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News May 31 2013
Buy figures, get in-game skins
TDSpiral pointed out an article on Halo Waypoint that shows off some new 'unlockables' from McFarlane. Getchyer customized weapons here! (Louis Wu 20:04:47 UTC) (permalink)
Evolution: it's what's for dinner.
Dervish read an article on silly sci-fi constructs based on the concept of 'Evolution', and saw far too much Halo for his liking. Do you agree? (Louis Wu 20:02:51 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 4 Mythic Difficulty Guide - Shutdown
The Tyrant has published another chapter in his local Halo 4 Mythic Guide - swing by for the text version of Shutdown! The video is included, of course - but sometimes, having the pros and cons of a particular strategy on the screen in front of you helps a lot in making decisions. Go read! (Louis Wu 17:27:02 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 1 Tricking - Marine To The Banshee Pillar
slYnki told us about an old Halo 1 trick he's just gotten around to completing - go watch the short vid that shows how he got a Marine to the top of the Banshee pillar on Two Betrayals! (Louis Wu 17:22:58 UTC) (permalink)
One-Flag is back, baby!
kornman00 announced that he's got a downloadable gametype in his fileshare - it will let you play One-Flag (and Neutral Flag) CTF! Awesome. Go grab a copy!
(Louis Wu 17:21:27 UTC) (permalink)
TTL Demag0gue let us know about the latest episode of Reclaimer - things are not going as well as he'd expected... (Louis Wu 17:20:00 UTC) (permalink)
Hindsight ODST: Data Hive
Over at Forward Unto Dawn, Dax01 is back with another episode of Hindsight: ODST - this exploration takes a careful, in-depth look at Data Hive. Great read! Thanks, davidfuchs.
(Louis Wu 17:16:27 UTC) (permalink)
Halo: Flucking Around
The Alpha Elite is back with a new video, showing off Halo 1 mods. Just silliness - but fun silliness. Go watch! (Louis Wu 17:12:52 UTC) (permalink)
Anoj's Halo 4 Top 10 Ep 29: Sniper Kills
Jordan Bell sent word that there's a new Top 10 from Anoj - he's back to Sniper kills. There are some pretty impressive feats of skill shown here! Go watch. (Louis Wu 17:10:35 UTC) (permalink)
News May 30 2013
RC Master's SpOps Ep 4 - Complete
RC Master let us know that the rest of his no-death solo legendary runs of Spartan Ops Episode 4 are now online - go watch Random Transport, The Chase, and The Didact's Gift. Good stuff!
(Louis Wu 17:44:16 UTC) (permalink)
Halo HORSE 129
The AH Office HORSE Tourney continues with a battle between Michael and Lindsey - the patter is fast. You can watch it on AH.com or YouTube - thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 16:25:32 UTC) (permalink)
Our hero meets with an unexpected counter in the latest Reclaimer - thanks, TTL Demag0gue. (Louis Wu 16:06:23 UTC) (permalink)
The Halo Mole - Preparing for Liftoff
Dust Storm let us know that The Halo Mole is nearly ready for sabotage! (You might be wondering what that means... it means they're almost ready for the series to begin!) They've extended the registration deadline by a couple of days - you have until just before midnight on June 2 to get your application in. More details can be found in today's announcement! (Louis Wu 13:14:58 UTC) (permalink)
Plasma Cannons, Burning Computers, and Guns. Lots of Guns.
Another Wednesday, another Halo Bulletin. Bravo posted the latest notes about the upcoming weapons tuning going live next week, along with a passel of Flood screens. Worth a read - your online experience is about to change! You can, as always, check it out locally in our Halo Bulletin Archive. (Louis Wu 12:05:24 UTC) (permalink)
Last weekend, a bunch of HBO regulars got together at the home of Bryan Newman, to celebrate the Kentucky Fried LAN. The first writeup appeared last night, from Bryan himself. Go see how it went! (Louis Wu 12:02:18 UTC) (permalink)
You ever have that feeling that you know an area so well you could navigate it blindfolded? Or backwards? Yeah, slYnki knows what I'm talkin' about... he just released a run of Silent Cartographer, backwards. Not 'backwards' as in 'he went the wrong way around the island', but 'backwards' as in 'he walked/drove/jumped backwards from the moment he got off the Pelican to the moment he got back on.' (One small exception, in front of the locked door. Oops.) Pretty amazing, and actually fun to watch! (I kept waiting for him to fall off an edge... he never did.) Thanks, Deafhawk36. (Louis Wu 11:54:51 UTC) (permalink)
Customs Night - 5.31.03
Friday is coming... and that means Customs Night is nigh (at 9pm EST to be exact) - this week it's all about Halo 3. Go sign up! Thanks, General Vagueness. (mastrbiggy 09:52:58 UTC) (permalink)
The Perfect Spectator Mode for Halo 5
aPK dropped by with a new video that focuses on what the perfect Halo 5 spectator mode would look like. He takes cues from other games' spectator modes like Quake Live, Call of Duty and Counterstrike - heh, those are some neat features! Go watch!
(mastrbiggy 09:52:12 UTC) (permalink)
Robowski sent word of Post Game Carnage Report episode 164 - the crew discuss Drunken Halo 1v1 championship details, next-gen hardware and share their thoughts on the recently "announced" Halo Bootcamp game.
(mastrbiggy 09:24:51 UTC) (permalink)
Dust and Echoes Episode 34
Tom let us know that Dust and Echoes episode 34 is live - they talk about the Community Forge Island playlist, the Xbox One reveal and more. Go listen!
(mastrbiggy 09:24:19 UTC) (permalink)
Send Me Out With A Bang
Cruellegacy announced that the series final of Playtime will air on June 10th. There's a finale trailer as well a blog post about the series on the CruelLEGACY Productions wesbite. It was a great run - can't wait to see what's next!
(mastrbiggy 09:23:41 UTC) (permalink)
News May 29 2013
Indirect's Halo 4 Top Ten- Episode 7
Halo Waypoint has a video from Indirect - it's the 7th episode of his Top 10 series. Maybe it's time to pick up earlier eps, too! Go watch.
