Humpday Challenge: Podtacular
Posted by lukems at 11/8/2007 3:11 PM PST

Long have we touted our audio rivalry with NPR, the sterling makers of such classic programs like Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me and Car Talk and consistent archenemies of the Bungie Studios Podcast. There’s a significantly greyer relationship with our foes (or are they friends) in this week’s Humpday Challenge. Podtacular. Podtacular, if you’re unfamiliar, bills itself as the Unofficial Halo Universe Podcast and the show was named Gaming Podcast of the Year in 2006. It has an established fanbase, solid production values and the dulcet tones of one JVB, but can these guys play Halo 3?

Short answer, not really. Long answer? Keep reading.

Truth, Justice, Light and Salvation
New0001 – Tung
Abe Froman SK – Timmins
Thug Larz – Bakken
Eamon – McKenzie
TJ Scoot – Smith

Lies, Malpractice, Darkness and Damnation
JVB – Podtacular Host
Foo Mo Jive – Podtacular Host
ChuckieJ – Possible ringer
Killa Zilla 24 – Ringer Total
CapnKrunk – Podtacular website Overlord (and reported ringer)
Tarheels 32 – Ringer Trifecta Complete

Game 1: Shotty Snipers on Valhalla
Tone of Game: Suspect

Podtacular had a plan; they instantly knew what they wanted to play when we asked them. It was almost as if things had been set up, arranged, planned to unfold a certain way. Inside their Podtacular hive mind, they were thinking: “Killa Zilla 24, who doesn’t do anything on Podtacular but is just a guy we know who is ridiculously good at Halo and insane with the Sniper Rifle is here, maybe we should play a game with Sniper Rifles before Bungie realizes we’re bringing massive amounts of ringers to the shootout. And we hurt puppies. Often." 

If you watch the film (available in this week's update to Bungie Favorites), you’ll notice that there are vehicles on the map, but no one used them for the match. Everyone played with honor. As tempting as it was to hop in the Warthog and try and play the role of equalizer, we were playing Shotty Snipers and it'd have been cheap. Like a newb, I’d forgotten to take the vehicles off the map. At one point Eamon got in the Banshee and nearly gave into temptation, but he deboarded and continued walking into the slaughter.

It’s no secret that the Long Rifle is much harder to use in Halo 3. It’s a weapon that in ideal host conditions still requires a fair bit of skill to wield and on this evening – we just didn’t have what it took.

Final Score: 50-46 Podtacular Wins
Watch the film

Game 2: Team Slayer on Construct
Tone of Game: Investigative

After getting our faces melted on Valhalla, I started asking questions in the Lobby. “Oh, Killa Zilla, what do you do on the Podtacular?” My questions and queries were met with awkward laughter and answers like “He’s one of our reviewers, he’ll be reviewing Mass Effect as his first thing for us,” followed by more awkward laughter.

When Tarheel 32 joined the room and I asked what he did on Podtacular, there were no acceptable answers. We were getting hosed! Podtacular was trying to continue their winning streak, something had to be done, we had to dig deep and find a way to win. On Construct of all places. I don’t know why we pick Construct, it’s a map that it’s really easy to lose control of, and I just assume that somehow we’ll get control and blow out the other team.

We were down something absurd like 11-2 here, in danger of our first (and who are we kidding, a loss in the Humpday is inevitable and will likely become the norm) loss, but Tung and Froman dug deep and rescued us from the jaws of the beast.

Final Score: 50-44 Bungie Wins
Watch the film here

Game 3: Team Slayer on Sandtrap
Tone of Game: Shocking

In the first two games, we were no doubt outclassed by a few special players on the Podtacular team. We were outclassed in infantry combat, a couple of those guys had better Sniper Rifles or Battle Rifles than we did and I couldn’t help but wonder if these guys were any good in vehicles, I had a hunch and hedged a bet.

We got paid.

As we spawned and headed for vehicles, Eamon wisely said “Let’s wait and see if they take vehicles, just get anti-vehicle weapons.” The trap was set and the bear jaws snapped moments later around a Warthog carrying a couple of dudes. It’s hard to BR someone out of a Warthog turret as Podtacular and Friends would find out. Lars had some ridiculous long range Rocket which led to a chorus of "Oh my God" filling my headset, the scoreboard clearly showed there would be no salvation for Podtacular.

Final Score: 50-25 Bungie Wins
Watch the Film

Maption Sack Double EXP Weekend Live! 

Posted by urk at 9/10/2010 9:09 AM PDT

Oh, we're not done yet!

A 4v4 mix of Double EXP Slayer and Objective gametypes on a whole mess of your own community created maps.

