Stuntmutt Finds New Low Ebb

Seriously, sometimes Stuntmutt shows off brilliant, inspired moments of wit. And he often uses holidays and special occasions to riff of of. [url=http://nikon.bungie.org/misc/stuntmutt.html?type=holiday&image=valentines06]But not today.[/url]

Go look at his alleged [url=http://nikon.bungie.org/misc/stuntmutt.html?type=holiday&image=valentines06]cartoon humor here.[/url]

Community 2/14/2006 11:17 AM PST permalink

Giant Halo 2 Auction is Live!

Remember that [url=http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6253637165]AUCTION[/url] we told you about last week? Our muckers in Australia, are auctioning off the biggest ever Halo 2 promotional item [url=http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6253637165]on eBay[/url] right now. Ripper!

After transforming the Sydney skyline for more than five months, Master Chief and the massive historic Halo 2 advertisement that took over a Sydney landmark are now up for grabs as Xbox auctions the sign worldwide to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Ebay auction is live now, so click [url=http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6253637165]HERE[/url] to snare your piece of gaming history! On the launch of Halo 2, Xbox made advertising history by becoming the first non-Coca Cola Amatil company in 30 years advertising at the iconic Coke site in Kings Cross, Sydney. Divided into just eight exclusive one-off pieces, each piece of the Halo 2 advertisement will be accompanied by a commemorative plaque including a photo of the Halo 2 Coke sign, personally signed by our Bungie team. If you wish to learn more about the King's Cross neighborhood of Sydney, you might want to read the [url=http://www.robertgbarrett.com.au/robertgbarrett/books/wouldnt_be_dead_audio.htm]official guide.[/url] [url=http://www.makeawish.org.au/about/default.asp]Make-A-Wish Foundation of Australia[/url] creates magic and hope for children with life threatening illnesses by granting their cherished wishes. It does this by recognising the importance for a child to dream, fulfilling wishes only limited by a child’s imagination.

Community 2/12/2006 9:05 PM PST permalink

Bungie Weekly Update

Not much going on this week, so skip it if you don't want to hear more about Halo 2 on Windows Vista. A little news about the novels and a very awful Mister Chief, but really, that just can't be helped.

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Halo 2/10/2006 3:46 PM PST

3 Halo novels just not enough for you?

Have you ever wondered why Private Jenkins decided to become a marine? (Hint: It wasn’t to travel the galaxy, meet hot girls and to finally become the host for a hive-mind parasitic organism). It [i]did[/i] have something to do with unpaid student loans on 3 colony planets, an enormous XBL bill, and 7 unwed mothers, each with a red-haired young son named “Jenky”.

Or, have you pondered what Tartarus does in his spare time when he is not walloping human-cyborgs with his huge mallet? Extra credit: Did you know that he sometimes refers to that same mallet as his “choochie-woochie?” Of course if you have read the official Halo Bible, you would likely laugh and know that these outrages are not officially part of the Bungie-created Halo universe. You [i]have[/i] read the official Halo Bible, haven’t you? Sadly, neither have I nor most of the millions of fellow Halo fans. As you may know, reading the Halo Bible is a privilege reserved for an extreme few who have an explicit and authorized “need to know”. The rest of the world is left to think, theorize, question, ponder, speculate and generally “float and sputter”. So how can these other stories exist? Who would even try to explain these unexplored aspects of the Halo story? That, dear readers, that is where the legion of creative fans and their word processors come into play. Welcome to the confusing and often twisted world of “fan created fiction” or as we in the biz like to call it, “Fan Fics”. The good news (this IS a news article after all) is that people who write, read, or are curious about Fan-Fics based on any Bungie-created story have a place to visit and hang out. The Bungie 7th Column is home to a group commonly referred to as “[url=http://www.bungie.net/fanclub/officiafanficgroup/GroupHome.aspx][u]OFG[/u][/url]”. It stands for “Official Fan-Fic Group” and while it is important to understand that fan-fics are NOT official or Bungie-sanctioned in any way, the community seems to have a insatiable appetite for stories related to the Halo universe and characters. This group is a one-stop place to take care of that craving (if you have it). Many of the fan-authors are members and have posted their latest offerings. Readers can visit and read for hours and hours. Aspiring authors can submit and review each other’s work, give and receive advice, insights and further “hone their craft”. Heck, I hear that they might even be having a fan-fic contest, for those of you who are interested in the new and exciting field of "competitive writing". If all of this sounds interesting to you, you can easily visit the group [url=http://www.bungie.net/fanclub/officiafanficgroup/GroupHome.aspx][u]here[/u][/url]. Always keep in mind that these are stories written by fans and are NOT part of the “Official Canon”. They are however, a tribute to the creative nature of Bungie fans, to their passion, as well as to Bungie’s ability to create a fertile field where imaginations can roam and in some cases, even soar. Now go. Read. The television PSA's say that it is FUN-demental.

