Smyf's Halo Stuff

Off the Charts.

Halocharts has a graphical guru and they want to share his work with the world. Lay your eyes on some wallpaper worthy images.

"Smyf is a Halocharts staff member who has an outstanding artistic talent... This guy has done a great deal of graphics work for us here on both Halocharts and HaloChallenges. I wanted to share some of his work with you and the rest of the Halo community. Please check out Smyf's Halo-themed Gallery on Deviant Art."

Deviant Art - Smyf's Gallery

Community 6/2/2010 9:19 AM PDT permalink

The Bees Knees Bungie Favs Updated

Finally.

Talk about patience. These guys waited what must have felt like six months to see the second half of their favorites selections go live. Sorry, dudes. We had to Beta. Sorry about the nasty messages, too. Some of our fans are a little...energetic.

Anyway, if you're looking for more community generated favorites, The Bees Knees' latest files are now on offer. Go get 'em.

CommunitySpotlight 5/26/2010 10:08 AM PDT permalink

Assault Rifle...Nerfed!

But still fully functional.

Moz over at 405th.com built himself a working Assault Rifle. Don't worry though, it fires soft rounds. Thanks to HBO for the heads up.



YouTube - Finished Halo Nerf AR

Community 5/26/2010 9:02 AM PDT permalink

Brute Take-Down

In for some Chop.

Looks like we missed a few ubald rendered over at HBO over the past few days. That's okay, they archive their stuff. Hit the link below to see the third offering and hit the previous link at the bottom of each page to sample the rest. They're awesome!

ubald's Halo Renders: Brute Take-Down

Community 5/18/2010 9:07 AM PDT permalink

Truckin'

"Press X to Pick Up This Halo Truck."

Cool paint job, bro! Stop by Hawty McBloggy this morning to check out some sweet custom work (and to see how many euphemisms she can fashion out of a single story).

Press X to Pick Up This Halo Truck

Community 5/10/2010 9:15 AM PDT permalink

Gamers for Giving 2010 Happens May 1

Support this great cause.

HBO tipped us off to an awesome charity gaming event going down in Ann Arbor, Michigan this weekend. If you're in the area, please stop by, register for the tournament, and give what you can. If you have friends over Xbox LIVE in that neck of the woods, please spread the word. Details below.

Gamers for Giving 2010 Happens May 1

www.gamersforgiving.org

Community 4/28/2010 9:25 AM PDT permalink

Living Dead Double EXP 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 4/23/2010 9:07 AM PDT permalink

Twin Cities Charity Fragathon 2!

Electric Fragaloo!

If you've set up shop near the Twin Cities area and you're feeling charitable, it's time to get your game on. For a paltry ten bucks or a bag full of canned goods, you can get in on a Halo 3 tourney featuring tons of fabulous prizes. All the details you need are at the link below. Click it if you're awesome. You are awesome, aren't you?

"Come on out and join us at the 2nd Annual Fragathon! Bring $10 or an equal amount of canned goods, this is your entry fee and also covers pizza and refreshments."

Twin Cities Fragathon 2 - Electric Fragaloo!

CommunityHalo 3 4/16/2010 10:56 AM PDT permalink

A Man With Tattoos

Mythic Manart.

HBO user Cody Brigan got some new ink. Slapped it right on his chest. Check it out after the jump.

A Man Without Tattoos is Invisible to the Gods

Community 4/15/2010 8:56 AM PDT permalink

Community Spotlight - The Bees Knees

Wide awake and physical.

We're going offsite for this week's Community Spotlight. The Bees Knees have their coin up and they're ready to play. Before you dive into all their awesome community generated content, take a moment to learn about them in their own words:

The Bees Knees is a Halo group based in the Penny Arcade forum community. The Bees Knees names comes from the Halo 2 ARG "I Love Bees." We set up shop here in 2004 and have been kickin' it ever since. We are also undefeated in clan vs. clan battles, having had numerous other communities lose or forfeit their matches! 5-0 baby!

What are The Bees Knees' favorite maps?

Our favorite Halo 2 map is definitely Terminal. Who can beat having a train slam into an escaping Warthog at 100mph?
Our favorite Halo 3 maps would have to be our own Sandbox creations, but if we are restricted to only official Bungie maps, it'd be Rat's Nest and Orbital a close second.

Yeah, those two are universal favorites. Good call. What about game types?

Our favorite silly gametype is "Worst Game Ever." This horrible tradition started back in 2004, where we put one hill in the middle of Midship and then gave everyone Rockets.

