Community Spotlight: Recon Number 54
Posted by Anonymous User (Deleted) at 9/12/2006 1:38 PM PDT
KPaul writes:

Give us a brief rundown on who you are and what you do outside of your life the magical humming box.

My name is Bill Huebner. I am 42 and blissfully married to my wife Joan (we're coming up on our 2nd anniversary this weekend). We recently moved with our 4 dogs (no kids, which means more toys for me!) from sunny and hurricane-swept South Florida to McKinney, Texas (located just Northeast of Dallas).

I work as a consultant in the healthcare division of a large technology company. I'm not sure if I am permitted to name them, but our founder and namesake is a well-known Texan that ran for President a couple of times in the 90's. His last name does not start with a "B".

Much of my work has me traveling to various hospitals throughout the country and assisting in projects to install advanced clinical systems throughout the hospital. It is exciting and interesting work.






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When did you become involved with the Bungie community?

I became aware of the Bungie community about the same time that I became aware of Bungie as a software developer. I was an early Mac-addict and went to a lot of Expos and User-Group meetings. Someone showed me Pathways in '93 and I was amazed. I was also unable to beat the damned thing either (the seeds of my suckage were already sown).

When I saw that a game called Marathon was coming from that same team, I ordered it from Macwarehouse as soon as I could. Man, did I love that game! I died over and over and over playing it, but never once got tired or so frustrated that I wanted to quit.

At the time, (this was before the Internet included this "www-thing") there weren't game-sites with walkthroughs, or TV shows with cheat codes, or any of the other things that "challenged gamers" can easily find today. I did have AOL though. Don't laugh; it was one of the few games in town back then. AOL didn't even offer Internet access, but Bungie was a keyword on their service.

It's been so long since then, but I discovered that Bungie was a small group of cool guys that made games. They seemed to have a wicked and twisted sense of humor (couch fishing, fire-fire-fire) and they also had fans that hung out on UseNet. (for those who don't know what UseNet is/was, it was the pre-web browser way to gather a community onto a discussion board to talk about items of mutual interest... now it's all about binary pr0n and warez, I think).

Anyway, there were UseNet newsgroups that were dedicated to Bungie and their games. I was floored. I had never imagined and had never seen people coming together over games like this. Sure, it was a subset of the already hyper-social Mac community, but this was like discovering the cache of "cool guys" that existed un-discovered in your own high-school.

So I lurked. I thought that I was already "too old" to fit in and keep up with these guys. (I was after all a nearly ancient 30) I don't remember much of the conversations, but I do remember reading them and being impressed with the knowledge, civility, camaraderie, and overall "class" of the people in this "fan community". If you can use the term "class" to describe people who would toss a "your mom" burn out as easily as breathing, or make a Ren and Stimpy reference without slowing down to see if people "got it".

Time went on, I kept lurking. UseNet, the Marathon Story Page (if your readers have not visited Hamish's site? They should. It's like a Halo/Marathon/Bungie pilgrimage. True followers of the faith owe it to themselves to "eat the path" and see how deep a Bungie rabbit hole can go!) and I still lurked.

Various times, my real world life would interrupt, and I missed a couple of games here and there. But it was like bumping into an old friend when I would stumble across a game of theirs. I was amazed when I saw the Halo previews, and I was crushed when I watched and listened during the MS acquisition, and quite honestly thought... "Well, I guess that is that."




Recon drives the Spaaambulance?


However, as soon as I heard that the Xbox was coming, and that Bungie was making a release title, well that made all of the difference in the world, I realized that my hopes hadn't been crushed, that these cool guys had pulled of a hat-trick. So I pre-ordered and waited.

I also discovered HBO and later T&R (Bungie.Net prior to the current hawtness). But old habits die hard and now I was even older, and I thought far too old to be of value to the community. I had watched and lurked from a distance, observing how Bungie created loyal and rabid fans, and how they interacted with those fans as family instead of as "weird strangers that buy our crap". I always admired and respected that. It was unlike any "company" that I had ever seen.

Then on HBO, Louis posted a news bit that Bungie.Net was "now migrating to .Net, requiring new accounts to login, and probably getting a facelift soon". I was curious, went by, saw that Truth and Reconciliation was gone and "the new hawtness" was here in its place.

I liked it. A lot. I created an account, and decided to stay. Since then, I discovered that watching the community is enlightening, but taking part in the community (in any way) is where the real rewards are. That interacting is way better than observing, and that anyone who enjoys these games, likes these people, and wants to get involved, they are welcome to come and join the fun.


