Master Chief Under My Christmas Tree

Oldie but a goodie.

Bryan Simon wants you to have a very Merry Christmas.  He doesn't have a new song cooked up, but he does have a message and an old hit to put under your tree.  Check it out.

Merry Christmas guys. Hope you get everything you wanted and I hope 2010 brings you much health and happiness. It's just cool to know that he's still around a year later to bring us all this H3 joy."

YouTube - Master Chief Under My Christmas Tree

Community 12/18/2009 9:14 AM PST permalink

'Put Me In, Coach' - MLG/Halo Song

Clap your hands, everybody...

Bryan Simon has some fancy new gear and a new song.  Want to have a listen?  This one's about going pro.  Sweet spectacles.

YouTube - Put Me In, Coach - MLG/Halo Song

Community 12/17/2009 10:32 AM PST permalink

Chief to the Metal

Making an impression.

Hawty McBloggy is showing off some fanmade metalworking this morning.  If you're into artistic artifacts based in the Halo universe, drop by and check it out.  If you're not, kick rocks.

Copper Chief

Community 12/17/2009 9:02 AM PST permalink

Bungie @ The VGAs

Bungie was at the Spike VGAs and we have pics and video to prove it.

Read Full Top Story

Inside BungieCommunityHalo: Reach 12/16/2009 6:45 PM PST

Bungie Favorites Updated

Heading into the Holidays.

Since we're gonna be taking a two week break beginning this weekend, we updated Bungie Favorites all by ourselves this morning.  So, if you don't like 'em, you can stick it right up your File Share.  We got feelings too, you know!

Bungie Favorites

CommunityHalo 3 12/16/2009 10:55 AM PST permalink

2009 Best of Halo Awards

Now accepting nominations.

See some awesome Halo related stuff in 2009?  Stop by Hawty McBloggy and let her know about it.  She's ramping up her annual Best of Halo Awards!

2009 Best of Halo Awards: Accepting Nominations

Community 12/16/2009 9:09 AM PST permalink

HaloContest's November '09 Winners

Screenshots and streaming video.

Morpheus unplugged and stopped by HBO to let everybody know that their selections for November have been made.  If you want to see them, you can hit the link below.  If you want to participate in coming months, you can find out how to enter after the jump.

HaloContest - November Winners and Montage

Community 12/16/2009 9:04 AM PST permalink

Average Joe - Lord Spanky

Not patient enough.

Lord Spanky has been patiently waiting for his turn in the Average Joe machine.  Well, I just flipped a lever, turned a dial, and we're gonna run this sucker through the ringer.  If you met him online and wanted to learn more about him (man, aren't you a glutton for punishment), strap in, buckle up, pull on a helmet, and get read to ride.  Or just read this interview.  Whatever.

Q. Who are you and what do you do?

A. My name is Shane, I'm 17, and I'm currently a Senior in High School. I live in Ohio, but if any of you want to find out the city I live in, you'll have to pry it from my cold, dead hands. Which is a paradox, sort of, because you'd have to know where I was first in order to kill me in order to pull the information from my hands.

You see why I'm so deadly.

As for my hobbies, they are not many; the simple pleasures, really. I enjoy playing videogames, primarily with people on Bungie-produced games, I enjoy reading several Science Fiction and Fantasy novel series, I enjoy making theories on the Haloverse (that's right guys, check out that Universe Forum from time to time. I've got some interesting stuff in there…) and I enjoy talking with my girlfriend when the chance comes 'round, which is just about every day. Beyond that my life exists as a mundane reflection of the typical obligations of a Senior: homework, school, studying, failing to get enough sleep.

Q. Sleep is important.  Always remember to settle in at a decent hour.  Your mind and body will thank you.  How did you settle into your gamertag?

A. Oh hell. Alright, before we go anywhere, I would like to let everyone know, right now, that I am NOT a snake, nor is my name pronounced "Snake-y". It's actually "Snak-ie", due to some crazy/awesome English law or whatnot.

Now that that's out of the way, my name originated from way back in the day, 'round 8th or 9th grade, when myself and my friends were just wee lads. For some reason we got together and started making up words; I don't remember our exact motivation for this, but I can assure you all that we were under the influence of nothing more than caffeine. One of the new "words" was "Shnakie", but jmh9072, a previous Average Joe and one of my closer friends, mispronounced it "Snakie" the day or two before I made my first account. The first account was made as "Lord Shnakie", the correct pronunciation, but I promptly forgot the e-mail account attached to it and never used it again. The very next day, I used jmh's mispronunciation of "Snakie" to create this account name, and it's stuck with me for over three years now, also becoming my first (and only) gamertag.

