Reclaimer 236 - Crux

Let sleeping computers lie...

Yeah, so we were off yesterday in observation of MLK, but Reclaimer was still rolling.  Rewind your week and get up to speed with episode 236. Reclaimer is doing work.

Reclaimer 236 – Crux

Halo 3 1/19/2010 9:31 AM PST permalink

Zoxin It Up! LIVE - GN 2010

Zoxin1 writes:

Kickin' Off the New Year with a Game NIght!

Due to a lack of time to organize an interview this month, Zoxin It Up! LIVE will be hosting a fun-filled Game Night on January 22nd @ 9:00PM EST! Did I mention that we're going to be broadcasting the awesome-sauce gameplay LIVE? Well we are! And ALL of the Halo Community is invited to come and play some Halo 3 Custom Games with us!

All you need to do is send a Friend Request or Xbox LIVE Message to the Gamertag: "Zoxin It Up." If you wanna watch, head over to Zoxin It Up! LIVE, chat in the chatbox until the time arrives, and sign up on the forums!

Community 1/19/2010 9:30 AM PST permalink

Be a Hero!

Help us help Haiti.

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Bungie Weekly UpdateCommunityHalo 3Halo 3: ODST 1/15/2010 4:48 PM PST

IGN's Top 10 Halo 3 Kills

Can't we all just get along?

Nope.  Not in multiplayer.  Instead, we get sweet kills and IGN slaps them in a countdown for our viewing pleasure.

YouTube - IGN's Top 10 Halo 3 Kills

Halo 3 1/15/2010 9:24 AM PST permalink

'Daydream' - A Halo 3 Montage

Gear61 Owns writes:

Here we go!

Pretty sure this Gears61 Owns guy is following me.  Every time I pop into the news feed, he's there.  Waiting.  Watching.  You should watch this montage while I call the cops.

"This is a Halo 3 dualtage from vShocKz and Ticket, edited by Hazardous Studios, entitled, "Daydream." The gameplay is pretty good, featuring a lot of solid Team Snipers multikills, and the editing's decent as a well, sporting a very interesting intro. Enjoy!"

YouTub - Daydream - A Halo 3 Montage

Halo 3 1/15/2010 9:22 AM PST permalink

Afterwords: Halo 3: ODST

robby118 writes:

Staten takes a look back.

Joseph Staten, ODST creative director, sat down with Game Informer to discuss Bungie's after thoughts of Halo 3: ODST, as part of Game Informer's Halo: Reach coverage.

Afterwords: Halo 3: ODST

Halo 3: ODST 1/15/2010 9:19 AM PST permalink

'Hero of War' - Halo 3 Music Video

AsiiM writes:

A solemn tribute.

A machinima with a message, "Hero of War" is under four minutes, shot in high definition, and features some nice effects. Description and link below.

"B1z3rKeR really wanted to get the point across. That there are soldiers out there, men and women dieing for our freedom. And he thinks that it's very undervalued. So he went ahead, and took a week to produce this amazing music video. He gathered some actors, and synced it to this great song. This video really shows how much he cares for this country."

YouTube - Hero of War - A Halo 3 Music Video

Halo 3 1/15/2010 9:16 AM PST permalink

South Philly Vikings Interpretive Halo

They're still dancin'.

These guys are so fancy.  They're also kinda freakin' me out.  If you're into trippy dance routines featuring multicolored Spartans, you should check this out.

"The South Philly Vikings won with this routine. This user thinks the feathers were a nice touch."

YouTube - South Pilly Vikings: 2010 Fancy Brigade Winners

Community 1/15/2010 9:11 AM PST permalink

Unit #2 Alpha Group - Fan Render

Second squad, you're with me!

One day after ubald dropped his sweet Halo-themed render over at HBO, he's back for round two.  If you liked what you saw yesterday, you'll definitely want to click over.  While you're there, check out the full gallery and browse around HBO for a while.  It'll make us happy.

Unit #2 Alpha group

Community 1/14/2010 9:04 AM PST permalink

'Ghosts N Stuff' - ODST Musical Montage

HolyJunkie writes:

I just want to play it right!

Wondering what a musical montage is?  Cue this up and do some chair dancin'.

"Drop Pod: Check. Weapons: Check. Covies to slaughter: Check. Electro House: Check. Enjoy."

YouTube - Ghosts N Stuff

Halo 3: ODST 1/14/2010 9:02 AM PST permalink

'Camohh' - Halo 3 Montage

Gear61 Owns writes:

And now we go... to war!

