Mac Halo Release Info

Mac Halo Release Info

A few folks have sent word that Macsoft, the publisher for Mac Halo, has come forth with a release date for this much anticipated port. According to reports, Halo for Mac will land on retail shelves on December 3, 2003.

Here's the full text, borrowed from

MacSoft announced today that the Mac version of Halo: Combat Evolved will be released and on store shelves on December 3rd.

Halo: Combat Evolved has been fully optimized for modern Macintosh hardware, including 3D acceleration, and supports all the screen resolutions a gamer's computer can handle, up to 1600x1200 and beyond.

Players will take the Master Chief through a series of battles across, beneath, and over the surface of the Halo, a giant ring-shaped structure orbiting a distant planet. Players can use vehicles and weapons taken from enemies or brought by allies as they discover the secrets of the ancient race that built Halo.

In addition, the Mac and PC version of Halo adds a variety of multiplayer game options, including team-based and vehicle-based combat and even racing.

Halo was ported to the Mac by Westlake Interactive, who worked with Bungie and Gearbox Software, who worked on the original PC port. MacSoft is a division of Destineer.

That's a mere 6 weeks more to go! Hang in there Mac players... the circle will soon be complete.

Halo 10/21/2003 8:43 PM PDT permalink

Halo Artists at Anime Reactor

Halo Artists at Anime Reactor

Hey everybody. Robert McLees, Shi Kai Wang and I are going to be at Anime Reactor this weekend -- October 24-26. They're holding an Xbox Halo tournament and we're giving away prizes. Anime Reactor has also asked us to do autograph sessions, panel discussions and workshops. Stop by and say hello!

Halo 10/21/2003 8:21 PM PDT permalink

Halo-Ween Contest

Halo-Ween Contest

Want to win a copy of Halo PC or some other cool Bungie stuff? Bust out your carving knives and sharpen your skillz for the first ever Halo-ween pumpkin carving contest! The top three Halo-inspired pumpkins will win nifty prizes.

Halo-ween Pumpkin Carving Contest

1. Get a fresh pumpkin
2. Get a knife (kids, be sure to get an OK from your parents, knives are dangerous!)
3. Draw inspiration from the Halo universe
4. Slice, dice and carve your masterpiece onto your pumpkin
5. Send us a picture of it!

The rules

1. All entries will be judged by members of Bungie based on creativity and quality of work. What we say is final. This is our contest. We pick what we like. Winners will be announced on on Monday, 11/3/03.

2. Only one entry is allowed per person. Don't even try it... if you send in more than one, you're out of the contest and some bad Haloween mojo is headed your way.

3. Original photos only! This means no photoshopping or trickery will be accepted. This is the real deal. If your image is doctored in any way, your entry is void. Don't try to fool us. If we even suspect forgery we'll toss it. Seriously.

It is recommended that you put a candle, flashlight or some other light source inside your carved out pumpkin to make the image more visible.

4. The top 3 pumpkins will win prizes! You'll be contacted by us, at the email you used to send in the picture, within a few days of the contest ending. If you're mailing in your entry, be sure to include some kind of way to contact you. We are not responsible for incorrect or invalid contact information.

5. The contest ends on 10/31/03 . No photos will be accepted after that.

How to Enter

1. Entries can be submitted digitally by sending your picture to us at Put "Halo-ween Contest" in subject line.

Any standard image format is accepted -(.jpeg, .bmp, .tif, .gif, etc...)

Your total file size for your picture should not exceed 1 MB and the overall resolution should be at least 640x480 pixels. (it needs to be big enough for us to see it clearly, but not so big that we can print out posters from it!)

2. If you prefer the old fashioned way, original photos can be mailed to:

Bungie Studios
Attn: Halo-Ween Contest
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052

All mailed entries must be in our hands by Sunday, 11/2 . Please allow adequate time for mail delivery. We are not responsible if your entry gets lost or delayed.


