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News March 31 2014

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Is that a turret in your pocket...?
Rockslider has been playing around some more with that detached dropship turret - he's getting pretty good with it! There are two new movies - one showing how to set up the detachment, the other looking at the technique from a variety of angles. Go watch! (Louis Wu 00:28:14 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 29 2014

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Fails of the Weak 184
The latest Fails of the Weak has a fantastic line from Jack - made my day. You can watch these on AchievementHunter.com or YouTube, and you can thank Nikko B201, as usual, for the heads-up. (Louis Wu 21:40:09 UTC) (permalink)

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Last Chance for some Halo love in Guitar Hero 3
FyreWulff pointed out that Activision is pulling all of Guitar Hero 3's DLC off of Xbox LIVE at the end of this month - so if you want to download the Mjolnir Mix for that game, now's the time to do it. It'll be gone after Monday! (Louis Wu 21:35:38 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 28 2014

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Developing a Hypothetical Halo 2 Anniversary
IGN sat down with Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Game Studios, to talk about developing a hypothetical Halo 2 Anniversary. Other than Spencer's 'subtle' hint he doesn't spill the beans, but he does talk about the importance of recreating Halo 2's multiplayer experience - interesting! Thanks, Avateur. (mastrbiggy 19:19:25 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Assault Coming to Steam
Major Nelson recently announced that Halo: Spartan Assault will be coming to Steam on April 4 for $4.99 - woah, I wasn't expecting that! Check out the Halo: Spartan Assault Steam page for more details. Thanks, Nikko B201. (mastrbiggy 19:18:02 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 27 2014

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Donuts and Cat Shirts
Another Wednesday, another Halo Bulletin. This one recaps last week's win over community pros, discusses upcoming playlist changes (in detail), lets you know that Halo: Escalation #4 is live (with a link to a preview, even), and shows you some very pretty Haven-themed screenshots. It can be found locally, as usual, in our Halo Bulletin Archive, as well. (Thanks, serpx.) (Louis Wu 16:23:58 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 26 2014

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A wrapup of the B.org March Madness Tourney
Catching up on some older stuff we let slip through the cracks - huge thanks to Revenant1988 and Snipe 316 for the B.org March Madness tournament, which was a lot of fun to play in. You can see the final results in this post - and you can watch the Finals between Agent Fourage and Fistful of Heroes, thanks to padraig08. If you participated - good on you. If you didn't - think about jumping in next time! It's all about fun. (Louis Wu 19:53:31 UTC) (permalink)

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Shout Outs to Dave Lang
Last weeks Bombcast had a segment on community and developer interaction and our little site and awesome community got a mention (starts at 27:05). What I want to know is who came up with a fictional explanation as to why Master Chief couldn't originally sprint? (mastrbiggy 18:38:18 UTC) (permalink)

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Hooligans Assemble
ncsuDuncan is organizing a Bungie.org get together for PAX East. If you're going be sure to fill out this survey so Duncan can start arranging dinner plans. You can also head on over to DBO for an overview of planned activities. Sounds like fun! (mastrbiggy 18:14:36 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Assault Price Drop
SIx min WHISTLE pointed out that Spartan Assault on Xbox 360 received a price drop - it is now $10. Seems like the Xbox One version is $10 too. Not bad! (mastrbiggy 18:13:50 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 5 Forge Wish List
petetheduck put together a pretty extensive list of improvements for Halo 5's Forge mode, but he is still looking for community input as well. Go get involved! (mastrbiggy 18:11:58 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: Hercules Mashup Trailer
MixMaker117 shared his a mashup trailer featuring sound from the Hercules trailer edited to Halo 4 footage - go check it out! (mastrbiggy 18:11:26 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 25 2014

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They're Gonna Need a Bigger Booth
Kal Belgarion sent word that the RTX 2014 Grifball Kickstarter will close on Thursday at 11pm EDT. GriballHub are 90% of the way to their next goal of doubling their booth size - I like a big booth. Get involved and go donate $1…or more! (mastrbiggy 08:19:09 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartans are Red and Spartans are Blue
Flügel Meister had a sudden spout of creativity and penned some Halo poetry - check it out! (mastrbiggy 08:12:21 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 24 2014