Watch this sweet and succinct montage.  Then head into the comments and wax philosophical about how much better you are at Halo 3 then everyone else.  I mean, a triple?  Come on.  That's weaksauce, right?

"This is Camohhh's first Halo 3 montage, edited by DS Designs. The gameplay has a couple weak triples here and there but is overall pretty good (watch out for the last 2 clips) and the intro's really well done. Also, the song's really chill. Enjoy!"

YouTube - Camohh - Halo 3 Montage 1

Halo 3 1/14/2010 8:54 AM PST permalink

'The Coagulator' - Halo 3 Machinima

silentshadow84 writes:

The man in red.

This nearly ten minute machinima features some smart shots, some simple editing, and a pretty heavy storyline.  If you're into making your own films using Halo 3, or you just fancy yourself of fan of watching, you might want to check this out.

"SilentShadow84 present's his most recent and best Machinima to date. Check it out."

YouTube - The Coagulator

Halo 3 1/14/2010 8:52 AM PST permalink

Lawltage 5

Bl00gy0 writes:

Eat that, punk.

Bl00gy0 does more than make webcomics.  He's also into montages.  Wanna check out his work in the field?  Bam:

"Flying people, missiles that track the shooter, magical betrayals... Numa numa??? Lawltage 5 is finally up, OH!!  And this is in 1080 by 720 px.  So we're aiming for HD in number 6!"

YouTube - Lawltage 5

Halo 3 1/14/2010 8:48 AM PST permalink

2009 Best of Halo Awards

Polls close tonight at midnight!

If you want to weigh in on what made the Seventh Column grade in 2009, you need to act fast.  Voting ends tonight.  Don't worry though, you don't need to take any time off from work to pull the lever.  Hawty has you covered.

Last Day to Vote in the 2009 Best of Halo Awards!

CommunityHalo 1/14/2010 8:42 AM PST permalink

Death by Mongoose's Favs Updated

No time for a pit stop.

Death by Mongoose is revved and ready for lap two of their Community Spotlight.  This week, they've sent rough rider Rogue Shaddo into the fray to talk about Forge.  If you're looking for tips and tricks to build a better racetrack, he's got a handful.

What inspires your racetrack creations?

All the great racetrack makers out there inspired me. I first discovered racing over a year ago and I’ve loved it ever since. I wanted to make a track, but I had trouble convincing myself to get started. With the arrival of Sandbox, and the constant pestering from Toxic Spade, I decided to finally start my first track and things just took off from there.

How long did it take you to create ?

It takes me an average of about 35 hours to make a track.

35 hours!  What aspect is sucking up all that time?

With any track it’s definitely the ending. It's hard to bring the track around so that you can smoothly make the transition to the start of another lap.

How could we make Forge a bit better?

If I could pick one thing? Make it so you can geo-merge/interlock without having to glitch the pieces to do so. That would make things a lot easier and a whole lot faster.

Ah, speed.  On that note, we're putting pedal to the medal and burning out.  Before you find yourself awash in the smell of burnt rubber, take some time to check out Death by Mongoose's week 2 offerings.  We've got 'em ready to go in Bungie Favorites.

CommunitySpotlight 1/13/2010 10:24 AM PST permalink

'Brace' - A Halo 3 Montage

Gear61 Owns writes:

All the right friends in all the right places.

Here's another one!

"This is a Halo 3 dualtage from Lyko and Spankem, edited by KlassicXL, entitled, 'Brace.' The gameplay has a couple lackluster triples, but is overall pretty good, featuring some nice MLG overkills (look out for the 2 for 1 for the double/triple followed by the exterm). The editing's a bit overdone in some places, but there's some well done syncing here and there. Enjoy!"

YouTube - Brace - A Halo 3 Montage

Halo 3 1/13/2010 9:44 AM PST permalink

Greatest Halo 3 Screenshots of 2009

H3llraiser writes:

Looking back.

I don't know anything about this dude's creative juices, but if you're looking to suck down some screenshots from 2009, he's claiming he got the best of crop in hand.  See if you agree by checking out the montage below.

"Getting my creative juices flowing and nearing the end of a great year, I decided to gift the community with a screenshot montage compiling all of the best screenshots from the past year. It's a lengthy view so get comfortable and enjoy watching.

YouTube - The Greatest Screenshots from 2009

Community 1/13/2010 9:39 AM PST permalink

'ONE' - Halo 3 Trick Jumping

Gear61 Owns writes:

Oh, the things you can do with explosives nowadays.

See?  Guy's a machine.  Here's another submission from Gears61 Owns.

