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News July 31 2013

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Project Contingency - a Fan-made Halo Game
Getting on a plane in an hour... but before I go, a quick note. We got word from the team at Project Contingency about a fan-made Halo game built on the CryEngine 3 engine. It's not a mod for Crysis - it's a new look at the Halo universe through the lens of a different engine. There's a trailer to watch, a website, and a gallery of their work, if you want to catch up. Looking good! (Louis Wu 17:17:41 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 30 2013

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Sometimes, ze bull, he wins
In a strange confluence of circumstances, all three major updaters for HBO are in places (or times) where updates are nearly impossible. For the lack of Halo news coverage... we apologize. Things might get better soon! (Louis Wu 23:59:38 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 29 2013

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If Only 'Carter' Was On the Back of His Jersey
An image came across the Facebook page of the National Football League this morning and I did a bit of a double-take. I think Halo fans will understand why. I'm really hoping to see more permutations in the future! LOCUS for the Bucs? ODST for the Seahawks? YES PLEASE! Check it out! (GrimBrother One 18:14:22 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 28 2013

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We're humbled.
Occasionally, we get thank-you notes from fans - and we always appreciate them. Sometimes, though, the sentiments expressed and the timing of the arrival combine to make things special - and that happened today. A fan, choosing to be known as Jon, let us know why he was happy we were around. There are times, when life gets crazy, that it's easy to forget what kept us doing this for so long... and a note like this goes a long way to helping us remember. Check it out. (For what it's worth, Stuntmutt's still around, even if it's only once in a while.) (Louis Wu 22:31:16 UTC) (permalink)

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You can walk all over it.
PyroSporker16 pointed out a pretty rare piece of Halo memorabilia being sold right now on eBay - it's Combat Evolved welcome mat, never used. I vaguely remember seeing one of these before - but it's definitely not a common item. Currently at just over $100, but there are still 4 days left on the auction. Check it out! (Louis Wu 22:27:32 UTC) (permalink)

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CMT's Silent Cartorapher: Evolved
Ifafudafi, from CMT, let us know that their new Custom Edition map, The Silent Cartographer: Evolved - Cartographer Encounter, is coming along swimmingly. You can see lots of pictures and stuff at HaloMods, or watch a recent encounter playthrough on YouTube. This is a reworked Silent Cartographer... and it's really pretty. Check it out! (Louis Wu 22:21:21 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 27 2013

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Wednesday's Bulletin... on Saturday.
We're way late this week - apologies - but the Halo Bulletin went up as usual on Wednesday, and it covered a bunch of subjects. There's a San Diego Comic-Con wrapup, info about the Champions Bundle, a cool gallery from SDCC, an update on the Halo 4 Global Championship, details on the newest Matchmaking Playlist Update, and some pretty funny screenshots. Go read! (As is usually the case, you can read a lighter version in our Halo Bulletin Archive.) (Louis Wu 08:09:07 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the WeakHorse... or something
Nikko B201 pointed out this week's AchievementHunter content - there's Fails of the Weak 149 (the final fail is quite cool), both on AH.com and YouTube... and there's another round of Halo HORSE, this time between Miles and Michael. Who will fill that third slot in the office quarterfinals? Watch to find out (on AH.com or YouTube). (Louis Wu 08:08:49 UTC) (permalink)

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Buy Mega Bloks, Cheap
JW pointed out that you can get some pretty good deals on Halo Mega Blocks right now on Woot.com - you've got until next Wednesday! (Louis Wu 08:08:32 UTC) (permalink)

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An AR prop worthy of admiration
Revenant1988 has finished his AR prop - and it's gorgeous! Go look. (Louis Wu 08:08:18 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Assault Review from Destructoid
Destructoid has a review of Spartan Assault up for your viewing pleasure. Short version - they thought it was fun, but it didn't offer a whole lot. (Then again, it doesn't cost too much.) Give it a read! (Louis Wu 08:07:54 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 26 2013

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Anoj's Halo 4 Top 10 Ep 35: Lucky Kills
Anoj has a new Top 10 out - this one focuses on Halo 4 Lucky Kills. How come I never get these? Thanks, Jordan Bell. (Louis Wu 19:58:40 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 25 2013

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Podtacular's Cryptum Discussion
Dust Storm sent word that Podtacular will be kicking off their Forerunner Trilogy shows starting tonight at 8pm Eastern. Guests CruelLEGACY, Bryan Newman and e from Xbox will get together with the Podtac crew to talk about the first novel in the trilogy, Cryptum. They're doing it live - you can catch the stream here. (mastrbiggy 20:18:34 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR 171
Robowski let us know about Post Game Carnage Report episode 171 - Robowski is joined by Evander and Big Heeb to talk all things Halo, including the recent release of Halo Spartan Assault. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 20:13:23 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 24 2013

