They're Back, Eh!

They're Back, Eh!

It's been a long time but the Cananimators are back in action once again to answer your deep and thought provoking questions. Well ok, maybe references to hockey and Canadian Bacon don't exactly give the brain a workout but it's an entertaining read nonetheless.

This time around the guys comment on everything from Halo 2 character animation to whether a bat is a better weapon than a hockey stick. Oh, and there's also the obligatory stab at Marty. Check it out and follow the links at the bottom to ask your very own question to our Canamic Duo.

Now take off ya hoser! (Canadian stereotype slogans just never get old, do they?)

Inside Bungie 12/13/2003 1:22 AM PST permalink

Account Troubles

Account Troubles

This is a reminder to anybody having difficulty linking their login to a Passport. You should email bnetbugs@microsoft.com ASAP for help. If you've simply forgotten your password, mail your request from the same address that your bungie.net profile has stored in it. This speeds up the the process. Also, please be patient, we cannot respond instantly to every request.

Inside Bungie 11/26/2003 12:20 AM PST permalink

Server Update Notice

Server Update Notice

Please note that we are aware of various issues some of you are having with our site now. We are working as fast as possible to get resolution on these issues that are affecting some of you. Please bear with us, this is a major architecture change to our site and we are running on completely new hardware as well, so things will be a bit bumpy for a few days.

Inside Bungie 11/24/2003 11:52 PM PST permalink

We're Back!

We're Back!

As you can probably tell, Bungie.net has survived the .NET Passport integration process and all systems appear to be functioning properly. You will notice a few things have changed around here...

1. The old "login" link is now replaced by a bright shiny .NET "sign in" button.

2. When you click this button, you'll be prompted to login with your .NET Passport. If you don't have one, you'll need to create one.

3. If it's your first time, you will then need to link your existing Bungie.net account name to your .NET Passport account. * Remember, some of you may be forced to change to a new Bungie.net account name due to having an invalid name before. (basically anything other than text or numbers is now invalid).

4. Anyone who hasn't yet linked their .NET Passport to their Bungie account will be displayed as "NoPassportXXX" until they do so.

Please, if you haven't already, read the FAQ about why we made this change and what it means to all of you. If you have additional questions, please ask them in the forums or report bugs through our regular bug email address.

The first step is now complete. There are many great things on the horizon for Bungie.net. Stay tuned.

thanks

Inside Bungie 11/24/2003 9:47 PM PST permalink

Bungie.net Offline This Morning

Bungie.net Offline This Morning

This morning, around 9:30 AM PST, we will be undergoing our switch to the .NET Passport login system that we told you about last week. The site could be down for several hours. Once the site is back up, you will be prompted to create and link a .NET Passport in order to login to Bungie.net.

Please see last weeks story and the .NET Passport/Bungie.net FAQ for more information.

Inside Bungie 11/24/2003 4:56 PM PST permalink

Change of Plans

Change of Plans

Due to a couple of factors beyond our control, the .NET Passport conversion for Bungie.net has been postponed until Monday of next week. We'll have another update as we get closer. In the meantime, please review the FAQ if you haven't already and please go ahead and create a .NET Passport for yourself so you'll be ready to rock next week. Thanks for your patience.

Inside Bungie 11/19/2003 4:30 PM PST permalink

Big Changes

Big Changes

Just an update for you all. Previously we had stated that we were switching our account system to .NET Passport on Tuesday morning. However, that will now happen on either Wednesday or possibly even Thursday. We're trying very hard to make the transition as smooth as possible, so we don't want to push the change unless we're sure everything is ready to go. So, we'll be taking a bit of extra time to get ready. Sorry about that.

Inside Bungie 11/18/2003 2:15 AM PST permalink

Big Changes for Bungie.net

Big Changes for Bungie.net

The winds of change are growing in strength and the first steps towards a new & improved Bungie.net are about to begin. On Tuesday, 11/18, Bungie.net will be offline for a few hours starting at approx. 10:30 AM PST.

During this downtime, our primary focus will be the implementation of our new account system which is a major building block for the future of Bungie.net.

