Pentathlon LIVE
Posted by DeeJ at 1/27/2012 8:58 AM PST
Let the games begin!  We declare the Bungie Winter Pentathlon officially open.  Our breakfast feast has been laid low.  Oaths to bear the continuing cause of world domination on our aching backs will be renewed.  Contests designed to measure our cunning, our reflexes, our poker faces, our artistic interpretation, our capacity for abstract communication, our sorcery, our horsepower, and our firepower are about to kick off.

This shadowy cavern that we so faithfully call our home is no longer a video game development studio.  Today, it is an arena, a pub, a lounge, an arcade, and a dance club.  The celebration of all that is glorious about games will unite four schools in competition of every variety imaginable.

You are invited.  Come along with us as we embark on a journey to secure the right to etch our names on the trophy that sits silently in judgment, waiting to welcome into its history the school that emerges victorious.

Follow a steady stream of bungietweets.  Search #pentathlon to bring our individual voices together as a chorus that will tell the tale of the battles to come as they unfold.

Browse this gallery of photos captured by an entire press corps on the prowl for new memories.

Keep an eye on the webcams.  They have been reanimated and aimed into high traffic areas.  Upload your favorite images here.

Spectate the final round of our DOTA tournament, with expert color commentary provided by webcasting personality Tobi Wan from  The dramatic conclusion airs at approximately 2:00 PM Pacific.

Play Battlefield 3 on the PC with the Bungie Army.  The server is still standing, and accepting new recruits.  For today only, Bungie Actual lwnemesis is offering special loot to the first three gamers who can send him to the deadbox with their vehicle.

Select the sweetest car entered into competition to race around the track of Forza 4.  These custom liveries have been designed by the schools that will pilot them.  Which one deserves the highest praise?  We have put the question to you.  Cast your votes.  Fans familiar with Bungie and the notable students who attend each school will no doubt exercise a personal bias.  To dilute blatant attempts at election tampering, we have invited the Forza Motorsport community to infuse the debate with their expert opinions.





While not everyone will be competing in the Forza race, there will be a chance for all of us to climb behind the wheel.  Feast your eyes on the Burnaroos.  Lovingly crafted by our Facilities Engineer, this pod of immersion and simulation will bring us as close to the real thing as you can get without leaving the garage.

And, finally, you are invited to keep score as the conclusion to this challenging quest and gamesmanship and debauchery comes into focus.  This board will be updated throughout the day as schools put points on the board in their quest for The Cup (that is actually a fist).

Newbies Middle School Old Skool Grizzled Ancients
22 30 22 07

Updates from the trenches...

8:30 AM: Breakfast. (tonight we dine in hell)
10:00 AM: Opening Ceremony
     Newbies Welcomed
     5-Year Veterans honored
     10-Year Veterans honored
     20-Year Veteran Jason Jones presented with commemorative sword
11:00 AM: Proceed to games
     Schools retire to respective HQs
     Start your engines in Forza
     Begin hunting for Puzzle solutions
     MW3 preparations
12:00 PM: Lunch.  Pizza as far as the eye can see
1:00 PM: Newbies Eliminated from Forza preliminaries
     Newbies = 137 Miles
     Grizzled Ancients = 140 miles
     Middle School = 141 Miles
     Old Skool = 142 Miles
1:30 PM: Cranium cards scrapped and replaced
     Newbies charged with shenanigans for memorizing them
     Ancients reset the contest
     Tensions mount as formal protests are lodged
2:10 PM: Forza Finals
     First Place = Middle School
     Second Place = Old Skool
     Third Place = Grizzled Ancients
     Honorable Mention = Newbies
2:19 PM: MW3 Finals
     First Place = Newbies (it's all about the leadership)
     Second Place = Grizzled Ancients
     Third Place = Middle School
     Killed in Action = Old Skool
2:30 PM: Marty goes bust at final table in Poker
     "Spectacular Failure!" raves Urk
      Grizzled Ancient guaranteed 0 pts in event
2:50 PM: Poker Finals
     First Place = Newbies
     Second Place = Middle School
     Third Place = Old Skool
     Running from loan sharks = Grizzled Ancients
3:00 PM: Dance Central Finals
     First Place = Old Skool
     Second Place = Middle School
     Third Place = Newbies
     "Get off the stage" = Grizzled Ancients
3:50 PM: DOTA Finals
     First Place = Newbies
     Second Place = Old Skool
     Third Place = Grizzle Ancients
     Under a spell = Middle School
4:00 PM: Rock Bands clash in the auditorium
     Street Fighter rages among people who don't rock
     Pizza getting cold
     Blongo scores are MIA
4:20 PM: Cranium Finals
     First Place = Middle School
     Second Place = Newbies
     Third Place = Old Skool
     You have to use your head = Grizzled Ancients
4:40 PM: Rock Band 3 Finals
     First Place = Old Skool
     Second Place = Middle School (Gained the Lead)
     Third Place = Grizzled Ancients
     Lost the Lead = Newbies (Don't quit yer day jobs)
4:50 PM: Blongo Ball Final
     First Place = Middle School
     Second Place = Old Skool
     Third Place = Grizzled Ancients
     Could not toss a salad = Newbies
5:00 PM: Puzzle Hunt Final
     First Place = Middle School
     Second Place = Newbies
     Third Place = Old Skool
     Puzzled? = Grizzled Ancients
     First Place = Middle School (Grand Champions)
     Tied for Second = Old Skool
     Tied for Second = Newbies
     Thanks for showin up = Grizzled Ancients
5:11 PM: Photoshopathon Finals
     Theme: Space - The Final Frontier
     Results: Terrifying. Hilarious. Confusing.
     The Right Stuff: David Candland
     Mass Consumption?  Later.  Maybe.