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An awesome mashup
Revenant1988 found a pretty neat model mashup between Metroid Prime 3 and Halo 4, created by a member of the 405th - take a look! (Louis Wu 21:01:52 UTC) (permalink)

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Checking out Digic's skills
davidfuchs noticed a showreel from Digic, the agency that made a bunch of the cinematic trailers for Halo 4 (and Halo Wars, and...) Go watch! (Louis Wu 20:34:53 UTC) (permalink)

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A ten-year-old Halo sighting
Rockslider noticed that Halo (the original) was being played in an episode of The Twilight Zone (the reboot of the series), from 2003 - with a few oddities. (It takes someone like Rockslider to even NOTICE a few of those oddities - pretty observant!) Go take a look. (You can actually watch the episode online right now - Rockslider provided a link.) (Louis Wu 20:31:03 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 23 2013

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S.O.S.
Rooster Teeth's Red vs Blue Season 11 continues, with last night's release of Episode 6 adding a new and entertaining character to the mix. I'm loving this season! robofin117 has started a thread on our forum if you have comments. (Louis Wu 19:11:26 UTC) (permalink)

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Cover Art, Summaries of Halo Initiation Available
Dogiojoe pointed out that Things from Another World Comics has some info about the upcoming Halo: Initiation series - cover art and a summary can be seen for each of the 3 issues, and a print edition can be preordered if you want to save a little money. Check it out! (Louis Wu 19:09:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Spartan Assault Gameplay Walkthrough
NukemDukem has released a Spartan Assault Walkthrough - if you want to see some gameplay, this is a great way! (Louis Wu 19:06:52 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 22 2013

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Spartan Assault OST
Missed this last week - but on the same day that Spartan Assault was released, the Official Soundtrack was released, as well. 27 tracks of music from composer Tom Salta are available on Amazon, iTunes, Xbox Music, and elsewhere. More details in the official press release (I found it at Gamasutra). (Louis Wu 19:48:19 UTC) (permalink)

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Fingerstyle Halo
JDQuackers pointed out a pretty amazing acoustic guitar rendition of the Halo theme a friend found on YouTube - I can't stop listening to it. I wish I could play like that! (Louis Wu 19:26:11 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: Desolation
MixMaker1 put together a mashup of Halo and The Hobbit - and it works amazingly well. Go watch. (Louis Wu 19:12:14 UTC) (permalink)

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Visualizing the Halo Universe: Round 14
Postmortem announced that Round 14 of his Visualizing the Halo Universe challenge has kicked off - your task, should you choose to accept it, is to envision an ancient human pet described in Greg Bear's fiction. As always, HBO will deny knowledge if you turn out to be right. (Louis Wu 19:10:55 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 21 2013

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Halo: Reach Cutscenes - Now in Surround Sound
Cody Miller has been upgrading our Halo Cutscene Library with surround-sound versions of each game's cutscenes since 2011 - and yesterday, the newest additions went live. The Reach cutscenes are now available in full surround sound, in either QuickTime or WMV variants. Superb! (Louis Wu 16:44:17 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Custom Edition: Takedown - Project Lawson
MatthewDratt has released Takedown: Project Lawson, a single-player map for Halo: Custom Edition. You can find a trailer here (it's a year old), a ViDoc showing off some of the characters you'll interact with (fun!), the actual download from the HaloCE3 website, or more info (screens, videos, discussion, etc) from HaloMaps.org. Again, you'll need Halo Custom Edition (free, though you need a Halo PC license to use it) - go get started! (Louis Wu 16:38:45 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Monk Chant at VGL
Last night, the live-streamed Video Games Live concert took place at San Diego Comic Con - and Marty O'Donnell and Mike Salvatori were there. (Their segment starts around 3:16:30 or so in the Twitch.TV archived video.) It's focused on Destiny... but at the start of the segment, Marty and Mike perform an impromptu version of the monk chant from the original Halo theme. Fantastic! Go watch. (Louis Wu 16:24:23 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 Global Championship Playlist Gameplay
ReadyUpLive's Greenskull livestreamed a play event in the Global Championship Playlist recently - and put together a highlight reel of the evening. Looks like he had a pretty good time! (Louis Wu 16:18:28 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 20 2013

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Your Weekly AH Dose
Fails of the Weak 148 (AH.com | YouTube) has 10 entertaining fails and wittty banter. Meanwhile, Halo HORSE 136 (AH.com | YouTube) pits Ryan against the Martinizer for the second slot in Round 2. Go watch! (Louis Wu 21:35:06 UTC) (permalink)

