Halo at Yale - For all to see!

MiguelC writes:

The fine folks at HBO captured the Halo portion of VGL's show in New Haven, CT.  With Tommy Tallarico's (co-creator of VGL) insistence that the audience help spread the word, we bring you the Yale Symphony Orchestra-Choir's full performance of the Halo 2 suite and the Halo 3 teaser.

Frankie mentioned the event a few posts back. We were lucky enough to attend. What's the quick and dirty review? Good stuff! Watch the youtube version of the performance or download the best quality available over at HBO. You can read a review of the show over at Bungie Sightings.  In short, do yourself a favor, if they're passing through town, catch the show!

Halo 4/18/2007 6:45 AM PDT permalink

New Halo 2 Maps are Here!

The new Halo 2 maps are here. Bug fixes, workarounds and details about their inclusion in next week's Matchmaking playlists, inside.

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Halo 2 (Xbox)Halo StatsFAQs and Info 4/17/2007 7:50 AM PDT

Halo 3 Beta Alert

Starting as early as this weekend, it is possible you will see Gamertags on Xbox Live reporting that they are playing the "Halo 3 Beta." Rest assured, this is a Microsoft internal Beta, and not the early start of the Halo 3 Public Beta which is still scheduled for May 16th. So don't panic.

Starting as early as this weekend, it is possible you will see Gamertags on Xbox Live reporting that they are playing the "Halo 3 Beta." Rest assured, this is a Microsoft internal Beta, and not the early start of the Halo 3 Public Beta which is still scheduled for May 16th. So don't panic.

Please feel free to be jealous of them however.

Halo 3 4/15/2007 2:42 PM PDT permalink

Retrothon

Gods Prophet writes:

Retronauts is a 1up podcast which discusses, lovingly reminisces and laughs at the insanity of old video games on all platforms. Apparently due to a high demand, this week's retronauts podcast is a little special (particularly for Bungie fans)... It's a Marathon special!

You can go check out the podcast page here where you’ll be able to download the Marathon episode (38.55MB size, 1hr 22 running time). Whilst it downloads, why not do some homework on this great game?  

-See ya starside!

Classic Games 4/13/2007 7:06 PM PDT permalink

Bungie Weekly Update

Most of the cool info was revealed on Tuesday in the Multiplayer Vidoc, but here's some stuff on matchmaking and more.

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Bungie Weekly Update 4/13/2007 5:30 PM PDT

Halo 2 Auto-update is up

The Halo 2 auto-update is now available. Read more for a refresher on Sketch's summary of it.

It's pretty early in the morning here, so I'll do what's easy and quote Frankie quoting Sketch. You can quote me on that. I'm not going to edit it for date content, so when he says "next week", that's now.

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As you know by now, we’re just over a week away from unleashing two brand new Halo 2 multiplayer maps upon the world. “Desolation”, a remake of the Halo 1 map Derelict, and Tombstone, a remake of the classic “Hang ‘em High”, are both being released on Xbox Live on Tuesday 4/17. For the bargain price of $4.00 you’ll be able to unleash a new can of whoop-ass on these completely re-imagined multiplayer arenas. We’ll have a lot more to say (and show) about each of these maps next week as part of our continuing coverage on Bungie.net.

However, before we can release the new maps, we need to release a new auto-update for Halo 2. My sources tell me this is likely happening at some point next week and there could be a small interruption in play while this update is being deployed.

The primary purpose of this update is simply to enable the game to recognize the new content but we’ve also taken the opportunity to enhance some of our existing Banhammer functionality. This will be transparent to our legitimate players but suffice it to say that we’ve got a few new bells and whistles under the hood that should hopefully further combat and deter cheaters and jerks who are still trying to ruin your fun online. They will know immediately that something has changed.

This update will clear your online networking history which means that for a short period of time, the game won’t have any record of your ideal network capabilities which means you could experience some shaky games until things settle down. Basically over time the game learns what size games you can reliably host in order to give you the best possible experience but initially it’s not going to know if you’re on dial-up or a T1. This should return to a peaceful state of harmony after a few games. It’s also worth noting that the update will erase your “map cache” on your Xbox – this means that the first few games you play after the update could take a little longer than usual to load the maps since they’ll have to be freshly loaded into memory. This also means that the maps will need to be loaded from your Xbox game disc, so if you have a scratched or damaged disc, you could encounter some errors that you might have noticed before since the maps were previously already cached.

The point to all of this is just to let you know that longer load times and potential rocky games are expected and perfectly normal but everything will return to the way it was after you play a few games.

We are currently planning to update the Halo 2 matchmaking playlists the week following the map release (around 4/24). You’ll have some time to download the new maps but once the playlist update comes, please be aware that almost all playlists will require the new maps to play. You can of course play custom games and offline games as much as you want as soon as the maps are released, but on or around 4/24, you will need the new maps to enjoy the majority of the playlists offered in matchmaking. Lastly, in conjunction with a new auto-update, new maps and fresh playlists, we’re going to RESET ALL RANKINGS for Halo 2.

