Chronicles of ODS Steve #75

Locked and Loaded.

Colorful references in this week's Chronicles. See if you can sink your teeth into 'em. Rooster.

Chronicles of ODS Steve: Locked and Loaded (#75)

Halo 3: ODST 7/21/2010 8:59 AM PDT permalink

Reclaimer - Tapped Potential

You don't want any bits caught in your stream.

Trust me. Today's Reclaimer will explain it all. Okay, so maybe not, but you should still check it out.

Reclaimer - "Tapped Potential"

Halo 3 7/21/2010 8:57 AM PDT permalink

'Look Before You Leap 3'

I've got this theory...about jumping.

Actually, it's more like a fact. This video is awesome. Try and prove me wrong!



YouTube - Look Before You Leap 3

Halo 3 7/21/2010 8:55 AM PDT permalink

IGN Top Kills of the Week - July 16th

Countin' down the kills.

Looks like even though I was on paternity leave, IGN continued their series without me. No respect. Here's the latest, as noted by the fine folks over at HBO.

Halo 3 7/20/2010 9:04 AM PDT permalink

Red vs. Blue: Revelation Chapter 13

No, they're not going bankrupt.

Well, at least not financially. The latest installment, or chapter if you will, of Red vs. Blue is live. Snag it below. Embed is disabled for now since it autoplays and people will send me PMs about it.

Red vs. Blue Chapter 13 "Battle of the Exes"

Halo 3 7/20/2010 9:02 AM PDT permalink

Dephlogistication: Complete

sawnose writes:

This work is *mostly* complete.

Update: This work is complete, however not all of the Halo 3 career stats have finished copying yet. Your stats are not lost and we are not doing any type of stats reset. Your complete Halo 3 career history will return in the next day or so. You may also experience brief periods of stats on Bungie.net returning a message about maintenance mode. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Hi all,

We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s in-game heat wave, but it’s come to a close now that you guys have totally dephlogisticated the server farm. So thoroughly, in fact, that we’re going to retire our dear old Halo 3 servers today and move the game onto the brand spankin’ new Reach-generation servers (well, the ones you got to pound on during the Beta.) During this migration, we’re going to take the file share offline, and new stats won’t show up until we’re done (but will show up eventually.) There aren’t any new features tied to this work (nor will any old ones go away), but just like the way that Halo 2 lived out its retirement years in a quiet corner of the Halo 3 servers, we’re going to give Halo 3 and ODST’s backend features a chance to settle into their new digs on our fresh hardware that’s so powerful it won’t bat an eye at the extra load. The alternative would have us be like a slug leaving a slime trail of old servers in our wake as we push forward into the territory of new games, and while it’s true that most things do go better with slime, we’ve found from experience that servers are that rare exception.

This work will start in the next hour or so, and will continue throughout the afternoon.

Halo 3 7/8/2010 10:14 AM PDT permalink

Come on Baby Light my Fire!

It's FLAME ON in Halo 3 for Bungie Day!

For years now you've all sat by watching Bungie employees run amok through Halo 3 with our fancy flaming helmets. This special secret armor is reserved only for our team but today, in honor of Bungie Day, we're loaning our fancy chest piece to you, our awesome fans.

This is a one-day only affair so get in there and get your flame on before it's too late. You should find a very sexy new chest piece, the one that resembles a sports bra, that will automatically ignite flames on your head when you go into the game. You'll also get a Bungie emblem by your name in the lobby. For today only, you can experience a taste of what it's like to be on the inside.

Let the corpse humping flaming madness begin!




Beware that EVERYONE playing Halo 3 for roughly the next 24 hours will appear as if they are a Bungie employee. They are not. While you may find one or two legit employees out in the wild, the truth is that our team is neck deep playtesting Reach so anyone who tries to claim they are legit is probably just frontin'. Tomorrow everything will go back to normal and just a few hundred people will be pretending to be Bungie employees.

Until then, enjoy the flames. You've earned 'em.

Halo 3Halo: Reach 7/7/2010 11:50 AM PDT permalink

Bungie Day "Deja View"

Celebrate Bungie Day with Red vs. Blue!

Read Full Top Story

Halo 3Halo (PC and Mac)Halo: Reach 7/6/2010 7:23 PM PDT

Grifball Double EXP Weekend Live!