(Louis Wu 22:39:18 UTC) (permalink)
News May 28 2013
HaloCraft: Heart of the Swarm
CrazedOne1988 stopped by to announce HaloCraft: Heart of the Swarm, a new video in which he remade the Starcraft II trailer released earlier this year. If you would like to see how closely his scenes honor the originals, watch this VideoDoubler pair (be sure to mute the second video). Pretty slick! (Louis Wu 17:17:18 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Medley, Revisited
Last week, we told you about the new Devinsupertramp/Lindsey Stirling collaboration - and mentioned a version of the film that contained members of the 405th that had been online briefly, but then pulled. SEspider noticed yesterday that it was back. Now you can see both the music-only version (Lindsey Stirling and William Joseph, playing beautiful music in a beautiful setting), and the full theatrical version, with live Halo action punctuating the notes. Awesome stuff! (Louis Wu 17:10:09 UTC) (permalink)
Clips of the Week Ep. 10: Magnum = Underrated
aPK dropped in with a new Clips of the Week video - he makes the case for the Halo 4 Magnum as a really powerful weapon. Not only does the voiceover explain exactly WHY he thinks this is true, but the footage shows his ideas in action. I was impressed. Go watch!
(Louis Wu 17:05:31 UTC) (permalink)
Belated Valentine's Day 2013
AssaultGodzilla is a little late with his annual Valentine's Day Halo music video montage... but hey, better late than never! Go check out the 2013 video now.
(Louis Wu 17:03:50 UTC) (permalink)
Spartan Ops, (RC) Mastered
RC Master has posted new commentated, no-death, solo Legendary runs of Spartan Ops for your enjoyment - the rest of Episode 2: Artifact (4 new vids) and all of Episode 3: Catherine (5 vids) are now online. The rest of Episode 4 is coming later this week! Go watch, and be inspired to repeat. (Louis Wu 17:02:18 UTC) (permalink)
News May 27 2013
It's a grab bag! (Erm... box.)
phatcorns has a box of old, rare Halo action figures - he's wondering what sort of interest there might be for this stuff, before he puts it up on eBay. Go take a look! (Louis Wu 17:01:46 UTC) (permalink)
TTL Demag0gue pointed out the newest Reclaimer - Ferial is pretty confident! (Louis Wu 17:00:38 UTC) (permalink)
I think he's missing something...
Sliding Ghost and IONSTORM found a pretty funky dead Grunt on Requiem - I wonder what you could do with this guy? (Louis Wu 16:59:16 UTC) (permalink)
YourExWife managed to melee force an opponent into the geometry (gopher style) - it's pretty funny watching the player try to kill himself (unsuccessfully) so he can get back into the action. (mastrbiggy 10:02:28 UTC) (permalink)
Playtime S4E6 - Expectations
CruelLEGACY Productions released episode 6 of Playtime season 4 - Warren continues to obsess over Red and the newcomer captures Dwight's affection. You can watch it on the CruelLEGACY Productions website or on YouTube. Check it out! (mastrbiggy 09:40:54 UTC) (permalink)
Robowski let us know that Post Game Carnage Report episode 163 is live - the crew discuss Xbox One, the announcement of the Halo Television Series and the drunken Halo 1v1 tournament. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 09:39:02 UTC) (permalink)
News May 26 2013
The Rampancy Map Pack
CHa0s let us know that a new vid she's put together will show you a collection of maps created by Hadokenchild, of HaloCustoms - go watch! (Then download the maps.) (Louis Wu 20:28:14 UTC) (permalink)
News May 25 2013
Fails of the Weak 140
Fails of the Weak 140 has 10 new fails - vehicle explosions, badly timed jumps, and assassinations when you shouldn't be assassinating. Go watch (AH.com or YouTube)! Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 23:37:20 UTC) (permalink)
Project: Rebuild Countdown - Ep. 2: Accuracy
aPK is back with a new episode of Project: Rebuild Countdown - he's taking lots of care to ensure he's translating the geometry from Reach to Halo 4 accurately. Fun to watch! (Louis Wu 19:27:17 UTC) (permalink)
Halo/Oblivion Crossover Art
Dark Helmet couldn't resist mashing up Halo with the new Tom Cruise vehicle 'Oblivion'. Awesome work. (Louis Wu 19:21:43 UTC) (permalink)
HaloCustoms.com Minigame Contest
Insane54, from HaloCustoms, sent word of a new contest - a bracket-style tournament that willl crown the 'best Halo 4 minigame'! You've got 10 days to submit a minigame (new or old), and then voting will begin. Go give 'em your best!
(Louis Wu 19:20:27 UTC) (permalink)
Friday's Fan Fiction - Very Late
Oh, my - I feel terrible. I'm two weeks behind on the Fan Fiction queue! (Luckily, there's only one story that's been waiting - but I want to apologize to the author, QueenMastaFatz, for leaving it languishing for so long.) Go read it! (Louis Wu 19:16:59 UTC) (permalink)
Fight or Flight
TTL Demag0gue stopped in yesterday afternoon with Friday's Reclaimer episode - what might end up being an epic battle has begun!
(Louis Wu 19:16:24 UTC) (permalink)
Bilateral Symmetry is Cool.
Red vs Blue member sparkbears wondered if I'd seen a couple of recent art pieces from TDSpiral - Prometheans and Covenant Remnant were both posted on May 5 over at DeviantART. I HADN'T seen them - TDSpiral has been regrettably quiet on our forum as of late - but I have now. And I'm glad, because they're pretty slick! Go explore. (And don't miss sparkbears' Mister Chief helmet, either!) (Louis Wu 13:43:16 UTC) (permalink)
News May 24 2013
HBO regular TDSpiral is spotlighted today on Halo Waypoint's Fan Art Focus - his Arbiter is nothing if not majestic! (Louis Wu 18:48:12 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 4 Mythic Difficulty Guide - Reclaimer
The Tyrant is back with another chapter of his Halo 4 Mythic Guide; this one's a little out of order (Infinity is non-trivial, he's saving it for a bit). Go read Reclaimer, a guide which will help you beat the level which introduces both the UNSC Mammoth and the Covenant Lich to the Halo vehicle universe. Good stuff! (Louis Wu 18:36:08 UTC) (permalink)
Thanks that make you go hmm...
demoncarnataur stopped in with a link to a NeoGAF thread that's looking at a game recently rated by the Korean Game Rating Board. The name is 'Bootcamp', and the description is pretty intriguing:
"A TPS game based on 'Halo' universe where player complete various types of missions."
