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News March 31 2015

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Cosplay Boom: Halo
Cosplay Boom put up a video recorded at Emerald City Comic-Con last weekend with some really awesome Halo content - go watch! (Thanks, Bounce-A-Gon.) (Louis Wu 23:48:24 UTC) (permalink)

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#teamlocke or #teamchief
Spartan4604 pointed out these cool Team Locke and Team Chief wallpapers. Who's side are you on? (mastrbiggy 21:32:37 UTC) (permalink)

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Pay attention to your motion trackers
Reddit poster, VictoriousRaptor, noticed a neat little hint in the Lock and Chief ads. Pay attention to the motion trackers. (mastrbiggy 21:29:59 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 30 2015

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ReclaimerHub Halo 5 Ad Analysis
Mixmasterchief stopped by to let us know that the ReclaimerHub crew put together an analysis of the Halo live-action ads. Go check it out! (mastrbiggy 22:08:58 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Community Update 3.27.15
A little late on this, but the most recent Halo Community Update detailed some of MCC updates included in the April patch. These include, ranking improvements, new quit and betrayal penalties, and some general game fixes. Thanks, Jordan117. (mastrbiggy 22:07:54 UTC) (permalink)

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Pillar of Autumn kill 'em all speed run
Rockslider posted a new video - this time it's a Pillar of Autumn kill 'em all' speed run using pistols and ARs only. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 21:45:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Hunt the Truth - Ep 01 'A Hairline Fracture'
Episode 1 of Benjamin Giraud's investigation is now available on Soundcloud. This episode is pretty neat and certainly provides a little fan service. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 21:43:16 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 5 Guardians Master Chief Ad
Part 2 of the live-action trailer just released. This tells Master Chief's side of the story. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 02:23:47 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 5 Guardians Spartan Locke Ad
During tonight's episode of the Walking Dead a live-action Halo 5 commercial aired depicting Commander Locke's side of the story. The trailer also confirms that Halo 5 will ship on October 27, 2015. According to Aaron Greenberg, part 2 of the ad will air a little later. Stay tuned! (mastrbiggy 01:31:43 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 28 2015

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Canon Fodder - Nine Lives
GrimBrother One stopped by with news of the latest Canon Fodder. This week Grim interviews Halo: New Blood author Matt Forbeck - beware, there are spoilers! We also get some info on Hunters in the Dark and some updated universe entries. Go read! (mastrbiggy 20:45:49 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 27 2015

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Bonnie Ross Joins The GGGW Podcast
On the latest episode of the GGGW podcast, hosts Paola and Ivy are joined by 343's Bonnie Ross to discuss all things gaming, including Halo and the line between Cosplayers and Booth Babes. Credit goes to old man Wu for finding this. (mastrbiggy 18:33:35 UTC) (permalink)

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Drunken Halo 108
Justin Bryce sent word that the 4 year anniversary episode of Drunken Halo is now live. Justin and Travis are joined by a handful of guests to help celebrate. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 18:24:27 UTC) (permalink)

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The Majesty of Halo
TheCrazedSpartan created a video that showcases the art and beauty of each Halo game. Sometimes I forget how magnificent these environments are! Put down your weapons and go take it all in. Thanks, SEspider. (mastrbiggy 18:09:33 UTC) (permalink)

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ReclaimerHub Covers H5 Figures & Hunters in the Dark
Mixmasterchief let us know that ReclaimerHub posted a new video that covers the Halo: Hunters in the Dark synopsis as well as the the new Halo 5 McFarlane figures. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 17:55:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: Website Evolved - MSDN Talk
343's development manager, Sandra Lemon, presented a talk on all the back-end technologies that power the recently redesigned Halo Waypoint website. Interesting stuff! Thanks, Arithmomaniac. (mastrbiggy 17:54:14 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 26 2015

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Halo Online Trailer
The announcement trailer for Halo Online released earlier today and it shows off a good chunk of what the experience is. There are a handful of maps, some familiar and some new, and a ton of new loadout and customization options. Thanks, Mixmasterchief. (mastrbiggy 22:03:51 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 25 2015

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New Halo Multiplayer Experience Coming To PC
According to Gamespot, Microsoft confirmed that the Halo multiplayer experience is heading to the PC as a free-to-play game and it is called Halo Online. Developed by Saber Interactive, the game runs on a 'highly modified' Halo 3 engine. The beta will only be available in Russia, but that doesn't necessarily rule out a release for NA or EU territories. Regardless, I'm sure some of you will find a way to play it. Microsoft also stated that they have no plans to bring Halo Online to the Xbox One. This is a pretty interesting move for Microsoft. (mastrbiggy 22:30:14 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 24 2015

