Edge of Reason - Halo Machinima

Adam Susskind writes:

A taste of what might have been.

Adam Susskind is back with another very special message and a brand new video.  Looks like this one is the first and last in the series.  That's okay, you're a busy person and you're hard pressed for time.  This should work out perfectly.

"Heeelllooo B.net,

This is your friendly neighborhood Susskind (Adam, that is) stepping up to offer you some fresh baked machinima!

You may remember me from last years "big thing" (*ahem* not really) "Chaos Theory", my online comic that was regularly featured on Bungie's page (courtesy of Urk) during its 8 month span.

What you are about to witness is the beginning of what would have been my next series, but due to extenuating circumstances, was canceled.

Please keep in mind that because Mr. Christian Bale wasn't available to help me with this one, I had to do the voice work myself. While my voice is as irritating as a midnight car alarm to someone who has never slept a night in Queens, NY, I did try, and Urk refused to let my fly 3000 miles and use their recording studio, so I had to do it with an Xbox mic.

I can smell the commenting carnage already!

Well, that's all folks. Enjoy the vid, and don't be afraid to pump up the volume because my new logo is pretty badass, and the video is a little on the quiet end."

Blue Shift Creations - Edge of Reason Machinima

Community 11/16/2009 9:45 AM PST permalink

Hawty McBloggy Playdate Reminder

Since we stole all her news this morning...

...I figure we might as well remind you that Hawty McBloggy is looking for people to pad out her Community Playdate.  If you want in on the action (no, not that kind of action), hit the jump below and find out how you can follow her around like a stalker only to clam up when you finally get your shot over Xbox LIVE.

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others

CommunityHalo 3 11/16/2009 9:42 AM PST permalink

Rat-a-Tat Tat

Armed for combat.

Another find from Hawty McBloggy this morning - check out the tattoo.  Some people say that they're fans.  Other people prove it.  Time for you to step it up (after you get your parent's permission, of course).

The Master Chief is Forever

CommunityHalo 11/16/2009 9:37 AM PST permalink

Halcylon's Halo: Reach iPhone Wallpaper

What if your phone...

...wrong game.  Yeah, so we haven't been all that liberal with our Halo: Reach information, but that doesn't mean you can't get ready for a digital dump by slapping some Reach goodness on your mobile phone, brought to you by Halcylon and Hawty McBloggy.

Halo: Reach iPhone Wallpaper

Community 11/16/2009 9:29 AM PST permalink

Top Ten Halo 3 Screenshots: The Flood

Food for thought.

Halo3screenshots.com celebrated Friday the 13th with a pictorial look at Halo's horrifying Flood.  If you're into screenshots yourself, you should check it out.  Here's a link.  Click it.

Top Ten Halo 3 Screenshots: The Flood

Halo 3 11/16/2009 9:22 AM PST permalink

Reclaimer 226 - Data Core

"We're all just computers anyway..."

Reclaimer's doing a bit of research in the data core this morning.  Looks like a target's been identified.  Target the link below to get up to speed.

Reclaimer 226 - Data Core

Halo 3 11/16/2009 9:15 AM PST permalink

Reclaimer 225 - Percursors to Information

The Heebie-Jeebies.

Looks like Reclaimer is back on schedule.  Schedule some time this morning to check it out.  Check it out below.

Reclaimer 225 - Precursors to Information

Halo 3 11/13/2009 9:24 AM PST permalink

IGN's Top 10 Halo 3 Kills

IGN's carnage continues.

Alliteration is key in that subject line.  You probably wouldn't have clicked if not for all the clicking consonants, eh?  Now that you're here check out the countdown.

IGN's Top 10 Halo 3 Kills (Nov. 4 - Nov. 11)

Halo 3 11/13/2009 9:21 AM PST permalink

'Saddle Up' - A Mongoose Montage

Wafflebrains1 writes:

Riding dirty.

You know, the more I think about it (and really, this is the first time I've ever thought about it), I'm not sure why anyone would intentionally ride dirty.  I'm not neat freak, but when I'm drivin', I like to keep it clean.  See what I did there?  Shut up and watch this Goosetage.

"Wafflebrains presents his fourth and final goosetage, but with a twist.  This time, every single clip comes from the backseat of a mongoose.  Bubby963 provides fantastic editing, to go along with a variety of snipes, sticks, lasers, and multis.  Strap in for an amazing ride.  It is going to get bumpy!"