Category: Double EXP Weekend
Max Party: 8
Max Team Size: 4
Heroic/Mythic Map Packs Required
Updated 12/03/2009


  • Team Slayer (33.3%) - First team to 50 kills wins. 12 minute match time limit.
  • Team BRs (21.6%) - First team to 50 kills wins. Players spawn with Battle Rifles and Assault Rifle secondary weapons. 12 minute match time limit.
  • One Flag CTF (11.8%) - Round based Capture the Flag, one team has a flag while the other attempt to capture it. Most captures after four rounds wins. Four minute round time limit.
  • Multi-Flag CTF (21.6%) - Both teams are attempting to capture the other team's flag. First to three captures wins. 20 minute match time limit.
  • Multi-Flag CTF BRs (11.8%) - Both teams are attempting to capture the other team's flag. Battle Rifle starts. First to three captures wins. 20 minute match time limit.


  • Actuality-Break (Foundry)
  • Apex (Sandbox)
  • Backdraft (Sandbox)
  • Battle Dome (Sandbox)
  • Ber Ber Creek (Sandbox)
  • Borderline (Sandbox)
  • Breakdown (Sandbox)
  • Bridgeo's (Sandbox)
  • Chimera (Sandbox)
  • Colonnade (Foundry)
  • Conduction (Sandbox)
  • Coup d'Etat (Sandbox)
  • Cryptic (Sandbox)
  • Cryptic Fate (Sandbox)
  • Deity (Sandbox)
  • Eighty Grit (Sandbox)
  • Elysium (Sandbox)
  • Emperor (Sandbox)
  • Exhibition (Sandbox)
  • Fortress (Sandbox)
  • Fracture (Sandbox)
  • Gauntlet (Sandbox)
  • Haven (Sandbox)
  • IZ9 Courtyard (Sandbox)
  • The Kingdom (Sandbox)
  • Lotus (Sandbox)
  • Neosho (Sandbox)
  • Nocticulent (Sandbox)
  • Onyx (Sandbox)
  • Pantheon (Sandbox)
  • Paranoia (Sandbox)
  • Pilaster (Sandbox)
  • Pivotal (Sandbox)
  • Rat Trap (Sandbox)
  • Ravinia (Sandbox)
  • Reflux (Sandbox)
  • Regicide (Foundry)
  • Reminiscent (Sandbox)
  • Renovation (Sandbox)
  • Requiem (Sandbox)
  • Salvation (Sandbox)
  • Sand Towers (Sandbox)
  • Sentiment (Sandbox)
  • Skystation (Sandbox)
  • Solarium (Sandbox)
  • Static (Sandbox)
  • Stonehenge (Sandbox)
  • Subversive (Sandbox)
  • Synapse (Sandbox)
  • Tartarus (Sandbox)
  • Topple (Sandbox)
  • Transgression (Foundry)
  • Tribal War (Sandbox)
  • Undulation (Sandbox)
  • Vengeance (Sandbox)
  • Workplace Bravo (Sandbox)

Tags: Halo 3


Where's Mah Dooble EXP?! 

Posted by urk at 9/2/2010 5:52 PM PDT

Fix your -blam!-, Bungle!

So, yeah, This week's Double EXP Weekend is running a little behind. I blame Ninja 0n Fire. (He tells me that some fairly large updates are being deployed and as a result, we'll likely not see the Double EXP Weekend go live until tomorrow, or, *gulp* "later").

When it is ready to go, we'll let you know.

'Under Fire' - ubald Render 

Posted by urk at 9/2/2010 9:00 AM PDT

Feet first into awesome.

Looks like ubald unleashed another render over at HBO. This one's a WIP and part of a much larger collection that will ultimately serve as a webcomic. But you should check it out now.

ubald: Halo Rendered Comic

Tags: Halo 3: ODST


Chronicles of ODS Steve #81 

Posted by urk at 9/1/2010 9:30 AM PDT

Faux Chief.

This week's Steve's getting all Batman on some Scarab carapace.

Chronicles of ODS Steve: Faux Chief (#81)

Tags: Halo 3: ODST


Top 10 Halo 3 Kills on The Pit: Episode 59 

Posted by urk at 8/30/2010 9:00 AM PDT

You know the deal.

Anoj didn't submit his latest entry to Comm Chatter, but they gang at HBO picked up the slack. Besides, even without Anoj's familiar wordplay, we all know what this video's about anyway. There's like ten kills. You can submit your own for next week if you're astute enough to figure out how to make it happen.

Top 10 Halo 3 Kills on The Pit: Episode 59

Tags: Halo 3



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