Bungie Mail Sack 4.0
Posted by DeeJ at 2/10/2012 2:28 PM PST

It is always a treat to open the sack, and sift through the bizarre spectrum of treasures contained within.  You honor us with your rampant speculations and demands for information from within our inner sanctum.  Before your patience is eroded by all of this glad-handing, let's dance on the razor's edge of full-disclosure and answer all of that which can be answered.

Ktan Dantaktee  Will Private Groups be deleted? There are rumors of this feature going bye-bye, so I think it would be nice if you guys could clear this up.

As long as you are spending your precious time here and having fun, we’ll continue to give you the tools to make the most of your stay. We’re ethical landlords, and we’ll never kick you out of your home (until we’re ready to move you into a better one).

BREQ  The question on everyone's pizza sauce covered lips.  Will Recon still be unlockable after the transition?

As with all post transition Halo questions, this one should be directed at 343. Ask for angel. Tell her I sent you (we go way back). What we do know is that you won’t be able to unlock it through Bungie.net.

Alpha4O  Will the freezing of data mean that my stats like K/D and medals will not be updated? If so will this also affect the Bungie mobile app?

Yes and yes. The app will still display your historical record, let you send private messages via Bungie.net, and see what your friends are playing on Xbox LIVE. Oh, and there might be some new stuff for the future. Might.

Mereel N7  Any idea on what The Flood will be renamed come March 31st? Will there be a public vote if the name does change?

I will say it again: On March 31st we are not leveling any forums, imploding any private groups, or launching anyone into the sun.  Please quote me on that, in the event that any other doomsday conspiracies arise.

Its A Mirage  Can you give us a hint on the fun that will be had with the halo stats before they're frozen?

The only hint I can provide is that fun will be had.  Much fun has already been had compiling them, by all of us.  As we hand them over to the new stewards of the Halo warfront that rages every night on Xbox LIVE, it is altogether fitting and proper that we look back in sentimentality.

Elem3nt 117  During Halo 3's development, who created the Halo 3 Cradle of Life (llink here) comic story/art? Was it the folks among Bungie?

I stole an image from that link for those of you too lazy to click it (thanks, Halopedia). The artist behind that work is Ashley Wood.  A number of folks among Bungie were big fans of his work, so he was asked to lend his mighty pen to travel back in time and plant the seeds of Halo 3.  Challenge: I will send a "Burn Bright. Burn Blue." t-shirt to the first reader who can identity another Halo-themed work from his portfolio.

Big Black Bear  Are you just getting us to do your job for you? Shouldn't we be getting paid your salary?

You are doing only half of my job for me.  I am doing the other half.  The portion of your half of my salary that I didn't spend on controller batteries went to the tax collector.

coolmike699  What's the best food available at Bungie?

The blood of interlopers who crash our gates without an appointment.  At least, that is what Jerome is always telling me.

AmazingMaco v2  If I was curled up on Bungie's doorstep, in the cold and the rain, would you take me in and nurture me as your own?

(See previous question above.) Curling up on our doorstep is never a good idea.

Verachi  When will Luke give me my steak?

This is not a question you ever want to ask Luke to his face.  On this occasion (and this occasion alone) I have braved Luke’s haunt on the other side of the studio to see how he might react to your threadbare query.  Luckily, for both of us, he was feeling magnanimous today, when he said:

Verachi. I will never give you your steak. Your accomplishments in Halo, whilst not forgotten, no longer entitle you to dine on my dollar. All the best in your continued quest for meat.

Ah, Lukems. You haven’t lost your tender touch.

RigZ Boi  Why does my hate for you know no boundaries?

Did we not have this same discussion privately?  I will echo the answer you gave me.  You hate me because I am the community manager you need right now, but not the one you deserve.  Because I can take it.  The one you deserve will show up later, and you will find that he looks just like me (but with a larger, rubberized codpiece).

Cockburnicus  Is your current position with Bungie a temporary one? (and don't give me some wishy washy nonsense about just being happy to be here)  It seems to me that these community guys hang around for a year or so and then go and do something else.  It's a foot in the door type job.  So can we expect a newer version of you in a year or so?

Maybe if you were all nicer to your community managers, they would stick around for longer.  Did that ever occur to you?  All kidding aside, knowing the heart of a gamer makes someone extremely valuable to the creative process that drives development of great games at Bungie.  And, who knows the heart of the Bungie Community better than the people who have lived in the trenches with you?  Luke and Urk are doing amazing things to make sure that the next game you play with us will be the best it can be.  We should be excited that they are where they are.  As for how long you will have me to kick around?  I was running gamers through a maze of my own creation for six years before Bungie called me up to serve you.  I am passionate about games that spark alight the flames of community.  No matter where my adventure at Bungie takes me, you will find that I am very hard to shake.

