Missed PAX? No Problem.

RogueDarkJedi writes:

Win a big bag of PAX swag!

If you didn't get a chance to make it out to PAX this year, A Match Made in Halo has you covered on the swag front.  They've got a whole pile of stuff from all sorts of titles, including some sweet Halo swag. Snagging a chance to win is easy.  Just drop by their website using the link below and leave a comment.  Pics provided at the jump.

"A Match Made in Halo is giving away their bag of PAX swag to one lucky commenter on their blog.

The pack includes:

Toy Soldiers T-shirt: Large
Pack of Brutal Legend Decals
Brutal Legend Zipper Pull
Brutal Legend Patch
Master Chief Dogtag
Halo 3: ODST Superintendent Pins
Dragon Age Blow-up Sword
Scrap Metal Toy Car
The Saboteur Pin
Shaiya PC Demo
Frobots PC Demo

To enter, simply answer one of the three ODST related questions by leaving a comment here.

Good Luck!"

Community 10/2/2009 10:15 AM PDT permalink

Paralysis - A Halo 3 Montage


"Caution! Spinal cord injuries ahead."

Need a montage?  Halo3montage.com and Paralysis have you covered.  Tons of flavors and formats, all featuring the same sweet gameplay.

"Halo3montage.com presents Dedication. A Halo 3 montage by Hazmat v2 starring Paralysis. Available in HD and streaming formats."

Halo 3 Montage - Paralysis

Halo 3 10/2/2009 10:11 AM PDT permalink

HaloCharts.com's New Challenge


HaloCharts.com wants to make your October a bit more sticky.  They also want to hand out some prizes.  Rules and link below.

"A month long challenge. Any ranked list. Total accumulated grenade sticks. A cool final prize.

The rules are simple...
1. Register by submitting your GamerTag via the button below
2. Play in any RANKED Play List
3. Aim and throw!
4. Player to accumulate the most Grenade Stick! medals during the month of October wins.

Key Points
- Registration is open until 10/24/2009
- All Prizes to be announced later
- As always, attempts to cheat will handled appropriately"

Halocharts Sticktoberfest

Halo 3 10/2/2009 9:05 AM PDT permalink

The Greatest Halo Player

Get inside the helmet.

Hawty McBloggy has a documentary up chronicling some of the best Halo 3 play you're likely to ever witness.  Even better it comes paired with player commentary so you can see exactly why he's making the right decisions.  This video (and one other) have been running in MLG's Gameroom for a little while now, but if you're looking for the YouTube flavor, you're wait is now over.

And yeah, it's a joke.  Don't make a thread about it.

Inside the Mind of the Greatest Halo 3 Player

Halo 3 10/2/2009 9:02 AM PDT permalink

Halo 3: ODST Panoramas

DRHALOJR writes:

Sweet screens with a side of spoilers.

As the subject suggests, if you haven't played through ODST's campaign, you shouldn't check these out.  They contain spoilers.  Otherwise, you're good to go.  Give 'em a look.

"I've created some awesome Halo 3: ODST Panoramics, visit my flickr stream to see them. Leave comments please!"

Symbiotic Storm's Panoramic Halo 3: ODST Screenshots

Halo 3: ODST 10/2/2009 9:00 AM PDT permalink

Black Water Ops Forge Contest

BWO Prodigy writes:

Have some fun, win some prizes.

Time to break out your hammer and nails, we are having a forging contest! That's right Halo 3 community and fellow BWO members, its time to see what you guys can make with the new Halo 3 MMP2 maps!

The rules are simple...

1) You can only Forge on the new Halo 3 MMP2 maps, Heretic, Citadel, and Longshore
2) It has to be a playable map that could possibly be used in Matchmaking
3) Only ONE MAP SUBMISSION PER PERSON, which means you better spend all your budget on this one map!
4) Have fun and let the nails start a flying!

The prizes for the top five maps are as follows...

1) Either a 1600 Point card or 3 month Xbox LIVE Gold card and custom avatar on BWO.net
2) One month Xbox LIVE Gold card and custom avatar on BWO.net
3) 5,000 Exp points in the BWO UNSC Armory
4) 2,500 Exp points in the BWO UNSC Armory
5) 1,500 Exp points in the BWO UNSC Armory

And for those of you new to the BWO website, please use Miss Magoo as your referral or use the link at the bottom of the BWO Contest page labeled, Miss Magoo Referral Link.

Black Water Ops Forge Contest

Halo 3 10/2/2009 8:58 AM PDT permalink

Reclaimer 221 - Encounter

Rav Raider writes:

Dodge ball - with weapons and fire.