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Spartan Assault Wins GANG Award - Tom Salta at Pax East
Greg O'Connor-Read sent word that Halo: Spartan Assault won best original soundtrack at the Game Audio Network Guild Awards during GDC (tied with Beyond Two Souls). Composer Tom Salta will also be attending the 'Maestros of Video Games' panel during Pax East. Neat! (mastrbiggy 18:25:15 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 22 2014

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Halo 4 Pro Exhibition Match - 343 takes on the Community
If you missed the livestream of the 343 Pro team vs the Community Pro Team, it's up in its entirety on the official Xbox Twitch channel - all 2 hours of it. A recap of the players can be found on Waypoint's website - and without spoiling anything, let me just say, I was impressed by the outcome. check it out! (Louis Wu 18:16:45 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak 183
Michael and Geoff look at people doing dumb things - we're back to really early fail types, so if you haven't watched for a while, it might feel familiar. (The guy who tried to save the hog on Settler was my favorite.) Watch it on AH.com or YouTube - thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 18:11:51 UTC) (permalink)

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I'm loving the resurgence in speedrun interest
Cody Miller pointed out a new Halo speedrun that beats his last remaining record - The Maw, on Legendary. A tip of the hat from an early runner to a new leader! (It's a killer run. Watch it.) (Louis Wu 18:02:17 UTC) (permalink)

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Looking into the past
Leviathan ran into ONE, the artist behind some of Halo Waypoint's early motion comics - and was treated so some early sketches of a UNSC Destroyer. Awesome! (Louis Wu 17:56:22 UTC) (permalink)

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Project Spark project sparks
SEspider has updated his Project Spark recreation of the Silent Cartographer - it's pretty impressive! Go look at the latest vid. (Louis Wu 17:53:09 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 21 2014

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Dance Wars: Halo vs COD
What... I... this is hard to explain. The Master Chief faces off against a bunch of Call of Duty guys... in a dance off. (Pretty impressive dancing... but I don't really understand the premise.) Take a look. Thanks, Dust Storm. (Louis Wu 19:45:04 UTC) (permalink)

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B.org March Madness: Suits vs Team Awesome and Cool footage
One more round of B.org's March Madness tournament with CHa0s and friends - not only is this fun to watch from a gameplay standpoint, but anyone who hasn't played their third round matches yet can use this to get a feel for the maps! Check it out. (Louis Wu 19:43:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Haaaaave you seen Podtacular lately?
Dust Storm sent word that there have been quite a number of Podtacular podcasts we've neglected to inform you about - here are some of the more prominent ones, with discussion topics:

Go visit the site, see what you've missed! (Louis Wu 19:32:14 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 20 2014

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A Halo Bulletin to Remember
DOH! I went to all the effort to localize the latest Halo Bulletin (looks like a pretty major CMS upgrade at 343!), and forgot to post a note about it! Go give it a read - the focus is Jessica 'bs angel' Shea, who just moved from Community Manager to 'Studio Operations PM' - congrats to her! There are other tidbits - new playlist changes, a livestream tomorrow (go watch 343's pro team take on its community!), and some nice screens. Enjoy! (Louis Wu 23:41:59 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 19 2014

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Master Chief vs Cap - BTS
Bat in the Sun, the guys behind the recent Captain America vs Master Chief vid, have put out a Behind the Scenes vid - take a look to see how this live-action piece came together! (And for folks who were unhappy with the ending... there's an alternate ending advertised at the end!) Thanks, Kzy1m3. (Louis Wu 20:52:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Suits vs Fufuca - on film
CHa0s continues her filming of the B.org March Madness games she plays in - check out Week 2! (Fewer 'You killed Louis Wu's in there this time.) (Louis Wu 18:25:16 UTC) (permalink)

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You're in my light, Commander.
Leviathan ran into an adorable Kat at Planet Comicon recently... check out the pic! (Louis Wu 18:23:02 UTC) (permalink)

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Breaking games out of the 'act like a man' box
A thought-provoking article at Ars Technica looks at gender expectations, and discusses ways that games like Halo could help disrupt some of the less healthy ones. Intriguing! Thanks, Arithmomaniac. (Louis Wu 18:09:41 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 18 2014

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Fast-paced precision weapon gameplay
Have you tried Proving Ground yet? It's the latest Halo 4 Matchmaking Playlist, having kicked off yesterday - BR starts, power weapons, and a motion tracker, but no personal ordnance or armor abilities. Go shoot someone! (Louis Wu 22:47:51 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 17 2014