It is slated for PC/online release... no date given. Will this appear in the US as well? Only time will tell. Update: Gamefront reached out to Microsoft and received a confirmation regarding the games existence. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, 'Bootcamp' isn't part of the Reclaimer saga and won't appear on the newly announced Xbox One console - interesting! Thanks, wwm0nkey. (Louis Wu 18:07:08 UTC) (permalink)
Another look at FUD
In light of the recent announcement that Stephen Spielberg will be building a Halo TV series, Eurogamer has gone back and reviewed Forward Unto Dawn, last year's webseries (that was later released as a DVD). They weren't particularly kind... thanks, CARDO 8 ATL. (Louis Wu 18:04:30 UTC) (permalink)
Halo HORSE 128
Rooster Teeth released their latest Halo HORSE tournament video - this episode features Joel and Geoff. You can watch it on AH or YouTube. Go check out what crazy maps they compete on! Thanks, Nikko B201. (mastrbiggy 17:10:52 UTC) (permalink)
High Charity Child's Play Stream
Laird let us know that High Charity will be doing a stream for Child's Play starting at Noon CST. Viewers have the chance to win a Master Chief prop helmet signed by 343 Industries staff (shown at the 2-minute mark.) Go watch for a chance to win cool Halo swag and support Child's Play. (mastrbiggy 17:08:44 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 4 for $18 at Best Buy
Best Buy is currently selling Halo 4 for $18…EIGHTEEN DOLLARS (with free shipping). If for some strange reason you don't already own a copy or just want another you might as well take advantage of this great deal. Thanks, John Zdanek. (mastrbiggy 17:00:59 UTC) (permalink)
News May 23 2013
Dust Storm sent word that the latest Podtacular is online - it was recorded right after the Xbox One reveal, and discusses lots of the stuff that was talked about there (including Halo TV). Go check it out! (Louis Wu 20:10:27 UTC) (permalink)
Rock Paper Scissors, Revisited
pete_the_duck is trying something new with his Forge with Pete series - two videos, one showing off the map, and a second showing how it all works. We mentioned his Rock Paper Scissors vid a couple of weeks ago - but now you can see a 10 minute Forge walkthrough, too. Pretty cool! (Louis Wu 19:48:36 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 4 Essential Visual Guide - Another Look
dk books has put up a page for the Halo 4 The Essential Visual Guide, due this October in the UK (September in the US). There are new samples, not shown in the Waypoint preview a couple of months ago - looks awfully pretty! Thanks, Quirel. (Louis Wu 19:45:27 UTC) (permalink)
News May 22 2013
It's all about the splash damage.
aPK stopped in with a short video showing off a pretty funny moment in a recent game - go watch! (Louis Wu 21:51:31 UTC) (permalink)
The Reclaimer isn't willing to roll over quite yet - go check out today's Reclaimer. Thanks, TTL Demag0gue. (Louis Wu 18:12:43 UTC) (permalink)
A bit more info on Halo TV
If you were intrigued by yesterday's announcement of a live-action Halo TV show, but wanted more details... we've got a couple of articles for you. The Huffington Post has a bit on it (it tickled Bryan Newman that Halo is back to getting mainstream media attention), and NBC News has the clip from the Xbox One announcement in which Spielberg discusses his excitement over the project. Go watch! (Louis Wu 18:09:12 UTC) (permalink)
The Halo Theme Song, Al Fresco
Huh. The Halo Medley video we mentioned yesterday was released yesterday afternoon (thanks, TTL Demag0gue) - and then disappeared again. A new version is back up this morning (thanks, thebruce0) - but it's been recut, with no sign of the 405th members who participated in the first version. This one is just Lindsey Stirling (on violin) and William Joseph (on piano), in the woods - still really cool, and still a fantastic version of the Halo theme... but Spartan-free. Go watch! (Louis Wu 18:02:08 UTC) (permalink)
News May 21 2013
Video Design Tips by Rockslider
Rockslider has put together a guide to help you create videos - it doesn't contain information about the hardware you'll need, and it doesn't contain information about the software you'll need, but it DOES contain tips on how to optimize your content, how to present it to your audience, and how to ensure that your raw footage contains what you need to get from beginning to end. Give it a read! (He's started a thread on our forum, if you have comments.) (Louis Wu 19:28:17 UTC) (permalink)
Forge Quacks #35
pete_the_duck stopped by with a new Forge Quacks - this one shows you what an Oddball can do! The game possibilities are... interesting. (Louis Wu 18:48:18 UTC) (permalink)
RvB Season 11 Teaser Trailer
Rooster Teeth has released the trailer for Season 11 of Red vs Blue... get hyped! (The season starts June 14.) Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 18:20:25 UTC) (permalink)
One Small Step for Halo...
Microsoft just announced the awesomely-named (if I do say so myself) Xbox One, and along with it, a brand new premium television series based in the Halo Universe, and headed by Steven Spielberg. While details are scarce at the moment, we'll certainly be bringing them all to you as they flow. Stay tuned! (GrimBrother One 18:07:10 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Medley - Revisiting a Cool Fan Shoot
Last year, we mentioned a teaser pic that showed off Lindsey Stirling, the amazing dancing violinist, holding a giant Halo turret. In December, DevinSuperTramp released his 'Real Life Halo' video, and I assumed that was that... but today, DHalo pointed out both a version of the Halo theme played by Lindsey Stirling, and a Behind-The-Scenes vid from DevinSuperTramp, showing the recording session (which seems to be the same recording session as last year's piece). The actual Halo Medley vid should be live in the next day or so. In the meantime, enjoy everything else! (Louis Wu 17:54:45 UTC) (permalink)
News May 20 2013
Clips of the Week - Ep. 9
aPK came by with a new Clips of the Week episode - it has some great gameplay along with his plans for summer content. Go watch! (Louis Wu 22:17:05 UTC) (permalink)
The Story of Perdita - coming to life with your help!