Reclaimer has returned today, but the question is, will he be back again? Just in case, you should check it out.  Might be his send off!

Reclaimer 221 - Encounter

Halo 3 10/2/2009 8:57 AM PDT permalink

Breaking In - Mike Hoffman

Mike Hoffman helps you stand out in the crowd.

Read Full Top Story

Inside BungieCareersBreaking In 10/1/2009 6:26 PM PDT

Mythic Brawl is Online Now

Square off for twice the EXP, Mythic style!

Fight your way to the top in this Big FFA playlist, featuring Heroic and Legendary DLC

Category: Double EXP Weekend
12 Player Free For All
Max Party Size: 1
Halo 3: Mythic disk required
Updated 9/28/2009


  • Brawl Slayer (54%) - 25 kills to win. Battle Rifle starts with Assault Rifle secondary. 12 minute match time limit.
  • Shotty Snipers (7%, Skipped after veto) - 20 kills to win. Sniper Rifle spawns with Shotgun secondary weapon. Infinite ammo enabled. Map traits: No weapons, Mongooses only. 12 minute match time limit.
  • Brawl Rockets (13%) - 20 kills to win. Rocket Launcher primaries. Infinite ammo enabled. Map traits: No weapons, Mongooses only. 12 minute match time limit.
  • Brawl Mosh Pit (9%) - King of the Hill, 150 points to win. Assault Rifle starts. Hill Traits: Random movement every minute, players in hill have 2x Overshields and 200% Shield Recharge Rate. 12 minute match time limit.
  • Brawl Laser Tag (11%) - 15 kills to win. Spartan Laser starts with Sniper Rifle secondary. 12 minute match time limit.
  • Brawl Snipers (6%) - 15 kills to win. Sniper Rifle starts with Magnum secondary. 12 minute match time limit.


  • Sandtrap (FFA) - Tweaked for FFA play.
  • Rat's Nest (Default) - REQUIRED. Part of the Heroic Map Pack.
  • Standoff (Default) -  REQUIRED. Part of the Heroic Map Pack.
  • Ghost Town (Default) - REQUIRED. Part of the Legendary Map Pack.
  • Avalanche (Default) - REQUIRED. Part of the Legendary Map Pack.
  • Assembly (Default) - REQUIRED. Part of the Mythic Map Pack.
  • Orbital (Default) - REQUIRED. Part of the Mythic Map Pack.
  • Sandbox (Default) - REQUIRED. Part of the Mythic Map Pack.
  • Longshore (Default) - REQUIRED. Available on Halo 3:  Mythic.

Playlists 10/1/2009 11:36 AM PDT permalink

Ready Up Live ODSTee Contest

Greenskull360 writes:

Enter to win a copy of ODST and a tee shirt.

Ready Up Live's running a Halo 3: ODST contest.  If you enter and win, you'll score a copy of the game and a pretty exclusive t-shirt.  Read the brief description and head over to the site for details and pics of the prizes.

"Everyone is different. Some people just want to play games alone. Some people want to play games with only their closest friends. Some people want to play games online and nothing more. If these descriptions fit you, close the page now. To win this contest you need to prove your community dedication.

Hit the jump below to enter! Good luck!"

Ready Up Live ODSTee Contest

Community 10/1/2009 10:00 AM PDT permalink

Clantac Fall/Winter Season 2009

ESI IneptTrigger writes:

New season. New stuff in store.

The fine players over at Clantacular.com are kicking off the new season.  To make sure it begins with a bang, they've got all kinds on new content to help you get right back into the mix.  Check it out.

"Clantacular.com is making its comeback with the new Fall/Winter season, Clantac Top 10 series, Clantac Screenshot of the Week, and Clantac Signature of the Month.

New Clantac Gametypes and Maps are almost complete. We have recently started up Beyond The Ring which is Clantac's Blog. A couple new tourneys are being set up with real prizes as well. Clantacular.com has been supporting ranked Halo clan matches since Halo 2. So come and join in on the fun on the most played Xbox Live Game, Halo 3."

Community 10/1/2009 9:57 AM PDT permalink

Facility B5D Firefight Fridays

dohc teck writes:

Get your Friday Firefightin' on.

If you're looking to start your weekend off right with a whole lot of Firefight, you may want to check in with Facility B5D.  They're looking for squad mates.  They've also got a ton of other stuff to check out at their web space. Read the write-up and hit the jumps below for more details.

"B5D Firefight Friday's. Yes you read correctly, Facility B5D will be hosting Firefight Friday's. If you are a Firefight lover just like we are you have come to the right place. So, if you have some time and want to go into the blaze face first head on over to Facility B5D."

