Bungie Weekly Update: 01.29.10

Squashing bugs and busting myths.

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Bungie Weekly UpdateHalo: Reach 1/29/2010 2:38 PM PST

Fyrewulff's Firefight Friday

Join us. Stop them.

HBO regular Fyrewulff wants to make it easier for you to start your weekend off with some Friday night Firefight. Head over to HBO to get all the details.

Firefight Friday

Halo 3: ODST 1/29/2010 9:25 AM PST permalink

Reclaimer 240 - Pure

The ultimate in universal networking...

What do The Flood and Ferial have in common? Read on to learn more about the world of Reclaimer. Things are getting even more mysterious.

Reclaimer 240 - Pure

Halo 3 1/29/2010 9:07 AM PST permalink

Game Informer Special Reach Podcast

heyyou9974 writes:

Reach discussion with some Marty music on the side.

The guys from Game Informer got their hands on Halo Reach when they made their trip to Bungie back in December. Since the media embargo is up they're allowed to talk about the excursion. Well, some of it.

"We take a break from our weekly Thursday show format to bring you yet another exclusive special edition podcast, this time centering on Bungie's much-anticipated prequel Halo: Reach. Host Matt Helgeson gathers together the GI staffers that were lucky enough to see the game in action: cover story author Matt Miller, Bryan Vore, and Dan Ryckert. In the first segment, we get the gang's impressions of the game, and get the inside scoop on the game's exciting new features, storyline, characters, and weapons. In the second segment, we open up the reader mailbag and answer Gameinformer.com user queries about the game. The podcast also features some exclusive music from the Halo: Reach soundtrack."

Game Informer's Special Halo Reach Podcast

Halo: Reach 1/29/2010 9:02 AM PST permalink

Noble Team Profile #4

lee74saurus r3x writes:

Game Informer checks out Jorge-052.

Game Informer continues their online coverage with a little look at Noble Team's heavy weapons specialist. After you check out their offering, make sure you drop into the Halo: Reach hub found under the Games tab to get up to speed on all the rest of the Halo: Reach assets.

Noble Team Profile #4

Halo: Reach 1/29/2010 9:00 AM PST permalink

Halo: Reach Renders Updated

More assets to ogle.

There's a new batch of renders on display in our Halo: Reach Project Page.  Collect them all!  Tell your friends!

Halo: Reach Renders

While you're there, make sure to check into the Ordnance section. 

Up next: Enemies.

Halo: Reach 1/28/2010 4:35 PM PST permalink

Grifball Double EXP Weekend is LIVE

Catch the disease!

Category: Double EXP Weekend
4 Players Per Team
Max Party Size: 8
Heroic and Mythic 1 Map Packs Required
Updated 8/06/09

Gametypes

  • Grifball (55%) - Teams vie over a bomb, attempting to plant and detonate the bomb on the other team's arm point. Players spawn with Gravity Hammers and Energy Swords. Player traits: No grenades,  infinite ammo, 200% damage and no shields. Ball carrier traits: Orange forced color, 2x shields and 150% movement speed. Assault bomb arms instantly, and one successful detonation ends the round. Team with the highest score after five rounds wins. Three minutes per round.
  • Mayan Grifball (20%) - Players have 110% move speed. Ball carrier has 150% move speed.
  • Grifball Up There (15%) - Bomb reset time is 10 seconds.
  • Aerial Grifball (10%) - Players have 75% gravity and 100% move speed. Ball carrier has 50% gravity and 100% move speed. Bomb reset time is 10 seconds.

Maps

  • Grifball Court (Foundry) - Variant of Foundry made specifically for Grifball tournament play.
  • The Grif Cave (Sandbox) - Grifball in Sandbox's crypt.
  • Chichen Itza (Sandbox) - Grifball court styled in the fashion of an ancient arena.
  • Ultim8 Grifball (Sandbox) - Get it? With the 8 there, it's like saying  "ultimate." Whoever came up with that should do stand up because they're, like, hilarious and stuff!
  • Grifball High (Sandbox) - Grifball in Sandbox's skybubble.
  • Grifball Naught (Sandbox) - "How did I get into the game before the map?"

PlaylistsHalo 3 1/28/2010 2:31 PM PST permalink

'Brothers Final' - A Halo 3 Montage

Under the Milky Way tonight.

