Halo - The 'Fails' of Reach - Episode 1

CruelLEGACEY writes:

Fails and wins from the first week of Halo: Reach.

CruelLEGACEY put together some clips that showcase some not so stellar decision making. Watch 'em, they're great.

"Here's the first episode of my new 'funtage' series: The Fails of Reach! A collection of my favorite moments playing Halo Reach. All clips were filmed by me over the past week. Enjoy!"

YouTube - Halo - The Fails of Reach - Episode 1 by CruelLEGACEY 

Halo: Reach 9/24/2010 9:21 AM PDT permalink

Reach: Grifball Evolved

ligit46 writes:

Who needs a DMR when you have a Hammer?

GrifballHub has been hard at work making sure your Grifball experience in Halo: Reach is extra good. Check it out.

"So, do you all remember that one thing back in Halo 3, where there was this orange guy and a bomb and some hammers?  It was called something like...Grifball.  Well, Grifball is back and better than ever.  The fine people over at grifballhub.com have been spending countless hours trying to make the first Grifball gametype for Reach.

YouTube - Reach: Grifball Evolved

Now, if you watch this video and are wondering to yourself, "How can I play some of these variants?".  Then all you have to do is keep an eye on this page, and see when the next "GRUNT" (Grifball in Reach Neighborhood Tournaments) is going to be held.  Or, you can sign you and a group of friends up here, to compete in a League made just for Reach Grifball. 

But you better hurry!  Signups begin on the 24th and end on October 1st.  League play will then begin on October 4th.  Until then, keep updated by checking grifballhub.com frequently.  And remember: If you see something orange, kill it."

Halo: Reach 9/24/2010 9:13 AM PDT permalink

Fire Team Zulu: Wayward Son

FyreWulff Rex writes:

Go on a tank rampage with Buck.

Trudgin' down the highway with Buck.. but you're not allowed to get in the hog! You must make your way through the level on the mongoose until you reach the Scorpion. Then you can let them have it!

This is the last week before we start Reach challenges on Fire Team Zulu. Got a Firefight gametype to challenge Halo players? We're accepting them!

Fire Team Zulu: Wayward Son

Halo 3: ODST 9/24/2010 9:02 AM PDT permalink

Bungie Humpday Challenge

Can one man singlehandedly drag a team down? Yes, yes he can.

Ok right out of the gate let's get one thing abundantly clear - team Bungie got whooped by team HBO because of ME. Regardless of any other half-truths or blurring of the lines found within this recap, that is one hard, cold fact that is certifiably undeniable. The only thing more painful than sucking it up in real-time last night was reliving the horror this morning while watching the saved films. Ouch.

So from the beginning, you already know the end. A point even more evident by the fact that I'm only recounting this match as a regular news story instead of a more grandiose "Top Story." Sorry, from hereon, Top Story status is reserved only for VICTORIOUS recaps, not shameful losses.

Still, there's a story in here somewhere that's worth telling, even if only to give props to the founder of Halo.Bungie.Org - "Louis Wu" - and the team he assembled consisting of an Xbox employee and two half-robot youngsters who allegedly help "moderate the forums."  Uh huh.

Since we viewed this as more of a friendly match with our community brethren, we decided to rest "Team Pwnyx" and bring in a slightly less hardcore group that Urk dubbed "Team Silver."  (sorry Joe & Luke, that's how Urk set this one up)  For the record, I was pretty up front in my concerns that I would personally best be placed on "Team Wood" or "Team Terracotta" rather than a hardened, forged metal.  Still, my history of Halo humpdays against Wu and HBO goes back years so it seemed only fitting that I get my hands dirty one last time. 

Game One: Team Slayer on Powerhouse
Tone: Embarrassing
Score: Bungie-23 / HBO-50

Before this match even started I already had a very bad feeling, "Hey guys, i see Cable is online, there's still time to get him and replace me!" 

