Podtacular Hits 100th Episode

The fine folks over at Podtacular are celebrating the release of their 100th Podcast this week. Now's a good time for new listeners to jump in as they take a look back at past shows and discuss the show's future.

Here's a direct link to the newspost, you can also subscribe to the podcast using iTunes, of course.

Community 2/12/2007 8:42 AM PST permalink

Humpday: Dudes vs. Dudettes

IRLHD@MS36FTWKPNTDWBFF. What does that mean and why do we love acronyms so much we want to marry them? Answers to those and other burning questions in this week's Humpday.

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Halo 2 (Xbox) 2/8/2007 3:10 PM PST

Violated Gaming Season 1

In less than 3 months Violated Gaming has hosted 21 tournaments and given away over $300 in prizes - All over Xbox Live! This week is the first week of the Winter Season and things are really beginning to heat up.

Since it's launch Violated Gaming has hosted 21 tournaments and given away more than $300 in cash to winners. We're looking to give away even MORE prizes in our seasonal competition. How does it work? It's simple, create a team and start playing in tournaments to accumulate points. At the end of the season the top 32 teams will receive an invitation to the crown tournament.

This week is the first week of the Winter Season. The season will continue on through February and end in late March.
Almost all of the tournaments are FREE to enter and all teams that register are guaranteed to play - So grab a team and bring your game! 

Community 2/8/2007 2:32 PM PST permalink

HaloEverywhere.com Winners Announced!

LordGideon writes:

Well folks - the winners are up - and boy let me tell you did you all make this contest interesting. We expected a high turnout but what we got was amazing...

Well, after two months, 500GB of transfer, over 700 artists, and over 1,200 submissions, we were stuck. We actually had to come up with a new way to judge the entries due to the high turnout by the Halo Nation.

In any case, our thanks goes to the folks that contributed prizes - Bungie.net, Halo.Bungie.org, SteelValor Online, Sword of Laban, and Second-Foundation.net.

You guys rock!

Ready to check out the winners? Point your browser over to http://hev.halo3webring.com

Thanks everyone! We're already Photoshopping in the dates for next year's contest!

Community 2/7/2007 3:18 PM PST permalink

2006 Halo Community Awards released

Sigafoos writes:

The winners of The Riot's 2006 Halo Community Awards have been released in an audio awards show. Clocking in at just under 25 minutes, the show features guest presenters like Louis Wu, LordGideon and Dweezle plus musical performances by Mothergoat.

Winners and presenters:

* Vironex from halowiki.net presents Best Social Site (Halo 3 Forum)
* Bzerker01 from Treeskunk Productions presents Most Active Competitive Clan (Halo 2 Junkies)
* Tactic from PromethianGuard presents Best Matchmaking Gametype (SWAT Classic)
* Mothergoat performs his Public Service Announcement about Multiplayer Dysfunction Disorder
* Night Rider 7 presents Best Montage (Walshy)
* Mothergoat presents Best Machinima Clan/Group (Hollywood Halo)
* Lord Gideon presents Best Video (Gameplay May Change During Online Play)
* Demented Decoy presents Biggest Halo News (Public Halo 3 beta)
* "Mutha G" performs his song "Lookie"
* foo mo jive and JVB present Best Community Contributor (Individual) (Z from Halo 3 Forum)
* Dweezle presents Best Community Contributor (Clan/Website) (halo2.junk.ws)
* Louis Wu presents Best Halo Contribution (One One Se7en, Stuntmutt)

Everyone at Second Foundation would like to sincerely thank everyone involved in the show, including all the voters. Without the community, they would have no show.

Community 2/7/2007 3:17 PM PST permalink

The Machinima Community


The Halo 2 Machinima community has grown to a exponentially in the past few years. And with the sudden collapse of halogrid.com, much of the community has been scattered across the net searching for a new home.