Our favorite regular gametype would have to be either 1 Sided Territories (the 2 round version, anyway) and/or 2 Flag Rat's Nest.

Sweet. What would you like to see injected into Matchmaking that isn’t already there?

More objectives! 6v6 King of the Hill from DLC Objective was awesome. Now the only place KotH exists is Multi Team. Also more 1 Flag is always great.

A 7 on the 7th dedicated to 7 v 7 Longshore would also be great.



Yeah, that would be great. Know what else is great? Bungie Favorites.

CommunitySpotlight 4/14/2010 11:00 AM PDT permalink

Average Joe - The Kodemyster

Enjoys, among other things, many other things.

The Kodemyster may not know where he got his nickname from, but he sure knows some other stuff. To learn about some of this stuff, scroll down and read this brief question and answer session. It's about stuff, mainly.

Q. Who are you and what do you do?

A. I'm Kody, some dude in Las Vegas who works at In-N-Out Burger. I attend the College of Southern Nevada and have absolutely no idea what I'm going for. All my ideas require that I graduate with $200,000 in student loans, so all my ideas have pretty much been scrapped. I'm currently looking into law enforcement, but who knows where that'll go. I enjoy philosophy, epics, sushi, Kashi, my lovely lady, the money I currently do not have, many other things, and I'm excited to turn twenty on Cinco de Mayo!

Q. You enjoy lots of stuff! Doesn't explain where the tag comes from, though. 'Splain it.

A. I played basketball back in grade school and got the nick for absolutely no logical reason whatsoever. Now I'm stuck with it.

Q. I thought you were going to tell me about your black hat exploits or 1337 BASIC skillz. Oh, well. Where have you been hiding?

A. If I'm not loitering in a group, notably The Backdrop, Thee Warriors or The Black Chapter, I'm wasting my life away in The Flood or browsing the Septagon (no, I don't give a crap what it's called now).

Q. What compels you to waste your life away with games?

A. Up until a few days ago when I bought myself a brand new 360, my gaming life was virtually nonexistent (I don't know who's worse, Toyota or Microsoft, when it comes to mass malfunction). I do have a computer (almost obvious), but it's rather crappy; CS is getting low on good players and servers and, as enjoyable as rushing Huscarls in Age of Empires 2 is, it does get old. But now that the good Lord has blessed me with a new console, I've been given the opportunity to destroy my life all over again.

Contrary to the majority, who enjoy saving the galaxy online with and against real sentient beings, I'm the type who'd rather sit down with some noms in my dimly lit bedroom all by my lonesome and enjoy an intriguing storyline and rewarding campaign. Of course, this only takes place during the time my woman and studies allot me.

Q. What was the first Bungie title you made time for?

A. Oni. I've always been a late bloomer, so when I had a Nintendo 64, everyone else has PS2s and Xboxs. If we weren't gasming over the TV when DBZ came on, we were gaming, and ONI became a neighborhood favorite for like six months. I remember nothing of the game, set aside this awkwardly attractive purple haired chick who consumed bad guys' souls in the coolest ways possible.

Q. Are you surprised you followed Konoko this far?

A. Eh, not really. If you would have asked me that four years ago I'd probably answer yes. But after spending so much time here over the years it's sort of become a home away from home away from someone else's home. If that makes sense. It's become routine.

Q. Makes perfect sense. Squat anywhere else online?

A. Due to the fact that almost all of my friends are Facebook whores, I have also become a Facebook whore. Besides that, and flaunting my Myspace every now and then, I spend my web time reading current events, usually through Yahoo! News or BBC. Nothing really as far as entertainment goes. Unless... Fandango?

Q. Dunno. Do they have a sweet community going over there? Don't answer. Instead, make some shout outs. All the kids are doing it.

A. To the developers, if thou are reading, please give us plebeians enjoyable urban battles in Reach. And to my G dawgz lounging back at The Backdrop, listening to Bith tunes, getting high off jaffa cakes, and to Bobcast, the only ninja I can truly say I had an intimate relationship with before he was appointed by God to heal the sick and amputate the infected of His holy corner of the intranet, keep keeping it real.

Thanks for the front page space. irhumbled. <3

And, by the way, I'd like to add that I don't blame Stosh. For when one day the boy grows up to become the insane, hedonistic cannibal we most surely expect him to become, I shall be spared.