1st Place:
  • 1 copy of Halo for PC
  • 1 Halo PC strategy guide
  • 1 Halo Poster – Signed by Bungie team members
  • Master Chief mini figure
  • Bungie stickers

2nd Place:
  • 1 Halo PC strategy guide
  • 1 Halo Soundtrack
  • Master Chief mini figure
  • Bungie stickers

3rd Place:
  • Halo T-Shirt
  • Master Chief mini figure
  • Bungie stickers

More Contest Madness...

Remember, The Great Halo Scavenger Hunt is still underway at There are tons of great prizes still up for grabs! Go here for more info!

Halo 10/20/2003 9:37 PM PDT permalink

Mac Halo Mini Update

Mac Halo Mini Update

We haven't had much to say about the Mac version of Halo lately because new information has been a little hard to come by. After the extensive interviews that were released on, things got pretty quiet. If you missed those interviews, you can find them here:

Interview with Peter Tamte (Destineer Studios, Mac Halo Publisher)

Interview with Phil Sulak (Wetlake Interactive, Mac Halo Developer)

In an attempt to bring our readers the latest info about the long awaited Mac version, I tracked down Al Schilling, General Manager for MacSoft (part of Destineer, the publisher). In keeping with Michel Bastien's (Bungie's Halo PC Producer) tradition, Al has agreed to send over weekly updates so we can pass them along to you.

Unfortunately Al wasn't able to get time with the engineers as of this writing so he isn't able to share as much info as he'd like. If I get more, I'll definitely update this post. In the meantime, here's what he did pass along:

We've been doing a lot of "pre-beta" testing on Halo Mac while waiting for some of the final details to be taken care of (recompressing videos, etc.). Pixel shaders are working and look great on the Mac hardware. Those who are on the official beta-testing team will be getting CDs on Monday or Tuesday of next week. All-in-all, the game is looking solid. Most efforts from here to release will be concentrated on optimizing for speed.

Sorry I couldn't come up with more info, but it sounds like everyone is pretty busy and it's tough to pin them down. Don't worry, I will continue to pry and harass as needed to keep the info flowing. I'm hoping we'll get a juicier update for next Friday. For now, just know that the Mac version is creeping closer and closer to release and before too much longer, Mac and PC players will collide for online carnage. Woot!

Halo 10/17/2003 10:27 PM PDT permalink

Halo PC Demo - Available Now!

Halo PC Demo - Available Now!

The demo for Halo PC is now available! Head over to IGN and start downloading. The demo weighs in at about 131 MB and includes "The Silent Cartographer" (single player) and "Blood Gulch" (online multiplayer CTF & Slayer for 16 people). Check it out and see why the rest of us haven't been getting much sleep lately.

UPDATE - The trial version can now also be downloaded via the Microsoft site, here

Halo 10/17/2003 5:13 PM PDT permalink

Halo PC Demo Tomorrow

Halo PC Demo Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning, at approximately 10am PST, the demo for Halo PC will be released. "The Silent Cartographer" is included as a sample of the single player experince while "Blood Gulch" will also be available with support for online matches of CTF and Slayer with up to 16 players.

The demo will initially debut at IGN Downloads with many more mirrors coming online shortly after.

Of course most of you have already been enjoying the game for a while now but if you've been holding out, grab the demo and see what you've been missing!

Halo 10/17/2003 1:00 AM PDT permalink

Halo PC Worldwide Tournament

Halo PC Worldwide Tournament

Do you have what it takes to become the world's greatest Halo player? Registration is now open for anyone interested in participating in the upcoming Worldwide Halo PC Tournament! Tournament play officially begins on Nov.15 and will be happening all across the globe. In addition to a ton of great prizes, someone will be crowned the ultimate Halo PC Worldwide Champion on January 25, 2004. Are you up to the challenge?

The U.S. divisional and regional play will take place at iGames gaming centers across the country.

What are you waiting for? Go to the EB Games Registration Page and step up to the challenge!

Halo 10/16/2003 5:42 PM PDT permalink

The Hunt Continues

The Hunt Continues

Two weeks ago we posted info about the The Great Halo Scavenger Hunt taking place over at HBO. Well, the hunt is still on and there are over 25 prizes still up for grabs. Apparently the buzz has slowed down a bit due to the complexity and difficulty of the hunt but don't fret - it's completely possible to solve and some people have already finished it! Louis Wu @ HBO posted a new clue today to try and get people on the right track. Read it here and get hunting! Better yet, team up with some buddies and put yer heads together. We've donated a ton of prizes for this and it would be a shame to see them go to waste.

