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News September 30 2013

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The Secrets Within: The Fate of Cortana
Flugel Meister has taken another look at Cortana, in an attempt to decide if we've seen the last of her or not. Interesting read! (Louis Wu 23:57:04 UTC) (permalink)

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I tried really hard!
Morpheus pointed out a new Top 5 list at TrueAchievements - it's made up of Characters You Couldn't Save, and Reach's Noble Six is right there in the heart of things. Give it a read! (Louis Wu 23:55:48 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 3 - Free in October
It looks like Halo 3 will finally be free to XBL Gold members, beginning on October 16 - it was one of the early promises of the Games with Gold program announced at E3 this year, and if you're a Gold subscriber, you'll be able to collect during the second half of October. Nice! Thanks to Major Nelson for the news. (Louis Wu 20:23:08 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 29 2013

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WAC Halo
robofin117 noticed a Garry's Mod project that features Halo Pelicans, Hornets, and Falcons... looks pretty promising! (Louis Wu 15:42:10 UTC) (permalink)

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Kicking Halo's Butt
slYnki has completed a pretty impressive task... he's done a single-segment, no-deaths Legendary run of Halo (the first one)... in under 2 hours. Wonga! Go read his description, and find links to both the run itself and audio commentary, in his forum post. (Louis Wu 15:34:11 UTC) (permalink)

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Campaign Theater in Halo 4
Teh Ban Stick is a modder who found a way to enable Halo 4 Campaign films. (The reasons why the rest of us don't have this feature are hashed out in the forum thread started by gamerguy2002... but it's still cool to see.) Check it out! (Louis Wu 15:29:08 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 28 2013

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Line 'em up
nillapuddin likes his consistency... so he's created a full set of cover art for all of his Halo titles, from the original Halo CE right through Spartan Assault. And they're all available for download, if you'd like to follow suit! Nice. (Louis Wu 12:23:34 UTC) (permalink)

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The art of replayability
A Metro News reader tackles the question of what makes people replay a game, even though they've got a huge backlog of games facing them... and Halo is the example held up. Excuse me, I need to go play... (Louis Wu 12:11:11 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak Volume 158
The AH crew are back with another Fails of the Weak - Geoff and Jack make fun of gamertags and gameplay mistakes in this 158th collection of fails. You can watch it at AH.com or YouTube. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 12:06:18 UTC) (permalink)

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Versus S02E04: Countdown To Countdown
aPK told us about the latest Versus - he and Clicked face off on aPK's Halo 4 remake of Countdown, for all the marbles. (Or at least all the teabags.) You'll have a chance to play this map yourself, come Tuesday! Check it out. (Louis Wu 12:01:58 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 27 2013

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Essential Interview: Loftus on the Visual Guide
Posting this a little bit late... apologies. Been one of those days. davidfuchs pointed out an interview that the Forward Unto Dawn crew did with Stephen Loftus, focusing on the Scalemaster's contributions to the recently-released Halo 4 Essential Visual Guide. Great read! (Louis Wu 23:50:16 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 26 2013

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Halo on more than just One device
The VERGE reports that Microsoft showed off Halo 4 running on both Windows PC and Windows Phone through it's Azure cloud service. A Precursor to next-gen streaming service similar to Sony's recently-purchased Gaikai service? Guess we'll see! (GrimBrother One 21:37:40 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo HORSE 146
Nikko B201 let us know about Halo HORSE 146 - Jack and Ray do their best to get a shortened round out of the way so they can go back to GTA V. Watch it on AH.com or YouTube. (Louis Wu 19:37:47 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR 179
Robowski let us know about Post Game Carnage Report 179, with talk of a less linear Halo campaign, and GTA V. Go listen! (Louis Wu 19:35:08 UTC) (permalink)

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No Aversion to Conversion
343 put out the latest Halo Bulletin last night, with a focus on some pretty interesting changes and updates to some popular matchmaking playlists, as well as a very cool look at a new community-borne gametype, "Conversion". It's definitely worth a read to catch up on things, and if you're watching your wait, you can always grab our locally-grown and fully organic copy. Go read! (GrimBrother One 15:22:44 UTC) (permalink)