The way I look at it, the origins were… odd, to say the least, but the outcome is a unique name that I've really carved out for myself, something that doesn't very easily get lost in all the clutter around it. For that, at least, I'm thankful.

Q. Now that we've got the name and the correct pronunciation, how 'bout telling us where you hang out when you visit and what in particular you like about this here place?

A. Hmm… what do I like in particular? Well, when I joined back in '06, I was under pressure from jmh to participate in the big theory threads in the Halo 3 Forum. That was when I met my first big-shots, like ICEMAN ASSASS1N and opogjijijp, and when I got my first big taste of the theory scene, which is one I have continued to populate through my time on this site. I also learned quite a bit about game mechanics and creation from my early days in that forum, too, and gained a healthy… er… disrespect for the rules. I do believe that four out of my… well… six warnings came from pre-'08.

After making a few too many threads to do with a particular theory of mine and getting called a jackass by several users (by essentially making sure people saw it by creating "new" versions that had barely nothing different from the original, I won't deny it) I left the public forums in favor of the privates, where I joined some of my more memorable groups, such as the Council of Spartans (which has since died) and KOTOR, of which I am still a big part. My time posting only in Private Chapters continued for about a year, until I jumped back out to the forum scene in July of '08, at which point the big controversy about the E3/ODST news release was going on. I tried to help out a bit, but forgot to check the rules and posted in a recon thread, which landed me my first ban and an additional warning, which made me angry enough to actually forsake the Halo 3 Forum (like it was that forum's fault!) and travel elsewhere. Namely, the Community.

Ahh, the Community. As much as it's a center for thought-provoking discussion and site updates, it's a cesspit of elitism and repeat threads. Nevertheless, I have been posting there for well over a year now, and it's important to mention in my cycle of site travel (and growing maturity). The Community contributed to fixing my horrible arrogance problem, my writing style, and my thought processes. More than any other group or forum on the site, the Community has molded my mind into the Snakie that you see the words flowing from this day. But the Community isn't my favorite forum, not anymore… more like just the place where I post the most. A few months ago, with the introduction of the Bungie Universe forum, I've sort of… migrated, in a sense. A forum made entirely for theorists? I about died in ecstasy. That's where it's all at, at least for now.

Q. So, why gaming?

A. Gaming is a communal thing for me; I don't do it for the enjoyment a game itself brings, not unless I've got no choice. If I've got no internet, I play one of my single-player games. But, if I've got internet, I'm playing so I can hang out with friends and like-minded individuals. I may get on a single-player game, but I'll still be in a party with friends. It's just the way I am: I have to play with people if I have the option to, or at least talk to them. At the same time, though, the people I happen to have on my friends list for the most part are users from this very site. I suppose I enjoy hanging out with people from this place even in my time away from it. I'm in love with it that much, I suppose.

Q. What was the first Bungie title you fell in love with?

A. I jumped on the bandwagon with Halo: CE. I was young at the time, perhaps 8 or 9, and my cousin had an Xbox and the game. So he came over to my house and we spent the day playing on Easy, because we couldn't do anything harder. I remember the sense of awe that stuck with me to this day, though: the feeling that something's going to jump out and end me every time I come to a corner, the horror at the discovery of the Flood, the mystery of the story itself. That, more than anything else, is why I remain a theorist to this day. My goal is to find those mysteries.

Q. Spoilers!  (Are you surprised by your level of community involvement?)

A. Not really, no. I'm currently living in a semi-gutted house that we've had under renovation for some time now, and my existing entertainment basically consists of two TVs (only one with cable), the internet, books, and videogames. Videogames are great, and I've spent 137 hours on a single profile in Fallout 3 (impressive, right?), but that can't take up all of my time any more than reading Frank Herbert's Dune three times in a row can (oh yes, I've done that). The obvious answer? Internet. The obvious place? Bungie. It flexes my brain at the same time it gives me carpel tunnel. What more could a guy ask!

Q. Dunno.  Do you check out any other online communities on a regular basis?

A. No, I'm pretty much attached to at the hip. I've briefly tried out other such sites, but I keep bring drawn back to for a myriad of reasons, and I never seem to return to the other ones. I think it's really mainly because I've already got quite a bit of friends here, I'm aware of the site rules, and, to be quite frank, is ten times more organized (and better) than all those other guys, anyway.

