Community Spotlight - Beast Mode On

Flipping the switch.

These guys might have an animalistic name, but they're bark is definitely worse then their bite. At least on Bungie.net. So, you shouldn't be afraid to check out their group. But before you do, they prepped a good bit of information to tell you what they're all about. Scroll down to get your fill.

"I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you, the community, to a group that I run called Beast Mode On. I created the group back in November 2008 and finally decided to recruit active members in May 2009. Since that time, the group has grown tremendously. We have members with several different skills and talents. Both intelligence and silliness is common in our private forum. All are welcome to join in on the fun!

I have a great staff that helps me run the group, including some people you might already know. Beast Mode On's staff includes myself, Pro Devmoney, The CH1MP, KillLotz, LikeYouCare, SEM1HERO and Kman bravo117. Together we host weekly screenshot contests, news updates, group tournaments, Forge competitions, custom game nights and many other things to keep our group interesting and active.

One thing that sets us apart from many other groups is our 'Titan' role. This role was given to the first seven members of the group that helped recruit on a large scale. “Titans” are a select few of our members that have the ability to edit other peoples’ posts. This helps the staff organize threads during sign-ups for events in our group. These members are active and respected for all their contributions to Beast Mode On. Without them, the group would be nothing.

I make sure to keep the group organized and friendly so that all our member’s needs and wants are fulfilled. A threads of interest thread in pinned so that great threads in our group do not die out. This also allows members to see all the possible ways to rank up through our security roles on our private forum. We offer screenshot help and have a group gamertag that serves as a tool for our group to allow members to ask for help in a more convenient way while on Xbox LIVE. We allow members to post whenever they want help with rank, achievements, making maps or completing any and all personal goals. Rules are established and followed by our loyal members.

We recently started a team for Beast Mode On to represent us in matchmaking which we like to call, 'Animal Planet.' The leader of 'Animal Planet,' Pro Devmoney, has big plans for the team in the future. We also feature a 'Beast of the Month,' which serves as our member spotlight and is chosen by the group members themselves. Best of all we hold contests every so often that gives group members a chance to win some great prizes. One of our biggest contests was for best film clip. The winning clip won 1600 Microsoft points! All the best entries were submitted into Beast Mode On’s first official montage.

Although we are somewhat smaller than past groups that have made the community spotlight, Beast Mode On has managed to make the private groups spotlight several times. Our activity proves our dedication to both the group and the entire Bungie community alike. I am honored and grateful that I am able to give back to Beast Mode On with this spotlight. This opportunity was not taken for granted. Thank you to Urk and Bungie for everything.

The staff would like also like to thank and shout out to our allies UNSC Leviathan and Owners of the Katana, DomDaBomb1997 and fo shiz 64 for their great contributions to both Best of Bungie Favorites and Beast Mode On, SEM1HERO for being a great member and Beast of the Year, and kamikazegandhi, king nikki and charliebravo99 for being awesome retired staff members. We would also like to thank Black Karanak, Shattered Nova, Hung Chronology, and Mclovein for your activity as Titans, The Only Outcast, HumbleAssassin3 and im a fishy for your activity as Juggernauts, and finally Phynixblack, PhillyEagles, DominatedRibbit, MacAttack1011 and a rascal cat for your continued activity to help make our group great. Thanks to all our friends and supporters and thank you to every member of Beast Mode On who stuck with out group through the good and the bad.

Tru7h. C4RN4GE. Bungie."

What are some of Beast Mode On's favorite online arenas?

Our favorite maps include Guardian, Orbital, Standoff and The Pit. Avalanche, Construct, Narrows, Sandbox, and Valhalla also make for great gameplay.

How about game variants?

Our favorite gametypes include Slayer BRs, Multi Flag, MLG gametypes, Braaains, Speed Demons, Grifball and BUNGLE.

What new stuff would you like to see in Matchmaking?

Remove Squad Battle to make room for Ranked Big Team. BUNGLE variants added to Action Sack. Have a ranked version of Juggernaut and VIP so it is possible to achieve a full ranked medals chest. Perhaps this can be done by having a ranked Double Exp Weekend similar to Infection on Halloween.



