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Halo news back Wednesday, September 27, 2006 Halo news forward

Halo Wars Trailer in QT
There have been a number of requests for a QuickTime version of the Halo Wars trailer; I doubt there'll be one coming from Ensemble, so I whipped one up myself. It's not the full 720p version - but it's still bigger than the low-res 360p they've made available - it's 480p (852x480), and it weighs in at 24 mb. Grab a copy today if WMP9 sets your teeth on edge. (Louis Wu 22:00:37 UTC) (permalink)

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H2Vista Screens
In all the rush to cover Halo Wars and the Wingnuts stuff, we totally forgot that Bungie was going to be talking about Halo 2 for Vista in Barcelona today; if you swing by the Xbox Press section, you can grab a 50 mb zipfile containing a fact sheet, some logos, and 12 hi-res BMP screenshots (thanks, Veegie). Pretty, pretty! Update: H2Vista.net is now hosting these files, if you want to view them without downloading the zip. (They're smaller, too, because they've been resaved as JPEGs.) Thanks, TheGhost. (Louis Wu 21:30:14 UTC) (permalink)

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I'm pushing for Flaming Gerbils.
Dolbex, in true Dolbex fashion, has put his own spin on the X06 news; things that make him happy, things that make him worried. My favorite kind of Halo/Bungie fan is one that loves Halo (and/or Bungie) without being blind to potential problems; Dolbex shows he fits this nicely. Go read! (Louis Wu 21:11:56 UTC) (permalink)

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Linkslinkslinks
Narcogen, at Rampancy.net, gathered up a bunch of links to stories about today's Halo news. You can also check out ICDedPpl's mention of this CNN Money article. I'm sure there'll be plenty more - but it's time to leave the keyboard for a bit... (Louis Wu 20:08:56 UTC) (permalink)

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Wingnut and a Prayer
Xbox.com article on the Peter Jackson venture... still hard to tell what he's planning. (Louis Wu 19:44:55 UTC) (permalink)

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More screens
More Halo Wars info here, at Xbox.com - keep searching! (Louis Wu 18:24:17 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Wars and Wingnut - Details
Wow. Tons more info on Halo Wars and the new Peter Jackson project is now available at Bungie.net - go read! (There was an amazing trailer shown at the end of the X06 press conference, of Halo Wars - this should almost certainly be available for download soon, from Halowars.com.) Update: It's up now - in three resolutions. GO DOWNLOAD! (Louis Wu 18:19:02 UTC) (permalink)

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Peter Jackson and MS - teaming up for MORE Halo
I was wrong - there's MORE Halo news from Barcelona today, Halo Wars isn't the end. Peter Jackson and Microsoft are teaming up to create Wingnut Interactive (no real website yet) - a new studio that will create "a completely new and original chapter in the Halo universe", according to this 1Up story. No details yet... but stay tuned! (Louis Wu 17:36:49 UTC) (permalink)

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Do we need to start HEO?
The really, really big news today from Microsoft is the announcement of 'Halo Wars', from Ensemble Studios (the guys behind Age of Empires, and other similar games) - a Halo Real-Time Strategy game! It hasn't been announced on the live feed yet - but Luke Smith has announced it on 1Up. Stay tuned for more details! (Louis Wu 17:12:24 UTC) (permalink)

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X06 Starts NOW.
X06 coverage is going live very soon - the Xbox.com feed seems to be busted for most viewers, but keep trying. In the meantime, Luke Smith, from 1Up.com, is going to be liveblogging (thanks, Morangie), so if you can't SEE what's up, at least you can read about it. We're not positive what's coming from Bungie - but it's a good bet that it's big, and it's Halo-related. Update: Thanks to c0ld vengeance for the direct video feed links (Hi | Lo)! (Low feed might be only audio... beware) (Louis Wu 16:56:25 UTC) (permalink)

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ZOMGWTFfloodtanaBBQ!!111!?
Sometimes, Stuntmutt is scary in his ability to mimic real people. Like in today's One One Se7en. I mean... this could have come right out of a forum thread! (Maybe it did...) (Louis Wu 16:30:31 UTC) (permalink)

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Trevor Chesler's Mjolnir Armor
Trevor Chesler has embarked on the creation process for a suit of Mjolnir armor - he's shooting for a very high quality finished product. He's just starting out right now, but you can see his gameplan, and the first few photos, on this page. As we get more from him, we'll add them (and let you know). Check it out! (Louis Wu 13:25:35 UTC) (permalink)

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Halo Case Mod
Wow - Wolverine Monkey dropped in with word of a really cool Halo case mod he noticed. (Here's hoping we don't kill their bandwidth...) The original can be found at Team Xtender. (Louis Wu 12:24:55 UTC) (permalink)

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Brooklyn Tourney Oct 7
TNL Alex stopped by our forum to announce a tourney in Brooklyn coming up on October 7 - FFA and 2v2. Rules, prizes, and directions can all be found in his forum post. (Louis Wu 12:22:35 UTC) (permalink)

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Tuesday's news in brief:

What Kind of Halo Player Are You?
The Birth of a Tattoo
The Spartan Effect: Episode 2
The Mythical 40-Hour Gamer
Blondi Rocks

Monday's news in brief:

Hanah Stuart, Exposed
When the cabin boy gets cabin fever...
Helm's Deep.
Schwagalicious.
HBO Staff - we're here for you.
Interview with a janitor


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