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Happy Holidays from the Aleph One development community.

You might not have your head wrapped around the Holiday Season just yet, but the Aleph One development community is ready to drop some season's greetings on your unaware, slack-jawed face! Out of nowhere, they've just announced a new version of the Aleph One engine that not only makes playing Marathon a breeze on Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms, but also brings it up to date with the most modern bells and whistles.

Read on for the full press release, and hit the link below to travel back in time to a distant future where space-docking was novel, rampancy was in its infancy, and the only good Bob was a dead Bob.

Bungie's Marathon, Marathon 2: Durandal and Marathon Infinity; polished, packaged and ready for download with the brand new Aleph One 1.0 engine.

December 1, 2011 - The Aleph One development community is thrilled to release version 1.0 of the Aleph One game engine. Since the release of the Marathon 2 source code, the team has worked diligently to deliver a cross platform game engine capable of bringing the classic Marathon games, as well as fan-made modifications to the modern Mac, Windows PC and Linux platforms.

Aleph One, an open source project, enhances Bungie's original Marathon games with modern OpenGL shader support, Internet co-op and multiplayer, modern mouse-look and gamepad support and plugin support for modifications.

To celebrate the 12 year development of Aleph One, the original Marathon games have been upgraded to take advantage of the new engine features.

  • Marathon has been updated with a modern HUD, high resolution graphics as well as extensive changes to the scenario to create the most authentic Marathon experience since 1994.
  • Marathon 2: Durandal has been updated with the high resolution graphics previously only available for the Xbox LIVE Arcade game.
  • Marathon Infinity has been updated with high resolution graphics.

All three games can be downloaded for free!

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Marathon: iPad

The candles burn out for you; I am free.

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Halo 1 PC/Mac, and Marathon 2 XBLA players rejoice!

If you missed the news in the Weekly Update, (scroll down to the section with the orange block of game UI), players of classic Bungie games get a head start on making their Reach lobby appearance shiny by unlocking some special nameplate images.

Two of these need a few extra clicks on your part to become active, so we're letting you get started now - Halo 1 for PC/Mac, and Marathon 2: Durandal for XBLA. To unlock these emblems:

1. Make sure you're signed in to with the account that's linked to the gamertag you want to tie your Halo PC key to. If you tie it to one account, but only played Halo 2 and 3 on a different account, we CAN NOT help you combine them later to get the emblem for playing all 3. Choose wisely! Obviously, this also has to be the gamertag you'll play Reach with.

2. Visit your account page , then click the Game Settings tab, then the Nameplate Settings link below that.

3. Follow the instruction there to unlock your stuff!

4. Wait an agonizingly long 20 days until 9/14 when you get Reach and play it online

5. Return to the same Nameplate Settings page , where you'll be shown all the nameplates available to you, and you can choose one to use. Return there whenever you feel like changing things up.

6. Questions? Problems? Post here

Bungie Day Gamerpics and Theme on XBL

Download the limited-time only Bungie Day '08 Themes and Gamerpics on Xbox Live Marketplace now.

Download those seven Gamerpics on Xbox Live Marketplace now. The Bungie Day '08 Theme and Gamerpics will only be available on Bungie Day only. Get 'em while you can.

Marathon Gets DLC on Xbox Live June 18th

Our friends at Freeverse released a content pack (available 6/18/08) coming to the Xbox Live Arcade port of Marathon: Durandal.

Earlier today, Freeverse announced that their "Jjaro Map Pack," a content pack that includes 12 classic multiplayer maps from Bungie's Marathon and Marathon: Infinity. In addition to the 12 maps, is the Jjaro collection "a texture and design set previously introduced in Marathon Infinity." There will also be a couple of new achievements to, uh, achieve.

Some users are getting together for some Marathon action. If you're interested in participating, head to the forums.

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Marathon: Durandal Now Available on Xbox Live

Early this morning, Marathon: Durandal showed up on Xbox Live Arcade. Now's your chance to play it if you missed it.

Freeverse's recreation of Marathon: Durandal, a shooter from Bungie Studios, is now available on Xbox Live Arcade for 800 points. For a whole mountain of Marathon: Durandal information, see our recent interview with Freeverse's Bruce Morrison about the Marathon: Durandal on XBLA project.

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Marathon: Durandal XBLA Q&A

We chat with Freeverse, the developers of the Marathon: Durandal Xbox Live Arcade game and find out why this is more than just a port.

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Marathon: Durandal Announced for Xbox Live

Marathon: Durandal is headed to Xbox Live Arcade later this year.

At their press conference last night, Microsoft announced that Bungie's Marathon: Durandal was being brought to Xbox Live Arcade by Freeverse sometime this year. The good folks at Freeverse have put up an information page on Marathon: Durandal for your perusal. Included in Freeverse's Marathon: Durandal will include “King of the Hill,” “Kill the Man with the Ball,” and “Tag” Live modes and an all new “Survival Mode.”

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