu 21:03:58 UTC) (permalink)

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Quitting Halo
ncsuDuncan has posted a new article at Misriah Solutions - this one looks at the problem of quitters in Halo: Reach matchmaking, and proposes some solutions. There are interesting discussions on our forum and at NeoGAF - join in! (Louis Wu 18:46:17 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 8 2012

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SYNAW, Season 2 - Episode 6
Ty Coker let us know that Episode 6 from the second season of his SYNAW Halo 3 machinima series is now available to view. Will Conner find the Beacon of Darkness? Watch and find out! (GrimBrother One 19:04:08 UTC) (permalink)

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Community Custom Carnage on Camera
If you've never join in one of the HBO-grown Community Customs events, MixMaster1 stopped by with an awesome reason to start doing so. Check out the awesome highlight video he put together from the last event. Great editing, cool music, and commentary from the players in-game! An excellent watch with some pretty darn hilarious moments. Check it out, and keep an eye on our forums for the next event so you can participate yourself! (GrimBrother One 18:59:31 UTC) (permalink)

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So these two grunts walk into a bar...
Leviathan wants to give away an Avatar Energy Sword - swing by his post to see how you can get in on the action! (Really, he wants you to create a funny picture... but he figures the sword is a nice incentive.) (Louis Wu 16:31:44 UTC) (permalink)

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Waypoint can fill your Sunday
If you're feeling like watching some Halo videos or checking out some cool screenshots, but don't know what's new, Waypoint has what you need. Check out the Waypoint Weekly Wrap-up for links to all the new content they've posted this past week (some we've already covered, plenty we haven't). If that's not enough for you, there's also some cool Featured Content that isn't in that list: HaloTracker's January Top 5 covers No-scopes, a replay of a classic Vintage Fisticuffs highlights the original game's Two Betrayals level, and the Stride Championship Series is up to Match 5, with Roy and Lunchbox fighting iGotUrPistola AND Ogre 2. Content out the yin-yang! (Louis Wu 16:28:27 UTC) (permalink)

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Arby 'n' the Chief - Behind the Scenes: Part 2
There's a new Behind the Scenes video from Jon CJG, showing how he records Arby 'n' the Chief - interesting watch! Thanks, Ogan Panavo. (Louis Wu 16:26:05 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 7 2012

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PGCR Year-End Goodness
The Post Game Carnage Report team have a couple of Halo-related offerings for your enjoyment - there's a video from their Double Team Tourney, with commentary, and there's a reflection of the past year, from Robowski. Go check 'em both out! (Louis Wu 19:54:51 UTC) (permalink)

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Big Red
Revenant1988 noticed a new Megabloks offering at his local Target - might make for some fun playing! (Louis Wu 19:50:48 UTC) (permalink)

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Dropping Back In
Dani stopped by to tell us about a new article feature over at Forward Unto Dawn called Hindsight: ODST. The article looks to take you back through Bungie's noir masterpiece moment by moment, letting you relieve the experience and maybe even catch a thing or two you might have missed along the way. New sections will continue to be added along and along. Go and check it out! (GrimBrother One 15:53:12 UTC) (permalink)

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Shotguns & Shenanigans
Do you love Panoz? I mean, panos? Then make sure you check out the deadly delights our man Hedgemony dropped off on our forum today. The shots come from last night's weekly meet-up of misbehaving Mjolnir courtesy of the Community Customs group. Make sure you check out all three pages of photos; there are some awesome ones in there! (GrimBrother One 14:54:51 UTC) (permalink)

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It's a Grim Day
GrimBrother One has been an integral part of HBO for a while - but today, you can find him elsewhere around the web. Over at Xbox.com, he's the focus of the latest Gamer Spotlight - read it for some insight into the man himself. (I'm not sure what the 'XXX' underneath his home state of Florida, at the top, signifies... I worried at first that it would be a pornographic interview, but that turned out to be a baseless fear.) Thanks to SonofMacPhisto for pointing this out. When you're finished there, swing by Grim Times Indeed, a personal blog maintained by Grim - his latest post is a look back at the amazing year that was 2011. Did he PLAN for this newspost to appear on the 7th? I don't know, but I wouldn't put it past him. (Louis Wu 12:00:34 UTC) (permalink)

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Play HCEA, Fly to LA
Wow - I'm not sure I understand how Halo Anniversary plays in all this... but G4TV has an announcement about a sweepstakes being conducted by Xbox LIVE, in relation to the upcoming movie Underworld Awakening. If you download the official Gamer Picture during the prize period (one of which ends tonight, and the next of which starts tomorrow), you will be entered into a sweepstakes whose winner will fly to LA in May for an Attack of the Show episode. Apparently, there's a dusk-till-dawn session of Halo Anniversary being scheduled this weekend as part of this promotion - but I can't find any info about that specifically. Thanks, ElzarTheBam! (Louis Wu 11:51:35 UTC) (permalink)