Wow, this is pretty cool. If you followed ilovebees, the ARG that was used as part of Halo 2's marketing campaign, you might remember Perdita - the character created by the AI Melissa to help her deal with the predicament she found herself in. Curt Stewart is an independent filmmaker who has decided to bring Perdita's tale to life... as an animated film. (He's posted a couple of vines - one | two - so that you can see where he's going with this.) He can't do it alone, though - so he's turned to Kickstarter to let you help make this happen. Swing by and listen to the why and the what - and if you can throw in your help, he might just be able to bring this tale to the masses! (Time is of the essence - this kickstarter has until May 23 to get funded. That's less than 3 days from now!) (Louis Wu 18:58:26 UTC) (permalink)
TTL Demag0gue dropped in with word of the latest Reclaimer - Ferial is pretty sure he knows where things are going. (Louis Wu 18:38:50 UTC) (permalink)
Playtime S4E5 - The Forrest for the Trees
cruellegacy lets us know about the latest episode of Playtime - Dwight gives Warren some advice about women and a new character is introduced (voiced by Danni Cherie.) We are also treated to some intro music by Despite Distance (Grim's band!) You can watch it on YouTube or the official Playtime website. Go check it out! Update: it's also available on Halo Waypoint now. (mastrbiggy 09:49:44 UTC) (permalink)
Greenskull's Weapon Tuning Trip
Ready Up Live's Greenskull documented his recent Seattle visit and provides a behind the scenes look at what went down at 343's studio. Jess' haircut > Tashi's. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 09:39:19 UTC) (permalink)
Ninja's Visit to 343
Ninja discuses his recent visit to 343 Industries in his newest video blog - he talks about the tuning changes for each of the primary weapons. Thanks, Poker Face. (mastrbiggy 09:37:31 UTC) (permalink)
News May 19 2013
Anoj's Halo 4 Top 10 Ep 28: Multikills
A new Top 10 from Anoj looks at Multikills - there were fewer Killionaires than I would have expected, but there were definitely some pretty impressive runs! Thanks, Jordan Bell. (Louis Wu 23:28:55 UTC) (permalink)
Visualizing the Halo Universe: Round 11
Postmortem has announced that Round 11 of his 'Visualizing the Halo Universe' challenge is now active - he's looking for your take on JOTUN farming machines. (If you haven't read Contact Harvest, that might not mean anything to you.) Check out the post, and put together your best ideas! (Louis Wu 23:01:41 UTC) (permalink)
CRS-class Light Cruiser - scale comparison
Stephen Loftus stopped by with some new scale comparisons he put together after hanging out in the Waypoint forums for a bit - they look at Covenant Light Cruisers, and show you just how small they really are. Pretty cool! (Louis Wu 23:00:04 UTC) (permalink)
Podtacular 368: The Halo Mole
Dust Storm let us know about Podtacular 368 - you can get more information about The Halo Mole! Go give it a listen.
(Louis Wu 22:20:22 UTC) (permalink)
News May 18 2013
Halo 4 Mythic Difficulty Guide - Forerunner
It's not quite on his one-per-week schedule yet, but Tyrant HAS written up Chapter 3 of his Halo 4 Mythic Guide, covering Forerunner. Using this, in conjunction with his video playthrough (linked at the bottom), will help you beat some of the hardest enemies Halo 4 has to offer! (Louis Wu 16:20:10 UTC) (permalink)
Fails of the Weak Volume 139
Geoff and Jack are back for the latest Fails of the Weak - focus is on crotch-related deaths. (Thanks, Jack. No, really. Thanks.) You can watch it on AH.com or YouTube - and you can thank Nikko B201 for the heads-up. (Louis Wu 16:17:39 UTC) (permalink)
News May 17 2013
Halo 4 Sniper Rifle, from Punished Props
Wow - awesome Halo 4 Sniper Rifle replica, built by @chinbeard - definitely not to scale, but it's GORGEOUS. Thanks, Laird! (Louis Wu 19:22:58 UTC) (permalink)
Be There Or Be Square
Just a quick reminder that Halo Waypoint will be streaming the new Halo 4 weapon tuning settings today at 2 PM PDT. You can watch the stream on the official 343 Twitch channel. (mastrbiggy 19:06:25 UTC) (permalink)
Showing Some Love... Again
Back in July 2009, Carnage A51 (then known as OMFGCarnage) released a Halo 3-based Rube Goldberg machine which broke new ground. I liked it then - and I still like it now. He stopped by our forum to announce that he's remastered it (new soundtrack, higher-quality visuals), and re-released it; if you missed it the first time around, give it a look! Update: pete_the_duck recently reuploaded his, as well. It's a veritable Goldberg Cornucopia! (Louis Wu 17:32:41 UTC) (permalink)
Reclaimer - Everything In Its Place
TTL Demag0gue let us know about today's Reclaimer - rota fortunae. Go read! (mastrbiggy 17:29:56 UTC) (permalink)
Halo's Missing Gametype
Postmortem wondered whether it might be fun to turn the experience of exploring in Halo games into an official gametype... and went so far as to write up a treatment of the idea. Go give it a read, and see if you'd be interested in playing this way! (Louis Wu 17:29:02 UTC) (permalink)
News May 16 2013
Speedrun - Mirror's Edge comes to Halo
pete_the_duck created a new map he calls 'Speedrun' - it's like other 'run or die' style minigame maps, but with a twist. Watch his video to see how it works, and why it's better than what came before!
(Louis Wu 22:37:56 UTC) (permalink)
Halo HORSE 127
The AchievementHunter office tournament continues - there are now so many people working there they have some 'pre-Tournament matches' to just get to the starting line. The Martinizer faces off against Kerry in one such prematch - go see who takes the slot! It's available on both AH.com and YouTube - thanks, Nikko B201.
(Louis Wu 21:03:12 UTC) (permalink)
First Strike Live Show Ep. 4
Gandhi, Ninja, Saucy, and Ghostayame got together for the fourth episode of their First Strike live show - topics of discussion included AGL Pittsburgh and Halo 4 ranks. Go listen! Thanks, CyReN. (Louis Wu 18:18:55 UTC) (permalink)
Shield and Sword: The Graveyard
Leviathan has revisited his Shield and Sword series with a look at what Halo 5 (well, the first mission) might have been, if he were the one designing it. As before, he makes me wish he were on the dev team. Go give this latest chapter a read, and then begin the wait for Mission 2! (Louis Wu 15:46:37 UTC) (permalink)
This just in: Bravo got beat by a girl.