Community 2/10/2006 10:48 AM PST permalink

Halo Tournament - Philadelphia Area, February 17th

Halo Tournament on February 17th. Will be held at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Charity Event to raise money for Philabundance (local food bank). $5 entrance fee. Winner gets 10%

[b]Note: This tournament is not sponsored by Bungie. Nor is it managed in any way by Shishka. Please use the contact information below or message [url=http://www.bungie.net/Account/Profile.aspx?uid=32185]ggivnish[/url] if you have questions.[/b] Halo Tournament on February 17th. Will be held at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Charity Event to raise money for Philabundance (local food bank). $5 entrance fee. Winner gets 10% This tournament is being held to raise money for Philabundance. Philabundance works to end hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware Valley by rescuing surplus food and distributing it to local organizations serving people in need. Philabundance was the 4th leading supplier of food to victims of recent flooding in the New Orleans area. The tournament will be held at Drexel University at the Creese Student Center. University City Main Campus 215 Creese Student Center 3141 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 The tournament is welcomes all entrants. $5 to enter. Winner receives 10% of all entrance fees. Additional prizes for runners-up. Format will be 4 man slayer matches. One game elimination. Top two from each match advancing. This tournament is a charity event and all profits (besides 10% for the winner) will be given to Philabundance to aid them in their ongoing efforts. [[i]Note: The tournament will be held from 5-9pm -Ed[/i]] Please personal message me if you have any questions or concerns. thanks.

Community 2/9/2006 1:09 PM PST permalink

Halo 2 for Windows Vista

Halo 2, for Windows Vista! There, I said it. We're making our famous game, Halo 2, for Windows Vista! Everyone will be either pleased, or enraged, depending on their mood. You can read the "details" in here.

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Inside Bungie 2/9/2006 10:41 AM PST

Ode to Rage?

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Or worse yet, a woman ignored by her Halo-addicted husband. One such lady managed to channel her rage into poetry however, and a surprisingly touching (and probably all-too-familiar) piece. Go read it at [url=http://nikon.bungie.org/news.html?item=15068]Halo.Bungie.Org[/url] and if you're a husband, feel guilty.

If you're a wife, commiserate.

Halo 2 (Xbox) 2/7/2006 4:08 PM PST permalink

Peter Jackson Comes to Visit

King Kong director and Halo movie executive producer, Peter Jackson came by to say "Hi" recently, and we just got our crappy pictures back to prove it. Hurrah for one megapixel cameras and redeye!

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Inside Bungie 2/7/2006 3:20 PM PST

Chief and Stubbs - Blood Brothers?

Wideload's excellent [url=http://www.wideload.com/home.html]Stubbs the Zombie[/url] shares code with Halo for Xbox and [url=http://www.rampancy.net/blog/narcogen/07022006/mean_green_fighting_eating_machines]Rampancy.net's[/url] Narcogen has taken some time out to note the differences and similarities between the two green heroes.

[url=http://www.rampancy.net/blog/narcogen/07022006/mean_green_fighting_eating_machines]What are you waiting for? It's a good read![/url]

Halo 2 (Xbox) 2/7/2006 1:19 PM PST permalink

Win Some Action Figures

Our friends at [url=http://nikon.bungie.org/misc/7onthe7th.html]Halo.Bungie.Org[/url] are giving away some free collectible Halo action figures in an humorous jokes contest over at their semi-regular [url=http://nikon.bungie.org/misc/7onthe7th.html]Seven on the 7th[/url] contest.

[url=http://nikon.bungie.org/misc/7onthe7th.html]Go check it out and try your comedic chops.[/url]

Community 2/7/2006 12:36 PM PST permalink

Down Under Auction!

Xbox Australia will auction off the landmark Halo 2 Coke sign to raise money for [url=http://www.makeawish.org.au/about/default.asp]Make-A-Wish Foundation.[/url] The massive sign has been a beacon for Antipodean Halo fans and is simply one of the biggest Halo items ever created.

