Your Favorite Mail Sack
Posted by DeeJ at 8/3/2012 3:17 PM PDT


There is no such thing as a Favorite Thing at Bungie. One truth on which we can all agree is that we like to play kick ass games. Beyond that, our preferences for movies, music, or even the sweetest fruits of our labor can be as different as the stars in the night sky. Don’t take my word for it. Just check out the galaxy of viewpoints that twinkled in response to the questions you asked this week.

Meet your panel of astronomers…

Derek Carroll, Designer
Mark Flieg, Artist
Andrea Fonger, Engineer
Zeke Garcia, Artist
Josh Hamrick, Designer
Daniel Hanson, Engineer
Nate Hawbaker, Artist
Pat Jandro, Designer
David Johnson, Engineer
Scott Kankelborg, Your Mom
Luke Ledwich, Engineer
Alex Loret de Mola, Engineer
Lorraine McLees, Artist
Travis Pijut, Engineer
Ben Wommack, Engineer

Polish up your telescopes. It’s time to open the Sack.

Khirna Does working in a building with so many talented people intimidate, inspire, or humble you?

All of the above. Everyone that works here is either smarter or more talented than me in their own way. It’s intimidating when they talk to me as if I understand the complex challenges they face every day, inspiring to see their creative solutions, and humbling that they would let me tell their story. It’s the reason why I devote so much time to luring them out in front of you so they can speak for themselves.

Ask them a question. Go ahead…


defnop552 What's your favorite animated film?


Pat Jandro


Travis Pijut


Daniel Hanson


Alex Loret de Mola


Andrea Fonger


David Johnson


Mark Flieg


Lorraine McLees


Derek Carroll


Xd00999 This a question to Ben Wommack: What is your favorite Pratchett book? Which would you recommend?

Congratulations, Ben. You’ve been singled out. Care to conduct a one-man book club?

Ben Wommack said: Well that’s cool, and on my birthday too!

Here we go: Sir Terry Pratchett has written several of my favorite books, mostly in his extensive Discworld series. All of his story arcs there are excellent with memorable characters, but I’ve re-read “Thud!” the most. Does that make it my most-favorite book? I also can’t get enough of the Vimes stories, as they usually try and tackle some meaty social issue while also providing a good mystery.

As for recommendations: If you haven’t read any of Sir Terry’s work before, start with “Men at Arms,” which is in Discworld, or “Good Omens,” in which he collaborated with Neil Gaiman. If you are already a fan, I’ll shoot three of the more obscure titles at you: “Monstrous Regiment,” “Nation,” and “The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents.” All are very memorable novels.


Mythical Wolf What did you want to be when you were young?

A ninja. Still a work in progress.
Mark Flieg

An artist. Go figure.
Pat Jandro

I wanted to be a game tester since I first saw an ad for Nintendo's Game Tester College in an old issue of Nintendo Power. Then they closed that down, and I moved on, until I had the opportunity to get into the industry and jumped on it. Now here I am.
Travis Pijut

At various points in my childhood, I wanted to be an astronaut, a landscape architect, and a money manager.
Andrea Fonger

A teacher. My mother, a teacher herself, totally swayed me away from that.
David Johnson

A Dragon.
Luke Ledwich

Race car astronaut spaceship driver.
Nate Hawbaker

Your Mom.
Scott Kankelborg


CheckedBRUTES Is Abe still there?

Abe who? You mean Abe Froman? Sausage King of Chicago? Founder of Camp Froman? Featured developer from many ViDocs? Shipper of many Bungie titles? He’s still here. You can even play “Where’s Abe?” with this photo, taken on Bungie Day…


(hint: third row, second from the left, talks with his hands)


Boss of OWNAGE What is the craziest/silliest thing you have witnessed while working at Bungie?

A scorpion attached to a banshee that had working recoil.
Luke Ledwich

An employee dressed up as Barney, wearing white go-go boots, serenading the company.
Andrea Fonger

Inaugural Rockband competition of Pentathlon 2008.
Lorraine McLees

Your Mom.
Scott Kankelborg


Frag Ingot Will Jason Jones ever participate in one of these Mail Sacks? If he does ask him this, "Besides kicking back at your desk with your feet up, what is your favorite part of working at Bungie?"