Stosh will spare no man. He has already become a vicious animal, his faculties bent only to the basest needs. Wouldn't worry too much about the cannibalism yet. We bring him double slices of Zeek's and foot-longs from the Subway down the street. As long as we keep him well fed, all he tends to gnaw on are the server cables strewn about his dim hovel.

Where were we? Oh, yes. Discussion thread attached.

CommunitySpotlight 4/13/2010 9:46 AM PDT permalink

Zugzwang Evolved: The Real Version

Checkmate.

Okay, this one is totally real.

Zugzwang Evolved: The Real Version

Community 4/13/2010 9:00 AM PDT permalink

Guide To The Last Days of Halo 2

There are those who said this day would never come.

FyreWulff wants to get you ready for Halo 2's final days. You know it's coming this Wednesday, right?

Guide To The Last Days of Halo 2

Community 4/12/2010 9:17 AM PDT permalink

The HaloGAF Montage

Believe.

The HaloGAF crew made a montage. There are so many good plays, they had to make the stinkin' thing like a million minutes long.



YouTube - The HaloGAF Montage - Part 1 of 2



YouTube - The HaloGAF Montage - Part 2 of 2

If you don't like YouTube, you can snag it over at HBO.

Community 4/12/2010 9:06 AM PDT permalink

Reach Super Happy Fun Time Kit

Paper dolls.

Can't wait to suit up into some Spartan gear and throw down in the Beta this May? Grin + Bear It feels your pain. To help pass the time from now until then, print out some paper dolls, strap them to your fingers, and put on a show of your own.

Grin + Bear It: Super Happy Fun Time Kit

Community 4/12/2010 9:02 AM PDT permalink

The Road to a Recon Tattoo

Achievement Unlocked.

Hawty McBloggy published some photographic evidence of one fan's freaky obsession with Recon. We would have went with flaming, but whatever. To each his own. Check it out.

The Road to a Recon Tattoo

Community 4/12/2010 8:59 AM PDT permalink

From Cradle to Grave

Heads up. Controller down.

HBO tipped us off that Hawty McBloggy tipped them off about a fan who tipped everybody off about a custom Oddball made to cradle a controller. Pretty cerebral stuff. Check it out.

A Skull that Cradles Your Controller

Community 4/8/2010 10:19 AM PDT permalink

Bungie Favorites Updated

ODST Recon finishes the job.

After making way for last week's April Fool's gag, ODST Recon just deployed their second and final round of Bungie Favorites. Since they're not a Forge-focused group, they don't have any tips for you on the map making front. You'll just have to make do with their multimedia offerings.
Make Me an Offer
Got a great group here at Bungie.net or abroad that you think deserves to be in our spotlight? We're taking submissions.

Just shoot me a private message with a brief rundown of why you think your group makes the grade. Make the subject "Group Spotlight." If you want to get extra fancy, link me to a File Share that shows off the content your group could put on display. If I like what I see, I'll get in touch.

If not...I just need some space. It's not you, it's me. (Really, it's you. I'm just trying to be polite.)

Community 4/7/2010 10:20 AM PDT permalink

Average Jane - Libbyface

Only has time for Bungie.

Okay, so maybe she has time for family, too. And a private group. And her friends. But, whatever. We're going to keep pretending that we're the most important thing in her life. To get the real scoop, read on.

Q. Who are you and what do you do?

A. My name is Brandi and no, I’m not a 12 year old boy. Seven times out of ten, Halo players think I am. Guess my voice isn’t girly enough? Actually, I just celebrated my 30th birthday. I was kinda nervous about turning 30 but to my surprise, on the morning of my 30th, I jumped on my Bungie account and I got a message from Urk, inviting me to me to do this interview. Needless to say, that was A.W.E.S.O.M.E.!

My occupation title is MOM. We have five children, three boys and two girls. We are a combined family, which isn’t that unusual these days. We are all Florida natives and live in the Tampa Bay area. We love the Bucs, Rays, Lightning and the Gators! And yes, we wear JORTS and we Love it! (Suck it, DeathPimp.)

As I was saying, we have five children. The oldest, Austin, is 12. He is the shyest out of the bunch but has no shortages of girlfriends, yes, already…UGH. He LOVES football and plays the Trumpet in his middle school band. Oh yeah, and loves ROCK AND ROLL and video games.

