Playlist Feedback

Calling all Live players! We need some more feedback from you as we finish up the final details for our next playlist update. You can read more about it and share your ideas over in the [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/topics.aspx?forumID=5576]Optimatch Forum.[/url]

We're nearly finished with the next playlist update and it's just around the corner. As part of the update, we'll be adding a new 2v2 playlist in addition to a number of tweaks to what's already there. We're asking for feedback on what 2v2 gametypes you enjoy and also what you think this new playlist should be called. You can share your opinions in this [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=2713717]Forum Thread.[/url] We're also looking for your suggestions and ideas to help improve the existing Head to Head playlist. While plenty of people enjoy it, overall it is the least played and least enjoyed playlist we have. Share your Head to Head ideas in this [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=2713545]Forum Thread[/url]. And, if you haven't already, be sure to stop by the [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/topics.aspx?forumID=8]Voting Booth[/url] Forum to chime in on a number of Halo 2 polls.

Halo 2 (Xbox) 3/23/2005 3:27 PM PDT permalink

Are You the Ultimate Halo Freak?

Xbox.com wants to know. The good people at [url=http://www.xbox.com/en-US/promotions/ultimatehalofreakcontest.htm?level1=enushome&level2=eventssbg&level3=promotions-ultimatehalofreakcontest]Xbox.com[/url] are currently hunting for the biggest Halo freak in the United States, and offering up a huge suite of cool goodies to the winner.

Although, it does seem that if you were the ultimate Halo freak, you'd already have those...but that's beside the point! If you're [url=http://www.xbox.com/en-US/promotions/ultimatehalofreakcontest.htm?level1=enushome&level2=eventssbg&level3=promotions-ultimatehalofreakcontest]the Ultimate Halo Freak[/url] you'll want two of everything! [url=http://www.xbox.com/en-US/promotions/ultimatehalofreakcontest.htm?level1=enushome&level2=eventssbg&level3=promotions-ultimatehalofreakcontest]Go enter now![/url]

Halo 2 (Xbox) 3/22/2005 10:44 AM PDT permalink

Weekly What's Update

A teeny bit of information on at least when we'll be announcing downloadable content and a large recap and update to the cheat/glitch fixes, including some rather good news for split screen players.

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Inside Bungie 3/18/2005 5:45 PM PDT

Bungie Humpday Challenge

Where we battle to the death(s) anyone foolish (or knowledgable) enough to take on the combined might of Bungie at its own game. This week, Penny Arcade. Actually, to tell the truth, we get owned quite a lot. But not this time. Read on.

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Halo 2 (Xbox) 3/16/2005 6:21 PM PDT

Halo 3 Wishlist

Although Halo 3 itself is simply part of a wishlist, [url=http://stuffo.howstuffworks.com/halo-wish-list1.htm]HowStuffWorks.com[/url] has come up with a cool list of stuff it would like to see in Halo 3, should it ever appear. [url=http://stuffo.howstuffworks.com/halo-wish-list1.htm]The List[/url] includes weapons, vehicles and features, some old, some novel.

[url=http://stuffo.howstuffworks.com/halo-wish-list1.htm]Go check it out now.[/url]

Halo 2 (Xbox) 3/14/2005 9:48 AM PDT permalink

Weekly What's Update

After last week's burst of actual information, we felt it was best to calm everyone down with a dump of more conventional answers, and one of the ugliest Mister Chiefs yet. All your questions answered. Except the hard ones.

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Halo 2 (Xbox) 3/11/2005 5:48 PM PST

Database Maintence Monday Morning

On Monday March 14th at 10:00 AM Pacific time, bungie.net will be offline for database maintenance. This downtime could last several hours. When the system comes back, you'll find nothing has changed.

Yeah, that's right, nothing. Well, almost nothing. A few performance improvements are in there. The only change for you guys will be in your Halo 2 stats. Previously, if you played a Halo 2 game, and the stats upload to our servers got corrupted somehow, the game never showed up. Now, we'll show you the game, just not any of the stats (like who won). Not much, but it should help explain why some games were never showing up on bungie.net.

Inside Bungie 3/11/2005 4:59 PM PST permalink

HBO's Founding Father

Claude Errera, founder and leader of Halo.Bungie.Org was kind enough to sit down with Bungie.net and discuss his role in the biggest Bungie fansite on Earth, and his thoughts on Halo 2, now that he's had a chance to digest it. Claude has some surprising answers...

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Inside Bungie 3/11/2005 12:53 PM PST

Bungie Humpday Challenge!

We took on the combined might of Pioneer Electronics' best Halo 2 players. Why? Because they asked us to. Which you can too. We'll take on anybody. How did they fare against our might? And how did we fare against their superior TVs? Find out inside.