The last time we did a ranking reset was the release of the map pack and corresponding auto-update and we feel it’s right to do it again since the online landscape will be changing. This reset will also even the playing field in a world where the population has diminished somewhat and the majority of players are spread far across the level spectrum. It will pull everyone back together again and make it easier to get into games.

It’s awesome that we still have a steady group of people playing Halo 2 even today and we’re really looking forward to invigorating the online game one more time with new maps and a fresh ranking start before we look towards Halo 3. As always you can share your suggestions, requests and comments about matchmaking in our Optimatch forum here on Bungie.net. Thanks for your support and we’ll see you back on Xbox Live soon!

Halo 2 (Xbox) 4/12/2007 3:09 AM PDT permalink

An Affinity for Art

We chat with Certain Affinity's art lead, Chris Wood, about the visual look and feel of the new Halo 2 Multiplayer Maps.

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Halo 2 (Xbox)Concept Art 4/11/2007 2:31 PM PDT

Multiplayer Madness!

We reveal the Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta release date, and let you see MP footage and more in our latest Vidoc.


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Halo 3 4/10/2007 3:02 AM PDT

Bungie Weekly Update

This week, Matchmaking, rank resets, Cinematics and...drum roll...the evolution of Fusion Cores! Are you not entertained!?

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Bungie Weekly UpdateHalo 3Halo 2 (Xbox) 4/6/2007 4:33 PM PDT

GiA's Halo 3 NPC Dialogue Competition

Maimum FEAR writes:

Games in Action is hosting a brand new competition.  All you have to do is come up with a witty one liner that a non-playable character might use in Halo 3 for your chance to win a copy of Halo: Ghosts of Onyx.  Read on to find all the details.


So if you think you can come up with the funniest line of dialogue head over here and learn how to submit your entries and what the rules are.  The winning submission will be decided and announced at the end of this month.  The winner will recieve a free copy of Halo: Ghosts of Onyx.  Any person who takes part will also recieve a free GiA pen.

You can submit your entries immediately here but please read the rules so you know how to enter properly.  Good luck!

Community 4/6/2007 12:55 PM PDT permalink

Humpday Challenge

We stupidly take on Certain Affinity at the maps they just spent months building and playing. PS., Shishka Sucks.

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A Certain Affinity: Mapmakers to the Stars

We have a long chat with Certain Affinity's Max Hoberman about making the new Halo 2 maps. Lots of insight follows.

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Halo 2 (Xbox) 4/3/2007 5:58 PM PDT

Update: Halo 2 stats upgrade complete

We're in the middle of upgrading the servers that receive game stats from the Xbox - processing of new stats may be delayed while we switch to the new system, and a few games might even fall through the cracks. (They'll still count for rank, just won't be visible on this site.) Sorry for any inconvenience.

(Follow link for update...)


We're in the middle of upgrading the servers that receive game stats from the Xbox - processing of new stats may be delayed while we switch to the new system, and a few games might even fall through the cracks. (They'll still count for rank, just won't be visible on this site.) Sorry for any inconvenience.

When we're done, we'll be running on shiny new servers that will also be running the Halo 3 beta and eventually Halo 3 itself.

Update 1: We're up and running on a brand new server. Tomorrow we'll bring a few more online for redundancy, but that's shouldn't affect anyone. To clarify, this was just a routine server upgrade, similar to when we upgraded the web servers a couple weeks ago, and isn't a hint of imminent changes in the beta status.  For those who asked, this is simply the server that receives stats uploads from the xbox for display on bungie.net, it doesn't literally "run" the game.

Halo 2 (Xbox) 4/3/2007 2:40 PM PDT permalink

New One One Se7en Strip Hurts Children

One One Se7en does it again. A groan-inducing nightmare of a comic strip whose only saving grace is that it is mercifully short. Cruel? Read the pun and decide for yourself. Special Ed Ition

One One Se7en does it again. A groan-inducing nightmare of a comic strip whose only saving grace is that it is mercifully short. Cruel? Read the pun and decide for yourself. Special Ed Ition

Stuntmutt is a harsh mistress.

Community 4/2/2007 4:07 PM PDT permalink

Bungie Weekly Update

In this weeks update, we concentrate almost exclusively on the new Halo 2 maps, announced this morning. Lots o' details inside!

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Bungie Weekly Update 3/30/2007 2:42 PM PDT

New Halo 2 Maps Revealed!

At last we reveal the two downloadable Halo 2 maps coming later this year. And no, it's not an April Fool's. Screens and info inside.

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Halo 2 (Xbox)Screenshots 3/30/2007 8:41 AM PDT

Letters to the Webmaster

The Webmaster is back. Fat lot of good that's going to do you. Misplaced letters answered by a drunken monkey.