YouTube - Saddle Up

Halo 3 11/13/2009 9:21 AM PST permalink

'SkillsTage HD' - Halo 3 Montage

Got skills?

Good morning.  I'm about to go get some coffee.  You're about to watch a montage.  All is right with the world.

"This montage has been captured in HD and edited with much experience...a must see."

YouTube - SkillsTage | HD

Halo 3 11/13/2009 9:13 AM PST permalink

Sarkathlon 4 Wrap-Up

And the winner is...

...probably not you.  Too soon?  Yeah if you participated in the 4th edition of G4tv's Sarkathlon and want to see if you were the winner, check out the video clip linked below.

"Mr Sark joins us live on the set to announce and discuss the winner 'Sarkathlon 4'. See who completed the 'Halo 3: ODST' obstacle course the fastest and won the Bungie Flaming Armor."

Halo 3 11/13/2009 9:05 AM PST permalink

Broken In - Natalya Tatarchuk

Passion, process, and perspective.

Read Full Top Story

Inside BungieCareersBreaking In 11/12/2009 4:40 PM PST

Team Control Double EXP Weekend Live!

Take control of the terrain and hold your ground.

Sup.  Team Control is online.  You should go play it.  We'll give you some extra EXP.

3-4 Players Per Team
Max Party Size: 8
Halo 3: Mythic Disk Required
Updated 11/03/2009


  • Territories (26.8%) - Teams take turns attacking and defending territories. Most territories taken after two rounds wins. 4 minute round time limit.
  • Territories BRs (20.1%) - Teams take turns attacking and defending territories. Battle Rifle starts. Most territories taken after two rounds wins. 4 minute round time limit.
  • Land Grab (20.1%) - Both teams must attempt to take as many territories they can. The team with the most territories captured after three rounds wins. Territories are locked upon capture and cannot be captured by the opposite team (locks reset at the end of each round). 30 uncontested seconds within a territory to capture. Three minute round time limit.
  • Land Grab BRs (11.5%) - Both teams must attempt to take as many territories they can. Battle Rifle starts. The team with the most territories captured after three rounds wins. Territories are locked upon capture and cannot be captured by the opposite team (locks reset at the end of each round). 30 uncontested seconds within a territory to capture. Three minute round time limit.
  • Lurkers (10%) - Teams take turns attacking and defending territories. Sniper Rifle starts, and players are invisible while standing in the hill. Most territories taken after two rounds wins. 4 minute round time limit.
  • Team King (11.5%)  - Stand in the hill uncontested for points. Hill moves in sequence once a minute. Assault Rifle starts with no grenades. 150 points to win. 12 minute match time limit.


  • Construct (Default)
  • High Ground (Default)
  • Last Resort (Default)
  • Narrows (Default)
  • Valhalla (Default)
  • Foundry (Default)  - REQUIRED. Part of the Heroic Map Pack.
  • Standoff (Default)  - REQUIRED. Part of the Heroic Map Pack.
  • Ghost Town (Default) - REQUIRED.  Part of the Legendary Map Pack.
  • Assembly (Default)  - REQUIRED. Part of the Mythic Map Pack.
  • Sandbox (Default)  - REQUIRED. Part of the Mythic Map Pack.
  • Citadel (Default)  - REQUIRED. Available on Halo 3: Mythic.
  • Heretic (Default)  - REQUIRED. Available on Halo 3: Mythic.
  • Longshore (Default)  - REQUIRED. Available on Halo 3: Mythic.

PlaylistsHalo 3 11/12/2009 11:29 AM PST permalink

'You Said What?!' Episode 1

A little bit of machinima misdirection.

Taking a play from Austin Powers, Chilled Chaos whipped out this adults only Halo 3 machinima.  If you're not easily offended, you should tune in.  Here's a link:

YouTube - You Said What?! Episode 1 (Halo 3 Machinima)

Halo 3 11/12/2009 10:04 AM PST permalink

Unnecessary ODST Censorship

'You must know your -blam!-.  Show me."

Ten FTW injected some unnecessary censorship into Halo 3: ODST's cutscenes.  Obviously there's some spoilers, so if you haven't played through the campaign you'll want to hold off.  Otherwise, check it the -blam!- out.

YouTube - Halo 3 ODST: Ten FTW (Censored Cutscenes)

Halo 3: ODST 11/12/2009 9:54 AM PST permalink

Can You 'Plant It'?

TheHarbinger427 writes:

A puzzling predicament.

