Community Spotlight: Louis Wu
Posted by Anonymous User (Deleted) at 10/10/2006 5:20 PM PDT
KPaul writes:

As with all new things, let me know how you like this. It's a new format. I think it provides for a far more relaxed interview. To start it off with I thought it best to try it with someone I already know and when I looked at my contact list he seemed like an appropriate choice.'s spoken to him before, but not like this...

Bold = KP
Regular = Louis Wu

You're being conscripted.


A Bnet interview. I'm writing questions right now. We're going to do it via MSN. Trying something new. This way I get to inject smart-ass commentary in real-time and the interviewee at least gets a rebuttal.



no u.



Wow, this is going to be a totally illegible interview.

Your mom’s illegible


Oh, well see, the idea just came to me. I'm writing some now.

Timing... it's all timing.

You ain't got none.

I'll time my fist with your face.


Alright fine I'll wing it then.

Starters: Who are you, what do you do in real life, do you have dumb animals, etc.


Just answer it, not everyone knows the almighty Wu, your kingdom only extends so far.

Geez. Claude Errera/Web design and hosting/yes.

So that's how it's going to be, eh?

Ask real questions. I'll give you real answers.

Son of a b... alright then. What's the highlight of your Bungie fandom?

I think I'd have to say...

The first time I ever met KP.

It was in my basement.

This site is PG-13.

We had our clothes on, dammit. Wait, nof was there too. Never mind about the clothes.


4 srs.

Any moments, events that stick out?

One thing that stands out was the glyph puzzle...

What was that, who was involved?

We had a bunch of random glyphs on our front page; they'd been there for almost a year when someone finally noticed they might have a purpose.

How very Bungie of you.

They'd been created by Mike Watson, aka Mikey-san. We knew it was a long-term thing, so there was no pushing. He developed this incredibly fiendish set of challenges, tied them to a bunch of shapes, and set them free on the internet (well, on our front page at least).

They sat there for a bunch of months, and then someone said, hey, wait a minute... do those mean anything?

Mikey helped people as Cipher, a metro-blam!- AI... no real clues, but encouragement.

Took about 400 people a bit over a month to nail it all down.

The puzzle's prize was for the whole community - Bungie released a bunch of development papers from the Marathon days.

I just hit an awesome shot with a soda can, like 15 feet away. Gotta be careful with a shot like that, wind can catch the open top and throw it off.

Was amazing to watch - nobody had enough info to solve it alone, people HAD to work together.

And they did.

Oh, you’re still going.

Wow, you suck so much.

Like a fox.

Moving on.

Over the years, you've had a lot of LANs chez Wu. They've become somewhat Legendary. What do you think makes them so special and are there any that stand out to you as the best?

Two things made them legendary - neither one really fair. One: I had the front page of HBO to advertise them, and post write-ups after the fact. (Automatic captive audience.) Two: one of them got filmed for the LE DVD. (Artificial legend) They're not really any different from the LANs held all over the country (all over the world) every week... they're just better publicized.



That's not really fair to say that they're no different than other LANs. They do have worse pizza than most.

Only that one time we got Giuseppes.

All the rest of the times the pizza was good.

The one over July 4th weekend (that ran almost 4 days) was probably the craziest.

Which one was that, freedom to kill?

Yeah, Freedom to Kill

Cool beans. Blackstar's video of that was epic.

July 2002?

Yep. It had some awesome footage.

Mind if I hotlink it?

No, go for it.


Are you sure it wouldn't destroy your world and everything you’ve ever loved?


Lemme see.

It's a bit early in the monthly bandwidth cycle to be gambling, sir.  [He said to go for it. Footage of a 2002 HBO Halo 1 LAN: Right-click, save as.]

Damn, that LAN was in 2002.

Wow, that was a long time ago.

Yeah I know. I was sixteen.

Back in the day, as it was. Good times.

Do the extended information gaps bother you?

You mean between games?

Sort of. From H2 to H3 there was... what, a year and a half with no news on the next project (not counting H2 MP stuff)? Now, every time I post an update people count off the exact amount of days since the H3 announcement in order to convey the amount of pain I've put them through by not releasing screenshots (because that kind of thing is up to me, obviously, being the King of Bungie).

So does it bother you when Bungie falls silent, at least with regards to mind-blowing news about new features and/or visual content?

Sorry, phone rang.

I take precedent. Hang it up right now.

Um... no, not really. The information gaps don't bother me - it's the way Bungie has ALWAYS worked. What bugs me is how the fanbase HANDLES those gaps; the whole rumor-squashing aspect of running a fansite gets old.

In fact, I'll call you right now so that it doesn't happen again. If you have two lines or call-waiting, I'll call you twice.

I hate you.

I know.

The fanbase is way bigger, and way more diverse, than it used to be...

And the time between releases is also significantly longer than it used to be.

Release of games or release of information?


Information is released as it always was - sparsely.

Say you had an opportunity to bring back one feature from Halo 1 that Halo 2 either lacked or changed. What would you choose?

Hmm. The last time I was asked that, Halo 2 had just come out. I said 'fall damage'. Now that I've played Halo 2 almost exclusively for a couple of years (with respect to Halo titles), I'm sort of happy it doesn't HAVE fall damage any more. Hmm... I guess I'd have to say the ability to explore more in Campaign. The biggest weakness I see in Halo 2, looking back, is the linearity of the single-player game.

If it makes you feel better, Halo 3's all about the wide open areas and masses of enemies.

yeah, yeah.

tell me about it when *I* can play it, you -blam!-.

You can play it vicariously through me. I'll get on the phone and play it while you tell me how to handle the encounters. It'll just like the real thing. Except when I shoot the bullets actually hit the enemy, so it might be quicker.