As Project Director for our work in progress, Jones has very little time to kick back at his desk with his feet up. It’s for this very reason that I don’t trouble him with Mail Room shenanigans. Never say never, but never say Soon™ either.


ALI217 What's the best thing that Bungie offers you as employees?

The chance to work for Bungie. Oh and I think we get paid and get benefits or something? I don't really keep track.
Travis Pijut

A better healthcare plan than the healthcare company I was working for previously!
Alex Loret de Mola

Amazing people to work with.
Luke Ledwich

More vacation than I really know what to do with!
David Johnson

Free games!
Andrea Fonger

The means and opportunity to live the life I want to live.
Pat Jandro

RedBull... and that whole working on an amazing project with amazing people thing.
Nate Hawbaker

Besides getting paid to do what we really like doing? Swag!
Lorraine McLees

Your Mom.
Scott Kankelborg


Derek Carroll


AcedannyK 7 How often is Bungie-related apparel worn in the studio?

Every single day. It’s pretty easy to sort the ancients from the noobs. They drape themselves proudly in threadbare swag stained by the sweat from shipping older titles. The rest of us stick to the colorful new designs that we shared with you on Bungie day. To the untrained eye, it looks like we have a really bad gang problem.


Wikked Navajoe How often do you wear a suit and tie?

About as often as we attend weddings or funerals (the former hopefully more than the latter). The Holiday Party is tie-optional, but that only happens like once or twice a year.


Particle Man Is there anything you would do to improve the work environment at Bungie?

Mass transportation devices... y'know... Man Cannons, zip lines, and moving walkways (especially to the washroom).
Lorraine McLees

Fire Pole.
Luke Ledwich

Nerf gun fight Fridays. Also a unicorn.
David Johnson

Supply everyone with these.
Pat Jandro

A retractable roof to let in the rare Seattle sunlight!
Andrea Fonger

Close the blinds, turn out the lights, and lower the temperature. Everyone else seems to like that cancer orb and warm weather.
Travis Pijut

Turn bagel Fridays into barbell Fridays.
Mark Flieg

Your Mom.
Scott Kankelborg


thenewxegk I can haz Recon? But seriously: I'd like to ask…

Let me stop you right there. The answer is “NO!” And, I am penalizing you for asking with my refusal to even acknowledge your more serious question. Had this been a question about Blue Flames, I would have had to ban you. Since a request for Recon is kitschy now, I’ll let it slide.


Ockeghem What movie do you quote the most in life's conversations?

Always be closing, always be closing.
Derek Carroll

You're the weak, and I'm the tyranny of evil men.
Alex Loret de Mola

You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders!
David Johnson

I do not think that means what you think it means.
Luke Ledwich

Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
Mark Flieg

Stay on target!
Lorraine McLees

Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken.
Josh Hamrick

We gave you the quotes.  Be the first to give us the titles of the movies, and you win swag.


Geegs30 What’s your favorite sight in the studio?

The over-the-shoulder view of my coworkers’ monitors is always a lovely sight. They’re like windows into a world that is evolving into something wonderful.


SlenderTheMan What is your favorite song to listen to while working?


Derek Carroll


Zeke Garcia


Alex Loret de Mola

www.intergalacticfm.com
Pat Jandro


Sundalius Has Bungie started reaching out for Beta Testers already?

We most certainly have! Our User Research team has very specific curiosities in mind when they tap a Beta Tester on the shoulder. The mazes that they build into their Laboratorium are meticulously customized for the people they choose to run through them. If you have yet to be selected, sit tight – and make sure that the email address attached to your profile is one that you still check. Your time may yet come.


Lobster Fish 2 If you could go back in time one hundred years and say one sentence to the entire world population, what would you say?