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Halo 3 Cutscene Library Now in Glorious 1080p60
Cody Miller was kind enough update our Halo 3 cutscene library with MCC versions of the Halo 3 cutscenes. Everything is 1080p60 with 5.1 audio, with the exception of a few cutscenes that were only available in 720p. Thanks again, Cody! (mastrbiggy 23:33:36 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: Hunters in the Dark Synopsis
The Simon & Schuster website posted a synopsis for the upcoming Halo novel, Halo: Hunters in the Dark. Thanks, Grizzlei. (mastrbiggy 23:30:17 UTC) (permalink)

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ReclaimerHub's HuntTheTruth Coverage
Mixmasterchief stopped by to let us know that ReclaimerHub's coverage of the Hunt the Truth teaser is no up on YouTube. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 23:29:04 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 23 2015

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Hunt the Truth Revealed
Yesterday afternoon the Hunt The Truth countdown page revealed its secrets. The tear site introduces fictional war journalist, Benjamin Giraud who is tasked with doing a profile on the origins of the Master Chief. Episode one of this series is now available on Soundcloud. A teaser video was also released and allows viewers to meticulously scrub through its contents. Head on over to the forums and join in on the conversation. (mastrbiggy 22:03:48 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 22 2015

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Frankie's thoughts on eSports
343's Frank O'Connor chats with Resero about why console eSports lag behind the PC eSports market. Frankie provides some interesting thoughts on how to grow the eSports scene in general and shares his hopes for competitive Halo. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 23:14:25 UTC) (permalink)

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Canon Fodder - Marching On
GrimBrother One stopped by to let us know that he's got the lore you're looking for. The latest edition of Canon Fodder digs into the fiction behind the new H2A armor variants and we also get some new information on Mendicant Bias. The first SNAPSHOTS assignment is detailed and Grim teases next week's edition and hints at ways to get your hands on a copy of Halo: New Blood. Go read! (mastrbiggy 23:01:57 UTC) (permalink)

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Hunt the Truth with Rick Grimes
The official Xbox Twitter announced that the Halo Bullet teaser will be shown during tonight's episode of the Walking Dead 9/8c. That's also when the countdown timer expires. Interestingly, the image from the Xbox Tweet has a new countdown. (mastrbiggy 21:49:22 UTC) (permalink)

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Hunt the Truth Overview
The folks from Halo Archive put together a comprehensive overview of the Hunt the Truth countdown page. This is great detective work that makes use of Linkedin profiles, developer tweets, and mysterious images. Thanks, Grey101. (mastrbiggy 21:39:05 UTC) (permalink)

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Forge Outside Awash
RecklessRiley has found a way to break out of the map boundaries on the H2A Forge map, Awash. The trick gives you access to some more Forging space, though you'll run into a few technical oddities. Thanks, Hyokin. (mastrbiggy 21:38:07 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 21 2015

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Mike Colter on Commander Locke's role in Halo 5
IGN recently spoke with Mike Colter about Commander Locke's role in Halo 5 Guardians and beyond. Colter is actually surprisingly open in this interview. He also talks a little about the transition from acting in front of camera to doing VO and motion capture as well as he thoughts on the Halo franchise in general. Go read! (mastrbiggy 23:17:56 UTC) (permalink)

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Hunt the Truth - Boom Headshot Edition
The Hunt the Truth countdown page received a little update since we last mentioned it. You can also view the teaser directly on YouTube. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 23:14:30 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 20 2015

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Grunts vs Flood, Round 2
Rockslider revisited his Grunts vs Flood video with a sequel - who you gonna root for? (Louis Wu 23:14:49 UTC) (permalink)

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A tidbit about Halo 5's multiplay
According to Josh Holmes, there will be no P2P gameplay in Halo 5 - dedicated servers only. Interesting! Thanks, Pennybags. (Louis Wu 23:13:10 UTC) (permalink)

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Hunt the Truth
Hunt the Truth is a new Tumblr page that is counting down to sometime this Sunday - go speculate on what's there! Thanks, serpx. (Louis Wu 23:11:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Visualizing the Halo Universe: Writing Round 3 Results
Postmortem had some hardware problems in the past year, but has returned to announce the results of his Visualizing the Halo Universe: Writing Round 3, which was first presented in August 2014. Go see how it went! (Louis Wu 23:10:30 UTC) (permalink)

