Mail Sack for the Natives
Posted by DeeJ at 8/17/2012 3:07 PM PDT


At least once a week, a particular Bungie Producer likes to stop by the Community desk and ask the same question: “How are the natives, DeeJ?”

It’s one of those rhetorical questions, like when someone asks if it’s “hot enough for ya” when the temperature reaches heights that make asphalt soft. I tell him the same thing every time: "The natives are restless."  Fortunately, he’s not the only one who cares about the mental health of the fine people who faithfully control territory here on Bungie.net.

Here are the other concerned citizens who paid us a visit this week…

Derek Carroll, Designer
Mike Forrest, Engineer
Zeke Garcia, Artist
David Gasca, Test Lead
David Johnson, Engineer
Luke Ledwich, Test Engineer
Alex Loret de Mola, Bungie.next Engineer
Lorraine McLees, Graphic Designer
Marty O’Donnell, The Elder
Travis Pijut, Test Engineer
Cameron Pinard, Artist
Tom Slattery, Localization Content Manager
Jason Sussman, Artist
Michael Williams, Engineer

Thanks for stopping by, you guys. Let’s open the Sack.


Viperconn How are you doing?

“Super, thanks for asking!”
Derek Carroll

Doing great! I just got a lot of work done today, so I don't have much to complain about.
David Johnson

I feel fantastic / and I never felt as good as how I do right now / except maybe when I think of how I felt that day / when I felt the way that I do right now / right now / right now
Alex Loret de Mola

Really well, thanks! Every day is an adventure!
Michael Williams

Excellent. Tomorrow I am going home to Australia for a short holiday.
Luke Ledwich

Not too bad, though knowing there is amazing weather outside is making me terribly anxious.
Cameron Pinard

Still Standin', Still Strong.
Zeke Garcia

Great! Just took a train up to Vancouver last weekend and gorged myself on amazing eats.
Tom Slattery

Enough with the pleasantries, already. Can anyone throw the panel a tough question?


KilteDKilleR93 What's the best way to get into writing code if you have zero experience?

Now that’s more like it. Allow me to make a suggestion: If you add a one to that zero, you'll have taken your first step into a larger world. I know, I know, I’m not helping. Pardon me while I yield the floor to my smarter friends…

I pretty much followed the Java Tutorial to teach myself Java (since that's the language I needed to know first). It was pretty good (and also free). These days, I'd still recommend learning C# over Java, but I don't know if there's an equivalently good C# tutorial out there. Besides, the languages are so very similar that your knowledge in one will drastically help your knowledge in the other.
David Johnson

Try doing some of the incentivized tutorials hanging around on the net! For instance, 4clojure is a totally fun way to learn functional programming in a "casually competitive" environment.
Alex Loret de Mola

I tend to do the same thing with each new language I learn. Find the most simple tutorial/example of code that is visual and remotely interesting to you (I always liked Triangle render tutorials). Run it and see that it is possible and then play with what is already coded to see how it works.
Luke Ledwich

Just do it. I'm old school so I’ll tell you to learn C, learn data structures, write quick sorts and bubble sorts, learn about hash tables. After you've got that foundation, jump right into C#.
Cameron Pinard

Khan Academy just launched a whole new computer science series. Don't worry too much about which language to learn or what you're doing with it - just jump in and start trying to figure things out. What you do in one language will translate pretty easily to others as you become comfortable with the concepts.
Mike Forrest

Taking a class from a local community college is a great way to start. Another great option is downloading Visual Studio Express for free, and getting a book on programming.
Michael Williams

Code Academy is a neat little site that my girlfriend has been using to learn Java.
David Gasca

Get adopted by a childless programmer.
Tom Slattery

Now you’re not helping, Tom!


triggerhappy964 Who is the best poker player on the Bungie team?

Poker night was just last night, actually. For now, at least, the best poker player at Bungie is Chris Owens.


Leprechaun209 Are any people in Bungie trained in the ways of the Force?

Halcylon thinks he’s a Jedi, and we love to indulge him. Whenever he makes that “Force Choke” gesture with his hands, we lay on the floor and gasp for air. Later on, we’ll have a good laugh watching him try to levitate stuff on his desk.


TrogDor404 What is the craziest thing you've done with your coworkers outside of work?

Sometimes we go deal some lead.



Our panel might prefer less violent forms of craziness.

