Top 10 Noble Map Pack Kills: Ep 15

Anoj writes:

It's a family affair.

Hey everyone, it's Anoj and to make the new Noble Map Pack maps feel like they are part of the Halo Reach family, the Top 10 Series has made a countdown exclusively of clips from Breakpoint, Tempest, and Anchor 9.  Sit back and enjoy the show!

YouTube - Halo Reach Top 10 Noble Map Pack Kills: Episode 15 by Anoj

To submit your clips for future Halo Reach episodes, go to and click on "Submit a Video."  More submission information is located in the description of the video.

Halo: Reach 2/9/2011 8:51 AM PST permalink

Fire Team Zulu: Kat In the Cradle

FyreWulff Rex writes:

Enter a score for a fantastic prize!

Your warthog is ruined and the Covenant has crashed your party. You are mad. So mad that you no longer know how to use a Plasma Sword or Wraith, so don't pick one up or attempt to drive one!

And when your anger clears, be happy to know one thing: All valid submitted scores will be entered into a drawing for 1600MSP to spend on Live!

This challenge and contest closes on February 13th at 11PM PST. The points card is only available to North American entrants of the American and Canadian persuasion, but everyone can submit a score.

Fire Team Zulu: Kat in the Cradle

Halo: Reach 2/9/2011 8:50 AM PST permalink

Tons of Stuff™ is Live

Spawn on your Bro Coop Style? Yup.

In case you've been living under a rock (which I would imagine is a terrible place to call home and irrelevant to this discussion as you likely do not have access to the Internet), you already know that our matchmaking team gave birth to the mother of playlist updates earlier today. It's such a big bundle of joy that I'm going to point you to existing summaries instead of attempting to describe its epic proportions. Or you could just, you know, jump into matchmaking and discover the miracle for yourself.

Halo: Reach Playlists

Halo: Reach Details (Bungie Weekly Update: 02/04/2011)

Halo: Reach 2/8/2011 4:46 PM PST permalink

Underrated - A Halo: Reach Montage

bmcgann17007 writes:

Montage inside.

There's a thirty second intro, but once this gets going, it's pretty stinkin' good. If you like montages. And if you don't like montages, you probably shouldn't have clicked the link, smart guy.

"This is a solid Halo Reach montage showcasing some clutch gameplay topped off with creative editing. Enjoy!"

YouTube - Underrated - A Halo: Reach Montage by Orphanslayer

Halo: Reach 2/8/2011 9:18 AM PST permalink

Annihilation Circuit: Reach Custom Map

Stewie2552 writes:

Get ready to start your engines and put the pedal to the metal.

If you're looking to add a little more danger to your life, download this map, hop on a Mongoose, and hang on tight.

"Stewie2552 and the Funny Halo 3 Productions staff present a new custom map for the Reach community, 'Annihilation Circuit.'  It's difficult to explain in words, so watch the map promo video below!  Then download the map and the two game variants built for the map!"

Map Promo Video: YouTube- Map Promo

Download link for the map: Annihilation Circuit

Custom Game Variants: Snatch-KOTH, Outrun-RALLY

Halo: Reach 2/8/2011 9:10 AM PST permalink

Lego Jorge

No rhyme this time.

Pecovam takes Lego to a whole new level, expertly painting his pieces to more accurately portray the subject matter. Check out Jorge at the jump, and check his gallery for more.

Lego Jorge Spartan-052

Community 2/8/2011 9:06 AM PST permalink

Arby 'n' The Chief: Low on Hearts

Big on Activate.

Arbiter catches up with Claire during a match on Halo: Reach, whom he hasn't seen in a long time. He also works hard at developing his show... as does Master Chief. Explicit content.

Arby 'n' The Chief: Low on Hearts

Halo: Reach 2/8/2011 9:00 AM PST permalink

Halo 3 ODST: Inception Style

spartanIII forca writes:

Show me.