This montage might put you into a trance with its ultra soothing soundtrack, but the gameplay should keep your eyes wide open.  Nice, crisp HD with some simple, but effective editing.  Over nine minutes.  Check it out if you have the time.



YouTube - Brothers Final Montage

Halo 3 1/28/2010 9:30 AM PST permalink

Halo: Reach - Making Of The Cover

Alex ChinYu Chu has you covered.

Literally.  Check out a brief interview he conducted with Game Informer detailing what went down as he crafted the magazine's February cover art.

Making Of The Cover: Halo: Reach

Halo: Reach 1/28/2010 9:26 AM PST permalink

Noble Team Profile #3

Game Informer checks out KAT-320.

Game Informer continues their online coverage with a little look at Noble Team's second in command.  After you check out their offering, make sure you drop into our own Halo: Reach hub found under the Games tab to get up to speed on all the rest of our Reach assets.

Noble Team Profile #3

Halo: Reach 1/28/2010 9:23 AM PST permalink

Runnin' n' Gunnin'

Eat your heart out, Michael Bay.

HBO tipped us off that Team Scoog readied another action packed montage. If you're looking for pro caliber plays, this might not be for you. If you're into awesome cinematography that showcases the sweet simulation and asplosions to be found in Halo 3, you should tune in. And get on the edge of your seat.



YouTube - Runnin' n' Gunnin'

Halo 3 1/28/2010 9:14 AM PST permalink

Keep it Clean

In the bedroom.

Hawty McBloggy's mind is almost always in the bedroom, so it make sense that's she's scared up one fan's take on a SI-themed bedspread.  Pretty nice custom work at the jump below.  And of course, plenty of blue humor.

Keeping It Clean in the Bedroom

Halo 3: ODST 1/28/2010 9:05 AM PST permalink

Halo: Reach - Point of Impact

Dig your toes into Halo: Reach's upgraded sandbox.

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Halo: Reach 1/27/2010 3:56 PM PST

GrifballHub.com's Fav Files Updated

Short on words...

...but not on content.  GrifballHub.com doesn't have any fancy tips or tricks for you when it comes to using Forge.  That's okay, you've got it down pat by now, right?  Besides, you're popping in to check out their week 2 Bungie Favorites offerings.  Which I deployed.  Just now.  Check 'em out.

Bungie Favorites

CommunitySpotlight 1/27/2010 11:07 AM PST permalink

Halo: Reach Project Page UPDATED!

NOBLE Team deployed.

We just dropped more high resolution assets into the mix.  Cutouts of Noble Team and the comparison shots from yesterday's 3D Asset head-to-head are now available in the Halo: Reach Project Page.  More to come.

Halo: Reach Project Page - Renders

Halo: Reach 1/27/2010 9:47 AM PST permalink

Little Big Halo - Halo 3 Machinima

Get sacked.

This short little machinima merges two big titles with a small spot of composite lovin'.  Worlds collide.  Mayhem ensues.

"Sackboy manages to find himself in the world of Halo, and is in a spot of bother as a result!"


YouTube - Little Big Halo

Halo 3 1/27/2010 9:10 AM PST permalink

Hard Justice: S2E13

"I'll be waiting for you in hell."

Looks like 13 might not be this trio's lucky number.  The latest episode of Hard Justice follow Bernard, Eddie, and Max as they await their execution.  Obviously, you'll find some adult themes if you choose to watch.

"Mason escorts Bernard, Eddie, and Max back to the United States, to the Esoteria Police Department where they are to be executed in front of Roman at his request."



YouTube - Hard Justice: S2E13

Halo 3 1/27/2010 9:04 AM PST permalink

Chronicles of ODS Steve #58

Two Face.

Real men wear pink.  Real bad ass men carve skulls into their visors.  Looks like Steve's squad got the memo.

Chronicles of ODS Steve: Two Face (#58)

Halo 3: ODST 1/27/2010 9:02 AM PST permalink

Halo: Reach - 3D Art Evolved

Peep our sweet, sweet assets.

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Halo: Reach 1/26/2010 3:50 PM PST

HaloCharts Firefight Challenge 3

Choke Point.

Played on Rally Point (night) with a completely new set of objectives...

New Mombasa has indeed seen better days and before you have the chance to think you'll catch a break, the Covenant have come back once again to ruin everyone's day. Now focused on getting into ONI's Alpha Site, Covenant forces are dropping in fast and hitting hard.

