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Please vote!
We've run a pumpkin-carving contest for 7 of the past 8 years... and we've always let the fans decide which pumpkins win prizes. This year, the turnout is low - way low. Not sure if that's due to the fact that we skipped last year, or if folks just don't have time to look through a few dozen pumpkins, or what... but the prize pool this year is huge, and I'd be saddened if we didn't take full advantage of the Halo community in figuring out how to distribute it. Please vote! (Louis Wu 20:50:11 UTC) (permalink)

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Grifball Evolved
Goosechecka wanted to let us know that signups for Grifball Hub's first ever Halo 4 Grifball League are now open! You can check out all the details here. If you're into slashing, swinging, and scoring, go get your Grif on! (GrimBrother One 20:11:33 UTC) (permalink)

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The very first production copy of Halo 4
We got an email from Chris W, asking us whether the metal numbers on the outside of Halo 4's Limited Edition boxes were actually indicative of anything... because his box had '000001' on it. (Picture here.) We weren't sure, so we asked 343, and they said this:

"While we can't speculate on value, we can share that number tells you that you got an item on a limited run and what number it was when it came off the assembly line."

Are you jealous yet? (Louis Wu 17:47:02 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Analysis: Strafing
Hoovaloov decided to take a really close look at strafing in Halo games - what's different, what's the same? Great read! Swing by Tied the Leader to read it. (Louis Wu 17:43:59 UTC) (permalink)

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Can you carry TVs between houses?
Bungie's Harold Ryan was interviewed by Greg Miller on a recent Up At Noon - it's a great discussion of Bungie's side of the birth of Xbox LIVE (along with other fun stuff). Go watch! Thanks, Tashi. (Louis Wu 17:41:02 UTC) (permalink)

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The Art of Halo 4, examined
GamingBolt took a look at 'Awakening: The Art of Halo 4' yesterday - if you're on the fence about this gorgeous tome, go check out their review. Thanks, TheOddOne. (Louis Wu 17:35:01 UTC) (permalink)

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Scrambled Eggheads Previewed
If you've been a fan of Halo 4's awesome Spartan Ops series, then don't miss the trailer for Episode 3! What are you still here for? Go watch! (GrimBrother One 17:31:45 UTC) (permalink)

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Waypoint Community Spotlight: Pete The Duck
CruelLEGACEY spotlighted pete_the_duck in the latest Waypoint Community Spotlight (now up on Halo Waypoint) - go give it a read to get more insight on our favorite avian Forger! (Louis Wu 17:30:42 UTC) (permalink)

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Halotracker's Halo 4 Weekly Montage 1: Infinity Slayer
HT Edge submitted Halotracker's first Halo 4 Weekly Montage to Halo Waypoint - some great Infinity Slayer gameplay! (The video highlights one of the odder oversights in Halo 4's theater - the lack of in-game Announcer audio. Hopefully, this will be addressed in an upcoming update.) (Louis Wu 17:28:35 UTC) (permalink)

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Black Powder Music pays tribute to Halo
8 years ago, we heard from Tony Albert, also known as Black Powder Legend - at that time, he told us about a Halo-inspired tune he'd created. Yesterday, we heard from him again - turns out 3 of the songs on his recently released album (including 'I Always Win') are Halo-inspired. Go listen to PWN3D! (with an intro by Fireb0rn, a name that might be familiar to long-time readers here) and Wasted or Spent (a slower ballad) - or swing by the band's Facebook page to sample all the songs! Awesome to see Halo inspiring new music! (Louis Wu 17:25:08 UTC) (permalink)

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An incredible statue collection
We got an email from Tom Garrett, who collects statues. BIG statues. His latest Facebook cover photo shows off his collection - but if you don't have a facebook account, you can see it here. He's currently looking to complete this amazing collection - he needs Carter and Jun from the life-size Reach collection (there are very, very few of them in existence) and the life-size Halo 2 Muckle. If you have any of these, contact him - he'll love you forever! (Louis Wu 17:16:55 UTC) (permalink)

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Anoj's Halo 4 Top 10: Multikills.
Anoj has released a second Halo 4 episode of his Top 10 series - this one looks at Multikills. Some great kills in there! Thanks, Jordan Bell. (Louis Wu 17:11:31 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Hockey Jersey
Pete Cooper found a pretty cool Halo jersey - and is looking for folks who might want to go in on a group purchase (to decrease costs). Nice piece of clothing! (Louis Wu 17:04:06 UTC) (permalink)

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VG Battle of the Sexes: Halo vs. Metroid
A couple of geeks at Cracked.com argue about the merits of Halo vs Metroid... fun watch! Thanks, Revenant1988. (Louis Wu 17:02:03 UTC) (permalink)

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UrDoingItWrong! Episode 1: Worst Loadout Ever
Halo Council's Clicked occasionally tries user-suggested challenges in Matchmaking; he calls the series 'UrDoingItWrong!' The latest installment (and first Halo 4 episode) is called 'Worst Loadout Ever'. Clicked tries a Regicide match with a Suppressor primary, Plasma Pistol secondary, and Pulse grenades... and nothing else. Check out how he does! Thanks, CyReN. (Louis Wu 16:59:06 UTC) (permalink)

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Mixing Halo with... politics?
I'm not sure this is the best use of government resources... but I applaud the optimism. Thanks, Justin Inman. (Louis Wu 16:55:04 UTC) (permalink)

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Talkin' 'bout Halo 4
Cody Miller is known on our forum for his... controversial style. However, I give him props for calling it like he sees it - and his latest critique, looking at Halo 4, highlights the good AND the bad. I enjoyed it! (Louis Wu 16:52:31 UTC) (permalink)

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Astounding Kat Armor Build
Tex told us about a recent armor build at the 405th that is, in a word, amazing. LilTyrant kicked off her build in January, and posted painted pics last month - you can swing by Imgur to see a huge gallery (105 images) showing off all the incredible detail. My jaw is still on the floor. (Louis Wu 16:49:46 UTC) (permalink)

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Friday's Fan Fiction
After a few weeks of dribs and drabs, our Fan Fiction section gets three meaty additions this week - go read! (Louis Wu 16:43:38 UTC) (permalink)

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Thursday's news in brief:

How long can YOU stay alive?
Reflecting On An Online Revolution
This time, it's personal.
Iterating on a tank
Halo HORSE 101
2012 VGA Nominees Posted
300-0. Ouch.
Xbox LIVE - the first decade
Halo Bulletin - November 14
A super-cool gift to win
Videogame, Set, Match
Charity Auction Update
More Reach Knock-Off Fun
Funnies on Fthursday (the F is silent)
Master Chief at Requiem
A transcendent playing experience outweighs all.
Gamers with Jobs Episode 318

Wednesday's news in brief:

IGN's Podcast Unlocked: Makin' Maps
Counting the XP
Another Halo Tattoo
Wasting Company Time at Waypoint
Going To Invent Forge Home Run Derby Now, BRB
Lowering Weapons, Not Expectations
FLAGtacular


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