Average Joe - Helveck
Posted by urk at 3/17/2009 10:46 AM PDT
Today's Average Joe is pretty well known around these parts.  His work has been featured on our website more than once, and he's even been showcased in a more formal format, stowed away in the extras aboard the Halo 3 Legendary Edition Bonus Disc.  How cool is that?

If you want to learn more about Helveck, scroll down and get acquainted, he's got a lot on his mind.

Q. Who are you and what do you do?


A. Most of the folks around here know me as Helveck. Some don’t know me at all, which is odd, because, well, I’m kind of a big deal.  If you don’t know me by now, you’re obviously a sheltered hermit.  But I say that with love, obviously.

Currently I have two occupations. One would be a Security Guard Site Supervisor, which unfortunately does not allow Gravity Hammers on the property to be used along with daily enforcement. The other is By-law enforcement, which I do part-time. I can almost guarantee that most of you have been ticketed at one time or another in your life and cursed that By-law enforcement officer as he walked away chuckling at your misery.

We get yelled at, chased down, and argued with all the time - same as with my Security Job. It’s a pain in the rear sometimes, but I’m a pretty relaxed person usually willing to compromise with sensible people, which actually makes my job that much easier when the other person realizes I’m not just some idiot who is trying to make their life more difficult.

For years I’ve drawn and I still do to this day. I like to just sketch things with pencil most of the time, and one time I actually decided to pick up a paint brush and go to town with a concept I had in mind shortly after the Halo 3 E3 announcement. The painting of the Master Chief ended up on the Legendary Edition Bonus disc of Halo 3, which was probably one of the greatest honors I’ve had towards my artwork.  Ironically enough, it was also featured on the Bungie front page back in 2006, I believe.

Otherwise, I’ve always been a gamer.  I work about fifty-eight hours a week (hoping to cut that down soon).  Somehow, I still manage to lead a personal life, a social life, and a nerd life. Once a week I usually make note to stay up late and play some Halo 3 Matchmaking and Customs for a few hours.  It’s always a great time.

Q. We'll talk later about get-out-of-jail-free cards.  For now, how about you clue us into where you came up with your gamertag?

A. I came up with the name Helveck several years ago while I was writing a novel that still has not been finished, unfortunately. Regardless, the actual character I’d created was just something I was really fond of because it was basically the essence of all my creative juices and brainstorming mashed into one amazing character designed to be the epitome of badassery (made up words, FTW!).  I just figured it was only suitable to use the name as my tag, considering all the pwning of n00bz wit ma 4 shotz MLG BR I would be doing. Okay that’s a lie - I suck with the Battle Rifle. Sadface.

Q. When you're not busy four-shotting scrubs, where do you hang out online and how do you spend your spare time?

A. Typically, I’m here on Bungie.net at least once a day. Sometimes I just flip through a lot of the threads, read what others have to say, and see what insight people have to offer on Halo 3 or Bungie stuff in general. I’ve been lurking here since around 2002, because right after I beat Halo: Combat Evolved, I literally googled "Bungie," found this site, and have been coming here ever since.

Finally in 2006 when Bungie held its first art contest, I made an account to put in my submission. I didn’t post a lot after that, because at the time I had my own little nest in the interwebz over at Xbox.net as moderator for a site which no longer exists…because I was the moderator. So I spent most of my time delving into Halo-related topics there, then I came here, and oh yes, how could I forget HBO?! I found that site right around the same time as I did Bungie. I don’t post there as often but I visit once a day, because Louis Wu is a monster when it comes to keeping people up to date.

To be honest, Achronos and the Web Team know how crazy the forums can be. Sometimes we can make things a nightmare for them, but after settling in here for the past couple of years, I’ve really found it to be a unique place. I would take this site as my home for Halo 3 over any other.

In terms of what I prefer most out of the Community, such as fan art, montages, and so on, I’m really open to them all. I love watching people's montages, or machinima, and even just creeping art sites for Halo related art.  I considering myself a creative person, I suppose, so I’m extremely interested in every creative aspect the Community has to offer.

Q. So we know what you prefer in terms of community.  What about in terms of gaming?  Do you play with friends and family?

A. I always played video games as a kid, but after I beat Halo: Combat Evolved, I realized by that time it was more than just "fun."  It literally became a full time hobby and a passion of mine. I would spend hours playing on campaign, and I would never tire or get bored. Whereas any other game before then, or even now, cannot even come close to entertaining my brain for as long. I still game to this day because Bungie has continued to improve consistently throughout.  And every single sequel, add-on, or whatever, only draws me in that much more. So I guess in a very odd way, Bungie forces its own mighty hand on me and compels me to play their own game.  Is that even legal?