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Halo 2 (Xbox) 3/10/2005 6:04 PM PST

Halo.Bungie.Org Creator on VidGame Violence

Longtime Bungie community activist and all-round superguy, Claude Errera of [url=http://halo.bungie.org/]Halo.Bungie.Org[/url] is interviewed by [url=http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/03/08/tech/gamecore/main678913.shtml]CBS News[/url] about video game violence and its effect on teens, tweens and the like [url=http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/03/08/tech/gamecore/main678913.shtml]here.[/url]

His controversial views (such as, "parents should be repsonsible for their children") and unorthodox method of answering questions (thoughtfully providing well-researched and honest answers) may strike horror into some, joy into others, but it's a good read nonetheless.

Halo 2 (Xbox) 3/9/2005 2:32 PM PST permalink

Wrapped in Canadian Bacon

Canadian gamers can now eneter the [url=http://www.xbox.com/en-CA/live/halo2tournament.htm]worldwide Xbox Live Halo 2 Championships[/url] to prove their mettle, represent their awesome country and hopefully bring glory home to their frozen Kingdom to the North.

The [url=http://www.xbox.com/en-CA/live/halo2tournament.htm]Championships[/url] will be held in slightly different formats for each competing region, and for our Poutine-munching friends to the North, that means they get to pay on movie theater screens! [url=http://www.xbox.com/en-CA/live/halo2tournament.htm]Check it out![/url]

Halo 2 (Xbox) 3/9/2005 10:27 AM PST permalink

Rental Mental!

Halo 2 is popular with the rental crowd! GameFly, the online game rental service, announced its "Q" awards, named after the service's "GameQ" queue system. Halo 2 won Favorite Xbox Game, Favorite Shooter Game and Favorite Game overall when the awards were announced today at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Woot!

You can read all about the other excellent games and winners [url=http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050309/sfw077_2.html]here.[/url]

Halo 2 (Xbox) 3/9/2005 9:17 AM PST permalink

Bungie Inducted into the Walk of Game

As of 5:30 this evening, Bungie was inducted into the [url=http://www.walkofgame.com/events.htm]"Walk of Game"[/url] a sort of video game version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and we were in good company. This evening, we joined the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog, Nolan Bushnell and Shigeru Miyamoto, which is company we're literally humbled to be included in.

You can read more details about the [url=http://www.walkofgame.com/events.htm]Walk of Game[/url] right [url=http://www.walkofgame.com/events.htm]here[/url] .

Halo 2 (Xbox) 3/8/2005 5:58 PM PST permalink

Halo 2 and Havok

Tumbling vehicles, falling boulders and exploding environments are just a few of the things we used the Havok physics engine for, but find out what else this powerful piece of software can do in our in-depth look at Halo 2 and Havok.

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Halo 2 (Xbox) 3/7/2005 12:49 PM PST

Michigan Tournament

We will be holding a Halo 2 tournament at the Riverview Church of God for map riverviewcog.org . It will be held on the fourth saturday in April. The cost is $20 per team. The details are... teams of 2 2 on 2 slayer double elimination $200 to the winning team for more information email... bjfaircloth@yahoo.com

We will be holding a Halo 2 tournament at the Riverview Church of God for map riverviewcog.org . It will be held on the fourth saturday in April. The cost is $20 per team. The details are... teams of 2 2 on 2 slayer double elimination $200 to the winning team for more information email... bjfaircloth@yahoo.com

Community 3/7/2005 12:36 PM PST permalink

Halo 2 Tournament with cash prize in Orlando, Fl.

Any one who lives in the Orlando, Fl area. A Halo 2 tournaments is being held at Boone High School. It is $5 admission to play all day of games then $5 per tournament. First Place gets at least 20% of the pot. We are expecting over 300 people in this. Up to $250 to first place. prizes to 2nd and 3rd as well. All who wish to be in the Halo tournament must be there by NOON.

The Drama Club of Boone High School of Orlando, Fl is hosting a game day for anyone who loves to play games. At this game day you pay $5 to get into it and play unlimited games with friends on many consoles and have the chane to enter into some big tournaments, the biggest out of all of these would be the Halo 2 tournament. There are huge prizes going out to 1st through 3rd place. First place has a chance to win a portion of the pot up to $250 paid in cash. Any tournament costs $5 to enter and then if you are eliminated you can do a one time re-enter for the fee of another $5. We are using a giant projector screen, along with over 30 other tv's for free play and tournament gaming. This is not something you want to miss out on. We will also be providing consessions for a minimal price. Come out and play and hopefully walk away with a pocket filled with cash. Boone High School's Adress: 2000 S. Mills Ave. Orlando Fl 32806 any questions please reply or eamil me at Crazywilliams@bellsouth.net

Community 3/6/2005 1:57 PM PST permalink

Bungie Weekly What's Update

Finally! Some actual concrete information on what we're doing to fix cheating, what types of glitching and exploits that we're addressing and even a hint or two about the possible timing. Heck yeah!