Q. Wanna yell at some people and say what's up?

A. This is going to be quite long.

Before all else, I have an interesting fact to bring up: my hometown is getting a Mythic/Joe monopoly. Myself, jmh9072, and BerserkerBarrage are all from the same state, not to mention the same city, and are now all Occasional-Mythics (at the least) and Average Joes! Favoritism, urk? For shame!

Now that that's done:

First and foremost, I want to give a shout-out to my buddy jmh9072, fellow sometimes-Mythic member, fellow Ohioan, fellow Average Joe, and the very reason I'm being graced with this article today. It's all down to you, mate.

Right behind jmh, I want to give a shout to my best e-buddy burritosenior, who is the God-King of the Halo 3 Forum. PM him for me, guys, until he decides to give up trying to make me join Mythic Members.

Behind burrito I want to give shout-outs to the entire Community and Universe forum, along with my favorite private group, KOTOR (simply because the sheer magnitude of these shout-outs, they come before the rest of you guys, my apologies). To quote Bilbo Baggins like the massive Tolkein nerd I am, "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
Next up, Robby118, my stalker. I didn't forget you, you creepy ass. Along with Robby comes YahwehFreak4evr, who is another creepy stalker. And what the hell, I'll throw hamdog in there as well, even though he's not really a stalker. Oh, and Duardo. He's not really a stalker, either, but he tried to steal my docs.

Next group includes the best theorists still on this site, and very close acquaintances and friends of mine. I salute you: SpoonGuard, Wolverfrog, Agustus, opogjijijp, and MLG Cheehwawah.

My Xbox Live Buddies: Singularity7, REVERENC3, whatiplaylike/hamdog, Helveck, Iggyhopper, lolpokey, Omnicent, Pirated Bads, Tartan118 (<3), TheScriptKeeper, and x Lord Revan x.

My friends. Essentially, everyone I didn't mention elsewhere that happen to think I like them, just group yourselves here.

I'm tired.  Too many shout outs.  Need rest.  Discussion thread attached.

CommunitySpotlight 12/15/2009 10:32 AM PST permalink

The Elements of the Halo Periodic Table, Md-Z

Now I know my ABC's.

Hawty McBloggy has dropped the second half of Halcylon's Halo Periodic Table.  Get all science like and check it out.  It'll make you more smarter.  I'll link both halve so you can get the full picture.

The Elements of the Halo Periodic Table, Ac-Lu

The Elements of the Halo Periodic Table, Md-Z

CommunityHalo 12/15/2009 9:49 AM PST permalink

The Nobility of Teamwork

Tied the Leader talks Noble Team.

Looks like Tied the Leader is prepped for combat insertions.  If you want to hear their thoughts on the recent Halo: Reach premiere, head over to their site and check it out.

Tied the Leader - The Nobility of Teamwork

Community 12/15/2009 9:41 AM PST permalink

Grin + Bear It: RROD

Make a hole!

This made me laugh.  I am a child.  If you're still a bit childish, but aren't offended by adults only humor, check out this week's Grin + Bear It.

Grin + Bear It: RROD

Community 12/14/2009 8:44 AM PST permalink

I’ll Take the Signed Halo: Reach Poster

Still doing some holiday shopping?

Check out 8-Bit Brigade's Child's Play Charity auction.  We mentioned it earlier, but we handed off some new stuff you might be interested.  So did Hawty McBloggy.  If you need to pick up some presents for the Halo fan in your life (and you want to help spread some much needed cheer), you should check this out.

I’ll Take the Signed Halo: Reach Poster Please

Community 12/11/2009 9:08 AM PST permalink

Prepare to Drop Double EXP Weekend

No VISR mode, but expect Slayer, Objective, and headshots.

An “ODST Inspired” 4v4 Social Double EXP Weekend.

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


  • 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.


  • 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 12/10/2009 11:00 AM PST permalink

Halo-verse Planetary Scale

SoundEffect gets visual.

If you're looking to get a better sense of scale, Stephen Loftus has you covered (to the micrometer).  He's been working on the fit and finish of the fictional planetary bodies presented in the Halo Universe for quite some time now, but it looks like he's just dropped some new data points.  Check out his handiwork.

Halo-verse Planetary Scale

Community 12/10/2009 9:04 AM PST permalink's Favorite Files Updated

Back for more.