The H2 machinima community is possibly the biggest it has ever been. Well over 500 machinima clans have sprang up over the past few years. Halogrid.com, home to Hollywood Halo, was with out a doubt, the biggest of them all. But on 1-9-07, the great halogrid empire collapsed. So that left hundreds of people, in a sense, homeless. So they've all scattered around the net, looking for a place to call home.     

    Many have found success in the ever growing HollywoodNHouse. While other have been trying to capitialize on the frenzy and become the new HG. In my personal opinion, the communities with the best chance of having this happen are Snowglobe, Halo Union, and HollywoodNHouse.     

    Snowglobe has sat in the shadow of HG for nearly two years now. And with HG gone, Snowglobe was one of the places people thought to go. SG had a huge boost in activity within the last month, and continues to grow.     

    Halo Union is a fairly new name to the scene in the machinima world. Started only a month ago, it already has 200+ members, and a strong community basis. One of the two leaders, ukilledkenny7, has been doing nonstop advertising, and has greatly impacted its success.    

    HollywoodNHouse is an "All Gaming Clan". They point there community interests into many gaming genres. But they primarily focus on H2. They are known for the many great movies they've produced, as well as the community.    

    For those communities, this rise in popularity was a great boost. So to many of you still searching for a home, look all around you, cause they're there, and on the rise.

Community 2/2/2007 6:35 PM PST permalink

New Bungie Store Shirts

The Bungie Store has recently been updated with three new Tees. There're two "I <3... " shirts, a short-sleeved one for girls and a long-sleeve one for guys, and a really cool new Mongoose twofer shirt.

Yeah, I was actually really surprised that was a word, too.

Banner Ad 2/1/2007 10:13 AM PST permalink

Spartan Laser

The latest in our series of Halo 3 weapon and equipment slots, the Spartan Laser is one of the most exciting new weapons in the UNSC arsenal. Read on for new info on what may be the most destructive weapon you will ever wield.

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Halo 3Halo Universe 1/31/2007 4:58 PM PST

QsKGlobal.Com $250 Montage Contest with Relaunch

QsKGlobal.Com, a machinima and montage hosting site, has relaunched with a brand new look and design. With the new site, comes QsK's Second Montage contest sponsored by Xbox-Media.Com. With the total prize pot being at least $250 USD, there is guaranteed to be some good competition in this one...

The montage contest will last over the course of the next 6 months, with the final due date being July 1st, 2007. All Halo and Halo 2 related montages are eligible. The prize money of $250 will only grow larger as more donations and sponsors come our way.

For all information regarding this contest and how to enter. Please visit the announcement thread made at QsKGlobal HERE

Community 1/29/2007 10:51 AM PST permalink

Spike Grenade

Robt. McLees again contributes to our latest preview of a new Halo 3 weapon. Read on for the UNSC's latest intel on the Brute's grenade of choice: The Type-2 Antipersonnel Fragmentation Grenade  - or spike grenade, for short.

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Halo 3Halo Universe 1/24/2007 5:00 PM PST

GIA Halo 3 Weapon/Vehicle Design Contest Results

Maimum FEAR writes:

You may have seen the news story a few weeks back about this contest over at Games in Action. Well, the competition closed recently and the results of the winners have just been released. You can check out all of the art work by going to this post.

We received a lot of great art work sent into us by some very talented people; the top three entries were awarded to Jaron (3rd place), sevc (2nd place) and nrek (1st place). All three of these guys submitted truly inspiring work. If you like fan art then you might want to check this out.

Just go over to Games in Action check out the news stories and read the results and see the winning entries. Oh and thanks to all those who participated, get in touch with us to recieve your free GIA Pen or other free prize.

Inside Bungie 1/23/2007 4:17 PM PST permalink

HollywoodNHouse.com Fully Functional!

HollywoodNHouse has be a growing part of the Halo 2 Machinima community for nearly 2 years. We have just started expanding our horizons and opening up to all games, not just Halo. The website has just received a major face lift and is now up and running.