A funny thing happens when the match begins. I completely freeze up. No, not my console, my nerves. The pressure and stress, it's suddenly too much. To date I've played a total of 3 or 4 Arena games. Hardcore competitive play isn't in my blood these days. I usually roll around in Big Team, Invasion or maybe some Multi-Team, a distant stranger to the finely honed team movement, team shooting and scientific call-outs that comprise a "real game" of Team Slayer.  It's almost as if I've been playing a completely different game the past few weeks.

I believe I can fly... I believe I can touch the sky... Oh yeah, they can fly too. And they have Rockets.

"Two at Elbow!" Urk cries out. What the hell is "Elbow"? Is that the walkway connecting the Hammer Room to the Shower building? Hmm yeah, i shouldn't have come, I'm definitely endangering the mission.  I'm in way over my head. "Umm guys, I see a blue guy with the Hammer at Crotch! No wait, make that Armpit! KP is one-shot at Taint!"  Ugh.

Armor Lock protected against the first swing... but not the second.

The game started off decent enough, I think we actually got to the Rockets first. But things quickly got out of hand with HBO playing a very well orchestrated game, sticking together and playing as a single collective MLG-like being. Team Bungie just couldn't catch a break. I swear every time I'd spawn it'd be me on side of the map, with all four members of team HBO, while my three teammates were a kilometer away working on a secret strategy for a comeback.  

Ugh I think I'm gonna be sick...

New001 and Froman are generally some of the better players we have at the studio but both are coming off some vacation and both are pretty rusty. Now clearly my -11 K/D didn't do much to help us out but our entire team went negative, getting off to a really rocky start. No real excuses for this one - just sloppy play and a lack of general teammwork and coordination got us spanked, bad.

Game Two: Team Slayer on The Cage
Tone: Redeeming
Score: Bungie-50 / HBO-40

After the sting and wake-up call of the first game, Team Bungie dug deep to try and rally and turn the series around. Tung imparted these words of wisdom on me, "Sketch, just don't die." All I could do was pray I put up something better than -11 and thankfully, I did just that. 

Not pictured: Ske7ch - who is off dying to the Blue Team

Jet Packs are generally the way to go on The Cage and our load-out choice served the team well. I think Froman rocked Armor Lock here and there but for the most part, this match was all about the "Pull" and "Firebird" medals for both teams. 

Here's an example of a typical situation I repeatedly found myself in... Not the best odds.

Most of the match seemed to be dictated by whatever team could control the high walkway (another "elbow"?) or the small center structure. There was passing success to be found in the Tower but generally anyone who spent too much time in there got flushed out soon enough. The Sniper Rifle came into play whenever it was up and both teams had some impressive mid-air shots to write home about. 

Froman is a split second too late to save me but he did extract revenge

It was an incredibly stressful game but ultimately we managed to squeak by with the win and our entire team went positive. Froman and Tung got warmed up. Urk was steady. Me, I put up a massive +1, a huge leap over my previous outing. We also found out that Louis Wu apparently has a weakness for falling off of elevated maps. If only we'd kept that in mind as we chose the third and final game...

Game Three: Elite Slayer on Countdown
Tone: Disappointing
Score: Bungie-45 / HBO-50

So after two games we were all tied up, 1-1. It would all come down to "Dino" slayer on Countdown. As the start timer was ticking down, I hear one last edict from Tung: "Sketch, pick Active Camo and just go hide somewhere and assassinate people." In retrospect, had I listened, that probably would've resulted in a different outcome.

Time for some hot cross-map action right out of the gate. 

The game actually started off pretty strong for both teams with the lead seemingly changing hands with each passing minute. HBO did a great job once again of coordinating and sticking together, ensuring that every encounter had at least two (if not three or four) battle bros on a target. 

The pink Unicorn Horn kind of clashes with my flaming skull

And once again I just could not catch a break. At every respawn I seemed to be alone or would run right as my entire team ran left, coming around  a corner to find the entire Blue Team waiting. My team anticipation and sixth sense was nowhere to be found and as I sank deeper into a slump my team communication all but ceased. Red and Blue were battling it out pretty closely up to about the 30-30 mark and then things started to go awry for Bungie. 