[Editor's Note: We will make it legal - urk]

When it comes to actually playing with other people I know, typically that makes Matchmaking a lot more fun. I usually party up with some of the super cool popular kids I met on these forums, and we usually always end up having a blast...or I end up going A.D.D and betraying everyone if we’re not having enough fun.  Hahaha!  

Another odd ritual I have is playing a custom every night with my buddy, RaDekk7. I met him online over a year ago and added him, but never played with him much. Then I posted in the forums here one time, quoted him saying "nice post," and I expanded on his words.  I realized afterward that he was the guy I’d randomly met in Matchmaking and added to my friends list! So, after awhile of playing we just became really good friends, and because he sucks serious cow udders, I 1v1 him every night to show him my ultimate and true MLS skillz. (For you BK’s who don’t know, MLS stands for Major League Serious. Yeah, it’s above MLG, no big deal.)

But really, he’s pretty slick, so it’s nice to have a fair challenge and take a game seriously, while at the same time have intelligent and interesting conversations.

Q. What was the first Bungie title you played?

A. The first Bungie title I played was Halo: Combat Evolved. When I was thirteen or fourteen, my older brother had seen how much I wanted an Xbox, and so for my birthday he got one for me.

I remember it clear as day, all wrapped up in a black garbage bag.  He handed it to me saying it was just some old clothes he was handing down to me. I ripped the black garbage bag open, and found the Xbox box inside. He tried to run with the façade that the clothes we just stuffed in the Xbox box, and told me not to get my hopes up. Regardless, I believe I began to urinate in excitement ever so slightly.

*coughs*

Anyway. I pulled out the box from the bag along with a controller and this odd looking game with this weird looking green robot dude on the front of the case, called “Halo.” "Do I get to shoot angels?" I’m not even kidding, that’s what I pictured!

Needless to say I was pumped, but I had no clue what to expect. One thing I remember very clearly was seeing Captain Keyes’ jaw actually move as he spoke, which was a graphical feat of epic proportions at that time, and very rare to see in a game. It was one of those thing that if you saw, you knew the game was bound to be good.

And oh yes, killing my first three grunts with my pistol – hella hilarious, and hella fun.

As I played on, the actual storyline is what sucked me in. The mystery of who the Master Chief was, and what the Halo’s were all about, the Covenant suddenly running scared, blood splatters on the wall. It just got better and better.

Q. Are you surprised by how involved you are with the Bungie Community?

A. Um, I really don’t know how to answer this question to be honest. I like to involve myself in the Community, and as many people as I can within it, because it’s really a lot of fun to be involved with something that surrounds one of your favorite passions or hobbies. But I will never say I’m a top dog. I post quite a bit around Bungie.net, and sometimes over at Halo.bungie.org, and when I create something that is, well Halo related, I post it up or submit it places where other people from the Community can view it.

I have fan art stuff up on Deviant art (my favorite sketch), and I’ve had videos I’ve created that have been put up on here in the Bungie blog and on HBO. I don’t know how or why any of my material is deemed worthy, but I am forever grateful that the work I put into things because I enjoy it, and because its Halo related, it has the opportunity to be shown to the rest of the Community.

Q. Are you involved with other entertainment-related hangouts?

A. I’m not really involved with other places on the internet when it comes to gaming. Halo.bungie.org is the only other site besides Bungie.net that I suggest every fan of Halo visit. I post there every now and then and the site itself has some great people on it. Louis Wu does a great job of organizing the site and constantly updating is front page so it seems as though there is always some new Halo-related material to look at every day.

Q. Anything you would like to add?

A. Anything I’d like to add, eh? Hm, well I don’t know if the guys even read this, but why the hell not? Thanks to all you hard working peeps over at Bungie, and thank you Urk for giving me the spotlight today and showing off some of my funtages.

A shout out to the guys over at the Intel-Agency! I know I’m never going to live THIS one down.

A super wicked awesome cool amazing thanks to RaDekk for making my Halo experience all the better. Cheers, buddy.

And to everyone in the Community, employees, mods, members, whoever…for making the past seven years of my life extremely interesting and super fun. I would have no clue where I would be right now in terms of my interests and hobbies if it weren’t for Bungie and the Community, but I can tell you for sure it probably wouldn’t have been as cool as this.

Cheers.



The man is nothing if not verbose.  Cheers, indeed.

Thanks for the time, the answers to our questions, and the praise, Helveck.  It's all very much appreciated.  We're still not sure what this HBO thing you keep mentioning is, but maybe we'll get bored one day and check it out.

New Beginnings 

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

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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...

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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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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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