Facility B5D Firefight Friday's

Halo 3: ODST 10/1/2009 9:53 AM PDT permalink

Blast from the Not So Distant Past

HaloGuru13 writes:

Unforgotten in 16-bit.

A little bit retro, but that's okay.  If you didn't hear this gem the first time, here's another chance.  If you're looking for more takes on the Halo soundtracks done up in 16-bit glory, there are plenty of offerings in the related videos.  Sidebar after the jump has links to the sheet music if you want to give it a go yourself.

"A YouTube user named Digihero recreated the Halo 3 song in Mario Paint Composer."

YouTube - Unforgotten

Community 10/1/2009 9:46 AM PDT permalink

Community Killionaire Montage

DaDirtyBubble writes:

Piling up the kills.

This community collection of clips highlights, you guessed it, the Killionaire.  Shot in HD and featuring a pretty wide variety of game types, if you're into the shiny medals, you should give it a watch.

YouTube - Halo 3 Community Killionaire Montage

Halo 3 10/1/2009 9:14 AM PDT permalink

Halo 3 Splatter Montage 4: Hoedown Rodeo

Stewie2552 writes:

Strap it down for another Halo 3 splatter montage.

Funny Halo 3 Productions cued up some more classically styled music.  Then they got their splatter on.  If you want to see the end result, all you gotta do is click.

"Splatter-tage from funny Halo 3 Productions is BACK! This with Hoedown From Rodeo! This cool TV theme makes a good splatter theme too. Suggested by you the watchers and subscribers. We could not make these videos without your submissions, THANK YOU!"

YouTube - Splattertage 4!

Halo 3 10/1/2009 9:10 AM PDT permalink

H3WM's YouTube Pitstop

ki11akobe24 writes:

See how these wheelmen roll.

The H3wheelmen are still going strong and to prove it, they've got a whole pile of vehicle-centric videos up and running in their new YouTube channel.  If you'd rather be driving a Warthog, you should probably tune in.  Details and links inline below.

"H3wheelmen is proud to present its new and revamped YouTube page. To kick things off we created a short promo video about how we roll and what it is to be a wheelmen."

H3WM Promo Video

"Don't forget to check in on "Retro Wednesdays" where we bring back older videos that we feel deserve to be in the spotlight again. Also check out our playlist to see our community clips, member channels, and montages."


Halo 3 10/1/2009 9:06 AM PDT permalink

TeamXbox Goes Behind the Scenes

Crafting "We Are ODST."

There's already been a short look at the making of "We Are ODST," but if you're looking to get a little more in-depth, TeamXbox has a new video on offer.  It's even got a small sequence you probably haven't seen.  Hit the jump to check it out.

"The video features interviews with some of the creative forces who helped craft the short, including Alan Scott of Legacy Effects and Ryan Crosby of Microsoft Game Studios. The video takes viewers on location to the gritty, industrial sites where the short was filmed, including a cooling tower of an active nuclear power plant and a Hungarian strip mine.

As a special treat, the video also features an action sequence that was cut from the final version of short."

Halo 3: ODST Live-Action Short Behind the Scenes

Halo 3: ODST 9/30/2009 12:45 PM PDT permalink

Community Spotlight - Team BackFire

Running on all cylinders.

Team BackFire drifts into the community spotlight this week.  They're a home grown group of just over a thousand members born out of a love of Halo 3 screenshots.  They've branched out now though, and they tackle a whole lot more than just pretty pictures.  If you want to find out who they are and what they do, they're revved and ready to sound off.  Here's what they had to say for themselves:

"Team BackFire was created on July 30th, 2008 by whitesoxrule. It was, at first, not a group that was expected to go anywhere but once we got our first few reliable members, the recruiting started and right away we found a common interest...screenshots. Since then, Team BackFire has grown into a group not only for custom content (although we do love to see your creations), but it has evolved into a group for almost all appropriate and appealing topics.

From day one we've have done our best to maintain respect and order amongst our members; we ensure that no member feels left out when posting and that they are not criticized for posting what is on their mind. Team BackFire promotes a safe environment for any member to go and share in what the community has to offer.

Team BackFire is always kept up to date on the latest news and activities. TBF also has a continuous amount of montages and contests that any member can enter into. Although our contests usually hold no prizes, other than a promotion, we do offer up Microsoft Points and Xbox LIVE Gold memberships from time to time. We also like to host Humpdays for fun and arrange other activities with other groups. (So if you are a challenger that is up for some awesome fun, message whitesoxrule).