As we mentioned last week, the players over at aren't into Halo 3 content as much as some of the groups we spotlight.  They're into playing.  So, when it came to select some more screenshots this week, they turned to the community at large.  In addition to the new hit of content, they're also talking about their map, Top Floor.  Before you go up to the top, go down and get informed about what it took to cook it up.

Q. What inspired Top Floor?

A. This map was one of the first ones we did as a community. It was made for our Birthday Bash announced on Bungie back in May of 2008. We were just going for a fun FFA map for an open party. We were looking to have enough room to host a full custom party on Black Out and play for a full 24 hours.

Q. How long did it take to create?

A. It only took about a week to create.

Q. Only a week!?  What aspect took the longest to get right?

A. Adding the forth floor on blackout and getting everything spaced just right so that the floor was easy to access. And making enough room for a 16 player SWAT FFA with frags!

Q. How could The Forge be improved?

A. Unlimited items, it really bites when you just need one more wall! Why make Forge a game? It would be nice to have a full arsenal of map building resources. However, I am sure that is what everyone says right?

Honestly... Forge is already pretty awesome! We are just glad to have it! Thanks Bungie!

I see what you did there.  You couched your criticism inside some compliments.  Good communication skillz, yo!

If you want to communicate with Clantac, you should check out their website.  If you just want to see what kind of content they have on offer, stop into Bungie Favorites.

CommunitySpotlight 12/9/2009 12:03 PM PST permalink

Average Joe - Screecherz

Slappin' on his serious face.

Screecherz might not know where his gamertag comes from, but he sure knows where he likes to spend some of his down time.  If you've seen him maxin' relaxin' right here on and wondered what in the world his story is, wonder no more - we cornered him and forced him to answer our not-so-pressing questions.  Scroll down for his answers.

Q. Who are you and what do you do?

A. My name is Tom, I recently turned 16, and I live just south of the Twin Cities in the warm and sunny state of Minnesota. I am currently unemployed, but I’m about to hop back onto the occupation train and work at a delicious sub shop – none other than the Blue Ox Sandwich Factory. If you haven’t heard of it buy yourself a plane ticket and grab a bite to eat, it’s worth it.

My weeks and weekends go by pretty normally, I play some Xbox (when it isn’t flashing red lights at me), I swim a lot, and I try to get my school homework done. Swimming is my favorite thing to do, but unless I rake up some cash, I won’t get any pool time until next spring.

Q. Well, that was relatively coherent and subdued for a guy who goes by "Screecherz."  Where'd you get the gamertag?

A. The origins of my name are pretty obscure to me. My profile here was taken from my gamer tag, which, in turn was derived from my old online PC name of "Screech." Where that name came from, I couldn’t tell you. I could have thought it was cool or original at some point, but it’s really not clear to me at this point. To make it quite clear, it isn’t taken from Saved by the Bell, and no, I do not make pornos.

Q. I don't think Screech did either.  Stunt double and all that.  Either way, this is getting a little too mature for my liking.  Let's talk about where you waste the most time when you're online.  What forums do you hang out in?

A. My most active forum would probably be the Community Forum, but the fast pace of ODST and The Flood have brought my interest there as well. I like the Community Forum because it gives me a chance to slap on my Serious Face and kick some ass, but people don’t ever listen. The ODST forum gives me a chance to help out lost gamers, and the Flood is, well, the Flood. I can’t say more than that.

Asides from the Forums, I’m also an avid Private Group poster. In my groups I get a chance to act ridiculously stupid without being judged, and I get to have a little more fun than is normally allowed in the Public Forums. So for anyone who likes to butcher the English language, or just can’t help it, private groups are the place for you.

Q. So, why gaming?

A. Gaming is primarily just a way for me to have fun personally; however with Xbox LIVE starting to become a huge social networking project, I’ve been able to hook up with a lot of friends and family. I have a good dozen personal friends on my list, and a few family members (some from Pennsylvania) that frequent Xbox LIVE. All in all, I use the service to have some nice clean fun.

Q. What was the first Bungie title you had some good, old fashioned, and totally clean fun with?

A. Halo: PC. My dad got me into this when he first played through the campaign, I was young, and so I wasn’t allowed to play it until I gained a few years for the tally, but it was well worth the wait. I have no end to the praise I can give that game, and I continue to hop on it from time to time. If I had a genie lamp, wish number one would be to resurrect the game, give it Xbox LIVE multiplayer support, and completely revamp the graphics (leaving the physics untouched, of course).