The latest Halo Bulletin went live last night - bs angel has info on awards, special guests, weapons tuning, playlist updates, and of course plenty of pretty pictures. You can, as always, read a lighter copy in our local Halo Bulletin Archive. (Louis Wu 15:41:11 UTC) (permalink)
Halo MV - Radioactive
TheSparbiter is back with a new Halo music vid - like the recent Forward Unto Dawn montage by Acridalex, this one is set to Imagine Dragons' 'Radioactive', but unlike that vid, this one uses footage from a huge variety of Halo media. Great timing! (Louis Wu 15:25:15 UTC) (permalink)
PGCR 162 - now with more CyberBen
Robowski sent word that the latest Post Game Carnage Report has an interview with CyberBen, who's built a pretty impressive Master Chief outfit. (Master Chief with Wolverine claws? Why yes, thank you, I think I will!) Go listen! (Louis Wu 15:02:13 UTC) (permalink)
News May 15 2013
Customs Night 5.17
If Halo Reach isn't your thing, General Vagueness is arranging a Halo 4 customs night for the for this Friday at 9 PM Central. Go sign up and in the meantime check out some clips from last week's customs night. (mastrbiggy 21:45:06 UTC) (permalink)
Classic Customs 22
Schooly D is organizing a classic customs night on Halo Reach for May 17th (Friday) at 9:30 PM Eastern. A slew of gametypes are going to be enjoyed (except Infection), apparently Schooly D has a thing against Zombies. Sign up! (mastrbiggy 20:48:58 UTC) (permalink)
Reclaimer - Translation
TTL Demag0gue let us know about today's Reclaimer - interesting discoveries are made and Ferial continues to demonstrate his love for drama. Go read! (mastrbiggy 20:41:34 UTC) (permalink)
Elite Zealot B Team
Sliding Ghost posted a video of some pretty badass (and funny) Elite Zealot assassinations - I'm not sure how he achieved any of this, but it sure is interesting to watch. The clip at 50 seconds caused an audible laugh or two. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 20:33:46 UTC) (permalink)
A Duck Finds A New Home
pete_the_duck stopped by to announce his new YouTube channel (that replaces the old one.) Don't worry, you will still be able to find most of his past videos on petetheduck.com. Go check out his new channel by watching Forge Quacks episode 34 - learn how to change structure colors in Dominion. (mastrbiggy 20:19:11 UTC) (permalink)
News May 14 2013
Reflecting on Halo 4
Rev3's Adam Sessler sat down with Josh Holmes to discuss Halo 4, its reception by fans (and press), and where 343 is happy with the final product (along with where they wish they'd gone a different route). It's a pretty interesting interview! Thanks, CARDO 8 ATL. (Louis Wu 20:29:41 UTC) (permalink)
Child's Play Charity Items now on sale
Laird let us know that he's got a bunch of auctions running right now, with pretty amazing items whose sale will benefit Child's Play. (He does this every year, and every year I'm amazed by what he comes up with.) Tons of signed artwork - Halo work signed by 343 Industries, Destiny work signed by Bungie, amazing fan art (go TDSpiral!) signed by Bungie... and more! Go look; these are all up for a week, and your money goes to a great cause. (Louis Wu 12:02:52 UTC) (permalink)
News May 13 2013
GH Top 10 Screenshots - April
Grifballer oObex picked 10 spectacular screenshots for GrifballHub's Top 10 April Screenshots feature - beautiful stuff. Bonus - a painful-looking desktop! Thanks, Goosechecka. (Louis Wu 21:38:46 UTC) (permalink)
Clips of the Week Ep 8: Rumble Pit Tips
aPK's latest Clips of the Week video focuses on FFA gameplay - and the voiceover is full of tips for improving your FFA performance. Definitely worth the 4 minutes it'll take to watch it!
(Louis Wu 21:21:45 UTC) (permalink)
GoBeyondEntertainment has a brand new Top 5 plays video up featuring commentary by the experienced and ever-deadly Nak3d Eli, with some slick editing by Jazzy. Definitely worth a look! Thanks, CyReN. (GrimBrother One 19:02:33 UTC) (permalink)
Monitored by 16807-Jubilant Matrimony
Kotaku highlighted an absolutely amazing wedding ring that one of their readers had custom-made for his upcoming wedding. I think they're just getting started... (GrimBrother One 18:51:33 UTC) (permalink)
Playtime S4E4 - The Duel
Nevin Douglas pointed us to the latest episode of Playtime - it's the first episode of Season 4 that features Halo 4 (and it also features a couple of prominent community members). You can watch it on YouTube or directly on the Playtime website - Waypoint link coming soon. (Louis Wu 15:44:29 UTC) (permalink)
Now That's What I Call a Cellular Phone
TTL Demag0gue is back once more with another great issue of Reclaimer. Good thing he gets good reception. Go check it out! (GrimBrother One 14:14:21 UTC) (permalink)
Jorge Would Be Proud
HBO member SEspider whipped up a wonderfully brilliant sketch to celebrate Mother's Day. You really should give it a look. May it remind us to appreciate all our moms and mother-figures each day of the year! (GrimBrother One 13:48:01 UTC) (permalink)
a giveaway finally closes
The mastrbiggy and commander giveaway went on quite a bit longer than expected, because more than half of the first round of winners didn't bother to answer the emails telling them they'd won. New winners have finally been picked, though, and prizes are on their way! Just for future reference, though, if you enter one of these giveaways, it probably is worth your time to double-check your junk folder a couple of days after the entry period closes... in any case, congrats to the winners: sirpwn4ge, Mr Daax, Asian Inferno, ForwardUntoDong, Mooster Chief, padraig08, and unhh! You guys are grabbing some nice goodies - for free. (Louis Wu 11:59:59 UTC) (permalink)
News May 12 2013
The Fix Ep 4 - with ToastBombHalo
The Halo Fix has a podcast they call The Fix - and Episode 4 just came out. They're joined by ToastBombHalo, and discuss Halo 4 weapons changes (among other things). Go listen! (Louis Wu 22:24:25 UTC) (permalink)
