Bungie Weekly Update

A special edition of the Weekly Update this happy St. Patrick's day. We reveal, for the first time ever, a little thing we've been working on called the Halo Graphic Novel. It's not our next game, but it's pretty exciting.

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Inside Bungie 3/17/2006 4:59 PM PDT

Fanfic Contest Finished

sir_brilliant writes:

Finally, after long months of reading, reviewing, arguing, reading, reviewing, and more arguing, the Results are in!

The Fanfic contest, which started with [url=http://www.bungie.net/fanclub/81533/Group/GroupHome.aspx]OFG[/url], is finally complete. After moving the contest to BFO, who sponsered it, we waited for awhile to recieve all the entries and waited till the last second to grade them all, but we've finished! The results are posted [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=6435367&viewreplies=true]here[/url], and we want to thank everyone who participated in the contest, as well as BFO for sponsoring it, the judges for, well, their countless hours of work, and bungie for giving us something to write about. Check out any more stories [url=http://www.bungiefansonline.com/index.php?s=486ddf15b88a9247ad383926c5681f6c&showforum=15]here[/url]

Community 3/17/2006 10:52 AM PDT permalink

Introducing Dan Miller

One of our new mission designers, the deliciously talented Dan Miller, takes time out of his busy schedule to introduce himself to you and the world at large. He also tells you a wee bit about the mysterious art of mission design.

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Inside Bungie 3/16/2006 1:30 PM PDT

Bungie Cribs: AV Special

Find out what the Bungie staff play games and watch movies on, and find out who has the best rig in the office. Sure, it's not [url=http://www.bungie.net/images/news/inlineimages/my_setup1.jpg]The Greatest AV Setup Ever Conceived[/url] but there's some good stuff in here.

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Inside Bungie 3/14/2006 5:41 PM PDT

Bungie Weekly Update

This week we update you (vaguely)on the progress of our next project, and give you some vaguely thrilling information about a new video game concert series, starring Halo music and our own Marty O'Donnell.

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Inside Bungie 3/10/2006 4:55 PM PST

Network Maintenance

We'll be doing some network maintenance on our load balancing solution today. That will cause some sporadic downtime between now and around noon Pacific time.

The upshot of the downtime is that our web server cluster should have much better load balancing and failover protection once we're done, resulting in better performance and more stability for you. So, please bear with us as the maintenance progresses - the site should be back to normal by noon.

Inside Bungie 3/9/2006 10:21 AM PST permalink

Introducing Max Dyckhoff

To further our goals of world domination, we've hired a new guy who is focused on making our games smarter than you. Who is he? Where's he from? How is he adapting to life at Bungie? Find out in this exciting interview!

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Inside Bungie 3/8/2006 4:06 PM PST

HBO Gets its Wiki On

Halo.Bungie.Org has its own [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo.Bungie.Org]Wiki[/url] which details the history, staff and legends of one of the best Halo fan and community sites on the web. Go read about it [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo.Bungie.Org]here.[/url]

And a Wiki, in case you didn't know is a kind of web encyclopaedia entry which may or may not be entirely accurate.

Community 3/8/2006 3:44 PM PST permalink

A PSA for Older Gamers: By Mother Goat

[url=http://www.2old2play.com]2old2play's[/url] very own mothergoat has put together a little public service announcement for all the Halo 2 playing older gamers out there who suffer from MPD. What is MPD? You'll just have to watch it to find out.

[url=http://www.2old2play.com]2old2play's[/url] very own mothergoat has put together a little public service announcement for all the Halo 2 playing older gamers out there who suffer from MPD. What is MPD? You'll just have to watch it to find out. The video details this affliction in song and I hope everyone out there can now rest easy knowing they are not the only suffers. When 2o2p first got a hold of the video, I couldn't stop laughing for about 2 hours. I hope you all enjoy it and check out Mother Goats web site at http://www.mothergoat.net. [url=http://www.2old2play.com/modules.php?name=Video&op=view&video_id=18]Now Check Out The Vid[/url]

Community 3/6/2006 12:59 PM PST permalink

Bungie Weekly Update

Frankie skipped out on work today to go hurt himself pulling extreme tricks on the slopes of Tahoe. While it was relatively quiet here this past week, he did manage to send over a short update before abandoning us. Enjoy!

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Inside Bungie 3/3/2006 2:03 PM PST

Humpday: Bungie Vs. Buccaneers!

That's right! Bungie played against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. How would athleticism, teamwork, professionalism and dedication fare against disorganized smacktalking and betrayal? Read on Macduff, read on...