TacoPizzaHunter  Who do you think will win the Super Bowl, Giants or Patriots?

First of all, I also love Taco Pizza.  It makes my wife nuts, because you can’t put tacos on half of a pizza and expect them to stay there.  As for your question: You asked it the day after the game.  Would you also like to make a friendly wager over who will win World War II?  I love easy money.

prometheus25  What numbers should I pick for tomorrow's lottery?

Now that is a question about the future.  If you win, I get half: 7, 12, 26, 32, 57, 79.  In the event that you need another number, just give them… 62.  Those of you who are reaching for your decoder rings to discover some cypher hidden in those numbers, the joke is completely on you.  Seriously.  If I see speculation in some hidden corner of the Internet about that, I will roll around on the floor behind my desk, cackling in ways that will send a chill up the spines of those unfortunate enough to be seated near me.

Top_Gun_2021  How are the employees desks organized in the building? A map would be awesome.

We cluster people together based on what they are working on, to make it easy for them to bounce ideas off of one another.  A glance over anyone’s shoulder reveals our project reflected through a similar prism.  Concept Artists sit near Concept Artists.  Animators sit near Animators.  There are no walls that separate any of us from each other – aside from the ones that provide privacy for the restrooms.  As a relative Newbie, I still come up with reasons to take the scenic route to the other side of the office.  For those of us that become lost easily, we do have a map that illustrates the sprawling layout.  Here is an extreme close-up:

risay_117  Did you ever have a party in the studio?


SkilPhil  What lessons did you take away from the Bungie Pentathlon?

That’s more like it, constant reader.  I learned some hard (and very valuable lessons) during the Pentathlon.  I learned that, in order to etch your name onto The Cup (that is actually a Fist), you need to be a gamer that possesses skills of great diversity.  You must be as competitive as you are social.  You can’t just shoot first and ask questions later.  You also have to be able to answer those questions.  You must be a problem solver, a singer, a riddler, a dancer, a tosser, a gambler, a soldier, a conjurer, a driver, and even (on rare occasions) a sculptor.  The winners of the Pentathlon are perfect beings who can crush all challenges in their path.  In that respect, Middle School put us all to shame.

Killa kella159  What is the codename for Bungie's next game?

Let’s just call it “Bungie’s next game,” shall we?

MKmiksaFIN  Who controls Bungie's Twitter account?

Several of us know the login.  You never know which of us is whispering 140 characters of sweet nothing into your ear – although odds are it’s me.  If you are not following us @bungietweets, you should jump on board.  I interact with people there almost every day.  World Domination requires one to leave home from time to time, after all.

ExquisiteDragon  How much bacon is stored at the studio?

The notion of storage implies surplus, which would suggest that we ate our fill, and left something for later.  When it comes to bacon, this is never possible.

Spartan_Natraps  Will videogames ever transcend their status as mere entertainment?

Are you not all evidence of the fact that they have already?  Every day, thousands of you make your way to this website to interact with one another on topics that have nothing to do with games.  Thus, videogames have become a social lounge where people make real and lasting friendships.

AngryFacing  When could we possibly expect a peek at Bungie's next project? Even the tiniest peek through a hole as tiny as a pixel.

Why do you make me tease you like this?

There is your pixel.  Don’t stare for too long at its brilliance, lest you ruin the vision that you will need to experience it in all its fully-realized glory.

shadow 2648  Are you excited about all the new hires coming in to the studio? And do you see yourself possibly hiring new networking and 3D Designers straight out of college? Or are you looking for more experience than that?

Slow down now, eager young mind!  One question at a time.  New hires are always exciting.  Just the other night, I rode the elevator with a new Environment Artist who was thrilled to announce the he had just finished his first day.  It reminded me of that glow of naïve excitement that enveloped me when I started working at Bungie, those long (three) months ago.  As for hiring people straight out of college, the Careers page does a better job than I could of explaining what we look for in a candidate.  I can tell you that we want the best of the best of the best – since you would demand nothing less from us.

CODILICIOUS  How is JonnyOThan doing?

JonnyOThan… JonnyOThan… Oh!  You mean Sandbox Programmer Extraordinaire Jon Cable.  He’s fine.  Just the other night, he accompanied me on a surprise inspection of a Minecraft server that is ruled by fellow members of your community.  He is happy, healthy, and laying the foundation for your next granular castle.