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Spartan Runner
jay mee noticed a game on the Windows Phone marketplace that places the Master Chief in a race for... sometehing. Looks like fun! (Plus, it's free.) If you have the right phone, check it out! (Louis Wu 16:50:00 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 16 2014

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Halo: Tiny Co-op!
Black Six pointed out some Halo-themed Bionicle creations from Shadrahk - I want 'em! (Louis Wu 19:17:53 UTC) (permalink)

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Hyena :: Lightning Snipes of Death 5
Morpheus noticed a pretty impressive minitage from Hyena - he says it's his final montage, and he says it's not as great as it could have been if he hadn't lost some clips to a hard drive failure, but geez. It's pretty insane as it stands. 5 minutes of Halo 3 death. Go watch! (Louis Wu 19:16:33 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 15 2014

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A cool product ceases to be
Oh, bummer. Evike has cancelled their 'Chrono Blaster CB-88' - we mentioned it back in December, but Revenant1988, who ordered one, just got a notice that licensing issues will keep them from actually selling them. Awww... (Louis Wu 17:32:39 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak 182
Fails of the Weak 182 introduces a new feature - fails are now titled. As always, you can watch on AchievementHunter.com or on YouTube. And as usual, Nikko B201 is your go-to heads-up guy. (Louis Wu 17:27:33 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 14 2014

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Screenshot for Halo
Over the years, there have been several fan-run resources for Halo screenshots - the newest is an Instagram account devoted to spectacular screens, called 'Screenshots for Halo'. Take a look! Thanks, bs angel. (Louis Wu 20:17:00 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 13 2014

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EVERYONE GO FOR BS ANGEL
Another Wednesday, another Halo Bulletin - this time, it's got a recap of the recent 343 Community Playdate (did you participate?), information about upcoming playlist changes, a job opening, an interview with an existing Environment Artist, and some nice screenshots. Go look! (As usual, it's local, too.) (Louis Wu 06:10:47 UTC) (permalink)

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Best of Forge: 2013 - Voting Open
pete_the_duck pointed out that Halo Customs has their 'Best of Forge 2013' contest up, and you can go vote for your favorite maps. What are you waiting for? (Louis Wu 05:15:16 UTC) (permalink)

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I think the Kig-Yar are looking into that shield
Okay, so you need to remember that the outcome of the fight was decided by fan voting... but the Machinima series 'Super Power Beat Down' just released 'Master Chief vs Captain America'... and the quality is quite impressive. Go watch! Thanks, Mid7night. (Louis Wu 05:13:23 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 12 2014

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attack on titan x HALO
Wow. This came out a year ago - but I missed it until now (thanks, Elnea). Halo - as anime. Check it out! (Louis Wu 01:10:56 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 10 2014

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Halo - taking shape in Project Spark
Wow. We mentioned SEspider's remake of Silent Cartographer in the Project Spark Beta a couple of days ago - he stopped back with an update, and there's a LOT more work done! Those hunters are pretty awesome for a first cut. (Louis Wu 21:03:47 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 8 2014

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March Madness: The Death of Wu
The first week of competition in the B.org March Madness Tournament is coming to a close - and CHa0s filmed two of her team's three matches. Plenty of 'You killed Louis Wu's in there. Go watch! (Louis Wu 17:12:49 UTC) (permalink)

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Bringing the Old to the New
SEspider has been messing with the Project Spark beta - and the first thing he decided to build was Halo's Silent Cartographer. You can watch a runthrough in this video, or actually download the map to play with here. (Louis Wu 17:07:19 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak Ep 181
Fails of the Weak is up to episode 181 - it's another mix of Halo 3, Halo 4, and Reach. Some are fun, some are... fails. Watch it on AH.com or YouTube, with thanks to our resident Failman, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 17:04:17 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 7 2014

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The Codex - Full-length
Whoa, blast from the past. Back in 2005, Edgeworks Entertainment released The Codex, a 20-part Halo 2 machinima project that was popular and impressively made. Last week, they released the full-length (unsegmented) version of the film, as seen on their Sponsorship DVD more than 8 years ago. If you missed this - it's worth seeing. Go check it out! Thanks, thereIwasn't. (Louis Wu 20:50:06 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 6 2014