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Anoj's Top Ten #34: Unusual Kills
There's another Top 10 from Anoj - this one focuses on unusual kills. This one is especially fun to watch - lots of good stuff. Check it out! Thanks, Jordan Bell. (Louis Wu 21:28:34 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Assault code falls to Section 3
GunRunner48 let us know that Section 3 (the fans devoted to finding all of the hidden codes in Halo 4) have solved another one - this code requires that you unlock the 'Recruit' achievement in Spartan Assault. Once you do, you'll get 10,000 XP and begin the process of unlocking a new empblem in Halo 4. Details can be found here - and the code can be found here. (Louis Wu 21:20:34 UTC) (permalink)

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If I were making Halo 5 - Part 2
CruelLEGACEY has released Part 2 of his 'If I were making Halo 5' thought project - this one focuses on campaign and encounter design, along with enemy AI and level design. Go look! (Louis Wu 21:17:52 UTC) (permalink)

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Building the Ultimate Halo Game Redux
Gravemind has revisited his 'Building the Ultimate Halo Game' essay - you can find a list of the changes he made in his forum post. (Or you could just read the tome on his website.) (Louis Wu 21:17:26 UTC) (permalink)

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Tribute
Termacious Trickocity created 'Tribute', a collection of glitches, tricks, and launches from Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo: Reach. It's 9 minutes long, and chock-full of amazing moments - absolutely worth a watch! Thanks, Mator. (Louis Wu 21:15:25 UTC) (permalink)

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HALOcapped - CTF in 5 minutes or less
MixMaker1 told us about the newest HALOcapped episode - the challenge they set for themselves this time out was to win a CTF match in under 5 minutes - without letting the enemy team score. Go see how they did! (Louis Wu 21:15:11 UTC) (permalink)

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A Gamers World
AytonHunter stopped in with a new cinematic project called 'A Gamers World' - Live action with a bit of Halo machinima tossed in. Go take a look! (Louis Wu 21:14:57 UTC) (permalink)

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'Adorable'? Not sure I'd use that word...
NBC News enjoyed Spartan Assault - go read why! (Louis Wu 21:14:35 UTC) (permalink)

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Initiation Preview, plus Escalation
Grizzlei told us about a recently-released preview for Initiation #1, the Dark Horse comic focusing on the pre-Halo4 life of Sarah Palmer. (She also mentioned Escalation, yet ANOTHER series coming later this year, as detailed by Wired - but she was beaten to the punch by TDSpiral.) (Louis Wu 21:11:54 UTC) (permalink)

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Forum not really down
Apologies to anyone who tried to use the front-page link (or a bookmark that uses that same link) to access our forum in the past few hours. The forum changed servers, and an odd combination of circumstances made that link stop working. (The forum was fine - it's just that that link no longer reached it.) Everything should be working again - come say hi! (Louis Wu 11:28:09 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 19 2013

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In Halo They Trust
Some new friends over at .bitblastnetwork let us know that Episode 8 of their podcast is something Halo fans might enjoy taking a listen at. It's a monster coming in at close to 3 hours in length, but if you've got some time, definitely go and give it a chance! Some very interesting viewpoints and overall looms at the Halo franchise and its evolutionary path. Go listen! (GrimBrother One 15:17:09 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 18 2013

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I bet her feet are gonna hurt again.
The Halo Bulletin went live last night (as it usually does on Wednesday nights) - and as you might expect, given the proximity of SDCC, it focuses on stuff you'll be able to see at San Diego Comic Con this weekend. (This includes some really exclusive, limited-edition collectible pins that will be distributed at the event.) There's also a bunch of stuff about the Halo 4 Global Championship, which is deep in qualifiers right now. This includes info about new playlists going live next week. Go give it a read! As always, it's available in a lighter version in our Halo Bulletin Archive, as well. (Louis Wu 16:52:29 UTC) (permalink)