Halo 10/15/2003 8:18 PM PDT permalink

JoyRide Halo Figures Update

JoyRide Halo Figures Update

The next assortment of figures from Joy Ride is getting closer to release and Bnet member figureman sent over this quick update for us all:

Second Wave of Halo Figures Hitting Stores Soon!

A new assortment of figures and vehicles from the vastly popular Halo series will soon be enlisted to take part in the never-ending battle to save humanity from impending doom, and YOU can be among the first to “arm yourself” with these latest releases!

This second series comes ready for action with:

Master Chief (Green) – now armed with a rocket launcher and tactical shotgun (new weapons for the Master Chief)!

Master Chief (Red) – depicting one of the most popular color choices from the multiplayer game.

Elite - one of the warriors that commands the alien collective’s military juggernaut!

Ghost – the fast and versatile attack vehicle. Also includes 3” Elite, Jackal and Master Chief figures.

There will be a “sneak peek” of these exciting new figures and vehicles in mid-October at the Times Square Toys-R-Us, and they will then be available in early November at GameStop, Hollywood Video, Blockbuster, Musicland, Sun Coast Video, Sam Goodie, Electronic Boutique, and Toys-R-Us in Canada.

You can see images of these new figures over in our Halo collectibles gallery

Joy Ride's online retail site, is currently taking pre-orders for these new figures.

Also, if you're in the New York area, be sure to check out Toys R Us and support these figures! If things go well, they'll hopefully roll them out to all of their stores!

Inside Bungie 10/10/2003 10:55 PM PDT permalink

Halo PC Storms the UK

Halo PC Storms the UK

Today is a good day for Halo fans in the UK. Halo for PC was released overseas today and should bring a ton of new players into the online fray. If you live in that neck of the woods, check out Bungie's dedicated UK servers which are labled "BNG-EU-." See you online!

Halo 10/10/2003 10:01 PM PDT permalink

Servers Galore!

Servers Galore!

With the recent release of Halo PC Dedicated Server 1.02, we've been able to vastly increase the number of Bungie dedicated servers that are in operation. Currently there are 128 instances of Halo PC up and running for your gaming pleasure! That's enough to accommodate almost 2,000 of you!

We've got 68 games in the U.S. and another 60 set up for tomorrow's European release. To find one of our servers, look for "BNG-" in the name (BNG-EU- for Europe). When we're not busy working, chances are you'll run into members of the Bungie team as we partake in a little online carnage.

Our servers are broken up into several groups depending on the gametypes being played. Here's a quick overview:

  • BNG-CTF = All CTF. All the time. Maps will vary.
  • BNG-Assault = Strictly Assault. This is the CTF variant where each team takes turns on offense trying to deliver their flag to the enemie's base. Maps will vary.
  • BNG-Slayer = Slayer, plain and simple. Kill or be killed. This will alternate between FFA and Team Slayer games.
  • BNG-Small = An assortment of gametypes geared for smaller games. The max players on these servers is only 8 and overall the map selection tends to stick with small to medium sized maps.
  • BNG-Teams = A mix of gametypes but all are team based - Team King, Team Slayer, Team Oddball, CTF, etc..
  • BNG-FFA = Are you a one man killing machine? These servers are all set up with free-for-all gametypes (Slayer, Oddball, King, etc..)

In the near future, we'll be posting a full list of our servers along with their current map cycle logs so you can find the server that's right for you. We'll also be refining and tweaking the various server offerings based on your feedback as time goes on. Be sure to check out our Halo PC gametypes database and submit your requests for custom gametypes. You can also rate submissions made by other Bnet members.

Happy Gaming!