The Sword put a fast hurtin' on the scoreboard on a few occasions

Once HBO got to around 40 things were looking pretty bleak. I tried to just cloak and hide in a corner, heeding Joe's advice, but it was too little too late. Bungie did make a small comeback once I stopped dying but HBO was already too far ahead and shut it down with a healthy 5-point margin. Me, I managed to pull a -10 and singlehandedly spell defeat for Team Bungie.  

Joe Tung perhaps summed it up best, "I hate losing." 

And there you have it, my first Reach humpday and arguably, my last. Not because I can't take losing (just search the site and you'll see dozens of humpday losses in my past) but because I finally realized my problem today as I was putting together this recap. You see, playing in these matches puts me into a very difficult position. One that conflicts me deeply. 

One one hand I'm playing to represent Bungie and to trying and help my team to victory while having fun. On the other hand, it's my job as the community guy to foster and nourish relationships with our community and support our fans wherever I can. Subconsciously this registers in my brain every split second before I'm about to pull the trigger on someone like Louis Wu, who has single handedly run and built up the largest Halo online community in the world for the past decade. How could I turn my gun on someone like that, someone who is getting on in years, someone who has given so much to Bungie for so long... Yeah, I can't, and I didn't. Deep down, I threw this match because that's how much I care about our community. It's more important to me that our fans have fun than it is for Tung and Froman to protect their win percentage.  

And that is why I must remove myself from any future humpday battles. I'll be on the sidelines, talking smack, ridiculing our SRS PROZ who live and breathe by their Arena status but all the while I'll keep secretly rooting for you, our awesome fans.  Team Terracotta's loss is our community's victory.

And, for the record, Team Pwnyx remains undefeated and ready for their next challenge. 

NEXT WEEK:  Urk's assembled Bungie Team vs. The Bungie.net Forum Ninjas! This time, it's personal.

Halo: Reach 9/23/2010 11:07 AM PDT permalink

Elites Easily Distracted

Follow along, from left to right.

It's all fun and games until the Spartans show up to spoil everything.

Plenty more where this came from. Check out all our Rendered Films in our Halo: Reach File Search page.

Halo: Reach 9/23/2010 9:09 AM PDT permalink

Views from the Edge

Story spoilers in all their panoramic splendor.

HBO's BlueNinja took some sweeping panoramic shots in Halo: Reach. Since he's so polite, he's also marked some as spoilers so you know which ones you can and can't click. Click the link below to get eyes on.

Views from Reach

CommunityHalo: Reach 9/23/2010 9:06 AM PDT permalink

One Moa Saves All of Mankind

Halostar11 writes:

Massive story breaking spoilers inside.

Honor and sacrifice. Courage on the brink of destruction.

"The Moa is better than all of Noble Team combined. Let me explain. You see, the Moa saved Noble Six's life. If you don't understand what I mean, then watch the video and you will know exactly what I am talking about. This Moa has actually indirectly killed the Prophets, 343 Guilty Spark, Tartarus, and destroyed all the Halos. This Moa deserves a medal."

YouTube - Mr Fizzl's Moa Saves Noble Six

Halo: Reach 9/23/2010 8:56 AM PDT permalink

Forge World Cannon

Scapegoat413 writes:

I'm a leaf on the wind!

A different kind of jump program.

"A vehicle cannon that harnesses the power of gravity to launch you from one side on Forge World to the other. Watch how I soar.

YouTube - Hog Cannon

If you want to give it a shot, you'll need Accelatron VFW. You should also know that it's best to fire it up in Forge, and only the host can drive the vehicles. If you want a friend with you at the end, he can ride in the passenger seat."

Halo: Reach 9/23/2010 8:51 AM PDT permalink

Ten Years of Keeping People Working at Bungie

Return of Noguchi.