Our growing community always has something positive to say to new members. Our website offers many different features that may interest you. Including but not limited to:

Halo Machinima - Watch our growing library of Halo 2 Machinima (Movies)

Movie Critic Review System - Submit your movies to this system and get them reviewed and possibly hosted. Similar to HBO's MPRRS.

Video guides - We provide complete walk through videos of games, we also take requests for custom video guides.

Graphic Resources - We provide you with many different resources for your graphical needs. Tutorials, Support, Hi-Res Halo 2 Ranks, whatever it may be.

Arcade - Our users have 24 hour access to our arcade with over 350 games to choose from.

Tournaments - Participate and bet on tournaments and win virtual cash.

Feel free to check us out at HollywoodNHouse.com!

Community 1/22/2007 11:23 AM PST permalink

Halo 3 Beta Sign-up Information

Halo3.com has updated to explain the three ways in which you can enlist for the Halo 3 beta. They also note that if you signed up for the beta after seeing the Halo 3 commercial last month, you can expect to hear between January 22nd to 26th.

Check the official Halo 3 site for everything you ever wanted to know about the beta. Well, everything we've ever been willing to tell you about the beta, at least. Good luck, hope to see you come Spring.

Halo 3 1/21/2007 4:41 PM PST permalink

CMT Releases #1 Map Pack

The Halo:CE mod team, CMT, has done it again. They have released the first map pack of a series. This map pack includes 4 new Halo:CE maps, Coagulation, Icy Swamps, Dissolution, and Fragment. All of these come with a custom HUD, custom weapons, and more.

Download them here!

CMT Download

Halo (PC and Mac) 1/21/2007 12:12 AM PST permalink

MA5C Assault Rifle

Another delve into the world of Halo 3 vehicles and weapons - this time Robt. McLees assists us in a tour of what's soon to be everyone's favorite spawning weapon - the MA5C Individual Combat Weapon System, otherwise known as the Assault Rifle.

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Halo 3Halo Universe 1/17/2007 4:57 PM PST

HaloEverywhere.com Prizes Announced!

LordGideon writes:

The prizes page for HaloEverywhere.com is up and running! With only 2 1/2 weeks left, now is the time to grab your submissions and get them in the running...

The prizes page for HaloEverywhere.com is up and running! With only 2 1/2 weeks left, now is the time to grab your submissions and get them in the running for the Grand Prize!

Prizes include:

Halo Xbox 360 Faceplate - Autographed by Bungie
Framed Marathon Picture - Donated by Louis Wu
Xbox 360 Wireless Headset - Donated by the Sword of Laban
$50 Gift Certificate - Donated by the PraetoriaGuard
Gaming T-Shirts - Donated by SteelValor

The amount of prizes is far more than this! Visit the Prizes page for a full list.

Our thanks to all those that donated prizes! Prizes were donated by Bungie, Halo.Bungie.org, CDV, PraetoriaGuard, the Sword of Laban, and SteelValor.com.

Ready to check them out? Click Here:

Ready to make a submission to the contest? There's still time!

Community 1/15/2007 2:52 AM PST permalink

Shishka Interviewed by GIA

Maimum FEAR writes:

Shishka, aka Chad Armstong, recently took some time to answer some questions put to him by Games in Action. You can read the full story here.

If you didn't know, Shishka has just left Bungie to go work with Max Hoberman at Certain Affinity.  We asked questions about how he feels at his new job, what he learned at Bungie and how he got involved in making video games.  Heres the link to the full story at Games in Action: Link

Inside Bungie 1/15/2007 2:52 AM PST permalink

Halo 2 for Windows Vista News

snowysnowcones, in The Maw forum, has rounded up a bunch of links to H2V content coming out of CES from the past week. The post is a good source of hands-on reports as well as several gameplay videos, shakeycam though they may be.

Lookin good, but more importantly smooth.

