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News March 31 2013

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These are My Kind of Eggheads!
ZaneZevin let know know about the latest feat achieved by the crack them at Section 3: the decoding of another set of Silentium glyphs, which not only grants you 50,000 xp for Halo 4(!), but even better, unlocks the full "Rebirth" Terminal on Halo Waypoint, featuring the addition of "The Trial of Mendicant Bias" to the now 45 minutes worth of audio epilogue read by Silentium author Greg Bear. Go and grab it for yourself! (GrimBrother One 23:32:00 UTC) (permalink)

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Living Moas Not Quite Out of Reach Anymore
The Lionheart let us know about a tweet from David Ellis he ran across regarding a recent scientific journal article about the "Top animals scientists want to bring back from extinction." On their list? Halo's favorite flightless bird, the Moa. An interesting read, go and check it out! (GrimBrother One 23:27:31 UTC) (permalink)

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Make This Grunt a Reality!
We mentioned recently SEspider's excellent Grunt-themed Halo parody t-shirt design up for voting on Threadless. SEspider stopped in today to remind us that there are only two days left to vote! If you haven't already, follow the link in the post and toss as many "5's" as you can his way! (GrimBrother One 23:23:11 UTC) (permalink)

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More Conmethean than Promethean?
MacGyver10 brought to our attention an article by Joystiq regarding "What went wrong with the Prometheans", citing some of 343i's own laments at the recent GDC talk. Certainly an interesting read, go and check it out for yourself! (GrimBrother One 23:19:47 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 30 2013

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More IH Comicon requests
Isaac Hannaford posted another batch of artwork he created at ECCC - there's even some Halo 4 art in there! Amazing as always. Thanks, Black Six. (Louis Wu 20:58:20 UTC) (permalink)

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Clips needed for Halo Fix Top 5
The Halo Fix is working on their Top 5 series again - and they need your clips. Stop by this post to read the details! (Louis Wu 20:56:32 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak 132
The latest Fails of the Weak, from the AchievementHunter crew, has some great fails (the Sticky Det bounce on Haven was awesome), a win, and some discussion that has nothing to do with fails. Watch it on AH.com or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 20:55:39 UTC) (permalink)

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Forge Island Review
Beyond Entertainment's aPK has a review of Forge Island - it doesn't cost anything, so you can just try it out yourself... but if you like to see what others think before downloading (even when downloading doesn't cost anything), this is a nice summary! (Louis Wu 20:49:19 UTC) (permalink)

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Cheap RC Vehicles at Big Lots
MacGyver10 wanted to point out that Big Lots (a closeout chain) has a pretty large collection of Halo remote controlled vehicles - now might be the time to grab something at a great price! (Louis Wu 20:46:48 UTC) (permalink)

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rd7's hal0
TDSpiral showed us a fantastic piece of fan-art he found at CGHub - that mantis looks AWESOME. (Louis Wu 20:45:09 UTC) (permalink)

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HBO pays dividends on eBay
Crudeoyle stopped by with an unusual (and generous!) offer: buy something from one of his current eBay (UK) auctions, mention that you saw this on HBO, and he'll knock 15% off the final price. Wow! (Some cool Halo stuff, too - posters, Legendary goodies, and more... go look!) (Louis Wu 20:43:15 UTC) (permalink)

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Anoj's Halo 4 Top 10 Ep 21: Unusual Kills
There's a new Top 10 video from Anoj - it's called 'Unusual Kills', and it has some fun kills. Go watch! Thanks, Jordan Bell. (Louis Wu 20:39:38 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 29 2013

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Have t00lbox, Will Travel
t00lbox stopped by to let us know that he has found a way to access a large, foggy, open room hidden in the bowels of Requiem in Halo 4. Check out his video on YouTube to see how to do it for yourself. That man is an explorer, I tell you! (GrimBrother One 17:32:36 UTC) (permalink)

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RULtacular Takes on PAX East
The Podtacular crew got together with the community stalwarts over at ReadyUpLive during PAX East to record Podtacular Episode 355, where they discuss the various events and gatherings of the convention, as well as their impressions of the upcoming Castle Map Pack for Halo 4. Go and check it out! (GrimBrother One 17:27:55 UTC) (permalink)

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The Forge is Strong With This One
Oh and by the way, that Forge Island we were talking about? You know, the FREE mega Forge map 343 is releasing for Halo 4 as a thanks to all the community support? That one? IT'S AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW. (GrimBrother One 15:19:04 UTC) (permalink)

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The Running of the Bulletins
Thanks to a bit of recovery required from PAX East, the latest Halo Bulletin went live yesterday evening. In its delicate folds you will find an eclectic menagerie of community queries related most directly to the recent announcements surrounding things like Forge Island and the latest TU. It's definitely worth a read, and for those counting their coding calories, there's always the HBO local version. We promise it's organic. Mostly. (GrimBrother One 15:12:12 UTC) (permalink)

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Assault on the Control Tools
TTL Demag0gue is back with the latest issue of his excellent "Reclaimer" series. Go and give it a look; if you've never read this comic, you're missing out! (GrimBrother One 15:08:27 UTC) (permalink)

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Grab Some Ample Sample
We already mentioned the upcoming V2 of the Halo 4 Official Soundtrack, but this morning zoojoo stopped by with a link that has all of the music samples from the upcoming release in one handy dandy YouTube video. Sounds awesome, go and check it out! (GrimBrother One 15:05:23 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 28 2013

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Story Time: Undercover Spies and Double Agents
Beyond Entertainment's aPK has a story for you - it's fun. Go watch! (Louis Wu 20:33:56 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Council Top 5 S2E4
Wow - it's been since January that we've been without a new Top 5 from The Halo Council - but Episode 4 went live a few days ago. Go watch some crazy sniping clips! Thanks, Jess. (Louis Wu 20:30:44 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 TU is live - go play!
Halo Waypoint has posted the details (again) for the latest Title Update, which is live today - if you missed last week's Bulletin, this is a great place to recap! (Louis Wu 20:24:34 UTC) (permalink)

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Midwest Geekfest just got cooler
Clefton Twain stopped by with some cool news - Leviathan will be appearing at Midwest Geekfest on April 20! Check out the post for more details. (Louis Wu 20:22:41 UTC) (permalink)

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MLG Ep 8
DeathMcGunz told us Episode 8 of his Halo 3 machinima, 'MLG', is now online - Christy learns stuff she didn't know - and passes on stuff the guys didn't know. Go watch it! (Louis Wu 20:20:56 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR 155
Robowski sent word that the latest Post Game Carnage Report has a return of an old friend (as well as discussion of Gagnon's A Fridge 2 Far 2). Go listen! (Louis Wu 20:15:25 UTC) (permalink)

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Achievement HORSE 120
Now that the Fileshare is active, the AchievementHunter guys are getting enough maps to actually play full HORSE again - Gavin takes on Jack for a game that's shorter than I'd expected. Great-looking maps, though! Watch it on AH.com or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 19:45:40 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 27 2013