BRAGGING: I used to hold the Number 3 global spot in Oddball for Halo: PC. Just sayin’.

Q. Whoa, nice.  Who would have thought?  On the subject of disbelief and incredulity, did you ever think you'd be so involved with a gaming community?

A. I’m not so much surprised at how involved I am in the community as much as I am surprised at how well it took me in. After a slow start, I started to get familiarized with a few members of the site and now I am a full blown elitist. I believe Singularity was the person who got the ball rolling for me, but I do like to think I am responsible for a little bit of awesome.

Q. Do you get involved with any other online hot spots?

A. The only entertainment community I am a part of is The forum structure, the great look of the site, private groups, stats, screenshots, etc, all make me come back here. The only other group I used to be involved with was BFM, a group that was dedicated to racing in Halo: PC.

BRAGGING: I used to hold the 107th global spot in Racing for Halo: PC. Just sayin’.

Q. Well, it's not top three, but I guess it's okay.  Anything you would like to add before we cross this here finish line?

A. I’d like to thank the people who accepted me into the community for one, but I would like to make a few shout-outs to some special friends in real life and Xbox LIVE. First off, JT, for being one of the best, most helpful, and most fun to play with friends over Xbox LIVE. Rhi, for giving me an outlet to blow off steam and for loving me so much, and lastly all members of the Web team – who make the coolest site that I have come to know.

Thanks to Tom for taking time out to tackle our interrogation.  If you want to take the time to say what's up to Screecherz, we've got a discussion thread up and going so you can do just that.  Drop in and tell him how awesome he is.

CommunitySpotlight 12/8/2009 11:13 AM PST permalink

7 on the 7th is Live!

A heaping helping of community Sandbox and Foundry maps.

Mix it up on a heaping helping of community Sandbox and Foundry maps. No Recon but tons of fun.

Category: 7 on the 7th
Max Party: 8
Max Team Size: 4
Heroic/Mythic Map Packs Required
Updated 12/03/2009


  • Team Slayer (33.3%) - First team to 50 kills wins. 12 minute match time limit.
  • Team BRs (21.6%) - First team to 50 kills wins. Players spawn with Battle Rifles and Assault Rifle secondary weapons. 12 minute match time limit.
  • One Flag CTF (11.8%) - Round based Capture the Flag, one team has a flag while the other attempt to capture it. Most captures after four rounds wins. Four minute round time limit.
  • Multi-Flag CTF (21.6%) - Both teams are attempting to capture the other team's flag. First to three captures wins. 20 minute match time limit.
  • Multi-Flag CTF BRs (11.8%) - Both teams are attempting to capture the other team's flag. Battle Rifle starts. First to three captures wins. 20 minute match time limit.


  • Actuality-Break (Foundry)
  • Apex (Sandbox)
  • Backdraft (Sandbox)
  • Battle Dome (Sandbox)
  • Ber Ber Creek (Sandbox)
  • Borderline (Sandbox)
  • Breakdown (Sandbox)
  • Bridgeo's (Sandbox)
  • Chimera (Sandbox)
  • Colonnade (Foundry)
  • Conduction (Sandbox)
  • Coup d'Etat (Sandbox)
  • Cryptic (Sandbox)
  • Cryptic Fate (Sandbox)
  • Deity (Sandbox)
  • Eighty Grit (Sandbox)
  • Elysium (Sandbox)
  • Emperor (Sandbox)
  • Fortress (Sandbox)
  • Gauntlet (Sandbox)
  • Haven (Sandbox)
  • IZ9 Courtyard (Sandbox)
  • The Kingdom (Sandbox)
  • Lotus (Sandbox)
  • Neosho (Sandbox)
  • Nocticulent (Sandbox)
  • Pantheon (Sandbox)
  • Paranoia (Sandbox)
  • Pilaster (Sandbox)
  • Pivotal (Sandbox)
  • Rat Trap (Sandbox)
  • Ravinia (Sandbox)
  • Regicide (Foundry)
  • Reminiscent (Sandbox)
  • Renovation (Sandbox)
  • Requiem (Sandbox)
  • Salvation (Sandbox)
  • Sand Towers (Sandbox)
  • Sentiment (Sandbox)
  • Skystation (Sandbox)
  • Solarium (Sandbox)
  • Stonehenge (Sandbox)
  • Subversive (Sandbox)
  • Synapse (Sandbox)
  • Tartarus (Sandbox)
  • Topple (Sandbox)
  • Tribal War (Sandbox)
  • Undulation (Sandbox)
  • Vengeance (Sandbox)
  • Workplace Bravo (Sandbox)

PlaylistsHalo 3 12/7/2009 9:20 AM PST permalink

Operation: Winter Storm Charity Tournament

Get your game on for a great cause.