After transforming the Sydney skyline for more than five months, Master Chief and the massive historic Halo 2 advertisement that took over a Sydney landmark are now up for grabs as Xbox auctions the sign worldwide to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Ebay auction will be Live next week, and we'll link to give you a chance to snare your piece of gaming history! On the launch of Halo 2, Xbox made advertising history by becoming the first non-Coca Cola Amatil company in 30 years advertising at the iconic Coke site in Kings Cross, Sydney. Divided into just eight exclusive one-off pieces, each piece of the Halo 2 advertisement will be accompanied by a commemorative plaque including a photo of the Halo 2 Coke sign, personally signed by our Bungie team. If you wish to learn more about the King's Cross neighborhood of Sydney, you might want to read the [url=http://www.robertgbarrett.com.au/robertgbarrett/books/wouldnt_be_dead_audio.htm]official guide.[/url] [url=http://www.makeawish.org.au/about/default.asp]Make-A-Wish Foundation of Australia[/url] creates magic and hope for children with life threatening illnesses by granting their cherished wishes. It does this by recognising the importance for a child to dream, fulfilling wishes only limited by a child’s imagination.

Community 2/6/2006 9:44 AM PST permalink

Bungie Weekly Update

This week we answer a bunch of questions, and show off our football colors. We also reveal the packaging for Soundtrack 2 and unleash some new wallpapers (Which will go up later Friday evening when Shishka stops playing Barbie Horse Adventures).

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Bungie Weekly Update 2/3/2006 4:42 PM PST

Bungie Weekly Update

A unique Weekly Update this week, where we talk to David Candland, our User Interface guru, about the work he's doing on <gasp!> our next project. Lots of insight and info on how our next UI might look and feel!

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Inside Bungie 1/27/2006 3:32 PM PST

Letters to the Webmaster

The surly, cantankerous Webmaster is back. Mean spirited, lacking any kind of meaningful information or insight and basically just acting out all his internal rage on unsuspecting readers. You don't believe us? [url=http://www.bungie.net/Inside/CustomPage.aspx?section=LettersToTheWebmaster&subsection=Main&page=17]Go Read For Yourself[/url].

Seriously, [url=http://www.bungie.net/Inside/CustomPage.aspx?section=LettersToTheWebmaster&subsection=Main&page=17]Go read it.[/url]

Inside Bungie 1/26/2006 5:21 PM PST permalink

So Long and Thanks for All the Pizza

Today we bid a fond farewell to a Bungie stalwart - Pete "Mango" Parsons, our very own magnificent bastard. He took time out of his international playboy lifestyle to say goodbye to the little people. Us.

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Inside Bungie 1/25/2006 4:11 PM PST

Bungie Wiki

goweb writes:

All the knowledge of Bungie in one easy to edit place? Check.

Some of you may know of a little site called Wikipedia. This excellent resource is a community-created encyclopaedia - anyone can add, change or remove content, and it all works rather well. Some of you may also know of a little-known developer called Bungie. Even fewer will know what Bungie has done in its short life. So I thought to myself - why not combine the awesomenesses (new word) of Bungie and Wikipedia into one unholy entity? Enter the [b][url=http://wiki.tru7h.co.uk]tru7h wiki[/url][/b]. This little site allows you to tell the rest of the world about Bungie - its history, its games, its culture. And it also allows you to find out more about this mysterious company. So if you know who [b][url=http://wiki.tru7h.co.uk/Disembodied_Soul]Disembodied Soul[/url][/b] is, or were ever curious about [b][url=http://wiki.tru7h.co.uk/World_Domination]Bungie's real agenda[/url][/b], pay it a visit.

Community 1/25/2006 12:21 PM PST permalink

Halo Boxart Contest Ends!

Our friends over at [url=http://nikon.bungie.org/misc/kgcontest/results.html]Halo.Bungie.Org[/url] have announced the winners of the Killer Grunts contest, the chance to win one of seven copies of Tecmo's DOA4 fighting game. Democracy won out in the end, with Halo.Bungie.Org readers deciding the results.

To win, entrants had to create fake boxart for an imaginary Halo-themed fighting game. You can see the entries [url=http://nikon.bungie.org/misc/kgcontest/results.html]HERE.[/url] And they ranged from hilarious to beautiful - we'll let you decide which are which.