Catch the disease!

Red vs Blue's contagious Assault-like sport

Category: Double EXP Weekend
4 Players Per Team
Max Party Size: 8
Heroic and Mythic 1 Map Packs Required
Updated 06/02/10

Gametypes

  • Grifball (50%) - 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 (10%) - Players have 110% move speed. Ball carrier has 150% move speed. No Vehicles
  • Grifball Up There (30%) - 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. Custom Powerup Traits: 3 seconds of Weapon Pickup.

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.
  • Nøxy's Court (Sandbox) - Will the real Mayan ballcourt please stand up.
  • Ultim8 Grifball (Sandbox) - Oh! Now I get it. They named it Ultim8 because the court has eight sides.
  • Grifball High (Sandbox) - Grifball in Sandbox's skybubble.
  • Grifball Naught (Sandbox) - "How did I get into the game before the map?"
  • Grifball Club (Sandbox) - 7-Wood starts. Aerial settings. 8 sides. All the weirdness packed into one game.
  • Blockdrop Court (Sandbox) - Red vs. Blue vs. Gravity.

PlaylistsHalo 3 7/1/2010 11:39 AM PDT permalink

'Capture and Fly' - Halo 3 Machinima

Spartans vs. Elites, machinima style.

HBO tipped us off to an action packed machinima depicting war on a planetary scale. Okay, so it's really just on Valhalla, but hey, it's a really big map! Check it out.



YouTube - Capture and Fly

Halo 3 7/1/2010 9:30 AM PDT permalink

Reclaimer - An Empty Room

Anyone have any other bright ideas?

Looks like Reclaimer may be back to its regularly scheduled programming. Of course, there are always hurdles to overcome.

Reclaimer - An Empty Room

Halo 3 6/30/2010 9:04 AM PDT permalink

Red vs Blue Revelation Chapter 11

Restraining Orders.

Get medical!

Red vs Blue Revelation Chapter 11

Halo 3 6/29/2010 9:26 AM PDT permalink

Tag and Release - Seven

Guess how many screenshots we're showing off today.

Six. No, wait...seven!

Tag: Seven



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Of course, we've got way more than seven screenshots for you to look through. Pour over the full collection by checking out Halo 3's Community Files. If you see something you like, snag it free of charge!

Halo 3 6/28/2010 3:08 PM PDT permalink

Arby 'n' the Chief: Out of Reach (S04E01)

Early access.

HBO tipped us off to the latest Arby 'n' the Chief. Check it out.

"Master Chief and the Arbiter wait for the imminent release of the Halo: Reach beta. While the Arbiter is excited but perfectly willing to wait, Master Chief is not, and will take drastic measures to play it early."

YouTube - Arby 'n' the Chief: Out of Reach (S04E01)

Halo 3 6/28/2010 10:15 AM PDT permalink

Reclaimer - The Calm

It's always calmest just before.

Holy Schmoley, Reclaimer is back. I'm not sure if I spelled "schmoley" correctly. Or if it's even a real word.

Reclaimer - The Calm

Halo 3 6/28/2010 10:13 AM PDT permalink

Living Dead Double EXP Weekend Live

The dead rise again!

The clammy claw of the walking dead reaches for you from the grave once more!