"This is a Halo 3 trick jumping montage from the jumping clan, 'Jump Sequence,' entitled, 'ONE.' It features some pretty sick jumps (I especially liked the 2nd to last one), and the editing's surprisingly well done, featuring some nice syncing. Enjoy!"

YouTube - ONE - A Halo 3 Trick Jumping Montage

Halo 3 1/13/2010 9:34 AM PST permalink

Another Annual Milestone!

Mahdi writes:

Lending a helping hand 250 times!

Need to get your Vidmaster Annual on?  Read the blurb below, pick your jaw up off the floor, and get in touch with the Spartan I Project.

"ContactTango of the Spartan I Project completed his 250th successful Annual run last night! This is surely a feat that has never been accomplished and will never be repeated! Still need help with Vidmaster Annual? Feel free to ask for help and assist ContactTango to reach 300 Annual runs!"

Community 1/13/2010 9:31 AM PST permalink

'High Voltage' - A Halo 3 Montage

Gear61 Owns writes:

And you will find...infinity.

Some guy going by Gears61 Owns keeps submitting montages to the news feed.  Since they're good, we'll keep linking you over.  Deal?

"This is a Halo 3 montage from the Halo team, 'High Voltage,' fittingly entitled, 'High Voltage.' It features insane editing from Kapow and a really unique soundtrack. Enjoy!"

YouTube - High Voltage - A Halo 3 Montage

Inside Bungie 1/13/2010 9:27 AM PST permalink

BWO's Mysterious Screenshot Contest

BWO Prodigy writes:

Ready to win some mysterious prizes?

Okay, so the prizes aren't so mysterious, they all extend your Xbox LIVE stay, but BWO is back from the holiday break and is offering up some goodies via a screenshot contest. Follow the link and learn the rules to play and you can win some swag.  Deadline is set for the 23rd of the month.

Mysterious Screenshot Competition


1. The theme for this screenshot competition is, "Mysterious," do what you must to make a mysterious screenshot for us.
2. Only two entries per person
3. Can be created in either Halo 3 or Halo 3: ODST
4. The deadline for this contest is January 23, 2010!!!


1. 1600 Microsoft Points Card or 3 month XBL Gold membership card
2. 3 month Xbox LIVE membership card
3. 1 month Xbox LIVE membership card

Halo 3 1/13/2010 9:07 AM PST permalink

Rookie No More

Rendered lifeless.

HBO's linking to a pretty sweet fan render of a Spartan in action.  Post action, actually.  If you're into artwork, might want to click on over.

Rookie No More

Community 1/13/2010 9:01 AM PST permalink

Chronicles of ODS Steve #56

City Planning.

Sarge and company discuss urban architecture, dairy processing, and nuclear arms in this week's Chronicles of ODS Steve.

Chronicles of ODS Steve: City Planning (#56)

Halo 3: ODST 1/13/2010 8:59 AM PST permalink

Average Joe - Halcylon

Going on philosophical on dat ass.

Today's Average Joe is an artist with an unhealthy addiction to Star Wars.  It's gotten so bad, he even enjoys the new stuff.  Bet he's even a fan of the Christmas special.  While you shudder in terror at the thought of anyone enduring such terror, take a minute to read through his interview below.  It's way better than the EU.  I promise.

Q. Who are you and what do you do?

A. The details of my life are quite inconsequential.

My name is John and I’m a freelance graphic artist as well as lead graphic designer for a start up company. Along with the mouse and keyboard job, I am a full time student at DeVry University – currently enrolled in their GSP (Game and Simulations Programming) course. At 27, I feel I’m the old guy in class, but its nice to actually have goals. I sit in class sometimes and marvel at how little some students’ care about what they are doing. I’m glad I have this opportunity to be a student at this age. I’ve been an artist for all of my life but only had a real opportunity to extend my pencil and paper art to digital art recently. I’ve actually only been using Photoshop and other digital media for about three years, starting with the basics and learning to do more intricate imagery and designs. I was kind of forced into the position when a friend of mine told me to make a logo for our little internet radio show or I’m out of here. I really didn’t know what I was doing, but the results were good so I kept at it.

After a year or two with some basics underway, I started my own sole proprietorship and began doing print ads for Chicago magazines and companies, as well as some web pieces. Recently, well for over two years now actually, I’ve been working with bs angel of and She’s been an amazing supporter of some of my work, getting the first approvals of a lot of my pieces to make sure I didn’t over do anything. I’ve had my hand in her…ahem…site as well, helping with some of her graphics and contests.

