Recent Downtime

Recent Downtime

Sorry about the downtime we had this morning. Our primary web server apparently fried its power supply. The server was down for approximately two hours while the power supply was being replaced. Everything is running smoothly again, though.

Inside Bungie 5/28/2002 6:29 PM PDT permalink

The Bungie Store Now Open

The Bungie Store Now Open

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Inside Bungie 5/6/2002 5:07 AM PDT

Bungie Store Opening Soon™

Bungie Store Opening Soon™

Most of you long time Bungie fans remember a little chop shop we used to operate called The Bungie Store. The Store has been down for quite some time now, but we haven't. Instead we partnered with eCompanyStore and together worked up a newfangled version of the site, full of Bungie and Halo branded goodies (and a fun surprise). This new Bungie Store has just been handed over to our crack team of beta testers, and as soon as they give us the green light the store will go live. Stay tuned!

Inside Bungie 4/18/2002 9:08 PM PDT permalink

Back In The Saddle

Back In The Saddle

Whew, I made it back! I've spent most of the day just getting caught up, but I'm once again on top of things. It looks like the Online team took great care of you all while I was away, or at least covered up any signs of abuse. Anyway, Matt is out on jury duty and the rest of the team is working on peripheral projects, so there probably won't be a lot happening this week. We'll do our best though. Don't worry, we haven't forgotten you!

Inside Bungie 4/2/2002 12:25 AM PDT permalink

Login/Acct Creation Fixed

Login/Acct Creation Fixed

Update: Okay, everything should be working fine now. If any more issues come up, be sure to message me so I can get to them immediately.

There is an issue with account creation and sometimes logins as well right now. Blank pages and incorrect errors are being returned. Some users will not be able log in or create an account. I am working on the problem.

Inside Bungie 3/21/2002 6:53 PM PDT permalink

Find your Friends!

Find your Friends!

Everything is back in working order, and we have a new feature for you. The People Finder will allow you to do searches for individual users based on their logins or where they are located.

Inside Bungie 3/20/2002 9:13 PM PDT permalink

Gone on Vacation

Gone on Vacation

I'm going to be away on vacation from tomorrow until the end of the month, but I leave you in the more than capable hands of Bungie's Online Team. I'll be checking the site occasionally, but if you need a problem addressed please contact one of the other staff members. Thanks.

Inside Bungie 3/19/2002 9:24 PM PDT permalink

New Job Opening

New Job Opening

If you head over to Bungie.com and check out our [url=/Inside/Page.aspx?section=Jobs&subsection=Main&page=1]jobs page[/url] you'll see we have a new opening for a producer. You'll also notice we still haven't filled our 3D environment artist position yet, so if you think you have the m4d sk1llz it takes to be a Bungie employee, swing on by.

Inside Bungie 3/12/2002 5:55 PM PDT permalink

Short Outage

Short Outage

At approximately 4:15pm Pacific time www.bungie.net will be unavailable for about five minutes. The support site at support.bungie.com will also go offline, but it will be down for a longer period, maybe as much as an hour.

Inside Bungie 3/11/2002 11:29 PM PDT permalink

New Poll Up

New Poll Up

We've posted a new poll, this time asking, well... go see for yourself. Our resolution poll ended with 44% of you setting your resolution to 1024x768, 16% to 1280x1024, 13% to 800x600, 12% to 1152 x 864, 7% to 1600x1200 and 5% to 640 x 480.

Inside Bungie 3/9/2002 1:54 AM PST permalink

New Feature: Site Change Log

New Feature: Site Change Log

It's a little odd to post news about every minor bug fix or change to the site to the top level on this site, so we've created a new home for these posts over on the left, beneath the poll. If you're looking for up to date news on known bugs or bug fixes or even minor feature additions for Bungie.net or your Seventh Column chapter sites then this is the place to go.

Inside Bungie 3/6/2002 7:36 PM PST permalink

More Formatting Shortcuts

More Formatting Shortcuts

You now have the following shortcuts available for formatting text on this site: B for bold, I for italic, TT for teletype, and LI for list items. Even better, you can now name links!  That's right, just add a name attribute to your links and you'll end up with something like this. You'll see updated instructions for all of this when you make a post. Enjoy!