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Halo 4 OST V2
On Monday, we pointed out that preorders for the Halo 4 Original Soundtrack Volume 2 were live - but now Halo Waypoint has the official announcement. Full track listing, prices, composers - go check it out! Thanks, Black Six. (Louis Wu 15:42:45 UTC) (permalink)

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Reclaimer - Control
TTL Demag0gue announced the newest Reclaimer comic - another old friend returns to the party! (Louis Wu 15:39:08 UTC) (permalink)

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Two-Foot MC delayed until August
MrKevinHurd stopped in to share an email that shows that the Sideshow 10th Anniversary Master Chief statue has been pushed back to August - bummer! (Louis Wu 15:37:52 UTC) (permalink)

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Cannon Fodder No More - YOU can make it happen!
SEspider has designed a new Halo-themed shirt, and it's currently up on Threadless for voting - this is a pretty competitive process, so if you want to see this shirt for sale, you HAVE to go by and vote for it. This little grunty DESERVES to live on chests everywhere... so go and vote! (The forum post which let us know about this is here, if you want to comment.) (Louis Wu 14:16:36 UTC) (permalink)

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Community Forge FFA Playlist Guide
Beyond Entertainment's Saucey runs down the new FFA Forge playlist for you - you get overviews of each map, plus power weapon spawns and spawn times. Pretty useful stuff! Thanks, CyReN. (Louis Wu 14:09:46 UTC) (permalink)

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343 Industries Talks at GDC
The 2013 Game Developers Conference is in full swing, and 343 Industries has posted the talks they'll be participating in (or have participated in, in one case) on Halo Waypoint. There was one talk yesterday (it was a postmortem of Forward Unto Dawn, the webseries - our own community member, Postmortem, posted a funny screen grab from the talk), there are two more today, and there is one each on Thursday and Friday. Read the schedule - and if/when we get actual content, we'll let you know! (Louis Wu 14:04:52 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 26 2013

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Forward Unto Dawn Podcast, Episode 11
The crew from Forward Unto Dawn have released a new podcast - this one focuses on Silentium. The start is spoiler-free, so if you haven't finished the book, you can at least get a taste! Thanks, davidfuchs. (Louis Wu 18:09:33 UTC) (permalink)

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More buried goodies in Halo 4's code
Gamecheat13 and his friends have been messing around with a test map they found in the code for Halo 4 - you can watch Gamecheat's video, showing off both the Revenant and the Disintegrator (two items that didn't make it into the final build), as well as a film from his buddy, TehBanStick, showing some random gameplay on this map. This stuff isn't available to you without modding - but you can see what didn't make the final cut! (Louis Wu 18:06:50 UTC) (permalink)

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A bonus for Silentium readers (only a week late)
Last week, when Silentium was released, the Section 3 folks pulled the glyphs that appeared in the book's chapter headings and decoded the latest offering - by visiting the Classified page (either on Halo Waypoint's website, or in-game), you can add this code and receive 20,000 XP and a video called 'Rebirth'. It took a few days to work properly on the website (it was much faster on XBL), but it's up in both places now - it's a 40-minute audio epilogue to Silentium, written by Eric and Greg Bear, and read by Greg! Pretty slick. I was pretty sure we'd front-paged this when Mid7night mentioned Nak3d Eli's video about it - but apparently not. Thanks to GunRunner48 for the added reminder. (Louis Wu 17:53:31 UTC) (permalink)

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Bonnie Ross, Game Changer: Celebrating the Women of Xbox
Xbox is celebrating Women's History Month by introducing you to the women of Xbox in a five part series called Game Changer. The first episode focuses on the Superintendent (some like say General Manager) of 343 Industries, Bonnie Ross. Bonnie is in charge of overseeing the entire Halo franchise, including the videos games, books, and even Halo apparel - that's a pretty gargantuan task! Go find out a little more about Bonnie and see what she has to say about the studio. Neat! (mastrbiggy 10:01:21 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4: Forge Feature - Ep. 2: Perplex
Beyond Entertainment released Forge Feature Episode 2 - this week they take a look at Perplex by IKorlash. Go watch! Thanks, aPK. (mastrbiggy 09:59:07 UTC) (permalink)

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aPK Presents Clips of the Week Ep. 1 + Giveaway
aPK has launched a personal YouTube channel and kicked things off with Clips of the Week Episode 1. To celebrate, aPK is hosting a giveaway - all you have to do to enter is subscribe to his channel. Here are the prizes:

  • 12 month XBL code
  • 3 month XBL code
  • 1600 MSP code
  • GoW Games on Demand code
  • Avatar props

Go subscribe! (mastrbiggy 09:55:03 UTC) (permalink)

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One Man Act - Project Halysis
Wahrer Machine presented a design doc for his what-if Halo project, called Project Halysis - a spinoff game complete with campaign, multiplayer, forge and theater. He goes into great detail about each aspect of the game and presents some neat and quirky ideas. It's a good read - go check it out! (mastrbiggy 09:41:08 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Goodies For Sale On eBay
pvt is selling a halo bundle on eBay - all the Halo games, The Halo Encyclopedia, The Art of Halo, and the first five seasons of RvB are included. Time is running out! (mastrbiggy 09:39:47 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 25 2013

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Onslaught - A gametype to remember
pete_the_duck informed us of Onslaught, a new gametype he's been working on. It's an Infection variant, where the Zombies are in Mantises, and the Survivors have Railguns. I played this a few nights ago - and it's a blast. (Literally.) There are lots of cool assets to go along with the map/gametype: Hedgemony took a bunch of screenshots (which are, as is the norm with Hedgemony screenshots, simply stunning), CruelLEGACEY whipped up a trailer showing off some great action angles, and pete himself put together an episode of Forge with Pete showing how the game works, and what lengths he went to to ensure that it's fun. I'm here to tell you - it's fun. (Unless someone on your team has a totally broken mic. Then it's not fun. Well... the game is still fun, but you can't really enjoy it.) (Louis Wu 20:46:44 UTC) (permalink)

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Reclaimer - Hubris
TTL Demag0gue let us know about the latest Reclaimer comic - Ferial gloats, but you know that won't last. (Louis Wu 20:41:30 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 OST V2 - Coming April 9th
The Omega Order is currently accepting pre-orders for volume 2 of the Halo 4 soundtrack - a total of 20 tracks are included. Cool! Thanks, Moa. (mastrbiggy 10:43:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Didact Costume Build Progress
Evil FX Props and Armor uploaded some new shots (scroll down to the bottom) of the Didact costume build - looks like it is coming along nicely. The added lighting looks really slick and the detail is pretty incredible. Loving the body and hands as well. I can't wait to see the finished product! (mastrbiggy 10:35:23 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Waypoint PAX East Recap: Part 2
343 and Certain Affinity recap the Halo 4 multiplayer panel in part 2 of their PAX East recap - Bs Angel, Kevin Franklin and Tom Potter break down all the juicy announcements and Bravo almost puts Jess in the hospital ;). Go watch! (mastrbiggy 10:25:51 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 24 2013