Facility B5D and HaloCharts have teamed up to once again support the efforts of Child's Play.  If you put in enough effort yourself, you could walk away with prizes.  Thanks to HBO for the heads up.  Check out the details after the jump.

Operation: Winter Storm

Community 12/7/2009 9:09 AM PST permalink

8-Bit Brigade's 4th Annual Holiday Fund Raiser

Help them help Child's Play.

We're a little bit late getting this news to you.  8-Bit Brigade's charity event is already underway.  You should still check it out, though, they're supporting an awesome cause.

"8-Bit Brigade is proud to announce its 4th Annual Holiday Fund Raiser for Child’s Play! Join us as we raise money for Child’s Play, a wonderful organization that improves the quality of life for kids in children’s hospitals across the country and around the world.

As in past years, we’re running a raffle. For each $1 donation to Child’s Play, you’ll receive a virtual raffle ticket that gives you an
opportunity to win one of many excellent prizes! There’s no limit to the number of tickets you can buy, so give generously and increase your
odds of winning! We’ll even be broadcasting our drawing live over the Internet, so be sure to tune in!

Thanks to our generous sponsors, there’s a wide variety of goodies up for grabs this year! We hope you’ll join us as we strive to reach our goal and help make life better for kids in need!

Please feel free to contact us via email at with any questions, comments, or suggestions. Thanks in advance for your support!"

2009 Holiday Fund Raiser for Child’s Play

Community 12/4/2009 9:19 AM PST permalink

Ranked Grifball Double EXP Weekend is Live!

And so totally ranked!

So watch the betrayals.

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

Category: Double EXP Weekend
4 Players Per Team
Max Party Size: 4
Heroic and Mythic 1 Map Packs Required


  • Grifball (100%) - 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.


  • Grifball Court (Foundry) - Variant of Foundry made specifically for Grifball tournament play.
  • The Grif Cave (Sandbox) - Grifball in Sandbox's crypt.
  • A.G.L.A. FL09 (Sandbox) - Official Grifball map for the '09 fall season

PlaylistsHalo 3 12/3/2009 11:16 AM PST permalink

Community Spotlight -

Heading for a showdown.

If you came into the Community Spotlight this week looking for a group focused on snapping epic screenshots, you can get to steppin'.  That's right...go on, beat it.  Scram! isn't in it for the aesthetic appeal.  They're an offsite, gameplay-focused group of kick ass players.  Sound like a squad you want to roll with?  Read on.

" has been serving up Halo 2 and Halo 3 clan match services for three years, starting in 2006 as a Halo 2 Clan recruiting site and then moving on to ranked clan match stats for Halo 2 and 3. We've been dedicated to keeping the Halo Clan Spirit alive since 2006.

Never charging a dime, yet always giving back to the Halo community, we host a Halo 2 and Halo 3 reporting system, taking custom stats from your rss feeds to confirm that the games played are legit. We even host an FFA reporting system so the community can throw down and earn some Clantac ranks on FFA nights. Meantime, you can catch the real action in the community forums and meet up with clans that have been around for years.  Not only does the community give clans a place to recruit and come together for showdown, they also have a great community of independent players who just hang out in the forums and show up for online FFA events. has been spotlighted a few times over the years on the Bungie homepage, once for being the only clan stats support for Halo 2 and again for our World Clan Wars Tourney where clans took over countries like a game of Risk. We've also taken part in a Humpday Challenge.

Clantac is not just a Halo clan ladder site, but a melting pot of clans, teams, and Halo players from around the world. Not ruled by the corporate world or the need for advertising, you will not see ads or fancy money making schemes.  At Clantac it's about one thing and one thing only... Halo!

Q. Alright, so let's talk a little bit of Halo.  What are Clantac's favorite maps?

A. We love the Mythic Maps. Clantac is very team oriented - most of the time Slayer oriented - so old school hardcore maps seem to be our favs. MLG Forged maps, Blackout, The Pit, or anything that makes for a good 4v4 or Big Team Battle work too.