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A Certain Sense of Scalemaster
Kotaku highlighted a fantastic piece of art by DeviantArt member Dirk Loechel that compares the size (and look for that matter) of an absolute mess load of starships from various sci-fi universes, including the obvious smattering of Halo craft. It's an awesome way to spend an hour just perusing over, and imagining them all as one massive fleet headed through the galaxy. Go and check it out! Thanks to drdoctor for mentioning it on our forums as well. (GrimBrother One 14:48:59 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 25 2013

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Halo 4 LASO - Immaterial Trailer
The Tyrant released a trailer he calls 'Immaterial' - it shows off a few minutes of gameplay from Halo 4's Midnight, on Legendary, with All Skulls On... and he tears through a section that has taken me hours (WITHOUT skulls) in what seems like moments. Fantastic! Go watch. (Louis Wu 17:42:17 UTC) (permalink)

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AGLA wants YOU this season!
Crusader let us know that signups for the Fall 2013 AGLA (American Grifball League of America) are now open - if you're looking for better Grifball gameplay than you'll find in Matchmaking, or just a new group of friends, swing by and sign up! You've got until Friday just before midnight (eastern). (Louis Wu 17:39:43 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4: one fan's post-mortem
Flugel Meister has decided to look back and write up the best and worst parts of Halo 4, as he sees them. Go give it a read - see if you agree! (Louis Wu 17:36:55 UTC) (permalink)

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Meet Catherine Halsey
Halo Waypoint continues to release tidbits from the new Halo 4 Essential Visual Guide - this time, it's some background on the scientist everyone loves to hate, Catherine Halsey. Thanks, jay mee. (Louis Wu 17:34:24 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 24 2013

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+1 Follower
Red vs Blue Season 11 Episode 13 went live last night... Simmons tries hard to make friends, while Sarge tries hard to make death machines. Lopez continues to be the smartest character around. (Both of them.) Go watch! (Louis Wu 20:06:07 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartans Never Die - Case Number 9232553
Yesterday, padraig08 stopped in with a seriously cool post. I even wrote up a newspost for it... but the afternoon got busy, and I forgot to put it up. So you get to read about it now. Swing by and check out the first report of 'Spartans Never Die', a look back at some... older incarnations of our favorite green cyborgs. Artwork was done by the insanely talented Levi Hoffmeier. (He added a process GIF (4mb) showing you how one of these came together. It made me smile.) (Louis Wu 16:11:47 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 23 2013

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The Real Spartan - Episode 1
ukilledkenny7 is a name that might be familiar to long-time Halo fans - and now he's back, with a new video series called 'The Real Spartan'. Episode 1 was just released - go meet Chauncey, and his new friends! (Louis Wu 20:59:47 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 22 2013

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Crust-bustin' the UNSC way
This was posted on Halo Waypoint on Friday... but it's been a busy weekend. Check out the upcoming Master Chief Snowboard, available now for pre-order! There's even an interview with the guy who did the graphics. (Louis Wu 20:46:27 UTC) (permalink)

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Rockslide megabattle action, with Johnson
Rockslider continues to play around with the Rockslide Megabattle, looking for new and entertaining ways to find his fun. It's a Spartan and the amazing Sgt Johnson against a field of 34 Covies! (Louis Wu 20:35:43 UTC) (permalink)

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Versus S2E2: Global CHUMPionship
aPK stopped in with word of the second episode of Versus Season 2 - he and Clicked face off on Skyline with the Global Championship rules. Who will take home the prize? Watch to find out! (Louis Wu 20:34:03 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 21 2013

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PGCR 178
Robowski sent word that the latest Post Game Carnage Report is their longest episode to date (nearly 5 hours!), and has the Drunken Halo podcast crew as guests. Wanna hear a discussion about old school Halo vs Halo 4? Download this. (Louis Wu 13:48:17 UTC) (permalink)

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Meet Fireteam Majestic, Part 2
We neglected to mention the second part of the "Meet Fireteam Majestic" feature went live this week at Halo Waypoint (covering the last two Spartans in the team). jay mee helped us out. (Louis Wu 13:45:32 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails of the Weak 157
Nikko B201 let us know that the latest Fails of the Weak was online yesterday from the AH crew - you can watch it at AH.com or on YouTube. The focus this week is on funny names, more than on funny fails. (Louis Wu 13:42:07 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 20 2013