A large majority of our members take pride in the artwork they create using Halo 3, whether it be a map, screenshot, or the art of war in Halo 3's matchmaking. We also like to encourage the creation of such content and hold many contests to fill the needs of our fellow artists. Some members even go further and customize their content using Photoshop.

Q. What are some of Team BackFire's favorite maps?

A. Well, I would say that my favorite map for matchmaking is actually The Pit. I like how its symmetrical, it doesn’t really give either side of the map an advantage over the other, it keeps things a bit more. . .fun? I like a good fight for the rockets and The Pit allows for that. (Call me a noob, but I love seeing my opponents obliterated in a cloud of flames and smoke.)

My favorite map for custom games has gotta be Sandbox. The endless amount of racetracks, zombie games, and the sand between your toes. It’s all good.

Q. And your favorite Game Variants?

A. Two of my favorite are Team Snipers and Team SWAT. I’m not saying I’m the best at either of the games, but it’s always fun to just go and play.

Q. What would you like to see show up in Matchmaking that isn’t there today?

A. This question brings me to one of the past updates. I recall something about the Sniper going mid to short range. Hmm? Where is this part of that update? I don’t know about you, Urk, but I can feel a noobtacular coming along and it feels pretty good.

I do think that more user created maps should be seen more often in matchmaking. Eh, maybe a social racing playlist as well? That would be pretty interesting.

Hate to race off, but week one of Team BackFire's community spotlight just came to a close.  If you want to catch up with 'em, you should check out their current batch of offerings inside of Bungie Favorites.  And if you want to talk about anything you've read here today, hit the discussion link attached or drop into their private forum right here at Bungie.net.

CommunitySpotlight 9/30/2009 11:38 AM PDT permalink

Halo 3: ODST: Crime Scene Investigation


Ctrl+Alt+Del has a Halo 3: ODST themed webcomic up this week.  If you haven't played through the first mission of ODST, this could be a minor spoiler for you.  Everyone else, hit the jump and check it out.


Halo 3: ODST 9/30/2009 9:57 AM PDT permalink

Brute Pimpin' Ain't Easy

But it is pretty stinkin' funny.

Kibbles over at The Gaf seems to have come across the Brute Pimp we told you we killed off way back in January.  Turns out this animal's just a little bit different.  Ours didn't load out with any weapons while this bloke clearly still has his cane strapped to his back.  He does seem to feature the very same strut and slap though.

YouTube - Halo 3: ODST Brute Pimp

Halo 3: ODST 9/30/2009 9:47 AM PDT permalink

Détresse - Halo 3 Machinima

Silence is the same in any language.

HBO linked to this French machinima this morning.  He says it's probably the best video he's ever laid eyes on.  Made him cry.  Personally, I have no idea what's going on.  Shots are pretty nice though.

YouTube - [Machinima] Détresse

Halo 3 9/30/2009 9:43 AM PDT permalink

HaloContest's September 09 Montage

Community clips for cash and prizes.

Halo Contest collected a bunch of user submitted content.  They've got a montage highlighting the best of.  You should watch it.  If you want, you should submit your own stuff for considerations.  You might win stuff (but it won't be cash).

Halo Contest

Thanks to HBO for the tip.

Halo 3 9/30/2009 9:38 AM PDT permalink

IGN: Halo 3: ODST Soundtrack Review

"Bungie's sci-fi shooter never sounded so good."

IGN's editors got ears on the Halo 3: ODST Original Soundtrack.  They're ready to drop the review.  You've probably already heard the tracks by way of your play through of Halo 3: ODST, but does the music stand up on it's own?  If you read the subject line (or snagged a copy of the soundtrack yourself), you already know.  Still, why not click the link below and get your read on?

Halo 3: ODST Original Soundtrack Review

Halo 3: ODST 9/30/2009 9:26 AM PDT permalink

Chronicles of ODS Steve #42

Where is Sarge?

Log into the system using your super secret password and check out the latest episode of Chronicles of ODS Steve.

Chronicles of ODS Steve: Where Is Sarge? (#42)

CommunityHalo 3: ODST 9/30/2009 9:07 AM PDT permalink

Zoxin It Up! LIVE - October Edition

Zoxin1 writes:

Expect to see hosts in costumes.

Zoxin' It Up! LIVE wants you to clear your calendar for their October show.  You have a month to make room.  Details below.

"Episode 6 of Zoxin It Up! LIVE is now scheduled to take place on October 30th @ 9:00pm EST! We'll be interviewing and talking with some awesome staff members of HaloTech! Mark your calenders! Remember that we'll be giving away prizes to everyone who watches it LIVE!"

Community 9/30/2009 9:07 AM PDT permalink