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Warthog Chase
A Forge With Pete we've never highlighted (because I hadn't noticed it until pete_the_duck mentioned it this morning) discusses a gametype he created called 'Warthog Chase'. I got a chance to play this last night... and I gotta say, it's a heckuva lot of fun. It's a Hill game - but the hill is centered on a Warthog. Every 30 seconds, the hill moves to a NEW Warthog. If you happen to be in the Warthog that has the hill, you get points... unless other hogs are near you. You can't kill each other (well, you CAN drive off the map, but you can't run people over, you can't destroy warthogs, etc), so it's all about getting close to the hill (if you're not it) or away from everyone else (if you are). Simple - and really fun. Try it out! (Map variant is here, gametype is here.) And thanks to Mid7night for reminding me to mention it! (Louis Wu 16:44:45 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR 170
Robowski sent word that Post Game Carnage Report Episode 170 has an interview with ReconTeamSierra, the pair of Brits who release gameplay with commentary periodically. (It's got plenty of other stuff too - there's an interesting discussion about The Pit, and a new game called - oh, never mind, not going to front-page that.) Go listen! (Louis Wu 16:38:23 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Assault - launching... soon
Intriguing - as Polygon noticed, Spartan Assault (which was due to launch today on Windows 8 phones from Verizon) no longer has release date information on the Halo Waypoint website. ('July 18' has changed to 'July 2013'.) It's coming... it's just not clear when. Update: Looks like it's today, after all. (Louis Wu 16:30:12 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 17 2013

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Dat Arbiter
Ooh... check out Revenant's garage. Pretty! (Louis Wu 21:42:52 UTC) (permalink)

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Top 10 Didact Lines
MixMaker1 has added a new entry to his 'Top 10 Lines' series - this one features utterances from the Didact. Good stuff! (Louis Wu 21:41:09 UTC) (permalink)

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3 Reasons why Cortana May Not Be Coming Back
Gaming Illustrated has come up with a few reasons why Cortana may not be coming back in future Halo titles. (The idea that she WAS might be news to you.) Go read. (Louis Wu 21:28:19 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo at VGL - on the web
You may have already seen this news on DBO (or elsewhere) - but it's Halo-related, too, so we're posting it here. Video Games Live is planning on streaming its San Diego Comic Con concert on Twitch.TV - and Marty O'Donnell and Mike Salvatori will be guest conductors at 7:30! Destiny and Halo are both on the ticket. Be sure to set some time aside on July 20! (Louis Wu 21:25:50 UTC) (permalink)

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Podtacular - with RTX Flair
Dust Storm sent word of a couple of recent episodes of Podtacular - both of these focuses on RTX and the Halo goodies revealed at that event. Episode 381 is all about RTX itself - he calls it 'RTXtravaganza'. Episode 382 goes through the Bundle of Champions. Go listen to both! (Louis Wu 21:09:31 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 16 2013

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Halo 4 WTF Moments: A Second Shooter?
Tyrant posted another Halo 4 WTF Moment - was that second shooter REALLY that fast? You decide. (Louis Wu 23:14:18 UTC) (permalink)

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Better than dog tags
Kevin Hurd has created a really cool token to wear to SDCC this year - check out his post for details! (Louis Wu 23:07:28 UTC) (permalink)

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If I Was Making Halo 5
CruelLEGACY dropped by the forums to let us know about his new article series, 'If I was making Halo 5'. CruelLEGACY dissects the current state of Halo's story, campaign and multiplayer and talks about what he would do differently with the next Halo game. Part one is up now and takes a look at the story of Halo. Parts two and three will be up soon. Great read! (mastrbiggy 21:34:26 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 15 2013

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How to drive a destroyed Ghost in Halo 4
t00lbox posted a totally useless (but pretty funny) glitch from Reclaimer - he calls it driving a destroyed Ghost, but it's more like rolling it around. Take a look! (Louis Wu 21:02:48 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails 147, HORSE 135
Nikko B201 stopped by this morning with links to both the most recent Fails of the Weak (AH.com | YouTube) and Halo HORSE (AH.com | YouTube). It's a flood of AchievementHunter content! (Louis Wu 21:02:24 UTC) (permalink)

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So, Halo 3 is a pretty cool game (3)
uberfoop walk down Halo 3's memory lane continues with an awesome look at The Ark. Makes me wanna fire it up! (Louis Wu 21:02:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Visualizing the Halo Universe Round 13 Results
Postmortem collected the submissions to his latest challenge to fans to envision pieces of the Halo universe that haven't been explicitly shown yet - there are three submissions showing what the Forerunner capital might have looked like at its prime - pretty cool! Swing by his website to see them. (Louis Wu 21:00:25 UTC) (permalink)

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HaloCE3: Highlights
Also from MatthewDratt comes a batch of links to content from the HaloCE3 event that took place over the weekend. Go check out the full livestream, or clips that show off multiplayer, cool maps, and more! (Louis Wu 20:58:12 UTC) (permalink)

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Voice Acting Talent Needed - Fast
MatthewDratt is looking for a new voice actor (with very quick turnaround - the project is ready for release by next Friday, except for these 50 lines). If you have a decent mic, and think you might like to participate, check out his forum post - it contains everything you need to figure out what the project's about and how to reach him. Halo community, assemble! (Louis Wu 20:57:44 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 WTF Moments: Two To Tango
Tyrant has updated his Halo 4 WTF series - the newest clip is called 'Two To Tango', though I'm pretty sure what he's doing wouldn't get him any points on Dancing with the Stars. Pretty funny, in any case! (Louis Wu 20:57:04 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 14 2013