Not sure Marty would approve of the score swap, but I think it works pretty well. I'd watch this movie!

"Using the score from the trailer of Inception, this video combines two great things and makes one hell of a video."

YouTube - Halo 3 ODST: Inception Style

Halo 3: ODST 2/8/2011 8:58 AM PST permalink

Reclaimer: Lights Out

Fried Cookie789 writes:

Looks like someone forgot to pay the power bill...

Generally speaking, when most, if not all of your encounters with strangers ends up with one, both, or all of you getting shot, it isn't a good idea to stick around to meet new ones.

Also generally speaking, when the lights go out, but you're the only one in the building, you tend to not want to stick around either.Just a thought.

Reclaimer: Lights Out

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

Forge Jorge

It's time to rhyme!

There once was a man who like Forge,
who erected a statue of Jorge.
Then he messaged a Jurk,
to show off his work,
and you clicked the link and looked at it.

Noble 5 Jorge 052

Halo: Reach 2/7/2011 9:49 AM PST permalink

Bungie All Stars - Week 5

Wort, wort, you know the rest.

If you're sitting at home with an oiled roll of newspaper and a pair of tongs in hand, then you desperately need to stop taking me so literally. This week, you won't have to do anything out of the ordinary to earn a shot at taking top honors and earning a star nameplate. Unless you don't ordinarily take screenshots of kick ass subject matter in Halo: Reach.

Here are this week's rules:
  1. Using the Halo: Reach Theater, take your best screenshot of an Elite (yes, multiple Elites are cool, too).
  2. You have from this very second until Thursday, February 10th at 11:59pm PT to submit your entry for consideration to
  3. Use the subject line “Bungie All Star Week 5" (without the quotation marks).
  4. The size limit is 10MB and you should use your best judgment and discretion in terms of the nature of the content you choose to submit. (No cloaca!).
  5. One submission per person. Please include the screenshot itself, along with a link to your profile, the screenshot on, and your Xbox LIVE gamertag in your email.
Once again, just about anything goes. Any mode and any tone. Campaign or Firefight, funny or just plain fudging awesome - it doesn't matter. Make us bust a gut, break down and cry, or blow a hole in the back of our pants for the best shot at victory.

Good luck!

Community 2/7/2011 9:38 AM PST permalink

Forge Lesson 44: Aesthetic Noise

Godly_Perfection writes:

Making beauty a feature, not a distraction.

Look at that folks. We are back on schedule. Hope everyone enjoyed the super bowl. Today marks just a little over 6 months since I started this series back in August last year. I hope all of you are enjoying it. I am learning as much as all of you are and with this series I have discovered new details and tricks in level design. Thanks for all of your guys' feedback and support thus far. It is what keeps this series alive and well.

Back on topic. Today's lesson talks about a very common issue that is seen in very "pretty" maps. Sometimes so much detailing and attention is put towards a piece of aesthetic with the designer not realizing how much it can distract from actual gameplay. Like other concepts aesthetic noise is not a major issue, but learning it and learning to manage it can push your step a little bit closer to perfection.

Lesson 44: Aesthetic Noise

* Aesthetic noise can also be referred to as busy aesthetics, where too much is going on in one place
* Detailing is a great thing for maps, but if not done smoothly enough it can be more of a distraction than a feature
* Busy aesthetics can cause players to miss important incentives around the map and draw attention to unimportant areas

Community 2/7/2011 9:14 AM PST permalink

Reclaimer: Worm

Fried Cookie789 writes:

We're going to need a bigger antivirus.

Reclaimer's up. Finally, the Apostate found the answer - although we all know it's 42.

Reclaimer - Worm

Halo: Reach 2/7/2011 9:13 AM PST permalink

Fails of the Weak Volume 20

Omza writes:

Bink, and away you go!

Jack and Geoff are back to give you your Weakly dosage of Fails! And they can't stop laughing.