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Bane Plays Halo 4 (The Return)
Moorpheusl9 stopped in with a link to a video that was released last December - but it's brand-new for me, and it's pretty fun. Batman's Bane teams up with Bronson's Bronson (and a couple of randoms) in a game of Slayer on Harvest - well-done! Go give it a watch (Louis Wu 18:28:06 UTC) (permalink)

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Revisiting the story of Halo
Carmelo M. decided to look back at the original Halo story to try and tease out what made it so special - to him, and presumably to the rest of us as well. Great read! (Louis Wu 18:25:19 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 PAX East Multiplayer Panel
The Podtacular crew posted a video of the entire PAX East Halo 4 multiplayer panel on their youtube channel - go lean about CSR, the new maps, and Forge Island! Thanks, pete_the_duck. (mastrbiggy 05:27:22 UTC) (permalink)

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All I Want For Christmas
Halo Waypoint released their first recap video from PAX East - looks like everyone is having a great time! Time to start working on that Christmas wish list! Thanks, zoojoo. (mastrbiggy 05:07:22 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 3 Image Pack
Karl2177 from NeoGAF decided to create a Halo 3 image pack much like the Halo: Reach image pack that HaLo2FrEeEk put together back in 2010 (wow it's been 3 years since Reach?!) Go download it! Update: We've put up a local mirror, just in case. (mastrbiggy 05:01:27 UTC) (permalink)

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Welcome Back to Reach
t00lbox's latest trick/glitch video shows off a way to remove the barriers on 'The Package' without the Banshee Easter Egg. Go Watch! (mastrbiggy 04:58:45 UTC) (permalink)

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McFarlane Halo 4 Series 2 News
mrKevinHurd posted a screenshot of a retailer email detailing the second series of Halo 4 action figures from McFarlane Toys - the new series will include new characters, weapons, vehicles (possibly REAP-X related?), and even codes for exclusive Halo 4 in-game content. Intriguing! (mastrbiggy 04:56:27 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 23 2013

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Get Halo goodies at a discount
343's off at PAX East this weekend - but you can take advantage of the occasion to buy some discounted schwag from their store! Through Monday, everything in their store (except for pre-sale and deposit items) is 20% off! Not too shabby. (Louis Wu 11:13:23 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 3 Foundry in Halo Custom Edition
Halo Custom Edition continues to evolve - the latest project brings the Halo 3 Foundry to Halo 1! Check out the screenshots and a video - awesome! Thanks, MatthewDratt. (Louis Wu 11:06:36 UTC) (permalink)

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New Halo 4 Forge canvas coming soon
Yesterday's 343 Industries panel at PAX East revealed a pretty cool upcoming release - on April 11, they'll offer a new Forge canvas, featuring 3 flat islands of various sizes, to the Halo community (for free). Yay! Thanks to pete_the_duck for the update. (Louis Wu 11:06:19 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak 131
Jack and Geoff round up another batch of unfortunate circumstances in Fails of the Weak 131 (AH.com | YouTube) - flying tanks, heart attacks, and two-wheeled hogs abound. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 11:06:02 UTC) (permalink)

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A Fridge 2 Far 2 - Now Available
PGCR's Robowski let us know that the first episode of A Fridge 2 Far 2 is now live - go check out the great Mega-Blok work of Gagnon and the F2F2 crew! (Louis Wu 11:05:25 UTC) (permalink)

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Anoj's Top 10 Ep 20: Greatest Moments of Season 2
Anoj's latest Halo 4 Top 10 is a wrapup of the best clips from the last 10 episodes - great the second time around, too! Thanks, Jordan Bell. (Louis Wu 11:05:13 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 22 2013

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It's like it's August in March!
padraig08 has posted his 'PAX Prime 2012' writeup on our forum - just in time for PAX East 2013! (Hey, what's a few months between friends?) Swing by to reminisce if you were there, or live in the past vicariously if you weren't! (Louis Wu 18:25:48 UTC) (permalink)

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FPSStats - Halo 4 Edition
Atothendrew stopped by yesterday with word of an iOS-based Halo 4 stats tracking app, now available (for free) in the Apple Store. There is more info (and some reviews) over at Reddit, if you want to read up before you download. (There's talk in that thread of similar apps being squashed, presumably by Microsoft although it's not specified, so if you want a copy, grab it before it's gone!) (Louis Wu 18:22:00 UTC) (permalink)

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Now Halo Should Have a Defiant Map Pack... Wait...
We here at HBO love video games of all different sorts. One of the games that has a few of us very intrigued is the upcoming open world shooter from Trion Worlds, Defiance. If you follow us over at our sister site, DBO, you might remember us mentioning the project citing an interview with the Executive Producer of the game, as he referenced thoughts on Bungie's upcoming Destiny title (small open world, huh?). Earlier today, as I was inputting codes online to level up my "Ark Hunter", I noticed a peculiar emblem for the level I had just attained. Shoulda been Level 7, but still, full circle indeed! (GrimBrother One 17:24:07 UTC) (permalink)

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Conventional Wisdom from Unconventional Sources
TTL Demag0gue let us know that the latest issue of Reclaimer is now out. Go and check it out! (GrimBrother One 15:05:27 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 21 2013

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Tyrant's Halo 4 Mythic Walkthrough - Shutdown
Tyrant's Halo 4 Mythic Walkthrough has gained another chapter - Shutdown went live today. He certainly uses some skips seen elsewhere in the Halo community - but I liked the way he dispatched those hunters! Check it out. Thanks, Lawnmower172. (Louis Wu 21:19:55 UTC) (permalink)

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But Does It Pick Up More Chicks Than a Tank?
Cardo 8 ATL noticed that FOX News recently ran a small feature showing off the new Warthog-inspired UNSC Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. I'm not really a "truck guy", but I could easily become one in one of these bad boys. Check it out! (GrimBrother One 20:21:08 UTC) (permalink)

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HahahahahWIPEOUT
Rockslider's got a new video for you - he's back in the Library, attacking the Wipeout Challenge (kill all Flood that appear between the two locked doors before Guilty Spark comes back to let you proceed) on Legendary. How fast can YOU do it? And can you do it without grenades? (Louis Wu 16:42:00 UTC) (permalink)

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Brawls to the Wall Action Every Wednesday
Kal from the Grifball Hub wanted to let everyone know that they have released the full schedule of matchups for their excellent and exciting Wednesday Night Grifbrawl events. These live events showcase a fantastic and unique side of e-sports, and should be experienced at least once by everyone! Without many of the annoying side effects that often accompany other things in that category, of course. Also, please ignore the fact that we are posting this on a Thursday, and focus instead on how great it is that we are giving you a TON of notice for next Wednesday! Go check it out! (GrimBrother One 14:16:43 UTC) (permalink)

