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Halo news back Monday, October 1, 2012 Halo news forward

Snyde Remarks
Recently, 343 Industries' Lead Campaign Designer, Jesse Snyder, took some time to take some questions from the community over Twitter. Fortunately, he decided to forgo the 140-character limitation of the little bird network and post the answers on his blog. It's a really great read, and it might answer some questions you have yourself. Go and check it out! Thanks to Vire for pointing it out. (GrimBrother One 20:22:17 UTC) (permalink)

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Unlock and Load - Live!
The DewXP.com website is now live - visit for prizes, rules, and more. (Everything goes active on October 15 - there's a handy-dandy countdown on the page to let you know when you can start entering codes.) (Louis Wu 16:58:04 UTC) (permalink)

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RC's VGS: Assassinating Sword Elites
RC Master has kicked off a new YouTube channel - RC's Video Game School. The first video, as he showed on our forum, will teach you how to assassinate Sword Elites in Halo: Reach's campaign. (Yeah... this probably isn't as easy as he makes it look.) (Louis Wu 16:09:22 UTC) (permalink)

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Valhalla and the Mantis - Part 2
More Ragnarok/Mantis stuff - Paul B. put up a 9-minute game showing a couple of runs in the Mantis (thanks, CyReN), while Shadders wrote up his thoughts on his blog. HaloForum put together a compilation vid showing offscreen Mantis video (thanks, ElzarTheBam). Frank added a couple of comments to assure folks that the Mantis isn't going to be TOO overwhelming. Update: MixMaker1 let us know he's put up impressions, as well. (Louis Wu 15:55:28 UTC) (permalink)

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High-level Haven gameplay
We've seen a lot of off-screen Halo 4 footage, but not a huge amount of high-level gameplay. CyReN pointed out links to some gameplay by BilzozANinja - this video shows a 5-minute game that includes a Sticky Detonator Extermination (it happens right at the end of the game, but there's quite a bit of decent DMR/Carbine gameplay before that), while this one shows a seriously impressive 29-0 run. (This one might worry some of you a little; we had word after E3 that ordnance drops would get harder and harder as the game goes along, to counteract the 'rich get richer' effect... but this guy gets drops after 6, 8, 6, 8 kills, due to huge bonuses for things like a Running Riot, Untouchable, etc.) This last one also gives you a great view of the destructive power of the SAW. (Louis Wu 15:49:20 UTC) (permalink)

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HBO vs The World vs The Mongoose
NartFOpc and some friends were playing in Matchmaking, and most of the other team quit. Sometimes... you gotta make your own fun! (Louis Wu 15:46:02 UTC) (permalink)

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CHa0s' Pet Promethean
AddiCt3d 2CHa0s put together a small progression vid showing his work on a 'pet Promethean' - pretty cool! (Louis Wu 15:45:42 UTC) (permalink)

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Visualizing the Halo Universe: Week 1 Winner and Feedback
Postmortem announced the winner of the first week's entries for his Visualizing the Halo Universe contest - congrats, TDSpiral! Check out the post for comments on all entries! (Louis Wu 15:44:16 UTC) (permalink)

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Ragnarok - and the Mantis
The big news this morning is a double-punch - it's information that came out last week, unofficially, but the embargo has been raised, and 343 wants you to get an eyeful. Halo 3's Valhalla is back... in Halo 4, it's called Ragnarok. (The remake, at least what we can see of it in the new trailer on Halo Waypoint, or the new image gallery of scenery shots, looks to be pretty faithful to the original.) The second punch? The Mantis, a multiplayer vehicle we saw in renders last week, is playable on this map (and the video has footage). Greenskull already has an impressions video up - go see what he thinks of the map, and the mech! On our own forum, uberfoop kicked off a discussion thread - go add your two cents! Update: looks like I should have held off just a little - nomis78 announced a CommunityCustoms writeup, and CyReN let us know about a HaloCouncil breakdown from xClicked. Folks have been chomping at the bit to talk about this! Update 2: Until Halo Waypoint gets it up onto their own channel, there's a HD version of the Mantis vid on YouTube, posted by GoombaStompShow - nice for folks who can't get Silverlight to work. (Louis Wu 11:02:33 UTC) (permalink)

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Sunday's news in brief:

SeFu2006 nails the anticipation
CC's Halo 4 UK Preview
A Fan View of the Didact
Little English Halo Blog Talks to Big Bald Scottish Man
8-Bit Peril
Dominion on Exile, in London
Gears of Halo giving away an Xbox and Halo 4
Project Lumoria - out in a week!
Overpod!
Geek Dads with a Geek Master

Saturday's news in brief:

The Eighth Plague
Halo 4 Free - from KontrolFreek
That's hawt.
Out of Nightfall... on Forky
All Halo 4 weapons in one remix video
Fails of the Weak 106
Neato Burrito
Wasn't Left Enough.
More Eurogamer Expo Footage
Unlock and Load Double XP
Moments: The Horror Of Installation 04
Friday's Fan Fiction (on Saturday)


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