Senior Programmer Mat Noguchi speaks out on life, love, and ten years of working with tools at Bungie. In this talk, produced for Gamesauce
in 2010, Noguchi covers one of Bungie’s critical engine components – the tag system. He also swears. A lot.

Ten Years of Keeping People Working at Bungie

Publications 9/22/2010 11:53 AM PDT permalink

Halo: Reach - Storm the Beach

Stewie2552 writes:

Grab the beachhead, take the base, steal the objective, run like hell.

Looks like Stewie2552 read our Invasion Forge guide. There are links below to download his Invasion Map and Game Variant. If you're not convinced, check out the footage he supplied below. Looks like fun!

"This is a video created using our custom game footage from our new game type and map called 'Storm the Beach on The Beach.'  (Original right?)  Using some fancy angles and vantage points, it clearly depicts the whole objective of this game.  Hope you enjoy! "

Bungie.net - Storm the Beach

Invasion Game Type

YouTube - Storm the Beach

Halo: Reach 9/22/2010 9:12 AM PDT permalink

Top 10 Halo Reach Amazing Kills: Ep 1

Anoj writes:


Hey everyone it's Anoj with the first episode of the Halo Reach Top 10 countdowns.  This episode, Amazing Kills, is aimed at encompassing a wide variety of Reach goodness so sit back, get some popcorn, and enjoy the video!

YouTube - Halo Reach: Top 10 Amazing Kills: Episode 1 by Anoj

To get your clip featured, go to Top10Series.com and click on "Submit a Video."  Episodes that are currently accepting submissions are Episode 2: WTF Moments, Episode 3: Multikills, and Episode 4: Snipes.

Halo: Reach 9/22/2010 9:04 AM PDT permalink

First Halo: Reach Montage

TheHaloForum com writes:

One minute and seventeen seconds of Halo: Reach action.

Not sure if this is, in fact, the first Halo: Reach montage, but who cares? It's sweet. Check it out.

"Inflict, the first Halo Reach Montage. Edited by Markurs. About five hours of gameplay from 75 games total. Great first montage, great start. Hope you enjoy."

Click Here for Full HD Version

Courtesy of TheHaloForum.com (Former Halo3Forum.com)

Halo: Reach 9/21/2010 1:47 PM PDT permalink

Arby 'n' the Chief (and More)

Get caught up.

While we've been busy prepping for launch, JonCJG has been steadily churning out episodes of his two machinima shows. If you missed out, HBO has you covered with links to the latest trio of Arby 'n' the Chief and One Life Remaining.

OLR, ANTC (Acronyms FTW)

Community 9/21/2010 10:06 AM PDT permalink

Forge World Golf Shot

Greenskull RUL writes:

Hole in one!

Goofy pants not required.

"You know how in mini-putt every now and then someone will make an insane shot that bounces all over the place and ends up as a hole in one? That's exactly what Greenskull did. Hitting a golf ball across Forge World via the use of a club, some man cannons, mines, and ramps, this is a golf shot that deserves a replay."

YouTube - Halo: Reach Forge World Hole in One

Halo: Reach 9/21/2010 10:03 AM PDT permalink

100 Ways to Die in Reach

NewScapePro writes:

I've mastered them all!

Everyday our scientists are investigation new ways to expedite your expiration on Reach.

"Cory Carter of NewScapePro brings another installment of his 100 Ways to Die Series"

YouTube - 100 Ways to Die in Halo: Reach

Halo: Reach 9/21/2010 10:01 AM PDT permalink

Tied the Leader: Keep Your Friends Close

DeeJ writes:

An open letter to all the new faces.

Looking to link up with like-minded players? Look no further.

"Community drives this game.  If you are operating with an empty friends list, you have your work cut out for you.  Fortunately, there are hundreds of outlets that would love to make the acquaintance of a gamer who play the game the way it was meant to be played."

