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News October 31 2013

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HALOween in Waypoint Land
The Halo BOOletin (geddit? It's Halloween!) was posted last night - it's chock-full of entertaining tidbits. There are design sketches of the Halo 4 Global Championship stage (pretty nice!), details on the upcoming XBL version of Spartan Assault, Halloween-related playlist details, a new emblem unlock that will be available to Halo 4 players next week, your option to vote on multi-team gametypes, and pumpkin-related pics. (Do you have a carved Halo pumpkin you haven't submitted to our Guilt O' Lantern contest yet? DOO EEET NOW... the deadline is tonight!) Go read - either at Halo Waypoint or in our own Halo Bulletin Archive. (Louis Wu 17:59:02 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 30 2013

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At midnight, the pumpkin turns into a princess
Just a reminder: the entry window for our Guilt O' Lantern contest closes tomorrow night, at midnight. That means you've got roughly 36 hours remaining before you lose a chance at the cool prizes in this year's event (and they're not even all listed yet!). CARVE, AND CARVE WELL! (Louis Wu 16:25:09 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 29 2013

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Ready... Aim...
We're coming close to the end of Season 11 of Red vs Blue... and things are heating up. Robots, invisible soldiers, and a Caboose without a fully-functioning suit... could it get more dangerous? Go watch Episode 17! Thanks, Mid7night. (Louis Wu 23:46:05 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartan Assault on Your Living Room
Halo Waypoint announced today that Halo: Spartan Assault is coming out this December for digital download on both the Xbox One and the Xbox 360. Sweet! Not only that, but a brand new expansion featuring the Flood and a new online co-op mode will be added to the mix. Sounds awesome! For more including screenshots and trailer, hit the link above. Go do it! (GrimBrother One 13:44:11 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 28 2013

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Halo Figures for Sale
tadboz dropped by to let us know that he has an assortment of Halo figures for sale on ebay. Auction includes:

  • ODST drop pod
  • 2 Watchers (missing some parts)
  • Halo 4 Elite Ranger with DLC

Shipping is free! (mastrbiggy 21:19:40 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 27 2013

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Play Halo 2 PC with a DualShock 4
Bryan Newman discovered that the DualShock 4 controller works with Halo 2 PC - if you thought it was kind of pointless to buy a controller for an unreleased system at least you know that you can play some good old Halo 2 PC with it :). (mastrbiggy 21:48:31 UTC) (permalink)

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Feedback Wanted
MatthewDratt stopped by with hopes of receiving some feedback on his machinima script. He posted the script for the first four episodes, so if you're willing to help with scripting or voice acting go repsond to his post. (mastrbiggy 21:43:17 UTC) (permalink)

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Prinz Eugn's Battle Rifle Redesign
A few weeks ago Prinz Eugn shared some early concept work of his Battle Rifle redesign and received plenty of feedback. Yesterday he shared his final version of the Battle Rifle redesign. I think it looks really neat - go check it out! (mastrbiggy 21:32:54 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 26 2013

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The Most Powerful Women in Gaming
Fortune magazine published on article on the 10 most powerful women in the gaming industry, Kiki Wolfkill, executive producer at 343 Industries, made the list. Awesome and congratulations! Thanks, the bruce0. (mastrbiggy 19:46:43 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo HORSE 150
Jack takes on Geoff in the latest episode of Halo HORSE - go check out all the crazy Forge contraptions! Watch it on AH or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201. (mastrbiggy 19:40:40 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak 162
Geoff and Gavin from AH take a look at all the silly and strange Halo 4 bloopers from the past week - all that talk of Indian food is making me hungry. Watch it AH or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201. (mastrbiggy 19:31:08 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR 183
The PGCR crew got together with Spirit of Fire for some simulcasting. The all-star panel includes, ChaOs Addict3d, Zack from SoF, Big Heeb, Skills, and Justin from the Drunken Halo podcast. They discuss the faults of Halo 4 and what 343i can do to fix things moving forward. Go listen! Thanks, Robowski. (mastrbiggy 19:30:11 UTC) (permalink)