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Duck Tales
Two new comics from pete_the_duck since we last visited petetheduck.com - The Social Network involves the Bungie Webmaster, and Forge Humor made me love that duck. Go read! (Louis Wu 11:39:36 UTC) (permalink)

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Wonder If He Got The Daily Double Kill
Earlier today Tex dropped in to our forums with word that she had just witnessed some Halo in her Jeopardy. A bit later, Mr. Sci-Fi from his Twitter feed found someone with video of the culturally cross-pollinating event. Cool stuff... I just hope he wagered "I <3 Cortana" at some point. Check it out! (GrimBrother One 07:20:18 UTC) (permalink)

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It's Better With Kinetic
Prominent Halo Community member (and taker of cool panoramas) FourteeTwo let us know via his Twitter feed about a very cool kinetic typography video set to the epic speech in the recent Heroes Never Die ad campaign for Halo: Anniversary. Very cool stuff, definitely go and check it out! (GrimBrother One 05:31:48 UTC) (permalink)

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Wait, I'm Sure I Saw That In Legends Already
A loyal HBO reader sent in word of a new Gundam-style Spartan build by the fabulous mdgelo. The result looks amazing. Go and check it out! (GrimBrother One 05:18:56 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 6 2012

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Reach - Done Quick for Cancer
Don't forget - Cody Miller will be running Reach on Legendary for Awesome Games Done Quick in just a little while - watch him, and contribute to their cause (Prevent Cancer Foundation)! (He's currently speed-running Mirror's Edge, watching it makes me dizzy.) (Louis Wu 21:05:22 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails, fails, and more fails
Wanna watch some fails? Fails of the Weak Volume 68 is live on YouTube, and the Best of 2011 episode of Game Fails (including some great Halo fails) is up at both AchievementHunter.com and YouTube. Thanks, hezekiah! (Louis Wu 20:05:41 UTC) (permalink)

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Next Up: LEGO Grifball
I stumbled across a Halo 3 Gravity Hammer, made with LEGOs - pretty nice! (Louis Wu 19:49:26 UTC) (permalink)

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Bring Metamucil on this Ride-Along
If you swing by Bungie.net, you can read about The Marty Army, the very first Bungie Fanclub (and one that boasts more than two thousand members). And to help you know Marty better, there are questions asked by group members and answered by the Elder One himself. He's a funny man. With a lot of answers. (Louis Wu 19:47:39 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 5 2012

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The Halo CE Chronicles - Fearless Ch 18 (Conclusion)
Dennis Powers sent word that the conclusion to The Halo CE Chronicles: Fearless is now online. Check it out! (Louis Wu 22:24:01 UTC) (permalink)

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The First Super Soldier
Speaking of DeviantARTists, The Lionheart just stopped by with a link to GRANDBigBird's Captain America/Halo mashup. Fun! (Louis Wu 21:37:40 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo-Feet First Menu build Alpha
Nice - JamesBryce built a Flash interface for an ODST-based movie that never got finished, Halo-Feet First. Pretty cool! Thanks, Grizzlei. (Louis Wu 21:33:57 UTC) (permalink)

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Love at first sight
lol (Louis Wu 20:17:18 UTC) (permalink)

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Return of the King
Hey, remember when we posted that Marcus Lehto was leaving Bungie? Looks like a few weeks ago, he made a Tweet that could be interpreted in a Bungie-centric way... but a new Tweet this past Monday removed the doubt. The artistic vision behind Reach will soon be back at Bungie, baby! (Louis Wu 17:31:20 UTC) (permalink)

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Achievement HORSE #56
The latest episode of Achievement HORSE is actually another round of PIG - and this time, it's Caleb facing off against Jack. Watch on either AchievementHunter.com or YouTube. Thanks, hezekiah. (Louis Wu 15:32:12 UTC) (permalink)

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The Promise of a New Year
The first Halo Bulletin of 2012 went live last night - New Year's resolutions, information about Primordium, and details on the January Playlist update fill most of the space. (Folks who prefer vanilla Reach to the Title Update will find a lot to gripe about - but many of the changes bring long-requested updates to your matchmaking fun.) If you choose, the content is available in our Halo Bulletin Archive, as well. (Louis Wu 14:42:21 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 4 2012

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Over the line?
Heh - cool... Marty pointed out the original ending to the MacWorld '99 Halo trailer. Bungie decided it was 'too cute' and dropped the apple... but it's a great look back! Thanks, ncsuDuncan. (Louis Wu 22:00:49 UTC) (permalink)