Category: Double EXP Weekend
Social 13 player FFA
All DLC required

Gametypes

  • Save One Bullet (48%)  - Infection. Survivors start with Shotguns and Magnum secondaries, and have no energy shields. Infected start with Energy Swords, have 75% gravity, enhanced motion trackers and are colored black. Score points by killing Infected as Survivors or killing Survivors as Infected. Highest score after 3 rounds wins.  Top 25% of winners at the end of a round become zombies in the following round. 3 minute round time limit.
  • Creeping Death (7%) - Infection. Survivors start with Shotguns and Magnum secondaries. Infected start with Gravity Hammers, have 75% gravity, enhanced motion trackers, good active camo, and are colored black. Score points by killing Infected as Survivors or killing Survivors as Infected. Highest score after 3 rounds wins. Whoever has the highest score at the end of a round becomes the zombie at the beginning of the following round. 3 minute round time limit.
  • Creeping Rocket (9%, Skipped after Veto) - Infection. Survivors start with Rocket Launchers and Spartan Laser secondaries. Infected start with Gravity Hammers, have 75% gravity, 200% damage resistance, enhanced motion trackers, good active camo, and are colored black. Score points by killing Infected as Survivors or killing Survivors as Infected. Highest score after 3 rounds wins. Whoever has the highest score at the end of a round becomes the zombie at the beginning of the following round. 3 minute round time limit.
  • Braaaaains (31%) - Infection. Survivors start with Shotguns and Magnum secondaries, and have no energy shields. Infected start with Energy Swords, have 75% gravity, no energy shields, enhanced motion trackers and are colored black. Score points by killing Infected as Survivors or killing Survivors as Infected. Highest score after 3 rounds wins. 25% of players are randomly chosen to be zombies each round . 3 minute round time limit.
  • Speed Demons (5%) - Infection. Survivors start with Shotguns and Battle Rifle secondaries, have no energy shields and 150% gravity. Infected start with Gravity Hammers and Energy Sword secondaries, have 150% gravity, 200% movement speed, deal 150% damage, enhanced motion trackers and are colored black. Score points by killing Infected as Survivors or killing Survivors as Infected. Highest score after 3 rounds wins. 25% of players are randomly chosen to be zombies each round. 3 minute round time limit.

Maps

  • Bubonic (Rat's Nest) - Rat's Nest variant designed for Infection gametypes
  • Charnel Pit (The Pit) - The Pit variant designed for Infection gametypes
  • Club Dead (High Ground) - High Ground variant designed for Infection gametypes
  • Death Valley (Valhalla) - Valhalla variant designed for Infection gametypes
  • Deadlock (Blackout) - Blackout variant designed for Infection gametypes. REQUIRED. Part of the Legendary Map Pack
  • Dish of Doom (Standoff) - Standoff variant designed for Infection gametypes. REQUIRED. Part of the Heroic Map Pack
  • Ghoul Town (Ghost Town) - Ghost Town variant designed for Infection gametypes. REQUIRED. Part of the Legendary Map Pack
  • Growth Spurt (Isolation) -  Isolation variant designed for Infection gametypes.
  • Haunted Manor (Foundry) - Foundry variant designed for Infection gametypes. REQUIRED. Part of the Heroic Map Pack.
  • Salivation (Epitaph) - Epitaph variant designed for Infection gametypes.
  • Tree Rot (Guardian)  -  Guardian variant designed for Infection gametypes.
  • ZOMBIES ON ICE (Avalanche) - Avalanche variant designed for Infection gametypes. REQUIRED. Part of the Legendary Map Pack
  • Zomboni (Snowbound) - Snowbound variant designed for Infection gametypes.
  • Zomzibar (Last Resort) - Last Resort variant designed for Infection gametypes.
  • Andromeda (Orbital) - Orbital variant for Infection gametypes. REQUIRED. Orbital is part of the Mythic Map Pack.
  • Spooky House (Sandbox)  - Sandbox variant built in the Sky Bubble for Infection gametypes. REQUIRED. Sandbox is part of the Mythic Map Pack.
  • Dead Docks (Longshore) - Longshore variant designed for Infection gametypes. REQUIRED. Longshore is available on Halo 3: Mythic.

PlaylistsHalo 3 6/24/2010 2:42 PM PDT permalink

One Life Remaining: S02E3

Man, I wish this crap was real.

Jon CJG is cranking out the second season of One Life Remaining. Watch it. You can use the link below.

"Anthony, apparently persuaded by Kathryn to re-enter a relationship with her, prepares for their date together while Chad heads to an appointment with a solicitor regarding his grandmother's inheritance, accompanied by Peter."

YouTube - One Life Remaining, Season 2, Episode 3

Halo 3 6/24/2010 9:06 AM PDT permalink

Tag and Release - Carnage

Rated M for Mature.

E3 week at our backs, we're dipping back down into the Halo 3 well for sweet multimedia offerings. Today's selection was found by searching for a tag often applied in the post Halo aftermath: Carnage.


Loaded


Eye of the Storm


Apply Within


Overkill


Taste the Rainbow!


'Tis but a scratch!

Not enough destruction for your liking? Good. There's way more carnage on offer in our Community Files collection. Get your fill by clicking on the link.

