Bungie Weekly Update: 8/08/08

If we were all into the number 8 instead of the number 7, this probably would've been awesome.


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Bungie Weekly UpdateCommunityHalo 3 8/8/2008 6:54 PM PDT

Coming soon to screens near you

Grind Rider, a new kind of western.  The grit, the sand, the guns, the blood....  it's still the same.  But the horses and six shooters?  Gone the way of the buffalo.




First Class Pictures presents a sneak peek at Grind Rider.  Coming soon to digital displays around the world.

Viewable at Veoh.Com or YouTube.

First Class Pictures is a Bungie.Net community project started by Just Another Fan that involves members of the fan community including some of the Bungie.Net forum ninjas.

Grind Rider will be released in October of 2008.  A full-length dramatic machinima, it is one example of the Bungie statement of "maybe one day the fans will use this to make Macbeth" brought to life.

We hope that this trailer entertains and increases your interest in what really can be done with the Halo 3 Saved Film tool, time and effort.  Stay tuned for more information or visit our group at First Class Pictures.

Community 8/8/2008 2:40 PM PDT permalink

Legendary Brawl Returns

So many targets, so little time.


Starting right now, Legendary Brawl returns to represent as this weekend's Double EXP playlist du jour. Uh, I mean... Double EXP playlist de la semaine. Or maybe du weekend. Languages are hard.

...Anyway, for those unfamiliar with it, Legendary Brawl is a 12 player free-for all romp through the Legendary maps (with several of the normal maps and Heroic as well). If that description and the name of the playlist are not an indicator, that means that you need at least the Legendary Map Pack if you want to participate. Legendary Brawl is ranked, so this is a great opportunity to get those last couple achievements that you have been so wrongfully denied. Good luck!

Legendary Brawl is available from 11am PDT on Thursday, August 7th until Monday the 11th at 2am. Heroic and Legendary Map Packs required (But not Cold Storage).

PlaylistsHalo 3 8/7/2008 11:00 AM PDT permalink

Halo PC Update 1.08 is Official

The Halo 1 PC security rollup has completed testing and is ready for official use. Start updating your servers, because clients will auto-get this patch on Friday

For full details, see the Halo PC forum post.

Halo (PC and Mac) 8/6/2008 9:13 PM PDT permalink

Community Spotlight: Halo 3 Academy

lukems writes:

Meet the homegrown Bungie.net Group: The Halo 3 Academy.


The Halo 3 Academy is a Bungie.net group focused on helping other dudes and dudettes through their Halo 3 experience. The Halo 3 Academy's Bungie Favorites entry is now online.

The Halo 3 Academy is a group created to help other players get better.We started in January after helping a few of my friends out and then extended to by recruiting other like minded players who wanted to help other players. Then we opened the group to the public. We grew fairly quickly with several people signing up to get better at Halo 3.


We exist with the sole purpose of helping the community and those members that want to improve their gameplay. We have been very successful so far. We have graduated six players and several others have made mention that the Academy has helped them out tremendously. We have over 25 dedicated Instructors and membership is open to anyone who wants to join. We offer in game lessons, custom games and hold small tournaments. So if you want to improve your gameplay in a friendly community the Halo 3 Academy is the place for you.

Inside BungieCommunityHalo 3 8/5/2008 3:16 PM PDT permalink

Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction, Chapter 9 is up!

Cujo027049 writes:

The 9th Chapter of the Red vs. Blue Reconstruction series is up!


The 9th Chapter of the Red vs. Blue Reconstruction series is up! Check it out on their website:

http://rvb.roosterteeth.com/home.php

This episode shows Sarge going out on an important mission ... an epic mission!


Community 8/5/2008 3:07 PM PDT permalink

Arby 'n' the Chief Season 3 Now Up

CBTrigg writes:

The first episode of Season 3 of Arby 'n' the Chief has just been released.

DigitalPh33r is back with his hit video series Arby 'n' the Chief in an all new season. Episode 1 of Season 3 is about Chief try to get Cold Storage and learns its free only to have it disappear. Watch the episode here.

Community 8/5/2008 3:07 PM PDT permalink

Bungie Weekly Update: 8/01/08

Look today is a Palindrome!

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Bungie Weekly UpdateCommunityHalo 3 8/1/2008 5:03 PM PDT

Team Melee Weekend Begins!

Gametypes for people that like to play up close and personal.


Starting this morning, Team Melee is available as a Double EXP Weekend feature in Halo 3. As you might guess from the name, Team Melee focuses on everybody's best friends, the Gravity Hammer and the Energy Sword. Three teams of three face off in a combination of slayer and objective gametypes. Try not to lose an eye out there.

Team Melee is available from July 31st, 11am PDT until August 4, at 2am. All DLC is required for participation. Enjoy!

PlaylistsHalo 3 7/31/2008 11:00 AM PDT permalink

The Running Riot's Favorite Community Files Updated

emilio30 writes:

The Running Riot picked their favorites again from 100 Screenshots and 75 Film Clips. Check them out in TRR Favs!

The "Submission Status" to send your files is now OPEN! Go to TRR Favs and follow the instructions there to submit your best!