Kvaener  Kannst du mich verstehen? Es wäre so toll, wenn du mich verstehst!

Ich verstehe dich. Tut mir Leid zu enttäuschen.

GrinnialVex  Are you guys going to PAX this year? I'll be going for the first time ever and I'd like to stal- er, meet you. You know, hang out, tell stories, get close... totally not in a creepy way though.

I will most definitely be at PAX. Plenty of other Bungie people will as well, to embrace the gaming goodness as fans. We have a good group in attendance every year. It is in our backyard, after all, and Penny Arcade always makes it worth our while.  I might even host my very own panel discussion, which would include little more than me sobbing unintelligibly over a table strewn with empty shot glasses about how hard it is to keep secrets from thousands of people who just want to appreciate your work.

darkruby  Is it hard creating a game that no-one outside the studio knows about?

Bartender!  Another shot?

ecartman1214  Will those of us who signed up for the Bungie beta tester program awhile back be getting any more information in the near future?

I have just returned from the Bungie Lab, where User Researcher Brandi House had the following temptations to forecast:

We contact sub-sets of our beta pool regularly to help with a variety of research like surveys (yay radio buttons!) and on-campus playtests (gasp!).  Don’t lose heart if you haven’t heard from us yet!  We’re constantly cooking up new ways to leverage your delicious brains, and there’s a good chance we’ll need you in good time.  We love you.  Bear with us, you dear brave souls.

CheckedBRUTES  Will the Bungie Weekly Updates make a comeback?  Will there be a Bungie Day this year?

I update this site much more than once a week lately.  What more do you want?

CheckedBRUTES  Will there be a Bungie Day this year?

Man, you just won’t stop.  Every day is Bungie Day when you work for Bungie.  As always, we will invite you to celebrate with us on 7/7.

stephen087  It's known that Bungie has a variety of games in studio for employee recreation. Are there any notable rivalries among employees in certain games?

The most bitter and time-honored rivalries exist in Street Fighter.  That game has serious business at Bungie for years.  Our competitors in that game even have the fancy peripherals, and volumes of downloadable content to keep them sparring.  See the angry warning and the security cable?  Yeah.  I stole their box to mine screenshots for one of our Ride Along recaps.  Big.  Mistake.

DARKWIND12  How high will you count the Mail Sack? And will it always end in ".0"?

I will answer your questions for as long as you are inspired enough to ask them.  Someday, when I am writing more official weekly updates, I will still reserve a small section where you get to drive the conversation.  As for the numerology, there may be a .5 or something, in the event that I make a critical error in reporting, and have to issue a retraction.

insaneAssass1n9  What will happen if Bungie cannot find qualified people to fill some of the job openings that the site has listed?

Hypothetically, we would create them from scratch using crash test dummies, spare machine parts, animal guts pilfered from the dumpster of a local butcher shop, and just a touch of black magic.  Those creations are hard to control once set in motion, so we would really rather hire gifted professionals who can be manipulated with snacks.

Fortunately, we’ve had little trouble filling our open seats with talented asses.

The Storm  What do you (honestly) do whilst in the office?

I sit quietly, chained to my desk, sifting through volumes of insanity in the hopes of finding one insightful question that truly lets me express my inner joys.

homocidalham  Is Jason Jones ever going to tell us what the connection between Marathon and Myth is? Particularly concerning Marathon and the great devoid?

No. Not because he doesn’t want to, but because the 90’s are lost to him.

QuirkyNate  Can you please tell Achronos to stop being evil and start being merciful?

Achronos has power over all of us that is too dangerous to anger.  I crave the same mercy for which you would ask.  His reach extends to moderate my forum presence as much as yours.  We need a brave warrior to take up our cause, since it is clear that neither of us have the spine to face him alone.

SPARTAAA 117  Can I get a callout please?

This...  Is…  (nah, too easy)

Callout cancelled.

SunGlassed Skunk  Will you ever answer my questions? I’ve posted in every mail sack, maybe it's because I smell.

You smell just fine – a heady blend of sandalwood and game controller plastic.  It’s your questions that stink.  Or, perhaps you are just cutting too close to The Truth.  I am saying that without delving into the archives to investigate what you have asked.  The only advice I can provide is that you keep asking.

El Mequetrefe  What do you do with a drunken sailor?