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Under the Influence of Halo
Still need mroe podsact goodenss? Then don't miss Episode 51 of the Drunken Halo Podcast. These are awesome guys with a really good show. Check out their thoughts on the future direction of Halo. Like, right now! (GrimBrother One 14:13:19 UTC) (permalink)

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You Should Listen 2 Their Other Stuff, 2
Robowski let us know that the latest episode (154) of the Post Game Carnage Report is now live and ready to experience. In it, they discuss the upcoming Castle Map Pack as well as their upcoming machinima experience - A Fridge 2 Far 2. Who doesn't love Fridge Day?! (wait, wrong bit) Anyway, go and give it a listen! (GrimBrother One 14:06:52 UTC) (permalink)

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Plotholes & Handgrenades
HBO poster DHalo stopped by our forum yesterday with a really stellar post regarding his thoughts on Halo 4's story delivery, specifically in relation to things revealed in the newly-released Halo: Silentium. It's a great read with some excellent points made, and does a fantastic job of being objective while succumbing to neither lip-service or ball-busting. Go and check it out, and share your own thoughts! (obviously, there will be major spoilers from Silentium discussed, so if you haven't read it, beware) (GrimBrother One 14:00:48 UTC) (permalink)

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Mid7night in the Heart of My Pelican
If you are both a Halo fan and flight-sim enthusiast, and felt a strange disturbance in the pants force yesterday (maybe both), then it was probably the arrival of Mid7night's incredibly-rendered UNSC Pelican dropship in X-Plane. Drop by his post for a slick video on how it looks from both inside and out. Take to the skies, Marines! (GrimBrother One 13:53:13 UTC) (permalink)

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Yet Again, the Clear Choice is Bacon
Nikko B201, our sleeper cell Rooster Teeth informant has let us know that the latest round of Achievement HORS- err, PIG is now live on both the AH site as well as YouTube. Go check it out! (GrimBrother One 13:50:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Boston, Where the PAX is better than the Sox
The newest Halo Bulletin went live last night, and includes some tasty tidbits for those lucky enough to be headed to Boston for this weekend's PAX East convention, specifically how you can get your hands on some playtime with the yet-unreleased Castle Maps. Also included are updates about Matchmaking details and the upcoming Title Update, as well as some very cool Forge Art. Go and check it all out! As always, we've forged a local version too. Go read! (GrimBrother One 13:45:38 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 20 2013

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Halo 4, The Movie (Special Edition)
Heh - Firestream has been creating movie posters recently (check out a couple he's made for Destiny over at DBO) - looks like he can't actually stop. His latest creation is for Halo 4 (The Movie). Hawt. (Louis Wu 21:39:19 UTC) (permalink)

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MLG Episode 7 (S2E1)
Death McGunz let us know that Season 2 of MLG has kicked off - Episode 7 helps you catch up with what the gang's been doing since The Incident. Go watch! (Louis Wu 21:38:13 UTC) (permalink)

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He's Just Not The Dancing Type
SEspider shared a cosplay music video showing off all the neat cosplay that was at the Eurogamer Expo - our favorite Spartan makes a brief appearance. I wonder if the armor makes it hard for John to dance or if he just lacks rhythm. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 19:42:37 UTC) (permalink)

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Let's Play Halo 4 - Community Customs
pete_the_duck is running customs (tonight at 10:30 EST) and wants to show you guys the fun side Halo 4 - he'll will be running a bunch of different game types, including a prototype gametype called Musical Mongoose, sounds interesting. Go sign up and get involved! (mastrbiggy 19:37:02 UTC) (permalink)

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Castle Map Pack - Daybreak Walkthrough
IGN posted a walkthrough of Daybreak, the third and final map included in the Castle map pack for Halo 4. Daybreak is a mid-size asymmetrical map designed for vehicular combat - get ready banshee pilots! Thanks, CyReN. (mastrbiggy 17:14:12 UTC) (permalink)

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Reclaimer - The Beginning of Endings
TTL Demag0gue dropped by the forums to let us know about the latest Reclaimer webcomic, 'The Beginning of Endings' - it's time to settle old grudges, once and for all. Go check it out! (mastrbiggy 17:13:11 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 19 2013

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Get Silentium... signed
Greg Bear will be signing copies of Silentium in Seattle this evening - swing by MrKevinHurd's post (or the University of Washington Book Store website) for details! (Louis Wu 19:20:28 UTC) (permalink)

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Castle Map Pack - Perdition Walkthrough
IGN has a walkthrough of Perdition - the second of three maps in the Castle Map Pack. Looks like it was originally going to be part of the Anniversary Map Pack for Reach, but didn't quite make it - it's back now for Halo 4, and looks amazing! Go check it out. (Louis Wu 16:19:56 UTC) (permalink)

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Havin' a Bud, drawin' the game
Isaac Hannaford was one of a number of artists who drew custom art for fans at last weekend's Emerald City Comic-Con - and he put up a blog post about it, showing off a couple of the pieces he drew. Awesome! Thanks, Black Six. (Louis Wu 13:46:14 UTC) (permalink)

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Reaching Happiness, Part 2
uberfoop is back with the second half of his 'So, Reach is a pretty cool game' retrospective (the first half went up a bit over a week ago). Screenshots, video, discussion... a great look at the Reach campaign! Go reminisce. (Louis Wu 13:43:37 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 3 on PC? Yeah... no.
You may have seen the latest 'Halo 3 is coming to PC' rumors, fueled by the presence of an entry for Halo 3 in the latest AMD beta drivers - but Microsoft says it ain't happening. Again. (There's a thread on our forum, if you want to discuss it.) (Louis Wu 13:41:25 UTC) (permalink)

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A new Sparkast from 343
343 released Sparkast 017 yesterday, to celebrate the release of Silentium - Greg Bear, Chirs Schlerf, and Jeremy Patenaude join David Ellis in the discussion of the book, and of the Forerunners that inhabit it. (I've linked to the podcast page, because there doesn't seem to be a way to link directly to a specific podcast, but you want the one that's dated March 18.) Thanks, Canecutter. (Louis Wu 13:33:04 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 18 2013

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A look at the making of the Halo 4 Terminals
A press release for a product called iPi Soft led to a couple of interesting articles about the personnel (and software) behind the Halo 4 Terminals. The Sequence Group, the design studio responsible for the terminals, used both full-motion capture (using iPi Soft) and low-budget alternatives like Kinect units to put together the final product we saw when the game was released. (If you haven't seen the Terminals, we have them archived in our Cutscene Library.) Always nice to get a peek behind the curtain! (Louis Wu 21:01:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Out of Slumber
TTL Demag0gue's Reclaimer comic has been in stasis for 18 months - but the addition of Halo Waypoints File Browse functionality has awakened it. Go swing by to read the (re)kickoff of the series! (Louis Wu 20:53:55 UTC) (permalink)