You suck.

Je sais.

Alright, well what is it about Halo 2 that you really value above Halo 1.

I like the pace of Halo 2 multiplayer over that of Halo. No health means no focusing on healthpacks; you live or you die, you move on to the next battle. I'm surprised, in retrospect, that I like this... but I do.

Alright, I guess I'll ask it...

Do you prefer the pistol in Halo 1, the ultimate equalizer, or do you prefer the gameplay Bungie strived for in Halo 2?

Me, personally? That's easy. The team play of Halo 2... because I simply wasn't as good with the pistol as the people I played with. I like being able to focus on objectives, and let teammates focus on kills; that wasn't as easy to do in Halo.

I was far more of a liability in Halo than I am in Halo 2, to be honest.

That's true. In Halo 1 I merely felt inclined to shoot you, whereas in Halo 2, I feel somewhat obligated.

After Halo 1 LANs, did you have nightmares featuring *pop pop pop*?



That was the other half of it; all multiplay for Halo was lannage; I was playing with people next to me, or in the next room.

No matter how well Bungie's done in recreating a 'virtual couch', nothing really takes the place of punching the guy next to you who just screen-looked and sniped you as you came around a corner.


(I was never that good at screen-looking, either, so I was always jealous of folks who could do it well.)

... How can you not be good at that?

You look at their screen, find out where they are and what direction they're heading and then wait for them to walk right into your reticule.

When I focus on a different quadrant of the screen, I tend to lose track of what I'm supposed to be doing

I get killed a lot.

Don't focus, glance.

Dunno. I think it's easier for add kids like you.

You just jealous of ma skillz.

skillz with a z.

Well, yeah.

3 shotta biznitch


Now that I’m through embarrassing myself

Man... I remember the last Halo match at Mig's LAN...

I don't.

I was dead way more than I was alive.

Oh, when we went back to Halo 1 as opposed to the deuce?


'Halo match' as opposed to 'Halo 2 match.'

I don't need your tone.

Sorry, boss.

Damn right.

Moving on.

What's your gaming setup like?

Mostly, I play on a computer screen; I've got an Xbox wired to an X2VGA connector, with digital sound going to a 5.1 system and video going to an LCD that does double duty with my computer. (Dual inputs, so I hit a button and swap between computer and Xbox.)

There's a second Xbox in the room, connected to a 36" TV and 5.1 surround sound.

My kids mostly play on that.

... And how old are they?

(Oh yeah, we're going there.)

The boys are 11 and 12. (My 14-year-old daughter doesn't play Halo.)

It's an M-rated game.

And they're both out of Juvie now; that kid's gonna live, they say.

Fo sho.

I have no trouble with Halo - but there are other M-rated games they aren't allowed to play

(Like GTA or Saint's Row.)

Why don't you have a problem with them playing Halo?

Killing an alien bent on the destruction of the human race is really the same as picking up a prostitute, having your way with her and then killing her to get your money back, when you think of it.

The Covenant are a lot like prostitutes, when you think about it.

No, stop that right now.


How does your wife feel about the whole Halo thing?

Mainly with respect to your involvement with the community.

Sometimes she feels like it takes too much of my time...

But we do a decent job of balancing these days.

She's amused by the media coverage.

Does "balancing" involve you telling her to get back in the kitchen? That's what the kind people on XBL would advise.

Um... hardly. That might earn me a kick in the nether regions, actually.

(Well, probably not, she's pretty non-violent.)

Does she ever get upset about all the hot chicks that swoon over you because of your status in the community?

... Wait, there are hot chicks swooning over me?

How come nobody told me?

Yeah man


Eskay's all over you.

Open your eyes.


(She's gonna kill me.)

That's why you're gonna cut that.

No sir. That's not how I deal with my problems. I deal with them head-on, haphazardly and recklessly.

Okay, I think I've got enough.

Eh. I'm gonna be unhappy with this at the end, aren't I?

Well, you should've laid down ground rules, yeah.

I'm gonna ruin you.



But you've known that from the start.

Alright, while I was waiting for you to answer a couple times, I booted a campaign level and played through a bit.

Here's what I've got: AR, 1 frag and 2 stickies. I’m facing a lot of grunts. and rocks. a box or two.

What would Wu do?


Well, and a CENSORED, but let's ignore that for now.


100% beatdowns?

I don't play around, champ.

This is Legendary.

I'm no Mike Miller .

Stick the boxes, crush the grunts.

Stickies don't stick to inanimate objects.

You're such a norb.

So what's your point?

Did you beat Legendary on H1 or H2?

H1, not H2.

Jackal snipers?

Lots of things. I'm not sure I ever had the patience to finish Cairo Station.

But yeah, Jackal snipers sucked.

I never got good enough at the noob [I think he meantpro” -KP] combo to finish things.

I heard that Legendary Jackal snipers were Noguchi’s way of coping with his rage during H2 crunch.

Legendary really is about patience, though. So long as it's fun each time and I don't die in a cheap way (which is rare, I normally die because I bum rush with a Magnum) I'm cool with it.

I think I had more free time after Halo came out than I did after Halo 2 came out.


Plus, Halo had no online component; so if I DID have free time, I could spend it playing legendary.

Whereas when I've got free time now, I play on Live.


That's another thing about Halo.

You can play for ten minutes or you can play for two hours.

Not a lot of other games that offer that experience, for me.

Heh - I often find myself going in to play for 10 minutes, and leaving 2 hours later.

That part sucks.

K, gonna go eat something.


Alright folks, definitely need some feedback on this one. Let me know what you think.

New Beginnings 

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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 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  

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