It really depends on the time of day.  If it is early in the morning, you chuck him in the long boat 'till he's sober.  If it’s late at night, I usually just buy the bastard another drink.

m sghette  In an inexplicable tale stretching far beyond the boundaries of my own belief, I have acquired the gun pointed at the head of the universe and I have come to make my demands. I demand you tell us more about what you and Bungie are working on, a lot more. If my demands are not met this Friday, I will pull the trigger.  Also, if you could tell me where the phrase "the gun pointed at the head of the universe" came from, I would be very grateful. I can’t remember.

Well, it’s Friday, and we are all still here.  Consider your bluff called.  This unsuccessful con was not a total loss, since your question was compelling enough for me to lure veteran Bungie storyteller Robt McLees out of his fiction-fortified bunker to dig deep into the past and unearth some lost trivia about how that phrase entered our lexicon:

I can’t remember exactly when I heard it first, but its original author — at least here at Bungie — was either Jason Jones or Joe Staten. If I was a betting man, I’d put my money on Jason. Here’s the funny thing though — and the only reason that I included Staten in the equation — Jason did not refer to the universe actively as a rule. The galaxy was always big enough for him. It was already inconceivably large, without having to drag the whole universe into it. He hated the phrase “save the universe” because nobody could threaten the universe. Saving the universe would require defeating time at the very least. In fact, it may have started out as “gun pointed at the head of the galaxy” but Marty changed it to universe because it sounded more American. But memory is a funny thing. It is imperfect.

THORSGOD  Can you shoot urk with a nerf gun for me?

The Gun Pointed at the Head of the urkiverse?

He had it coming.  On more than several occasions, our conversations have been interrupted by a suction-cup-tipped projectile affixing itself to my screen.

Valiant Outcast  Is there a chance that I could get some advance warning to when Mail Sack 5.0 will be open so that I don't find out after it closes like this time?

No.  These sincere question and sarcastic answer sessions will strike without warning.  They will come at a time when I can maintain watch over the post office.  That said (starts whispering) Monday mornings are usually good for me.

Coda: No promises on the Internet.

All good things come to an end, friends.  This Mail Sack (it was good for me) is no different.  Your curiosity about life in the trenches of development is as appreciated as your willingness to keep us company on our website while we toil away on something we hope you will play.  Though we are dark, you still burn bright.  Talk to you again next week.
New Beginnings 

Posted by DeeJ at 1/31/2013 11:45 AM PST

Bungie.net has evolved...

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Bungie.net Set to Read-Only Today 

Posted by DeeJ at 1/8/2013 9:07 AM PST

Pardon our dust...

On Tuesday, January 8th, Bungie.net will be set to read-only mode. During this short, preparatory maintenance window, you can browse, but you can’t post. We expect the outage to be brief.

Thank you for your patience. If we don’t make it back, tell your mother we love her. See you on the other side.

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Happy Holidays. Love, Bungie. 

Posted by DeeJ at 12/21/2012 2:22 PM PST

Peace on Earth?

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We Wish You a Merry Mail Sack 

Posted by DeeJ at 12/21/2012 2:21 PM PST

Goodwill towards mail...

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Bungie. Our cavernous hideout, usually overrun by artists, coders, and designers, is slowly becoming a place of empty chairs and empty tables. Before our beloved partners in crime could flee the scene in favor of their respective family reunions, we gathered around the very last bundle of community interaction that will be seen this calendar year.

The past twelve months have been home to fascinating developments at Bungie. We are thankful. We’ve marched ever closer toward our fate. There is brilliant light at the end of the tunnel, dear community.

But that is a glorious conversation best saved for another time. For now, let’s look back instead of forward.

Let’s open the Sack.

Frag Ingot What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment from this year?

I made it through...

Ben Thompson, Engineer

I wrote lots of cool things for Bungie.next. Maybe DeeJ will tell you more about that soon.
Tom Gioconda, Engineer

I started building a spaceship in my garage, entirely out of spare lawnmower parts.
Dave Mongan, Senior Writer

Deadlift: 325lbs., Squat: 225lbs, Machine Squat: 360lbs. Also, wrote/recorded 13 songs and remixed 2 songs.
Forrest Soderlind, Technical Artist

Professionally, I built a new back end system that (if it works correctly) will make the online experience better for a significant portion of our playerbase, without them ever knowing it is there. Personally, I went on some awesome adventures with my wife this year and didn't get us both killed, or too horribly lost.
Michael Williams, Engineer

Robert Kehoe, BVT Tester

Creating the next generation of the internal tools for Bungie.Next. They ain’t pretty, but they get the job done.
Alex Loret de Mola, Engineer

And, the following people on the Bungie Panel for this week counted their great fortune in landing a place on the roster of Team Bungie. This delegation represents only a fraction of the parade of noobs that stormed our front door to help us bring you a new game.
Will Edgette, Engineer
Leland Dantzler, Tester
Doug Juno, Artist
Drew Smith, Producer
David Johnson, Engineer
Mike Shannon, Senior IT Engineer
Chris Owens, Test Engineer
Andy Howell, Matchmaking Test Lead

Hylebos How is the Pentathlon shaping up?