Inside Bungie 3/2/2002 12:14 AM PST permalink

Messaging Not Quite Working

Messaging Not Quite Working

Update: Messaging is fixed. Move along.

Messaging is messed up again (you'll see a db error when you try to send), though fortunately emailing messages still works. Achronos says he knows what the problem is and is fixing it.

Inside Bungie 3/1/2002 1:51 AM PST permalink

No More Double Spacing

No More Double Spacing

Achronos forgot to mention another little fix he implemented while adding in yesterday's formatting shortcuts. You no longer have to put two blank lines between paragraphs in the site's forms to create a paragraph break, only one. Might seem insignificant, but if you've used the site much you know this is a blessing.

Inside Bungie 2/28/2002 1:32 AM PST permalink

Marathon Infinity Netmap Poll

Marathon Infinity Netmap Poll

We've updated the Marathon Infinity favorite netmap poll with the remaining contenders, but we've also carried over the winners from the original poll, Duality and Route 66. Go vote!

Inside Bungie 2/27/2002 8:35 PM PST permalink

New Formatting Shortcuts

New Formatting Shortcuts

I just added a little feature for those of you who post news frequently. Now, instead of using [ bold ] you can use [ b ] (no spaces). Same goes for the italics and the teletype tags.

Inside Bungie 2/27/2002 1:56 AM PST permalink

Changing Email Bug Fix

Changing Email Bug Fix

Whoops. Both of our gremlins, Chucky and Cpt_Canuck, pointed out that they were unable to change their email address since the code update. The problem has now been fixed. (Make sure your address is up to date before enabling the email feature!)

Inside Bungie 2/26/2002 2:13 AM PST permalink

New Communication Tools

New Communication Tools

Today marks the first significant feature update since themes: email integration. You can now choose to have the server notify you by email when you have messages and when news is posted to your chapters. This update also includes the following additional features:
  • You can now receive messages and news from your chapters via email
  • User profile pages now display location info, home page, and instant messenger contact info
  • You can now choose to display your email address in your user profile (it's hidden by default)

There are several security features built in to the email notification system to ensure it isn't abused. First, you must verify that you actually own the email address before the feature is enabled. Second, your email address is hidden from the sender field. (Thus, if you send someone a message or post news the notification people receive will show the sender's email address as the Bungie server's, not yours.) Third, you now have a personal blacklist, which you can use to block messages and email from specific users.

Anyway, lots of you requested this feature, we hope you like it! Head to the Your Settings page (/site/0/user_settings/) to adjust your account's options

Inside Bungie 2/25/2002 11:21 PM PST permalink

Bungie.net offline at 2pm PST

Bungie.net offline at 2pm PST

The bungie.net websites will be taken offline at around 2pm Pacific time for a large code update. Downtime should be no more than 1 hour, probably less. After the update, we'll have some new community features for you. More on that later.

Inside Bungie 2/25/2002 7:30 PM PST permalink

Y.A.F.N.M.P.

Y.A.F.N.M.P.

Continuing in the tradition of fine past polls we've posted another "favorite net map" poll. This time we're looking for your favorite Marathon Infinity net map. This is the first half of the list, so the winner will advance to the next poll.

Inside Bungie 2/20/2002 10:04 PM PST permalink

Marathon 2 Netmap Poll Results

Marathon 2 Netmap Poll Results

Oh yeah, before I forget. Thunderdome won our Marathon 2 netmap poll with 41% of the votes. Everyone's Mortal But Me came in second with 26%.

Inside Bungie 2/14/2002 8:05 PM PST permalink

Network Issues

Network Issues

Update: The network issues should be resolved.
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We are currently experiencing intermittent network outages and slow response time due to hardware issues in our datacenter.
The issue is being worked on, and should be fixed in the next few hours.

Inside Bungie 2/12/2002 1:50 AM PST permalink

Marathon 2 Netmap Poll Part II

Marathon 2 Netmap Poll Part II

We've posted part II of our "favorite Marathon 2 netmap" poll. Thunderdome dominated the first poll with a whopping 55% of the popular vote, so it's been added to this second poll. Giant Flaming Pit Of Lava came in a distant 2nd with 14%, No Disintegrations came in 3rd with 10%. Look under the navbar on the left and let us know your favorite!