Q. And your favorite Game Variants?

A. Hardcore, MLG, default Slayer, Snipers, Swat, Flag and Bomb.

Q. What would you like to see added into Matchmaking?

A. Bring back clan matches! LOL ;) (As if you didn't see that coming!)

Actually, I didn't.  See, I'm not all that bright.  Seems like is doing a pretty good job on their own though.  If you want to see more, their week one selection of files are loaded and ready for deployment.  Grab 'em from Bungie Favorites and remember to take some time to check out their site.  You should also stop into the discussion thread attached to this article.  Unless you just want to whine about the screenshots.  I already told you to scram.

CommunitySpotlight 12/2/2009 11:24 AM PST permalink

Average Joe - Big Black Bear

A little disgusted by his own habitual lurking.

Big Black Bear doesn't really know my mother.  He says he does, but he's full of lies.  Point of fact, my mom has never even set foot in Canada.  Never will.  Now that I've established this man as a habitual liar willing to say anything to gain and hold your interest, why not read an interview we conducted with him that delves into his deepest, darkest desires, exposes the delicate web of lies he desperately clings to, and marks him as a really cool guy you should already be familiar with because he's an awesome part of our community even if he's ashamed of hanging out in The Flood?  Well?

Q. Who are you and what do you do?

A. Well, hello there! Nice to finally meet you! Your mom has told me so much about you. My name is Mike. I’m 28 and I hail from the far north (New Brunswick, Canada, to be exact). For the last five years, I’ve worked as a consultant at a company that specializes in Software Quality Assurance. Basically, I work with clients to help them develop or supplement their existing software testing practices. You guys don’t need anyone like that at Bungie, do you?

Outside of that, some of my spare time is spent playing video games, obviously, but I do have other interests as well. All through high school and university, I was on the wrestling team and though I don’t compete any more, I do still try to stay involved in the sport as much as possible.

I imagine a few of my hobbies will have to take a back-seat in the near future, though. My wife and I are both very excited to have a “Baby Black Bear” on the way. March, 2010… Prepare to drop!

Q. Congratulations!  Did you pluck that out of a big book of baby names?

A. I was originally going to just be “Black Bear”, after the name of my university wrestling team (the Black Bears Wrestling Club). As it turns out, though, “Black Bear” by itself was taken. So, I tried “Big Black Bear” and bingo! It worked! Plus, it sounds scarier, don’t you think?

Q. I dunno, I think a really tiny bear might be horrific in its own minuscule right.  Anywho, now that we got you to talk about the inspiration for the name, how's about you tell us where you hang out when you're around these here parts?

A. As much as I hate to admit it, I suppose I’m more of a “Floodian” than anything. It’s actually been quite some time since I’ve posted anywhere else, as a matter of fact. Back in the day, I started in the Halo 2 and Halo 2 Multiplayer forums (New Mombasa and Zanzibar), and I’ve posted a fair bit in the Septagon, but The Flood is where I always seem to go back to.

What I like about The Flood is that it’s a place where I can discuss just about anything (except Halo) with people who share some of my interests. It’s a group of people that I’ve been able to discuss a few of the biggest moments in my life with, from the death of my sister, to getting married, to my upcoming transition to parenthood.

Achronos always talks about the “signal to noise ratio” and while that ratio is pretty low in The Flood at times, there can actually be some pretty interesting discussions.

Q. Achronos talks about a lot of things.  Just nod and look a little bit agitated and he'll assume that you're attentively listening.  Since you're hanging out in The Flood, I assume you like to play the video games.  What compels you to pick up a controller?

A. The power of Christ compels me! The power of Christ compels me!

Okay, lame horror movie references aside, I’ve always been a bit of a gamer at heart. I’ve just always been attracted to video games, computers, and electronics. My first console was an Atari 2600.

I enjoy gaming with just about anyone, really. At the client I’m working with now, there’s a bit of a tradition. Every break and lunch is dedicated to playing some good, old-fashioned Halo 2. The guys here love their Lockout with random secondary weapons, and they hate the motion tracker. If you ask me, they’re just a bunch of screen-watching n00bs, but it’s all in good fun. Every now and again we’ll even get together for “Halo night”, which is just a big LAN party here at the office.

My wife, on the other hand, is a different story. Though she isn’t really into first-person shooters, she does enjoy some of the more casual games. So, when we play together, or if we have company over, we usually end up playing Rock Band or something on the Wii.