Halo 3 6/21/2010 1:58 PM PDT permalink

Prepare to Drop Double EXP Weekend Live

Slayer, Objective, and plenty of headshots.

An “ODST Inspired” 4v4 Social Double EXP Weekend. There’s no VISR mode, but expect Slayer, Objective, and plenty of headshots.

3-4 Players Per Team
Max Party Size: 8
Halo 3: Mythic Disk Required

Gametypes

  • ODST Slayer (86.7%) - Team Slayer, first team to 50 wins. Players start with SMGs and Magnums. Player traits: 150% Damage Resistance, Energy Shields disabled.
  • Asset Escort (13.3%, Skipped after veto) - Teams take turns escorting their VIP to as  many points as possible. Anti-VIP starts with Spike Rifles and Gravity Hammers, and have 150% gravity. VIP team starts with Battle Rifles and SMGs, and have 90% damage resistance, and wear black armor. The VIP starts with a plasma pistol no grenades, does 0% damage to opponents, has 90% damage resistance, 4x overshields, 50% shield recharge rate, 75% move speed, 75% gravity, full vehicle use, an enhanced motion tracker, a waypoint that can be seen by all, and is colored purple. VIP team members within 40 meters of the VIP get 2x overshields. The Sandtrap Escort variant is two rounds long, and only the VIP and the Anti VIP team can drive vehicles. The Rat's Nest variant is 4 rounds and everyone has full vehicle use.

Maps

  • ODST Construct (Construct)- Construct with the ODST weapon set
  • ODST Guardian (Guardian)
  • ODST Boundless (Snowbound)
  • ODST Pit Stop (The Pit)
  • ODST Blackout (Blackout) - Part of the Legendary Map Pack
  • ODST Ghost Town (Ghost Town) - Part of the Legendary Map Pack
  • ODST Assembly (Assembly)  - Part of the Mythic Map Pack
  • ODST Citadel (Citadel) - Available on Halo 3: Mythic
  • ODST Heretic (Heretic) - Available on Halo 3: Mythic
  • Desert Highway (Sandtrap) - Custom Sandtrap variant for Asset Escort
  • Rat's Road (Rat's Nest) - Custom Rat's Nest variant for Asset Escort

PlaylistsHalo 3 6/11/2010 8:38 AM PDT permalink

ODS Steve: Two Spartan Lasers Walk into a Bar

Channeling Stuntmutt.

Looks like we've got a guest writer on tap. None of than the site purveyor herself, Hawty McBloggy. Read at your own risk.

ODS Steve: Two Spartan Lasers Walk into a Bar

Halo 3: ODST 6/9/2010 8:45 AM PDT permalink

Tag and Release - Death

...but not for you.

Halo: Reach Beta behind us, this week we return to the Halo 3 well. And what do you know, there's still plenty of sustenance to draw forth. This week, we look at screenshots tagged with the morose keyword, Death.


Headshot!


Radio for VTOL


They call it...Zanzibar.


Into the Light


Out of Body


The Haunting

Okay, that's enough multimedia for right now. If you're still not satiated, you'll need to haul up your own content. Here's the bucket.

Halo 3 6/7/2010 10:47 AM PDT permalink

Top Ten Halo Screenshots: A Day at the Beach

A tidal wave of titillating screenshots.

Since we're already looking at Hedge's collection, let's have a look at last week's Top Ten from Halo3Screenshots.com.

Top Ten Halo Screenshots: A Day at the Beach

Halo 3 6/7/2010 8:49 AM PDT permalink

Chronicles of ODS Steve #73

When Things Go Boom.

Stand clear of the space pickle!

Chronicles of ODS Steve: When Things Go Boom (#73)

Halo 3: ODST 6/2/2010 9:14 AM PDT permalink

Console Wars - Episode 2

"We've spotted Sony Walkmans!"

Which year is this? (Adult language and themes. Oh, and fanboys.) HBO wanted you to see it.



YouTube - Console Wars - Episode 2

Halo 3 6/1/2010 9:39 AM PDT permalink

Top Ten Halo Screenshots: Things...

...On Your Head.

Hey man, you got something on your face. No, to the left. Nope, now it's too the right. Okay, yeah, it's right there.

Top Ten Halo Screenshots: Things on Your Head

Halo 3 6/1/2010 8:44 AM PDT permalink