Thanks to the members of Beast Mode On for not biting. When we saw the foam frothing from their mouths, we got a little bit worried. Turns out they only gnawed a little. They also prepped a whole pile of their favorite assets for you to peruse. We just injected them all into Bungie Favorites. Make sure you check it out and drop into the discussion thread attached to say hello.

CommunitySpotlight 2/3/2010 11:21 AM PST permalink

'Hang Ten' - Halo 3 Montage

Everybody was surfin...

...surfin' Halo 3. Just over four minutes of high flying montage with a relaxing soundtrack. Description and linkage at low altitude.

"Wafflebrains presents his unique and relaxing montage entitled, 'Hang Ten,' since all the kills are while riding on top of a flying Banshee. Awesome, huh? It features snipes, sticks, and even a few multikills. This original montage is filled with theatre work and editing by Axilo. Four minutes of pure, fun entertainment and the last clip is worth the whole watch. Hit the link and enjoy!"



YouTube - Wafflebrains' Hang Ten

Halo 3 2/3/2010 9:20 AM PST permalink

Top 10 Social Big Team Battle Kills

bmcgann17007 writes:

Old news.  Big explosions.

Looks like this top ten was dug up from the annals of history. What once was lost, now is found. And not only is it all historical like, but it will help you learn basic counting skills. Check it out.

"Static Hazard and I (B Mc Gann) made this episode a while back but we must have forgotten to submit it to the bungie blog. Anyway it is our favourite Top 10 that we have created so i hope you enjoy, it is in HD and there is commentary!"



YouTube - Top 10 Big Team Battle Kills Episode 1

Halo 3 2/3/2010 9:14 AM PST permalink

Pro Tips with Tsquared - Longshore

heynate writes:

"Being on top makes me feel like I'm in control."

Hey, did you hear the second half of the Mythic Map Pack is up for download? If you're new to the latest trio, Tsquared has some tips for you. When you're ready to go pro, check out his short Longshore breakdown below.

"Halo 3 professional player, Tom "Tsquared" Taylor, provides some help on one of the maps you just downloaded off the marketplace, Longshore."



Pro Tips with Tsquared - Longshore Map

Halo 3 2/3/2010 9:09 AM PST permalink

Chronicles of ODS Steve #59

The Best Laid Plans.

Looks like Steve's not only taking on the role of squad tactician, he's also an adept. Hit the link below to have his thoughts transferred directly into your cerebral cortex.

Chronicles of ODS Steve: The Best Laid Plans (#59)

Halo 3: ODST 2/3/2010 9:02 AM PST permalink

Unofficial Inappropriate Reach Emblem Contest

Channel your disgusting creative juices.

If you were trying to slip your perverted little emblem past our UI goaltender and had your hopes dashed by last week's update, you shouldn't stifle your creative energy.  Hawty McBloggy was inspired by your ingenuity and wants to see you do some dirty work.  Hit the jump below to express yourself explicitly.

The Unofficial Inappropriate Halo: Reach Emblem Contest

Community 2/3/2010 8:59 AM PST permalink

Mythic II Map Pack Now on Marketplace!

Heretic, Citadel, and Longshore make their stand alone debut.

Read Full Top Story

Halo 3CitadelLongshoreHeretic 2/2/2010 1:18 PM PST

Average Joe - True Underdog

Convinced he's not already dealing with crazy people.

True Underdog steps up this week to deliver you some Average Joe lovin'.  If you're feeling lucky, scroll down and get access to his most intimate personal details. He answered every single question we asked without even a hint of hesitation.

Q. Who are you and what do you do?

A. My name is Victor and I’m a Psychology Major at Texas A&M University, but more importantly I’m the proudest member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2010! A-Whoop! (That’s how we do our introductions down here).

I’m a full time student working a nearly full time job. When I’m not in class, I work as an office technician at a media center helping professors resolve any issues with the computers and projectors in lecture halls. It’s not a hard job and it works great with my school schedule. I’ve also been helping a graduate student with her research for the last year or so. I hope to get into grad school sometime in the next couple years and get at least a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. No, I won’t be dealing with crazy people; it’s basically psychology applied to the workplace, make the place more efficient. If I’m feeling lucky, I may go for a PhD.

When I get time to relax, I spend time online with my Bungie.net buddies or go out for some drinks with my friends.