...and if you run across BNG-Sketch in a game, go easy on me! =)

Halo 10/9/2003 10:46 PM PDT permalink

Bungie Art Grrrl McLees

Bungie Art Grrrl McLees

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Inside Bungie 10/9/2003 8:42 AM PDT

Halo PC Info & New Forum

Halo PC Info & New Forum

The Halo PC Technical and Performace FAQ is now available as a stand alone page over at This FAQ, as well as the Dedicated Server 1.02 Readme and several other useful links can all be accessed at the new Halo PC info page. You can also click the handy dandy Halo PC banner at the top of

In order to better accommodate the flood of Halo PC players, we've created a new forum devoted specifically to Halo PC discussion. The Maw is now open for business and is the place to go to talk about anything and everything related to Halo PC (and soon to include Mac as well).

Halo 10/8/2003 8:25 PM PDT permalink

Halo PC 1.02 Patch and Performance FAQ

Halo PC 1.02 Patch and Performance FAQ

Right now a small update for Halo PC is being released online and the next time you connect you should automatically download the patch. This update will allow everyone to connect to the new Dedicated Server 1.02 that was released yesterday.

Over the past week, many of you have expressed questions and concerns regarding the performance of Halo on your PC. Today we're releasing a special Halo PC Techincal & Performance FAQ that was put together by teams at Bungie, Gearbox and MS to try and answer some of these questions. Here's a note from Halo PC Producer Michel Bastien:

We’ve put this FAQ together for you guys. By we, I mean Bungie, Gearbox and Microsoft. Every engineer at Gearbox has reviewed this FAQ and communicated their feedback, so did our senior Development Manager at Microsoft Game Studios (the guy who wrote timedemo and led the effort to reduce the memory consumption of the game).

You now know many, many technical details about the PC version of Halo.

We acknowledge Halo is a demanding piece of software but I personally have played it on many different configurations and consistently tweaked it to have an enjoyable game experience.

Having said this, tweak your settings, get them to your liking and immerse yourself in the world of Halo. Then, get your ass online now… are you still reading this? Get online! We’re quadrupling our number of dedicated servers this week. We’re adding more game types to our own game rotations. You have a suggestion? Check out the Halo gametypes database on and submit your request! We’re working hard on preparing our MOD tools to release them to you... Then, you guys will be the ones driving the experience in new directions, creating the next Timberland, the next Blood Gulch and who knows what. I’ll be online playing it.

Thanks for reading and, more important, thanks for playing.

Michel Bastien
Bungie Studios

An online version of this FAQ is being produced at the moment but in the meantime, you can download the .rtf file here.

Now stop reading this, grab the patch... and in the words of Sgt. Johnson, "buckle up and get ready to dance you pasty bastards!"

Halo 10/8/2003 4:49 PM PDT permalink

Halo for PC Dedicated Server 1.02 Released!

Halo for PC Dedicated Server 1.02 Released!

Late last week we announced that due to popular demand, the pre-release version of the Halo PC dedicated server was being made available. Today, we're happy to report that Halo PC Dedicated Server 1.02 has been released! Read on for important info...

Halo PC Dedicated Server 1.02

Hello! Welcome to the second release of the Halo PC Dedicated Server (version is 1.02). Cool features in this new release include multiple instances support and RCon (Remote Console) support. See the accompanying readme file for more information.

Very important note: this dedicated server will not work with the Halo version 1.01 client – the current version of Halo available to the public. We will release the Halo version 1.02 patch tomorrow morning (Wednesday, October 8th) at 9:30 AM PST. We are releasing this dedicated server tonight to give enough time to server operators to set up their updated dedicated server. Our Bungie dedicated servers will be updated progressively to 1.02 and the number of Bungie servers will quadruple (thanks to multiple instances!).

Note that the instructions to run a dedicated server have changed slightly due to multiple instances support. The readme file gives you all the information you need to be back up and running in a breeze. For additional information, please check out the Server Administration forums on the Gearbox site.



Gimme the goods!
The 1.02 server consists of two separate files - the main system file and then the maps. The only file that is available this evening is the actual server app. A re-release of the map files will be available tomorrow for those of you who don't already have it. If you already have the maps on your retail CD or downloaded them as part of the pre-release version, you're all set. Otherwise, you'll need to download the map files tomorrow.

The 1.02 Ded Server file can be found here * Right click 'save as'

Halo 10/8/2003 12:27 AM PDT permalink

The Great Halo Scavenger Hunt!