Troopers, it's your job to rally up at Alpha Site's entrance and crush every notion of them gaining access.
Unfortunately the magic pill you'll need to swallow in order to pull this one off is a jagged one. Don't Choke!

HCFFC 3: Choke Point

Halo 3: ODST 1/26/2010 9:37 AM PST permalink

Average Joe - x Lord Revan x

Now with more ninja!

Today's Average Joe took up the Bungie.net Banhammer not too long ago, but we already had his Average Joe interview in the can.  Instead of asking him what the early going has been like and redrafting all of the words below into a Know Your Ninja offering, we figured we'd just slap this out their and let you get familiar sooner rather than later.  It's always better to know the guy who's crushing your soul with one swing of the hammer.  Makes it sting a little bit less.  Read on to get acquainted.

Q. Who are you and what do you do?

A. My name is Mitch and I’m currently a sophomore in college going for my undergrad degree in economics. When college isn’t taking up all my time, I can be seen playing bass, video games, or just lounging around on campus with my friends. Oh and I tend to head to this website called “b.net.” You might have heard of it.

Q. Hell yeah, I have.  I hear it's awesome too.  Speaking of awesome, where'd you get your username?

A. My tag, “x Lord Revan x” originates from Bioware’s KOTOR which came out all the way back in 2003. I happened to make my account in 2005 shortly after the sequel shipped from Obsidian. I just loved the character’s name and decided it had to be my tag. “Lord Revan” was already taken so I added the X’s. I kinda regret that seeing as how prevalent they have become on Xbox LIVE but I wouldn’t change my tag for anything. It’s who I’ve been for four years.

Q. The x's just mean that you're pro.  When you're not practicing your four-shot, what forums do you fire into to get up to speed?

A. Well, when I first came to the site I was interested in monitoring the leaderboards (back in the beginning days of Halo 2), my stats, and seeing the updates to matchmaking. I eventually found myself checking out theories and the Flood.

Now however, I mainly stick to private groups. Shortly after joining I created the group KOTOR with four other awesome members and we still have it kicking. It might be considered 14 years underage but I can’t believe how old that group is. It reminds me of just how long I’ve been on bnet.

I also want to mention how much I love the community forum and the level of interactivity between members it brings. You guys/gals all kick ass.

Q. What compels you to kick ass in games?

A. Truthfully, I think the sole reason I am a gamer would be due to my friends. In high school it was a pretty popular thing for my friends and I to have Halo LAN matches fairly often. Once Halo 2 shipped we all made the jump to playing on Xbox LIVE. I probably spent more time on that than I did studying (not that I advocate that). Now that I’m in college I game to keep in touch with friends at other schools. It’s actually pretty rare when a console isn’t on in my suite. It seems like we all use it as a procrastination tool.

I also love meeting up with some of the guys I have met through bnet. Between private groups and the community forum, I’ve gotten to have a pretty stacked friends list full of Bungie.net members. Its great meeting up with them on LIVE and getting some games going.

Q. What was the first Bungie title you got some games going in?

A. Like everyone else, or so it seems, Halo CE was the first Bungie title I was introduced to. I honestly wish I had known about Marathon back in my youth. Thankfully I’ve made up for it and played through the original Marathon. I gotta start the sequels one of these days…

Although Halo CE might have been my first, it certainly hasn’t been my last Bungie title. Halo CE just sucked me in. I’ve always loved FPS games but I was really attracted by Halo’s story and characters. I must have played through the campaign at least 100 times and no, I am not exaggerating. As I mentioned, LAN matches were also quite frequent in my high school years. Hell, they still are. Recently my suitemates and I, along with our neighbors, got a Halo CE CTF match going on Sidewinder. It brought back some awesome memories.

Q. Looking back on those memories, are you surprised at all that you've become so involved?

A. Honestly, I am a bit surprised by my community involvement. I originally made my account on Bungie.net in order to check out my stats and now I love checking out the community forum and furthering the plan for domination. Privates groups are also amazingly entertaining and have provided me with a ton of memories.

Oh, and the weekly updates are also a big influence on why I venture onto Bungie. Urk, you best keep droppin’ blogs.



Q. I will.  I have to.  Otherwise they'll fire me.  What about you - ever fire off into any other online communities besides Bungie.net?