“Eat more vegetables, eat less beef, and start developing battery technology sooner.”
Lorraine McLees

“Can you hear me now?” (You can’t print what I’d really say.)
Derek Carroll

"There isn't much time, whatever you do, don't..." then vanish.
Travis Pijut

"I strongly advise you to regulate the stock market."
Alex Loret de Mola

The same answer you always give when traveling back in time: "Buy Apple stock."
Daniel Hanson

"Your Mom."
Scott Kankelborg


sacktapped Does Bungie have a surplus of weapons in case of a zombie apocalypse?

Only the virtual kind. There is a Day Z infection that is starting to spread here. We do have a whole display case filled with weapons in our trophy room, but replicas and props aren’t likely to do a lot of damage to the living dead.


UnderTheKnif3 What's the single most important piece of advice that got you to where you are?

"Don't buy Apple stock." It made me not-filthy-rich, so I have to work for a living. Luckily, I managed to land here!
Daniel Hanson

“Wherever you go, there is always going to be someone who will be better at what you are doing, so keep improving your skills and don't stop learning.”
Lorraine McLees

“Even if you don't know what you're talking about, lie like you do.”
Pat Jandro

“Always work your hardest, even if it seems like an unimportant task.”
Travis Pijut

“Never give up. Trust your instincts.”
Alex Loret de Mola

“Never settle for less than you're capable of.”
David Johnson

I'll offer two (sorry, my rules): "You can talk yourself into or out of anything." And, "Remember that you are better than no man, and no man is better than you."
Mark Flieg


MAC Blast How often do you see people from other studios?

Some of the best places to grab lunch are right between Bungie and Valve. Unlike the rival scientists from Aperture and Black Mesa, we cross paths every day whether we realize it or not. Sometimes the branded hoodies give us away to each other. Other times, we are like ships passing in the night.


ankerd123 If you had to choose any company besides Bungie, who would you work for?

Mr. Gordon's Chicken Shop in Neutral Bay, Sydney, Australia. I really enjoyed the people when I worked there.
Luke Ledwich

If I couple that wishful thinking with a boost in engineering skills, I would pick Lockheed Martin or Tesla Motors.
Lorraine McLees

http://www.entertainment720.com/
Derek Carroll

I'd go film animal and ocean life for the BBC or Discovery Channel.
Pat Jandro

I am a huge mech nut, so I would love to be a simulator pilot for the first mech company. Come on Japan, hurry up already.
Travis Pijut

Initech. But only if I get to tell other people to file TPS reports and work on weekends.
Alex Loret de Mola

Somewhere I could have access to lots of sweet classic cars and supercars. Somewhere like Top Gear.
Andrea Fonger

The Discovery Channel, on my own crazy adventure/X Games series.
Mark Flieg


DE4THINC4RN4TE Why do more employees not have b.net accounts? Is it because they are not interested or they are not allowed?

Of course they are interested. Just look at all the people who have taken the time out of their day to run the gauntlet of this mass-interrogation.


wolfhunter9154 How does it feel to be released from your dungeon for a time in order to answer this?


Who says I'm not in the dungeon?
Andrea Fonger

I was compiling anyway.
David Johnson

My computer is in the dungeon. There is no release.
Derek Carroll

I'm answering this from work, not from home...
Pat Jandro

We were supposed to get released?!
Travis Pijut

The Mail Sack is kind of like our "visiting hours".
Daniel Hanson

And visiting hours are over. Back to work, you dogs. This game won’t ship itself.

Fear not, Bungie Community. The “dungeon” will open again next week, climbing wall and all, and let slip the interested parties that we allow to talk to you. Your chance to ask them a question will happen on Monday (or whenever I feel like it). Yes, that’s an apology for making you wait until Tuesday this time. It won’t happen again (unless I feel like it).
New Beginnings 

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Bungie.net Set to Read-Only Today 

Posted by DeeJ at 1/8/2013 9:07 AM PST

Pardon our dust...

On Tuesday, January 8th, Bungie.net will be set to read-only mode. During this short, preparatory maintenance window, you can browse, but you can’t post. We expect the outage to be brief.