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The Lore of Halo, Parts 1-4
Toby Dillman noticed a redditor who has been building a series on Halo lore - the first four parts (one | two | three | four) are online. Go read! (Louis Wu 23:08:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Green Team Episode 9: Here We Go
fake_frogs stopped in to announce Episode 9 of his Green Team series - this one focuses on the Master Chief Collection's matchmaking. (It was filmed back in November, so many of the issues that folks saw then have been resolved.) Go watch! (Louis Wu 23:06:10 UTC) (permalink)

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A Complicated Egg, Revisited
Last year, we mentioned a long-hidden easter egg in Halo 3 - XanderJ has revisited this and found a consistent way to trigger it. Go try this one for yourself! (Louis Wu 23:03:45 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Escalation 16 Preview
Dark Horse has posted a preview of Halo Escalation 16 - looks like the art quality has shifted! Thanks, serpx. (Louis Wu 23:00:00 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 19 2015

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Watch the HCS All-Star Halo 2 Classic Showdown
HCS All-Star Halo 2 Classic Showdown is live on the Halo Twitch channel. Apparently there will be giveaways too. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 23:23:58 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 18 2015

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Installation 01 March Update
TheChunkierBean has posted a March update for his free-to-play, Installation 01. Things seem like they are coming along since we last heard about the game. Check it out! (mastrbiggy 22:28:16 UTC) (permalink)

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Espen Saetervik's Forerunner City
Espen Saetervik created a breathtaking piece of concept art depicting a Forerunner City. You can check out the rest of his art here. (mastrbiggy 22:26:59 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 17 2015

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HCS All-Star Halo 2 Classic Showdown
343i announced that on March 19 (this Thursday) they will be hosting an HCS All-Star Halo 2 Classic Showdown. 343i has selected 8 of the top HCS players and the community will vote on which 4 players will match agains the 343 Pro Team in a best-of-5 series. The entire event will be streamed on the Halo Twitch channel. (mastrbiggy 21:47:44 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: Nightfall on iTunes
Halo: Nightfall is now available on the Halo iTunes page for purchase or for rental. (mastrbiggy 21:31:30 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 3 - Unused/Removed Cinematics Compilation
gamerguy2002 stopped by to let us know about Gamecheat13's latest video that shows off a few unused cinematics and cutscenes from Halo 3. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 21:30:01 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 16 2015

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Channel Changer
We missed this a couple of weeks ago, but Rooster Teeth has launched a new YouTube channel specifically for Red vs Blue. (If you think this is not horribly exciting news, you might be amused by the PSA that accompanied this launch.) It really IS good news - now you don't have to fight through all those AchievementHunter vids to find your favorite RvB ep! (Louis Wu 23:24:39 UTC) (permalink)

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Getting a bit FrogBlasty
Rockslider posted a new video showing a slight variation on Frogblast's bridge decent method on AOTC. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 22:00:05 UTC) (permalink)

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Reclaimer Radio & Recap EP5
Mixmasterchief stopped by to let us know that the latest episode of Reclaimer Recap is now up on YouTube. The Reclaimer crew also released episode 5 of their podcast series. Check it out! (mastrbiggy 21:15:06 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 14 2015

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50 Johnsons, one room
MotordormT has managed to clone 50 Johnsons - the results are nothing short of spectacular. If you're wondering how you can replicate such magic be sure to check out Nak3d Eli's tutorial. (mastrbiggy 22:14:57 UTC) (permalink)

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H2A Forge Map - Behemoth
Mr Pokephile is back with another H2A Forge video - this time he takes a look at Relic inspired map designed by Given to Fly 93. It's a small 1v1 or 2v2 map that is not only visually appealing, but seems to allow for some interesting encounters. Check it out! (mastrbiggy 22:04:29 UTC) (permalink)

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Giantbomb Plays the Arma 3 Halo Mod
During this week's Unprofessional Fridays, the Giantbomb crew spent some time checking out the recently released Arma 3 Halo mod. I wasn't sure if this was worth mentioning because the video is only available to subscribers, but I suppose it's worth keeping a record of it here on HBO. Go watch, if you can :(. (mastrbiggy 21:46:14 UTC) (permalink)

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Interview with a Grunt
Xbox released a pretty charming commercial for the Xbox One MCC Bundle featuring Master Chief’s greatest foe. I believe this also marks the return of the original voice actor - whoever that may be… (mastrbiggy 21:40:20 UTC) (permalink)

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Cortana Headed to iOS & Android
Reuters is reporting that Microsoft's digital assistant, Cortana, will be released on iOS and Android devices as a standalone app. According to the article the standalone app will be available after the launch of the Windows 10 version later this fall. Neat! (mastrbiggy 08:44:54 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 13 2015