Visualizing the Halo Universe Round 10 - Results
Postmortem announced the results from Round 10 of his Visualizing the Halo Universe challenge - several community members provided their visions of Flood forms. These are awesome! Check 'em out. (Louis Wu 20:03:14 UTC) (permalink)
On Top of Old Shutdown, all Covered with Fog
t00lbox found a way out of Shutdown that puts you WAY above the action - pretty slick! Give his video a watch. (Louis Wu 19:53:13 UTC) (permalink)
News May 11 2013
Fails of the Weak 138
Michael and Gavin take the reins of the latest Fails of the Weak - I have to say, the attempted trick Banshee Flight on Forge Island actually brought out an unexpected laugh. You can watch it on AchievementHunter.com or YouTube. Thanks, as usual, to Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 16:46:44 UTC) (permalink)
Title Update 1.04.01
If you've jumped on to Halo 4 in the last day or so, you might have noticed a small update pushed to you. This update had one purpose - to improve the death marker. It is now red, not white - and it sticks to to the location of the death, not the Spartan's body. Yay! Thanks, rowboat 000. (Louis Wu 16:40:40 UTC) (permalink)
DEEP NNN reminds us why it's always awesome to play with the 2old2play crew. Check out a recent CTF match of theirs on Anvilhenge. Do it now! (GrimBrother One 12:29:03 UTC) (permalink)
Countdown to Rebuild
aPK wanted to make us aware about a new Forge video series being worked on, Project: Rebuild Countdown. This first look is mainly an introduction, but sets the stage nicely. Go give it a look! (GrimBrother One 12:26:23 UTC) (permalink)
Trying to Beet the Game
IGN added another peculiarly-styled Halo 4 Commentary video not long ago. It takes place on Shutout during a shotty snipes game, and revolves around the presumed death of the cartoon "Doug" at the hands of Disney. You should just go watch it. Thanks, ChrisTheeCrappy. (GrimBrother One 12:23:20 UTC) (permalink)
Echoing Thoughts on Silentium
Our friends at the Dust & Echoes Podcast are back after a break with a new episode, and it promises to be a good one, as they take a look at the final chapter in the Forerunner saga, Halo: Silentium. Will absolutely be worth the listen, go and check it out! (GrimBrother One 12:18:25 UTC) (permalink)
News May 10 2013
Podtacular Episode 366 Keeps That Competitive Edge
Podtacular recently interviewed the Arena Gaming League to discuss not only how it got started, but also what the AGL brings to the table to keep competitive Halo alive and strong. Also discussed were a few details on the upcoming AGL7 and AGL Wired, as well as the future of competitive Halo in general and the crew's initial thoughts on the latest weapon balancing. Go and check it out! (GrimBrother One 16:43:24 UTC) (permalink)
TTL Demag0gue keeps bringing the goodness with his "Reclaimer" comic. The latest chapter sees The Cavalcade attempt to make sense of Ferial's stronghold, with less-than-stellar results. Go check it out! (GrimBrother One 15:01:02 UTC) (permalink)
G.A.N.G. Awards Announced
The annual Game Audio Network Guild Awards were announced yesterday - and the Awards show will be streamed live on Sunday, at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific, on the VideoGamesLive Twitch.TV channel. Congrats to the Halo 4 team - the game took home Sound Design of the Year and Best Cinematic/Cutscene Audio! (Louis Wu 12:21:06 UTC) (permalink)
Anoj's Halo 4 Top 10 Episode 27: Lucky Sticks
The latest Top 10 video from Anoj covers a kill method near and dear to my heart - death by stickydoom. Some great sticks in here! Go check 'em out. Thanks, Jordan Bell. (Louis Wu 12:18:55 UTC) (permalink)
Robowski let us know about Post Game Carnage Report 161 - but there was no time to listen yesterday. It hasn't gone anywhere, though; you can still grab a copy on their website. Plenty of Halo content on this two hour monster! (Louis Wu 12:17:25 UTC) (permalink)
What GT wants from the MC
GameTrailers released a video yesterday describing what they want from Halo as the next generation Xbox looms near. It's actually a pretty solid look at various needs in the franchise as a whole, and whether you agree or disagree with some of the points brought up, one can appreciate it's thoroughness considering the medium. Check it out! (GrimBrother One 05:55:09 UTC) (permalink)
News May 9 2013
The state of the Halo Union
The Halo Bulletin went live again last night, as it does most Wednesday nights - swing by Halo Waypoint (or our own Halo Bulletin Archive) to give it a read. A special visitor to the studio, a look at upcoming weapon tunings,, and some great shots involving the Battle Rifle are all covered. Give it a read! (Louis Wu 19:22:54 UTC) (permalink)
ODST Cutscenes - now in Surround Sound!
Cody Miller has once again upgraded our Cutscene Library - he's re-recorded all of the Halo 3: ODST cutscenes in full surround sound! Pretty awesome. Go watch 'em again! (Louis Wu 19:16:09 UTC) (permalink)
Halo HORSE 126
The in-office HORSE tournament continues over at AchievementHunter - this round, Jordan takes on Ryan. You can watch it on AH.com or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201.
(Louis Wu 19:11:57 UTC) (permalink)
Johnny Manziel Aces His Halo 4 Final
The satire site SportsPickle News has a story about the dream schedule of many a college athlete... heck, many a college student. Thanks, CARDO 8 ATL.
(Louis Wu 19:05:56 UTC) (permalink)
@HaloCharts Twitter Stats Service
Firestream let us know of a new Twitter-based stats service - you can send a tweet to @HaloCharts with a message that reads
you will receive a reply with the stats of that gamertag. (He provided a screenshot of an example tweet, if this isn't clear enough.) Pretty cool! (Stats include your current Spartan Rank, number of games, K/D, and top CSR.)