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Down Low and Close Up
Rockslider had a little fun with 343 Guilty Spark on the library - go watch! (Louis Wu 20:49:53 UTC) (permalink)

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Castle Map Pack Walkthrough - Outcast
Certain Affinity sits down with IGN for a walkthrough Outcast, one of the new Halo 4 maps included in the Castle map pack - looks pretty. Thanks, GunRunner48. (mastrbiggy 17:29:34 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 17 2013

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The Bottom of the Elevator, Remastered
The Superwaffle came in with another ridiculous Halo 3 trick - a drop to the bottom of the Crows Nest final elevator. It took 6 equipment jumps to make it down there (with 4 separate players) - I'm amazed it only took them 3 hours. Go watch the video! (Louis Wu 22:34:00 UTC) (permalink)

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The Wearing of the Green
Wow, fun. Looks like several playlists are reflecting the mood of St. Patrick's Day today - with armor color forced to green. Awesome! Thanks to MacGyver10 for pointing it out, and to Kal for providing a number of entertaining screenshots on GrifballHub! (Louis Wu 22:27:24 UTC) (permalink)

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A Warthog on Cairo Station... for real!
Grumpy sent word of a really bizarre Halo 2 trick recently finished by DrBizz - apparently, a warthog can be found on Cairo Station, without modding! (It had been found back in 2006, by a modder - but nobody ever expected it to be seen in a non-modded game.) It's invisible except when zoomed in, and you can't move it - but you CAN honk the horn and shoot the turret. Weird! (There's a thread at Alt-Gaming if you want to ask questions.) (Louis Wu 19:07:58 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 Collector's Game Guide for Cheap
If you looked at the Halo 4 Collector's Edition Strategy Guide, and said "$40 is too much for that" (or even "Amazon's got it for $27 - still too much"), you might want to swing by Best Buy right now and pick it up for $7! Thanks, CyReN. (Louis Wu 14:32:03 UTC) (permalink)

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McFarlane Figures for Sale
tadboz is selling a bunch of Halo figures - swing by his page on Figure.fm for details. (There's a lot of other stuff for sale, too - search the page for 'McFarlane Halo'.) (Louis Wu 14:24:16 UTC) (permalink)

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Getting out of Composer's Hangar
t00lbox has a new way to get out of Composer - swing by to watch! I'm not that good at grenade jumps (partially a factor of my chosen control scheme) but this one's doable. (Louis Wu 14:21:36 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 16 2013

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Reckless Rewind
Gandemo dug up some old Halo 3 footage - my nostalgia meter's running pretty high right now. Go watch - good stuff! (Louis Wu 15:51:49 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak 130
Achievement Hunter's Fails of the Weak series is up to 130 - lots of Ghosts. And silly people. Watch it on AH.com or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 15:50:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Color changes and bizarre armor combos
Hoovaloov was playing through Halo 2, and came across a couple of funky glitches - go see! (Louis Wu 15:45:46 UTC) (permalink)

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The 2012 Lars Cup
Last year, at PAX Prime, a bunch of Halo fans got together and celebrated international chocolate. This event has been covered before - but Greenskull from ReadyUpLive went just a little farther. If you were there, this video will bring back fantastic memories. If you weren't, you'll wish you were. (Unless you don't like chocolate. In which case you're a bad person and you should feel bad.) (Louis Wu 15:38:52 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 15 2013

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Fantastic Fan-Art Focus Friday Feature
Halo Waypoint introduced a very cool new initiative today called Fan Art Focus. They will be featuring amazing fan art every Friday, and will even be hanging the selections in the 343 studio itself! Awesome! (GrimBrother One 18:24:49 UTC) (permalink)

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Anoj's Top 10 Epic Fails: Episode 19
Anoj released his latest top 10 video - this time focusing on those epic Halo fails. Thanks, Jordan Bell. (mastrbiggy 18:22:11 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 at Midwest Geekfest
Clefton Twain stopped in with word of Midwest Geekfest, a gathering taking place on April 20 in Columbia, MO. One of the events is a Halo 4 tourney! It costs absolutely nothing, so get it on your calendar if you're nearby. (Louis Wu 18:21:06 UTC) (permalink)

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Give a Dog a Bone
CHa0s let us know about a video short explaining why you should join the Halo Diehards... I know I've met that Havoc guy before. (Louis Wu 18:19:17 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 14 2013

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Shotty fun in The Library
Rockslider's latest video tackles the spot in The Library where you are forced to wait between two doors - and stay alive in the face of a Flood onslaught. Lots of options! Go watch and read. (Louis Wu 19:28:24 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo HORSE 118
Geoff and Gavin face off for another round of Halo PIG (not enough maps for Halo HORSE, apparently) - it's far from professional, but it's clear they had some fun making it. Go watch - either on AH.com or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 18:41:43 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 3, start to finish, 73 mins
slYnki stopped in with word of a Halo 3 speedrun - not his normal fare! This is a single segment run on Easy, and it knocks six minutes off his previous time. The entire game... in less than 73 minutes. Not bad! (Louis Wu 18:35:21 UTC) (permalink)

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The Halo Bulletin, March 13
The Weekly Halo Bulletin went live last night - and there's some interesting info in there! Screenshots from the Castle Map Pack (along with a promo trailer), plus details about 343's presence at PAX East in a week or so, tantalizing info about an upcoming Title Update (Red X's are returning!), and some sweet sniper screenshots. You can, of course, read it in our local Halo Bulletin Archive (nice if you have trouble with Silverlight video). (Louis Wu 14:18:44 UTC) (permalink)

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Can I Have His Helmet?
SEspider decided to design t-shirt to pay tribute to his favorite grunt, YapYap, and is looking for suggestions to help finalize the design. Looks like YapYap will finally get to wear Master Chief's helmet after all. I'd wear that shirt! (mastrbiggy 11:25:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Riot Sandbox Open Friday
The folks over at Running Riot are hosting a Sandbox this Friday with special guest host CruelLEGACY, who will be showing exclusive stuff from the next season of Playtime. You can probably expect some Destiny talk too. The show will go live Friday the 15th at 9:30pm ET - you can join the conversation by sending a Skype IM to trrpodcast. Thanks, Kete. (mastrbiggy 11:15:35 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR 153
Robowski sent word that Post Game Carnage Report episode 153 is live - the crew interview Gagnon, creator of A Fridge 2 Far 2 (debuting on 3/22.) They also dive into the evolution of Halo over the last 10 years. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 11:07:06 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 13 2013

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Destructoid wants to cover you in dogs
Shark Robot is offering a Corgi Heroes shirt (in black or purple) - dogs dressed up as video game heroes. If you look really hard, you can find Corgi Chief! Thanks, Grizzlei. (Louis Wu 22:11:08 UTC) (permalink)