Halo 2 Vista 1/15/2007 2:22 AM PST permalink

The Riot 2006 Halo Community Awards

The Riot, a weekly Halo Community podcast, is hosting its first ever 2006 Halo Community Awards.  Go there and vote on your favorite gametype, your favorite machinima, or even the biggest Halo community contributor!

The Riot, a weekly Halo Community podcast, is hosting its first ever 2006 Halo Community Awards.We have scoured the internet to nominate those people or groups who have shown dedication and a severe willingness to play fair, make great movies, or have made a huge contribution to the community.  Your voice can be heard, and when the polls close, Wed, Jan 17, 2007, we will know who is the best of the best!  The results will be aired on our weekly podcast, The Riot, which airs every sunday evening.  To celebrate the occasion we have several members of the Halo community presenting awards- so if nothing else, tune in to hear who shows up!

Community 1/12/2007 5:07 PM PST permalink

Bungie Store to Go Down for Maintenance

This weekend the Bungie Store will be going down for a short period of time, four to five hours, while Sunrise Identity performs maintenance on their servers. During that time you will not be able to use the store.

I suggest a mad dash for the remaining inventory now. What if something goes wrong?! This could be your last chance!

Banner Ad 1/11/2007 5:05 PM PST permalink

The Mongoose

With the invaluable help of Robt. McLees, Bungie formally introduces you to The Mongoose, the newest addition to the UNSC's ever-expanding arsenal with which to wage war against the Covenant.

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Halo 3Halo Universe 1/10/2007 4:24 PM PST

Relax. Refuel. Compete.

Escape Station looks to bring a new interactive experience to the Xbox Live arena by organizing video gaming tournaments and events for gamers 25 and older.

Escape Station.com hosts multiple monthly tournaments, a seasonal event called the Pentathlon, and a season ending extravaganza called Hyper Bowl. Some events include prizes and recognition and all present great networking opportunities at no charge to members. Among other things, Escape Station will offer downloads, gift shop items, articles, interviews, game related news, and a forum for members to organize their own gaming events. In addition, Escape Station monitors its user base with polls and forum threads that allow participants to have an impact on the growth of the web site and its services.

Barak Skinner (a.k.a. "FirstMateBean" on Xbox Live), a founding member of Escape Station comments, "The experience of connecting with others online through Xbox Live is only as good as the people playing together in any given interaction. People are busy and when they sit down to do some gaming they want to have fun, not frustration. We're not just trying to connect good gamers with other good gamers, we're trying to connect good people with other good people."

Over the course of the 2006 Pentathlon tournament season, Escape Station organized and hosted 12 different events, all of which included hit Xbox titles such as Call of Duty 2, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, Gears of War and our favorite, Halo 2.  Escape Station continues to monitor newly released games for inclusion in their tournaments and anxiously awaits the arrival of Bungie's Halo 3.

About Escape Station
Starting in June of 2005 with Project Pentathlon, Escape Stations' founding members have worked with the gaming community at Geezer Gamers.com to bring great gaming experiences to people all over the planet.

For more information visit www.EscapeStation.com.

Community 1/7/2007 12:46 AM PST permalink

Bungie Weekly Update

Hey it's that special time of the week again. Weekly Update time. It's like Christmas, only infinitely lamer. This week, Crackdown antics and slightly more beta explanations. More news coming, so stay tuned.

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Bungie Weekly Update 1/5/2007 3:57 PM PST

Deadly Night

Last week, about 25 Bungie fans and even a few Bungie employees showed up for a LAN at Louis Wu's house in the remote suburbs of Connecticut. The LAN that followed was of the epic nature associated with HBO LANs. Read on for details and many pictures.

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Community 1/4/2007 2:50 PM PST

Halo 3 Beta Update

In light of the recent Microsoft press release, we give you some more details on how to ensure your participation in the upcoming Halo 3 Beta program, and a few more tidbits about how we plan to take care of the Bungie faithful.

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Halo 3 1/3/2007 11:12 AM PST