Q. Oh, man.  Scoring some brownie points with the lady.  Good show.  But enough about you and your family - what was the first Bungie game you played and what made it so irresistably incredible?

A. The first Bungie game I played was Halo: Combat Evolved. Some people I was working with at the time kept telling me what a great game it was and how much I was missing out on, so I finally broke down and rented it a month or so before Halo 2 came out. In the week I had the game I was hooked. I returned it to the video store and immediately bought my own copy. I just had to finish the campaign. It just had such an epic feeling to it, unlike anything I had played up to that point (and probably since).

Since then, I haven’t missed out on a single Bungie game. I walked in and bought Halo 2 the day it was released and had my copies of Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST both pre-ordered. I’m sure I’ll do the same for Halo: Reach.

Q. Damn right you will (and thanks)!  Does that kind of brand loyalty, willful submission to consumerism, and community involvement totally freak you out?

A. I’m a little disgusted by it, to be honest… Fortunately (or unfortunately), sitting in front of a computer all day provides me all kinds of opportunity to keep myself distracted from actual work by lurking on the forums.

Outside of that, though, I’m not nearly as involved in the community as some of the other people around here. Being up in Canada, I’m not really able to make it to any of the big launch parties or community events, like PAX. For me, it was a big day when I got one of my screenshots on Bungie Favorites. It’s actually quite flattering to know that somebody actually thinks I add “an interesting and unique flavor to our community mix."

Q. Ew. That sounds disgusting.  I'm gonna go swig some Scope.  While I'm swishing, tell us about any other online communties that you're inolved with?

A. Not “involved”, per se... As I mentioned, though, my wife and I play a fair bit of Rock Band, so I tend to lurk around the forums there to keep myself informed. It’s actually quite interesting to see the contrasts between a smaller community like that and the one here.

Q. Cool.  You wanna add a little story now that we've come to the end of things? Wanna make a shout-out, bro?

A. Sure! I’m gonna send a shout out to my boy SoundEffect. You know him, don’t you? He actually sits two cubes over from me at work. For anyone who hasn’t heard of him, he’s done some pretty amazing work over at HBO. So, definitely go check it out. I honestly don’t know anyone who’s more into the world of Halo than that guy.

And, of course, I can’t forget my lovely wife, Grunt Girl. After all, she’s the one who puts up with me every day and supports my gaming addiction.

Oh, and say hi to your mom for me.

Hey!  I'll have you know that my mom is a classy lady!  Well, I suppose turnabout is fair play. 

Thanks to Big Black Bear for lumbering into our Community Spotlight and sharing his deepest darkest fears and ridiculous myriad of insecurities with us.  If you want to prod him to see if he bites (or if you just want to say what's up), hit the discussion thread attached.  Maybe talk about whether or not a black bear's scale ultimately makes a difference in how terrifying it is.  SoundEffect should be able to provide detailed schematics to guide the discussion.

CommunitySpotlight 12/1/2009 10:03 AM PST permalink

Dressing up your Mobile Phone...

...and playing with dolls.

That's how HBO's Louis Wu spends his spare time.  He's been nagging us for months now to crank out a little stuffed doll so he can do who knows what with it, but we've staunchly refused.  That's not what our products are for.  Well, looks like some unwary fan stepped up and delivered the goods to satisfy Wu's unnatural cravings anyway. 

If you have a completely normal craving for a sweet Halo mobile phone wallpaper (or a totally weird one for a stuffed dolly), you should check out Hawty McBloggy this morning.  She's got the goods.  And we mean that in a most innocent way possible.

This Elite Just Wants to Cuddle

Halo-Themed iPhone/iPod Touch Wallpapers

Community 12/1/2009 9:41 AM PST permalink

Two Thirds

A little bit lower now.

Leviathan's "Low Level Strike" gets a bit closer to the finished product.  One more third was added over the Holiday break.  That makes two thirds and it made me do math.  Lame.

HBO: Two-Thirds of the Way (Fan Art)

Community 11/30/2009 9:39 AM PST permalink

Week 15 Aesthetic Artist Interview: bs angel

"...there's no BS about this Angel."

Get it?  BS?  Yeah.  Even if you don't like the pun, make sure you stop over to HBO to check out their latest Aesthetic Artist interview.

Week 15 Aesthetic Artist Interview: bs angel

Community 11/20/2009 9:38 AM PST permalink