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I have the power!
Murtaw has a history of making Halo montages with fun clips in them - his latest is no exception. Halo 4 Randomness shows off some pretty bizarre occurrances (mixed with fun team shenanigans). The oddball toss made me laugh out loud! Thanks, Cardo 8 ATL. (Louis Wu 22:05:48 UTC) (permalink)

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Beyond Top 5 Plays Ep. 2
Beyond Entertainment has released another Top 5 Plays video, this time with commentary by Walshy. The Ragnarok sniper streak was seen in last week's Top 10 from Anoj, but the rest are new, and pretty hot! Thanks, CyReN. (Louis Wu 22:02:07 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 3 - Cut Cinematic - 343 Found
Garrett Thrailkill sent us word about a video he posted - he calls it an 'unused cinematic on the level The Ark that was removed during Halo 3's development cycle'. I think I'd call it a nice piece of modding-enabled machinima. Either way, it's pretty slick - go watch! (Louis Wu 15:34:29 UTC) (permalink)

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Tyrant's Halo 4 Mythic Walkthrough - Reclaimer
The Tyrant continues his Mythic rampage through Halo 4 - Chapter 5, Reclaimer, just went live on YouTube. In less than half an hour, The Tyrant will show you how to tackle the Mammoth-based mission on Halo 4's hardest difficulty! Check it out. Thanks, Lawnmower172. (Louis Wu 15:33:45 UTC) (permalink)

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Hyabusa - the Halo 4 version
Laird ran across an unused (well, so far) design for some Halo 4 armor on CGHub - love it or hate it, it's a nice find! (Louis Wu 15:31:00 UTC) (permalink)

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Silentium Sneak Peak
IHaveIce pointed out that the first two chapters of Halo: Silentium have been released for your reading pleasure. The first chapter is viewable on Tor's website and the second chapter is available on Halo Waypoint. Go Read! (mastrbiggy 10:08:23 UTC) (permalink)

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Special Control Rig Helps Stroke Victim Play Halo 4
SpecialEffect created a controller set-up to help David, who suffered multiple strokes, enjoy playing video games again. Go watch! Thanks, Shadders. (mastrbiggy 10:07:10 UTC) (permalink)

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117 Remix
Pl511 created a remix of the song '117' from the Halo 4 OST - nice work! Go check it out. (mastrbiggy 10:06:41 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 12 2013

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What got you started?
I guess it's that time again... cheapLEY has kicked off a thread on our forum asking for your favorite Halo memories over the last decade or so. I'm gonna be keeping an eye on it - I love hearing what brought people into the fold! (Louis Wu 15:44:42 UTC) (permalink)

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Cool Halo props on Etsy
GryphonOsiris ran across Johnson Arms, an Etsy shop run by Brian Johnson. He makes some fun stuff, including a Halo Reach M6G Pistol, a Carter Commando helmet, and a Halo EOD helmet. Got some spare cash? Check this stuff out! (Louis Wu 15:41:29 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 11 2013

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Podtacular 352
Dust Storm let us know that the latest Podtacular episode is live - CyReN, GH057ayame and Saucey of Beyond Entertainment sit down to talk about their plans for the Halo community. They also discuss the competitive Halo scene. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 21:01:27 UTC) (permalink)

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Castle Map Pack Trailer
Halo Waypoint released a trailer for the Castle map pack - the DLC includes three new medium-to large-range maps. Perdition reminds me of the city hub from ODST - cool! Waypoint also posted a screenshot gallery of the new maps. The Castle map pack launches on April 8th. (mastrbiggy 17:58:41 UTC) (permalink)

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Visualizing the Halo Universe Round 8: Ancients
Portmortem has kicked off the next round of his Visualizing the Halo Universe project - this time he's looking for fan renditions of Precursor Orbital Arches. (Read his post if that's not clear.) Get to sketchin'! (Louis Wu 14:42:22 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Reach Press Kit for Sale
Compton is selling his Halo Reach Press Kit (pretty slick briefcase, filled with goodies) to raise money for an upcoming Xbox purchase - if you've been looking for one of these, here's your chance! (Louis Wu 14:36:52 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 10 2013

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Europe wins out with Forward Unto Dawn
Well, that's interesting - it looks like Region 2 (Europe, mostly) will be getting a 'Deluxe Edition' Blu-ray/DVD combo of Forward Unto Dawn at the end of this month - as far as I can tell, this is not available (or at least announced) elsewhere in the world. In addition to the discs, you will also get a set of Halo art cards, a poster, and over 100 minutes of exclusive bonus content. Thanks, mikimarquez. (Louis Wu 23:09:26 UTC) (permalink)

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Celebrating both Cortana and MC
JR3D_MTTH3W stopped in with a pair of vids - Master Chief Origin is a retrospective of our favorite Spartan, while Cortana Tribute is exactly what the title suggests. (The latter was featured on the Waypoint blog last week, so you may have seen it already.) Go watch! (Louis Wu 23:00:51 UTC) (permalink)

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Waiting for Halo 4
Joseph "Maniac" Cirillo sent word of a new documentary he released this weekend - swing by GameExcess.net to watch 'Waiting for Halo 4'. It was inspired by Halo 2: The Road to Glory, released by Noah Gallup more than 7 years ago, and it takes a look at one fan's love affair with a franchise. Go watch! (Louis Wu 15:44:49 UTC) (permalink)

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Reaching Happiness
uberfoop decided to take a run through Reach with fresh eyes - and record what he saw. Screenshots, videos, and new observations - he got through Long Night of Solace, and was pretty happy, for the most part! Go follow along. (Louis Wu 15:34:23 UTC) (permalink)

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The poetry of Reach
The Lionheart felt inspired to write a short poem expressing the sadness and nobility that is Reach. Go read it! (Louis Wu 15:27:29 UTC) (permalink)

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M.L.Gandemo
Gandemo put together another one of his gameplay vids - he calls this one M.L.Gandemo. Some fun situations, and a taste of his life in the commentary - go watch! (Louis Wu 15:27:15 UTC) (permalink)

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I Used To Be a Petty Officer, Then I Took an Arrow to the Knee
ZackDark dropped by the forum to let us know about a Gamespot Skyrim mod video that includes some neat Halo content (skip to 4:05 for the Halo stuff.) Is it just me or does the commentator sound a little bit like Frankie? Go watch! (mastrbiggy 11:24:13 UTC) (permalink)

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Mysterious Halo Mega Bloks
Reddit user, TheNerdyOne_, claims that certain individuals have been receiving emails from Mega Bloks containing details and pictures of new Halo vehicles. The email describes a new ONI subdivision called REAP-X (Reverse Engineering and Prototyping -- Xenotechnology) and shows off two new UNSC vehicles, the UNSC Siege Bike and the UNSC Light Assault VTOL. This is the first I've head of the REAP-X program and I've never seen these vehicles before. Without a concrete source I'm not sure what to make of this. Thanks, DeadNames. Update: Dust Storm provided a web version of the email. (mastrbiggy 11:07:49 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 9 2013