Starting next Tuesday, Bungie.net will be adopting .NET Passports for all user accounts. This means that when you come to the site you'll be asked to create a .NET Passport (if you don't already have one) and then you'll be taken through a series of steps to link your .NET Passport with your Bungie.net account. For more information, please read our extensive FAQ

It's a fairly simple process but we wanted to give you a heads up so you can be prepared for the change. If you don't already have a .NET Passport, you might want to go ahead and create one now to save time. Anyone can get a .NET Passport, all you need is a valid email address. Also, if you happen to already have one and you've linked your gamertag to it over at Xbox.com, you should definitely use the same one at Bungie.net.

Once you're logged in, the experience will be exactly as it is now. You'll still have access to your chapters and everything that's tied to your account. Some of you may be forced to change your existing Bungie.net account name though. This is explained in greater detail in our new FAQ.

This is the first step in what will become the rebirth of a new and improved Bungie.net in the not too distant future. Thank you to all of our loyal Bnet users for your continued support as we move into the next era of our site.

-Sketch

Inside Bungie 11/12/2003 10:59 PM PST permalink

Reactor Report Wrap-up

Reactor Report Wrap-up

It's been a week now since the first ever Anime Reactor powered down. It was a fun three days of superstar treatment and fan community interaction at a Holiday Inn near the Steven's Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

The day after our panel, we had very little to do. The folks at AR decided to let us enjoy the convention unfettered except for one scheduled press interview at 3pm. It was just as well since Friday night was our first evening together in over a year where we didn't have to worry about our infant son, and 'celebrated' by staying up until 3am playing video games. We woke up early enough to eat something and still make it to Tsutomu Nihei's panel at noon. We had introduced ourselves the night before. He was, after all, one of the reasons we were out there (we were fans and we wanted to meet him). The Halo shirt someone had teased me about came in handy when I introduced myself and Robert, saying how we work for Bungie and both worked on Halo. Nihei-san understood the first part of my sentence but was at a loss at the rest until I pulled my scarf aside to reveal the Halo logo on my shirt. I wanted to mention how much his work inspired us, but at the sight of the Halo logo, his face lit up and turned away to practically drag the translator into our conversation. Robert and I were extremely pleased and quite surprised that Nihei-san played Halo a whole lot with his fellow mangaka at home and was thrilled that there he was at his first anime convention and he has come across members of the Halo team! At Nihei-san's panel, we joined the fans in asking him questions. When an attendant staff recognized us, he took the mike to introduce us to Nihei-san and the audience. We waved hello and Nihei-san surprised us by asking if he could have our autograph!

During the panel, we found out that the name of Nihei-san's book "Blame!" was actually pronounced "Blam!" and, he admitted, the "e" was there by mistake. Which brings us to this cool coincidence. Robert and I picked up "Blame!" at a Japanese book store because we thought it said "Blam!" -- which was Halo's code name before it was announced. Nihei-san was pleased to no end and couldn't wait to get back home to brag about it. At the end of the panel, I've discovered that Robert and Nihei-san had a lot in common: a love of monsters, zombies and Guinness. The three of us decided to enter Anime Reactor's Halo Xbox Tournament. With Shi Kai we would have made a good team but the guy went missing that night, probably revelling in some party...? (He still doesn't want to talk about it!)

The game room was a mass of people that evening. Between trying to get a hold of Shi Kai and trying to get my phone to work (I had lost my wall charger), I missed the opening matches. But the staff made sure we still got in at the last. I already forget the game type but we played on Chiron -- you know... the one with all small rooms with teleporters everywhere. It was crazy! The moment I respawn, I die. I was killed at the teleporters at least five times. I ended up placing last but at the very least I didn't score zero. :: sigh ::

The first place winner was a guy named Ryan, who worked at EB. He came away with Anime Reactor's first place trophy, a Master Chief action figure, a Bungie shirt, a Sybex Strategy guide and a handful of Bungie stickers (I can't recall now if he got anything else). Second place winner was Chong Lee -- who, at this time I still can't verify if he collected his prizes. We met Ryan outside the gameroom. He was awfully thrilled and can't wait to show off his trophy and prizes to his boss -- who apparently had been trying to get Halo action figures and not been able to!