(Louis Wu 19:02:46 UTC) (permalink)
Green and Blue - Piano Version
A few days ago, LadyBossChannel released a beautiful rendition of Halo 4's Green and Blue, on piano. Glorious! Thanks, bs angel. (Louis Wu 18:59:15 UTC) (permalink)
News May 8 2013
Radioactive Forward Unto Dawn Montage
Acridalex put together a Forward Unto Dawn montage featuring the song 'Radioactive' by Imagine Dragons. Thanks, zoojoo. (mastrbiggy 21:41:22 UTC) (permalink)
Forge with Pete Episode 12
pete_the_duck released episode 12 of 'Forge with Pete' on Halo Waypoint - Rock Paper Scissors is the map. Pete also provided a written breakdown of how the mechanism works. Check it out! (mastrbiggy 21:31:43 UTC) (permalink)
IGN's Top 10 Halo 4 Kills
ChrisTheeCrappy let us know that IGN posted a Halo 4 top 10 kills video - each clip is pretty impressive, but number 4 really gets my heart going. Go watch! (mastrbiggy 21:29:40 UTC) (permalink)
Powered by Durastar
TTL Demag0gue is back with more Reclaimer goodness. Check out the latest episode, "Out of the Frying Pan". Keeps getting better! (GrimBrother One 14:13:21 UTC) (permalink)
News May 7 2013
Tyrant's Halo 4 Mythic Walkthrough - Midnight
Tyrant's released the video portion of the last chapter of his LASO guide for Halo 4 - to be clear, it's the last chapter of Halo 4, not the last Mythic video from Tyrant. (Infinity is still to come.) His Midnight guide is 25 minutes, and it should provide you with most, if not all, of the tools you'll need to get through the final mission of Halo 4 in its most difficult mode. As always, entertaining. Thanks, Lawnmower172. (Louis Wu 16:12:33 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 4 Stats Sig Generator
Firestream has put together a signature creator that compiles your Halo 4 stats in a banner you can use around the web. Multiple background options available - go check it out!
(Louis Wu 15:49:02 UTC) (permalink)
Taking Control of the Mammoth
SomeFilthyCasuals released a tutorial showing how to fly and drive a Mammoth on the level 'Reclaimer' - you need to skip certain zone loads and de-load the Mammoth's AI so that it becomes movable by other vehicles. This is pretty incredible! Thanks, MelkorTheGreat. (mastrbiggy 11:23:42 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Music Video - Wisdom, Justice And Love
TheSparbiter put together another Halo music video featuring the song "Wisdom, Justice and Love" by Linkin Park - go pay tribute to Master Chief and his fellow Spartans. (mastrbiggy 11:19:11 UTC) (permalink)
Designing the Prometheans
Postmortem was fortunate enough to attend GDC this year and was kind enough to share some of the things he learned from Scott Warner's talk on designing the Prometheans. Postmortem provides a detailed overview of the panel, plenty of concept/prototype pictures and even an early gameplay prototype video. The inspirations and design philosophies behind the Prometheans are really fascinating and it's pretty neat to see what prototyping looks like. Did you know that the Knights originally morphed into balls?! Great information - go read! (mastrbiggy 11:17:12 UTC) (permalink)
News May 6 2013
Matchmaking Matchmaking Make me a Match...
Bravo at 343 Industries wants to make sure everyone is up to speed on the new Matchmaking Update for Halo 4 that went live today. Go and check out what changes have occurred to our precious battlefields! (GrimBrother One 21:52:22 UTC) (permalink)
New Community Section Ready to Cock 'n Roll!
Our fine friends over at Rooster Teeth announced a cool new Community Spotlight feature in their neck of the interwoods. Go and see what it's all about! (GrimBrother One 21:24:31 UTC) (permalink)
Staying Up Late
The Age of Gratitude site has been updated with another story of how a game can change one's life for the happier. Go check out the latest entry, penned by HBO member Mr Daax. It's a great read, and a great excuse to catch up on some feel-good stories if you've missed out on the others. Check it out! (GrimBrother One 20:40:05 UTC) (permalink)
343 continues to add incredibly impressive displays of talent to their "Fan Art Focus" gallery on Halo Waypoint. The latest entry is an absolutely gorgeous Cortana piece by CharlotteChambers. Definitely go and give this one fast click and a nice long look! (GrimBrother One 17:18:23 UTC) (permalink)
Aw, c'mon... leave him alone!
Sliding Ghost was messing with a Promethean Knight on the final level of Halo 4 - watch the video, and TRY not to call him a bully! (Louis Wu 17:05:39 UTC) (permalink)
TTL Demag0gue announced the latest Reclaimer - it's time to put up or shut up! (Louis Wu 17:03:15 UTC) (permalink)
Are You Going To Make Me Beg?
I've contacted all the winners regarding the 'mastrbiggy and Commander' giveaway and I'm still waiting on a few replies - make sure to check the email you used to enter the contest and send me a reply. You have until 5/8 (Wednesday) to respond, otherwise I will have to pick new winners - that would make me very sad :(.
(mastrbiggy 09:13:30 UTC) (permalink)
Playtime S4E3 - Glove Slap
cruellegacy posted episode 3 of 'Playtime' season 4, it's titled 'Glove Slap'. While Warren and Cobra preoccupy themselves with Red, an enemy from their past plans his attack. You can watch it on YouTube or on CruelLegacy Productions. Go watch! Update: It's now up on Halo Waypoint too. (mastrbiggy 09:10:24 UTC) (permalink)
News May 5 2013
Halo 4 Mythic Difficulty Guide - Requiem
Tyrant was ready with the next installment of his Halo 4 Mythic Difficulty Guide on time this past Wednesday - but circumstances here didn't allow for its publishing. Never fear, though - it's online now! Give it a read for tips and tricks to get you through Requiem, the second level of Halo 4, with all skulls on and no help from your friends! (Louis Wu 17:55:50 UTC) (permalink)
Fails of the Weak 137
Like to see people fail? AchievementHunter's got you covered with Fails of the Weak 137 - watch it either on their site or on YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 17:53:14 UTC) (permalink)
This ain't your daddy's Dumbo
TDSpiral attacked the latest 'Visualizing the Halo Universe' challenge by creating a Flood Elephant - pretty scary! (He took a second stab at it that's even MORE nightmare-inducing...)