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Halo 2 (Xbox) 3/2/2006 3:58 PM PST

Mad Props: Cosplay Spectacular

A look at the stunning cosplay efforts of a Halo fan, and his award-winning Elite costume from the San Diego Comic Con last year. Wait 'til you see how he did the crazy Elite knees!

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Community 2/27/2006 2:59 PM PST

Powered by Corn

When Stuntmutt's own One One Se7en strip is actually about corn, then you know you're in for a brain crushing, soul-withering torment from which there is no possible escape. It's like a black singularity of sucking horror, crushing your will to live at the Event Horizon of humor itself. Go [url=http://nikon.bungie.org/misc/stuntmutt.html?type=main&image=444]see for yourself[/url].

[url=http://nikon.bungie.org/misc/stuntmutt.html?type=main&image=444]Why lord, why?[/url]

Community 2/27/2006 10:25 AM PST permalink

Bungie Weekly Update

This week's short update contains nothing you can't find in your own belly button lint, but it does have a 360 formatted Mister Chief to customize you dashboard with. And still no date for the soundtrack! Hurrah!

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Halo 2 (Xbox) 2/24/2006 4:43 PM PST

Spotlight on Swag!

If you have a lot of disposable income, here's some useless, yet trendy stuff you can dispose of it with. Halo swag you've seen already, and a sneak peek at some Halo swag nobody has ever seen before!

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Halo 2/21/2006 4:33 PM PST

Incredible Needler

Some dude has made a Needler. And we have to admit, it's a doozy. Luckily for him, he's selling just the needles (crystals) rather than the Needler itself (which if he sold it, might be legally awkward) and you can go check it out [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8260488635]HERE[/url].

It really is a fantastic looking piece of kit, and a testament to the effort and detail our fans put into projects. Go check out this highly illuminating project [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8260488635]NOW[/url] and remember, he's only selling the "ammo" not the gun itself.

Community 2/21/2006 1:03 PM PST permalink

GIANT CHIEF HEAD!

It's GIANT CHIEF HEAD TIME! Remember that [url=http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6255651174]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=6255651174]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=6255651174]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.

Inside Bungie 2/20/2006 9:44 AM PST permalink

Podtacular celebrates 50 podcast episodes!

[url=http://podtacular.com]Podtacular[/url], the unofficial Halo 2 podcast, is celebrating it's [b]50th episode[/b]! What's a podcast? It's a [b]free[/b] radio show you can play on your computer or iPod. To celebrate this milestone we've beefed up our community with a [b]new clan system[/b] and a snazzy [b]new web site[/b]. Check it out at [url=http://podtacular.com]www.podtacular.com[/url]!

Podtacular has been around a while now, but maybe you missed some of the early action. Now's your chance to get into the hottest Halo community radio show! We discuss tons of Halo-related topics such as Halo news, web resources, Halo 3 wishlists, other games Halo fans play, general tips, a map of the month, custom games, tales from the fox hole, and even listener voice mails. We're [i]really[/i] excited about our new community clan system since now Podtacular listeners can choose a recreational clan or a competitive clan to join. Our recreational clans hang out and play customs or just get to know other listeners. Our pro clans have fewer members and select members from the recreational clans that show promise. Pro clans compete in internal tournaments. If you're really good, one member from each pro clan is chosen to join the Podtacular all-stars, our team to compete against other organizations in high-profile matches. Our [url=http://podtacular.com]new website[/url] has to be seen to be believed. Forums, comments, member profiles, personal messaging with a buddy list, personal blogs, and lots more. So go check it out at [url=http://podtacular.com]www.podtacular.com[/url]! Pretty soon you'll wish your Mjolnir armor had an iPod dock.

Community 2/19/2006 1:00 PM PST permalink

Bungie Weekly Update

A video special this week! The long promised tour of the new Bungie office facility. Set your internets to Broadband for this very large, very pointless video spectacular. And by spectacular, we mean dumb.

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Inside Bungie 2/17/2006 3:54 PM PST

Pimps at Sea Day!

Who decided February 18th is Pimps at Sea Day? I have no idea, but we've been celebrating it for the last three years! So get yer groove on and lets pimp the seven seas and search for ultimate booty! Arr!