The Great Halo Scavenger Hunt!

Want a shot at winning a ton of cool Bungie prizes? How about a brand new copy of Halo PC ? Or perhaps the Sybex Halo PC Strategy guide or some figures from Joy Ride? If that doesn't get you excited, we've also thrown in autographed Halo stuff, Bungie Store gift certificates and our pals over at RvB have passed along copies of the complete first season DVDs and other merchandise. We've teamd up with our friends at to provide some great prizes and spread the love throughout the Halo community.

As the name implies, The Great Scavenger Hunt is just that - a hunt for stuff. Head over to the HBO TGHSH Rules Page for all the details as well as the full list of prizes. We're not kidding around here - this is a huge event. There are over 35 prizes to be won ranging from the ultimate Grand Prize to random drawings for everyone who successfully complets the hunt.

Don't waste another minute - get over to HBO and read the full rules and let the hunt begin!

Good luck!

Halo 10/6/2003 7:15 PM PDT permalink

Halo PC Dedicated Server Pre-Release

Halo PC Dedicated Server Pre-Release

Halo PC should now be available anywhere games are sold and plenty of players are swarming online to get in on the multiplayer action. However, one thing that is not included on the retail CD is the app needed to run your own dedicated server. Well, due to popular demand, we've pushed forward the distribution of the pre-release server and it's now available for your hosting pleasure. Read on for important info...

Welcome to the pre-release of the Halo PC Dedicated Server!

Due to the overwhelming demand and popularity of Halo PC on its initial ship day, we are releasing our dedicated server to the community earlier than planned. Please take a couple of minutes to read this note – it will provide you with important information and save you time.

The file you are downloading, or are about to download, is a self-extracting file. Installation is extremely simple:

1. Double-click HaloPC_DS.exe to extract the files to a folder on your hard disk. (e.g. C:\HaloPC_DS)

2. Double-click C:\halopc_DS\halopc_reg.reg file.

3. Run haloded.exe.

The .REG file will install only for the current user so you should install and run the dedicated server logged on as the same user on your computer.

Configuration is handled through the init.txt and mapcycle.txt files in this version. Samples have been provided to run a few maps and get you up and running very quickly. The text files can be modified to include more features, different server name, maps used and game variations.

You can get a listing of the different console commands by pressing the TAB key within the console window and then using "help command" (where command is actually one of the console commands listed) to get specific help on a command.

Upcoming Release

Within the next week or so, we will release an updated dedicated server. These changes are to be expected:

  • Support for multiple instances
  • RCON support
Much more complete setup and operation instructions
We’ve created a forum on the Gearbox Site specifically for dedicated server operators. The dedicated server engineers will be browsing the forum and answering questions as they come. Once again, this is a pre-release of the Halo PC Dedicated Server and we are doing this to support our community and provide gamers with quality game servers for online play. Please do not contact the Microsoft Customer Support about any dedicated server issues. This is an unsupported feature.

Thanks for your interest in Halo PC and see you online!

-Bungie & Gearbox

Where to get it

The application is being released now and should start to appear all across the net. Our friends over at have set up a page that will contain links to all known mirror sites that have the server available:

Halo PC Ded Server Mirror List Mirror List

They will continue to update this page with known mirror sites as they become available. Stay tuned to Gearbox and Bungie for more info!

Halo 10/2/2003 7:38 PM PDT permalink

More Details on Mac Halo

More Details on Mac Halo

Following up on their earlier interview with Peter Tamte from Destineer Studios (Mac Halo Publisher), our friends at HBO sat down with Westlake Interactive president, Phil Sulak (Mac Halo Developer) to uncover more details of the upcoming port. This new interview digs deeper into the well of information with topics ranging from development hurdles to modding. One question specifically deals with Bungie's "penchant for sprinkling profanities throught their code." Phil's response: "We've found some things in the code that would make a Russian sailor blush." Head over to to read the full story!

While no release date has been given yet, the Mac port of Halo is moving right along and shouldn't be too far behind it's PC counterpart. Stay tuned to for more info.