What is this "outside of work" thing of which you speak? I find your ideas interesting and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.
David Johnson

Played unhealthy amounts of Magic: The Gathering!
Alex Loret de Mola

Vegas.
Luke Ledwich

Paintball. While 7 weeks from delivering my first child. Granted, I was the "war photographer", but I was still in full gear with riot shield.
Lorraine McLees

For a few years, we've had a chance to help out with the Fight Like a Girl Tournament. It’s a huge amount of fun to play with fans while making money for a good cause.
Michael Williams

We all feel like real heels now, Michael. Thanks for that.


A Pimpin Lady I'm going to ask the same question you haven't answered for the past 3 weeks...

Let me stop you right there. Did you know that the definition of “insanity” is doing the same thing over and over and over and expecting a different result? I’m not saying that you are crazy or anything, I just love to define things.


relliK42 What's your favorite computer/console indie game?

I'll just go ahead and answer for the studio. Minecraft.
Travis Pijut

Minecraft. PC Game of the Year for several years running now.
Derek Carroll

Minecraft has easily held the most of my attention for the longest time.
Luke Ledwich

Hmm… The most recent game that I really enjoyed was Sword & Sorcery EP. I'd recommend it for iPad.
Cameron Pinard

I'll nominate the Commander Keen series.
Mike Forrest

I am really fond of Sequence, a rhythm RPG on both Xbox and PC.
Michael Williams

Skulls of the Shogun. I can't wait to play the final version. Just saw Super Amazing Wagon Adventure for the first time at the Seattle Indies Expo a couple of weeks ago, and it was super amazing as well.
Tom Slattery

Gravitronix, of course.
Alex Loret de Mola


CheckedBRUTES Is Jerome the only Security Guard that works At Bungie? Is there a night time Security Guard or does one of the Bungie Employees stay there?

It sounds a lot like you’re trying to identify gaps in our security. You won’t. There is a peacekeeper defending our front door at all times. Jerome is their Sheriff, but he has many deputies.


MightyMarcher01 School is starting up for some people soon. What is your favorite school memory?

Class is now in session, Panel…

Finishing that last exam each semester.
Luke Ledwich

One of those days where you're pouring yourself into something and look up and realize it's 2AM and you were supposed to have left the lab 4 hours ago.
Cameron Pinard

One of my favorite memories is the dinners with the community we formed there. We would cram so many friends around a dining hall table that trays would have to be removed to fit everyone. One of my favorite things about Bungie is that it reminds me of those days so often.
Michael Williams

What is it with all these incriminating questions?
Tom Slattery

How I missed getting my highest grade in Fundamentals class by 1/32 of an inch.
Lorraine McLees

Marching band! Actually, that's about the only high school memory I'd even consider living over. I miss playing music on a day-to-day basis (I played xylophone), especially the thrill of marching in the now-demolished RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
David Johnson

Winning a scrimmage against the #1 ranked Counterstrike team. I had an interesting first couple years.
David Gasca


Habah Would you quit your job at Bungie to be the President of the United States of America for 2 terms?

I can’t think of a better way to fast-track world domination. I accept. Thanks for the vote of confidence, man!


SPRTN One One 7 If you were to ever leave Bungie and have a new job, what would it be?

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but a grass-roots movement has begun that will have me elected to the office of President of the United States through a groundswell of write-in votes. If elected, I promise to be tough on forum shenanigans, and reform the way we play games.

Oh, and barbequed ribs will be served with everything you order anywhere. DeeJ in 2012!


SkilPhil What was your most recent Xbox LIVE purchase?

Spelunky, which is brutally hard, but super-addictive.
Derek Carroll

Duels of the Planeswalkers
Alex Loret de Mola

Orcs must Die DLC pack.
Luke Ledwich

Downton Abbey Season 2, or did you mean games, Bastion, I'm a little behind on the games
Cameron Pinard

Fez.
Mike Forrest

Dawnguard.
Lorraine McLees

That would be Fez. I had a lot of fun playing that game, even though it turned out to be a very different game than the one I had been waiting for years.
David Johnson

Duels of the Planeswalkers. It's like Magic, except you don't have to buy cards! Except that it makes you want to buy cards... And then you do. And then you feel bad about yourself as a person. You try to keep your wife from finding out what you've been doing, but she figures it out. She's a quick one. And how do you talk your way out of that? You don't. You just apologize. You get down on your hands and knees, and you pour your heart out. You tell her that you're weak and that you'll never do it again. And then they release a new version, those insidious bastards.
Tom Slattery


robby118 Might we see a return to the Average Joe/Know Your Ninja articles?

Once we have a new game to discuss (or even play together), I’ll be ravenous about recognizing the enthusiasm of people who (want to) play it. When that happens, I’ll probably make up my own brand new kick ass names for those interludes. The last time I let Urk name a feature I had in mind, we ended up with the Mail Sack.


