Bungie Weekly Update: 02/25/2011

Flying too close to the sun on wings slathered in hot sauce.

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Halo: Reach 2/25/2011 2:44 PM PST

HaloCharts Halo: Reach Player Comparisons

Back up your braggadocio with empirical evidence.

Interested in seeing how you stack up against your friends? Think you could hold your own against a Pro? Well, the Halo Reach Player Comparison Generator can provide you with an in-depth look at how you compare across a ton of key stats in Matchmaking, Campaign and Firefight. Type in gamertags of players you'd like to compare and you'll instantly get back a stat set with highlights showing who is the best (or worst) in a particular stat. Now when you talk trash in the pre-game lobby you can back it up!


Halo: Reach 2/25/2011 9:19 AM PST permalink

Tyrant's Reach Mythic Guide: The Pillar of Autumn

Louis Wu writes:

This level has it all!

Brute Chieftans, Elite Zealots, a Field Marshall... and a Covie ShipKiller.

More and more people are trying out Mythic Difficulty - Solo, Legendary, All Skulls On - because the Weekly Challenges are starting to include campaign chapters at this level. Tyrant's the guy who's gonna get you through - and his latest release shows you how to beat The Pillar of Autumn, one of the longest and most complicated levels in Reach. Follow his guide and you'll get a leg up on the most devious Covenant - in some cases, you'll even find ways to avoid them altogether! He can't take your shots for you, or dodge those Fuel Rod blasts... but he can show you where to be to make the most of the tools you've got. The text for this level took up 12 pages in a Word document. The 16 videos were culled from a 50-minute run, and include voice-over commentary that will point out the most important parts of what you're watching. Check out the guide - then go beat the level!

Halo: Reach 2/25/2011 9:17 AM PST permalink

Fire Team Zulu: ThunderKat

FyreWulff Rex writes:

Now it's time for some international love.

Another weekly Reach challenge, another contest, only this time it's open to international players! Try your luck with "ThunderKat", before 11:00pm PST on Sunday, March 6th and you'll be entered into a drawing for a 3 month Xbox Live gold time card. The challenge is an easy difficulty thrill ride through ONI Sword Base, pitting players against the effects of a looming thunderstorm, whether that be downed radars, unavailable air strikes, malfunctioning homing weapons, or just a frenzied cluster of enemy explosions... and yes, the thunderstorm skull is on for flavour. We want this one to be open to EVERYONE given its fresh international eligibility, so no legendary shenanigans this week. Just remember, you've only got a half hour to complete this challenge, so budgeting time and kills will be key to your success.

Once again, residents of countries that are not the United States or Canada are eligible for the prize. US and Canadian residents should enter the still open "Cemetery Chill" for their chance at 1600MSP.

Fire Team Zulu: ThunderKat

Halo: Reach 2/25/2011 9:17 AM PST permalink

Reclaimer: Cat and Mouse

Silent Vandal writes:

It's all fun and games until there's blood on floor.

Today's edition of Reclaimer involves armor abilities, taunting, and fleeing. It's not exactly clear who has the upper hand, though plenty of fireworks are in the making.

Reclaimer: Cat and Mouse

Community 2/25/2011 9:15 AM PST permalink

Teabag Prevention Presents - Reflection!

jake_108 writes:

Take a look in the mirror.

Ivory Tower... er... Reflection offers three levels of shooting each other on. Between firefights by lifts, or races to the Rocket spawn, may I suggest you make acquaintances with the resident fishes that witness the atrocities you commit. Already have you say? Well, they were my friends first.

Read on!

Halo: Reach 2/25/2011 9:14 AM PST permalink

Live Your Life - A Halo: Reach Montage

Gear61 Owns writes:

And the joke is on you.

Kick your Friday off with a little slice of morning montage.

"This is a Halo: Reach montage/funtage from Salaya entitled, 'Live Your Life.' The amount of originality in the gameplay is just incredible, featuring lots of very interesting maneuvering for nice assassinations. The gameplay also features its share of sick multikills, showcasing a nice 2 for 1 spawn snipe on Asylum along with a couple sweet overkills. As for the editing, I really liked it as well. The editing is there, syncing enough of the footage to establish a basic flow, only using a collection of fairly basic techniques to preserve the impact of the gameplay. I also thought the soundtrack very nicely completed the relaxed feel this montage has. Enjoy!"

YouTube - Live Your Life - A Halo: Reach Montage

Halo: Reach 2/25/2011 9:14 AM PST permalink

Huge Reach-themed giveaway at Marissa's Bunny

Five ways to win!

HBO tipped us off to a great giveaway in support of an even greater cause. If you're into lending a helping hand, or you just want to win some handsome prizes, hit the link below to get all the details. There's an Xbox 360 and $500 up for grabs!

Huge Reach-themed giveaway at Marissa's Bunny

Community 2/24/2011 10:06 AM PST permalink

Brute Force - A Halo: Reach Trick Jumping Video

Gear61 Owns writes:

Do you have what it takes?