Taylor, nicknamed TaylorBear, is the next of our bunch. She’s a New Year’s Baby and just turned 11 not too long ago. She aspires to be a Musician, as she plays the guitar and is learning the piano and drums. She actually has a band with her friends. They call themselves, “DoomsDay”. If that doesn’t pan out, she loves animals. She wants to either become a Vet, travel the world as a Wildlife Crusader, or a Marine Biologist, studying Dolphins. Taylor also loves basketball. Both her and Austin (football) have played their sports for two years.

Hopefully they’ll be going to the University of Florida someday!

Next is Victoria, she’s 9 and in the 4th grade. She plays the Clarinet in her school band. She’s also a natural vocalist and loves to sing. In addition to her singing and Clarinet playing, she’s a Purple Belt in Tae Kwon Do. She’s apart of the “Black Belt Club” and also takes weapons class, learning how to use the Bow Staff and the Nunchucks. Her father would prefer her to one day play her Clarinet in “The Million Dollar Band” for the University Of Alabama. *shrugs shoulders* Nobody’s perfect…

Isaac is 8. He’s kinda the genius of the group. He is a VERY inquisitive child. Although he’s only in 2nd grade, he has very strong political views already. He loves the U.S.A.! He loves Science and can do some complex multiplication in his head like it ain’t nothin'! I see him becoming the President one day but he’ll probably be a Scientist, studying the stars or animals. He’s also a very big kid, towering over all the other 2nd graders IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! He’s big. I have to remind people sometimes that he is only 8. I see him dabblin' in some golf lessons very soon.

Then there’s Rylie, he’s not Jeffrey and he’s not 4, but he’s 5 years old. There’s no mistake about it, he’s a cutie! He likes to rock Mohawks and loves vids above everything else. He also loves Baseball and football. Finally, one of my children wants to play baseball! Dude loves to dance. You know he’s got it bad when he starts the beat to “Billy Jean”, umch, umch….umch, umch and all the other kids instantly say, “SHUUUUUT UPPPPP ALREADY”! His heroes include, Master Chief and Michael Jackson. He LOVES Master Chief and Halo. He’s also getting pretty good at the moonwalk.

As you can tell, my hobbies are pretty much our children. I am Taylor’s guitar teacher (been playing for about 8 years), we Love going to the beach, especially at low tide when we have our epic Hermitt Crab battles. Above everything, we love playing Halo!

Q. Whoa...I feel like I'm part of the family now. That's a lot of info! Still don't know where your gamertag comes from though. 'Splain.

A. LIBBYFACE…love it! It actually started out as a family account name…Libbyface. When I got my own account, I decided to keep it but make it all caps…it looks way cooler that way, IMO. MrFreakinMiyagi, my boyfriend, can take credit for it. Libby is my last name, the face part goes back to…one night, while we were playing Halo 2, some guys were talking crap and dude was like…”bet you won’t say that to my Halo face.”

It kinda stuck with us…that’s that.

Q. Sweet. What do you do with your time online. Stick with any particular forums?

A. Umm…yeah, I’m just your Average Jane. I’ve never blogged in my life. I pretty much stick to my group forums and do most of my haunting there. I have ventured out into the community forums before but…not as much fun to me. I don’t know a lot of the language that goes on in the serious forums. I’m not here to be super serious, I’m here to have fun. Now, when someone complains about how bad Rorytate’s fart smells…I can relate to that. Sad but true. *shrugs shoulders*

Q. Gross. Why gaming?

A. I grew up in the gamer generation man! I can’t imagine a life without vids! It also helps that I’m a pretty competitive person. My mother was a gamer too. To this day, she can still hit all 3 cherries, every time, on Super Mario Bros. 2. Lame game, but still pretty amazing. Before I started playing Halo, Galaga was my favorite game, I’m pretty awesome at it. Normally it’s just me and Miyagi, getting down on some Halo at the house. Well, and the kiddies of course.

Q. What was the first Bungie title you played?

A. Halo 2, I’m kinda a newb compared to a lot of others. Again, my boyfriend, MrFreakinMiyagi, and a friend of 11 years introduced me to it. I was over one night and asked me if I have ever played before. He started up the Xbox and the rest is history. I loved everything about it. The idea that you could “party up” and play online with other people just blew me away! We’ve come along way since PacMan.

Q. Are you suprised by how far you've come with gaming on the community side?

A. I’m a teensie bit surprised. When I first started playing, I wouldn’t even talk to my teammates. I’m more surprised about how close I have become with the people in the community. I’m pretty social for the most part. Now they can’t get me to shut up, as you can tell by my interview so far.