As someone who has been honored with an invitation to serve on the Exalted Winter Pentathlon Committee, I'm one of the few people who can tell you that it’s shaping up quite nicely. Our competitors have been partitioned into four warring schools, with Captains assigned to lead each. Events have been chosen, with lieutenants designated to lead each school’s respective charge, and commissioners in place to enforce the rules of battle. As the games draw near, we'll treat you to the usual front-row seat, though I suspect the game I'm most anxious to play this year will be zealously guarded from your eyes.

Elem3nt 117 What is your New Year's Resolution?

I resolve to be a little bit more open and transparent with you. If that has you excited, please note that my track record for keeping these annual promises is less than impressive. Let’s see if my co-developers are more or less disciplined. What do you have planned for yourselves in 2013, Bungie Panel?

Decimate the competition in the Pentathlon or die trying.
Drew Smith, Producer

Draw more.
Doug Juno, Artist

Finish building that spaceship in my garage! Or, give up the ridiculous idea already and waste my free time more wisely.
Dave Mongan, Senior Writer

To get up earlier!
Andy Howell, Matchmaking Test Lead

Deadlift: 495lbs., Squat: 405lbs, Bench 250lbs.
Forrest Soderlind, Technical Artist

Write a book, plant a tree. I can already imagine blank pages and a bare yard.
Christian Diefenbach, Engineering Lead

Don’t get suckered into anymore of those crazy “End of the world” doomsday prophesies.
Ben Thompson, Engineer

Create more, consume less.
Michael Williams, Engineer

To finally fulfill my resolutions from the last 8 years.
Mike Shannon, Senior IT Engineer

I resolve to be better, stronger, faster.
Chris Owens, Test Engineer

To not make any more New Year’s Resolutions.
Alex Loret de Mola, Engineer

Be less tempted by Bungie’s free snacks. Who am I kidding?
Leland Dantzler, Tester

Ninja Blue Wolf Does Marty do lessons?

You mean music lessons? No. Marty does teach us a lesson from time to time, but they are more in the vein of knowing when to hold ‘em – and when to fold ‘em. If you don’t get the reference, that’s an old song about Poker, written by a gambling purveyor of Fried Chicken.

WestCoastRonin If you could remake any Christmas movie and give it a sci-fi setting, which movie would you choose and what would it be like?

I’m pitching a starside reboot of A Christmas Story. My hero, Ralphie_9.6, is an astroclone incepted on an off-world colony who dreams of owning a Red Ryder x-ray cannon. As part of his coming of age, he learns to face off against the Academy’s most dreaded bully. Comic relief ensues when he tricks his best friend into sticking his tongue to the cooling towers of the main reactor. For the grand finale, a hoard of feral tusk-wolves make off with the sandtrout that was prepared for the solstice feast of the seventh moon.

The joy of editing this feature is the chance to hoard the best and most obvious answer for one’s self. However, in the event that Hollywood rejects my screenplay, here are some alternatives from the Bungie Panel…

If you ask me, Rocky 4 is begging for a sci-fi remake. It’s got it all: Good versus evil; hi-tech versus old-school; national pride versus personal determination. Everything is on the line, and it all comes to a head on Christmas Day. Simply set it in an interstellar society, with humans versus aliens and… Ba-da-bing ba-da-boom! Instant, updated holiday classic.
Dave Mongan, Senior Writer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a cyborg sent back through time to Santa’s workshop (circa 1995) to protect Santa Claus. Sam the Snowborg is on a mission to kill him and alter the future so that Snowborgs rule over all mankind – and Christmas is permanently destroyed. To save the day, Santa and Rudolph must go to the Isle of Misfit Toys Asylum to rescue Mrs. Claus, who was arrested after encountering Rudolph in the prequel.
David Johnson, Engineer

It’s a Wonderful Star Trek Life. I know they kind of already did it in TNG. I guess I just want Star Trek for Christmas.
Andy Howell, Matchmaking Test Lead