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Section 3 Code for Champions Bundle
GunRunner48 let us know that the Oni Section 3 crowd from Halo Waypoint has unlocked yet ANOTHER code, this time related to the Champions Bundle. Once entered (either on Waypoint on XBL, or on the website), you'll earn 30,000 XP and some new concept art for Pitfall and Vertigo. (For those who don't have the time or inclination to fill in this code, we've put up a local mirror of the gallery.) (Louis Wu 22:22:36 UTC) (permalink)

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Unfrigginbelievable!
Wangtime had a chance to interview Jeff Steitzer, the multiplayer Voice of God from the Halo titles - it's a pretty interesting discussion! Go listen. (His one hint about the next Halo title? It should be more 'interactive' than previous titles... not really sure what that might mean.) (Louis Wu 21:33:48 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Second Class Needs YOU
Halo Second Class is looking for fans who want to work on their live action film - swing by the post to read the details! If you've got technical skills, they can probably use you! (Louis Wu 21:27:32 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo PIG 145
This week's Halo HORSE is, again, a PIG - it's Miles vs Martinizer for third place in the office tournament. Miles was busy, so Jack filled in with commentary - go see who won! (As always, you can watch on AH.com or YouTube.) (Louis Wu 21:25:10 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 19 2013

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Looking back over the past week
Last night, the latest Halo Bulletin was posted - it reminds people about the Halo 4 Ricochet Forge Contest, gives you details about the changes to Halo 4 Matchmaking that will go live this coming week, and presents a Halo 4 Global Championship Competitor Roundtable, discussing the competition itself and reminiscing about the high points of the event at PAX. Finally, there are some really amazing Energy Sword-based screenshots. As usual, if you'd rather put your eyeballs/browser on a lighter version, we have one in our Halo Bulletin Archive. (Louis Wu 21:54:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Pink Death
We've mentioned the Volpin Props Needler before, in passing - but Revenant1988 pointed out a time-lapse video showing it being built. Awesome! A really amazing piece of work. (Louis Wu 21:28:14 UTC) (permalink)

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Lights make everything better
JoshuaKane visited DragonCon this year, fully kitted out as a Spartan with a really cool energy sword (created by our old friend Sean Bradley, no less) - you can read about it at Adafruit, or watch a short video of the sword, in all its colorful glory. (It looks like Revenant1988 found this, too - and kicked off a thread on our forum, which drew in Joshua himself! Go talk to him about this gorgeous piece of work. (Louis Wu 21:23:05 UTC) (permalink)

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Five years later, it's still surfacing
gamerguy2002 stumbled across some Halo Wars concept art I haven't seen before - high-res renders of a Spartan. Pretty interesting armor variations! Take a look. (Louis Wu 21:21:11 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 18 2013

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Meet Fireteam Majestic Part 01
Halo Waypoint has pulled some information on Fireteam Majestic out of the Halo 4 Essential Visual Guide - go learn about the soldiers who play alongside you in Spartan Ops! (Louis Wu 22:48:35 UTC) (permalink)

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A game is only late once, but it's bad forever.
The Wall Street Journal has a short interview with Microsoft's Phil Spencer - it's mostly about the Xbox One, but Halo (and Microsoft's grand plan for the franchise) play a role. It's a pretty interesting read! (Louis Wu 22:46:04 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 17 2013

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Halo 4 Ricochet Forge Contest
Halo Waypoint teamed up with the Community Cartographers and the Rooster Teeth crew (for the PSA) to create a Halo 4 Ricochet Forge Contest. Build the coolest Ricochet-based map, win some cool schwag! Go read the contest page for full details. Hurry - contest closes October 8! (Louis Wu 22:01:51 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 16 2013

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Beyond Top 5 Plays Ep. 5
Beyond Entertainment is back with another Top 5 Plays of the Week episode, narrated by Clicked and edited by Jazzy. The gameplay is... scary good. Thanks, CyReN. (Louis Wu 18:42:22 UTC) (permalink)