Q. Doesn't explain the user name.  Where'd you did that up?

A. On the face of it, my gamertag is a reference to the movie “Dodgeball: a TRUE underdog story,” but it’s gained its own meaning over time. At LANs, I’d switch from True Underdog, The End, and Minerva (don’t ask). True Underdog seemed to be a favorite among my friends considering my team would come back and win in the final minutes of a game. The name has stuck with me since then.

Q. What forums do you stick with and why?

A. The three forums I frequent most would be the Septagon, The Halo 3 forum, and the Flood. I couldn’t really tell you which aspect of the forums I like the most because it’s a mixture of it all that makes the Bungie community the best community, hands down. It may sound like a wishy-washy answer, but it is what it is.

Q. So why gaming?

A. Gaming is something I do to relax in my spare time. I’m not very competitive and I’m up for playing whatever as long as I’m playing with my friends. Most all of my friends online are people I’ve met on Bungie.net. I play with one of my room-mates whenever we both have time, but that doesn’t happen too often.

Q. What was the first Bungie title you spent some spare time with?

A. The first Bungie game I played was Halo: Combat Evolved. I first heard about it after my dad told me about it. He told me I should check it out because it looks like it’d be a pretty big hit. I didn’t pay a whole lot of mind to the game until I played it with some of my friends at a LAN party; my first kill was with the almighty Needler. After that, I scrounged up what money I had to get an Xbox and a copy of Halo: Combat Evolved. The story is what got me into the Halo trilogy at first. It’s nothing short of epic. I still get chills at certain parts of pretty much any Halo game.

The multiplayer, however, is what’s made me stick around. Halo’s multiplayer offers up a cornucopia of different ways to play. I remember staying up into the wee hours of the morning with friends trying to run each other over with Warthogs in Blood Gulch, of course, the variety in the multiplayer experience has increased plenty since then.

Q. Are you surprised by your own increased involvement here at Bungie.net?

A. Oh definitely. I first joined with the intention of participating in discussion in Zanzibar and checking my game stats. I had no idea I’d be this active, years later. I’ve met some pretty cool guys and gals through the Bungie Community and have developed an attachment to the community overall. Even now, a notable potion of my time is invested in reading and posting in the forums.

Q. Invest in any other online resources?

A. I’ve tried to be as active on other forums as I am on Bungie.net, but it’s not going to happen. I’d say Bungie’s community is one of a kind and I’d be hard pressed to find another community that could measure up to it. I post in a few private groups like Mythic Members and You Are Not Welcome, but almost all of my time on Bungie.net is devoted to the public forums.

When I’m not on the forums, I’m an Operator in the #BungieNet IRC channel. It’s a community based chat room that originally started as a place for real time discussion about everything and anything Bungie, but we’ve become a place for anyone in the Bungie community looking to talk to like-minded individuals about pretty much anything.

Well, I suppose I do that even when I’m on the forums, too.

Q. Shout at said like-minded individuals.

A. First, I’d like to shout out to my fellow #BungieNet Ops: Primo84, Halo_Tru7h, Elmicker, Primum Agmen, and Nerd Boi. You guys make running a channel pretty damn enjoyable.

Next, I’d like to shout out to the folks I play with regularly online: Evilcam, Achilles1108, Qbix89, Ada Astra, Daft Whiteboy, Nedus, BreadOfWonder, gnome13, scapegoat413, eliper, ECOH Cam, Duardo, MAZ, Gerstung, Gzalzi, TGP, Halo3Recon, COB Ismo and everyone else on my friends list. Thanks for tolerating me.

Lastly, I’d like to thank my old man for pointing me in the right direction to the Tru7h and Bungie for providing a helluva lot more than 30 seconds of fun.



Us too.  Thanks, Dad!  And thanks to True Underdog for spending some time with us. We really feel like we've gotten to know him. Wonder if he'll borrow us some money now?

If you still have pressing questions for True Underdog, hit him up in the discussion thread attached. Just make sure you don't get all crazy.

CommunitySpotlight 2/2/2010 10:46 AM PST permalink

'Rewind 3' - A Halo 3 Montage/Funtage

Gear61 Owns writes:

Four dudes embarking on a gaming adventure.