The last day of the covention promised to be a short one. The closing ceremonies began with a charity auction benefiting the Child
ren's Rare Cancer Fund, aka "Hideyuki's Fund". Guests and staff bid against each other while Steve Bennett ran the mike, calling out factoids and egging on every bidder to go even higher. The remaining con goers were too broke from shopping in the dealer's room all weekend. Robert, Shi Kai and I contributed four pieces to the charity auction, one piece having art from the three of us. Tsutomu Nihei won the bid on all four pieces. Robert could not be outbid for one of Nihei-san's ink drawings. I couldn't let go of Kia Asamiya's "Steam Detective's" sketch. In all, it was a good day at Reactor for the Children's Rare Cancer Fund.

And that pretty much wraps up our stay at Anime Reactor. Next time, I promise to get more sleep so I can remember every single thing!!

Inside Bungie 11/3/2003 3:00 PM PST permalink

Reactor Report part 2

Reactor Report part 2

The autograph session immediately after our panel gave us a chance to speak with some die-hard Halo players one on one. We were all mutually surprised at finding each other at an anime convention. When some of them heard that Bungie was going to be at Anime Reactor, they didn't expect anybody from the development team to actually represent. For us, there were four major reasons for being at Anime Reactor:

1) There was going to be a Halo tournament, and it was an opportunity to interact with the fan community in a more accessible way.
2) The presence of Japanese guest of honor, Tsutomu Nihei, whose work the three of us admired.
3) Anime Reactor founders, James Alsup III and Ben Nunez, were our old friends and we couldn't turn down their invitation.
4) Anime Reactor was in the Chicagoland area, where the three of us still had friends and family.

Though the blur of events and lack of sleep has faded my memory of Friday; I can say this: We got our butts whooped playing Halo!!

Robert and Shi Kai played against a couple of fans up in their room. I can only remember two of the six folks in the room; Coriana and Adam. (Sorry guys!) Coriana wanted to show us their "Joust" gametype. But before doing that, two of the fellas played Robert and Shi Kai on Wizard for a game of Team Slayer. The Bungie guys took the lead earlier on, but halfway through, the fans racked it up and sacked our dynamic duo. Then they loaded up their Joust game on Blood Gulch. The dance of Warthogs and Spartans were amazing to watch. I wish we were able to record this wild racing game. The three of us were expected elsewhere so after a few minutes of playing, three of the guys left the game one after the other, leaving Shi Kai to win by default -- but as the stats came up, it turned out that he did end up with the highest score. Hurray for small victories!

Next: "Blam!"

Inside Bungie 10/28/2003 5:23 AM PDT permalink

Quick Reactor Report

Quick Reactor Report

I always forget how hectic these conventions get! We took the red-eye out of Seattle on Thursday night and arrived at the convention at around 6am. Got two hours of sleep before we started our day. Friday was pretty slow. We showed up to our panel on time but there was nobody there. We handed over a DVD of Halo2 goodness to the AV tech crew and decided to sit in the front row to heckle our own trailer. We were just two minutes in when we realized a bunch of fans had started gathering behind us, watching as the Chief rode the elevator down to the launch bay. It wasn't long before others joined in on the friendly heckling! But when the guy next to me started saying "Looks like Starship Troopers" I gave him a gimlet stare. But it was all in good fun. We got asked some questions while we were sitting there and got a round of applause at the end of the clip.

We decided to take to the stage and encouraged everyone to move to the front and center.

The usual questions did pop up:
When is Halo 2 coming out? I heard it was for February! Or Will you be able to play 4-player in campaign mode?

It was all good. We gave away OXM June issues (the one with the Master Chief holding the dual SMG's) to the first fifteen individuals who came up. Then we were autographing convention program books, copies of Halo Game of the Year editions and one fellow actually brought up an Oni game disc. For sure, we got a good workout! ;)

Next: Playing Xbox Halo with some die-hard fans!