Yeah, so you don't get flames for putting yourself through this puzzles paces, but who cares?  You're not in it for the prize.  You do it for the glory?  Am I right?  If so, there's tons of links below. Snag the map and game variants and see of you can make your way through this sucka without succumbing to the tutorial.

"Plant It will take some decent jumping skillz and some witty thinking, but it is solvable (unlike some of those non-solvable puzzles).  Spend some time on it before you watch the tutorial video. Links below."

Bungie.net - Plant It Game Variant

Bungie.net - Plant It Map Variant

Plant It Solution (Download to Halo 3)

YouTube - "Plant It" Halo 3 Puzzle Map Solution

Halo 3 11/12/2009 9:24 AM PST permalink

Screenshots for Johnson Contest

Greenskull360 writes:

Still need to get your hands on some Johnson?

Sick of our terrible double entendres?  Yeah, we were really laying it on thick back in September (that's what she said).  If you didn't lay your money down and get a code for Sgt. Johnson for use in Firefight, Ready Up Live has an extra and they want you to have it.  All they want in exchange is a screenshot.  Check it out.

"We know some of you out there weren't fortunate enough to get your hands on a code to unlock Sgt. Johnson in Firefight in Halo 3: ODST, so the kind folks at Ready Up Live are willing to help you out!  All you have to do is take a screenshot in Firefight showcasing the struggle between a single ODST and the unstoppable Covenant.

The Ready Up Live staff will judge the screenshots. The best six will get a code for Sgt. Johnson. 

To make things even better, our #1 favourite screenshot will get a code for 1 year of Xbox Live Gold.

Ready Up Live - Screenshots for Johnson Contest

Community 11/12/2009 9:18 AM PST permalink

'For the Love of the Game 2'

The spice of life.

Kblocker and Outcold love the game.  They want you to love their montage (but they totally understand if you're not that into it.)  It's relaxed, four minutes long, and captured in HD.   Check it out.

"Some of you will like this video, some won't. The Halo community has a very wide range of favorite styles and takes on the game of Halo. This is just ours. Enjoy, and expect some more duals from us."

YouTube - Kblocker & Outcold's For the Love of the Game 2

Halo 3 11/12/2009 9:13 AM PST permalink

Want Bungie Pro Render Minutes?

We've got you covered.

Okay, so admittedly it took us longer than we anticipated to get this up and running, but if you have Bungie Pro and you've been anticipating picking up some additional Bungie Pro Video Render Minutes to pad out your standard monthly allowance, your wait is over.  Follow the images below if you need instructions on how to make it all happen.  And if you need to know what in the world this Bungie Pro Video thing we're talking about is, go right ahead and follow this link to get up to speed.

Step One

Register for a Bungie.net Profile and Link your Xbox LIVE Gamertag. (If you've already done this bit, skip to Step Two.)

Step Two

Click into your Service Record

Step Three

Click "Buy More Minutes" from the Bungie Pro applet (it's on your right).

Step Four

 Select the total number of minutes you would like to add to your current allotment.

Step Five

Sign In with your Amazon.com user name and password and complete the sale.

Step Six

Wait for your account to reflect the additional minutes, make your sweet video, and share it with all of your pals (profit).

Group Memoranda 11/11/2009 11:41 AM PST permalink

Community Spotlight - Aberrant Designs

Striving for excellence and taking sweet screenshots.

Aberrant Designs is a Bungie.net group that knows what they like.  They like screenshots.  And they're damn good at showing them off.  If you want to see what else they have to show you, check out what they have to say for themselves:

"Dozens of groups are made here on Bungie.net every single day with one sole purpose in mind; to create the largest, most enjoyable group out there. Most of these groups are made to let users share their screenshots and Halo-related content with other users. The groups normally fill quite quickly with the right leader, and before you know it, you have a monumental screenshot group with hundreds of members. But, with monumental groups come monumental problems. Nearly all members coming into a group have one sole purpose; to post all of their content to other users in the hopes that they become the next Predator, their hopes filled with coveted Recon and friends lists full of Bungie workers. After a staggering amount of threads are made, with little or no replies, the members get frustrated and leave the group for other groups, or, in some cases, make their own group. This is generally what happens with screenshot groups; it is almost inevitable.

But then, there are the groups who persevere.

We are Aberrant Designs. Originally founded and built by CAUS7IC (an elite Photoshopper and dedicated group leader) for elite screenshot artisans and Photoshoppers, Aberrant Designs has become one of the most active groups on Bungie.net.