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In Which Bravo Whines About Rain
Yesterday was Wednesday, so a visit to Halo Waypoint would have shown you the latest Halo Bulletin - it contains info about an upcoming community playdate on the new Medal Madness playlist, changes coming in the near future to playlists in general, new avatar items in the Xbox store, some cool answers from 343 fiction masters to fan-asked questions, and a gallery devoted the FOTUS armor. As always, you can read it in our Halo Bulletin Archive, if you choose to. (Louis Wu 22:38:30 UTC) (permalink)

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Top Ten Blunders in Video Games
SEspider noticed a Machinima Ten FTW vid counting down the Top Ten Blunders in Video Games - things your character does wrong (or sometimes things that just happen in the storyline) that are really, really bad news for the universe in general. And yeah, there's a doozy in the Halo series. Go watch! (Louis Wu 22:32:22 UTC) (permalink)

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Vadum - a map you probably won't play
Wow. gamecheat13 sent us a link to a video showing off gameplay on Vadum, a map he converted from Halo 3's campaign's Shadow of Intent playspace (with some help from Lord Zedd) - this is not playable without a modded Xbox, but it shows the sort of thing that COULD have been if Halo 3 had been released for the PC with mod support. Pretty cool! (Louis Wu 22:25:42 UTC) (permalink)

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GrifballHub Kickstarter Funded
Kal let us know that GrifballHub's Kickstarter to bring a booth to RTX has hit its initial goal of $4800 in just 72 hours - now they're shooting for $8,000 to double the size of the booth. Go help 'em get there! (Louis Wu 22:19:41 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 5 2014

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Thirsty, Cowardly, Final and Dreaming
MixMaker1 put together the four Grunt easter eggs (from Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Reach) into one video - if you've missed any of these, it's a fine way to catch up! Loved this blast from the past... go watch it yourself! (Louis Wu 20:50:59 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 4 2014

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Halo/Captain America Mashup
I noticed this at Halo Waypoint: Gugga Leunnam mashed up audio from The Winter Soldier trailer with Halo visuals... really nicely done. Check it out! (Louis Wu 23:28:03 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 3 2014

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More info on Cortana
The Verge got hold of a couple of screenshots of the upcoming 'Cortana' digital assistant for Windows 8 phones - looks like Microsoft is going with an animated circle instead of a female avatar. Thanks to Revenant1988, who found this at Engadget. (Louis Wu 21:51:29 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 2 2014

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so currency much coin - buy helmet
I... I don't even know how to describe this. The 'Doge' meme which exploded on Tumblr spawned a cryptocurrency last December - Dogecoin is an alternative to Bitcoin, and even though it's satire, you can buy stuff with it. Halo-related stuff, even. Like, say... pepakura Halo helmets. Wow. (Thanks, RVideo.) (Louis Wu 18:01:11 UTC) (permalink)

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The Spirit of Fire Returns with a vengeance
On Friday, Halo Waypoint highlighted a 7-foot-long model of the Spirit of Fire, created entirely out of Halo Mega Bloks. Very cool! (Compare it to the 7-foot Spirit of Fire we mentioned a month ago... made of LEGOs.) (Louis Wu 17:59:17 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 1 2014

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A Tool of Mass Juicing
We got a pretty funny email from Tim '343 Guilty Spark' Dadabo this morning - guess what he found at the market?
Oh. Hello.
Here's hoping he doesn't destroy them all! (Louis Wu 17:19:11 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak 180
Jack and Geoff are back for Fails of the Weak 180 (that's a lot of FotW episodes!) - you can watch it on AH.com or YouTube, as always. My favorite this week - the massive Red Death on Exile. Both Jack and Geoff saw the slaughter coming when 6 Reds got together in a narrow hallway - both seemed to miss the fact that death did not come from a Blue, but from the Red in the middle with a rocket launcher. It's not just a one-shot Killtrocity - it's a one-shot Killtrocity betrayal. Wonga! Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 17:17:07 UTC) (permalink)

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Women of Xbox 30: Ceulex Reviews Halo 4
The Tyrant pointed us towards the latest Women of Xbox video - Ceulex gets her hands on Halo 4 for the first time, and reviews it. Better late than never, right? Go watch! (Louis Wu 17:12:47 UTC) (permalink)

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