This is the story (true story) of four players picked to play some Halo 3. Work together and have their games taped. To find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real. This is their funtage.

"This is a Halo 3 quadtage from Void, Honeynutzz, Tezima, and Kennethlongneck entitled, 'Rewind 3.' It's sort of a cross between a montage and a funtage, featuring both sick multikills and hilarious bloopers. The editing's also fantastic, sporting some incredibly well done syncing and possibly the greatest introduction I have ever seen. And unlike most montages, this montage has a very entertaining and interesting back story. As always, sit back, relax, and enjoy."



YouTube - Rewind 3 - A Halo 3 Montage/Funtage

Halo 3 2/2/2010 9:42 AM PST permalink

Cone 3 - Halo 3 Trailer Parody

Yes, it is as epic as it sounds.

In the so bad it's good category, check out this coniferous take on the Halo 3 advert, "Starry Starry Night." And while I might have used the word coniferous incorrectly in order to smash a stupid pun into place, this recreation is an excellent use of Halo 3 assets.  Little dark, but otherwise, awesome.  Check it out.

"After being killed by a cone on The Pit one day, I took a deep look at the street cone and I saw its true strength. I realized that it was a lot like Master Chief, in its own special way, and deserved to be...

...oh, who am I trying to kid!

I thought that it would be a funny idea to remake the Halo 3 trailer with cones instead of people."



YouTube - IMS: Halo 3 Trailer (Street Cone Parody)

Halo 3 2/2/2010 9:38 AM PST permalink

Ten of Gaming's Greatest AI Characters

Firebird347 writes:

The candles burn out for you; I am free.

Pretty solid list if we don't say so ourselves.  Modest much?  Yeah.  Any who, if you're interested in the inhuman characters that populate the Bungie universe, you should head over to Hellforge for some intelligent insights.

"Marathon and Halo both feature strong AI characters, so it's great to see them recognized as some of the best in the entire industry."

Ten of Gaming's Greatest AI Characters

Halo 2/2/2010 9:32 AM PST permalink

'Volitation' - Rocket Race Montage

TheXanity writes:

Rocket boost activated.

One part montage, one part tutorial for Rocket Race.  These guys make their Mongeese fly.  Hit the link below to see it with your own eyes.

"TheXanity and NovaLevossida once again rolled their indestructible mongoose out of the shed for the Double EXP Rocket Race weekend. Featuring AGoddessB4U, Aroc87, and Cajun1208, this montage shows how they spent their weekend...again."



YouTube - Volitation - A Halo 3 Rocket Race Montage

Community 2/2/2010 9:25 AM PST permalink

'Ich Tat Es Für das lulz' - Halo 3 Montage

kingeedorah writes:

Leave your K/D ratio at the door.

Looking to get a good laugh in?  This montage might do the trick.  One second shy of six minutes.  Check it out.

"'Ich tat es für das lulz' is a montage captured entirely using Bungie Pro Render, put together to showcase the number of silly, strange, and just downright awesome-looking things that can happen in Halo 3 when you stop worrying about your 4-shot and dive right into some social goodness with a few friends."



YouTube - Ich tat es für das lulz

Halo 3 2/2/2010 9:21 AM PST permalink

Mascot Vs. Mascot

Two community crafted constructs enter...

...one meme lives.  Pete the Duck just launched the second half of his delicious, self styled webcomic sammich. Part three is right around the corner. (Part One can also be found at the jump.)

HBO - Bob Vs. Oonsk

Community 2/2/2010 9:14 AM PST permalink

Master Chief Theater 3000: Episode 403

The dynamic duo does Uplift Reserve.

Once again, HBO has the lead on MCT3K's latest release. Episode 403 is all about Uplift Reserve. Go watch some people make fun of us. It only hurts us deep down on the inside.



YouTube - Master Chief Theater 3000: Episode 403

Halo 3: ODST 2/2/2010 9:10 AM PST permalink

Your Mom Goes to College...

...With Master Chief!

Pretty nice piece of wall art on display over at Hawty McBloggy this morning.  HBO showed it off last week, but it's been updated with a little bit pf process. Peel back the layers and see how it was whipped up - if you're of college age. Hawty got a bit adults only in the comments section.

Your Mom Goes to College With Master Chief!