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Fails of the Weak 129
More fails and laughs from Jack and Geoff over at Achievement Hunter... I loved the 'save you kill you' assassination. Go watch, either at AH.com or YouTube! Thanks, NikkoB201. (Louis Wu 12:39:32 UTC) (permalink)

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What's he gonna grow in there?
Leviathan received a new pot with cool artwork on it. Some of it is Halo related. Go look! (Louis Wu 12:36:44 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 8 2013

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Grifball League Signups Are Open
GrifballHub's announced that signups for the Spring 2013 season of their Halo 4 Grifball League are now open! Swing by for full details - you've got until March 15 to register, and games begin the week of the 18th. Thanks, Kal. (Louis Wu 14:03:17 UTC) (permalink)

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Anoj's Top 10 Best Sniper Kills: Episode 18
Anoj released episode 18 of his top ten series - this one focuses on the best sniper kills. Number one is probably the most ridiculous streak I've ever seen. Thanks, Jordan Bell. (mastrbiggy 11:33:23 UTC) (permalink)

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The Missing Halo 4 Medals
Cha0s dropped by to let us know about a new Halo 4 machinima series called 'The Lost Medals Chronicles' - this series shows some interesting medals that I never knew existed ;). Great first episode, go watch! (mastrbiggy 11:31:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Those Look Familiar
Nowise10 found some interesting Halo 4 screens that shows some familiar looking armor. Oh ODST armor, how I miss thee. (mastrbiggy 11:30:48 UTC) (permalink)

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Mid7night's Halo 4 Photoshoot
Mid7night shared some Halo 4 screenshots that show off some really nice lighting and let's you marvel at the Spartan models. Go check them out! (mastrbiggy 11:29:39 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 7 2013

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Halo 4's Essential Visual Guide coming in September
Swing by Halo Waypoint for a sneak peek at the upcoming tome, 'Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide'. If you like details, this book is for you! Thanks, Def Guru 7777. (Louis Wu 20:52:30 UTC) (permalink)

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Wanted: Bad Spawn Films
FyreWulff is on a hunt for films showing bad spawns on Skyline - there are even free months of Xbox LIVE Gold for specific films. Go read the details! (Louis Wu 20:49:14 UTC) (permalink)

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One Minute Opinion: Extraction Playlist
Beyond Entertainment's Clicked is back with a new series - this one is called 'One Minute Opinion', and the first episode focuses on the Extraction gametype. Don't be fooled - it's not one minute long (it's actually more than 3 minutes) - but it IS a quick look at the gametype, and includes both a summary of how it works and Clicked's feelings towards it. Worth a watch! Thanks, CyReN. (Louis Wu 20:47:14 UTC) (permalink)

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Gussied Up and Ready to Dance
The Halo Waypoint Bulletin went live last night - in it you'll find an interview with Greg Bear, plus the weekly Matchmaking update (Team Fiesta is making an appearance next week!), a Fan Question of the Week, and a bunch of screenshots. As always, you can read it in our Halo Bulletin Archive - quite a bit lighter if bytes matter. (Louis Wu 16:51:38 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4: Old Friends, New Scenery
Skywalker DSP dropped in with another commentated gameplay vid - he and slimjim tried out Skyline in SWAT, and came away satisfied. Go watch! (Louis Wu 16:46:58 UTC) (permalink)

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pete the overachieving duck
pete_the_duck decided to review the FPS Freek Infinity addons - but being pete_the_duck, he wasn't content with just a 'these made my scores go up' or 'I liked the way these felt'. No... he went a little farther than that. He built a map and a gametype specifically designed to measure his accuracy before and after application. Great stuff! (Louis Wu 16:41:39 UTC) (permalink)

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Wanna know which SpOps mission has 82 Crawlers?
Heh. A couple of days ago, Morpheus asked for help putting together a document which could help players decide which levels would be useful when trying to complete certain Spartan Ops-based challenges. When he griped today that nobody had responded, TDSpiral pointed out that such a document already exists - it was created by Wes Henry a couple of months ago. Ask, and (often) ye shall receive! (Louis Wu 16:29:08 UTC) (permalink)

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Thank you Mario! The Castle is at another PAX.
According to VG 24/7, the Castle Map Pack (due out in April) will be playable at PAX East (coming up in a couple of weeks!). Not too shabby! Thanks, Def Guru 7777. (Louis Wu 16:23:18 UTC) (permalink)

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Didact Helmet Sculpt
Evil FX Props and Armor shared this work-in-progress Didact helmet sculpt - it looks really awesome. I can't wait to see the finished product! Thanks, NobleGundam. (mastrbiggy 09:13:48 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR 152
Robowski let us know that Post Game Carnage Report episode 152 is live - the crew talk about the latest Halo news, including Halo cosplay, Majestic achievement and the Waypoint bulletin(s). Their big topic covers Destiny information. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 09:13:11 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo HORSE 117
Jack and Geoff present Halo HORSE episode 117 (AH & YouTube) - lot's of neat Forge challenges in this episode. Also be sure to check out the new Halo HORSE map tool. Looks like it's a way to submit and up-vote maps. Thanks, Nikko B201. (mastrbiggy 09:12:10 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 6 2013

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Piloting Composer's MAC Cannons
I stumbled across this video this morning... it's pretty amazing. Nowise10 and a friend show you how to actually get in to (and shoot!) the MAC cannons on Composer. (I don't think I even NOTICED them when I played - and these guys found a way to SHOOT them.) Awesome. (Louis Wu 16:20:47 UTC) (permalink)

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Get Your Copy of Halo 2600
Atari Age are selling another run of Halo 2600 carts - these were originally produced for the 2010 Classic Gaming Expo. The cartridges come in a cool looking box that costs $50 and you can also purchase the Halo 2600 manual for $30. These are extremely limited! Thanks, Shadders. (mastrbiggy 16:06:13 UTC) (permalink)

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Tyrant's Halo 4 Mythic Walkthrough - Forerunner
The Tyrant's Halo 4 Mythic Walkthrough has gained another chapter - Forerunner falls in under 20 minutes! Go watch. Thanks, Lawnmower172. (Louis Wu 15:59:57 UTC) (permalink)

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Forward Ops: Commencement
Postmortem let us know that he's kicked off his Forward Ops series - with some art help from TDSpiral. Go see how HIS Spartan Ops season would begin! (Louis Wu 15:45:46 UTC) (permalink)

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The Brits pass on Halo
Halo 4 was up for 4 different awards at last night's BAFTA ceremony - three of them (Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, and Online Multiplayer) were scooped up by Journey, while the fourth (Action) went to Far Cry 3. Bummer! Thanks, Bry. (Louis Wu 13:48:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Happy Birthday, Halo Wars!
kornman00 stopped in to point out the fourth anniversary of the release of Halo Wars (and to lament the fact that its DLC is still going for its original price). Too far under the radar for MS to notice? Or just too much of a money-maker to discount? (Heh.) (Louis Wu 13:47:43 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 5 2013

