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Halo news back Monday, October 8, 2012 Halo news forward

It's baa-ack...
For years, it was a tradition at HBO that we would host a pumpkin-carving contest, and you guys would make us feel warm and fuzzy all over with the amazing creations you sent us. Last year, we skipped this tradition, because things were simply too busy to make it happen. We made a lot of people sad when we did that, however... so the 343 Guilt O' Lantern contest is back. The prize list isn't live yet... but hey, you're not doing this for prizes, right? (Right?) Don't worry - there will be a sizeable prize list, long before the contest actually ends. Don't wait for us, though - get to carving! Entries can be submitted anytime between right now and October 31 - we'll start the voting process soon after that. Make us proud! (Louis Wu 19:56:39 UTC) (permalink)

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You know, unless it was Halo...
Kotaku recently spoke to Stewart Hendler, the director for Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, and discussed how he got involved with the project, how the Master Chief fits into it all, and where the FuD story fits into the universe as a whole. Cool read, go check it out! (GrimBrother One 19:19:00 UTC) (permalink)

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The Glove and Boots Debate
This... is amazing. Watch it. Thanks, Pok3R Fac3D. (Louis Wu 16:42:12 UTC) (permalink)

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Arena Gaming Columbus 2012 - on YouTube
This weekend, Arena Gaming hosted a pro Reach tournament in Columbus, OH - CyReN went to the trouble of YouTube-ing a number of the matches (including the Finals, the Losers Final, the Losers Semi, and the Halo 2 Scrims. Go watch 'em - some awesome gameplay in there! (Louis Wu 16:41:45 UTC) (permalink)

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NERDSWAG: A Master Chiefly Ransom
Podcast site Nerdist is offering a Halo-themed giveaway, with lots of goodies in the pot. Swing by to see how to enter! Thanks, squidhands. (Louis Wu 16:40:54 UTC) (permalink)

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A Blocky Ringworld
We've mentioned a lot of Halo LEGO creations - but I don't think I've ever seen a full Halo ring before. Check out Catsy's monster creation (11,000 blocks!). Wonga. (There are other shots, showing off other parts of the ring. I repeat - wonga.) Thanks, TCKaos. (Louis Wu 16:38:10 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 in Essex this week
If you live in or near Essex, UK, you should try to get to Xtreme Gaming this Friday - they'll be showing off Halo 4 for 5 hours during the afternoon. Thanks, Hypertrooper! (Louis Wu 16:37:34 UTC) (permalink)

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Mega Bloks, Outside
Over at NeoGAF, Warm Machine posted a bunch of great photos of Mega Bloks figures in outside settings... love these! (The full set is here.) (Louis Wu 16:35:04 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 4 Examined - Best Controller Setting?
Bravo has taken a close look at the controller settings available in Halo 4, with an eye to what gives you the best competitive advantage. Interesting! (Louis Wu 16:34:23 UTC) (permalink)

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Get Ready to Draw, Pardner
Hedgemony has a pair of potential covers for the upcoming (not really) Deadeye comic - he's not sure the first one works, but I can say with certainty that he's wrong. (The second one rocks, too.) (Louis Wu 16:33:30 UTC) (permalink)

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Frank talks to the French
The folks from Halo Destiny sat down with Frank O'Connor - discussion ranged from how 343 works to what's coming in Halo 4 to Halo 2 Anniversary. Monster interview (25 minutes long) - go listen! Thanks, Hypertrooper. (Louis Wu 16:32:28 UTC) (permalink)

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Sunday's news in brief:

Batman?
MS Paint Halo 3 - Contest Results
Visualizing the Halo Universe: Round 2
Triumvirate Reflections
Podtacular 315 and 316
Phoenix Seven
Football and Video Games... great mix
Tricking Out of the Package
ReachingPerfection in Halo 4's Forge
TV Funhouse Ep 1

Saturday's news in brief:

Oboe Plays: Halo Reach P.5 (Long Night Of Solace)
Halo 4: NEW Spartan Ops Gameplay from Australia
Off-screen Campaign Gameplay from Down Under
Mail Sack of Plenty
Halo 4 Strategy - Dominion: 1st (2nd?) Look
Fails of the Weak 107
Halo 4 Gameplay, Greenskull interview
Give us the Chief!


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