Humpday Challenge: Taking the Air out of Rare

Cheery Cockney chappies with futuristic timezones collide with us this week. Some of the testers from Rare threw down the gauntlet.

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Halo 3Humpday 3/6/2008 5:41 PM PST

March Playlist Update

DoubleXP Weekend Hoppers begin this weekend and a changelist for the March update is outlined within.

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Halo 3 3/5/2008 2:29 PM PST

Screenshots are Behaving Again

Trying to upload screenshots from Halo 3? We've fixed the technical difficulties from earlier today.

UPDATE: Screenshot functionality is now working again. Ones you took between 2:45 PST and now did not make it to, however, they should still exist on your hard drive so you can re-upload them to via the File Share. The reason for all of this? We miscalculated the load balance for this afternoon by about a terrabyte. We're sorry for the inconvenience.

We're aware of users having issues with the screenshot functionality in Halo 3. Issues include screens not showing up on and failing to load into the File Share. Top men are looking into it and we will update here as more information is uncovered.

Halo 3 2/29/2008 4:55 PM PST permalink

Weekly What's Update: 2/29/08

It's the 29th of February which, oddly enough, isn't even a real day most years. But it's still a Friday so you know what that means.

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Bungie Weekly UpdateHalo 3 2/29/2008 4:10 PM PST

Thanks for the Questions for the Weekly Update

We're taking questions for the Weekly Update find out where to ask them inside.

It's that time of the year again! Frankie and I are taking your questions for this week's What's Update. Ask away here.

UPDATE:  Thanks for the mountain of questions. We're ascending it now.

Halo 3 2/29/2008 11:20 AM PST permalink

Humpday Challenge: Fyreball

Fancy-pants Internet start-ups apparently aren't requiring Halo skills as a hiring prerequisite!

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Halo 3Humpday 2/28/2008 3:46 PM PST

Greatest Halo 3 Screenshot Site Ever?

lukems writes:

We've featured some panoramic images before, but now the Tied the Leader folks are showing you how to make your own.

We've shown this image before, and it's every bit as impressive this time as it was the last time. Now, over at Tied the Leader, image-maker El Burritoh has put together a nifty gallery titled "Haloramics" and an even more useful and neat tutorial on how to create your own panoramic screenshots. Like El Burritoh himself says, he's certainly not the first person to create panoramic screenshots, but I haven't seen a more helpful tutorial for creating these awesome images.

CommunityHalo 3 2/26/2008 3:01 PM PST permalink

Bungie Weekly Update: 2/22/08

An overhead look at Ghost Town, some notes about the autoupdate and a look at our next game Mancannon Pach1nko Horror.

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Bungie Weekly UpdateHalo 3 2/22/2008 5:23 PM PST

Humpday Challenge: Mjolnir Battle Tactics

Back to basics this week with the dudes from's own Mjolnir Battle Tactics.

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Halo 3Humpday 2/21/2008 6:33 PM PST

Ghost Town Revealed

The first map from the upcoming Legendary Map Pack unveiled within.

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Halo 3 2/21/2008 11:10 AM PST

Meet Marty, Hear Halo

Ever wanted to meet Halo composer, Marty O'Donnell? Want to have an amazing and unique night out? Read on, MacDuff.

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Halo 3Soundtrack and Music 2/21/2008 8:44 AM PST

Halo 3 AutoUpdate is Up

The Halo 3 AutoUpdate is live, and address some minor bugs and gameplay issues. Please read on for important info.

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Halo 3 2/19/2008 5:45 PM PST

Bungie Podcast: Engineer Luke Timmins

A rollicking adventure through Luke Timmins' sordid past and into Halo 3's engineering present.

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Bungie Podcast 2/19/2008 4:28 PM PST

Bungie Weekly Update: 2/15/08

Cool things are afoot at the Game Developer's Conference and tweaks are headed to Ranked Big Team Battle.

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Inside BungieHalo 3 2/15/2008 5:11 PM PST

Humpday Challenge: Toying with McFarlane

At the end of all things, with soiled crotches, we exhale and say, "At least they make a fine action figure."

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Halo 3Humpday 2/14/2008 11:22 PM PST

Valentine's Day Hopper is Now Live

The Valentine's Day hopper is now live in Halo 3. In order to find it, select "Tournament" from the Matchmaking Playlist screen.

The Valentine's Day  playlist is now live in Halo 3. It will be available until Monday morning at 2 a.m. PST. Eschew your familial and significant other-related duties in order to run amok in this Team Doubles, slayer-focused hopper. We'll be tracking data and handing out prizes to the winners. For more about the Valentine's Day hopper, click here.

Additionally, players in the Ranked Big Team Battle hopper should notice faster matching speeds, as max party restrictions have been loosened to shorten wait times in Matchmaking.

Halo 3 2/14/2008 10:09 AM PST permalink

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Playlist

There will be prizes, oh yes, there will be prizes.