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Vintage Grifball Apparel
GrifballHUB is doing a limited run of "vintage" Grifball t-shirts - make sure to place your order before October 31st. Head on over the GrifballHUB for more info. Thanks, Kal Belgarion. (mastrbiggy 19:29:31 UTC) (permalink)

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F2F Quickie: The Mark of Shame
Andrew Gagnon sent word of the latest F2F Quickie, 'The Mark of Shame' - pretty funny! (mastrbiggy 19:28:59 UTC) (permalink)

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HBO Has a Front Page?
Just a quick apology for the lack of news this week. Stay calm and Halo on! (mastrbiggy 19:18:02 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 20 2013

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Entering Cryo-Sleep... for a bit
This is just a heads-up: I'm in a place with little to no internet access, and won't be able to keep up on Halo news this week. There's a possibility that other HBO staffers will be able to keep you in the loop - but it's not a great week for ANYBODY, so I can't promise anything. Apologies in advance! (Louis Wu 23:59:59 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 19 2013

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If it doesn't expand the gaming experience, don't do it
We missed this when it came out earlier this week, but luckily someone on the DBO forum was paying attention... Kotaku talked to Dave Dunn about the idea of a Halo movie, and how Dunn (and Bungie) felt about Neil Blomkamp (or anyone, really) creating one. Pretty interesting thoughts - go give 'em a read! (Louis Wu 15:37:39 UTC) (permalink)

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John-117 Spartan Evolved
TDSpiral whipped up a really nice progression of John 117, otherwise known as Master Chief, as he's evolved from the early days (Forward Unto Dawn) to the most recent sighting (the next Halo title). Cool! (This was a commission for Jordan Nathaniel Wharton.) (Louis Wu 14:57:06 UTC) (permalink)

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Pigs and Fails
AchievementHunter powers along with new episodes of Fails of the Weak (Episode 161 is at AH.com and YouTube) and Halo HORSE 149 (actually PIG, between Jack and Ray) is also at AH.com and YouTube). Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 14:53:53 UTC) (permalink)

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Bringing that Spiker to Life
Revenant1988 got hold of one of Smick6's Brute Spike Rifle kits (we detailed these a few years ago), and finished it up really nicely. Swing by his forum post for pictures of the work! (Louis Wu 14:48:54 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 WTF Moments: The Dawn Duo
The Tyrant has two new WTF moments for you - 'Never From Behind' has some assassination shenanigans, while 'Always Watching' has some omniscient Elites looking to make life hard for your average Spartan. Go watch! (Louis Wu 14:46:44 UTC) (permalink)

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Spray Paint Art
human2k03 pointed out a piece on Kontraband, showing off a bunch of video-game-related graffiti... one of the pics is a nice take on the Master Chief. (Louis Wu 14:39:02 UTC) (permalink)

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Star Stuff
RVideo pointed out a Halo 3 montage from YBLOC - it's heavy on the editing effects, but with the resurgence of Halo 3 (due to the free Games with Gold program for XBL Gold members), it's well-timed. Take a look! (Louis Wu 14:33:38 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 18 2013

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Halo Fan Selling Collection to Raise Family
Gah. Mark Wyatt-Knott sent us a note a few days ago, mentioning a series of Halo-related eBay auctions (in the UK) that were set up to help his family raise money for fertility treatments... a combination of travel and lack of email access has caused this mail to be neglected until today. Today is the day the auctions end. Go look - there's a wide variety of items, from action figures to t-shirts to books and more. Huge apologies for the short notice - again, these end TODAY. (Louis Wu 13:24:03 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 17 2013

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Balls and Pumpkins
The Halo Bulletin released last night has lots of good reading - details about new Oddball variants, pumpkin stencils (have you started your Guilt O' Lantern entry yet?), info about free Halo 3, and screenshots of armor abilities - check it out! (As usual, you can also read it in our Halo Bulletin Archive.) (Louis Wu 13:09:18 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 16 2013

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Dudes... get off my lawn.
I... I... I have no words. Mariachi posted a couple of videos, posted by Ford and starring Steve Downes, Jen Taylor, and extreme Halo fan Mike Tepeli... I... you have to watch. I can't explain. (Episode 1 | Episode 2) (Louis Wu 19:54:18 UTC) (permalink)