Halo 1/25/2006 10:38 AM PST permalink

This Spartan Life Interviews Marty O'Donnell

2005 Best Machinima Series: This Spartan Life's new episode interviewed Halo/Halo 2's Audio Director Marty O'Donnell.

2005 Best Machinima Series: This Spartan Life's new episode interviewed Halo/Halo 2's Audio Director Marty O'Donnell.. This Spartan Life is the new hip Machinma series with the love of a Halo 2 talk show and 8-bit music. This is how things work over at This Spartan Life... the host of the show invites special guests to do a "creative and enjoyable" interview. Our latest interview we had Bungie's Audio Director Marty O'Donnell. You can view part one of the interview at our site, www.ThisSpartanLife.com, under the "Episodes" tab. Please under stand that there are two parts to this interview.

Community 1/24/2006 6:13 PM PST permalink

Bungie Store Updates!

It's been a long time coming but we've finally got a few new items available at the [url=http://www.bungiestore.com]Bungie Store[/url]. The most recent additions include a Beaver Creek tourist shirt, Oddball team shirts, a black jacket and a fleece pullover. Help fund our quest for World Domination and pick up some new gear today!

We've been working on a few cool products for the Bungie Store with our partners at Sunrise and at long last the first items are available for purchase. At the moment there are two new t-shirts including a Beaver Creek novelty tourist shirt and both red and blue Oddball Team shirts. Both of these designs come courtesy of Bungie artist Dave "Evil Otto" Candland. If you need something a bit more cold weather friendly, check out the new black wind breaker jacket or the new fleece pullover. We have more products in the works including a few more shirts that will reportedly be online in the next week or so. These two long sleeve shirts are going to be awesome. Just wait. As always, thanks for your undying support of all things Bungie and Halo. Remember, you can't call yourself a fan unless you buy every piece of merchandise on the market. You can also rest easy knowing that every purchase you make contributes to the Bungie World Domination Fund (not to mention Frankie's $100 a day Starbucks habit).

Community 1/24/2006 2:43 PM PST permalink

Taking Xbox Live Clans Further

Truth Regret, one of the longest standing Halo 2 Clans still in existance, now has more ways for you to Jump In.

Founded on December 20th, 2004, Truth Regret is very proud of its staying power. Holding true to our roots, we strive for teamwork and in turn the team strives for victory. Honesty and Dedication are at the core of this Clan. Now, with the 360 on the shelves and arriving at more homes every day, this Halo 2 Clan is looking to the future. With rumors of a Live!-wide Clan system, we are spreading out to many of the favorite 360 games. With this expansion into new games comes a greater need for awareness, and to help in this we have made the move into another popular Online Community: MySpace. You can see the official Truth Regret MySpace Profile [url=http://myspace.com/truthregret]here[/url]. Already sporting an enviable [url=http://truthregret.com]website[/url], Truth Regret hopes to use this time of expansion to bring more Gamers to the cause of maturity and respect. We realize that the greatest issues plaguing the community of Online Gaming, and hope to help lead the way to the future by way of example. So please, join us. If not as a member of the Clan, then join us as a gamer interested in a better Gaming Community, a more mature, respectable community. [b]Truth Regret: Honor - Trust - Loyalty - Brotherhood[/b]

Community 1/24/2006 12:18 PM PST permalink

Grunt Killer Voting

Sir Fragula writes:

[url=http://halo.bungie.org]Halo.Bungie.Org[/url] has entered the final leg of the [url=http://nikon.bungie.org/misc/kgcontest/voting.html?action=help]Grunt Killer contest[/url], offering fickle Joe Public a mighty maximum of five votes to sort the seven diamonds from the rough.

[url=http://halo.bungie.org]Halo.Bungie.Org[/url] has entered the final leg of the [url=http://nikon.bungie.org/misc/kgcontest/voting.html?action=help]Grunt Killer contest[/url], offering fickle Joe Public a mighty maximum of five votes to sort the seven diamonds from the rough. One-hundred and thirteen entries have been submitted, so you wont be stumped for choice. Submissions range from whimsical adaptations of the fighting genre's classics to novel and humorously crafted potential titles. Sure, there might be a fair amount of fluff there, but that's where [i]you[/i] - Misters and Missuses of the voting public - come in; wielding the scythes of democracy to cut down the chaff of failure and, um... leave standing the grasses of success? Voting ends sometime Tuesday.

Halo 1/21/2006 7:19 PM PST permalink

No Update Today!

We're participating in the annual Winter Pentathlon today - a series of game events, including an inter-Bungie Halo 2 tournament which has already become a big-baby festival. We'll have the results and photos of the event next week.

So we'll see you then.