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Halo 4 Mythic Difficulty Guide - Infinity
The Tyrant has finished the chapter of his Halo 4 Mythic Difficulty Guide that covers the level Infinity, arguably the hardest level to get through on this highest of difficulty settings. If you're looking to add this particular notch to your belt, reading his guide carefully before you start will go a long way towards a successful run! Go check it out. (Louis Wu 11:25:30 UTC) (permalink)

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Zero hit - an extreme challenge
Rockslider set himself a new challenge: could he get through a Halo level without ever being hit? Not just undamaged... but unTOUCHED. He recently finished Assault on the Control Room on Legendary while satisfying this self-imposed rule... and wrote up his experience. Go check out his tips! (Louis Wu 11:22:00 UTC) (permalink)

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Anoj's Halo 4 Top 10 Ep 31: Amazing Kills
Anoj has released his newest Halo 4 Top 10 video - this one focuses on 'Amazing Kills', which mostly means impressive killstreaks (but not completely!). Go watch - fun stuff! Thanks, Jordan Bell. (Louis Wu 11:18:58 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 13 2013

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PGCR: Halo 4 Gun Game
Robowski told us about a new video from Post Game Carnage Report's Real Mistry - it shows off a modded gametype called 'Gun Game', where your guns change as you kill opponents. Intriguing! Go watch. (Louis Wu 16:55:55 UTC) (permalink)

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Grifball Roundup - Screens and Highlights
Goosechecka dropped us a line about new content at GrifballHub - there are new screenshots for the month of June, put together by oObex (awesome shots - best 10 of more than 2000 screens), and the AGLA, GH's new competitive league, has a highlight reel of some seriously awesome Grifball action. Go check 'em out! (Louis Wu 16:41:52 UTC) (permalink)

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HALOcapped Ep 6 - Plasma Pistols, Autosentry CTF
MixMaker1 stopped in with word of another episode of HALOcapped - his team attempted to win a game of CTF on Skyline using nothing but Plasma Pistols and Autosentries. Their self-imposed rules said no melees - Mix was much better than his teammates at sticking to this. Even with a few beatdowns, though, their win with these rules is really impressive - and fun to watch! Check it out. (Louis Wu 16:03:43 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 12 2013

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Heavy Mettle
We totally skipped over this week's release of Red vs Blue Season 11 - but you shouldn't. Episode 4 has a dejected Caboose, an out-of-shape Tucker, a pissed-off Simmons, an entitled Sarge, a bored Grif, and a frustrated Washington. What more could you want? (Louis Wu 19:04:32 UTC) (permalink)

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Pit Stop Between the Pit and Pitfall.
Certain Affinity posted some Pit/Pitfall comparison shots on their Facebook page. There's also a few Pitfall and Vertigo concept art pieces to check out. Neat! (mastrbiggy 18:45:41 UTC) (permalink)

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One2One MC Bust for sale in the UK
jay mee noticed a pretty cool Master Chief bust for sale on Gumtree (a UK classified site). These were made by One2One Collectibles and released in 2009 - the run was 650 (not the 350 mentioned in the Gumtree posting, but that's a minor detail, it's still a tiny number), and the original price was $225. I haven't seen many of these being sold on secondary markets - if you've been looking for one of these, this might be a good opportunity! (Louis Wu 18:37:50 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: Spartan Assault Coming to Verizon First In the US
Joystiq pointed out that the phone version of Halo: Spartan Assault will launch first on Verizon. Not only do you have to have a Windows 8 device, but now you HAVE to be a Verizon customer to play this game :(. I have no idea what this means for Windows 8 tablets and PCs. We'll keep you updated. (mastrbiggy 18:28:25 UTC) (permalink)

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The Halo Council Closes its Doors
The Halo Council filled a pretty unique niche when it started up last year - it was competitive gamers who were interested in a Halo that all Halo fans, competitive and casual alike, could enjoy. There are other sites that work that space now (most notably Beyond Entertainment, which was founded by some of the original Halo Council folks), but it's still sad to see an important fansite like this close down. We'll miss you guys! Thanks, pete_the_duck. (Louis Wu 18:25:01 UTC) (permalink)

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HaloCE3 2013 - it's here! (almost)
MatthewDratt stopped in yesterday to let us know that the Halo CE3 LiveStream Show is going to be happening tomorrow, at 4pm Eastern. (We mentioned it back in June, but hey, we know how easy it is to lose track.) Put some time aside! (Louis Wu 18:17:57 UTC) (permalink)