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ASE Episode 60: Seven Things
Over at Rampancy.net, Narcogen and Blackstar took a look at 7 things that found their way into both Halo and Marathon... that Narcogen thinks might have been better in Marathon. Entertaining watch! (And for those who've never seen it, that's really Blackstar's car at the end.) (Louis Wu 16:13:24 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 15 2013

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BCM 84: Freakiness and fun
Rockslider packaged up a bunch of fun clips from a variety of campaign levels for his latest video - it's a smorgasbord of Covenant carnage! Go watch. (Louis Wu 21:24:50 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 Essential Visual Guide - out soon!
The Halo 4 Essential Visual Guide is hitting stores this week - but some people got their hands on it a little early. You can read some of the new tidbits over at the Halo Waypoint forums - thanks, zofinda. (Louis Wu 21:24:19 UTC) (permalink)

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Recolor your weapons
ForgeWorldMaps stopped in with word of a video showing off 'hidden skins' for certain weapons... they look to be more like color glitches due to Champion Bundle assets, but either way, they're fun! (Louis Wu 21:23:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Covers for Escalation #1 revealed
We mentioned Halo: Escalation, a new comic series from Dark Horse coming in December, back in July - but mikimarquez noticed a pair of covers for the first issue over at Comic Book Resources (Find 'Escalation' on the page). The Kenneth Scott variant is... wild. (Louis Wu 21:22:01 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 14 2013

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Hindsight: Reach
Forward Unto Dawn is celebrating Reach's 3rd birthday with a look back of their own - they've kicked off 'Hindsight: Reach', a retrospective analysis of the game. The first two chapters, Noble Actual and Winter Contingency, are online already. Thanks, davidfuchs. (Louis Wu 20:00:26 UTC) (permalink)

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The Drunken Halo Podcast Ep 61
Justin Bryce let us know that Episode 61 of the Drunken Halo Podcast is now online - main topic of conversation is the Halo 4 Champions Bundle DLC. Go listen! (Louis Wu 19:54:24 UTC) (permalink)

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Happy Birthday, Reach!
Today is the third anniversary of the release of Bungie's last Halo title, Halo: Reach. Bryan Newman kicked off a thread on our forum - and there is some fun reminiscing in there! Go join in. (Louis Wu 19:21:26 UTC) (permalink)

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That's a lot of bullets.
As they are wont to do, IGN created a new 'Top 100 Shooters' list - and our forum denizens took umbrage with some of the position choices. Check the list for yourself, and weigh in! (Thanks, Kermit.) (Louis Wu 19:18:45 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 13 2013

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Vin Diesel loses at HORSE
It's Friday, so it's time for AchievementHunter's newest offerings - Fails of the Weak 156 (AH.com | YouTube) has Gavin and Michael making fun of hapless players who make minor mistakes that end up costing them, while Halo HORSE (AH.com | YouTube) is another PIG episode pitting Ray against Ryan with new maps (yay!). Check 'em both! (Louis Wu 23:34:40 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 12 2013

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More Dustbowl Megabattle action
Rockslider continues to explore the possibilities of his Dustbowl Megabattle - there are two new videos, each looking at a different technique for enjoying this fight. Swing by his forum post for details... then go watch the videos! (Louis Wu 23:19:57 UTC) (permalink)

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The future moves closer
Kermit pointed out an article at Gizmodo which discusses an upcoming personal assistant for Microsoft mobile products... called 'Cortana'. It's an intriguing choice by MS, and the story would be even better if the Gizmodo article hadn't included a puerile fan-made video as 'commentary'. (Louis Wu 20:44:51 UTC) (permalink)

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Looking ahead for Halo 4
bs angel dropped the latest Halo Bulletin on Halo Waypoint last night - it's chock-full of information about what's coming, in both the short and long terms, with respect to online Halo 4 gameplay. Matchmaking changes, new playlists, and even changes to Spartan Ops are covered. Go give it a read! As always, we have a version for you in our Halo Bulletin Archive. (Louis Wu 20:37:16 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 11 2013