Community 7/31/2008 8:35 AM PDT permalink

Halo PC hotfix refresh

An updated Halo PC server hotfix has been released for community testing. Click through for forum link

There is a new pre-release hotfix available for Halo PC. 

http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=24200699

Halo (PC and Mac) 7/30/2008 10:59 AM PDT permalink

Red Vs. Blue - PSA 2 Released!

LordOfBlah51 writes:

Red vs. Blue- Reconstruction has released the latest edition to their series, RvB PSA 2, Small Rewards. In this episode, RvB's wacky characters begin to explore the wide world of Achievements.


Red vs. Blue- Reconstruction has released the latest edition to their series, RvB PSA 2, Small Rewards. In this episode, RvB's wacky characters begin to explore the wide world of Achievements. Even on a subject that millions of gamers worldwide have understood, could they still find a way to mess it up? Go find out here.

Community 7/29/2008 8:24 AM PDT permalink

Halo Corpse Alphabet Completed

IndianSniper117 writes:

After countless hours of blood, sweat, and dead Spartans (and Elites), the Halo Corpse Alphabet has been finished.

On Tuesday July 22 the great folks at I <3 Halo 3 Screenshots unveiled their masterpiece of contorted Spartan and Elite corpses. After nearly a month of tedious work and effort, every letter of the Alphabet along with numbers 0-9, question mark, exclamation mark, and period was created using only dead bodies and the occasional weapon. Coordinator bs angel did a great job with this project and it is truly a piece of mortuary art.
http://halo3screenshots.com/halo-corpse-alphabet/

Community 7/29/2008 8:18 AM PDT permalink

McFarlane Toys' Halo Points Prizes Revealed

Connorwmcl writes:

McFarlane Toys announces details of the Halo Points reward program.

McFarlane Toys has announced the Halo Points reward program.
Halo Points come along with all Halo 3 figures and can be found at the back of each box the figures come in. If you collect 500 Halo Points you can receive a gold Master Chief figure. You can also receive a Recon figure for 225 (Red) or 250 (Blue). The program will start in Winter and you must be 17 or older to participate.

Community 7/29/2008 8:16 AM PDT permalink

Bungie Weekly Update: 7/25/08

We're all out of office, but we answered some of your questions, anyway.


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Inside BungieBungie Weekly UpdateCommunityHalo 3 7/25/2008 11:08 AM PDT

Bungie @ PAX

The Penny Arcade Expo is rapidly approaching and while some of our plans have changed, we are still planning some goodness for fans who plan to attend.

We've been talking up PAX for a few weeks now, asking our fans to mark their calendars and prepare to be showered in Bungie Love as we hunker down in our booth amidst the craziness of the show floor. We're just over a month away from the magical weekend so it's worth reminding everyone that Bungie will be there and we would love to meet you at our booth. 

We'll be there in full force in booth #752, conveniently located right next to our friends from Rooster Teeth / Red vs. Blue. Visitors to our patch of real estate can expect to find some brand new Halo 3 multiplayer conent, including chances for hands-on play (crowds permitting of course).  Hardcore fans will also have an opportunity to compete in multiplayer matches against Luke and Shishka for a chance to win Recon armor. In addition, many members of our team will be on hand during the three days of the show to mingle, sign stuff, draw stuff and spread Bungie Love. Of course we also plan to make it rain with prizes and swag on a daily basis.

The FanFest party that was mentioned a few weeks ago has unfortuantely fallen upon hard times.  It saddens me greatly to find ourselves in this situation but we have decided to postpone the FanFest for a later date. Our plans and some dependencies leading up to this party have not materialized as expected so we've been forced to delay things for now. I realize this will come as sad news to many of you, just as our team is bummed out over this turn of events. I can say that the grand return of the Bungie FanFest will happen when the time is right and it will be glorious.  I guess if there's any upside to this, it's that we now have even more loot to distribute at the actual booth. 

For the record, we have no plans to make any big announcements or huge reveals at PAX this year. While we will have some Halo 3 multiplayer stuff for you to check out, this is not going to be the "big announcement" many of our fans are clamoring for. Rest assured that when the time is right, we will be making announcements and talking about the stuff we're currently working on. At the moment we do have three distinct projects underway within Bungie - some familiar, some not. Some on a closer horizon, some quite far off. 

In the meantime, I encourage any Bungie fans in the area to please stop by our booth and say hello.  In the coming weeks we will post a more definitive schedule of the various actitives taking place in our booth at specific times so you can plan your PAX agenda accordingly.  If you have special requests, people you'd particularly love to meet or anything like that, please share your ideas in the "Discuss This" link attached to this story.  Stay tuned for more updates as PAX gets closer....

Inside BungieCommunityHalo 3 7/24/2008 10:10 AM PDT permalink

Red vs. Blue - Reconstruction Chapter 8 Released

Dream053 writes:

Church, Washington, Caboose, and Delta arrive at the source of Agent Maine's beacon signal.  As they set up an assault, Church learns more about the Freelancer Project from Delta.