Thank you for your patience. If we don’t make it back, tell your mother we love her. See you on the other side.

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Happy Holidays. Love, Bungie. 

Posted by DeeJ at 12/21/2012 2:22 PM PST

Peace on Earth?

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We Wish You a Merry Mail Sack 

Posted by DeeJ at 12/21/2012 2:21 PM PST

Goodwill towards mail...



It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Bungie. Our cavernous hideout, usually overrun by artists, coders, and designers, is slowly becoming a place of empty chairs and empty tables. Before our beloved partners in crime could flee the scene in favor of their respective family reunions, we gathered around the very last bundle of community interaction that will be seen this calendar year.

The past twelve months have been home to fascinating developments at Bungie. We are thankful. We’ve marched ever closer toward our fate. There is brilliant light at the end of the tunnel, dear community.

But that is a glorious conversation best saved for another time. For now, let’s look back instead of forward.

Let’s open the Sack.


Frag Ingot What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment from this year?

I made it through...

Ben Thompson, Engineer

I wrote lots of cool things for Bungie.next. Maybe DeeJ will tell you more about that soon.
Tom Gioconda, Engineer

I started building a spaceship in my garage, entirely out of spare lawnmower parts.
Dave Mongan, Senior Writer

Deadlift: 325lbs., Squat: 225lbs, Machine Squat: 360lbs. Also, wrote/recorded 13 songs and remixed 2 songs.
Forrest Soderlind, Technical Artist

Professionally, I built a new back end system that (if it works correctly) will make the online experience better for a significant portion of our playerbase, without them ever knowing it is there. Personally, I went on some awesome adventures with my wife this year and didn't get us both killed, or too horribly lost.
Michael Williams, Engineer

Marriage!
Robert Kehoe, BVT Tester

Creating the next generation of the internal tools for Bungie.Next. They ain’t pretty, but they get the job done.
Alex Loret de Mola, Engineer

And, the following people on the Bungie Panel for this week counted their great fortune in landing a place on the roster of Team Bungie. This delegation represents only a fraction of the parade of noobs that stormed our front door to help us bring you a new game.
Will Edgette, Engineer
Leland Dantzler, Tester
Doug Juno, Artist
Drew Smith, Producer
David Johnson, Engineer
Mike Shannon, Senior IT Engineer
Chris Owens, Test Engineer
Andy Howell, Matchmaking Test Lead


Hylebos How is the Pentathlon shaping up?

As someone who has been honored with an invitation to serve on the Exalted Winter Pentathlon Committee, I'm one of the few people who can tell you that it’s shaping up quite nicely. Our competitors have been partitioned into four warring schools, with Captains assigned to lead each. Events have been chosen, with lieutenants designated to lead each school’s respective charge, and commissioners in place to enforce the rules of battle. As the games draw near, we'll treat you to the usual front-row seat, though I suspect the game I'm most anxious to play this year will be zealously guarded from your eyes.


Elem3nt 117 What is your New Year's Resolution?

I resolve to be a little bit more open and transparent with you. If that has you excited, please note that my track record for keeping these annual promises is less than impressive. Let’s see if my co-developers are more or less disciplined. What do you have planned for yourselves in 2013, Bungie Panel?

Decimate the competition in the Pentathlon or die trying.
Drew Smith, Producer

Draw more.
Doug Juno, Artist

Finish building that spaceship in my garage! Or, give up the ridiculous idea already and waste my free time more wisely.
Dave Mongan, Senior Writer

To get up earlier!
Andy Howell, Matchmaking Test Lead

Deadlift: 495lbs., Squat: 405lbs, Bench 250lbs.
Forrest Soderlind, Technical Artist

Write a book, plant a tree. I can already imagine blank pages and a bare yard.
Christian Diefenbach, Engineering Lead

Don’t get suckered into anymore of those crazy “End of the world” doomsday prophesies.
Ben Thompson, Engineer

Create more, consume less.
Michael Williams, Engineer

To finally fulfill my resolutions from the last 8 years.
Mike Shannon, Senior IT Engineer

I resolve to be better, stronger, faster.
Chris Owens, Test Engineer

To not make any more New Year’s Resolutions.
Alex Loret de Mola, Engineer

Be less tempted by Bungie’s free snacks. Who am I kidding?
Leland Dantzler, Tester


Ninja Blue Wolf Does Marty do lessons?