As Life Day approaches on Tatooine, Emmet Otter and his Ma decide to compete in the Cantina's talent contest. Watch as they face corrupt Hutt judges, and challenge the Empire's most deadly musicians, "The Boba Fett Sarlacc Band". In the end they will learn the true meaning of Life Day, and the true power of the Force.
Michael Williams, Engineer

Mine is more based on a TV show than a movie. Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Doctor Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator - and vanished. He awoke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that looked a lot like Santa, and driven by an unknown force to change Christmas for the better. His only guide on this journey is ELF, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so, Doctor Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to replace bad presents with amazing presents and hoping each time that his next leap… will be the leap home.
Chris Owens, Test Engineer

I have a visual of people opening their Christmas presents to find face hugger aliens inside.
Robert Kehoe, BVT Tester

The first two Die Hard movies could be convincingly set on an inter-planetary colony and a spaceport, respectively. The plot of the second movie even becomes more much plausible in a spaceport.
Tom Gioconda, Engineer

White Christmas. It’s the year 2196, and Lt. Commander Wallace is performing a holiday space symphony for our troops fighting against the mysterious arachnid alien species that has invaded our solar system. He finds himself caught in a web, and about to be eaten by said aliens, before Ensign Davis runs over in the nick of time and saves his life. Their friendship comes to a head years later when their old Fleet Admiral is discovered running a failed tourist vessel orbiting Jupiter. They decide to bring their interstellar cast and crew to revive his chances of success. The plot really doesn’t have to change much at all! I suppose one of their love interests could get vaporized by a stray phaser blast as they defend the tourist ship from space raiders.
Alex Loret de Mola, Engineer

Yeah, Alex. Because nothing gets people in the Christmas spirit faster than vaporizing love interests.

irishfreak Why won't you return my calls?

Mostly because, for the first time in the years (and years) since I left college and joined The Work Force, I don’t have a phone on my desk. That took some getting used to. I remember asking about this on my first day at Bungie. Urk answered my question with a question of his own. “Who would you call?” That stopped me in my tracks. Hello, Internet? It’s me, DeeJ.

EZcompany2ndsqd If Santa came down your chimney and you were awake what would you do?

I’d handcuff him to the gas starter, light a candle, and have a long chat about all those years I got ugly sweaters instead of the video games that had been released that season. Perhaps the Bungie Panel will be more forgiving than I…

See if he wanted to play some Farcry 3 coop.
Drew Smith, Producer

I would thank him for giving me a brand new fireplace.
David Johnson, Engineer

Offer him a drink.
Doug Juno, Artist

Release the Krampus!
Forrest Soderlind, Technical Artist

Demand gifts as payment for intrusion.
Leland Dantzler, Tester

We would then engage in mortal combat - Bungie wood n00b sword vs. Santa Sack. Spoiler: Christmas would lose.
Andy Howell, Matchmaking Test Lead

Borrow his ride!
Christian Diefenbach, Engineering Lead

Ask if he had a couple hours to babysit.
Ben Thompson, Engineer

Wager my soul against a golden fiddle in a Settler's of Catan match. Santa does that right?
Michael Williams, Engineer

Scream like a little girl and run around in circles until the bad man left. Sadly, that’s how I deal with most situations.
Chris Owens, Test Engineer

Offer the man some milk and cookies for installing a chimney in my apartment.
Will Edgette, Engineer

Probably offer him a beer. Cookies and milk probably get old.
Tom Gioconda, Engineer

DarthCarrick If you could give the Community a present, what would it be?

An exciting new place to call home. Since such things cannot be wrapped, that gift will have to serve another occasion.

Xd00999 You can now un-cancel one television show. What do you choose?

When I do make it to my television, I’m more than likely using it to battle the Internet though the construct of my favorite game. Thus, I am transferring my vote to the Bungie Panel. Have at it, people. What do you wish was still on the idiot box?