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Let's Talk Tech - Esports & Halo
Stuntmutt let us know that UK Radio 5's podcast series, Let's Talk Tech, recently covered the E-sports scene, including the Halo Championship Series. There's also a short interview with Frankie about Halo's role in the E-sports scene. You can check out the podcast page for all the episodes or access this specific episode here. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 21:44:58 UTC) (permalink)

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Twitch Plays Halo Completes The Maw
Looks like the folks involved with Twitch Plays Halo finally completed the trench run on the Maw. That's a pretty impressive feat considering that not too long ago I had difficulty finishing the level with a co-op buddy. Hoovaloov's post has all the links and timestamps if you're interested in witnessing the madness with your own eyes. Go check it out! (mastrbiggy 21:31:41 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 5: Guardians Teased
Xbox released a promotional video showing off some of the titles coming to Xbox One in 2015 - one of those games is Halo 5. It's just a few seconds of Commander Locke suting up and getting ready to deploy - I guess this is out first glimpse of Halo 5's campaign. Color me impressed if this is in-engine! Thanks, Grizzlei. (mastrbiggy 21:22:16 UTC) (permalink)

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Three Wraiths - Banshee attack
We missed this a few days ago, but Rockslider revisited the first Multi-Wraith encounter in AotCR, focusing on a Banshee attack. Fun! (Louis Wu 21:05:06 UTC) (permalink)

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Drunken Halo 106
Justin Bryce sent word that episode 106 of Drunken Halo is now live. Justin and Travis begin their Halo breakdown series with a discussion about Halo CE's multiplayer. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 20:53:52 UTC) (permalink)

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First Look at ODST & Relic for The Master Chief Collection
343's Dan Ayoub provided a little update regarding the state of TMCC. It looks like the latest patch improved matchmaking, but you can expect another patch in April. We also get our first look at the remastered Halo 3: ODST campaign and a few shots of Relic for H2A. Thanks, Gravemind. (mastrbiggy 20:42:35 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 12 2015

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Canon Fodder - Novel Ideas
This week's Canon Fodder is live and it focuses on Halo novels that are releasing this year - there are quite a few, including one by Joseph Staten. Grim also interviews Frankie about his upcoming novel, Halo: Saint's Testimony. We are also teased about a new community screenshot feature on Waypoint - prepare for your first assignment! (mastrbiggy 21:22:05 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 11 2015

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More On Escalation
Speaking of Escalation, there's an interview over at Newsarama, with writer Duffy Boudreau - you can get info about where the series is going, and see cover art from episodes 19 and 20 (which are still a ways off). Nice! Thanks, Grizzlei. (Louis Wu 22:56:30 UTC) (permalink)

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Canon Fodder - That Escalated Quickly
Eep - looks like we missed last week's Canon Fodder, which was focused on the comic series Escalation. Grim interviewed Brian Reed, one of the writers involved in the series, and teased out some pretty interesting morsels! Go read. (Louis Wu 22:53:20 UTC) (permalink)

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The Blind Leading the Blind
Amazing - Twitch Plays Halo is still going, with its crowdsourced run of Halo... and they've made it to the trench run on the Maw! (It's currently offline, but that's temporary.) Keep an eye on this stream, just to see if they'll finish! (Thanks to Hoovaloov for the reminder!) (Louis Wu 22:50:20 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 10 2015

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Remaking the Art of Halo 2 for Xbox One - GDC 2015
Certain Affinity's Michael Pavlolich gave a GDC talk that detailed the pipeline and tools that allow artists to quickly take concepts and ideas to a functioning in-game model. A good portion of his presentation is focused on recreating Halo 2's art for the Anniversary edition of the game. It's a really interesting talk, even for non-artist types. Thanks, SEspider. (mastrbiggy 18:58:11 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 9 2015

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Xbox One MCC Bundle Announced
Major Nelson announced that Microsoft will be releasing an Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle this month for $349. The console itself is a standard black Xbox One, but you do get some nice Halo packaging as well as the digital version of MCC. Neat! (mastrbiggy 22:41:37 UTC) (permalink)

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Red vs. Blue: Season 13 Trailer
Red vs Blue Season 13 will kick off on April 1... and the trailer for the season was released on Friday. (Sorry - but hey, you were busy this weekend, right?) Go watch! (Louis Wu 16:11:46 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 7 2015

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The Eridanus Insurrection
A group of modders have created a really neat Halo-based mod for Arma 3 set during the civil war between the UNSC and the Insurrectionists. If you're interested in checking it out you can grab the alpha code from Moddb. You can also check out all of the character, player and object models in the image gallery. (mastrbiggy 22:44:49 UTC) (permalink)

