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Happy Holidays from the Aleph One development community.

You might not have your head wrapped around the Holiday Season just yet, but the Aleph One development community is ready to drop some season's greetings on your unaware, slack-jawed face! Out of nowhere, they've just announced a new version of the Aleph One engine that not only makes playing Marathon a breeze on Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms, but also brings it up to date with the most modern bells and whistles.

Read on for the full press release, and hit the link below to travel back in time to a distant future where space-docking was novel, rampancy was in its infancy, and the only good Bob was a dead Bob.

Bungie's Marathon, Marathon 2: Durandal and Marathon Infinity; polished, packaged and ready for download with the brand new Aleph One 1.0 engine.

December 1, 2011 - The Aleph One development community is thrilled to release version 1.0 of the Aleph One game engine. Since the release of the Marathon 2 source code, the team has worked diligently to deliver a cross platform game engine capable of bringing the classic Marathon games, as well as fan-made modifications to the modern Mac, Windows PC and Linux platforms.

Aleph One, an open source project, enhances Bungie's original Marathon games with modern OpenGL shader support, Internet co-op and multiplayer, modern mouse-look and gamepad support and plugin support for modifications.

To celebrate the 12 year development of Aleph One, the original Marathon games have been upgraded to take advantage of the new engine features.

  • Marathon has been updated with a modern HUD, high resolution graphics as well as extensive changes to the scenario to create the most authentic Marathon experience since 1994.
  • Marathon 2: Durandal has been updated with the high resolution graphics previously only available for the Xbox LIVE Arcade game.
  • Marathon Infinity has been updated with high resolution graphics.

All three games can be downloaded for free!

CommunityMarathon Series 12/1/2011 11:34 AM PST permalink

Marathon: iPad

The candles burn out for you; I am free.

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Marathon Series 6/23/2011 11:00 AM PDT

Project Magma Releases Myth II 1.7.2 Public Beta

Play over the Internet for free!

Project Magma, the group of fans who volunteer their time to help keep the Myth game series alive and updated for modern day systems, has just released the second Public Beta for their upcoming Myth II version 1.7.2 update, and they need your help! Their news release is below:

"The second public beta of Myth II 1.7.2 is now available. Everyone is encouraged to install it and help test the next version of Myth II. It is compatible with previous versions, so you don't have to worry about any red games. A summary of the changes from previous versions can be viewed here. The goal is to find any bugs, so that we can fix them before the final version. To contribute feedback please join us on our forums.

For those who might not remember the Myth gaming series, pop over to Project Magma's What Is Myth? page, and also check out the Myth Wikipedia section."

Myth Series 3/22/2011 5:21 PM PDT permalink

Git Yer Visual Flair Here!

Halo 1 PC/Mac, and Marathon 2 XBLA players rejoice!

If you missed the news in the Weekly Update, (scroll down to the section with the orange block of game UI), players of classic Bungie games get a head start on making their Reach lobby appearance shiny by unlocking some special nameplate images.

Two of these need a few extra clicks on your part to become active, so we're letting you get started now - Halo 1 for PC/Mac, and Marathon 2: Durandal for XBLA. To unlock these emblems:

1. Make sure you're signed in to with the account that's linked to the gamertag you want to tie your Halo PC key to. If you tie it to one account, but only played Halo 2 and 3 on a different account, we CAN NOT help you combine them later to get the emblem for playing all 3. Choose wisely! Obviously, this also has to be the gamertag you'll play Reach with.

2. Visit your account page , then click the Game Settings tab, then the Nameplate Settings link below that.

3. Follow the instruction there to unlock your stuff!

4. Wait an agonizingly long 20 days until 9/14 when you get Reach and play it online

5. Return to the same Nameplate Settings page , where you'll be shown all the nameplates available to you, and you can choose one to use. Return there whenever you feel like changing things up.

6. Questions? Problems? Post here

Bungie Day: 7/7/08

Bungie Day is upon you. Here's some stuff to do while you should be working or doing chores. Tell your mother we say "Hello."

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Inside BungieCommunityHalo 3Halo UniverseClassic Games 7/7/2008 12:04 PM PDT

Bungie Day Gamerpics and Theme on XBL

Download the limited-time only Bungie Day '08 Themes and Gamerpics on Xbox Live Marketplace now.

Download those seven Gamerpics on Xbox Live Marketplace now. The Bungie Day '08 Theme and Gamerpics will only be available on Bungie Day only. Get 'em while you can.

Marathon Gets DLC on Xbox Live June 18th

Our friends at Freeverse released a content pack (available 6/18/08) coming to the Xbox Live Arcade port of Marathon: Durandal.

Earlier today, Freeverse announced that their "Jjaro Map Pack," a content pack that includes 12 classic multiplayer maps from Bungie's Marathon and Marathon: Infinity. In addition to the 12 maps, is the Jjaro collection "a texture and design set previously introduced in Marathon Infinity." There will also be a couple of new achievements to, uh, achieve.

Some users are getting together for some Marathon action. If you're interested in participating, head to the forums.