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HaloSphere2 2nd Birthday Celebration
Firestream let us know that Halosphere2 is celebrating its second birthday - and doing so with serious schwag. Swing by for your chance at Microsoft points - you don't even need to be a hardcore player to win! The fun starts today, and runs through July 15 - so get playing. (Louis Wu 18:13:15 UTC) (permalink)

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I want that map as a print. Seriously.
We've mentioned the Silent Cartologist a couple of times recently - some super-cool Halo 1-based artwork has appeared, mysteriously, at this website, with very little explanation. Earlier this week, we got another piece - this time, it's a Progressive Military Map of the Silent Cartographer island, and it's full of exquisite detail. (The website now has a page with some questions and answers that actually generate more questions... but it's a good kind of anticipation.) Looking forward to the next bit! (Louis Wu 18:11:01 UTC) (permalink)

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A Big Goodbye
Eric Nylund, responsible for a whole bunch of fiction in the Halo universe (from the first Halo novel all the way through the awesome Halsey Diary included with some editions of Halo: Reach), is stepping down as MGS' Narrative Design Director. We're gonna miss you, Eric! Thanks, Laird. (Louis Wu 18:05:36 UTC) (permalink)

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Hey... wanna race?
ibkang1 asked Frank O'Connor about a new modded gametype released recently - it's pretty good news for folks who like to play unusual gametypes in custom Halo 4 games. (Pay close attention to Frank; this is NOT an official 343 statement, you should NOT take what he says as permission to host/release modded content... he says they're being reasonable, and looking at things on a case-by-case basis, and the Race gametype they just saw will not get you banned. The basic yardstick is, are you being reasonable, and not hurting anyone else? The answer to that question is, and always has been, up to 343.) Thanks, DEEP NNN. (Louis Wu 18:03:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Sooner or Later - Halo 4 Montage
Garret Hughes put together his first Halo 4 montage - there's over 11 minutes of Spartan on Spartan mayhem. I find this montage oddly therapeutic (I'm not sure what that says about my personality.) Garret is looking for contructive criticism so go watch and leave feedback. (mastrbiggy 17:59:01 UTC) (permalink)

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Definitely some Bungie fans at Rockstar.
Cody Miller watched the GTA V gameplay teaser released recently... and was reminded of some SERIOUSLY old-school Bungie baddies. (RotaJota added his two cents, too.) If you don't feel like watching the video, here are screengrabs of the two moments in question (Cody | RotaJota). Nice! (Louis Wu 17:58:11 UTC) (permalink)

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Wait... plasma rifle too?
At the beginning of this week, IGN posted a three-part interview (one | two | three) with Jason Jones - the focus was Destiny, but there was plenty of Halo content in there... after all, Halo was a huge part of Bungie's reality during the past 15 years. In the first segment, Jones looks back at the Halo 1 pistol, and what actually happened to make it such a superweapon at the last possible moment... and it reminded kornman00 of some of the digging he'd done in the game's code. Check out his post for some very interesting, very geeky details. (Louis Wu 17:52:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Space Blimp? Whoa.
Stephen Loftus was poking through some Halo 2 game files and ran across an ambient life form that I have never seen before - even now, 9 years after the game's release! Amazing. Swing by and take a look; it's likely it was actually cut from the game (nobody's been able to see it in-game yet)... but even so, you'd have thought that SOMEONE would have noticed it before now. I learn something new every day! (Louis Wu 17:47:17 UTC) (permalink)

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So, Halo 3 is a pretty cool game (part 2)
Catching up on stuff from the week that we've let slide... let's start with a second installment of uberfoop's "So, Halo 3 is a pretty cool game" reminiscence. Swing by for great pics, great vids - it makes me want to dig out the disc and jump back in! (Louis Wu 17:43:58 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 11 2013

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Halo Bulletin: 07.10.13
The Halo Waypoint Bulletin went live last night - cool info about RTX, the Halo 4 Global Championship, details about the upcoming Champions Bundle, stuff to look out for at San Diego Comic Con in a week or so, and some very cool Mark VI Spartan Armor-themed screenshots. Go look! (As always, it's up in our Halo Bulletin Archive, too.) (Louis Wu 20:25:02 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 10 2013

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RTX 2013: How to Break Into Pro-Gaming
Tom "Tsquared" Taylor held a talk at RTX this year about his history as a pro-gamer - Tom provides plenty of interesting information regarding the Halo MLG scene and talks about what it takes to become a pro. Interesting stuff! Thanks, Toby Dillman. (mastrbiggy 22:07:43 UTC) (permalink)