I’m also the biggest Star Wars fan you’ll ever talk to. Most people are actually shocked to see me spewing out intelligent information in relation to Star Wars. I even have the tattoo to prove it. And to answer the question right off the bat: Yes, I actually do like the -blam!- that is the new trilogy, but only after I watched all six in one sitting. They are actually stomach-able then.

In short, my hobbies are my job and “If you can make a living doing what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Q. So you're a nerd.  Got it.  What about the name?  As nerdy as nerdy Star Wars stuff?

A. Oye. It’s easier to say that my name is a combination of “Hal” from 2001: A Space Odyssey and a “cylon” from Battlestar Galactica. But it's not. Actually I was virtually unaware of those two movies when I chose this name. It’s actually a misspelling of a Star Wars character I read about in the novel I, Jedi. His name was Hal Halcyon. I could have just said that I wanted to put my own spin on the word “halcyon” - (pronounced /ˈhælsiən/), a term that originates from the Greek myth of Alcyone, is used most often to mean golden or marked by peace and prosperity - but that would have been down right nutty.

So sadly, by the time I realized that I had totally botched the name back in my early online days it was too late. I chose it for Xbox LIVE and never looked back…save for last year when I tried to get “halcyon” only to realize it was already taken.

So yeah, to answer your question, I’m just an idiot sometimes.

Q. Yeah, some jerk is squatting my first choice, too.  When you squat down online, where do you park your pickle jar?

A. Since the revamp of the revamp of the revamp (did I get that right?) I’ve been frequenting the Halo Universe Forum, ODST Forum, and Bungie Community Forum. I stay away from places that make me mad to be online and shake my fist at the screen in boiling rage, but I have found a nice home in the other threads. I was recently holed up solely in the Halo Universe thread specifically because of the work I was doing trying to create an actual interactive “Halo Galactic Map” based off of one of my art pieces. This was a huge undertaking that wound up being more work than fun towards the end. “Too many cooks…” and “we don’t even know where everything is” were some of reason it since has lost its steam. But to SonicJohn’s credit, it looks phenomenal as an alpha stage model. He did a really great job with what I had asked him to do. I think with some input and more work it can really fly. I truly would love nothing more than to finish it.

I’m more into the community as a social place. I tend to leave Halo on the console and avoid conversations that start with “well my BR is bigger than yours….” It's not that I don’t mind discussing the games, I just feel that it’s gets redundant in some areas and that you just wind up screaming at each other because of this, that, or the other. The Bungie Community Forum tends to be the place to find a lot of creativity and new ideas. I love what the scripting guys are doing with Coup d’Bungie only because of how much dedication and time these guys put in. You have to keep your head above some of the stuff that’s out there to really see the threads, post, people, and communities that rise to the top. These parts of the site are what really drive the engine here and aid in making new features and advancements.

Q. So what drives you to play video games when you could be watching the horror that is the Star Wars prequels again?

A. Uh, the fact that you, Bungie, have released crack in the form of a game that never ends? I don’t remember ever not playing games, much less Halo. Any girlfriend I had or will have always needs to know on the first date – I’m a gamer.

Well, I’ve been a gamer since I was able to hold a controller and now that you’ve asked me that, I really don’t have an answer. I wrote a lot of papers and speeches on gaming, social networking, and the gaming industry to only come to the conclusion that gaming was the next logical trend in society. Oh yes, I went all philosophical on your ass.

Baring any long rant on those concepts, I love gaming. I think it’s one of the greatest assets to my life being a graphic guy and all. I have forged a lot of great friendships, most of whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in person and spending some time with. Yoozel loves to cuddle…even when he’s not drunk. (I am full aware of what the repercussions of that statement will be.)

I think it’s the interconnection of a person doing something they can’t in real life that drives most gamers. Whether it’s playing football on an NFL team or tea bagging a bully because he got stuck right in the face! OMG did you see that! ROFLLOL!!!1!!!one! Games allow people to do something extraordinary; whether it’s playing or creating. That’s what drives me to want to do what I’m doing. I want to be a level artist/designer. Ever since I could hold a pencil to a piece of paper I’ve wanted to go into my art. Interact with it. I really, really want to make a perverted joke, but its true. To me, there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing something you’ve created enjoyed and appreciated.

What Bungie has done both on and off line is created a system that allows the user to play a game, submit feedback, have it implemented, and play new features. I.e., crack. I can’t wait for my chance to do that to people.