A. Eh, not really. I really only interact with Bungie. Halo has brought me together with a bunch of my friends and the site itself has rendered me a Live player with a stacked friends list.

Q. Wanna make some shout-outs?

A. I really want to express my love of Marty and Salvatori’s music. You guys are amazing and I envy your musical talents. Having been a musician for years, I really appreciate all the work and effort you put into each and every piece. ODST’s OST was a masterpiece. I must obtain it ASAP.

As far as shout-outs go, I really want to say that Noge, Muno, Stupidi T and Imfrikinbad are kick ass. Without you guys I probably wouldn’t be on the site as often as I am. Also, Hammy, ASS, Molo, Moose, and Dark, you guys have also kept me on the site and contributed to why I am on live so often (even if you do blame me for everything) and for that you all rock. Now, I can’t mention everyone, but to those who I’ve omitted, you guys are awesome too. You jerks know who you are.

I also want to say thanks, to Bungie, for all of the great work you guys have done over the years. Bungie is a big part of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.



We wouldn't either.  Now get ta werk.  Something tells me there's some folks online right now in desperate need of a banning.  :)

If you want to talk back to x Lord Revan x, or congratulate him on his new gig, jump into the discussion thread attached.

CommunitySpotlight 1/26/2010 9:17 AM PST permalink

Halo: Reach Emblem Contest UPDATED!

Now with more rules!

So, if you haven't heard, we're running a little Halo: Reach emblem contest right now.  If you want details, you can check them out in last week's update.  But really, this small news bite is for folks who are already planning on submitting.  Candland's been powering through the entries and has a few things he'd like to clear up before you hit the send button.  Bam:

"Please don’t send .zip, .rar, or other compressed archives. It can become a security concern opening these files and it creates an extra step for me. If you sent me a compressed file. I threw it away and didn’t look at it. A 256x256 .gif or .jpg should not require any compression to mail anyway.

Secondly, please send me the files directly, don’t send me hyperlinks. Again, there are security issues for unverified links. And again, it creates an extra step for me. If you sent your submission in the form of a link, I didn’t bother clicking it. Send your submission again with the images attached.

Lastly, there are apparently several people that completely misunderstood the contest and sent me their favorite Halo 3 emblem combination. While I am partial to my own, because it looks kind of like a Recon version of Stuntmutt’s One One Seven comic character. I applaud your pride in your personal combination, but alas, it does me this much good: none."

If you've already submitted, don't freak out.  We'll still process yours as is.  This is just for those who are still deep into the creative process.

Group MemorandaHalo: Reach 1/26/2010 9:07 AM PST permalink

Greenskull's Randomtage 3

Greenskull360 writes:

Somebody's having a bit too much fun.

That's okay.  Having fun is recommended.

"Greenskull continues his popular Randomtage series with Randomtage 3. Randomtage 3 is filled with wins, fails, jokes, stunts, and fun."



YouTube - Greenskull's Randomtage 3

Halo 3 1/26/2010 9:06 AM PST permalink

The H3AsiiM Halo 3 Community Montage

Gear61 Owns writes:

7 minutes and 27 seconds of high definition awesomeness.

Check out this kick ass community montage.  You made it!  Well, not really, but one of your clips might be in the mix.  Either way, you should watch.

"This is the first installment of H3AsiiM's new, currently unnamed Halo 3 community montage series, edited by B1z3rker. The gameplay is mainly MLG and it's absolutely sick, focusing on clutch snipes and huge multikills. The editing is neither too heavy nor too light, utilizing smooth, well done cinematography and clean syncing, and to top it all off, the video is in crystal clear high definition. Enjoy!"



YouTube - The H3AsiiM Halo 3 Community Montage

Halo 3 1/26/2010 9:00 AM PST permalink

Halo Reach iPhone Wallpapers

T4CT AGAIN writes:

Jazz up your phone with Reach-inspired backgrounds.

We'll have some official wallpapers up just as soon as Stosh can get to 'em, but if you just can't wait any longer, maybe these will hold you over.

"Bungie.net Forum User T4CT took half an hour out of his empty schedule to whip up a few iPhone backgrounds for those of you with Apple's mobile device. The wallpapers were made with the iPhone/iPod Touch in mind but should fit nicely on any mobile."

Community 1/26/2010 8:57 AM PST permalink