YouTube - Fails of the Weak Volume 20

Halo: Reach 2/7/2011 9:12 AM PST permalink

MLG Featured Map Trio

Vodka Fountain writes:

An MLG Triple Feature!

Since early after Halo Reach launched, MLG's content team has closely watched the Forge forum's production, and periodically hand picks a map to showcase to the world what MLG's Forge community is capable of.  In the latest edition, co-forgers DeathstarsOG and Unoverrated receive recognition for their impressive co-Forging efforts, producing three feature worth maps at an incredible pace.  Quantity does not always come at the expense of quality when two great minds work so well together.

MLG Featured Map: A Trio of Maps by DeathstarsOG and Unoverrated

Community 2/7/2011 9:11 AM PST permalink

Halo: Reach Mythic Difficulty Guide: The Package

Louis Wu writes:

Tyrant's got a delivery for you...

It's Friday Monday, so it's time for another episode of 'Beat the Covenant Senseless' - Tyrant will show you how The Package can be conquered with All Skulls On. Written commentary for folks who like following recipes, spoken commentary over actual gameplay for visual learners. He's got you all covered!

Go soak it in:

Halo: Reach Mythic Difficulty Guide: The Package

Halo: Reach 2/7/2011 9:09 AM PST permalink

tranQ & Friends 2 - A Halo: Reach/Halo 3 Community Montage

Gear61 Owns writes:

Every war's exactly the same.

A Monday morning montage and a call for clips.

"This is the 2nd installment of tranQ's 'tranQ and Friends' series, a Halo community montage series featuring clips from himself and, well, his friends. Similar to the first installment, the gameplay features a mix of everything, the soundtrack is laid back, and the editing is simple yet effective. I found the gameplay to be very clean overall with very few missed shots, and I was quite impressed by many of the snipes. Enjoy!

YouTube - tranQ & Friends 2 - A Halo: Reach/Halo 3 Community Montage

If you want to submit a clip to the next installment, send tranQ a YouTube personal message with the Bungie file share link. Here's a link to his channel: You can also recommend him the clip over Xbox Live to his gamertag tranQQQ. Also, feel free to send him Halo 2, Halo 2 Vista, and Halo: CE clips as well."

Halo: Reach 2/7/2011 9:09 AM PST permalink

Map Spotlight Week 13 - Reactor 9

a rascal cat writes:

I'll be back.

It's February, and as the months go on more maps are being made. This week I will be presenting to you another one of my personal favorites, Reactor 9 by Swayz (The Swayzinator). The only thing I got out of this map is how utterly amazing it was, but Mr. Swayz did a much better job at explaining it's awesomeness. Enjoy! ;)

Q. Who are you and why do you Forge?

A. I go by Swayz, Brannagin, Law, or any variation of my username and my gamertag. I forge because I enjoy creating new maps. It sparks my creativity and I find it spices up Halo to play on new and different types of maps/gametypes. Plus, it's quite fun to just mess around in forge when you have no one to play with :)

Q. What was your inspiration for Reactor 9?

A. It was the round stairwell pieces. I was playing on someones map who had utilized them in the corner of their map as a sort of aesthetic feature. I thought that they would make a cool playable area so I started messing around in forge and I came up with the defenders base for Reactor 9. From there, I just kept building.

Q. What made you choose the location you did?

A. I chose the location because once I figured out how I wanted the defenders base to look, it was a no brainer to make it into a dam structure. It had natural walls to keep everyone in the playable area and I'm not familiar with many maps that have utilized this play area yet.I don't think I could not have built this anywhere else and gotten the same results.