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Halo: Initiation #2 - on shelves now
Halo: Initiation #2 is out now - if you swing by Halo Waypoint, you can see some behind-the-scenes boards showing the evolution of this issue. (Unleash the Fanboy published their review, today, too.) Dark Horse's website will tell you where you can buy it. (Louis Wu 18:38:58 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 Mythic Difficulty Guide - Midnight
The Tyrant has NEARLY completed his Mythic Walkthrough of Halo 4 - the last gameplay chapter, focusing on Midnight, just went live. If you'd like to beat this level with all skulls on, this is a must-read! Take a look. (Louis Wu 16:34:32 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 10 2013

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Finders Keepers
There's some pretty interesting stuff going on in Rooster Teeth's Season 11... Episode 12 launched last night (thanks, robofin117), and it's full of surprises. The Reds find cool toys, the Blues... have other things going on. The writing this season is top-notch! Go watch. (Louis Wu 23:10:20 UTC) (permalink)

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From Start to Finish, Cheap Halo
Need a cheap copy of Halo 4, or Halo Anniversary? Best Buy has you covered - this week, each game is $19.99. Thanks, Morpheus. (Louis Wu 19:40:02 UTC) (permalink)

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You better be backing off from the Prometheans
padraig08 came across a Halo 4 rap by fan Dan Bull - pretty impressive, overall! Go listen. (Louis Wu 19:37:26 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 9 2013

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Halo: Initiation #2 Review from GR
Game Revolution has a review of the second issue of Halo: Initiation... it'll be on store shelves later this week, so go take a look at what they think! (Louis Wu 20:38:50 UTC) (permalink)

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Jordan Bell Says Goodbye
Over the past couple of years, Jordan Bell has let us know about informational pieces on Halo lore he's posted (along with keeping us up-to-date with the Anoj Top 10 series). Life changes, though, and sometimes time gets away from us - he informed us that there's a goodbye video on his Halo Lore YouTube channel right now, explaining why he's stepping away (and what has kept him going up until now). Go give it a look! (And good luck, Jordan, in the next phase of your life!) (Louis Wu 20:34:36 UTC) (permalink)

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One Final Effort - the Strings version
Totally missed this when it was released... but hey, better late than never! Analekta published an album titled 'Game Music' - and one of the songs was a version of Halo 3's One Final Effort, by violinist Angèle Dubeau and her string orchestra La Pietà. Gorgeous! (There's a playable version on the page linked above, or you can buy it, presumably at a higher fidelity, for $0.99.) (Louis Wu 20:29:18 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 8 2013

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Shut up, Jack.
Hey, it's time for Fails of the Weak! (Well, it was that time two days ago. But we're slow.) The double Ghost fail on Shatter made me laugh. You can watch it on AH.com or YouTube. And when you're through, there's a new Halo HORSE (well, PIG), pitting Dragonface against Lindsay in a really short competition. Again, AH.com or YouTube, your call. Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 22:51:48 UTC) (permalink)

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The TA Top Five: Soundtracks
TrueAchievements picked their five favorite game soundtracks - and Halo (all of them) made the list, at #4. Thanks, Morpheus. (Louis Wu 21:59:37 UTC) (permalink)

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Frozen Sleep: Halo Tribute Video Ft. Malukah
MixMaker1, inspired by meeting the artist at PAX, put together a tribute video for Malukah's 'Frozen Sleep', itself a tribute to Cortana. Beautiful, all the way around! (Louis Wu 21:57:09 UTC) (permalink)

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UNSC 157th Battalion
THe Lionheart pointed out a DeviantART pic created using Garry's Mod... some really nice composition there. Take a look! (Louis Wu 21:54:42 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 7 2013

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I Love Halo
OboeCrazy used her oboe and her love for Halo to create a one-minute submission for the Xbox One Outreach program... sweet! Take a look. (Louis Wu 23:41:21 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 6 2013

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Three Wraiths ejection challenge
Wednesday, Rockslider showed us how to bring three Wraiths together for fun on Assault on the Control Room. Today, he's set up a challenge - eject all three pilots (and kill them) without harming the Wraiths... or dying. How fast can you do it? (Louis Wu 21:07:26 UTC) (permalink)