Inside Bungie 10/26/2003 5:46 PM PDT permalink

Interview with bentllama

Interview with bentllama

Bungie's bentllama , aka Nathan Walpole, one of the Cananimators, recently shared some insight into the world of game animation in a great interivew at DPerry.com. Unlike his recent contributions to Bungie.net, you won't find gratuitous references to things like hockey or bacon but you will find a wealth of information to help aspiring animators break into the industry. No Halo 2 spoilers though... sorry!

Inside Bungie 10/24/2003 3:59 PM PDT permalink

JoyRide Halo Figures Update

JoyRide Halo Figures Update

The next assortment of figures from Joy Ride is getting closer to release and Bnet member figureman sent over this quick update for us all:

Second Wave of Halo Figures Hitting Stores Soon!

A new assortment of figures and vehicles from the vastly popular Halo series will soon be enlisted to take part in the never-ending battle to save humanity from impending doom, and YOU can be among the first to “arm yourself” with these latest releases!

This second series comes ready for action with:

Master Chief (Green) – now armed with a rocket launcher and tactical shotgun (new weapons for the Master Chief)!

Master Chief (Red) – depicting one of the most popular color choices from the multiplayer game.

Elite - one of the warriors that commands the alien collective’s military juggernaut!

Ghost – the fast and versatile attack vehicle. Also includes 3” Elite, Jackal and Master Chief figures.

There will be a “sneak peek” of these exciting new figures and vehicles in mid-October at the Times Square Toys-R-Us, and they will then be available in early November at GameStop, Hollywood Video, Blockbuster, Musicland, Sun Coast Video, Sam Goodie, Electronic Boutique, and Toys-R-Us in Canada.


You can see images of these new figures over in our Halo collectibles gallery

Joy Ride's online retail site, DieCastExpress.com is currently taking pre-orders for these new figures.

Also, if you're in the New York area, be sure to check out Toys R Us and support these figures! If things go well, they'll hopefully roll them out to all of their stores!

Inside Bungie 10/10/2003 10:55 PM PDT permalink

Avast! Pirates Ho!

Avast! Pirates Ho!

No, we don't have a Pimps at Sea update, but we do want to wish everyone a happy "Talk Like a Pirate Day!" If you lubbers be lookin fer some inspiration to get yer pirate groove on, set sail for talklikeapirate.com. Drink up some grog, blow yer hornpipe and try out some pirate pickup lines on yer wenches. Arrrr!

Inside Bungie 9/19/2003 5:44 PM PDT permalink

He's Baaaack

He's Baaaack

The Bungie Store is once again taking pre-orders for the Joy Ride Master Chief figure. Supplies are sure to go fast so swing by and get yours before it's too late. While you're there, remember that almost everything in the store is 30% off for the remainder of September so don't be shy with that shopping cart! The Master Chief figures are expected to begin shipping in late September.

Inside Bungie 9/10/2003 8:10 PM PDT permalink

Becoming a Game Animator

Becoming a Game Animator

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Inside Bungie 9/8/2003 5:51 AM PDT

Bungie Store Sale

Bungie Store Sale

Summer is winding down which means it's time for the first annual 'end of summer' sale at the Bungie Store. From now through September 30th, you can get up to 30% off on select items in the store. Whether you need some new back-to-school threads or you've just been putting off buying a Halo shirt, now is the time to act.

Speaking of the Bungie Store, I just noticed that there are quite a few of the new Joy Ride Warthogs available as well. Unfortunatley the Master Chief and Cortana figures are completely sold out but there are a few hogs left over. From what I'm hearing, these figures are in short supply everywhere so act quickly before they're gone forever.

Inside Bungie 8/29/2003 5:57 PM PDT permalink

It's Aboot Time

It's Aboot Time

Just in time for the holiday weekend, a fresh new edition of Ask the Cananimators is now available for your reading enjoyment. Want to know what their favorite bands are? What they had for lunch? Check it out for the answers to these and many more thought provoking questions. If you've got a question of your own for the guys, ask it here

Inside Bungie 8/28/2003 8:39 PM PDT permalink

Link Up, Win Prizes

Link Up, Win Prizes

Xbox.com has launched a revamped site today along with a new era of Xbox Live. Gamers can now link up their gamertags and interact via the web to do all sorts of cool stuff. What does this have to do with Bungie.net? As part of their kickoff, Xbox.com annouced the Live it Up! Sweepstakes which promises daily prizes and 2 grand prizes. The HDTV sounds enticing but I think most of you will be more interested in prize #2 - Two invitations to the exclusive Halo 2 launch party! Head over to Xbox.com and check it out! Who knows, maybe we'll be hanging out with YOU when Halo 2 is released!

