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Halo news back Thursday, December 6, 2012 Halo news forward

They should get a McDonald's sign.
According to this article at GameZone, the Halo franchise just hit the 50 million units sold mark; it's unclear where this data comes from, but it's pretty impressive if true! (Louis Wu 21:43:26 UTC) (permalink)

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Achievement HORSE 104
Jack and Geoff are back with a new Halo PIG (the lack of Fileshare functionality makes them not want to do the whole HORSE) - go see some cool new maps (AH.com | YouTube)! Thanks, Nikko B201. (Louis Wu 18:51:01 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo 5 already in the works
CVG talked to Frank O'Connor about what's coming up - looks like they've already begun tossing around ideas for Halo 5. (Spartan Ops Season 2, however, though much closer, is not yet decided upon.) Thanks, TheOddOne. (Louis Wu 18:23:16 UTC) (permalink)

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PGCR 140 - plus sports
Robowski sent word about Post Game Carnage Report Episode 140 - the crew gets into a tussle over Campaign. (There's also a video called 'esPGCRpn CenterSports'... MegaBloks + Halo, in sports journo action.) (Louis Wu 18:21:56 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Bulletin - contests, updates, artwork
The Halo Bulletin went live this morning on Halo Waypoint (and of course in our Halo Bulletin Archive, for those who need a leaner version) - it contains information about a number of subjects. There's a new contest called the Infinity Challenge - you've got a chance to win a Halo-themed pickup, an appearance in the next Halo, and more. Spartan Ops will be taking a break, until late January - you can still play existing Episodes, but the last five from Season 1 won't be showing up for at least six weeks. There's a Matchmaking update coming on Monday - King of the Hill is out (the loss is temporary, but we don't know when it'll be back), Crimson Map Pack list is in. (The Crimson maps will show up in other lists as well, heavily weighted, if everyone in your match has them.) If you missed any of IGN's Crimson Map Pack walkthroughs or videos released recently, they're embedded here. And finally, there's some beautiful Halo 4 concept art from John Wallin Liberto. Check it out! (Louis Wu 16:09:57 UTC) (permalink)

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Cool new additions to HaloSphere2
Firestream wrote to remind us about HaloSphere2, which has had some pretty fun updates recently. There's now a built-in card game called Halodex - completely PVP. There's also a mobile mode for the game, so you can have fun while on your phone. (Visit the mobile URL for this.) (Louis Wu 15:58:22 UTC) (permalink)

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It's better than fried eggs.
WhoLikesChicken pointed out a TED talk called 'Your Brain on Video Games' - cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier talks about how video games affect the human brain. It's not specifically Halo-related... but she talks a lot about shooters. Great watch! (Louis Wu 15:55:52 UTC) (permalink)

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I AM Video Games.
Spike has released a commercial for its Video Game Awards, coming up tomorrow night - it's pretty fun. And both Halo gameplay and the Master Chief make an appearance. Go watch! Thanks, IHaveIce. (Louis Wu 15:51:37 UTC) (permalink)

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See? Social Engineering Works.
Davis Beutler took a picture of a QR code at some point, and it won him a pretty cool (giant) poster, signed by 343's Josh Holmes. Nice! (Louis Wu 15:49:14 UTC) (permalink)

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Award Time in Halo Town
It's December, which means awards for a lot of gaming sites. Here's what we've seen in the past day:

Looks like people are liking what they're playing! (Louis Wu 15:47:54 UTC) (permalink)

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Custom Flood games introduce fun variations
The Halo Forge Epidemic has a couple of videos up on their YouTube stream that offer intriguing custom options to Halo 4 players - take a look and download the maps! Jurassic Park is a take on the Flood gametype - the map actually has self-driving vehicles on it! (Thanks, Tawpgun.) How they managed this isn't explained, but they DID say a tutorial would be coming. There's also a gametype that brings up memories of Slender Man - it's another Flood-based game, and apparently it's really, really scary. Check these out, and give 'em a try with your friends! (Louis Wu 15:32:49 UTC) (permalink)

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Solving technical problems with cleverness
Yesterday, we mentioned GrifballHub's Wednesday Night Grifbrawl coverage... along with a hint that an interesting presentation technique might be coming. If you missed the match live, it's up on their TwitchTV site right now (the actual game begins around 42 minutes in to the 2-hour archive) - and the technique they came up with for 'Spectator mode' is really, really clever. They put a Wraith under the court, held up by a gravity lift zone - it doesn't affect the gameplay at all (well, except for putting a wraith on the radar, but that's probably easily dealt with by the players), but the POV of the driver is actually at game height - so the Wraith can follow the action around the court as though it's another player! Love it. (Louis Wu 15:27:39 UTC) (permalink)

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Wednesday's news in brief:

Halo 4 Remix Contest Winners
Awakening... plus lights
Mid-Season Spartan Ops Hiatus?
Brawling your eyes out
The Fails of Requiem - Episode 1
Taking a closer look
BigTeamBattle.net Logo Contest
I was expecting Game of Thrones stuff.
Halo: CE in Minecraft
HaloGAF Debriefing: Ramirez
Look for specially marked needlers on Exile
Whoopin' Spartan Style
Shows What Forums Know
How Axis Put Their Spin On Halo
Glass-kicking Action
Consult Your Local Librarian for Availability

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


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