Rooster Teeth has released the eighth chapter of the new Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction series, located here. After discovering the identity of The META to be former Freelancer, Agent Maine, Washington, Delta, Caboose, and Church follow its distress call to Last Resort where they begin to set up an assault.  In the meantime, Church begins to learn more about the Freelancer Project from Delta.

Community 7/23/2008 8:57 AM PDT permalink

Reclaimer 63-68 are available.

The 63rd-68th installments of graphic novel Reclaimer are online.

These installments can be found at these locations: 63rd (Outpost 77), 64th (Garbled Data), 65th (Field of Play), 66th (Master Chief), 67th (Flood Push), and the 68th (Option 2).

Community 7/23/2008 8:57 AM PDT permalink

The Superintendent's Sorrow Music Video

Loading Ready Run releases "The Superintendent's Sorrow" music video.


Two words,

Click Here

Inside Bungie 7/23/2008 8:48 AM PDT permalink

Planet Halo at Haloramics

DeeJ writes:

El Burritoh at Tied the Leader has created some truly unique screenshots at Haloramics, bending the lens to depict multiplayer maps for Halo 3 as their own little planetoid worlds.

El Burritoh at Tied the Leader has created some truly unique screenshots at Haloramics, bending the lens to depict multiplayer maps for Halo 3 as their own worlds. 

A full tutorial has been added to the site, enabling gamers to make creations like these for themselves.  As always, links to Hi-Res will satisfy anyone's desire for new desktop wallpaper.

http://blog.tiedtheleader.com/article/841/planet-halo

Community 7/21/2008 8:44 AM PDT permalink

Digitalph33r's Episode Commentary

AlphaHalo52 writes:

Digitalph33r has released his commentary for the first two episodes of Arby n' The Chief.


Digitalph33r, Director of the hit machinima series Arby n' The Chief, has recently released his commentary for the first two episodes of the series, as well as Masterchief Sucks at Halo 3. Check it out here.

Community 7/21/2008 8:43 AM PDT permalink

Interlocking Objects in Forge

TheShadyGnome writes:

ForgeHub and Flem Productions have gotten together to produce a new Forging 101 Video Tutorial.  This one teaches you how to merge, or "Interlock" objects together using Halo 3's Forge to create the best maps possible.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei2bKwtYc9c

It also explains the Save and Quit technique for making objects float, and there's some lolz thrown in there, so everyone's a winner. ;)

Halo 3 7/21/2008 8:42 AM PDT permalink

Pwnathon Forge Contest Winners

ProvingUnique writes:

There were a lot of great maps submitted in this contest. A lot of great games were played on these maps during the last month. If you missed the chance to download one of them, check out the fileshare for the Pwnathon2o2p tag. They're all there.

There were a lot of great maps submitted in this contest. A lot of great games were played on these maps during the last month. If you missed the chance to download one of them, check out the fileshare for the Pwnathon2o2p tag. They're all there.

Pwnathon2o2p Fileshare:
http://www.bungie.net/stats/Halo3/FileShare.aspx?gamertag=Pwnathon2o2p

Winners Include:

- Best Competitive Map: Clearview PKD by ProvingUnique -

Easy to get in the bases, creates fun fast games. The Backdoor Ramps offer secured entry along with access to the Invisibility Bridge which offers great vantage points. The map was named Clearview due to the open shield door view points that allow you to see what's coming to the base before it reaches the base. This map creates intense battles and offers constant action. It's "clear" why this map won its category.

- Best Casual Objective Map: Map of Fury by Jonny12gauge -

Essentially, you can hop on top of your base, hit the first cannon, land almost perfect in the middle man cannon, grab the flag and return via Man Cannons in about 20 seconds or so - round trip. Sure that sounds easy but you're being shot at the whole time, remember. This is often a close game, always a blast. And capping the flag seems to never take just 20 seconds.

- Best Casual Slayer Map:  Hog Mania 2.2 by Spidey2222 -

If you could take pure awesome and breed it with pure pwnage this game would be its offspring. Stickies in every form, check. Warthogs in both forms, check. Mancannons, check. Fusion cores, check. Ability to rack up insane medals, check. Kill limit of 100 that seems too low sometimes, check. This is Spidey2222's adaptation of a classic casual slayer game. The map was started by Jonny12gauge and then perfected into this masterpiece.

- Honorable Mentions -

Black Majick by Nomindo
Vertigo by TheArtistSwayze

Community 7/21/2008 8:42 AM PDT permalink

Bungie Weekly Update: 7/18/08

It's Friday yet again! Hooray?


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Inside BungieBungie Weekly UpdateAbout Bungie 7/18/2008 5:26 PM PDT

Grifball Summer League Begins!

The New Classic returns with a slightly tweaked map.


Starting at 11am PDT, Grifball Double EXP weekend returns once more. The map has been updated to Summer League, but if you've played Grifball before you'll feel right at home.

Grifball Double EXP Weekend lasts from Thursday, July 17, 11:00am PDT until Monday, July 21st, at 2am. Heroic Map Pack required, as Foundry is the only map in the playlist! Have fun!

PlaylistsHalo 3 7/17/2008 10:59 AM PDT permalink