CommunityMarathon Series7th Column 6/18/2008 4:52 PM PDT permalink

Gamasutra Looks at Bungie in 2008

Industry-focused Web site Gamasutra published a giant-sized interview with Artist Michael Zak, Engineer Chris Butcher and the man you know as Ske7ch.

In a lengthy piece titled "Bungie in 2008: Reflecting on Halo 3, Moving Beyond," Gamasutra chats with three Bungie staffers about their roles on Halo 3's development. In an interview conducted during the 2008 Game Developer Conference Gamasutra chats with  Michael Zak, Chris Butcher and Brian Jarrard walk through some of Halo 3's development, talk a bit about the separation from Microsoft and how things have changed (and stayed the same) at Bungie since we parted ways with Microsoft.

Seafaring Through the Past

From the darkness of the distant past, a long last classic resurfaces. Note: "Classic" should be taken with a grain of salt.

There is nothing, absolutely nothing new about this video - other than when I found it - I hadn't seen it before. Also, looking around at my coworkers, this is a crazy revelation on how independence has really changed Bungie. I mean, look at these dudes' hair. Granted, Paul Russel's excuse is something about him experimenting as an Artist with a method-acting equivalent with his mane of Piratical hair. Everyone experiments at some point, I suppose.

Fair Warning: There is a debate about the correct implementation of "Mermaid Ho -blam!-es" and a surfable wave  in Marty's hair that may sear an imprint into your mind.

Inside BungieCommunityClassic Games 5/29/2008 4:56 PM PDT permalink

Marathon: Durandal Now Available on Xbox Live

Early this morning, Marathon: Durandal showed up on Xbox Live Arcade. Now's your chance to play it if you missed it.

Freeverse's recreation of Marathon: Durandal, a shooter from Bungie Studios, is now available on Xbox Live Arcade for 800 points. For a whole mountain of Marathon: Durandal information, see our recent interview with Freeverse's Bruce Morrison about the Marathon: Durandal on XBLA project.

Marathon Series 8/1/2007 10:17 AM PDT permalink

Marathon: Durandal XBLA Q&A

We chat with Freeverse, the developers of the Marathon: Durandal Xbox Live Arcade game and find out why this is more than just a port.

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Marathon Series 7/17/2007 3:20 PM PDT

Marathon: Durandal Announced for Xbox Live

Marathon: Durandal is headed to Xbox Live Arcade later this year.

At their press conference last night, Microsoft announced that Bungie's Marathon: Durandal was being brought to Xbox Live Arcade by Freeverse sometime this year. The good folks at Freeverse have put up an information page on Marathon: Durandal for your perusal. Included in Freeverse's Marathon: Durandal will include “King of the Hill,” “Kill the Man with the Ball,” and “Tag” Live modes and an all new “Survival Mode.”

Marathon Series 7/11/2007 3:50 PM PDT permalink

S'Pht Hits Fan: Earth Doomed

The Weekly World News, that bastion of truth and wisdom and freedom of the press, is reporting a disturbing news story. Earthlings are collecting the flags of Alien Nations. Presumably trading and acquiring them via places like eBay, without giving thought to where these flags come from. Especially disturbing is the most prized flag of all.

Click the image below to see what is considered the jewel in the crown of alien flag collecting. I can only hope that nobody in deep space is watching this.

Classic Games 8/28/2006 12:28 PM PDT permalink

Halo 2 Series 8 Out

The Halo 2 Series 8 action figures have been released by Joyride Studios. This series features the Master Chief with Infection Form, the Heretic Elite Leader and the Jackal.

You can pick the new series up at any of these fine establishments or online at Die Cast Express. Thanks to the Wu for pointing this out.

Classic Games 6/16/2006 11:48 AM PDT permalink

Halo Graphic Novel Preview Goes Digital

The Halo Graphic Novel preview is now available in digital form from Marvel. The preview gives you a look at the incredible artwork as well as providing a glimpse into the stories you can expect to find within the graphic novel.

You will have to register with Marvel before you can view it, but registration and the preview are free. The graphic novel will be in stores on July 12th with a suggested retail price of $24.99.

Classic Games 6/12/2006 1:47 PM PDT permalink

The Ventcore

VII Toast writes:

If you have a odd fascination with Bungie, yet you have only played Halo or Halo 2, then why not try some of Bungie's previous games? [i]Previous games[/i], you say? [url][/url]

If you want to take a shot at these Classic Bungie games, then head over to [url=]Ventcore[/url] for free downloads and tutorials. [url][/url] (While your at it, why not read [url=]The Marathon Movie Script[/url]?)

Classic Games 5/6/2005 8:06 PM PDT permalink

AlephOne enters the modern multiplayer arena!

BobBQ writes:

First it was AppleTalk, then it was TCP/IP... now AlephOne, that loveable little Marathon engine upgrade, is getting in-game chat and server browsing functions.