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Halo 3 2/13/2008 3:38 PM PST

Heart of Dorkness

Chitting and chatting with the artist himself about the Mister Chief we're auctioning for charity.

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Halo 3 2/12/2008 10:08 AM PST

Visual Effects Society Honors Bungie

The Visual Effects Society named Halo 3 the recipient of its award for Best Real-Time Visuals in a Video Game. CJ Cowan, cinematics director on Halo 3 answers a few questions about his recent trip to the awards show.

The Visual Effects Society honored Bungie with an award for the "Best Real Time Visuals in a Video Game" earlier this week. CJ Cowan, the cinematics director for Halo 3 answered a few quick questions about the Visual Effects Society, their awards, and the reel that Bungie put together for consideration.  

Q: CJ, there's all kinds of awards seasonally, what is the Visual Effects Society for folks who don't know?

The VES is literally composed of the inventors of computer graphics as we know them today. The voting members are comprised of special effects professionals who have been and are pioneers in the field.  To be a member you need to have been an employee of the visual effects community for five years (or win a major award like an Oscar for FX) and be sponsored by two members.  It was pretty surreal to be in the same company of the likes of Steven Spielberg and Dennis Muren. The awards show itself was at the Kodak Ballroom in Hollywood, complete with red carpets and black ties (although I admit to wearing a white tie with my tux ‘cause that's how I roll).

Q: Do the respective studios have to do anything to be considered?

Yeah, in order to be put in the running for a nomination, we had to put together footage according to very strict rules and regulations. I'm talking 17 pages of rules and regulations. Steve Scott and myself were completely terrified we would be disqualified for some inane reason like shipping down the tape without rewinding it first. Once nominated, all the members of the society review the footage for all the contenders and vote for the winners.

Q: What kind of work goes into preparing the reel? How did you guys pick and choose what to include in a reel for VES?

Steve and I found out about the deadline for submission a little late, so it was a stressful week. We banged our heads quite a bit trying to decide on the most appropriate clips to show, and finally decided on three "scenes":

  •  Some gameplay from early on in the first level of the game, focusing on the jungle environment and flowing water.
  • An edited together sequence of the Chief taking down the first Scarab in Voi and it exploding in Steve Spectacular Scott fashion.
  • And a portion of the cinematic from the end of the game where the Ark is destroyed by Halo firing.

In addition to this, there was the opportunity to include “in-progress” before and after footage, so we recorded the same scenes broken out into all of their separate layers using saved films. We probably recorded 20 hours of footage before selecting the clips we wanted.

Q. What do you think this means for Video Games' greater place in the grand scheme of visual arts?

The games industry as a whole is making slow but steady progress here. This is the fourth year VES has had a video game category. But even Spielberg talked about things like video games and internet films helping to push visual arts forward. Just don’t expect to see a games category at the Oscars anytime soon.

Q. Anything you’d like to add?

Yeah, I just want to say it was a true honor to be involved in this entire process. The Studio as a whole is really excited about the win! There was some very stiff competition in our category, and I have to give kudos to the other nominees.

I also want to give a shout out to the “Believe Campaign” guys who won for their beautiful diorama, and for the DamnFX guys who won for their unbelievable work on “Sea Monsters” (go see that film in 3D if you haven’t already!).

Oh, and wearing a tuxedo doesn’t make Harold any more classy.


Halo 3 2/11/2008 4:57 PM PST permalink

Bungie Weekly Update: 02/08/08

OMG Fix Melee. OK, we will - and here's what we're going to do...

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Halo 3 2/8/2008 5:11 PM PST

Humpday Challenge: Tied the Leader

Our newest and hottest strategy revealed: Go down with dignity.

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CommunityHalo 3Humpday 2/7/2008 4:33 PM PST

Pimp My Map

Here, for no reason at all other than I thought it was cool and that a reader just brought it to my attention, is an awesome Foundry Forge map variant that uses a very unique take on floor geometry to interesting effect.

Here, for no reason at all other than I thought it was cool and that a reader just brought it to my attention, is an awesome Foundry Forge map variant that uses a very unique take on floor geometry to interesting effect. I suggest getting this map and trying it out if you haven't already. Thanks to StupidBeaver for the tip - and here's the map:

Halo 3 2/5/2008 7:58 PM PST permalink

Bungie Podcast: 2/4/08 Show is Live

Chit chat with Christian Allen on the latest episode of the Bungie Podcast.

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Bungie PodcastHalo 3 2/4/2008 4:50 PM PST

Bungie Weekly Update 02/01/08

A tight, taut, trite, thought about the autoupdate, melee and some MLG visitors.

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Bungie Weekly UpdateHalo 3 2/1/2008 5:08 PM PST

Humpday Challenge: Bengal Hunting

It's the NFL's Bengals against Bungie this week in the first great sporting event of the New Year.

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Halo 3 1/31/2008 3:50 PM PST