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Inside Bungie 3/4/2005 5:34 PM PST

Weekly Humpday Challenge

In this week's Humpday Challenge, we took on the combined might of the US Army. Well, a few of 'em at least. It turns out that six Army men is more than enough to deal with seven husky nerds. Read on to find out what happened...

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Halo 2 (Xbox) 3/3/2005 4:26 PM PST

Bungie Wins a BAFTA

Bungie won a [url=http://www.bafta.org/interactive/announce.htm#xbox]BAFTA![/url] The British Academy of Film and Television Awards has a videogame category, and Bungie won in the category of [url=http://www.bafta.org/interactive/announce.htm#xbox]Best Xbox Game.[/url] Hot!

We're very pleased to have won an award and in great company (Half-Life 2 won a ton of awards) and we'd just like to thank the Academy. And our agents. And our families. And all the little people. That includes Carney.

Inside Bungie 3/2/2005 4:46 PM PST permalink

Sketch Goes to Asia

Taiwan loves the Sketch! Brian Jarrard, Bungie's Community Manager has been on a whistle-stop tour of Asia to tell them the ins and outs of developing the biggest Xbox gamer ever. [url=http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20050301A5026.html]DigiTimes[/url], a well-respected Taiwanese IT journal, interviewed Sketch while he was there and it makes for an interesting read.

But even more interesting is a pie-enhanced sketch they made of well…Sketch. Sketch is planning on giving us a full insight into his Asian visit when he returns, but until then, please enjoy this cruel and unnecessary illustration. [img]http://www.bungie.net/images/news/inlineimages/brianjsketch.gif[/img] [b]Fans should also note[/b] that Sketch's interview was translated into Taiwanese, then translated back to English, which explains why some of his statements seem a little "odd." [i]Sketch's note: Haha, nice picture. In all honesty, I never once got to enjoy any tasty Asian baked delights. Instead, you'll be happy to know that flying 40+ hours all over the world and not sleeping has the nasty side effect of making you swell up to uncomfortable new proportions. I also want to add that I did not say that Bungie's early games were unsuccessful nor did I say that Microsoft tells us what games to make. In this case, something truly was lost in translation.[/i]

Inside Bungie 3/1/2005 9:43 AM PST permalink

Bungie Weekly What's Update

Where we try our best to appease your requests for information about common problems, concerns and curiosities. This week, old chestnuts include downloadable content, cheating and old school Mister Chief.

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Inside Bungie 2/25/2005 2:40 PM PST

Real Life Players: BlAcKjAk

BlAcKjAk is a frighteningly good Rumble Pit player. In the few minutes he wasn't popping Battle Rifle rounds into people's helmets, he took some time to let us in on the secrets and strategies of a real life Halo 2 player.

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Halo 2 (Xbox) 2/24/2005 6:44 PM PST

Final Fantasy Maven Moves to Next Gen Xbox

Gaming legend Hironobu Sakaguchi (responsible for a few games you may have heard of called Final Fantasy) has announced that his Mistwalker Game Studio will create and develop role-playing games exclusively for what's finally been revealed as "the next-generation Xbox video game platform." Sounds awesome! Wonder if Bungie will make anything for it?

Mr. Sakaguchi's company has committed to creating two exclusive RPG titles to be published by Microsoft Game Studios.

Community 2/24/2005 2:53 PM PST permalink

Aussie Xbox Charity Blast

[url=http://www.aussiexbox.com.au/template_sec_games.cfm?page_id=25263234110031018&se_id=135&site_id=11003]Aussie Xbox[/url], held a magnificent charity bash in the land down under, to help raise money for the victims of the Tsunami Disaster, so good fun was had for a good cause on the 12th of February at Microsoft's Sydney HQ.

The event was a Halo 2 tournament, with prizes donated by Logitech, Netgear and of course Xbox. You can read the full results and see pictures from the event at [url=http://www.aussiexbox.com.au/template_sec_games.cfm?page_id=25263234110031018&se_id=135&site_id=11003]Aussie Xbox[/url], and even get a feel for Antipodean Xbox antics.

Halo 2 (Xbox) 2/24/2005 2:36 PM PST permalink

Weekly What's Update

A short, bitter What's Update as we answer your questions as best we can. We address the usual chestnuts, including downloadable content, cheating and we talk to mods about what moderating is all about. Go looksee!

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Halo 2 (Xbox) 2/18/2005 6:30 PM PST