Here's a simple sea shanty to get you in the mood: Just sit right there and you'll hear a tale, A tale of pimping tri-ip! (ARRH) That started from the seaside hood, Aboard this pimping shi-ip! (ARRH) Aboard this pimping shi-ip! I looked right down and I saw a fin, A fin of mermaid sea bitch! (ARRH) She hopped right upon my boat, And starting giving her sales pitch! (ARRH) And starting giving her sales pitch! Its been a good fortnight or two, I hope my whores don't flee! (ARRH) This tale of mine continues, Past lands and seas unknown to me-ee! (ARRH) Past lands and seas unknown to me-ee! Make yer own and share them on the [url=http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=6203377]Underground![/url] Arr! (thanks for reminding me gholsbane!!)

Inside Bungie 2/17/2006 9:32 AM PST permalink

Angry Community!

Yesterday's [url=http://www.bungie.net/News/TopStory.aspx?story=communityvalentine&p=6182642]top story[/url] was well received, except by folks who felt their site should have been included and wasn't. It was basically a random list of community sites we love, in no particular order and in no way representative of the total number of sites out there. Anyway, here's a few additions to the lineu

[url=http://www.2old2play.com]2old2play.com[/url] - More ancient gamers with better manners than the whippersnappers. [url=http://highimpacthalo.org/version3/]High Impact Halo[/url] -Where hardcore Halo tricksters go to trickle. [url=http://www.haloorbit.de/]Halo Orbit[/url] - They play Halo in Germany! Wo ist die krankenschwester! [url=http://www.haloplanet.com/]HaloPlanet[/url] - An excellent Halo fansite with a HUGE percentage of vocal forum complainers. ;-) [url=http://ibo.bungie.org/]IBO[/url] - Stands for IRC.Bungie.Org and is devoted entirely to the business of online chatting about Halo. [url=http://mintz.hushedcasket.com/]Halo Portable[/url] - puts Halo in your pocket in readable, watchable form. Just not playable. Of course, there are dozens more. Go find 'em.

Community 2/15/2006 4:37 PM PST permalink

One Ring to Rule Them All

For those that are active viewers of multiple major Halo websites (such as HBO and RedvsBlue), here's a handy page that will make browsing a lot smoother.

For those that are active viewers of multiple major Halo websites (such as HBO and RedvsBlue), here's a handy page that will make browsing a lot smoother. It's purpose: to be set as your browser's homepage so you can easily access all of the web's best Halo sites. Instead of fumbling around with favorites and bookmarks, you can simply open your browser and have the backbone of the Halo community at your finger tips. The webring features eight websites which are huge contributors to the halo community including Highimpacthalo.org, Halo.Bungie.org and Mythica.org among others. For your convenience, a link to Google.com is included in the webring... I don't think I need to explain why. With a brilliantly laid out design, the webring permits access to the major websites in the halo community (while keeping track of a number of statistics for your viewing pleasure.) You can check out [url=http://ring.halogrid.com/]this webring here[/url]

Community 2/14/2006 6:20 PM PST permalink

Community Valentine!

In which we give a big shout out to some of our favorite community sites, and give newbies just a hint at the multifaceted world that is the Halo and Bungie community. Check out some of these links, you'll be glad you did.

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Community 2/14/2006 5:03 PM PST

Halopedia Knows

Dragonclaws writes:

If you're reading this, you obviously know what Halo is, but you can't really know Halo unless you learn it's secrets. You've beat the game on Legendary, but have you found the Scarab Gun? Halopedia can help you to attain not only the famous secrets, but the deepest and darkest of them as well. Read on to know where.

Halopedia can tell you nearly anything you may need to know about Halo. Halopedia is also a wiki, which means it's constantly expanding. It knows everything about the Halo games, books, upcoming movie, and other appearances, and with your help, it can grow even larger. But how can one trust a wiki? Surely some crazy could come in and troll the entire place up. Well... they could, but they wouldn't get too far. Halopedia is guarded by rabid watchdog like fans who are constantly watching the Recent Changes page to check for the slightest error, either grammar or factual. Okay, that's a bit exaggerated. The real deal is that Halopedia is under almost constant watch by someone who can set everything right. With 3 very responsible sysops and a mob of other users, Halopedia is in safe hands. Be sure to check out Halopedia and even you could find something to contribute.

Halo 2/14/2006 4:05 PM PST permalink

Jobs@bungie.com down

We understand that jobs@bungie.com is currently bouncing all of your emails to our various job postings right now. We are working to restore it ASAP. In the meantime, you can send your job mail to bunjobs@microsoft.com if your mail to jobs@bungie.com gets rejected.

We apologize for the problem, and hope to have normal service to jobs@bungie.com restored soon.

Inside Bungie 2/14/2006 12:38 PM PST permalink