(Louis Wu 17:46:46 UTC) (permalink)
Through Infinity, and Beyond...
t00lbox is at it again with his out-of-the-map antics in Halo 4. This time he tackles Chapter 7 Episode 4 of Spartan Ops. Is there anywhere they can't go?! Check it out! (GrimBrother One 17:39:54 UTC) (permalink)
Halo: Oversized Collection
Dogiojoe pointed out a new comic anthology available for preorder at Amazon - Halo: Oversized Collection is a hardcover republishing of Halo: Uprising 1-4, Halo: Bloodlines 1-5, and Halo: Helljumper 1-5. If you've missed any of these series... $37 is a great price! (Louis Wu 17:38:39 UTC) (permalink)
Super Bleep Time
Carnage A51 dropped in again to make us aware of Episode 2 of their "Super Fun Time" Halo video series. It's definitely for a very specific range of viewer, and is definitely NSFW. Check it out (but not with kids or discerning ears around). (GrimBrother One 16:12:58 UTC) (permalink)
News May 4 2013
May Day Halo Bulletin Finally Local
Way late, but hey, some of you still like it... the local version of this week's Halo Bulletin is finally up in our archive. Sorry for the delay! (Louis Wu 19:20:33 UTC) (permalink)
News May 3 2013
Halo 4 Community Customs
Hyokin is organizing a Halo 4 customs night this Saturday (tomorrow) - go reply to the forum topic and get your maps, game types and friends ready! For those of you who can't make it on the Saturday, Community Customs hosts custom lobbies every Friday at 9pm Eastern. Go sign up! (mastrbiggy 22:28:28 UTC) (permalink)
Who Says the UNSC Can't Jump?
Revive Customs made a custom pair of Halo-themed Nike LeBron 9 Elite shoes - I don't usually wear basketball shoes, but when I do I make sure that they are UNSC themed. Thanks, Hypertrooper.
(mastrbiggy 22:21:57 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Bulletin 5.1.13
Yes, late again - leave me alone! This week's Halo Bulletin is brought to you by the letter 'B' for Bravo - that means there's a ton of Halo 4 gameplay news to dissect, including Walshy's recent visit and playtest at the studio and details regarding weapon tuning. There's also a pretty infographic for the CSR challenge and a breakdown of next week's matchmaking update. The bulletin closes out with some stylish looking screenshots of Daybreak. Go read! Thanks, Grim. (No local version yet, we'll let you know when it's up.) (mastrbiggy 21:44:51 UTC) (permalink)
Reclaimer - Jack the Giant Killer
TTL Demag0gue let us know about today's Reclaimer - The Reclaimer leaves the beanstalk and sets his sights on new adventures. (mastrbiggy 19:01:13 UTC) (permalink)
Anoj's Top 10 WTF Moments: Episode 26
Anoj released a new top 10 video - this one focuses on those Halo moments that make us go 'WTF' - number 1 is pretty crazy! Thanks, Jordan Bell.
(mastrbiggy 18:56:17 UTC) (permalink)
Halo HORSE 125
Achievement Hunter kicked off the 2013 Halo 4 HORSE tournament - round one begins with Achievement Hunter Ray and community manager Barbara. You can watch it on AH or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201. (mastrbiggy 18:48:15 UTC) (permalink)
More Halo Topps Sketch Cards
Back in 2007 we highlighted Halo sketch cards by Topps Artist Kevin Graham (they are worth checking out again) - MacGyver10 pointed out some more Halo Topps sketch cards from artist John Watkins-Chow. There's 12 pages of really great Halo art. Go check 'em out! (mastrbiggy 18:38:21 UTC) (permalink)
Robowski sent word of Post Game Carnage Report episode 160 - Robowski and Evander discuss the Drunken 1v1 tournament, the new auto-join TU and Gangnon's latest episode of A Fridge 2 Far 2. Go listen!
(mastrbiggy 18:14:36 UTC) (permalink)
A Fridge 2 Far 2: Episode 7
Episode 7 of Gagnon's 'A Fridge 2 Far 2' is live - tables are turned (not literally.) Go watch! Thanks Robowski. (mastrbiggy 18:13:51 UTC) (permalink)
News May 2 2013
BOSTON STRONG Grifball Marathon Fundraiser
SquirrelBurrito and MasterSundown are organizing multiple Grifball fundraiser events to help raise money for the victims and families affected by the recent Boston Marathon bombings. Grifball.net currently has a donation campaign set up on Hopemob.org, all donations go to The One Fund Boston. There's a Halo Waypoint Article detailing event scheduling and ways to get involved and be sure to visit Grifball.net for updates. Go play Halo and get involved for a good cause. (mastrbiggy 21:52:43 UTC) (permalink)
University of Minnesota Halo 4 Tournament
Ernest Lin sent word of a Halo 4 tournament that is being held this Saturday at the Coffman Memorial Union building on the University of Minnesota campus - he mentioned something about 'substantial' prizes. Check out the link for details.
(mastrbiggy 21:41:37 UTC) (permalink)
Dust Storm let us know that Podtacular 364 is live (technically it came out yesterday) - the crew focus in on a 'controversial' Halo article from Gamasutra that discuses the development of Halo 4. They also talk about the future of Halo and what they think needs to be done to keep the franchise going. Go listen! (mastrbiggy 21:33:39 UTC) (permalink)
Yeah, Games ARE Art
ElzarTheBam pointed out FYeah JLBiggs' gaming screenshots Tumblr - its' a collection of beautiful screenhots taken from almost any game you can think of, including Halo (mostly Halo 2 and Halo 3.) Gosh, Halo 2 is still really easy on the eyes. Go look! (mastrbiggy 17:04:29 UTC) (permalink)
If you have been to Times Square then you've probably seen people dressed up as popular cartoon, comic, and video game characters who will take pictures with tourists for tips. According to Joshua, these people are robbed of their tips at the end of the day. The cool part is that the NYPD are cracking down on these criminals by going undercover and dressing up as…Master Chief! Go check out the Waypoint article (pictures included.) Awesome! Thanks, Ozzy Onya A2Z. (mastrbiggy 17:02:34 UTC) (permalink)
News May 1 2013
Takedown: Project Lawson - Halo CE SP Project
MatthewDratt dropped by the forums to share news of a new single-player project for Halo: Custom Edition called Takedown: Project Lawson. His project will feature voice overs and cinematics and is currently looking for voice actors to help him finish. If you're not the voice acting type, but just want to know more, Matthew provided plenty of links to screenshots and videos of the project. Neat - go check it out! (mastrbiggy 21:45:43 UTC) (permalink)
Reclaimer - Going for the Blind Side
TTL Demag0gue let us know about today's Reclaimer - being confident is great, being overconfident can backfire. (mastrbiggy 21:43:52 UTC) (permalink)
The first 10 years of Red vs. Blue on Blu-ray and DVD is currently on sale on Amazon - this is a very good deal and a great chance to add to your RvB collection. Thanks, DHalo.
(mastrbiggy 21:43:00 UTC) (permalink)