CODA: Good Games.  Congratulations, Middle School.  To all who played, we salute you.
The Pentathlon Awaits 

Posted by DeeJ at 1/18/2012 2:43 PM PST

Four Schools.  One Cup.

"If any of my competitors were drowning, I'd stick a hose in their mouth."
-Ray Kroc, McDonald's Founder

Were you to peek into the maximum-security recesses of our dark lair on any other day, you would find the fine men and women of Bungie toiling as a unified team in the quarries of art and code.  But on Friday, January 27th*, we will be torn from our desks, divided into four schools by tenure, clustered into strike teams led by captains drunk with power, and sent into battle.  This is our day to shed the thin veneer of friendship and ruin our workplace relationships in ways that will take all year to rebuild.

This is the Winter Pentathlon.  It begins with an opening ceremony to reinforce the oaths that we all have sworn.  On bended knee our veterans will prostrate themselves at the altar of World Domination.  The fates themselves will then collide in trials as diverse as the warriors that will participate in them for glory, honor, and immortality.

*Seems even the fates can't make it into work when it snows in Seattle.

Along with Bagel Fridays and Chuckie’s naked ass, the Winter Pentathlon is among the most cherished traditions at Bungie.  It’s a celebration of games, and a reminder of why we make them.

To lend some context on this cornerstone of our shared culture, I paid homage to the Exalted Committee that plans the affair.  Behold the historic wisdom of Grizzled Ancient, Dave Dunn.

How will this Pentathlon live up to the wild expectations that are swirling through the studio?

We’ve jumped up the number of scored events to 9 to try to encourage all the employees to play in something. With so many more people having joined Bungie, we felt we needed more opportunities for people to participate.

Which School (or “Skool” if ye be Olde) will emerge victorious?

I think all the pundits agree that the Grizzled Ancients will scrap and claw their way to another victory.

You are clearly abusing this official inquiry to exercise a position of bias.  Explain the process.  How do you  guide this event to victory year after year?

We procrastinate as long as we can until we realize that we’re screwed and then we organize a bunch of frantic meetings to draft captains into service, pick events, and plan the day.

Aside from procrastination, what values are weighed most heavily in these frantic meetings as you give shape to the pentathlon? 

We try to foster an environment that caters as best we can to all the different types of gamers we have; hardcore competitive, casual, players of videogames, players of traditional games, strategic, etc.

Cater to us Newbies and describe the origins of the trophy that our elderly seem insistent upon calling “The Cup.”

Way back in the day, we decided we needed something to play for other than bragging rights.  Joe Staten, I believe, took it upon himself to craft a trophy from a lamp, a colander, and a plastic skull.  On a visit to Chicago for the summer pentathlon, the Oni team lost the battle but won the war by stealing the trophy back to California with them.  Thus began the phrase “Cup Stays Here” which the Grizzled Ancients have adopted as their battle cry. 

But why do you call it a cup?  It doesn’t look anything like a cup.  My attempts to drink from it have been met with nothing but broken teeth.

Because it sounds better than “Trophy Stays Here.”  About four years back we decided we needed a real trophy for the Pentathlon so I came up with the idea of a trophy inspired by the Stanley Cup.  I wanted something that represented Bungie – thus the Fist – and had space to engrave the names of the winning team members, like the Stanley Cup tradition.

Behold!  The Fist!  Now that Dave has revealed all he can about the Pentathlon planning process, allow me to introduce you to the schools who will strive for eternal commemoration on the metal plates that adorn The Cup.

To those about to Pentath, we salute you.

The Four Schools

Grizzled Ancients
Huddled over their tennis ball-capped walkers, the Ancients will stalk slowly and painfully toward a victory that they feel is their birthright.  Attempts to retrofit a typewriter to serve as a peripheral to play DOTA2 were abandoned, in favor of bottle-thick bifocals to focus in on the ideal hand in poker.  Can this beloved Cup be pried from the vice-like grip of their tonic-soaked dentures?