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Good Vibes
Cha0s let us know about this MLG Halo Reach montage featuring gameplay by Vibe Reflex and some pretty incredible editing by Vibe Hybrid. The montage is full of ridiculous no-scopes…I mean snapshots - makes me want to go dust off my Reach disc. (mastrbiggy 21:55:09 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 9 2013

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Hindsight: ODST Coastal Highway
Dax published the final entry of ForwardUntoDawn.com's Hindsight: ODST series - this entry takes a in-depth look at Coastal Highway. Dax is joined by Dan Miller who provides some interesting commentary about the development of Coastal Highway. Great work, Dax! Thanks, davidfuchs. (mastrbiggy 18:21:19 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: Mortal Dictata Announced
Tor Books recently announced that Halo: Mortal Dictata, the final installment of Karen Traviss' 'Kilo-Five" trilogy, will release January 2014. Better finish Halo: The Thursday War soon. Thanks, Devil Mingy. (mastrbiggy 18:20:17 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 8 2013

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Minecraft Grifball
ZexyZek finally released his new Minecraft server with full Grifball support - seems like a pretty faithful recreation! I had no idea this type of stuff was even possible in Minecraft. If you want in on some Minecraft Grifball madness the server ID is McGrifball.com. Thanks, Chappified. (mastrbiggy 21:32:26 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 7 2013

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Halo 4 Global Championship RTX Finals
If you missed the Halo 4 Global Championship RTX Finals when they were Livestreamed on Sunday, they've been archived here - all four hours of 'em. Go watch! (Louis Wu 23:31:44 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 6 2013

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Champions Pull Themselves Out Of The Pit
343 Industries revealed today some pretty exciting news for Halo 4 fans, announcing that there will be a new "Champions Bundle" released with 2 new maps, including Pitfall (a remake of The Pit) and new map Vertigo. Also included will be a very cool new gametype called Ricochet, as well as (woo hoo!) new armors, armor skins, and weapon skins. Polygon has more details here, and we await further word from the Halo Waypoint crew themselves. If you're not excited yet, check out the trailer! (GrimBrother One 21:37:01 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Elysium Trailer Mashup
TheSparbiter (or UncookedMoa, if you prefer) has mashed up the audio from the second Elysium trailer (the movie's coming out in early August, and looks like a lot of fun) with Halo footage - he liked the Halo feel of the movie's promotional materials so far. The end product is really cool; if you haven't seen the trailer, you might want to watch it, as well, so that you can get a sense for the connections he made! (Louis Wu 15:31:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Fodder Cannon No More - now on a shirt
SEspider has made his Grunt design available as a shirt - swing by this post for links. Pretty unique product - go take a look! (Louis Wu 15:22:18 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak 146
Jack and Geoff from Achievement Hunter present Fails of the Weak 146 - even though it's RTX they somehow managed to put one of these out…I don't even. You can watch it on AH or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201 . (mastrbiggy 12:15:59 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR 169
Robowski let us know about PGCR episode 169 - the crew dig into latest Forward Unto Dawn cast interviews, Halo 4 matchmaking updates and more. Young children beware...this IS episode 169 (NSFW.) How comes I don't have the effect on people when I play guitar?! (mastrbiggy 11:59:59 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 5 2013

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Halo Horse 134
AchievementHunter's Halo HORSE is up to #134 - Gavin faces off against Caleb. Go see who gains the last slot in the second round! Thanks, MacGyver10. (Louis Wu 20:22:43 UTC) (permalink)

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HALOcapped Ep 5 - Snapshots Only
MixMaker1 has released another HALOcapped episode - this one has his team killing with only Snapshots. Go see how they do! (Louis Wu 20:20:56 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo goodies for charity - and for fun
Dogiojoe let us know that her fundraiser auction benefitting IPUL is now live - go bid! (She's also selling E3 items, but the money is NOT for charity. Doesn't mean you shouldn't bid! The loot includes a pretty slick Todd McFarlane signed poster.) (Louis Wu 20:18:50 UTC) (permalink)

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Podcasting Panel coming up on Sunday at RTX
Dust Storm let us know that he'll be hosting a panel at RTX on Sunday called 'The Art of Podcasting' - you can check out the details on the RTX website. It's not clear if it'll be livecast anywhere, but I'm sure there'll be an archive at some point! (Mixmasterchief is doing some RTX coverage - he reminds you to watch his channel for new vids regularly!) (Louis Wu 20:15:59 UTC) (permalink)