Inside Bungie 2/11/2002 8:09 PM PST permalink

Marathon 2 Map Poll

Marathon 2 Map Poll

We've posted a new poll, this time asking which Marathon 2 netmap is your favorite. This is the first in a set of two polls, as our system only allows ten choices.

Mars Needs Women was the winner in the Marathon netmap poll, earning a hefty 27% of the vote. Waldo World Arena came in a close 2nd with 24%, trailed by You Don't Need To See My ID with 12%.

Inside Bungie 2/7/2002 9:07 PM PST permalink

Kung Fu Movie Review

Kung Fu Movie Review

I know what you're thinking: What do Bungie Online team members do when they're not slaving away on this site? Well, for starters, we watch bad kung fu flicks. In this first (and maybe last) installment of the Kung Fu Movie Review Stefan and I battle two abominations, "Meals on Wheels" and "Fighting Duel of Death."

Wheels on Meals (1984)
· CAST : Jackie Chan, Samo Hung, Yuen Biao, Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, Lola Forner · DIRECTOR : Samo Hung · PRODUCER : Leonard Ho · WRITERS : Edward Tang King-sang, Johnny Lee, Samo Hung · STUNT COORDINATOR : Samo Hung · Nominated for "Best Action Design", Jackie Chan's Stuntman Association, Hong Kong Film Awards, 1984

STEFAN: With credits like that, you would think this movie will be packed with martial arts goodness and non-stop action. Unfortunately you would be sadly mistaken. The first half of the film bounces between a horrid story and Mitsubishi Motors product endorsements (hilights include prostitutes outside the Mitsubishi Motors plant, a Dukes-of-Hazard-esque double car jump by an old woman in her Mitsu sedan and Samo, Yuen and Jackie jumping across a freeway in the Wheels-on-Meals Mitsu Mystery Machine landing on a flatbed full of crates of oranges. At about the halfway mark Max started fast-forwarding through the majority of the film as no one could stand the awful dialog. At the end of the film, we finally get a decent fight scene with Jackie against Benny the Jet, Samo engaging in some sword play and Yuen Biao kicking random ass. Quote of the film: "Send the bitches to the dungeon!" I think that was directed towards the writers of this film. It was sad to see so much talent wasted in what could have been a great Kung Fu flick. Other than the end fight scene, there is not much to see here. Ugh.

MAX: I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment of this film, Stefan. It sucks. I was willing to suffer through the first 10 minutes or so of plot development, and even thought things were showing promise when Yuen Biao jumped out of a second story window and landed square on his keister. Ouch! That, the attractive in that 80's sort of way Lola Forner, and the ending fight scene were definitely the high points. Everything slid downhill after the first few minutes though, and didn't stop. I was so dumbfounded that this movie was so bad that I actually watched the entire first half, no small accomplishment. Conclusion: This movie was all the worse because the actors had so much potential. Make sure your fast forward button is working if you insist on watching it, and either plan for a short evening or make sure you have another Kung Fu flick lined up for later, like we did. But make sure it isn't Fighting Duel of Death....

Fighting Duel of Death (????)
STEFAN: This film starts with a prison yard fight, and two of the men getting released from said prison a short time later. After some talk of sharing bodily fluids while in the slam, this film began spiralling ever downward into the crapper. Horrid production quality and no remarkable fight scenes to speak of here. Max fast-forwarded through most of this movie as well so that we had some time left over to play DOA3, so the night was not a complete loss.

MAX: This movie was about the worst backup we could have picked. Charlie, the main character, has sworn an oath of nonviolence. He finally breaks it to help an old friend, who's wife has amassed a hefty gambling debt, been kidnapped, rescued, and has returned to exact a gruesome revenge. Or something like that. Who cares?!! Where's the Kung Fu? Even worse, I swear this movie was recorded off of a television using a handheld video camera. At one point near the beginning I'm certain I saw the edge of the TV, and the entire rest of the film was shaky enough to make a sailor sick. Props go out again to that very special friend--the fast forward button.

Inside Bungie 2/7/2002 2:11 AM PST permalink