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The Reclaimer Recap EP4 & ReclaimerHub
Mixmasterchief stopped by to let us know that episode 4 of the Reclaimer Recap is live. In this episode Mix covers the recent MCC patch, the HCS Finals tournament, and introduces the newest ReclaimerHub member, GringoSauve98. Check it out! (mastrbiggy 22:43:32 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 6 2015

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H1 freakiness and fun #9
Rockslider put together another video that captures some of the weird and funny moments of Halo 1. The Elite bit in the beginning made me chuckle quite hard. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 21:22:43 UTC) (permalink)

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HCS Season 1 Finals
The Halo Championship Series Season 1 finals are live on Twitch - you'll be able to tune in all weekend. (mastrbiggy 21:20:55 UTC) (permalink)

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H2A Musical Chairs
A few years ago pete_the_duck introduced us the Halo Musical Chairs - it seems that ChewyNutCluster has made a very similar version for Halo 2 Anniversary. Mr Pokephile has a YouTube video showing off the mayhem - go watch! (mastrbiggy 08:19:37 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 4 2015

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Frank O'Connor Interview at GamesRadar
I missed this last week when it was released, but Frank O'Connor spoke to GamesRadar about Halo 5, and what it means for the franchise. It's a fascinating read to see how the character of Locke has been developed specifically to serve purposes that CANNOT be served with Master Chief... go read! (This is part 1 of a 2-part interview.) (Louis Wu 22:46:16 UTC) (permalink)

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MCC Update - Up Now!
The BS Police noticed that the eagerly-awaited MCC Update is now online - matchmaking is working better than ever before! Eurogamer has some numbers for various playlists (as tested by one of their staffers)... go try for yourself! (Louis Wu 17:33:50 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 3 2015

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Drunken Halo - Podcast and Showdown
Justin Bryce sent word that Drunken Halo episode 104 is now out (discussing a variety of things, from the Halo Championship series to multiplayer in the Master Chief Collection)... and Travis Bryce let us know that the final game in the Drunken Halo vs Pigs Pod 2v2 showdown was online (Slayer on Haven). Take your pick - or check out both! (Louis Wu 22:35:13 UTC) (permalink)

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The Silent Cartographer: Evolved (Released)
Ifafudafi, with CMT, let us know that the Halo PC mod 'Silent Cartographer: Evolved' has been released. You can watch the launch trailer on YouTube, you can swing by their forums to pick up the mod. It's the last Halo project for a number of the team (including Ifafudafi), so it's pretty special. robofin117 noticed it on our forums, and MatthewDratt posted a link to his review of the project. Go explore! It's gorgeous. (Louis Wu 22:31:44 UTC) (permalink)

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Two Top Fives (a Top Ten? Nope...)
TrueAchivements have put out a couple of new Top Five lists that include Halo references - thanks to Morpheus for the heads-up. Franchises That Could Switch Genres include Halo (as Survival Horror), and Sidekicks include (surprise) Cortana. Go check out the rest of the lists! (Louis Wu 22:27:28 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 1 2015

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New Blood Preview Online
Kobo Books has an excerpt from the upcoming Halo: New Blood novel - and it looks like our friend Buck has gotten a promotion, of sorts. (Grizzlei is not happy.) (Louis Wu 22:22:22 UTC) (permalink)

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CE3 2015 Live - just 4 months away
CE3 2015 is coming up - submission deadline for content is June 27, while teh actual air date is July 11. MatthewDratt stopped by our forum with a link to a promo trailer and some basic details! (Louis Wu 22:15:18 UTC) (permalink)

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Rockslide Megabattle - AR and Pistol
Rockslider has completed his rockslide megabattle sequence with a final pair of vids - 11 supporting marines, with either the AR or the Pistol to help thin out Covies. Go watch! (Louis Wu 22:13:10 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 2 - Jackal Shield Action
Gamecheat13 got the Halo 2 Jackal Shield (originally planned to be a playable shield for you, after you removed it from its original owner) working, so you can see what it would have played like. Looks like Bungie's decision to cut this was a good one! Thanks, gamerguy2002. (Louis Wu 22:10:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Community Update - end of February
The latest Halo Community Update at Halo Waypoint details an upcoming content update - should improve details across the board. There are also updates to MCC Playlists, and some stats on weapons used during the Halo 5 Beta. Go give it a read! Thanks, uberfoop. (Louis Wu 22:08:20 UTC) (permalink)

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