Q. What was the first Bungie game you mainlined?

A. Honestly, I didn’t even own an Xbox in college back in 2001. I saw my floor mate playing a game that he said we could play together. We started on 343 Guilty Spark of Halo: Combat Evolved. I had originally thought this to be some jungle warfare game, but was totally surprised. I remember that night because it was a Friday night and we started at about 5 PM. When it came time to go out, we realized that we were on the final mission. We just couldn’t stop! We kept getting killed however and figured getting drunk would solve our issues. That was a great college lesson. Regardless we talked to a guy who was mentioning the game and he told us how to take care of the “end run” of the campaign. What a night that was. As you can probably tell, I was super cool.

Q. Oh, yeah. Are you surprised that your initial drunken run drove you to become involved with the Bungie community?

A. Yes and no. I would love to be more involved, but there’s only so much I can offer in my craft that would be allowed. I’m not much in way of posting and being involved in idle chitchat. I make my posts where I see they can add (or subtract) from a subject.

I love doing artwork for the community though, especially of screenshots and renders. BS Angel has given me a ton of support in this area and even let me host my images of remade screenshots on her sites. I can never really thank her enough for how much she has helped me grow in that respect. Plus she claims she “gave me Recon”… whatever that’s about. :)

Community interaction is what makes me feel like I can make anything though. I have a lot of great feedback and support from so many, many people and it lets me expand to areas of art where I would normally shy away from. To be fair, I’ve done very little though. If you look at some of the members who bust their ass to bring up important topics, moderate the forums, and dedicate time and money to hosting sites and offshoots, you really see the level of dedication that people put in. I love putting in all the time I can for art and video.

Q. Do you get involved with those offshoots as well?

A. I won’t speak for anyone, but I’m currently involved in a number of sites that I just can’t get enough of. The aforementioned Hawty McBloggy and her sites have given me so much that all I can do is contribute as much as I can to them. I was a part of a growing audio/video podcast called “Shots in the Dark”, but our two leads left for greener pastures. Now sometimes I write columns for and some other media sites, but nothing official.

Q. Anything you would like to add before you make the jump to lightspeed?

A. What, you don’t think that’s enough? How much can one person talk about himself or herself?! Answer: a lot.

I first off want to say thank you for this chance to thank everyone that’s ever been involved in my mischief. I know I’m not the easiest person to get along with or work with, but the success we’ve brought to the table speaks for itself. I’d love to give the following shout outs:
Yoozel – I still have the note you left me on my nightstand.

Lil Bob 1269 – You may say “do what now huh?” but you’re a great friend to have.
Cdog23 – You’re aim’s as bad as your grammar, but wouldn’t be where I am without ya!
Catme27 – Gotta get that?

I wont give everyone a personal message – I think I hear the “get off the stage music playing” – but PunkPirateAFO, B5D guys (especially you, Kritical, you stallion you), Sick and Psycho, Kapture (I’ll keep your secret safe), Foman123 (now that I mentioned him this thread will probably get locked), Pika and Jayno, Xeropain, Dupindi and AngelicRenegade, Insain54, Duardo, H3ITWP people, and all those on my friends list. Finally, I really want to give a special thank you to bs angel. You’ve done more for me in the past two years than most people do in a lifetime. You are a wonderful person and I’m glad I can call you my friend. You’ve blown me…away.

I see what you did there.  And it is good.  If you just read through Halcylon's sweet interview and want to see all this artwork he's been on about, you can check out his online galleries.  We've featured some of it before in Comm Chatter and in the weekly update, but if you're looking for the one stop Halcylon shop, that's your go to resource.  If you're just looking to sound off and chew on his ear a little, you can hit the discussion thread attached.

CommunitySpotlight 1/12/2010 1:08 PM PST permalink

Halocharts Presents: Firefight Challenge

Jump feet first into hell and earn some Halocharts accolades.

If you're looking to expand on your Halo 3: ODST Firefight experience and get competitive, Halocharts has you covered.  Their brand spanking new HCFFC space offers challenges, awards, and forums with the promise of more features and content on the way.  Check it out.

Halocharts Presents: Firefight Challenge (HCFFC)

Halocharts has kicked off two Firefight Challenges for those up to taking out loads of Covenant Forces:

Insecurity - Played on Security Zone
Windswept - Played on Windward
  • Solo and Co-Op play on Heroic and Legendary Difficulty
  • Each Challenge has a unique set of required and bonus objectives
  • Player awards and bragging rights for all those that successfully complete each challenge
  • For the true bad ass Firefight Players, Halocharts has some awesome new HELLJUMPER Awards.
Halocharts Presents: Firefight Challenge

CommunityHalo 3: ODST 1/12/2010 11:51 AM PST permalink