Inside Bungie 8/27/2003 10:42 PM PDT permalink

Got a Question, eh?

Got a Question, eh?

The first installment of Ask the Cananimators is now up and running for your reading pleasure. Every few weeks we'll update their page with new questions and new responses. If you have something to ask, you can post your questions here. Please keep in mind that your questions regarding specific details and info about Halo 2 will NOT be answered. (not yet at least). Anything else is fair game so don't be shy! So what are you waiting for? Grab a few slices of Canadian Bacon, throw on some Bryan Adams and get reading ya hoser!

Inside Bungie 8/14/2003 5:29 PM PDT permalink

Anime - Bungie Style

Anime - Bungie Style

Well, not exactly... But, fans of Bungie and Anime should mark their calendars for Oct. 24-26 when our own Shiek Wang, Lorraine McLees (mehve) and Robt McLees will be special guests at the Anime Reactor expo in Chicago. That's right, Bungie is headed back to the windy city! All three artists will be on hand to participate in panel discussions and hang out with showgoers.

For more info, visit the Anime Reactor website at www.animereactor.org. We'll keep you posted on any other developments as we get closer to the event.

Inside Bungie 8/8/2003 12:51 AM PDT permalink

It's Gettin Hot in Here

It's Gettin Hot in Here

CJ Cowan, part of Bungie's Cinematic Team and relative newcomer to Seattle, shares his thoughts on the weather and the "Seattle Myth" in this month's new soapbox. Check it out for a new perspective on the "rainy" city. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to finish this latte, throw on a flannel, grab my rain gear and hurry down to Home Depot before it's too late!

Inside Bungie 8/6/2003 10:48 PM PDT permalink

The McLees GenCon 2003 report

The McLees GenCon 2003 report

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Inside Bungie 7/31/2003 4:37 AM PDT

Let the Games Begin!

Let the Games Begin!

This Friday the Bungie team is hitting the fields to take part in the greatest display of athletic prowess outside of the Olympics. The Summer Pentathlon is here and once again the battle for supremacy and the ever-elusive "cup" is at hand. Unlike the Winter Pentathlon which consists of a medley of video games, the summer event is all about the great outdoors. (Yes, we do venture outside our lair on occasion.) This year’s competition will consist of volley ball, dodge ball, tug of war, bocce and the “wacky relay.” Four teams enter, one team leaves. Well ok, all four teams leave but only one has the title of champion.

If you’re unfamiliar with how the Pentathlon works, Bungie folks are divided up into four teams based on their tenure with the Studio. First we have the Newbies. This team is young and hungry for a victory. It’s the first summer outing for most of us so nobody has any idea of the skillz they’re up against. The Middle School team is a little more seasoned with some veteran players on the squad. Can they meet the challenge and stand out from the middle of the pack? Then there’s the Old School team. Besides being old (Marty) these guys have the constant pressure of always being in the shadows of the Ancients. Is this their year to shift the balance of power? And finally we have the Grizzled Ancients. These guys go back to the very beginnings of Bungie and by sheer experience and tenure they can crush the competition. But, do they have the fire and stamina to outlast the younger challengers? The Ancients are the defending champs from last year’s summer event and they also took home the cup in January’s Winter Pentathlon. Do they have what it takes to pull off a 3-peat?

Who do you think will win? Vote in our latest poll and then check back next week for the play-by-play account of Friday’s action.

Inside Bungie 7/29/2003 9:32 PM PDT permalink

Bungie.net Downtime

Bungie.net Downtime

Sorry for the short notice, but all Bungie web sites will be going offline for a short period of time sometime between 2pm and 8pm PDT today for critical maintenance. Also, during this period you may notice longer response times from the servers occassionally.

Inside Bungie 7/17/2003 8:52 PM PDT permalink