Q. Socialize anywhere else?

A. I really only have time for Bungie. I try to be a productive member of the community. I used to have an account with PewterReport (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) but I just can’t keep up. Besides, there’s plenty enough entertainment right here.

Q. That's the right answer. Make some noise!

A. First and foremost, I wanna give a shout out to MrFreakinMiyagi. Boyfriend of 3 years and friend of 11. Love ya babe! *tapping foot, waiting for ring* j/k Without him, I don’t know if I would be playing Halo? *wipes tear away*. H3ITWP…best group ever, really. Whether it be kiddin' around or raising money for various reasons, we take care of each other and I Love you guys! My boys Cobia48, DJ Six 716 and my good friend, SS VIGILANTE (although VIGILANTE never has time to play Halo with me *raspberries*). Also want to shout out to some of my fellow Janes’…waketrix, Froggirl, Fallenstar, WhtButterflyLiz, Crazy Herbie and RaDekk7.



Oh, snap! That's it and that's all for LIBBYFACE. Unless of course you still feel like chattin'. Then you might want to sound off in the discussion thread attached. You know where to find it.

CommunitySpotlight 4/6/2010 1:12 PM PDT permalink

Working Plasma Pistol

You did not shoot that green -blam!- at me!

Hawty McBloggy found a working Plasma Pistol fashioned out of Bionicles. On the Internet. You can find anything with this technology! (Warning: do NOT search for glowing green balls. Trust me.)

A Working Bionicle Plasma Pistol

Community 4/6/2010 8:53 AM PDT permalink

The Tank

Okay, Elites aren't that powered up.

This is like the Iron Man of Elites. Check out the result of ubald's wildest imaginings after the jump. Shiny!

ubald Renders - The Tank

Community 4/5/2010 9:24 AM PDT permalink

Grifball Double EXP Weekend Live!

Catch the disease!

You know the deal.

Red vs Blue's contagious Assault-like sport. Catch the disease!

Category: Double EXP Weekend
4 Players Per Team
Max Party Size: 8
Heroic and Mythic 1 Map Packs Required
Updated 3/18/09

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 4/2/2010 8:52 AM PDT permalink

Brute Mauler Made Real

Courtesy of...

...you guessed it, the 405th. LeeKegan's got a new video up, showing off his latest creations. As always, they're awesome.



YouTube - Brute Mauler Halo 3 405th

Community 4/2/2010 8:47 AM PDT permalink

Average Joe - Piercingtiger

Hidden Dragon.

Wait that's not quite right. Got my title mixed up. While I sort myself out, scroll down to read all about this week's Average Joe, Piercingtiger.

Q. Who are you and what do you do?

A. Hi, my name is Tim and I’m a Haloholic. The last time I took a dri…er….played Halo was yesterday. My wife says I’m addicted to gaming, but I know she is wrong. I choose to play. I can quit anytime I want to, really.

I’m a manager for a large shipping company that shall remain nameless. I also do freelance graphic design. In my free time, other than gaming, I draw and paint. I also do some inking for a few indy comic books. I also draw cheesy, 30 minute comics for a group I’m in (H3ITWP). I call them 30 minute comics, because I give myself 30 minutes to complete them. Pretty awesome description, huh? That way I won’t be bogged down trying to create actual art. (Example.)

I’m what you would call a “seasoned” gamer. I’m 31 (which makes me about 70 in gamer years, right?) , married to a wonderful woman and the father of two girls and a newborn boy. This makes getting quality Halo time a very tricky matter lately. That’s why you sometimes hear odd sounds through my mic. No, I’m not crying, that’s my son in my lap getting upset that I won’t let him take the controller out of my hands. I’ve got an appeal in to God to see if he can speed up the toddler years for me. I’ll get back to you with results.

Q. Yeah, let us know. While you wait, let us know where you got your gamertag.

A. Okay, stay with me on this one. Everyone please picture a giant word in your mind while I describe my gamertag. The giant word will be: SIGH. That is how I feel when I explain my gamertag. Here goes: When I was in elementary school, I found this book in our library. I think I might have been in 5th grade. How this book got into an elementary school library, I still have no idea. But without going into graphic detail, the book described certain “positions” for certain “activities.” One of them was “The Piercingtiger.” The name made me giggle (remember I was in 5th grade). So I used it for lots of things. I had basketball teams named The Piercingtigers along with many other silly uses. When I made what could be considered my first gamertag I used it as well. This “gamertag” was used on Myth II online. Now that I’m 31, the name seems silly. Most of my friends just call me PT.