Wikked Navajoe If you could learn a second language, what would it be?

I already know two languages other than English! Well... kinda. I studied Spanish for 4 2/3 years in high school and university, so I'm still rather proficient, though my knowledge is rusting with each passing year. I also took Japanese classes for about a year and a half, though that's hardly anywhere close to being fluent. I'd love to pick up Japanese again whenever I find time, though if I had to pick a new language to learn, it'd probably be French or German.
David Johnson

Mandarin.
Alex Loret de Mola

Chinese, I would love to know what all the characters mean.
Luke Ledwich

Japanese. I took a few years of it in High School, and a year in College, but I've lost far more than I would have liked. The little bit I learned ended up helping a lot on a recent trip to Japan, and I'd love to be stronger at the language.
Michael Williams

Like, in an instant? I'd love to learn Klingon.
Lorraine McLees

Probably Japanese, since it would be the language I get the most use out of. I already know knew some Spanish from school, but I haven't used it in years so can't say more than "mi pantalones es rojo." (Enjoy the grammar correction emails Deej!)
Travis Pijut

Please do not send me grammar correction emails.  Mr. Red Pants there is baiting you.


defnop552 How different does "Bungie.next" look compared to "Bungie.net"?

A lot less finished, but the differences between the two visions are striking.


Neanderthal 487 If it were determined that an asteroid would smash into the surface of Earth next week, what edible substances would you stash in your subterranean survival chamber?

Chicken Teriyaki and lots of water. What more do you need?
Travis Pijut

Lots and lots of whiskey.
Cameron Pinard

Plentiful canned goods, seed-stock, dehydrated meals and meats, and twinkies.
Michael Williams

A couple thousand gallons of red wine vinegar, soy sauce, and several tons of garlic, black peppercorn, brown sugar and heaps and heaps of bay leaves, and good clean water. These would need to be accompanied by a few pots, knives and chopping blocks and large measuring cups. And of course, I will need access to a lot of meat and a very safe way to get at them so I can make adobo ‘til the end of days.
Lorraine McLees

What a minute. Don’t we get hit by asteroids all the time that don’t extinguish all life on the planet? Didn’t that happen last weekend, even?


Malfar How did you enjoy the Perseid meteor shower?

Yeah. That’s what I was just talking about. Did anyone venture outside to look up? I know Jason Sussman took some sweet pics of the night sky.  Anyone else?



Missed it. Thanks for waiting until after it ended to remind us.
Mike Forrest

It was pretty nice! I always love seeing the Perseids. My weekend was pretty busy so I wasn't able to head over the Cascades to get away from the light, but lying out on my apartment complex's boat dock still made for a pretty decent setting, all in all.
David Johnson

It was beautiful! I hung out at the base of Tiger Mountain to see it.
Alex Loret de Mola

I watched it in the best possible way: from atop a giant stone tower, while clad a medieval outfit. (Seriously)
Michael Williams

In pictures the next day. I'm old now.
Tom Slattery

Sitting up on our side deck until my neck ached, then curled up on top of the floor cushions under a blanket.
Lorraine McLees

I slept nicely, thank you for asking.
Travis Pijut

Not enough explosions.
Derek Carroll

Speaking of explosions…


SilverBulitt82 What's the atomic weight of Plutonium?

244 u.

Why? What’chu makin’? And yeah, I’m totally dispatching the NSA to your house. Remember, kids, no matter how pretty it might look when it glows in the dark, Plutonium is not a toy.


GoodBritinusa I am a wizard. I wear a blue wizard hat most of the day (even when sleeping) and practice my powers upon the many children I have in my cellar, mainly my fire ball spell...

I stopped reading that question and called the cops.  Fireball spells are not toys, either.  You people really are restless.


Dr Von Strangle If there was one thing you could take home from Bungie HQ, what would it be?

The arcade room (does that count as one thing?)
Alex Loret de Mola

As I just got a new beast of a PC I'd take that
Cameron Pinard

The Burnaroos! Who wouldn't want a multisceened, force-feedback Forza sim pod taking up all the space in their living room?
Michael Williams

The rad fireplace.
Tom Slattery

If I could just grab the theater in whole, and plunk it next to my house...
Lorraine McLees

Probably that sweet, super gigantic TV that we have in the conference room upstairs. I have no idea where I'd put it since my apartment isn't that big, but a guy can dream, right?
David Johnson


Derek Carroll

Anyone else notice that he finds a way to mention the wall almost every week?