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I miss Fronk.
Hedge was bored. We win. (Plus, now Levi doesn't have to worry whether that other Tweet needed to be seen here or at DBO...) (Louis Wu 20:58:03 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 5 2013

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Ball's in your court...
AddiCt3d 2CHa0s sent us a couple of pretty amazing Ricochet links - these were sent to her by their creator, Forest Skycap. The first one shows a seriously quick score on Haven, while the second shows off an amazing bounced score on Solace. They're under a minute each - well worth the time! (Louis Wu 22:11:51 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR 177
Robowski sent word about Post Game Carnage Report 177 - it's got a lot of discussion, ranging from the Halo 4 Global Championship to a new Halo Related Basebal Simulator (yeah, go listen). I mean... it's number 177... how could you miss it? (Louis Wu 21:44:38 UTC) (permalink)

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Summarizing last week's Halo
It's not a surprise that a large portion of this week's Halo Bulletin is focused on the Halo 4 Global Championship Finals - and the read is quite good - but there's other stuff in there, too. Next week's Matchmaking Playlist Update, details about the Game of the Year edition of Halo 4, and cool Pitfall screenshots round out the goodies. If you like light, our Halo Bulletin Archive contains a copy, too. (Louis Wu 21:23:42 UTC) (permalink)

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Spartans invade Dragoncon
Revenant1988 posted a whole passel of cool photos taken at Dragoncon last weekend, showing off some amazing work by the 405th. Makes me want my own armor! (Louis Wu 21:17:06 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 3 Early Citadel glitch
Sliding Ghost filmed a glitch recently for Gamepro011 - it shows how to get into the Citadel early on Halo 3's Covenant. Who needs Hornets? Check this out - it's pretty cool. (Louis Wu 21:04:00 UTC) (permalink)

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Five Facts - Halo Reach
AchievementHunter has a new Five Facts video - this one looks at Halo Reach. Jack and Geoff. There are more than 5 facts - the bonus fact about the AR's polygon count was totally new to me! Go watch. robofin117 was the fact-bringer this time around. (Louis Wu 20:49:08 UTC) (permalink)

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Top 10 Prophet Lines Video
MixMaker1 has added a new entry to his Top 10 Lines series - this one pulls from the utterances of the Prophets. Go watch! (Louis Wu 20:47:17 UTC) (permalink)

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Explorable ledges on Midnight
t00lbox found a new exploration area on Midnight - check out his video for all the details! Pretty neat. (Louis Wu 20:42:46 UTC) (permalink)

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BeyondEnt's Halo4GC Recap
Snipetality and Beyond Entertainment have put together their own recap of the Halo 4 Global Championship Finals - it's 15 minutes long (so it falls somewhere between Waypoint's short text recap and the full 2-hour stream), and it's really nicely cut. Check it out! Thanks, CyReN. (Louis Wu 20:39:14 UTC) (permalink)

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Forward Unto Dawn Podcast Ep. 12: Forerunner Poncho
davidfuchs let us know that the Forward Unto Dawn crew has released a new podcast - discussion ranges from Halo for Xbox One to Spartan Assault and Halo: Initiation. His forum post contains multiple download links - go listen! (Louis Wu 20:29:06 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: Songs of Adventure
Geek and Sundry posted a new 'Songs of Adventure' vlog... this one focused on Halo's theme. Folks should make sure that Marty doesn't see this... he doesn't need the ego inflation. (It's an interesting watch, though - go see.) Thanks, robofin117. (Louis Wu 20:26:06 UTC) (permalink)

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Fails and PIGs
Last Friday's AchievementHunter vids went live, as expected, and Nikko B201 posted the links on our forum, as expected. You can watch Fails of the Weak 154 on AH.com or YouTube... and you can watch Halo HORSE 142 (which is abbreviated since it was recorded just before Jack left for PAX) on the same sites (AH.com | YT). Enjoy! (Louis Wu 20:20:40 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo for Xbox One gets a little more info (maybe)
For a short time last week, the Microsoft Store listing for the next full Halo title had an interesting new section called 'Take a Closer Look' - it had a short description of the next game's plot. The listing has been removed... but plenty of sites managed to grab the content first. (Revenant1988 found it at Computer and Video Games, for example.) It's pretty general, and could easily be interpreted as boilerplate... but who knows? (Louis Wu 20:14:45 UTC) (permalink)