Learn from the master. Put yourself to the test.

"This is a Halo: Reach trick jumping video from Maluu of Jump Tactics entitled, 'Brute Force.' I've always been a fan of trick jumping, so I'm glad to see its return in Halo: Reach. In this video, Maluu shows off his sick trick jumping skills on his new map which requires the Concussion Rifle. If you want to have a go at this for yourself, check out the links below. Enjoy!"

Original thread: http://highimpacthalo.org/forum/showthread.php?t=59358

Map and Gametype: http://www.bungie.net/Stats/Reach/FileShare.aspx?player=DJ%20Maluu

YouTube - Brute Force - A Halo: Reach Trick Jumping Montage

Halo: Reach 2/24/2011 10:02 AM PST permalink

IGN Halo: Reach Top 10 Kills (2.23.11)

CheckedBRUTES writes:

The best Halo kills of the week.

Halo: Reach 2/24/2011 9:59 AM PST permalink

Blaze - Halo: Reach Montage 1

Gear61 Owns writes:

My beginning and my end.

Part one in the epic trilogy!

"This is Blaze's 1st Halo: Reach montage presented by Defused Media in association with Evolution Media. This is one of the best montages to date gameplay wise, featuring a lot of really nice sniper multikills, one of which is an insane overkill quickscope/killtacular choke on Sanctuary. There's also a pretty funny DMR overkill at 2:34. Enjoy!"

YouTube - Blaze - Halo: Reach Montage 1

Halo: Reach 2/24/2011 9:58 AM PST permalink

Halo: Reach - Achievement HORSE #12

Omza writes:

Is the "!" part of his name?

Geoff misses out on another week of HORSE, so a special guest fills his place for a special week of PIG! All the maps can be downloaded here!

Halo: Reach - Achievement Horse #12

Halo: Reach 2/24/2011 9:54 AM PST permalink

Bungie All Stars Fan Site

Share, Inspire, Create!

If you're looking for an unofficial outlet for your Bungie All Star submission, this might be a site you want to check out. There are archives of past week's winners and galleries of non-winning submissions to pore over.

Bungie All Stars Fan Submissions

Community 2/23/2011 9:30 AM PST permalink

The Respawn Army

Get fit for combat.

We're a little bit late to the game, but if you're looking to improve your battlefield prowess, Machinima Respawn is opening their barracks to all combatants. It's a little bit of role playing, a whole lot of YouTube and Facebook, and a good excuse to play more Reach. Check it out!

The Respawn Army - Halo Reach: Project Spartan - Introduction

Halo: Reach 2/23/2011 9:27 AM PST permalink

Smithsonian Art Exhibit: The Art of Video Games

Khirna writes:

Voting will be open until April 7. 

You need to supply your email to participate, but it's quick and painless. Go vote!

"On March 16, 2012, The Smithsonian Museum of American Art will be adding an exhibit honoring the art of video games.  Two Hundred and Forty titles have been selected for voting and voters can choose up to 80!  This is a huge step for the gaming community, as developers will finally be recognized by Americans everywhere for their artistic achievements.  As gamers (young and old) we are the perfect people to be voting on such titles.  So, I urge all of you to go here to vote and have a voice on, in my opinion, one of the best exhibits to come to a museum to date!"

Community 2/23/2011 9:24 AM PST permalink

Streamlined Halo: Reach Dualtage

Mini Waz writes:

Seven minutes of shenanigans.

"Dropping by with a dualtage for you all to have a ganders at. This dualtage features Forge Cafe staff members FC Elijah and undr zid. The focus is more on the fun times as opposed to L33t PWNAGE. This was made possible thanks to the Bungie.net rendering system."

YouTube - Halo: Reach Dualtage - FC Elijah + undr zid

Halo: Reach 2/23/2011 9:19 AM PST permalink

Halotracker Challenges

Supreme Lyrics writes:

Desperately seeking more challenges? Step inside.

Halotracker has had the Challenges feature on the site for quite some time, the community has shown a lot of interest in it, and we have racked up over 1400 challenges. We thought we would share the success of it by sharing this weeks challenges with you guys. 

Jack Of All Trades, Master Of None
In your Carnage report for any multiplayer matchmaking playlist, use 7 different weapons to kill your opponents (grenades, falls, etc. included.)

Give Them A Chance
Earn 55 Multi-Kills in any FireFight Arcade gametype.

High Score, What Does That Mean? Did I Break It?
Earn 40,000+ points in any Score Attack game type.

I Work Better On My Own
Tally 15 kills on the Lone Wolf Mission on Normal or Higher Difficulty.

I Am Gonna Hit The Brakes, He Will Fly Right By
Kill 140 enemies using the Falcon during the New Alexandria campaign mission on Heroic or Harder (Par score of 10,000 must be earned.)