Halo 9/23/2003 8:27 PM PDT permalink

7th Column Week in Review

7th Column Week in Review

Ahoy mateys! Friday be upon us and it’s time for ye old Week in Review... pirate style . Join me as we set sail through the sea of mail and uncover the hidden treasures of the 7th Column. Alright, that’s enough... I can’t keep it up any longer. Let’s just get to it.

Our first piece of mail comes from RebelsWarrior, who writes:

Hey All its Rebelswarrior Founder of Chapter Halo Resurrected and The Best Chapter Of the Week Program in the Column!....Remember When I first Posted to The Weekly Review about me Starting my chapters "Chapter of The Week" program..well it has grown into the Best one in the Column....And since this is the 10th Week it has been going on I have decided to put the winner in the Weekly review :)...Anyways The winner for this week is a Small but Very active chapter lookin for some new members. This chapter is founded by mathrin and is Called Mathrin's HellRazors. So please Go and join their Very active chapter By clicking the Link :)

Cool, that’s nice of Rebels to recognize and help out other chapters in the Column. Swing and by and check em both out.

Next up is a Week in Review first timer, El Juano:

A message from Guns for Gravy to the members of the Seventh Column:

As a fledgling chapter in Colorado, we would like to contribute a bit by conducting some novelty research. I was thinking to myself the other day while reading numerous forum posts at various chapters, "These all sound like guys." Just how many women are participating members of the Seventh Column? Please visit our chapter's site and vote in the current poll. By doing so, we may just confirm the fears of many a Seventh Columnist, "I'm never going to get a girlfriend, but at least I'll have Halo." Or perhaps
this will uncover a throng of female Halo enthusiasts that will chide me for being such a naive chauvinist.

As I said before, our chapter is just getting off the ground, so there isn't much to look at, but stop by and give a shout out on the forum. We've got a new theme in the works too.

Take it easy, but not on the other guy.

El Juano, founder of the infant chapter Guns for Gravy

Hmm that is an interesting question. Help Juano with this important research project and head on over to Guns for Gravy and cast your vote. Is it worth holding out for true love in the 7th Column or is it a lost cause? Only time will tell.

Our next letter is from Week in Review regular, thesomeone:

Hey guys! Thesomeone here again from Rocky Mountain Halo! I wanted to let you guys know what’s going on over here. The chapter has been getting a lot better, and has a lot more to offer its members then we used to. We have created a database for the Best Moments in Halo. A spot for our members to post their greatest, funniest, or all around best moments from Halo in campaign and multiplayer. Our forum is gaining posts, and on top of that, Rocky Mountain Halo's offsite forum is now up and running! And as always, our Game Review section is continuing to grow, and we keep up to date, quality, Bungie related news. At Rocky Mountain Halo, keeping our members happy and having quality content is our number one priority, so the staff and I will always be there to help its members with any needs. The chapter is getting better every day, so stop
by and check it out. Hopefully you will decide to stay.

Thanks for the update! It does indeed sound like Rocky Mountain Halo keeps getting better and better. Do yourselves a favor and pay a visit to this up and coming chapter.

Next we’ve got a short little note from Halo Elite Spartans:

Hi I am the founder of Halo Elite Spartans, needs to get people to come and help our small 4 member community out. Send us your men, we need them.

Help this new chapter out. Umm.. send them your men… though I’m sure they wouldn’t turn away women either.

The next letter comes to us from the big apple:

It's been a while since New York City Halo sent in news for the week in review, since we don't believe in sending in minor news, the week in review is for the important stuff.

Anyway, New York City Halo recently announced our next LAN, which is going to be huge. It is a four-hour event, taking place at Game Time Nation in beautiful New York City, and here are some of the things we will be doing.

-Tons of 32" Sony flatscreen TV's (as many as needed)
-Comfy couches
-Regular 16-player Halo multiplayer, and Hacked Halo multiplayer- flying Warthogs over Blood Gultch, flying bomber Ghosts, homing rockets, 2 turrents on each base, and more! Very interesting and fun.
-Free pizza with admission (!!!)
-Cash prizes
-A price tag of $20

It is taking place on October 5, 2003. From 2-6 PM, EST. In order to play, you will need to bring a controller for yourself. There will also be people coming who don't have Xboxes or controllers, so bring as many as you can. You can bring guests; just tell me how many you're bringing. I'm bringing a couple myself. And make sure you bring enough controllers for yourselves, and a few extra if possible. Guests have to pay $20 too.