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Web Redemption
The Tyrant put together a special Halo 4 WTF Moments episode in honor of July 4th... he calls it 'Independence Day Themed'. (If you hadn't watched the one before it, you should - it'll make this one funnier.) (Louis Wu 20:12:55 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 4 2013

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It's burger time, baybee
It's the Fourth of July, and we (the staff of HBO) all live in the US, so this is a pretty big away-from-your-computer holiday - I'd like to apologize for the lack of Halo news coverage. On our forum, uberfoop posted the first installment of 'So, Halo 3 is a pretty cool game' - go give it a try if you love cool pictures, funny vids, and entertaining writeups! Enjoy the rest of the day, and we'll see you all tomorrow. (Louis Wu 22:39:39 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 3 2013

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Psst! Wanna half-million dollars?
The Halo Bulletin this week is full of goodies about the new Halo Global Championship - go check it out! (As usual, there is a local version in our Halo Bulletin Archive, for those who prefer it.) (Louis Wu 23:59:29 UTC) (permalink)

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I need more walls.
Wow. Last week we mentioned the Silent Cartologist, a site devoted to custom poster-style art inspired by the Halo universe. Its creator (curator?) returned today, with three new images - they're spectacular. These would look wonderful on any wall! Go see. (Louis Wu 18:39:54 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 has become MGS Top Seller of All Time
Xbox Wire, the Xbox.com news channel, has an article that states that Halo 4 is now the Top-Selling Microsoft Studios Game of all time in the US. (This is measured by total sales during its launch year - and Halo 4 has surpassed the previous record-holder, Halo 3, in July - just two-thirds of the way through its launch year.) Congrats, 343! (Louis Wu 18:01:32 UTC) (permalink)

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Hokie's School of Halo
Hokiebird (we mentioned him in January when we highlighted his Halo 2 Legendary Guide) let us know about Hokie's School of Halo, a collection of videos that comprise a strategy guide for Halo beginners. Check it out for tips, tricks, and info useful to those who need some help in the Halo universe! (This seems to be aimed primarily at Campaign-type gameplay.) (Louis Wu 17:41:11 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 2 2013

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Barriers to Entry
Red vs Blue Season 11 Episode 3 is now online - the Reds and the Blues both attempt to settle in to their new digs. Sad Caboose is sad. (Louis Wu 18:38:05 UTC) (permalink)

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Postgame Community Corner Ep. 3
PGCR's newest podcast series, Postgame Community Corner, covers all sorts of topics - episode 3 is all about Destiny and how Bungie transitions from making Halo games to building a whole new universe. Thanks, Robowski. (mastrbiggy 11:48:22 UTC) (permalink)

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CMT's Silent Cartographer: Evolved
Ifafudafi let us know about the new Halo Custom Edition media campaign for CMT's new map - it's b30 (Silent Cartographer) completely remained with all new assets! It has been over a year in the making and the hard work definitely shows. Be sure to check out the YouTube video as well. Now let us download the map! :) (mastrbiggy 11:47:03 UTC) (permalink)

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News July 1 2013

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Visualizing the Halo Universe Round 13: Ancients
Postmortem stopped by to announce Round 13 of his 'Visualizing the Halo Universe' challenge - how well is the Forerunner Capital fleshed out in your mind's eye? (Louis Wu 20:57:52 UTC) (permalink)

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Final Figure Sale
petin is down to the end of his Halo figures collection - swing by for a last batch of pictures, and a take 'em all price! (Louis Wu 20:53:53 UTC) (permalink)

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Still no 'Keep off the Grass', though
Stephen Loftus found another batch of vectorized Halo artwork he hadn't posted - and we've added 18 new images to his 'Signs' collection. Check the end of the Civilian collection (here), the end of the 'Miscellaneous' collection (here), and the end of the 'UNSC' collection (here). Great stuff! (Louis Wu 20:50:54 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 3 not free in July, after all
At the Microsoft E3 Press Conference, the 'Games with Gold' program was announced - two titles would be made free for XBL Gold members every month. The rumor had been that Halo 3 would be one of the two July titles... but when Major Nelson announced that the first July title was Defense Grid: The Awakening, so many people asked what had happened to Halo 3 that he tweeted this yesterday:

FAQ: "Halo 3" and "Assassin's Creed II" were mentioned as part of the program - no date was given for their release

I guess we'll keep our eyes open! (Louis Wu 20:47:08 UTC) (permalink)

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HaloSphere2 - Now Even Better
Firestream let us know that Halosphere, the web-based Halo MMORPG, has gotten a complete makeover. Plenty of new features, and just the first of several major upgrades this year! Swing by and try it out. (It's been a while since I visited, and I was pretty impressed with what I saw!) (Louis Wu 20:39:36 UTC) (permalink)

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