You mean music lessons? No. Marty does teach us a lesson from time to time, but they are more in the vein of knowing when to hold ‘em – and when to fold ‘em. If you don’t get the reference, that’s an old song about Poker, written by a gambling purveyor of Fried Chicken.


WestCoastRonin If you could remake any Christmas movie and give it a sci-fi setting, which movie would you choose and what would it be like?

I’m pitching a starside reboot of A Christmas Story. My hero, Ralphie_9.6, is an astroclone incepted on an off-world colony who dreams of owning a Red Ryder x-ray cannon. As part of his coming of age, he learns to face off against the Academy’s most dreaded bully. Comic relief ensues when he tricks his best friend into sticking his tongue to the cooling towers of the main reactor. For the grand finale, a hoard of feral tusk-wolves make off with the sandtrout that was prepared for the solstice feast of the seventh moon.

The joy of editing this feature is the chance to hoard the best and most obvious answer for one’s self. However, in the event that Hollywood rejects my screenplay, here are some alternatives from the Bungie Panel…

If you ask me, Rocky 4 is begging for a sci-fi remake. It’s got it all: Good versus evil; hi-tech versus old-school; national pride versus personal determination. Everything is on the line, and it all comes to a head on Christmas Day. Simply set it in an interstellar society, with humans versus aliens and… Ba-da-bing ba-da-boom! Instant, updated holiday classic.
Dave Mongan, Senior Writer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a cyborg sent back through time to Santa’s workshop (circa 1995) to protect Santa Claus. Sam the Snowborg is on a mission to kill him and alter the future so that Snowborgs rule over all mankind – and Christmas is permanently destroyed. To save the day, Santa and Rudolph must go to the Isle of Misfit Toys Asylum to rescue Mrs. Claus, who was arrested after encountering Rudolph in the prequel.
David Johnson, Engineer

It’s a Wonderful Star Trek Life. I know they kind of already did it in TNG. I guess I just want Star Trek for Christmas.
Andy Howell, Matchmaking Test Lead

As Life Day approaches on Tatooine, Emmet Otter and his Ma decide to compete in the Cantina's talent contest. Watch as they face corrupt Hutt judges, and challenge the Empire's most deadly musicians, "The Boba Fett Sarlacc Band". In the end they will learn the true meaning of Life Day, and the true power of the Force.
Michael Williams, Engineer

Mine is more based on a TV show than a movie. Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Doctor Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator - and vanished. He awoke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that looked a lot like Santa, and driven by an unknown force to change Christmas for the better. His only guide on this journey is ELF, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so, Doctor Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to replace bad presents with amazing presents and hoping each time that his next leap… will be the leap home.
Chris Owens, Test Engineer

I have a visual of people opening their Christmas presents to find face hugger aliens inside.
Robert Kehoe, BVT Tester

The first two Die Hard movies could be convincingly set on an inter-planetary colony and a spaceport, respectively. The plot of the second movie even becomes more much plausible in a spaceport.
Tom Gioconda, Engineer

White Christmas. It’s the year 2196, and Lt. Commander Wallace is performing a holiday space symphony for our troops fighting against the mysterious arachnid alien species that has invaded our solar system. He finds himself caught in a web, and about to be eaten by said aliens, before Ensign Davis runs over in the nick of time and saves his life. Their friendship comes to a head years later when their old Fleet Admiral is discovered running a failed tourist vessel orbiting Jupiter. They decide to bring their interstellar cast and crew to revive his chances of success. The plot really doesn’t have to change much at all! I suppose one of their love interests could get vaporized by a stray phaser blast as they defend the tourist ship from space raiders.
Alex Loret de Mola, Engineer

Yeah, Alex. Because nothing gets people in the Christmas spirit faster than vaporizing love interests.


irishfreak Why won't you return my calls?

