Community Spotlight - Studio's Choice
Posted by urk at 5/27/2009 10:58 AM PDT

We're also mixing in some other, non-Mythic examples of user-created content we found particularly awesome for this week's not so communal "Community Spotlight."  Think of these submissions as a general spotlight where we let you sample wares from a bunch of different platters.  Like one of those cheese festivals except we don't have any cheese.  Or crackers.  Man, come to think of it, this would have been way better with snacks.  But we digress.

Another aside: If you and the other members of your fine, upstanding, and very patient group are currently in the queue waiting for your time to shine thinking, "Hey jerk, what gives!?," we apologize.  Bear in mind that we're only taking a brief detour from the usually scheduled programming.  The Community Spotlight you were expecting will be back in full force soon.

As mentioned, for this week we hand-selected the Screenshots, Film Clips, and Map Variants we're putting on display.  We swiped the Game Variants from MLG, since the last time they got some spotlight love we only published half of their most up-to-date offerings.

So, without further ado, here's a quick rundown of this week's Bungie Favorites.


This isn't the first time we've come across TheMoleN and his work. We've used his images a couple of times for our news articles and at least once in our Tag & Release series. But you should take a look at all the stuff in his File Share. Seriously. We don't know where he came from, but his screenshots are pretty pimp-o-licious. That said, before now TheMoleN has never made our list of Favorites. We figured it was time we rectified that.

Prepared.  Dropped.  Now What?

A pair of images came to us by way of Xi U2 RoKKeR iX, but again, there's a ton of primo screenshots in this player's gallery. The two we've plucked out are "Thermal Abyss" and "Lonely." The former gives us this really cool "Feet First into Hell" vibe, the latter is less about theme and more about design and composition. We find pretty colors and simple patterns distracting.

Liquid Hot Mag-ma

Inked In

o0JAKEOo is another screenshot veteran you've more than likely run into if you like to stare lovingly at Halo 3 snaps. This File Share is just packed with really creative and one-of-a-kind stuff.

The worst part about it is that they level up with you.

Chrome3agle has also been given some face time, most notably with one of his screenshots supplying the imagery for a recent Community Spotlight. But once again, his File Share is devoid of any Favorites nods. We're bobbing our heads now. Specifically, we like "Digital Bind."  We don't know what a Digital Bind is exactly, but whatever.

Halo 3 Holographics

Saved Films & Film Clips

Good news.  You don't need to fire up your Xbox 360 this week in order to see the selections in the Saved Films & Film Clips category.  Thanks to Render-to-Video's public beta provided lovingly by our online team, all you gotta do is click the links to get some face time.

Sarkathlon Winner

This dude won him some fancy-dancy Recon by completing Mr. Sark's Challenge in record time.  Wanna see how he did it?  Click the link and check out his moves.

Return to Sender

Two grenades and seven seconds.  There's nothing too flashy going on in this short clip, but what does go down is pretty wild.

What Goes Up...

You might have seen this clip before.  It was whipped up into a pretty hilarious YouTube video complete with supplemental and inappropriate adult annotations. (That means there were naughty words).  Here it is in its raw form.  It's still pretty amazing, even without the additional effects.

One Shot, Many Medals

An entire team's plans thwarted with one well placed shot.

Flippin' and Stickin'

Two players and one Mongoose.  Feelin' the flow.  Using the Brute Shot.  Workin' it.

Map Variants

Unlike the Film Clips, you'll need to download the Map Variants from Bungie Favorites for the best experience.  Either queue them up from or grab them from the game UI.  These five variants on display represent a pretty wide range of what players can create using Sandbox and The Forge.  We've got a racetrack, a Grifball arena, a remake of a Halo 2 map, and two originals that work for more standard Halo play.  Take these into your Custom games and give them a good spin.  You'll be glad you did.

If you're not the type to be swayed by wordplay, here's a couple of shots to motivate you.

A Tale of Two Bases

Aerial Grifballin'

Game Variants

As mentioned, the Game Variants are all taken (stoled!) straight from MLG's official File Share.  Though most of these are already available via the MLG Matchmaking Playlist, we figured some people might want to have them on hand locally so they can get some practice in.  Version 6 of MLG's gametypes have been out for a little while now, so if you haven't familiarized yourself just yet, fire up your 360 and take them for a spin.

Hope there's at least a couple of things to your liking in the mix this week.  If not, scram you ungrateful little jerk!

We kid.  As always, all of these files are now available for download to your Xbox 360.  If you're away from your living room and you want to have a look from, there online in Bungie Favorites as well.  Get 'em while they're hot.

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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