Community 2/2/2010 9:08 AM PST permalink

Tag and Release - Cool

Not necessarily frigid, but still frickin' awesome.

This week's Tag and Release screenshot offerings are a sacrifice to the gods of coolness.   Plucked from the icy caverns of our community files collection, they all feature something that someone found substantially cool. Chill out and check out these screenshots. These are "clever" plays on the word "cool."

Tag: Cool


Back Draft


Gone Fishin'


Pounce


Power Rangers are cool, right?


Intergalactic Planetary


Mobilized and Ready


Planetary Intergalactic


Of course, if you think these are about as cool as a pair of triple pleated khakis, you should step up and find your own content. I can't do everything for you! Hit the full collection and get to work.

Halo 3 2/1/2010 10:41 AM PST permalink

IGN's Top 10 Halo 3 Kills

Sticky situation.

IGN keeps on keepin' on with their own Top 10 Halo 3 series. This one's all about your bright blue balls. Get ready to get a face full of high definition plasma grenade.



YouTube - IGN's Top 10 Halo 3 Kills

Halo 3 2/1/2010 9:38 AM PST permalink

360Cinema's Top 10 Halo 3 Exterminations

No need for fancy words.

360Cinema ditches the commentary in favor of a Top 10 that features nothing but exterminations. And a quirky soundtrack. And a whole lot red team rushing the territory.



YouTube - 360Cinema's Top 10 Halo 3 Exterminations

Halo 3 2/1/2010 9:34 AM PST permalink

WatchThis!Gaming

Top 5 Plays Episode 6.

WatchThis!Gaming has five Halo 3 plays ready for you to watch. They threw in the commentary (and dog barks) for free.  Watch this.



YouTube - WatchThis!Gaming Top 5 Episode 6

Halo 3 2/1/2010 9:18 AM PST permalink

Eamonn - Halo 3 Montage 1

Gear61 Owns writes:

Closer to the edge.

See player, shoot player. It's just that easy. Eamonn makes it seem so, anyway. Check it out.

"This is Eamonn's first Halo 3 montage, edited by Bagel. The editing is pretty simple, featuring some well done syncing, the gameplay's overall pretty good, containing some really sick overkills, and the soundtrack has an awesome 30 Seconds to Mars song. Enjoy!"



YouTube - Eamonn - Halo 3 Montage 1

Halo 3 2/1/2010 9:17 AM PST permalink

'Lone Star' - Halo 3 Trick Jumping

OwnedTom writes:

Only one man would dare give me the raspberry!

You might find yourself in a state of starry eyed surprise after watching what this player can do.  Just under four minutes of mad ups.  Check it out.

"Here is Twisted Metal's first Trick Jumping Video. Featuring some sexy editing from Joshington and amazing filming from Tbland this is one of my new favorite videos!"



YouTube - Lone Star

Halo 3 2/1/2010 9:15 AM PST permalink

'Away From Controller' - Rendered Vid

MarXXXisM writes:

Take a break.

Two things.  One, make sure you watch this video 'til the bitter and hilarious end. Two, don't smoke.  It's nasty. It's nasty and it stinks.

"Our friend SpitFIReKyD left to have a smoke. While away, we jumped into a Custom game to kill some time and push him around the map. That's what we get for messing with him."



Bungie Pro Rendered Video - AFC Fail

Halo 3 2/1/2010 9:12 AM PST permalink

Halcylon's Posterized Propaganda

More than the sum of its parts.

Halcylon brought together the distinct pieces of artwork, screenshots, and 3D renders from last week's Halo: Reach onslaught and forged them into a cohesive unit. Once again taking inspiration from another science fiction franchise, you can find his finished product on his Deviant Art page. We'll link it below so you can ogle.

Halcylon's Halo: Reach Poster

CommunityHalo: Reach 2/1/2010 9:05 AM PST permalink

Top Ten Halo 3 Screenshots

Getting Hammered.

Halo3screenshots.com continues to mete out the Halo 3 screenshot justice every Friday. Last week's offerings feature the gravitas of the two-handed Gravity Hammer. It may be somewhat of a cudgel, but it makes for some finely honed images.

Top Ten Halo 3 Screenshots: Getting Hammered

Halo 3 2/1/2010 9:00 AM PST permalink