Bungie Rides Along With Sapphire
Posted by DeeJ at 3/8/2012 10:06 AM PST


Think of Bungie.net as a sprawling city, filled with urban dwellers who all share a passion for kick ass games.  In this city, various forums play the role of distinct neighborhoods, with unique attractions as lures beckoning players to roam their streets.  Atop a shining hill, there is a fortified City Hall staffed by Ninjas who set policy in smoky meetings and deal out justice with the business end of a razor-sharp Katana.  In tunnels deep below, Bungie Overlords preside over mysterious machines that light the streets and keep the populace warm.

Now imagine a tower that reaches skyward in a bid to scrape the clouds.  It would be home to hundreds upon hundreds of citizens, more than any other free-standing structure to be found on the local grid.  This private clubhouse would be a place where members of an exclusive chapter congregate to discuss the rigors their lives, stoke the fires of friendships, and (of course) play some games together.  We would call that place Sapphire.

The statistics of the private group that played host to the Ride Along for this week are impressive.  1,255 members, at least at the time of this posting.  1,000 pages of forum chatter on every topic known to man or beast, including some that would get you run out of town were they to be spoken on main street.  750,000 posts exchanged between their Sapphirites, making this one solitary club responsible for 1% of the chatter on all of Bungie.net – an impressive watermark, given the hundreds of thousands of gamers who have written their names into the register of our fair city over time.



Ever since my arrival in Bungietown, people have whispered of the towering juggernaut that is Sapphire.  With so much weight to throw around, Sapphire does not come to you.  To explore the heights of their cultural monopoly, one must infiltrate Sapphire of their own volition.  To learn more about this gem of community, I visited with Sapphire’s moderation force, led by a gamer known to them as Harlow.

Tell your fellow citizens the story of Sapphire. What were its origins?

Harlow The Sapphire community is actually about a year older than our group creation date suggests. We were originally founded back in 2009.  After about a year, I decided that the community needed a re-branding of sorts.  I hit the reset button with the intention of building a much friendlier, open group. People often ask me why I decided on the name Sapphire.  The truth is that I have no idea.

Mystery can be intoxicating when it comes to seducing the masses into following your lead.  What is the mission of Sapphire? What vital service do you provide your members to inspire them to maintain so much chatter on your board?

Harlow I originally set out to give people a decent, active forum to visit when they were bored. Over time, I think the community evolved into a very large, ever-changing group of friends. A lot of us have met in person - a lot of us plan vacations together - and it truly is amazing to see the vast number of friendships (and in a few cases: romances) that have formed out of this one community. Sapphire has become many different things to many different people.  It can be a place to meet great friends or just some forum you go to for a good laugh or to debate issues you're passionate about.

With so many people debating issues, it must be hard to keep the peace.  When I started lurking your forum, I was warned that you run a tight ship.  What does that mean to you?  What might someone do to be forced to walk the plank?

Harlow The rules themselves are actually very lax, although we expect a certain standard of posting within the group. What people were referring to was what we call the Sears Policy. We're a community with a strong sense of identity, and a member of the group badmouthing us to other people tarnishes that identity. A salesman working at Sears would be fired for telling customers that Sears was an awful place to shop.  In the same way, members of Sapphire who portray us negatively are removed. At first glance, this might seem a little radical, but it's done with the best interests of our community in mind, and I don't think anyone who has spent a decent amount of time in the group can claim that it doesn't work. We don't mind constructive criticism - in fact, we welcome it - but there more appropriate avenues for that, and in the end, bashing the group to people outside of it isn't really constructive at all.

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few?  I promise that I wasn’t there to badmouth anyone.  When one of your trusted lieutenants showed up in my inbox to verify my intentions, I decided it was time to take a ride with your ranks.  Let’s change the subject, and give your staffers a chance to sound off.  Why did you select Halo 3 for your Ride Along?

slayerspiddey Halo 3 was the game we most often played together in our early days. The memories of laughing until our sides ached in Sandbox customs and making frantic callouts as we helped each other raise our skills are things many of us look back on fondly.

The private group that slays together stays together.  Are game nights like these a regular occurrence for Sapphire? If so, how do you plan them? What else do you play?

II Pr0diG II  While a lot of our members are interested in gaming, game nights aren't the only community event we run, and they certainly aren't the sole focus of our group. We do encourage people to get together informally to play.  Recently, jaythenerdkid and Elite_Buddy have been running regular game nights on both XBOX Live and PC networks. The games they play are chosen by the community, and have included Reach, BF3, and many others. CoD Zombies is also a perennial favorite. In addition to this, we have a dedicated Minecraft server run by xconn30r, which has a pretty active and dedicated following.