First it was AppleTalk, then it was TCP/IP... now AlephOne, that loveable little Marathon engine upgrade, is getting in-game chat and server browsing functions. In short, this means players will now be able to sound off without a microphone and browse a master list to see who's playing what and when. The end result is less time spent trying to find people in AIM chatrooms and more time spent watching their mangled corpses flying across [i]Thunderdome[/i]. The new features are still in testing, but if you're an intrepid Marathoner you can grab the latest build [url=]here[/url] and give it a spin. Now eat it, vid bois!

Classic Games 4/29/2005 9:19 AM PDT permalink

Marathon Contest Results: Revealed!

Reiginko writes:

The Marathon 10th Anniversary Contest has been over for months. Reiginko has been hoarding the results for almost as long, for his own selfish purposes. Finally, the tru7h is revealed in [url=]this[/url] forum post!

I'm really sorry for waiting so long before posting these. I assured Soon™ness, but it's more like Late™. So I really, really apologise to everyone who participated in the contest and helped me out with it. So read the [url=]results[/url], already, and be gobsmacked by the intelligence of your peers! - Reiginko

Classic Games 4/26/2005 6:51 AM PDT permalink

Marathon 10th Anniversary Contest Extended!

Reiginko writes:

You know that sweet contest the moderators are holding in recognition of Marathon's 10th birthday? No? Well, okay, anyway, you have an extension, which is lucky considering you didn't even know it existed in the first place!

On the 21st of December 1994, Marathon was released to the world, which was never the same again. To some people. Anyway, on the 21st of December 2004, with very little fanfare, the 10th Anniversary Marathon Contest was released to the world, which pretty much stayed the same this time to everyone. The original deadline of the contest was the 11th of January, however, in light of the fact that only about four people realised that there actually [i]was[/i] a contest going on, the contest is being extended to [b]February 9[/b]. You can find a lot more information about this contest in [url=]this[/url] forum post. - Reiginko

Classic Games 1/10/2005 3:55 PM PST permalink

The 10th Anniversary Marathon Contest!

Reiginko writes:

Aside from being the summer/winter solstice, depending on your hemisphere of choice, today also happens to be the 10th birthday of Marathon's release, and the start of the greatest series of games ever created in the long history of this noble art. In honour of this momentous occasion, your faithful mods have created a chance for all you fans to increase your Pile o' Stuff.

In honour of the 10th birthday of the greatest series of games of all time, your long-suffering Moderator team has organised a chance for you to win a metric heap of Really Cool Stuff™. This contest is unlike any other ever held, as it is in fact a hyper-contest with three completely different separate categories: [*]First off, we’re holding an [b]essay contest[/b]. It has often been asserted by many people that Marathon should be included in the syllabi of English courses at both secondary and tertiary level. Well, okay, replace “often” with “at least once”, and “many people” with “just Reiginko”, and we might be getting somewhere. But that is so beside the point. Marathon and its story is such a rich topic that it’s criminal to [i]not[/i] write an essay about it. Anyway, somebody already [url=]beat us to it[/url] (look for “NoiVad”), so you can’t blame us for starting [i]this[/i] one. If you still aren’t sold on the idea, just remember that essays are only boring and stupid when they’re actually about [url=]boring and stupid things[/url]. [*]If analytical writing isn’t quite your thang, but you still fancy yourself (Narcissist!) quite the wordsmith, perhaps you’ll take a shine to our [b]poetry contest[/b]. It’s basically against The Law™ to [i]not[/i] hold a poetry contest about Marathon, since Marathon poetry contests in one form or another have been going on since [url=]the W’rkncacnter first swam on the surface of Lh’owon’s sun[/url], so we reckon it’s pretty natural to hold one today. We’ll accept any sort of poem. I think Yoozel wanted to include a rule that we’ll only accept neo-pre-metaphysical flea poems, but that would have been [url=]silly[/url]. [*]Finally, if poetry isn’t your best suit either, but you do know how to tickle the humerus, maybe you should have a peek at our [b]joke contest[/b]. Long-time readers of the [url=]Letters to the Webmaster[/url] will remember that your mum’s favourite drunkard-in-a-gorilla-suit held a similar contest for his correspondents a while back. This time, however, you won’t have to follow the rather esoteric rule that the punchline had to be “frog blast the vent core” (and anyway, one of the winners of that contest didn’t even bother to follow that rule). For more information, including rules, prizes and some handy hints, check out [url=]this[/urll] forum thread. Now get writing! - Reiginko

Classic Games 12/20/2004 9:38 PM PST permalink

Old-School Bungie Goodness On Your PC

The Rip Saw writes:

Free Bungie Game. Need I say more? How about LEGAL Free Bungie Game? That's better right? Fine, Ethical, legal, free Bungie game that Bungie wants you to download. Ah ha! That got your attention, didn't it? Of course, I'm talking about Marathon, and if you want to get in on the action, [url=]read on to learn how to![/url]

Marathon has experienced a revival of popularity as hundreds of new people are downloading the game and playing it, silently cursing to themselves for not having discovered this before. What are you waiting for anyway, you think I'm going to sit here and talk all day? HUNDREDS of people are playing this game, and you aren't. Why are you still reading this? Go, [url=]learn more![/url]

Classic Games 6/30/2004 10:43 PM PDT permalink