Also we have a new poll that you may find interesting, so check out the site.

- Jonah

Sweet! It’s always great to hear about cool events happening out there. If you’re in the NYC area, swing by Jonah’s chapter and get more details about this event. And yes... there was a time when the WIR was just “big news” but nowadays we take what we can get. Good luck with the LAN and let us know now it goes!

And now we come to our last piece of mail, a quick recruitment request for two chapters:

hey, I know, i just recently asked for this but, i still need a bit more members for Halo:Earthcity. O, i also need members for our sister site, Bungie Fun.

Well shiver me timbers… that be a wrap ya land lubbers. Grab ye eye patch and dust off yer peg leg. It’s time hit the streets to pillage and plunder before ‘talk like a pirate day’ is over.

What has yer crew been up to? Send in yer letters and tales to share with the rest of the Column. Throw your letters in a bottle to Arrrrr!

Community 9/20/2003 1:35 AM PDT permalink

Avast! Pirates Ho!

Avast! Pirates Ho!

No, we don't have a Pimps at Sea update, but we do want to wish everyone a happy "Talk Like a Pirate Day!" If you lubbers be lookin fer some inspiration to get yer pirate groove on, set sail for Drink up some grog, blow yer hornpipe and try out some pirate pickup lines on yer wenches. Arrrr!

Inside Bungie 9/19/2003 5:44 PM PDT permalink

Return of the FanFest Documentary

Return of the FanFest Documentary

Remember that FanFest thing we had back in May? You know.. Bungie and a bunch of fans gathered in Los Angeles to eat, drink and be merry....oh, and Halo 2 and Halo PC were there as well. Ring a bell? You might also recall that 7th Column member MrSmiley was creating a documentary for this special event. A few delays were encountered after the initial trailer and "episode 0" were released but now we're happy to report that the next two installments are ready for viewing! Like a fine wine, the memories of FanFest 2003 improve with age so these videos are actually better now than they would have been a few months ago. Honest!

Here are the links for the original videos as well as the newly released Ep.1 and Ep.2. All files are available in Windows Media and Quicktime format.

(right click 'save as')

FanFest Documentary Trailer

Windows Media

FanFest Documentary - Episode 0

Windows Media

FanFest Documentary - Episode 1

Windows Media

FanFest Documentary - Episode 2

Windows Media

Episodes 3 and 4 will both be released very soon. Stay tuned to or check out Mr. Smiley's Xbox Lounge for more info.

Community 9/18/2003 12:20 AM PDT permalink

New Halo 2 Screenshot

New Halo 2 Screenshot

A brand hew Halo 2 screenshot has emerged from the X03 game show in France. If you're one of the few who hasn't seen it yet, get over to Tru7h & Reconciliation and check it out!

Halo 9/17/2003 1:04 AM PDT permalink

Halo for PC - Gone Gold!

Halo for PC - Gone Gold!

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Halo 9/15/2003 1:07 AM PDT

Mac Halo Update

Mac Halo Update

Halo for PC has been in the spotlight lately but don't forget that a Mac version is also in the works and won't be too far behind its Windows counterpart. Our friends over at have posted an interview with Peter Tamte of Destineer Studios, the publisher of Mac Halo. PC compatibility, modding functionality, and hardware specs are but a few of the topics discussed. Head on over and check it out!

Halo 9/11/2003 2:51 PM PDT permalink

He's Baaaack

He's Baaaack

The Bungie Store is once again taking pre-orders for the Joy Ride Master Chief figure. Supplies are sure to go fast so swing by and get yours before it's too late. While you're there, remember that almost everything in the store is 30% off for the remainder of September so don't be shy with that shopping cart! The Master Chief figures are expected to begin shipping in late September.

Inside Bungie 9/10/2003 8:10 PM PDT permalink