Q. Did you employ any unusual Forge techniques in making Reactor 9?

A. Not really. Forge in Reach is a lot easier to use than it was in Halo 3 and there aren't a lot of unusual forge techniques that need to be used to make a map anymore. Anything you want to do with an object is pretty straight forward. Whether it's merging or getting a very specific angle. This map was pretty straight forward, although I think I used the round stairwells rather creatively :)

Q. Anything else people should know before they download?

A. This map is only set up for CTF, Assault, and Team Slayer gametypes. If you play Team Slayer, the blue team has a clear advantage on the weapons. You've been warned. If you want the most out of this map, play 1-Bomb or 1-Flag. I feel like 1-flag and 1-bomb are very neglected and underrated gametypes, so I built this map with those two gametypes in mind.

I'd also like to give a shout out to The Workplace and The T00L B0X for testing this map and giving me a lot of valuable feedback. Thanks guys (and gals)!! I hope everyone enjoys it!

Thank you for your time, Swayz! Note the community: Please feel free to download the map file below, and enjoy!

Map Fly Through: Fly Though
Map Link: Reactor 9

Community 2/3/2011 10:08 AM PST permalink

2011 MLG Pro Circuit

Halo: Reach and half a million dollars.

Today, Major League Gaming released the first details of their upcoming 2011 MLG Pro Circuit, featuring Halo: Reach as one of the three titles. This Season, MLG will be hosting six massive, 208-team Halo: Reach 4v4 live competitions at six events across the country for over $500,000 in prize money. It all kicks off at the 2011 opener in Dallas, TX on the weekend of April 1-3.

For all of the details, including registration dates, spectator information, and the 2011 Pro Circuit Season schedule, check out the full announcement at:

Halo: Reach 2/3/2011 9:47 AM PST permalink

Antagonize's 1st Halo: Reach Montage

Gear61 Owns writes:

Tell the world that I'm comin' home.

This is Antagonize's 1st Halo: Reach montage, edited by OurFallenHero. The gameplay is really good, featuring a lot of very nice overkills along with a killtacular on Zealot. I really liked the relaxed song choice, and the editing goes along with it quite well. Enjoy!

YouTube - Antagonize's 1st Halo: Reach Montage

Halo: Reach 2/3/2011 9:45 AM PST permalink

Achievement Horse 9

GPK Ethan writes:

When is a HORSE not a HORSE?

When it's a pig!

YouTube - Halo: Reach Achievement HORSE #9

Halo: Reach 2/3/2011 9:41 AM PST permalink

Bungie All Star Website Project

AmX15 writes:

Now view a website instead of a freakin'-huge image!

If you want to unofficially show off your hard work, read the message below. Don't worry, it won't impact the judging process in any way. Promise.

"I'm not going to lie, it was not easy throwing the hundreds of images together into one giant collage, but I have a better idea, (much easier for me too).  I will be designing a website showing everyone's artwork! The website will be up and running as soon as I finish it, (later today).

Submit your card ideas to

The website address is:

As soon as you start submitting, they will start getting added to the website!"

Community 2/2/2011 10:56 AM PST permalink

The Science of Usability Testing

Go behind the curtain.

Edge sits down and chats with some industry research veterans, including Bungie's own John Hopson. Great read!

The Science of Usability

Inside Bungie 2/2/2011 9:52 AM PST permalink

1500 x 3500

Having trouble baking that cake?

This week's Bungie All Star Challenge has led to a little bit of confusion. What is a megapixel anyway? Existential questions aside, here's a quick breakdown to help you get on track.

The dimensions can be either 1500x3500 or 3500x1500. It depends on whether your card is formatted horizontally, or vertically. See, you're ultimately going to fold it, so technically the front panel is really half the width of the layout (1750 or 750, respectively). If your design spans the entire width and doesn't account for the fold, it's going to make for an odd birthday card.

Example (Not to Scale):

<-------this is the back of the card----------3500---------this is the front of the card------------->

Fold down the center. If you want to design the interior, you'll need to create a separate image using the same parameters for the left and right interior panels. If you're still confused, hit up the local drugstore and emulate the layout of a real birthday card.

CommunityGroup Memoranda 2/2/2011 9:38 AM PST permalink