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Video Games Live: CT

The Video Games Live concert series' next stop is Yale University in New Haven, CT, this Saturday, March 31st, at 8PM. These events feature music from a number of classic video game soundtracks for attendees to rock out to, including a medley of songs from the Halo series. Scores are performed by a full orchestra and choir, accentuated by special videos and synthesized segments.

The Video Games Live concert series' next stop is Yale University in New Haven, CT, this Saturday, March 31st, at 8PM. These events feature music from a number of classic video game soundtracks for attendees to rock out to, including a medley of songs from the Halo series. Scores are performed by a full orchestra and choir, accentuated by special videos and synthesized segments. The event also includes a pre-show festival, featuring a Halo 2 competition, with prize giveaways and a costume contest. More details on the show are available at the Video Games Live website, and tickets can be purchased online here: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=SHUBERT_CAPA&pid=5903950

CommunitySoundtrack and Music 3/27/2007 5:47 PM PDT permalink

Xbox Live Offline, March 27th

Xbox Live is offline today for scheduled maintenance and should be back online some time after 2pm PST, barring any unforseen hiccups. This will affect your ability to see Halo 2 stats and may affect other areas of the site today.

Xbox Live is offline today for scheduled maintenance and should be back online some time after 2pm PST, barring any unforseen hiccups. This will affect your ability to see Halo 2 stats and may affect other areas of the site today.

You will also have trouble visiting www.Xbox.com during this outage. When the service is restored, Xbox Live will be better and more stable than ever before. So you know, it's all good.

Community 3/27/2007 9:33 AM PDT permalink

The Warthog

This week, we take a look at what's probably the all time favorite vehicle in the enitre Halo universe. It's the Warthog.

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Halo 3Halo Universe 3/26/2007 5:16 PM PDT

Machinima Movie Contest

Our friends at HBO directed us towards "The Condemned" -  a Machinima contest hosted over at Machinima.com.  The contest ties in with upcoming 'regular' movie 'The Condemned'.  Submit a machinima video telling them why you should be one of ten "Condemned,"  and win cool prizes.

Our friends at HBO directed us towards "The Condemned -  a Machinima contest hosted over at Machinima.com The contest ties in with upcoming 'regular' flim 'The Condemned'.  Submit a machinima video telling them why you should be one of the ten "Condemned" and win cool prizes. (nVidia graphics cards and Lionsgate prize packs are up for grabs.)

Their description, not ours: "Using any game of your choice, show us why are you so bad...show us your gameplay or show us what did you do to be convicted and ultimately chosen to be on the island...be creative, be tough, be the chosen one..." Like HBO, we expect that there will be a ton of Halo machinima entries. Visit Machinima.com and read the official rules - and get your entry in by April 15!

Community 3/26/2007 12:02 PM PDT permalink

Halo Map Battle!

A Halo 2 enters its twilight years and Halo 3 looms on the horizon, we're embarking on a journey to determine which Halo multiplayer map is better than all the rest. Through a series of polls you can help us crown the ultimate killing ground in our Bungie.net "Map Battle."  Get to votin!

Halo has always been known for great multiplayer and it's not just due to the pistol or sword or any of the various means of destruction at your disposal. These tools are pointless if you don't have a good map to unleash them in.

Here at Bungie.net we're kicking off our first ever Halo "Map Battle" as we seek to determine which Halo multiplayer maps are truly the best of the best in the eyes of our fans.

Since our scientific poll system can only contain a maximum of 8 total entries, we've split the voting up across several different polls. We'll combine the highest scoring maps from Halo 1, Halo PC and Halo 2 into one final showdown to determine the overall winner.

It's time to step up and represent your favorite maps and rock the vote at the polls listed below. Check back soon for the next round of voting!

HALO MULTIPLAYER MAP BATTLE

Halo 1 MP Map Poll  (1of 2) -  VOTE HERE. 
Halo 1 MP Map Poll  (2 of 2) - VOTE HERE.

Halo 1 PC/Mac Map Poll - VOTE HERE.

Halo 2 MP Map Poll (1 of 3) - VOTE HERE.
Halo 2 MP Map Poll (2 of 3) - VOTE HERE.
Halo 2 MP Map Poll (3 of 3)  - VOTE HERE.

Next week we'll combine the top scoring maps into the 2nd round of voting on our way to the championship.

Bungie Weekly Update

We talk about atmosphere  and scale in this Week's Update, and of course it wouldn't be an update without a mention of water, would it?

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Bungie Weekly UpdateHalo 3 3/23/2007 5:22 PM PDT

A Legend in the Making

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Halo 3 Legendary Edition and meet the people making it happen...

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Halo 3 3/22/2007 5:26 PM PDT

Humpday Challenge: ILM

This week, artists and animators from Industrial Light & Magic took on Bungie for a fight to the finish in the Bungie Humpday Challenge.

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CommunityHalo 2 (Xbox)Halo StatsHumpday 3/21/2007 6:01 PM PDT