It was great to meet so many of you at PAX. When a face steps out from behind the username, something magical happens. Forum avatars become actual gamers, and gamers become actual people. There’s nothing like some quality time to insulate us all against an Internet flame war. At Bungie, we love to unmask the people who make games, which is why we take the time to dodge your most serious questions each week.
Here are the living, breathing developers that I crowd-sourced up for you this time.
, Design Lead
, Cinematic Designer
, Test Engineer
, Graphic Designer
, Test Engineer
I have checked, and they all have a pulse. That’s all we need to open the Sack.
randomrosso If you could change the ending to any movie, what would it be?
They would never find Nemo in "Finding Nemo".
I enjoyed Rat Race right up until Smash Mouth stated singing “Somebody Once Told Me.” Ugh. Way to ruin that movie for me, Hollywood.
I would change Return of the Jedi back to how it was... but with less YubYub.
Prometheus would have ended about 15 minutes early, with the protagonist looking around the landscape in panic after both ships had been completely destroyed.
Unanimate Objec What's your favorite flame thrower from any game?
ALI217 How do I become famous?
It’s really hard to say. The adoring public can be fickle. There are people who are famous for all of the wrong reasons, and people who should be famous but are completely unknown to the world. Are you the housewife of a wealthy person? Those people tend to get famous for doing little more than falling off a log. Short of curing a dangerous disease or penning the next great novel that captivates everyone’s imaginations, you could always commit a colorful crime and become a media sensation. When I was in college, I used to conspire with a roommate about robbing banks dressed as Klingons, and then staying in character at our eventual trial. In the end, we just didn’t have the courage to risk taking a bullet in the guts from the barrel of some rent-a-cop’s gun.
Okay… okay… The powers that be want me to remind you that Bungie does not condone nor encourage criminal activity of any kind (or reality television). Stay in school and pay your taxes.
THE DON WAN What's it like to work with XO Sancho?
Didn't he quit like 6 months ago?
He makes one fine first baseman.
XO Sancho, more frequently referred to as "Don Juan," is fantastic to work with - as long as he isn't distracted by those dating web sites.
I’m new, and he’s my direct supervisor, so I have to go with: Quite Enjoyable!
He smells like a fresh pine forest filled with fairies and meat.
We are but lowly peons when XO Sancho is around. He has helped me ship every game since I've been here. It also doesn't hurt that he's a dreamboat and one hell of a snappy dresser.
He is a champion of the Great Dave Uprising of 2012, and one of the key powers of our empire. The Matts (the closest thing we have to a competitive faction) fear us, but are too unorganized to do more than grumble about how superior the Daves are. Without Sancho, we probably would not have our own T-shirts.
Editor’s Note: As a Capo in the Dave Mafia at Bungie, I can attest to the shirts. They exist, but I cannot share them because they riff on assets from our next game.
lime013 Do you guys ever have parties at Bungie?
Nope. We work way too hard to party
. If we were to stop what we were doing to celebrate
, you might never get to play the game we are making.
XxShadowDonutxX What do you guys suggest to someone who wants to get into the video game design field?
The same thing
I suggest every Monday. Fetch thyself a beverage and have a good, long read. For as long as I am gagged on the subject of our sweet new game, I am killing the time by doubling as a career counselor. I have to earn my keep with you fine people somehow, lest you kill me and eat me.
HOOBLA 911 How long do you expect these mailsacks will go on?
As long as I am the guy tasked with the privilege of maintaining your conduit to all things Bungie, we will open the Sack together, Hoobla. This ritual might become an aperitif instead of the main course, but that’ll be because we’ll have more red meat to serve up.
antony X1000 Have you ever had any strange encounters with fans? If so, how did you react?
Yes...several. However, I was the strange one.
Hmmm, I don't think I've ever had any strange encounters. It's usually just photos and autographs. It's normal to sign moobs, right?
I had one sweating bullets whilst I grilled him for the incriminating evidence on his person while his friend fled in terror.
Why yes. During the development on Halo, my name appeared on our web site. Since we didn’t (and still don’t) have a main phone number, one fan decided to go with the first name he could find on our site and look me up in the yellow pages. He called my wife at home, who then gave him my work number. I then got a pitch for a product. It was a pull-down screen with a suction cup that you would adhere to your TV. You pulled it down when you wanted to prevent screen peeking, but it would only work if we split the screen vertically instead of horizontally. Well, so much for that plan. About 5 years later, we heard from him again. He had changed his name to something along the lines of “Clairvoyance Baba Ganoush” and sent us a 3 page manifesto about the end of all time. I’ve been called at home several times since then by fans asking for Recon. Once at 2AM. Since then, I have changed and unlisted my number.
The first year at PAX I kept getting hugs. It was actually a nice surprise!
(NOTE: Huggability varies immensely from person to person.)