Old Skool
In a desperate attempt to grasp the fleeting residuals of their youth like sand in an iron grip, the Old Skoolers have intentionally misspelled their own school name.  Glory days of Pentathlons past will drive them forward as they defend previous titles.  Are their best days behind them?  Or have the ages seasoned them as the ultimate power in the studio?

Middle School
Like the adolescent child striving for attention alongside adorable infants and distinguished adults, Middle Schoolers will struggle to make a name for themselves in the family.  Having shrugged off the naïveté of early childhood, the Middle School will issue forth with textbooks strapped to their backs and a prowess to prove.  Can they take their rightful seat at the grown ups’ table?  Or will they be sent to clean their room without supper?

The pacifier will be spit onto the dusty grotto so that teeth can be gnashed in a blood-thirsty snarl.  The voice-stifling fear of saying the wrong thing in a meeting will be replaced with a barbaric yawp.  Newbies don’t know well enough to be afraid – very afraid.  Will this be their tactical advantage, or their untimely undoing?

The Games

The day-long event planned for this cast of players represents a gauntlet of competitions from almost every genre and category imaginable.  From the desktop to the tabletop.  From the fog of war to the fog machine.

Let’s do this.  The competitive shooter in the line-up boasts a class system that fits in lock step with the theme of the day.

DOTA 2 Beta
Each school will cast their best spell to conjure up victory while a live cast tells the tale of their magical battle.

Forza 4
Take the wheel.  Mind your torque.  Keep that priceless prototype off the wall.  It would be a shame to scuff your custom paint job before it
can be judged by race fans.

Puzzle Hunt
The boundaries of human intellect will be stretched to the point of shattering.  Complex riddles will require the mindshare of entire teams to crack the codes therein. Root beer will be mercilessly drunk.

This challenge will draw from both sides of the brain.  Problem solving meets creative expression.  Communication will be forced through the prisms of numerous artistic mediums. Including clay.

Blongo Ball
It’s like a game of horseshoes, only slightly more (if not completely) suitable for indoor use.  We already have the divots in our drywall to serve as evidence of much practice.

Texas Hold ‘Em
There is no limit to that which will be wagered.  All cards will be wild, from a certain point of view.

Dance Central 2
So you think you can dance?  The Bungie Webcams make a triumphant return, andfor those with two left feet there will be nowhere to hide.

Rock Band 3
No celebratory gathering of family would be complete without a house band to murder the classics.  A panel of distinguished judges will make the star makers of reality television look like the nicest people you have ever met, while our alpha-geeks channel their inner rock star.

Our At-Home Audience

While we play the roles of the gladiators on a stage of our own making, you will be invited to serve as the carnage starved audience.  You are all invited to the party, attending through the virtual interfaces of your choosing.  Feast your eyes on this Friday to witness the revelry as it unfolds.

Monitor webcams that reveal the feast and the dance.

Browse photos, uploaded to illustrate the story as it is written.

Decide the winner of the Forza 4 paintjob fashion show in a forum election.

Spectate the gilded mediocrity of our DOTA tournament, along with expert color commentary provided by Tobi Wan from

Keep an eye out for episodic updates to our scoreboard.

Follow the chorus of Bungie Tweets (@bungietweets)

The Pentathlon awaits. 

Victory will choose only the most cunning of the four schools entered into this pageant of jubilation and sport.  The rest will be sent home to sulk in a vanquished state, waiting for their next opportunity to settle old scores, birth new legends, and totally redeem themselves.

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Rumor and Speculation - Updated 

Posted by urk at 2/16/2011 10:36 PM PST

Don't believe everything that you read.

This evening, Kotaku Australia published a blog entry to their website claiming that Bungie recently terminated as many as thirty contract employees without notice or justification, effectively eliminating all non full time staff at the request of our publisher, Activision-Blizzard.

The claim is false.

Bungie has never been asked to lay off any employees or contract employees by our publisher, Activision-Blizzard, for any reason. The talented professionals who grace our offices day in and day out are the lifeblood of Bungie – our most cherished commodity – and the unsubstantiated rumors posted today are in direct opposition to the culture and values that we believe make Bungie an exceptional place to work, and to call home.

(Oh, and since we're on the subject, we're hiring.)


To clarify, Bungie has not experienced layoffs or group firings of any kind.

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Take Our Jobs...If You Dare! 

Posted by DeeJ at 12/23/2010 10:14 AM PST

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Join Bungie!

Take our jobs, if you dare. Eat our snacks. Climb our rockwall. Enjoy the best benefits the industry has to offer.

Our ever-expanding team of kick ass developers is bringing a brand new world to life. Our Careers Page is kept current up to the minute. World Domination is only a step away.

Your move.

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Posted by urk at 5/26/2010 1:54 PM PDT

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