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A Spiral Megabattle of your very own
Rockslider stopped in with more Spiral Megabattle stuff - this time, he shows you how you can set it up for yourself! Watch - then give it a try! (Louis Wu 19:15:11 UTC) (permalink)

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Bite me
Stony Props built an Elite head... and then added some pretty slick jaw animation. I want one! Thanks, bs angel. (Louis Wu 17:58:50 UTC) (permalink)

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The Fallen shows its teeth
Wow. The Halo: The Fallen Facebook page recently posted a shot of one of their Jackals - pretty great-looking stuff! Thanks, Leviathan. (Louis Wu 14:42:22 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Ops S1 Episode Review
Beginning in mid-January, 343 began to include in its weekly Halo Bulletins summaries, written by franchise writer Brian Reed, of each episode of the first season of Spartan Ops - but if you missed any, or you'd rather have all of this particular content in one place, they just released a full Season One Episode Review, combining all 10 individual writeups. Check it out! (Louis Wu 14:36:47 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 4 2013

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Halo 4 | Beyond Top 5 Plays Ep. 1
Beyond Entertainment has posted their first Top 5 Plays vid - some really nice gameplay. (I don't think I've ever seen a Killtrocity in a 2v2 list before.) Thanks, CyReN. (Louis Wu 22:35:26 UTC) (permalink)

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Taking notes from Valve
The Quim Ninja wanted you to know about an article contrasting 343 Industries and Valve - my takeaway was that he wished 343 would take some lessons from Valve and thereby improve the Halo franchise. Go see if you agree! (You can leave him comments on Twitter.) (Louis Wu 22:34:55 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 Cortana Cosplay Body Paint NSFW
(VIDEO CONTAINS NUDITY) Paul Roustan documented his Cortana black light body paint work of art - I found the eyes a little creepy, but otherwise I think he captured the look of Cortana. Thanks, kylej. (mastrbiggy 19:18:21 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 V2 OST - coming in 2013
Asian Inferno pointed out a notice on the 7Hz Recordings website that mentions an upcoming Halo 4 Volume 2 Soundtrack from Neil Davidge, coming sometime this year. Interesting! (Louis Wu 15:41:10 UTC) (permalink)

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Noble Hates Randoms
AddiCt3d 2CHa0s let us know about a machinima called 'Noble Hates Randoms - Beauty is as Beauty Does' - it's designed as an experiential look at some of the beautiful Halo 4 scenery. (The lack of sound in parts is rather jarring - but it's on purpose.) Check it out! (Louis Wu 15:39:43 UTC) (permalink)

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Visualizing the Halo Universe: Round 7 (Results)
Postmortem's latest round of 'Visualizing the Halo Universe' came to a close this weekend - and he posted the submissions on his website. I love the creativity that goes into speculating about parts of the universe we've never seen, officially! (Louis Wu 15:37:00 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 Pre-Production Material
Concept artist Shae Shatz posted tons of Halo 4 pre-production material from the live action E3 2012 trailer, Spartan Ops and more.

Pretty neat! Thanks, ZeNy. (mastrbiggy 07:12:19 UTC) (permalink)

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Ditching Your Broadsword
t00lbox shows you how to get out of your Broadsword on the level Midnight - the trick/gltich tutorial let's you explore the space where the Didact closes off the entrance to the composer. You also get to do weird things to Master Chief's body. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 06:52:03 UTC) (permalink)

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SILVER - A Halo 4 Trick Jumping Video
Crunch dropped by the forums to share a Halo 4 Trick Jumping video by The Subject Show - it's really well edited and there are some ridiculous jumps. I especially like the Auto-Sentry jump on Exile. Go check it out! (mastrbiggy 06:39:56 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 3 2013

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A final farewell from a French tricking clan
Outside ChiefJefferson stopped in with one last montage video of Halo tricks recorded on Halo Anniversary. It was released a bit over a month ago, but this is the first we're seeing it - and it's a great watch. IT's a combination of fun tricks I've never seen, along with recreations of some classics from the original game. 6 minutes long, and I was captivated the whole time! (Louis Wu 14:35:06 UTC) (permalink)

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HSH is back!
Lawnmower172 sent word that High Speed Halo had posted 11 new runs on Halo CE and Halo 2. (It actually seems to be considerably more than that; if you look at their Uploaded Videos playlist, the first 18 have all been uploaded in the last 3 days.) However many we're talking about, there's a ton - and there are some great runs in there! Go explore. (Louis Wu 14:21:41 UTC) (permalink)

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HaloGAF Episode 12: Barrow Roll & Tawpgun
The HaloGAF crew invite Barrow Roll and Tawpgun to discuss the latest Halo news, including playlists and the new Majestic maps. They also talk about the latest Destiny news and Hank Hill makes an appearance. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 10:30:12 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 2 2013

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On the Spiral Path to Death
Rockslider spent a bunch of time on the Spiral Path megabattle in AotCR - 53 baddies, including a previously unincluded cloaked elite. Go watch the carnage! (Louis Wu 13:53:09 UTC) (permalink)

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Saturday's Fan Fiction
There was no Fan Fiction in the queue yesterday - but there was one new story today. So it's up. (Louis Wu 13:52:27 UTC) (permalink)

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A chance to get your hands on a Signed Halo 4 LE
Dogiojoe sent word that she's kicking off another fundraiser - she's got a limited edition copy of Halo 4, signed by a whole bunch of 343 devs. If you want in on the action, go back on Saint Paddy's Day, March 17! (Pictures of the prize are up now.) (Louis Wu 13:51:40 UTC) (permalink)

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The Drunken Halo Podcast Ep 49
Justin Bryce told us about the latest episode of Drunken Halo - he and Travis compare and contrast both precision and automatic weapons. Go listen! (Louis Wu 13:51:14 UTC) (permalink)

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News March 1 2013

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Fails of the Weak 128
AchievementHunter has posted Fails of the Weak 128 - you definitely have to enjoy the banter, because the fails themselves are secondary. (This time it's Fruit by the Foot.) Watch 'em on AH.com, or YouTube. (Louis Wu 23:34:21 UTC) (permalink)

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Anoj's Halo 4 Top 10 Episode 17: Sticks
The latest Halo 4 Top 10 video from Anoj looks at sticks - the early ones are just middlin', but from 5 down they're all pretty impressive. Thanks, Jordan Bell. (Louis Wu 23:28:51 UTC) (permalink)

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Renegades Episode 5
Halo Waypoint has word of Renegades, Episode 5 - we lost track after Ep 2, back in February. Go catch up! (This is the last episode of Season 1.) (Louis Wu 21:12:49 UTC) (permalink)

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