Mostly because, for the first time in the years (and years) since I left college and joined The Work Force, I don’t have a phone on my desk. That took some getting used to. I remember asking about this on my first day at Bungie. Urk answered my question with a question of his own. “Who would you call?” That stopped me in my tracks. Hello, Internet? It’s me, DeeJ.


EZcompany2ndsqd If Santa came down your chimney and you were awake what would you do?

I’d handcuff him to the gas starter, light a candle, and have a long chat about all those years I got ugly sweaters instead of the video games that had been released that season. Perhaps the Bungie Panel will be more forgiving than I…

See if he wanted to play some Farcry 3 coop.
Drew Smith, Producer

I would thank him for giving me a brand new fireplace.
David Johnson, Engineer

Offer him a drink.
Doug Juno, Artist

Release the Krampus!
Forrest Soderlind, Technical Artist

Demand gifts as payment for intrusion.
Leland Dantzler, Tester

We would then engage in mortal combat - Bungie wood n00b sword vs. Santa Sack. Spoiler: Christmas would lose.
Andy Howell, Matchmaking Test Lead

Borrow his ride!
Christian Diefenbach, Engineering Lead

Ask if he had a couple hours to babysit.
Ben Thompson, Engineer

Wager my soul against a golden fiddle in a Settler's of Catan match. Santa does that right?
Michael Williams, Engineer

Scream like a little girl and run around in circles until the bad man left. Sadly, that’s how I deal with most situations.
Chris Owens, Test Engineer

Offer the man some milk and cookies for installing a chimney in my apartment.
Will Edgette, Engineer

Probably offer him a beer. Cookies and milk probably get old.
Tom Gioconda, Engineer


DarthCarrick If you could give the Community a present, what would it be?

An exciting new place to call home. Since such things cannot be wrapped, that gift will have to serve another occasion.


Xd00999 You can now un-cancel one television show. What do you choose?

When I do make it to my television, I’m more than likely using it to battle the Internet though the construct of my favorite game. Thus, I am transferring my vote to the Bungie Panel. Have at it, people. What do you wish was still on the idiot box?

I used to work in TV, so that’s like asking me to resurrect only one of my deceased friends. Too cruel. Instead, I’ll bring to life a baby that was never born: a pilot I wrote called “The War.” Imagine the grittiness of “The Wire,” set on the coke-frenzied Sunset Strip of the 1980s. It was an intense roller-coaster ride of sex & drugs & rock-n-roll… or at least it would have been, had it ever seen the light of day. Oh well…
Dave Mongan, Senior Writer

I’d pick one of the following:

Ben Thompson, Engineer

Bring back Firefly!
David Johnson, Engineer

Firefly, Duh. (Says the Star Trek fan… I know.. I know..)
Andy Howell, Matchmaking Test Lead

Firefly.
Will Edgette, Engineer

Can I choose two? 1) Firefly 2) Farscape.
Christian Diefenbach, Engineering Lead

Firefly.
Michael Williams, Engineer

I’m sure this is the first time someone mentioned this show, but Firefly.
Chris Owens, Test Engineer

Answers other than Firefly are wrong.
Tom Gioconda, Engineer

Wonderfalls!
Alex Loret de Mola, Engineer

Better Off Ted.
Leland Dantzler, Tester

Carnivale on HBO.
Doug Juno, Artist

Arrested Development.
Drew Smith, Producer

Deadwood, so I can open a can of peaches.
Forrest Soderlind, Technical Artist


A Pimpin Lady Why will you not answer my question? I want to know where Bungie hires their non-gaming personnel. Last time I asked this question, you sent me to the job listings page on B.Net. In all my years here, I have never seen non-gaming related listings. I know you guys have to have accountants, HR, health educators, etc. Will you please tell me where the job listings for these people are found?