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FAQ
Red vs Blue Season 11 Episode 16 went live this week - and it clears up a LOT of things. Just a few more episodes... but they promise to be doozies! Go watch. (Thanks, Mid7night.) (Louis Wu 12:30:59 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 15 2013

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Guilt O' Lantern Update
So you aren't sure if you're interested in carving up a pumpkin for our Guilt O' Lantern contest... let's see if we can sway you a bit. 343 Industries has put together an amazing list of prizes - they aren't the only things we're going to lavish on the winners, but even if they were, it would be a great loot haul! Swing by the Prizes section of this year's contest page and check out their largesse! (We've also heard from SleeperQ, who's won in the past - he wants to offer some action figures, and maybe even a Halo 4 promo display. And we have our own goodies to add to the pile - it's gonna be a big pile.) Get to carving! (Louis Wu 04:41:56 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 14 2013

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Beyond Halo 3's DLC
The Beyond Entertainment crew has a short video helping you prepare for Halo 3's upcoming freeness on Games with Gold... and a chance to win a free copy of Halo 3: ODST (which comes with all of Halo 3's DLC). Go check it out! Thanks, CyReN. (Louis Wu 20:02:06 UTC) (permalink)

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Who is the mole?
Dust Storm let us know that the trailer for The Halo Mole is officially online - go look! (Louis Wu 17:21:17 UTC) (permalink)

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This Armour
Scourge3 stopped in with word of 'This Armour' - a gorgeous piece of fanart he's been working on for a while. Swing by DeviantART and take a look! (Louis Wu 16:24:21 UTC) (permalink)

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Gregorian Chants - Legitimately Awesome
Rolling Stone put up a list of nine 'legitimately awesome video game soundtracks'... and Halo made the list. Nice! Thanks, JimmyJangles. (Louis Wu 15:21:32 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 13 2013

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Completely out of Multiplayer Maps on Halo 4
t00lbox stopped in with word of a video he made showing off the out-of-bounds spaces on a number of Halo 4 multiplayer maps. (It was created with the help of a mod that makes the player immune to death barriers. Don't try this at home.) Pretty interesting to see just how large some of the spaces really are - and what they're filled with! (Louis Wu 19:27:15 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 12 2013

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Awwww...
Motherstooth sent over a photo - "this is how my 7 year old daughter plays Halo." Can that one in the back reach the rocket controls? (Louis Wu 18:00:11 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak 160
It was Friday yesterday, so the AchievementHunter crew released another Fails of the Weak episode. They spent far more time making fun of names than they did making fun of fails... but there were some pretty funny fails. You can check 'em out on AH.com or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 17:56:33 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 11 2013

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Halo 3 Hype Trailer
Beyond Entertainment's JoSquared put together a hype trailer for Halo 3, which will be available for free to Xbox LIVE Gold members starting next Wednesday. Watch, get pumped up, download and play! Thanks, CyReN. (Louis Wu 21:32:16 UTC) (permalink)

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Podtacular 391: Among Champions
A couple of weeks ago, Podtacular released Episode 391, which focused on The Halo 4 Global Championship Finals. The commentary team included GH057ayame, Bravo, and Goldenboy, and even had an interview with the winner, Aaron 'Ace' Elam. Dust Storm let us know about this a couple of days ago, but his email got buried under one too many viagra ads... we're just finding it now. Go listen! (Louis Wu 21:26:23 UTC) (permalink)

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Building Mjolnir Today
Arithmomaniac showed up with some pics of a magazine that uses Master Chief to illustrate a story on graphene. (I don't even know what graphene is.) Check out the details! (Louis Wu 20:08:57 UTC) (permalink)

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Fan Fiction Friday - Finally
I feel terrible - the fan fiction section has been quiet for so long that I didn't even check the queue last week (or the week before, apparently). Swing by to read Jason-078's latest piece, patiently waiting since September 25. (Louis Wu 20:06:53 UTC) (permalink)