Tied the Leader: Keep Your Friends Close

Halo: Reach 9/21/2010 9:56 AM PDT permalink

Welcome to the Arena

Spartans...prepare for glory!

Read Full Top Story

Game GuideHalo: Reach 9/20/2010 4:59 PM PDT

Tag and Release - Elite

Back and better than ever.

Unless you're playing Halo: Reach on Legendary, you're likely already celebrating the return of our worthy adversaries, the Covenant Elite. But not only are they more combat effective than ever before, they're also a sight to behold. Below you'll find a small collection of files we culled from our Halo: Reach File Search feature. (Images marked "Classified" will lead you to campaign spoilers. Click at your own risk.)

Tag: Elite

High Contrast

Up Close and Personal

What did the five fingers say to the face?

Up in Arms

Light and Shadow

Dead or Alive

Of course, Elites aren't the only thing invading Reach. You can find more screenshots, map and game variants, and film clips by checking into the File Search section of Bungie.net. Upload your own files right from the in game File Browser. Just make sure you're sending them to your File Share and tagging them with the right keywords, so everybody can find them and feast upon your greatness.

Halo: Reach File Search

Halo: Reach 9/20/2010 10:25 AM PDT permalink

'The Gym' - Halo: Reach Obstacle Course

Get fit.

Schooly D puts your Halo: Reach skills to the test.

The Gym: A Map for Training

Community 9/20/2010 9:26 AM PDT permalink

Behind the Music of Halo: Reach

FunkyHum24n writes:

He writes the songs.

I gotta have more cowbell.

Behind the Music of Halo: Reach

Halo: Reach 9/20/2010 9:24 AM PDT permalink

Teabag Prevention is Back!

jake_108 writes:

Keep that enemy crotch out of your face.

After a hiatus, Teabag Prevention is back with Halo: Reach tips for the community! This week focuses on strategies to help players progress through campaign with three other buddies.

"Well boys, girls and goblins, Halo: Reach is officially here. I had to change clothes when I got home with it too. And with the amount of options, gametypes, maps, and everything else, I can assure you Teabag
Prevention will be here for a while. Now, without further ado, our first official Reach article! This article will feature tips on how to survive campaign set on Legendary with your buddies!"

How to Play Reach on Legendary with Friends

Halo: Reach 9/20/2010 9:20 AM PDT permalink

Halo: Reach Mythbusters: Episode One

BjG93 writes:

New dog, old tricks.

Defend the House comes home with episode one of Halo: Reach Mythbusters.

"We are proud to present the first episode of our new series, Halo: Reach Mythbusters. We hope you enjoy!"

YouTube - Halo Reach Mythbusters: Episode 1

Halo: Reach 9/20/2010 9:16 AM PDT permalink

Grifball Supports Child's Play!

goosechecka85 writes:

Signed Halo merchandise for a great charity.

Buy yourself something nice in support of a great cause.

"GrifballHub.com has put a Noble 6 action figure signed by 13 members of the Bungie staff and a copy of Red vs Blue: Recollection signed by 4 members of the Rooster Teeth cast up for auction. 100% of proceeds from the auctions will go to benefit the Child's Play Charity.

To bid on the Red vs Blue DVD, click here.
(Auction ends September 26th, at 9:46 p.m. EST)

To bid on the Noble 6 action figure, click here.
(Auction ends September 26th, at 9:42 p.m. EST)

For more information about the auctions and the Grifball team that inspired them, click here."

Community 9/20/2010 9:13 AM PDT permalink

'Day One' - Webcomic

Adam Susskind writes:

Now with more snow!

Looks like Adam's a bit too busy to pen a missive this week. Instead, you only get the links.

"Hey now,

I guess no one really has any time to chat anymore so I'll cut to the chase here.

Part 11 is out: Episode 11.

If you missed it, here's: Episode 1. Peace out folks. Enjoy Reach, I know I am.

-Adam Susskind (Blue Shift Creations)"

Halo 3 9/20/2010 9:08 AM PDT permalink