“Ma’am! I answered your question! I answered the darn... I’m cooperating here!” -Jerry Lundegaard, Executive Sales Manager, Gustafson Motors

It’s almost as if our whole team is devoted to the singular cause of making a game. We do have a few people at Bungie who mind the shop while we make the toys. In all your years here, none of them have quit. They really like their jobs. We see to that, personally. If we end up needing more of them, the curious onlookers who pay attention to our Careers page will be the first to know.


Marcellos007 What was the funniest present you´ve got for Christmas?

My father and my sister succumbed to the allure of a home shopping offering on television. One toll-free conversation later, our entire family received the gift of decorative swords. Mine was so decorative, the blade folded under the weight of its own haft when I sank it into the soil of the back yard in a dramatic reenactment of the ending to my favorite Scottish revolution film. Care to recall your own comedic lumps of coal, Bungie Panel?

My dad used to rewrap the board game Balderdash every year and give it to a random member of the family. That was always funny. Plus, it’s a good game.
Drew Smith, Producer

Many years ago, a boss of mine gave me the menu for an adult-entertainment venue called The Chicken Ranch. I never visited the establishment, but I got a lot of laughs out of reading the names of their various “Dishes.”
Dave Mongan, Senior Writer

One year, my friends thought it would be a good idea to all get me Hello Kitty themed gifts, including bubble bath that came packaged with warnings about urinary tract infections. Also included was a lantern that had a warning to “not look directly at.” So, all of the Hello Kitty gifts where deadly in one way or another. But really, isn’t anything to do with Hello Kitty?
Andy Howell, Matchmaking Test Lead

Our family has had a habit of wrapping gifts in bizarre ways. I've seen bizarre polyhedral shapes, boxes nested in boxes, and gifts wrapped in twine that has been spliced so there was no end to untie.
Michael Williams, Engineer

A 20 pound wheel of cheese (I used to be a much larger man who loved his cheese).
Chris Owens, Test Engineer

A Rubik’s Cube shaped like Homer Simpson.
Alex Loret de Mola, Engineer

My dad gave me Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders. I was 8 and my mom was furious. Dad and I played the heck out of it, though.
Leland Dantzler, Tester


Halo biggest fan For all the artists at Bungie: Do any of you frequently go to figure drawing sessions to stay sharp on your traditional drawing skills?

Is this really a question about art? Or, is it more a question about naked people in our studio?


CoRaMo Where is the strangest place you have ever played a video game?

Like so many of you, I was waiting anxiously on the sidelines while Halo: ODST was preparing to drop. Through some magic wielded by the Hand of Urk, I vaulted to the front of a very long line and was the first kid in my zip code to play Firefight in the belly of a military transport vehicle. Moral to the story: Always be nice to your Community Manager. Beat that, Bungie Panel!

The Experience Music Project in Seattle during the Halo 2 launch party. The science fiction museum had only recently gone into the building, and the whole experience was pretty surreal and awesome.
Michael Williams, Engineer

At the Podiatrist, while I was having an ingrown toenail removed. I needed a distraction.
Andy Howell, Matchmaking Test Lead

You mean like the backseat of a Volkswagen?
Mike Shannon, Senior IT Engineer

Backseat of a Volkswagen.
Robert Kehoe, BVT Tester

I played Inception – The App while I was in Erfoud, Morocco just to unlock the Africa chapter. My wife rolled her eyes, but the camels didn’t seem to mind.
Forrest Soderlind, Technical Artist

On the set of a movie.
Chris Owens, Test Engineer

In a van heading across the country to get to PAX – part of a caravan called the Cross Country Super Trip. We wired it up to a TV that was fixed into the ceiling, and played it on our two day long trek.
Alex Loret de Mola, Engineer

I played Pokemon Silver in an unmarked van, in Ireland, stuck at a sheep crossing while thousands of fluffy things crossed the road for more than 15 minutes (true story).
Leland Dantzler, Tester

Do iPhone games on the porcelain throne count?
Dave Mongan, Senior Writer

To most of you, playing in an arcade is probably pretty strange. More people play video games on the toilet via their phones than play in arcades now.
Tom Gioconda, Engineer

With gaming on cell phones, it doesn’t get much more strange than gaming in a public restroom. I’m... not the only one that does that, right?
David Johnson, Engineer

Some of you are sick. Suddenly, that line that forms outside the Bungie men’s room is much less a mystery. Pull your pants up and get back to work. You can launch birds out of slingshots on your own time.


coolmike699 Does Bungie do a secret Santa? Has anyone gotten anything really weird?