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Shock - the Return of the Blood Gulch Jackals
Rockslider found another obscure use of Halo on a TV show (obscure because of the show, not because it was hard to recognize that it was Halo) - you need to read his post for all the details. I'm STILL shaking my head. (Louis Wu 20:04:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Women of Xbox 21: Yvonna Tackles Legendary Composer
The Tyrant released another episode of Women of Xbox, this time teaming up with Yvonna, the founder of Charisma +2, a modeling agency working exclusively with gamers. Together, they tackle Composer on Legendary... go watch the highlights! (Louis Wu 20:03:13 UTC) (permalink)

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Life's a Mistery
Polygon revealed that the Halo Franchise's beloved Frankie-borne "Mister Chief" is now getting his own Xbox LIVE avatar. They call it "...a startling image, like a child's drawing come to horrific life..." Sounds pretty much perfect. Can't wait! (GrimBrother One 15:04:03 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 10 2013

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What's that smell?
Halo Waypoint published the latest Halo Bulletin right on time last night - rotten bananas, playlist update info, an interview with GH057ayame and supercool Forge-related screenshots round this one out. As always, a lighter version can be found in our Halo Bulletin Archive. Go read! (Louis Wu 23:06:25 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo HORSE 148
Jack and Ryan whipped out another Achievement HORSE episode - it's a PIG, this time (someone said they wanted to play COW), because GTAV is taking up too much time. Fun maps! You can watch it at AH.com or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 23:03:20 UTC) (permalink)

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Project: Rebuild Countdown - Ep. 4: NEW PROJECT
aPK has put out a new video to address some of the criticisms his Countdown remake received, and to explain where his Project: series is going. It ends with a request - he wants to know which of two projects he should devote the next block of videos to. Go watch - and vote! (Louis Wu 22:54:34 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 9 2013

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It's back, baby.
We're still working on a full prize list... but we know enough to be able to say that The 2013 Guilt O' Lantern Contest is happening. Carve us a cool Halo-related pumpkin... you've got a shot at some pretty cool schwag. More details on the Guilt O' Lantern page... you've got a bit over 3 weeks before the deadline, so start carving! (Louis Wu 20:10:07 UTC) (permalink)

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That thing looks HUGE.
Leviathan was reading X-Factor #261, and noticed a gun that looks... like something he's seen before. Check his post, and see if you agree! (Louis Wu 19:41:28 UTC) (permalink)

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Mega Mammoth
Mega Bloks has just announced this year's Signature Series - The UNSC Mammoth. Over 2000 pieces, $180. Stands 9 inches high, and 19 inches long. Go take a look! Thanks, Quirel. (Louis Wu 19:39:39 UTC) (permalink)

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RicochetHub - Your Ricochet Home
AlmightyMoa PMS sent word that a new site has come online - RicochetHub is aiming at being the go-to location for all things Ricochet. They're getting started with several events to test game and map variants - if you're interested, swing by their forum! (Don't mind the construction - they're still building up.) (Louis Wu 19:34:15 UTC) (permalink)

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Cortana - in the flesh
Kevin Hurd found a pretty nice pic on Instagram - Liz Katz is working on some impressive Cortana cosplay! Maybe NSFW. (Louis Wu 19:26:41 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Initiation #3 - out today
Halo: Initiation #3 is due on store shelves today, and if you're looking for ideas about what's inside, there are reviews at both Game Revolution and Unleash the Fanboy. Go read... then go find a copy! (There's even a preview of the comic on the Dark Horse website - thanks, Dogiojoe.) (Louis Wu 19:18:59 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 8 2013

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Halo 4 WTF Moments - The Forerunner Trilogy
The Tyrant passed along links to three new WTF videos - clips in which the game doesn't really play fair.

  1. Doppelganger has an extra Elite appearing out of nowhere... and teaming up with a Promethean Knight, an entire level before that's supposed to happen.
  2. Get Smart pits The Tyrant against an Elite who survives by sheer luck. Over and over and over.
  3. Some Knights is a clip that contains a whole series of WTF moments, one after another... with an appropriate soundtrack.