Your MOM is MC What do a lot of the engineers and tool devs do once all of their programs and modifications have been made and sent to the artists and designers?

You make it sound like their work is ever done. It’s not. Sure, the guy who makes the hammer can hand over his creation and say “Go hit somethin’ with that…” The developers that make the tools we use work in an environment that is always evolving.

P.S. YOUR Mom is MC.


Hylebos What was the first program that you wrote that you felt proud of?

When I was 12, I was really proud of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” style game that I'd written in QBasic, even though I never did finish it. Did you know that QBasic cuts you off if your code file exceeds a certain number of lines? I didn't know either of those things when I was 12.
Alex Loret de Mola

I wrote a little visual basic form application that simulated killing an orc. It was awesome!
Luke Ledwich

I wrote a utility program at a previous company that was being used long after I had left, it was my first program to see heavy use outside of a very few people.
Cameron Pinard

I wrote a program on the Apple II that showed a robot zooming across the screen, hitting a wall, and exploding. That's all it did, but I was really proud to have figured out how to do animation and actually show something interesting.
Michael Williams

A sweet Tetris clone incorporating mechanics from Dance Dance Revolution that I made while learning C#. (It was cooler than it sounds.)
Tom Slattery

That's a hard question since I've been programming since back in elementary school. So while this probably isn't the first program I *really* am proud of, programming Blackjack for the TI-83 calculator was the first one that I really remember being proud of. A lot of my friends were downloading games onto their calculators, and my friends played mine quite a bit. I think that experience of sharing my work really made something to be remembered.
David Johnson


H4LO How long do you spend on average making sure the game sounds ok?

It should be obvious whom I would hassle to answer this question.

Marty O’Donnell said: We take the entire time it takes to develop a game to make sure the game sounds great. Almost all of our “polish” and final implementation of sound and music comes towards the end of development, which is due to the fact that the game isn’t ready for final mix or final music until it’s fully playable and design/art/engineering is finished and we can respond appropriately. We’re creating sounds, writing music, and figuring out how to get audio working in our engine right from the beginning.


ankerd123 What do you get most 'stoked' about when creating a game?

I just love concept art, the sheer potential during that phase is awesome. After that, the first playable build no matter how rough is just awesome.
Luke Ledwich

Anytime a new feature comes online that rush to try it out and make something cool with it, and then the point where you get to see everyone's work especially all that cool stuff you didn't even know was there because you've been head down dealing with your own stuff.
Cameron Pinard

Watching it all come together is really the best part.
Travis Pijut

I love deep-diving into the fiction of the games we make. The content our writing team creates always manages to get my imagination going crazy... enough so, that I regularly pester them with crazy ideas I've dreamed up.
Michael Williams

The art of creating new things. There's something about digging in and creating brand new code from scratch. It's like you're inventing something from nothing, and that feels pretty special.
David Johnson


Deloro501 Assuming for a moment there was a studious young lad with his desires set on someday helping Bungie achieve world domination, is Bungie currently accepting internship positions of any kind?

Should I assume that this lad is you? Or is this one of those questions about “a friend of mine?” I get this question a lot in my travels to know the hearts and minds of our community. Right now, the answer is “No.” We are not seeking any eager young minds to earn credits as a volunteer in our march toward world domination. That may change, though. All the paths that lead to our studio are clearly marked on our Careers page, so keep an eye on it.


Mythical Wolf Give us a REAL challenge!

Oh, I’m sorry. Have my weekly stunts been beneath you? Just last week, I asked you all to emulate the hairstyle of everyone’s favorite Curiosity Rover flight commander for a chance to channel your inner rocket scientist. This was the only brave soul who took me up on it.



You want something harder? That’s just fine, but I will not be your riddle master. When you mess with the bull, you get the horns. When you mess with Bungie, you get the mathletes. Earlier this week, I introduced you to David Johnson. He’s been kind enough to answer your challenge to create a real challenge with a challenge of his own creation. Here you go…

We will call this puzzle: "The Power of Seven."  Post your answer on our forum.



There will be no hints. I will not provide helpful nudges or drop breadcrumbs of any kind. What I will do is gift the winner with rare swag that will intrigue your friends and give you a chance to brag about your problem-solving skills.

While you chew on that, I’ll be planning my exploits at happy hour. The weekend is upon us. For a change, it will be a hot one in our corner of the world. Please join me in staying cool, Bungie Community. Hang in there. We’ll continue this conversation next week.
New Beginnings 

Posted by DeeJ at 1/31/2013 11:45 AM PST

Bungie.net has evolved...

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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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