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Thursday, November 15, 2012
How long can YOU stay alive?
pete_the_duck discovered a little glitch with Dominion turrets that can lead to some hilarious situations. Go watch! (Louis Wu 21:33:37 UTC) (permalink)
Reflecting On An Online Revolution
GamesIndustry International has its own article on the 10-year anniversary of Xbox LIVE, and it's got its own Halo 2-related quotes in it. Bungie President Harold Ryan said "I think Xbox Live wouldn't have made it without Halo 2", and Certain Affinity's Max Hoberman talked about the influence Halo 2 had on some of the core features of LIVE. Overall, a fascinating read. (Louis Wu 21:12:26 UTC) (permalink)
This time, it's personal.
Almost two years ago, cbwilliams17 told us about Origins Abridged: Part I - today, he's brought the story up to date with Origins Abridged: Part II. Always nice to see a funny take on a serious story!
(Louis Wu 21:07:56 UTC) (permalink)
Iterating on a tank
Gamasutra has taken a look at the art direction of Halo 4 - pretty interesting read! Thanks, Quirel.
(Louis Wu 21:02:33 UTC) (permalink)
Halo HORSE 101
Achievement Hunter posted Halo HORSE 101 (AH.com | YouTube) - it's a bit different than most of them. Prolific mapmaker Edo Sens created a pretty tough racetrack... and a bunch of AH staffers got three shots each at completing it. We won't ruin the surprise by giving you the final results - go watch for yourself! Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 20:58:15 UTC) (permalink)
2012 VGA Nominees Posted
Spike's Video Game Awards are gearing up - nominees are posted for 25 separate categories. Halo 4 and 343 have been nominated for seven awards:
- Studio of the Year
- Best Xbox 360 Game
- Best Shooter
- Best Multi-player Game
- Best Original Score
- Best Graphics
- Best Performance by a Human Female
In addition, Master Chief's been nominated in the Viewer Voted Character of the Year category - you'll have to come back on December 7 to vote for him. Thanks to TheOddOne for the heads-up. (Louis Wu 20:51:07 UTC) (permalink)
Snipedown posted an Oddball game on Solace that shows why you really, really, REALLY don't want to meet Halo pros in Matchmaking. (Snipedown goes 25-0 with 3 Overkills.) Thanks, CyReN.
(Louis Wu 20:39:30 UTC) (permalink)
Xbox LIVE - the first decade
Today is the 10th anniversary of Xbox LIVE - and for a lot of people, some of the earliest memories of that service are Halo-related. Bungie has put up a collection of thoughts from fans around the interwebs - and even though they chose to use this opportunity to take a cheap shot at me, I love 'em for it. Go read... and smile. (Louis Wu 19:14:41 UTC) (permalink)
Halo Bulletin - November 14
Last night, as with most Wednesday nights, the weekly Halo Bulletin was posted at Halo Waypoint - it's chock-full of stats. All kinds of stats. Go explore it! (There's a local copy as well, as always.) (Louis Wu 19:08:30 UTC) (permalink)
A super-cool gift to win
Over at NeoGAF, Shadders mentioned that he's giving away a very cool, you-can't-buy-it Halo 4 Moleskine notebook - swing by his post - or his Little English Halo Blog - to read what you'd need to do to win it! (He's also giving away a Limited Edition copy of Halo 4. I'm amazed that I think that this is a second-tier prize when compared to that notebook... but I do.)
(Louis Wu 19:04:59 UTC) (permalink)
Videogame, Set, Match
Yesterday, Tex mentioned that Halo made a significant appearance in Tuesday's episode of 'Go On' on NBC - I'd forgotten to mention it until Dart3rocks sent us an online link to the episode. Matthew Perry's character is addicted to Reach! Take a look.
(Louis Wu 18:57:29 UTC) (permalink)
Charity Auction Update
Dogiojoe reminded us that all three segments of her charity auction are live - the first part actually finishes up in the next 6 hours! Go look at what's available! Proceeds benefit Child's Play and Idaho Parent's Unlimited. (Louis Wu 18:53:45 UTC) (permalink)
More Reach Knock-Off Fun
Rockslider has expanded his Knock-Off fun in Reach Firefight - go see what's online! (Louis Wu 18:44:51 UTC) (permalink)
Funnies on Fthursday (the F is silent)
It's a day for Halo comics - Postmortem pointed out a recent episode of Dorkly that looks at the merchandizing of Halo, while RedGrimRune announced a new Halo-themed 6th Circle comic highlighting one of the more entertaining skulls. Go read!
(Louis Wu 18:43:32 UTC) (permalink)
Master Chief at Requiem
RC Master let us know about a picture his girlfriend drew - great stuff! (Louis Wu 18:32:11 UTC) (permalink)
A transcendent playing experience outweighs all.
The Atlantic has an article that looks at Halo 4 - the headline is pretty funny:
'Halo 4' Gets Everything Wrong ...except for the gameplay, which—as with the first three multi-billion-dollars-selling Halo first-person shooter games—is really, really fun.
They back up this statement with a lengthy critique of the art design, storytelling, level design... but they keep coming back to how much fun it is to play. Interesting read!
(Louis Wu 18:29:15 UTC) (permalink)
Gamers with Jobs Episode 318
Check out the newest Gamers with Jobs ep. 318 with special guest David Ellis. Hint: They talk about Halo 4. Be warned, there is a spoiler section at the end. (colindosaj 04:40:52 UTC) (permalink)
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