Q. What forums do you frequent when you need some present day giggles?

A. As far as the regular forums go, I’ve become a lurker. I rarely comment. I did most of my arguing, debating and general discussion during the grand ole’ days of Halo 2. Now I sit back and watch the fun. I love the debates and in depth discussions. I love watching the trolls get smacked. OF COURSE I LOVE THE BUNGIE BLOG…

Editor's Note: Of course you do. - Urk

I spend most of my time in the private groups. I was formerly involved with the group Owners of the Katana. I helped build it, nurtured it and set it free. I feel like a proud papa and promised if I ever got any kind of recognition, I’d tell them I still love them. Now I spend my days mainly in Halo 3 in The Work PLace. We are a tight knit group of “older” gamers who can discuss the finer points of Halo without having to compare the sizes of our...BRs.

Q. So what is it about gaming that got you involved? Do you play with friends and family?

A. Growing up, my brother and I used games as an escape from reality. We had an “odd” childhood and gaming was something we could use to bond. I game with him still occasionally, but not like we did as kids.

As far as friends go, do people who I’ve met on XBL count? I’ve actually formed many good friendships over the last few years. Some of them live in AZ like me. Some of them fly out to AZ to see me. (They claim it for their hobby of skydiving, but I know the truth.) Some of them call me to ask opinions on very serious decisions. So if they count as friends…then yes, I game with friends.

Q. Pretty sure they do. What was the first Bungie game you got friendly with?

A. The first Bungie title I played was Marathon. I loved it, but did not own a computer at the time. It was actually a classmate that brought it into my computer arts class. When I bought my first Mac, the first game I bought was Myth. I was hooked. Then Myth II released and I had what I’d consider my first online multiplayer experience. It was awkward and I’m not sure my performance was that great, but man it was a blast. You always remember your first. Seriously, nothing was as fun as setting up a group of archers and destroying an oncoming enemy in seconds.
After that, I was hooked on Bungie. Their dedication to making games that are full fleshed is something that sets them apart from other studios. Their games include humor and back-stories that you don’t see in most titles. I bought an Xbox specifically because I knew Halo was being released as Microsoft’s launch title. Yeah, I had that much faith in Bungie.

Q. Are you surprised that led to so much lurking?

A. Yes I am. Like I said, most of my community involvement is in private groups. Last year I had the pleasure of meeting many B.net members during my first trip to this little thing called PAX. It was a blast and I love Bungie even more as a result. It was funny, because I’m not as “known” on the forums as I used to be during the Halo 2 days. When I’d introduce myself to people at PAX, I was surprised at how many people knew the name Piercingtiger. Oh and if you are walking around Seattle and see a random Halo 3 in The Work PLace bumper sticker stuck to a cab or in a hotel room…it was not me.

Q. Get involved with any other communities that don't compel you to commit acts of graffito?

A. Other than lurking at HawtyMcbloggy, no.

Q. What, she doesn't count? Anything you would like to add?

A. First, I want to mention to the Halo community: Hog drivers are people too.

I want to thank you for giving a relatively unknown gamer a chance to bore you for a few minutes. Let me pop my knuckles, this is going to take a minute.

As far as groups go: I love my family at Halo 3 in The Workplace. I also want to mention Owners of the Katana, The Spartan 1 Project and Halo 3 Wheelmen.

As far as gamers go: In no particular order (which is a PC way of saying please don’t PM me and complain if I don’t mention you, you greedy person). My AZ peeps necktatpat, Knucks and LizTron. I’d love to list EVERY member of Halo 3 in The Work PLace, but there isn’t enough energy left in my fingertips to type all those names. I’ll just mention a few but know that you guys and gals all rock, BigCountry1369 , Frogg1rl, JoeSki73 and Rhymetactics. Also all the great people I met at PAX, for example DieByMyHand/YourUncleBob and Yuben Meatslap. Oh and some guy named Urk.

I’d like to thank one other person that is special to me. This person is the reason I get up in the morning and strive to be the best PT I can. This person holds a very special place in my heart and in my family. If it wasn’t for this person…. *tears up*…. I’ll just say it.

Fomom, I <3 you and our son Foman.



Oh, that's not nice. I will allow it. I'll also allow you to bask in glory by setting up a discussion thread on your behalf. You know where to find it.

CommunitySpotlight 3/30/2010 9:52 AM PDT permalink

Living Dead Double EXP 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 3/25/2010 3:26 PM PDT permalink