Such momentum can be hard to sustain.  Where do you see Sapphire sparkling in the future?

jaythenerdkid  We've reached the stage where Sapphire is a community with its own distinct identity, and that's reflected in the fact that we now have online presences on FacebookTwitter, and elsewhere. We're constantly looking to expand into new arenas and diversify our user base. Our goal is to create a community that welcomes people from all corners of the internet and gives them a place to form close friendships whilst sharing the things they love with other like-minded people. We've currently got some exciting stuff in the works involving a Sapphire hub that will offer services like a live chat, interactive history archive and maybe even a Sapphire store, which several or our members have expressed a lot of interest in seeing. From there...who knows? As they say, the sky's the limit.



As the venue for our Ride Along, Sapphire decided to bring us on a tour of the sentimental battlegrounds of Halo 3.  Like an armed escort, I brought along two fellow tourists from our underworld of development.  Any urban inspection deserves the attention of an engineer.  Given the titanic size of the structure to be surveyed, I brought two.  I will let them speak for themselves.

Who are you, and what do you for Bungie?

Hello. My Name is: Tomo.  My job title is Production Engineer, but that probably doesn’t mean a whole to people outside our walls. In short, we’re the glue that keeps the pipes connected between all the different groups in Bungie. By the way, we are hiring more PEs!

My name is Scott Kankelborg.  When I’m not tending to my duties as Bungie Skank, I’m a tester (Associate Test Engineer if you’re feeling fancy).  On Halo 3, ODST, and Reach, my primary focus was on saved films and configuration testing.  I have a 13” CRT TV rocking 480i at my desk, and I’m not afraid to use it!  I’ve also done a healthy portion of the performance and File Share testing, and I still help Sawnose in feeding and grooming the Hydra.  I currently find myself embedded in the trenches with the UI team as well.

Thanks for covering me in the game last night, gentlemen.  It had been a while since I had bathed in the babbling creek beds of Valhalla.  What was your favorite thing to behold again in Halo 3 last night?

Easy! It starts with a B and ends with an R. Yes, the faithful BR.
Tomo

The Brute Chopper!  That is by far my favorite Halo vehicle.  It brought back fond memories of sniping my way through Campaign and getting some sweet splatters in MP.  Fun Fact – we were making “get to da choppa!” references before the public even knew the Chopper existed.
Skank

I have to say, it was nice to see the old crown of flames alight on your heads.  Was your old Halo 3 armor as rusty as mine?  What was the rudest awakening that reminded you that you had been away for too long?

I think the question should be “what were,” I was so horrible! Let’s see; failing to melee, not reloading, accidentally throwing power drains and trip mines at teammates, not zooming in, etc., etc.
Tomo

I had completely forgotten that the Bungie flames continue to burn bright when you are invisible in Halo 3.  I believe I died several times before re-learning my lesson.  I also forgot how much of a game changer armor abilities really are.  How do you expect me to defend myself against a superior player if I can’t transform into an impenetrable fortress?  How can I snatch a vehicle from an unwitting teammate without sprint?
Skank

Of course, it was not all gaffes and painful reminders.  We had our moments.  What was your greatest feat of triumph in our matches with the fine gamers from Sapphire?

I believe the very first game counted as my only great moment of triumph.  Thankfully, Tomo had not yet joined, so I had my moment in the spotlight at the top of the scoreboard with the most kills for my team - as well as the highest K/D in the game.  Stats are everything, PLAY TO WIN!
Skank

Not being last on the “Bungie Team” playing Multi-Team on Orbital.  That honor went to DeeJ.
Tomo



Thanks for the reminder, Tomo.  You Engineers certainly do have a death-grip on the details.  When the party lobby was divided into five squads of three, the players for Team Bungie (depicted above in envious green) were laid out in the street, side by side.  As always, I will accept full responsibility for our demise at the hands of our skillful community.

Bungie would like to thank the entire delegation from Sapphire that lured us into the sand traps of Halo 3 all over again.  And, thanks to un par de tenis, Telomee, and hihi100202 for the sweet screenshots.  Good games were had.  Good memories were dusted off.  If you find yourself homeless and alone on the streets of this cold, hard town, you might think of joining a group like this one.  New people are the lifeblood of any respectable community, and Sapphire has a boastful tradition of activity to uphold.



These Ride Along events are likely to break out in your neighborhood at every given moment.  They can strike without warning.  Keep your eye on Bungie.net for your chance to share some of your favorite games with some of the people who create them.
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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.

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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

Marriage!
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

Firefly.
Will Edgette, Engineer

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

Firefly.
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

Wonderfalls!
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

Hope.
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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