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A fan's vision
MoltenSlowa brought news of a Reddit-based plea - I can get behind this one! (Louis Wu 20:15:59 UTC) (permalink)

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More Eggy Goodness
Last week, we mentioned Achievement Hunter's Top Easter Eggs of 2011 vid - Halo Anniversary was represented. Yesterday, they released their 'Best of the Rest' choices - and there are two more Anniversary eggs in there! Not too shabby. (Louis Wu 19:15:30 UTC) (permalink)

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Women of Xbox: Episode 6
The latest episode of Tyrant's Women of Xbox series has Goosechecka attempting to tackle Halo: Reach's campaign on Mythic difficulty. Sometimes... you just have to lead with your strengths. Go watch! (Louis Wu 18:10:53 UTC) (permalink)

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Falcon Render
SESpider pointed out an impressively rendered Halo: Reach Falcon from the crew at No-Triangle (some cool video extras at that site). Check it out! (Louis Wu 18:08:37 UTC) (permalink)

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Beating Cancer Quick
Cody Miller is running in Awesome Games Done Quick again this year - and this year, he's done some serious practicing. He's doing his Reach run on Legendary - follow along on January 6! Last year they raised $53,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation - can you help them do better this year? (Louis Wu 02:18:07 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 3 2012

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Going it Alone
Rockslider has found a way to reshape the Evac Zone battle on Winter Contingency in such a way as to make it a solo affair (as well as a technique to bring Covie reinforcements in early). The master of making his own fun continues to impress! (Louis Wu 18:24:20 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Community Christmas Montage 2011
While you're at Halo Waypoint, check out the Halo Community Christmas Montage from the crew at TheHaloForum.com. Reach and Halo 3, lots of multikills! (Louis Wu 18:20:51 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Book Tour: Primordium
According to Halo Waypoint, Greg Bear will be up and down the west coast (and as far inland as Alburquerque, NM) touring to promote Halo: Primordium. See how close he's coming to you! (I'm saddened I won't get a chance to meet him...) (Louis Wu 18:19:19 UTC) (permalink)

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The Package
It's not marked with the 'Webcomic' tag... but pete_the_duck DID post a new comic this morning on petetheduck.com. I laughed. (Then I cried, because the entire holiday season went this way for me.) (Louis Wu 18:18:40 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 2 2012

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Happy Birthday Grifball!
Whoa, where does the time go? Goosechecka let us know that Grifball is celebrating it's fourth birthday already! Want to help? Check out the celebratory antics outlined on GrifballHub! Comraderie, death by Hammers, and prizes galore! (Louis Wu 16:54:39 UTC) (permalink)

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The future of games and movies
If you're going to the Consumer Electronics Show next week in Las Vegas, be sure to set aside an hour Wednesday afternoon - 343's Frank O'Connor will be part of a panel discussing ways for games and movies to get along better. Nice! Thanks to Hypertrooper for finding this. (Louis Wu 15:02:41 UTC) (permalink)

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Never Back Down
TheSparbiter let us know that he's celebrating the new year with a new music video - this one sets Halo footage to Manic Bloom's 'Never Back Down'. Go watch! (Louis Wu 14:51:55 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: Feet In The Sand
DaFrontlineTrooper decided to put some of his props and visual effects into a film - check out where he's going! Thanks, robofin117. (Louis Wu 14:49:00 UTC) (permalink)

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FunnyDuck
Yesterday, pete_the_duck stopped by with word of a new duck comic on petetheduck.com. Today, there was another. He says they won't be every day - but they're pretty funny - maybe keep an eye on the Webcomic tag on petetheduck. (Louis Wu 14:44:38 UTC) (permalink)

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News January 1 2012

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All that Glitters
Gamasutra has an interview with Bungie Senior Graphics Engineer Hao Chen - it's a technical look at how Bungie is trying to solve problems for their next game, and how they're approaching graphic challenges. Their experience with Halo drives many of their investigations - a great read! Thanks to PsychoRaven, over at NeoGAF. (Louis Wu 18:27:01 UTC) (permalink)

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STRIDE Championship Series: Match 4
Halo Waypoint has a Stride Championship match - a 2v2 match, Clutch and Cloud (Believe the Hype) vs Hysteria (Triggers Down) and Heinz (Dynasty). Great gameplay! (Louis Wu 18:24:31 UTC) (permalink)

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Arby 'n' the Chief - New Year's Special
Arby 'n' the Chief has a New Year's Special - how much Halo did YOU play this week? Thanks, Ogan Panavo. (Louis Wu 18:23:45 UTC) (permalink)

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