Halo (Xbox) 1/20/2006 3:15 PM PST permalink

2old2plays Own Bungie Art Contest Finalist

A cool interview of BATMANKM. One of 2old2plays own artist and finalist in the Bungie Seventh Column Art Competition. We get an inside look at what it took to create such an awesome piece of art and how he became hook on the Halo world. Check out his sketches and ideas along the way.

Not long ago, one of our own represented us in an art contest on Bungie.net. Since I was amazed by the work and proud of his accomplishment of being stated on the Honorable Mention list, I have spent some time on doing an in-depth interview with the artist. The questions and quotes are from me, the rest are unedited answers from the heart and mind of Kirk. The interview is detailed. If you do not have the time to peruse through it all, at least do not miss the end for a special gift from Kirk to all 2o2p members. So without further due. 1. Tell us about the contest, what was it? Over at Bungie.net they posted a news article announcing an art contest and a call for submissions. Deman267 from OMM posted it to the 2o2p forums for those of us that might be interested. I checked it out and got very pumped because i thought it would be a great opportunity to get some exposure to Bungie staff. I decided I would take the challenge and create something to enter. It was all due Jan 7th. To be honest, however, to this day it’s not really clear to me how much Bungie actually played a part in the event if at all. I’m now pretty sure they simply endorsed it but that it was organized, sponsored by and judged by members of a Halo Fan forum hosted on the Bungie.net forums called The Septagon. [url=http://www.studiokm.com/OMM/Landing.jpg]Here is the final art piece submitted for the contest.[/url] 2. How long did it take you? The piece I entered took me about 8 days to complete. That’s working on it a little bit each day in between other work and family. Total hours spent were probably 16 to 20. 3.Was this your first time participating in such event? I have entered into other similar contests before. It’s always a great way to get your work seen and to get you motivated to create something new. As I’m sure everyone knows by now I didn’t win this contest. In fact I didn't even place in the top 3. But that’s what happens. You pull your self up and move on to the next. I had A wise Art teacher once that said " stop thinking of each piece as a masterpiece and see it instead as simply an exercise and learning experience for the next piece." I have tried to keep that in mind ever since. [url=http://www.2old2play.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=191&mode=nested&order=0&thold=0]CONTINUED ON 2old2play (sorry no more characters allowed)[/url]

Community 1/20/2006 11:04 AM PST permalink

Bungie Humpday Challenge

What kind of MONSTER would trick a friend into being in a Humpday Challenge, OWN that friend in a couple of nasty, ill-tempered battles and then humiliate that friend in public the next day? THIS kind of monster.

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Bungie Weekly Update 1/19/2006 5:08 PM PST

Septagon Caption Contest!

AlexZander writes:

As part of an effort by old members of the community, a group of people are trying to revive Bungie's old school style of community interaction. This caption contest is a part of that. Submit your entry here to win cool Bungie swag from the Bungie Store! [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=5924385]Caption Contest[/url]

As part of an effort by old members of the community, a group of people are trying to revive Bungie's old school style of community interaction. This caption contest is a part of that. Submit your entry here to win cool Bungie swag from the Bungie Store! [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=5924385]Caption Contest[/url] [u]The Prizes![/u] First place prize for this caption contest is anything you want from the [url=http://www.bungiestore.com/]Bungie Store[/url] of equal or lesser value to $15.00US before taxes. Runner-up gets anything he/she wants from the [url=http://www.bungiestore.com/]Bungie Store[/url] of equal or lesser value to $8.50US before taxes. The Rules: [*][b]Rule 1:[/b] Only one entry per person. If you post two entries, your entries will become invalid. [*][b]Rule 2:[/b] You must have been a member of Bungie.net for as of January 14th 2006. This is to stop people from making multiple accounts to bypass rule 1. [*][b]Rule 3:[/b] Mods can submit entries, but cannot win the prize. You guys already recived Bungie swag when you became a Mod. [*][b]Rule 4:[/b] No profanity. [*][b]Rule 5:[/b] All entries must be entered by [u]January the 31st.[/u] At that time I ask that this topic be locked for and at that time the judges will begin their final decisions. [*][b]Rule 6:[/b] No 'your mom' jokes. [*][b]Rule 7:[/b] Seven is [b]darker[/b]. Enter your caption in [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=5924385]this topic.[/url] This Captions contest is brought to you by me, AlexZander, an active member of the [url=http://www.bungie.net/fanclub/7thcolumncouncil/GroupHome.aspx]The Council Chambers[/url], a group where discussion on the creation of the Seventh Council is discussed.

Community 1/18/2006 8:58 PM PST permalink