Go watch! (Louis Wu 20:09:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Neighborhood Watch
Red vs Blue Season 11 Episode 15 went live last night - we've got new players on the field (or at least visible on the field). Things are getting... confusing. Funny as always! Go watch. (Louis Wu 19:12:13 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 7 2013

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Trident of Revelation Artwork
TD Spiral put together a piece of commissioned art for a Halo fanfic - and shared with our forum. Awesome! (Louis Wu 22:35:28 UTC) (permalink)

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Grifball testing - go play!
Kal Belgarion told us about a series of events running this month at GrifballHub - these are tests for potential new inclusions to Grifball matchmaking. Mongoose Grifball? Whoa. Check out all the details. (Louis Wu 21:08:17 UTC) (permalink)

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Rockslide megabattling with Stacker and Johnson
Also on Thursday, Rockslider released another megabattle collection; this one teams him up with Sgt Stacker near the lifeboat. Good stuff! (Louis Wu 21:03:15 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR 180
Apologies for a couple of missed news items from last week. Robowski let us know about Post Game Carnage Report 180 - in which the gang is joined by Th3 Rogue (Cortana cosplayer) and discussion turns to changes in Matchmaking. Go listen! (Louis Wu 21:01:17 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 6 2013

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That's No Halo
Animation World Network published an article detailing the R&D that went into creating the world of Elysium. While article isn't Halo related, there are a few a shot breakdowns of the Hal…Torus ring. Thanks, TheOddOne. (mastrbiggy 22:41:09 UTC) (permalink)

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Battle Rifle Redesign
Prinz Eugn doesn't quite like the Halo 4 BR so he decided to redesign it - seems like he combined aspects of the Halo 3 and Halo 4 BR. It actually reminds me of the Halo 2 BR. After some feedback he shared an even more refined version. Check it out! (mastrbiggy 22:38:24 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 5 2013

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Halo HORSE 147
Nikko B201 also brought news of the latest episode of Halo HORSE - Ryan and Geoff face off. You can watch it on AH or YouTube. Go check out all the crazy forge contraptions! (mastrbiggy 22:18:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak 159
The AH crew are back with another episode of Fails of the Weak - the last clip had me giggling uncontrollably. You can watch it on AH or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201. (mastrbiggy 22:16:59 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 4 2013

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Versus S2E6 Railin' Each Other
aPK dropped by to let us know that the latest episode of Versus is live - aPK takes on clicked in a game of Raily Mags. As you can tell it is railguns and magnums only with thruster packs and increased damage and speed. Looks fun! (mastrbiggy 22:14:37 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 3 2013

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Halo Bulletin: The Master Chief Edition
Halo Waypoint has posted the 117th Halo Bulletin, focusing on the Game of the Year edition (releasing next week), the upcoming Matchmaking Update, the upcoming Matchmaking calendar, a cool Ricochet mod, and a spotlight on aPK's Countdown. Oh... and some orange screenshots. Nice! As always, you can read our local copy if you so choose. (Louis Wu 05:23:34 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 2 2013

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Killing to the Oldies
Yesterday, we mentioned a Halo 4 remake of the Reach map 'Countdown'. Today, thanks to Halo Waypoint, we've got a remake of Halo 3's Construct. Live in the past! (Louis Wu 22:28:38 UTC) (permalink)

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News October 1 2013

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Reconciliation
I watched it last night, but forgot to post this morning... Episode 14 of Red vs Blue Season 11 is live, and things are beginning to coalesce. Will Wash be able to finish what he started? Will Simmons be forever haunted by Grif's dirty socks? Will Freckles kill everyone? Tune in to find out! (Thanks to Morpheus for the reminder.) (Louis Wu 22:58:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 GotY - plus all the goodies
Halo Waypoint has released a trailer for the upcoming Game of the Year edition of Halo 4 - this content-packed package will be available a week from today! Very nice. Thanks, Jironimo. (Louis Wu 18:19:05 UTC) (permalink)

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Countdown - now playable in Halo 4
aPK is pretty proud of his Countdown remake - and you can play it yourself, now! It's available for download from his File Share. (Louis Wu 16:55:59 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Reach Glitch/Trick - Sword Base's Wreckage Area
t00lbox let us know that Termacious Trickocity has remastered their 'Out of Sword Base' glitch to show you exactly how to repeat their feats. Very nice work - and the presentation makes it easy to play along! Check it out. (Louis Wu 16:54:18 UTC) (permalink)

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