We don't have a staggering amount of members. But we do have talent. Our members excel in a wide range of different professions; from screenshots to 3D modeling, Photoshop to video producing, and much, much more. We provide regular contests, not all pertaining to screenshots, as well as a few tutorials on how to improve various screenshot and Photoshop methods. The community is extremely friendly, and are willing to give constructive criticism and compliments at any given time.

Aberrant Designs' point system is something we take pride in, too. One of the most organized ranking systems for a group on Bungie.net, our points system allows members to collect points needed to rank up by winning contests, creating a wallpaper, having content published, etc. Once they have enough points to rank up, they will be promoted to one of almost a dozen different ranks, some ranks not even attained by members yet.

As well as an organized ranking system, Aberrant Designs also has an organized "roll call". Every month or so, members will be required to address their presence in the roll call thread. Members who do not participate, or who do not have a leave of absence or legitimate reason for not participating, shall be kicked from the group. Threads are also organized into various categories to keep the forum nice and neat.

We are Aberrant Designs. We strive for excellence, and we hope that you too may join us one day in our mission for excellence."

Q. What are Aberrant Designs' favorite maps?

A. Since we are dominantly a screenshot group, we split this into two different parts: favorite maps for screenshots and favorite maps for playing. Our favorites for taking screenshots are Avalanche, Ghost Town, Sandbox, and Floodgate. All those maps have several areas that provide great backgrounds and lighting giving us numerous possibilities for effects. Our favorites for things like customs and Matchmaking are Valhalla, The Pit, Sandbox variants, Standoff, and Guardian.

Q. What about Gametypes?

A. A lot of us enjoy playing Slayer, Capture the Flag, and Infection. Team BRs is the dominant slayer gametype that we play. As for CTF, we enjoy a combination of 2 Flag and 1 Sided Flag but mainly 2 Flag. Infection is the only one where we don't have a particular gametype that we enjoy to play the most.

Q. What would you like to see in Matchmaking that isn't there right now?

A. There were four things that most of our group wanted to see implemented into Matchmaking. The most common thing we came up with was a BRs only playlist or gametype. No grenades, no power ups, no equipment. Just you, your BR, and a bunch of guys to shoot at. Another thing mentioned a lot was better user-created content, rather than more user-created content. Third was a return of Rocket Race or a revised form of Rocket Race as a full-time playlist. We greatly enjoy playing it but would also like to see things like a Brute Shot version of RR or a racing gametype like from Halotracks to add variety to the playlist. The last thing we wish to have added is a full-time Infection playlist.

Unfortunately, our full allocation of time for Aberrant Designs' week one spotlight is all used up.  If you want to learn more, make sure you visit their group home and check out all the content they have on offer for their first round of Bungie Favorites selections.

CommunitySpotlight 11/11/2009 11:33 AM PST permalink

Halo 3 Mythic (SLASO) Walkthrough 2.0

Taking on Floodgate.

Tyrant continues his inexorable domination of Halo 3's Mythic difficulty. If you want to walk the path, he's building the road map.  Check out his most recent take on Halo 3's Floodgate.

Halo 3 Mythic (SLASO) Walkthrough 2.0 - Floodgate

Halo 3 11/11/2009 9:37 AM PST permalink

Chronicles of ODS Steve #48

Plan Alpha.

Hit the link below to check out the latest Chronicles of ODS Steve.  Wonder what Plan Beta is.

Chronicles of ODS Steve: Plan Alpha (#48)

Halo 3: ODST 11/11/2009 9:35 AM PST permalink

Reclaimer 224 - Uncloaked Mysteries

Rav Raider writes:

Antibiotics will do nothing for this particular infection.

Reclaimer has returned after waiting for far too long! But it's all remedied by the cool title (and the fact that it should be returning to its normal schedule soon).  Check it out.

Reclaimer 224 - Uncloaked Mysteries

Halo 3 11/11/2009 9:33 AM PST permalink

'Whatever' A Halo 3 Tritage

Axilo Pro writes:

Three players.  One Tage.

Axilo, Magix, and Mick worked together to produce this three player Halo 3 montage.  It's over seven minutes long, but features a nice mix of gameplay and it's captured in HD.  Have a watch if explicit lyrics don't bother you.

YouTube - Whatever 1 Tritage

Halo 3 11/11/2009 9:32 AM PST permalink