Throughout the course of your involvement in the community, what has been your favorite moment?

The first really memorable one was not long after I joined Bungie.Net. I was posting in a speculation thread about the Marathon story and I just did a paragraph or two of a mental image that I had of how the yet-to-be-released Halo 2 could make a Marathon tie-in and the MC would encounter the Security Officer. It was silly and it was short. But another member told me that I had given them a "joygasm". *grin* That was cool. The idea that a daydream of mine could bring someone else pleasure... well, it made me glad that I had signed up.

Most memorable recent moment? This past E3 and specifically Dean-fest. While the convention was cool (way more than cool, it was awesome), it was by far the most cool to meet some other members of the community face to face. I had known (from years of lurking) of people like Claude (Louis Wu) and Miguel Chavez (Bungie's #1 fan) but it was great to actually meet them and others from the community (too many to name, but meeting each and every one was great).

To hang out, chat, joke around, and play Halo with folks like that was something that I don't think that I will ever forget. It wasn't a collection of strangers; it was more like friends that you just had not yet gotten to meet.


What is the origin of your name? What about your avatar?

"#101111011110111100001# is a '7’. Mjolnir Recon number 54 must stop them from exploding igniting/ blowing up/ *A94F12/ it/ the S'pht full spPace cOmputEr¢ Or PlannEd exterm. @14.Sword-Roland.transfer"

I think that says it all. Oh wait, no it doesn't! *grin*

Remember how I said that the Marathon Story Page was worth a visit? Well, it is. Not to give away too much, but the history of the player-character in Marathon (commonly referred to as the Security Officer) is cloudy and mysterious. The above "non-sensical" quote is seen on a computer terminal and many see it as a clue to who "you" are.

As to my avatar, it is the work of the incredible artist Craig Mullins. He did a painting of the Marathon Security Officer holding a mini-gun that still makes my jaw-drop. His work is admired by many and I do not have the words to adequately describe his talent. More than a few Forum Ninja have his work as their avatars.

And for those who keep asking... No, my avatar is not a Pelican Pilot. I smiled when I saw them for the first time in Halo 2, but definitely NOT a Pelican Pilot.



A Pelican Pilot, I believe.



What's your favorite Bungie.net forum? Least Favorite? Do you pa-troll any other Halo forums?

Here on Bungie.net? I like moving from forum to forum. Generally if I reply in a topic and I am not there to remind someone of the rules or to enforce them, it's because I am truly interested in what is being discussed. Because of that, I post in nearly every forum. It's a tribute to our members that they can and do have worthwhile topics of discussion going on in multiple forums around the clock.

I don't really think that I have a most or least favorite. I know that many of our members like to think that a single forum is their "home" and that being a "regular" of a particular forum is a good way to identify and group who they are. But that really never worked for me. Even before I became a moderator, I tend to think of myself as a regular of all of the forums. Why not? They each have their purpose, they each are there to make certain topics easier to find, why would I want to restrict or limit myself to just a couple?

Quite honestly, I can be (and have been) involved in multiple conversations in The Flood, The Library, The Maw, New Mombasa, Halo 3, The Septagon and The Underground... all at the same time. I would hate to think that I was missing anything.

As to other sites? Some of them I visit regularly, HBO for certain (got to get my One One Se7en fix). But between posts on Bungie.Net and HBO, linkage can and does take me all over the fan community. All of those years of lurking have refined my stealth skills to where they never even know that I was there.


Does it make you nervous that the treacherous Shishka has moved nearer to you, his mission shrouded in secrecy?

*Looks around nervously* He's here??!?!?

Actually, it's kind of cool. I got to meet Shishka face-to-face at E3/Deanfest (he was another one of those cool people I mentioned... so were you KP!) and I think that it's pretty cool he's in Texas. He's not next door, but he does have an invitation to visit if he'd like.

I was amused and interested to find that Texas has more than a couple Halo/Bungie connections. I live near and work in Plano, Texas. That is also where Gearbox Software (makers of Halo PC/CE) is based. I was surprised to learn that Bungie had made a beachhead in the Lone Star State.

As to his secret mission? If all of me years of lurking and being a quiet-fan have taught me anything, it's been "Don't ask questions that could result in bananas..... and screaming."

So I don't ask.




A pack of wild norbs



Much thanks to Recon for taking the time to answer these questions thoroughly and promptly. Look for him on the forums, he'll be the one right next to " Blacklisted by:"

New Beginnings 

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Pardon our dust...

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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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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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