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Now THAT'S a dangerous combo.
So yesterday I cleared out our mail backlog - today I get to clear out the forum backlog. These posts go back as far as August 30, so if you've already found this content on your own, good on ya. First up: some of the artwork created for a videogame art show called 'PRESS START...To Continue' looks... really familiar! Love the juxtaposition with Earthworm Jim. Thanks, mc_leprechaun. (An older picture he found surfaced last year... but I couldn't find a reference.) (Louis Wu 20:03:31 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 4 2013

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Halo 4 Global Championship - Watch it again
The Halo Global Championship came to a head this past Sunday, with the finals being shown live at Benaroya Hall, at PAX, and streamed on Twitch.tv. It was an amazing two hours - the gameplay was fantastic, Malukah's rendition of Frozen Sleep gave me chills, Sarah Fletcher's Atonement was beautiful... and the final match was unbelievable. If you missed the show, it's now available in its entirety on Halo Waypoint. (If that's too much, they also have a recap that will give you the highlights.) I was there, I was on the edge of my seat, I encourage anyone who didn't see it to watch. (Louis Wu 23:33:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Wraith Fun
Rockslider posted a fun video showing three wraiths together on AotCR - plasma mania! (The video will show you how to set this up for yourself.) (Louis Wu 23:24:41 UTC) (permalink)

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It is! No, it isn't! Yes, it is!
So when Halo for Xbox One was announced at E3 this year, Microsoft was quick to clarify that this was not Halo 5 - it was Halo for Xbox One. Unfortunately, Axis Animation, the group that made the trailer, didn't get the memo - a couple of days ago, they posted a copy of the trailer on their Facebook page that actually had a 'Halo Five' logo at the end of it. The original Vimeo video has been made private, but if you read the Facebook comments, you'll find a link to an Italian gaming site with a copy. Sometimes you have to just shake your head... thanks to Overdoziz at NeoGAF for the heads-up. (Louis Wu 23:21:34 UTC) (permalink)

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Play Halo, Watch Football
VentureBeat has an interesting Halo-related tidbit in an article about football on the Xbox One - the rep played a multiplayer match of Halo 4 while his Fantasy Reel football stats showed (and updated in real time) on the edge of the screen. Fantastic news for multitaskers! Thanks, Josué Schneegans. (Louis Wu 23:09:56 UTC) (permalink)

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Awesome Didact
HaloFanForLife ran across a pretty amazing Didact cosplay outfit at PAX - check out the pics! (Louis Wu 23:03:02 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR 176
Robowski sent word (a little bit ago) about Post Game Carnage Report 176 - it's not long, but there's plenty of good map/gametype conversation. Go listen! (Louis Wu 23:01:58 UTC) (permalink)

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New ThreeA Spartan Figures
AvatarofChaos told us that the ThreeA website is now selling 1/6th scale Emile and EVA figures - check the Bambalandstore. (More pics are in the email sent to mailing list subscribers.) (Louis Wu 23:00:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Leaving the Past
Alberto 'bert' Koch sent us a link to Leaving the Past, his final Halo 3/Halo 4 montage. Nice gameplay, mellow editing. Check it out! (Louis Wu 22:49:01 UTC) (permalink)

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HMV Hell 4 Release
Okay... catching up a little bit. A few days ago we got an email from Bryan 'imSuck' Smith, letting us know that the final HMV Hell 4 video is now online - it's a collaboration between Bryan and Dark Space. There are more details here if you're curious. Good stuff! (Louis Wu 22:45:39 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 3 2013

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Last day of no news
Currently at 343 studios, defacing whiteboards and generally being a nuisance. I promise, real news tomorrow. (Louis Wu 23:47:21 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 2 2013

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Worst Laid Plans
Episode 11 of Rooster Teeth's Res vs Blue season 11 is now live... things are heating up! Go watch. (Louis Wu 23:50:08 UTC) (permalink)

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News September 1 2013

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Winner Takes All
The Halo 4 Global Championship is happening right now - go watch! (mastrbiggy 23:28:36 UTC) (permalink)

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