Once, Twice, Three Times A Lady
Earn 2 triple kills in one multi player matchmaking game (Any Playlist excluding Grifball.)

Dish served best cold!
Earn 5 total (combined) Revenge and Avenger medals in any multiplayer matchmaking game.

To check out Redemption challenges and submit your challenge hit the link below! 

Halotracker Challenges

Community 2/23/2011 9:17 AM PST permalink

Reclaimer: Escalation

Silent Vandal writes:

Advantage, Viper. Or...Tag, you're it!

Today's Reclaimer is now live with the missile launch heard 'round the world...or, that could just be the ringing in the Reclaimer's ears.

Reclaimer: Escalation

Community 2/23/2011 9:16 AM PST permalink

Bungie All Stars - Week 7

We're all about you.

We're running a lilttle behind this week, but that doesn't mean you're getting an extra day to assemble your artful submission for Bungie All Stars. Nope, this week you're going to have to step it up. That said, you might already have a head start. This week - the seventh in our All Stars run - is all about you.

  1. Take a "Glamour Shot" of your current Spartan or Elite player model looking fantastically sublime or ridiculously bad ass.
  2. You have from right now until Thursday, February 24th at 11:59pm PT to submit your entry for consideration to contest@bungie.com.
  3. Use the subject line “Bungie All Star Week 7” (without the quotation marks).
  4. The size limit for attachments is 10MB. You should include a preview image (because I'm lazy) and a link to the original in your File Share. We've given you the tools. Use 'em.
  5. One submission per person. Please include your Bungie.net profile and gamertag in your email, so we can properly reward you should you win.
Here are a couple of examples I found by looking at the first page of our community files for Reach:

You can, and will, do better.

Community 2/22/2011 9:14 AM PST permalink

Nasty's Halo: Reach Montage

Gear61 Owns writes:

I can do what I want to.

We're a day late, but what can I do? We were celebrating President's Day all day yesterday.

"This is a Halo: Reach montage from Nasty, put together by himself. The editing isn't the best, but I liked the song choice, there's some nice theater work here and there, and the gameplay's very good, showcasing a sick 2 for 1 overkill with the last bullet on Pinnacle along with a nasty Team Snipers Killimanjaro on Hemorrhage. Enjoy!"

YouTube - Nasty's Halo: Reach Montage

Halo: Reach 2/22/2011 9:03 AM PST permalink

Arby 'n' The Chief: Rock Bottom

EVIL HAMST3R writes:

1v1 me.

The Chief challenges Cody to a 1v1 and the Arbiter hits rock bottom...and a bottle of Jack. Explicit Content.

Arby 'n' The Chief: Rock Bottom

Community 2/22/2011 8:58 AM PST permalink

Fire Team Zulu: Border Cross

FyreWulff Rex writes:

Back to the African desert for long run, and more points up for grabs!

Congratulations to Spartan 29, the 1600 Microsoft points prize winner on "Hard Iron Cog." Thanks to everyone for playing!

It's a siesta on FTZ today with a classic challenge for Halo 3! Don the Mk. VI armor one again for an easy run across Tsavo Highway, but beware of the explosions. You have no weapons outside of your fists and no vehicles outside of your feet, so a swift stealthy approach is your best bet. That and trip mines... lots of trip mines. Try it out on "Border Cross" today!

A reminder that we also have a Reach prize challenge underway for everyone in North America on "Cemetery Chill." Submit a valid score for your chance to win! Everyone international, tune in Friday for your first opportunity to win a nice gift of your own.

Fire Team Zulu: Border Cross

Halo 3 2/22/2011 8:57 AM PST permalink

Reclaimer: Notice of Arrival

Silent Vandal writes:

Fire cooks food, not friends.

Today's Reclaimer has Ferial preparing to roll out a welcome for the Reclaimer and his companions and a reappearance of Tag, one of the Viper soldiers. Looks like things are about to light up!

Reclaimer: Notice of Arrival

Community 2/22/2011 8:54 AM PST permalink

Teabag Prevention Presents - Countdown

jake_108 writes:

Teabag Prevention is back with another set of tips!

The first thing you need to know about Countdown are the multiple levels for fighting. It's layered, just like an onion, a good cake, an ogre or your heart. There are a total of four floors, the highest being a soft-kill zone. You're also going to need to know how to use the lifts, as in which one to use at which time. Lastly, you're going to need to stop baddies carrying power weapons, because you know, it happens a lot. Here's a thorough account of not only how much time I don't spend doing schoolwork, but how to win a game on Countdown.

TPP - Countdown

Halo: Reach 2/22/2011 8:53 AM PST permalink

Bungie on Watson and the Future of Gaming

I still function.

Bungie Engineering Lead, Chris Butcher, devoted some spare cycles to queries assembled by Kotaku.

Bungie on Watson and the Future of Gaming

Inside Bungie 2/22/2011 8:51 AM PST permalink