Our Secret Santas give presents to the people who need them the most. This year, our tree was decorated with dreams passed along to us from our friends at the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We love making dreams come true at Bungie – the weirder the better.




Duardo What was the best gift ever given to you?

I have everything I want in life: a gaming console, a patient wife who lets me spend a lot of time with it, and a clan of willing killers to carry me to victory. Bungie Panel, can you do a better job of celebrating the spirit of giving?

Not to get all sappy, but a couple years back, my wife gave me a pretty non-traditional Christmas present: a pregnancy test that read positive. Now, a few years earlier I would’ve freaked out; but timing is everything, and instead I was super excited to know we were expecting a little gamer of our own.
Dave Mongan, Senior Writer

The generosity of my friends. I can be demanding and a bit eccentric/neurotic, but they are all super accommodating.
Drew Smith, Producer

My life, by my mom and dad. (I know, suck up...)
Andy Howell, Matchmaking Test Lead

My first thought was to say “my daughters.” Then, I realized they’re more like Trojans taking over my world: making me work harder to get them the best life I can, eating away at my idle time with child’s play and E rated games, pushing me to better myself and… Yeah, my daughters.
Christian Diefenbach, Engineering Lead

My family once commissioned a custom art piece from one of my favorite artists based on a fictional character of mine. The effort and subtlety needed to gather the information for the commission was as precious as the artwork itself.
Michael Williams, Engineer


Mike Shannon, Senior IT Engineer

The gift of laughter! Yeah, right! That’d be my original 8-bit NES with the Gold Zelda Cart.
Chris Owens, Test Engineer

My wife built me a cabinet with a mini-fridge, snack drawer, and movie theater style popcorn popper for my home theater room was pretty damned impressive last year.
Tom Gioconda, Engineer

The gift of life! Hahaha, no. In all seriousness, the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was the beginning of what got me here today.
Robert Kehoe, BVT Tester

Being able to work at Bungie.
Alex Loret de Mola, Engineer

Dethklok: Dethalbum II on vinyl.
Forrest Soderlind: Technical Artist


Will Edgette, Engineer

Hope.
Leland Dantzler, Tester


spartain ken 15 Do you guys ever think you would sell some Bungie-themed Christmas cards?

If you refresh the front page of our website, you can have one for free. There ain’t any cash in it, but it’s still a sincere expression of our love and devotion. Of all the gifts that we’re to receive in the coming days, very few will make us as happy as your unshakable friendship.

And, thus, the Sack is empty. With its closure, we bring to an end another year of community love. This next year promises to be a more exciting one. Between now and then, do take care of yourselves. May your travels by safe, and your holiday loot plentiful.

To all a good night.

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Friendship of Mythic Proportions 

Posted by DeeJ at 12/20/2012 4:21 PM PST

Lean on me...

The Bungie Community is constantly astounding us with their creativity, and their solidarity. Recently, some ancients (who were playing Bungie games before some of their contemporaries were born) banded together to produce a piece of art that would steady a friend in need as he took steps toward a new challenge. Behold the intersection between passion for games and compassion for one's fellow gamer.

Miguel writes: Folks, here's a link to the whole Soulblighter Sword Cane saga, how it came to be, why we did it, etc. It all started back at the tail end of August (right before PAX Prime!) and is finally done now. The man has his uber-cane! Thanks of course to all of you for creating a wonderful environment for us to form such lasting friendships. Man, are we getting old.



 Cheers to the big hearts at Bungie.org.  

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