I used to work in TV, so that’s like asking me to resurrect only one of my deceased friends. Too cruel. Instead, I’ll bring to life a baby that was never born: a pilot I wrote called “The War.” Imagine the grittiness of “The Wire,” set on the coke-frenzied Sunset Strip of the 1980s. It was an intense roller-coaster ride of sex & drugs & rock-n-roll… or at least it would have been, had it ever seen the light of day. Oh well…
Dave Mongan, Senior Writer

I’d pick one of the following:

Ben Thompson, Engineer

Bring back Firefly!
David Johnson, Engineer

Firefly, Duh. (Says the Star Trek fan… I know.. I know..)
Andy Howell, Matchmaking Test Lead

Will Edgette, Engineer

Can I choose two? 1) Firefly 2) Farscape.
Christian Diefenbach, Engineering Lead

Michael Williams, Engineer

I’m sure this is the first time someone mentioned this show, but Firefly.
Chris Owens, Test Engineer

Answers other than Firefly are wrong.
Tom Gioconda, Engineer

Alex Loret de Mola, Engineer

Better Off Ted.
Leland Dantzler, Tester

Carnivale on HBO.
Doug Juno, Artist

Arrested Development.
Drew Smith, Producer

Deadwood, so I can open a can of peaches.
Forrest Soderlind, Technical Artist

A Pimpin Lady Why will you not answer my question? I want to know where Bungie hires their non-gaming personnel. Last time I asked this question, you sent me to the job listings page on B.Net. In all my years here, I have never seen non-gaming related listings. I know you guys have to have accountants, HR, health educators, etc. Will you please tell me where the job listings for these people are found?

“Ma’am! I answered your question! I answered the darn... I’m cooperating here!” -Jerry Lundegaard, Executive Sales Manager, Gustafson Motors

It’s almost as if our whole team is devoted to the singular cause of making a game. We do have a few people at Bungie who mind the shop while we make the toys. In all your years here, none of them have quit. They really like their jobs. We see to that, personally. If we end up needing more of them, the curious onlookers who pay attention to our Careers page will be the first to know.

Marcellos007 What was the funniest present you´ve got for Christmas?

My father and my sister succumbed to the allure of a home shopping offering on television. One toll-free conversation later, our entire family received the gift of decorative swords. Mine was so decorative, the blade folded under the weight of its own haft when I sank it into the soil of the back yard in a dramatic reenactment of the ending to my favorite Scottish revolution film. Care to recall your own comedic lumps of coal, Bungie Panel?

My dad used to rewrap the board game Balderdash every year and give it to a random member of the family. That was always funny. Plus, it’s a good game.
Drew Smith, Producer

Many years ago, a boss of mine gave me the menu for an adult-entertainment venue called The Chicken Ranch. I never visited the establishment, but I got a lot of laughs out of reading the names of their various “Dishes.”
Dave Mongan, Senior Writer

One year, my friends thought it would be a good idea to all get me Hello Kitty themed gifts, including bubble bath that came packaged with warnings about urinary tract infections. Also included was a lantern that had a warning to “not look directly at.” So, all of the Hello Kitty gifts where deadly in one way or another. But really, isn’t anything to do with Hello Kitty?
Andy Howell, Matchmaking Test Lead

Our family has had a habit of wrapping gifts in bizarre ways. I've seen bizarre polyhedral shapes, boxes nested in boxes, and gifts wrapped in twine that has been spliced so there was no end to untie.
Michael Williams, Engineer

A 20 pound wheel of cheese (I used to be a much larger man who loved his cheese).
Chris Owens, Test Engineer

A Rubik’s Cube shaped like Homer Simpson.
Alex Loret de Mola, Engineer

My dad gave me Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders. I was 8 and my mom was furious. Dad and I played the heck out of it, though.
Leland Dantzler, Tester

Halo biggest fan For all the artists at Bungie: Do any of you frequently go to figure drawing sessions to stay sharp on your traditional drawing skills?

Is this really a question about art? Or, is it more a question about naked people in our studio?

CoRaMo Where is the strangest place you have ever played a video game?

Like so many of you, I was waiting anxiously on the sidelines while Halo: ODST was preparing to drop. Through some magic wielded by the Hand of Urk, I vaulted to the front of a very long line and was the first kid in my zip code to play Firefight in the belly of a military transport vehicle. Moral to the story: Always be nice to your Community Manager. Beat that, Bungie Panel!

The Experience Music Project in Seattle during the Halo 2 launch party. The science fiction museum had only recently gone into the building, and the whole experience was pretty surreal and awesome.
Michael Williams, Engineer

At the Podiatrist, while I was having an ingrown toenail removed. I needed a distraction.
Andy Howell, Matchmaking Test Lead

You mean like the backseat of a Volkswagen?
Mike Shannon, Senior IT Engineer

Backseat of a Volkswagen.
Robert Kehoe, BVT Tester

I played Inception – The App while I was in Erfoud, Morocco just to unlock the Africa chapter. My wife rolled her eyes, but the camels didn’t seem to mind.
Forrest Soderlind, Technical Artist