In Vegas, while poolside at a resort and soaking up some rays and football sized cocktails, I noticed a fan with a poorly botched Halo tattoo. He noticed me as well - more importantly the big Bungie beach towel I had. He lit up came bounding over, asking where I got it, which eventually led to him figuring out where I worked and inevitably asking for an autograph. As I was at a pool and not carrying any sharpies or anything, I could not come through on his request. Anxious by this, he got pretty desperate and asked me to "finger paint" my autograph on his arm with suntan lotion so he would get a tan line with my name on it. After a very long "uhhhhhhhhhmm...." of bewilderment from yours truly, I told him to go flag down a bartender and get a traditional writing utensil instead. He did as he was asked, got his autograph the traditional way, and I never went back to that pool for the rest of my stay.
Wow. Pat wins. I was really hoping for a good answer to this question after PAX, but everyone was super cool. No one freaked me out, or even smelled bad. I did manage to snap this pic at our lunch in the VIP Lounge in that sports bar, though. If you look closely, you can see everyone’s inner demon.
Its A Mirage What is your favorite lyric from a song?
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name
So take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works?
That's nobody's business but the Tuuuuuuuurks
Happy Birthday To You
Happy Birthday To You
My soul must be iron
For my fear is naked
Can't blame the stone for being cold
Llamaboy291 You guys are understandably super-secretive about your work, to the point where you check all photos if someone gets the chance to go through your studio. But how do you keep the people who don't necessarily work for you company quiet, like cleaning staff (who inevitably see secret stuff)? Does Bungie have an in-house janitorial squad for assured secrecy, or a sworn-to-silence cleaning service?
To get a job on our cleaning staff, all you need to do is…
Wait a minute. My paranoia is kicking in. This sounds like the sort of grift you would see in a heist flick, like Oceans 11. I can see what you're up to very clearly, now. You get a job on the inside and play our game every night while we wonder why the floors get dirtier and dirtier.
What I was going to say is that we don’t have a cleaning staff. We burn our own trash in the woods like the Comanche.
Th3 Invader What is your favorite Internet meme and why?
It just cracks me up every time I think about it
This is a man of passion after my own heart. Songs about Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll don’t resonate with me these days. You get singing about good BBQ, though, and my eyes start to glisten.
DE4THINC4RN4TE DeeJ, will you use this question as an excuse to market the Jobs page here on b.net?
Well, sure! Thanks for the softball. Bungie is hiring
. Tell your friends. If we pick ‘em up, they’ll probably give you shirts and stuff.
ZippingFilly817 When the Bungie team is parted with its sarcasm, is there some sort of contingency plan that will go into effect?
You sound pretty confident that this is inevitable. In my world-view, the scenario you describe is impossible. It would be more appropriate to ask what sort of force could possibly part us with our beloved sarcasm. I would swear under oath that no such thing exists. And, if it does, how could we prepare for such a thing? Were the irresistible force to confront the immovable object, it would likely lay waste to everything you have ever loved. Better to wish for happier things.
Professor24 When times are tough, what do you do?
I get going.
Must resist urge...
I remind myself that I’ve been in way worse situations, and I always manage to overcome it and end up in a better time/place. I do work at Bungie after all.
When times are tough I work more, which results in higher self-esteem and less time to spend the money I don't have.
Take a deep breath, let it go slowly. Spending time with family is always the best thing to do when times are tough.
Cry into my beer.
I hang out with my dogs. No matter how crappy your day has been, they always cheer me up.
I realize things could be a lot worse then get over it.
Go for a short walk (when I remember to, otherwise I just waste time getting frustrated).
Mostly I find myself spamming the grenade button.
pimpsta16 Can you have Marty create more Halo soundtracks? I love his work.
As much as I’m starting to feel a little more at home at Bungie, I don't think I'll ever be willing to boss Marty around. I’ll be happy to tell him that you love his work, but you’re going to have to follow us into our next game if you want to hear more. The trek will be worth it - Marty is getting by with a little help from his new friend
GaRrbAGGE Truck What is one thing you know now that you wish you had known when you were starting out?
A programming language.
The more responsibility you get, the more time you spend in meetings and less time you spend creating things.
If you wanted to travel, do it sooner than later.
Office politics can ruin a great job, and office politics are more common than I ever imagined.
Don’t Reply All to a company-wide email... especially if you plan on being sarcastic.
Avatar Korra Can we get an art challenge this time, pretty please?
Solving a challenge can be an art form unto itself, especially when one of our Engineers helps me concoct the riddle. Remember David Johnson
? Well, he was so surprised by the speed with which you solved his last puzzle, he went back to the drawing board. Time for a rematch. Let’s see if your guided missiles can intercept this in five minutes…
Your first clue is buried in the photo of the PAX demons. Beyond that, I won’t help you, but perhaps themisssinglink will. Post your answer on our Community forum
. Good luck. You asked for this.
Something else you might not have asked for, but will most surely receive, is another Mail Sack. Letters get collected on Monday. You have a puzzle to solve, so I’ll leave you to it. Happy cyphering!