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Halo 4 Remix Contest Winners
The winners of the Halo 4 Remix Contest have finally been posted. There is almost two hours of music to listen to and plenty of wub wub to go around. Congrats to the winners! (mastrbiggy 22:41:56 UTC) (permalink)

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Awakening... plus lights
I love synchronized Christmas lights (except on my street) - and this particular batch is pretty amazing. Not clear where it is... but it's absolutely worth a watch. Awakening never looked so good! Thanks, TheOddOne. (Louis Wu 22:33:55 UTC) (permalink)

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Mid-Season Spartan Ops Hiatus?
Whoa. Not sure if this is accurate or not (nothing's been mentioned at all by 343, that I've seen), but someone on Reddit noticed a paragraph in the Halo 4 Strategy Guide that suggests we won't be seeing any more Spartan Ops eps this month:

In the following five weeks after Halo 4 releases, 343 Industries will release a new episode each week, containing five new missions to challenge. Each mission in an episode is designed to last close to fifteen minutes. The remainder of Season 1 will arrive early in 2013 after a short hiatus, releasing the remaining episodes in Season One.

It's possible that this was the plan when the guide was written, and things have changed... or it's possible that this IS what's happening, and 343 will tell us about it in tonight's Bulletin. Either way, when we know more, we'll let you know. Thanks, CyReN. (Louis Wu 20:14:15 UTC) (permalink)

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Brawling your eyes out
Kal let us know that there's a new Wednesday Night Grifbrawl tonight - it's a double header between Green Army and Four Guys One Ball, starting at 10pm Eastern. The note ended with this interesting line: "But we'll also be premiering an exciting new way to stream Grifball games that will revolutionize the sport!" Tune in to find out more! (Louis Wu 20:10:27 UTC) (permalink)

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The Fails of Requiem - Episode 1
CruelLEGACEY has kicked off The Fails of Requiem - it's a montage series that looks at (wait for it...) FAILS IN HALO 4! (Also, wins and laughs.) Nicely filmed - go watch! (Louis Wu 20:07:57 UTC) (permalink)

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Taking a closer look
Carmelo let us know about a new Halo 4 review from Clever Musings - it's pretty seriously in-depth. (They looked at a LOT of things.) Go give it a read! (Louis Wu 20:04:57 UTC) (permalink)

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BigTeamBattle.net Logo Contest
BigTeamBattle.net needs a new logo - if you've got the skills, check out their requirements, and submit a try! Winner walks away with MS points and Double XP. (Louis Wu 20:02:46 UTC) (permalink)

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I was expecting Game of Thrones stuff.
Okay... so I'm not really sure what to make of this... but it's intriguing. Go ask paddy to explain. (Louis Wu 20:01:25 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo: CE in Minecraft
Jordan117 stopped into our forum with some pretty impressive pictures - he found a collection of maps created by Minecrafter Ulanus - these are complete, 1:1 replicas of entire campaign levels from the original game. Check 'em out - they're fantastic! (Louis Wu 20:00:19 UTC) (permalink)

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HaloGAF Debriefing: Ramirez
We get a lot of news from NeoGAF's forums - if you're curious about the people who hang out there, nscuDuncan's got your back. He's kicked off a new series called 'Debriefing' - he going to be talking to HaloGAF regulars to see what makes them tick. Ramirez is up first - it's a great read! (Louis Wu 19:54:51 UTC) (permalink)

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Look for specially marked needlers on Exile
G4TV has another ad for Doritos/Mountain Dew - erm, I mean another Multiplayer Pro Tips vid (thanks, CyReN). In this one, 343's Kevin Franklin suggests ways to maximize your in-game score. 'Scuse me... something's making me go drink bright green high-caffeine substances... (Louis Wu 19:52:35 UTC) (permalink)

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Whoopin' Spartan Style
TEAMHEADKICK put together a Halo version of Gangnam Style - some really nice work here. Original lyrics, plus some fantastic in-game dancing (and some CGI dancing when the in-game stuff isn't enough). Go watch! Thanks to Halo Waypoint for the heads-up. (Louis Wu 19:48:08 UTC) (permalink)

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Shows What Forums Know
IGN recently ran their "Versus" feature pitting Halo 4 against Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The results are in... go see how our beloved franchise fared! (GrimBrother One 18:50:45 UTC) (permalink)

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How Axis Put Their Spin On Halo
HighDetails.com has a really great article looking at Axix, the company behind the amazing Halo: Infinity CG work in Halo 4's Spartan Ops mode. Really fascinating stuff, definitely worth a look! Thanks, TheOddOne. (GrimBrother One 18:38:23 UTC) (permalink)

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Glass-kicking Action
Thanks to ElzarTheBam for pointing out IGN's latest Crimson Map Pack walkthrough, this time checking out Shatter. Go and give it a look! (GrimBrother One 18:35:41 UTC) (permalink)

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Consult Your Local Librarian for Availability
Halo Waypoint and Tor Books have released the final cover for Greg Bear's upcoming release, Halo: Silentium in a new press release. Also included is an updated book description with a few intriguing adjustments. Make sure you check it out! (GrimBrother One 16:44:03 UTC) (permalink)

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Tuesday's news in brief:

Will it Blend?
Harvest CTF Gameplay with Commentary
Halo 4's Best Automatic Weapon
Crimson Map Pack Achievements Listed
Warthog for Sale by Owner - Low Miles
Podtacular 333 - now with more War Games
Leave Out All the Rest
Earning the Ep 5 SpOps Cheevos
Out of the Cauldron...
Bite off more than you can chew - then readjust.
Retooling the Playlists - a suggestion
Binary Slayer - Thrust and Kill
Halo Fix: Halo 4 Top 5 Ep 1

Monday's news in brief:

The Making of Halo 4's Spartan Ops
Take a Tour of Harvest
Don't let them lock the doors!
LASOing the Mammoth
Spartan Up Live
Theatrical Halo 4 (Full Campaign and Cutscenes)
Spartan Ops Ep 5 Cinematic - now archived
Filling the glass with carnage
Ops-Cast Episode 4: Didact Juice
With a little help from his friends.
An Unexpected Journey
Hang on, lemme just lick my armor...
Picturing Destiny
An Elegant Weapon


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