On the set of a movie.
Chris Owens, Test Engineer

In a van heading across the country to get to PAX – part of a caravan called the Cross Country Super Trip. We wired it up to a TV that was fixed into the ceiling, and played it on our two day long trek.
Alex Loret de Mola, Engineer

I played Pokemon Silver in an unmarked van, in Ireland, stuck at a sheep crossing while thousands of fluffy things crossed the road for more than 15 minutes (true story).
Leland Dantzler, Tester

Do iPhone games on the porcelain throne count?
Dave Mongan, Senior Writer

To most of you, playing in an arcade is probably pretty strange. More people play video games on the toilet via their phones than play in arcades now.
Tom Gioconda, Engineer

With gaming on cell phones, it doesn’t get much more strange than gaming in a public restroom. I’m... not the only one that does that, right?
David Johnson, Engineer

Some of you are sick. Suddenly, that line that forms outside the Bungie men’s room is much less a mystery. Pull your pants up and get back to work. You can launch birds out of slingshots on your own time.

coolmike699 Does Bungie do a secret Santa? Has anyone gotten anything really weird?

Our Secret Santas give presents to the people who need them the most. This year, our tree was decorated with dreams passed along to us from our friends at the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We love making dreams come true at Bungie – the weirder the better.

Duardo What was the best gift ever given to you?

I have everything I want in life: a gaming console, a patient wife who lets me spend a lot of time with it, and a clan of willing killers to carry me to victory. Bungie Panel, can you do a better job of celebrating the spirit of giving?

Not to get all sappy, but a couple years back, my wife gave me a pretty non-traditional Christmas present: a pregnancy test that read positive. Now, a few years earlier I would’ve freaked out; but timing is everything, and instead I was super excited to know we were expecting a little gamer of our own.
Dave Mongan, Senior Writer

The generosity of my friends. I can be demanding and a bit eccentric/neurotic, but they are all super accommodating.
Drew Smith, Producer

My life, by my mom and dad. (I know, suck up...)
Andy Howell, Matchmaking Test Lead

My first thought was to say “my daughters.” Then, I realized they’re more like Trojans taking over my world: making me work harder to get them the best life I can, eating away at my idle time with child’s play and E rated games, pushing me to better myself and… Yeah, my daughters.
Christian Diefenbach, Engineering Lead

My family once commissioned a custom art piece from one of my favorite artists based on a fictional character of mine. The effort and subtlety needed to gather the information for the commission was as precious as the artwork itself.
Michael Williams, Engineer

Mike Shannon, Senior IT Engineer

The gift of laughter! Yeah, right! That’d be my original 8-bit NES with the Gold Zelda Cart.
Chris Owens, Test Engineer

My wife built me a cabinet with a mini-fridge, snack drawer, and movie theater style popcorn popper for my home theater room was pretty damned impressive last year.
Tom Gioconda, Engineer

The gift of life! Hahaha, no. In all seriousness, the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was the beginning of what got me here today.
Robert Kehoe, BVT Tester

Being able to work at Bungie.
Alex Loret de Mola, Engineer

Dethklok: Dethalbum II on vinyl.
Forrest Soderlind: Technical Artist

Will Edgette, Engineer

Leland Dantzler, Tester

spartain ken 15 Do you guys ever think you would sell some Bungie-themed Christmas cards?

If you refresh the front page of our website, you can have one for free. There ain’t any cash in it, but it’s still a sincere expression of our love and devotion. Of all the gifts that we’re to receive in the coming days, very few will make us as happy as your unshakable friendship.

And, thus, the Sack is empty. With its closure, we bring to an end another year of community love. This next year promises to be a more exciting one. Between now and then, do take care of yourselves. May your travels by safe, and your holiday loot plentiful.

To all a good night.

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Friendship of Mythic Proportions 

Posted by DeeJ at 12/20/2012 4:21 PM PST

Lean on me...

The Bungie Community is constantly astounding us with their creativity, and their solidarity. Recently, some ancients (who were playing Bungie games before some of their contemporaries were born) banded together to produce a piece of art that would steady a friend in need as he took steps toward a new challenge. Behold the intersection between passion for games and compassion for one's fellow gamer.

Miguel writes: Folks, here's a link to the whole Soulblighter Sword Cane saga, how it came to be, why we did it, etc. It all started back at the tail end of August (right before PAX Prime!) and is finally done now. The man has his uber-cane! Thanks of course to all of you for creating a wonderful environment for us to form such lasting friendships. Man, are we getting old.

 Cheers to the big hearts at Bungie.org.  

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