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Monday, October 8, 2007
Guilt O' Lantern: Yes, It's Happening
GAH! Curses! I forgot AGAIN! Last week, I was reminded that we hadn't announced anything about this year's pumpkin-carving contest, which has become a tradition here at HBO. I realized I hadn't even thought about it - probably had something to do with some stupid videogame launch or something at the end of last month, it sort of sucked up all my time. I said I'd look into the possibility of prizes (which I did)... but I forgot to actually DO anything about it. So this is a news post that says no, we don't have a page up yet, no we can't tell you what the prizes are going to be, but yes, there's going to be a 2007 Guilt O' Lantern carving contest, and yes, we'll have a host of sweet prizes, with a deadline of October 31, 2007 for entries. Do NOT send us anything yet; we aren't set up at this point. But if you want to start planning your carving... go for it. Full announcement coming soon. (Louis Wu 21:47:19 UTC) (permalink)
Last week's big news was the fact that Microsoft no longer owns Bungie. Stuntmutt realized he could relate - check out today's One One Se7en. (Louis Wu 21:39:34 UTC) (permalink)
Jump in, the water's fine
You might remember E.E. Knight - he made Halo news last summer when some artwork for the cover of a book he'd written turned out to be stolen from Halo. Since then, he's made friends with some folks in the Halo community - and today, posted a blog entry about how fun online coop is. (This from a guy who doesn't play a lot of Halo.) Thanks to Quikthnkr (his coop buddy) for the heads-up.
(Louis Wu 21:35:49 UTC) (permalink)
The 40 Most Memorable Aliens
geophf let us know about a piece at the London Times - the 40 most memorable aliens. The Covenant came in at Number Nineteen. He found this link on the IMDb Hit List. (Louis Wu 21:15:56 UTC) (permalink)
Red Bull and Sour Patch Kids
Bad Clown pointed out a story at ESPN's Page 2, on pro Halo players - it's a great read. (Pretty long... but a lot of fun.)
(Louis Wu 21:11:09 UTC) (permalink)
Havok is proud of Halo 3
Havok, the middleware physics engine that was incorporated into Halo 2, was carried over to Halo 3; it hasn't been mentioned very often (a couple of Weekly What's Updates have incidental references), and it didn't make the credits this time around... but it was definitely used; Havok put up a press release last week. Worth getting credit, when a product sells $300 million dollars worth in a week...
(Louis Wu 18:30:31 UTC) (permalink)
More Strategy Guide pages
A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned some sample pages of the official Halo 3 strategy guide, available at Xbox.com. Piggyback (the copublisher) has put up their own collection of sample pages; they've fleshed out the 8 pages of actual content at Xbox.com with an additional 6 pages. Nice! (Louis Wu 16:16:02 UTC) (permalink)
Sell your friends, win an Xbox
Huh. If you're a member of Facebook, you have a shot at winning one of 4 Halo 3 Xbox 360s (well, 3 now - the first week's over) from Goozex. Invite your friends to play their game, and if you've invited the most people for the week, you get the Xbox. Check their contest page for full details. I have no clue what their game is about - I'm simply letting you know about the contest.
(Louis Wu 15:55:39 UTC) (permalink)
I bet Frankie's getting tired of interviews...
A couple more Bungie interviews about the split (and about Halo) - GameInformer interviewed Frankie (it's a little disturbing in parts, but mostly it's Frankie saying "nothing's changed"), and FiringSquad also talked to Frankie - their writeup is a summary of the conversation, but it includes the news that Harold Ryan is now Bungie's President. I found both of these at Rampancy.net - thanks, Narcogen. (Louis Wu 14:36:18 UTC) (permalink)
Brazilian voice actors - now counted
Marcelo Vega, of Xboxtoday.com.br, sent us word that they've posted a list of the voice actors and technical staff that worked on the Brazilian version of Halo 3. This is why fansites rock - this info isn't anywhere official. Microsoft Brazil doesn't have it, the Halo 3 manual doesn't have it - the ONLY place these folks get credit is on a fansite. (Louis Wu 14:12:21 UTC) (permalink)
I'd ride that.
DXL540 pointed out a cool new bike from Yamaha - he thinks it seems an awful lot like a real-life Mongoose. (Louis Wu 13:50:42 UTC) (permalink)
StatsReloaded updated for Halo 3
Z let us know that StatsReloaded has been updated for Halo 3; faster updating, new signatures, leaderboards, and more. Go check it out - and sign up! (Louis Wu 13:48:18 UTC) (permalink)
Halo 3 - a possibility for WCG 08
Last year, Halo wasn't part of the World Cyber Games lineup - this year, they're asking for fan input on the games that will be used. Halo 3's one of the candidates; go vote. Thanks, LegendaryMark. Update: It was pointed out to me that Gears of War (last year's Console shooter in the WCG) is probably not on the table this year, since the finals are in Germany, and GoW wasn't approved for sale in Germany. Looks like Halo 3 has a pretty good chance...
(Louis Wu 13:45:35 UTC) (permalink)
The titles keep getting better.
Elnea has posted Halo Action Figure Theater 91... along with a video parody of the Believe ads. Good stuff! (Louis Wu 13:42:51 UTC) (permalink)
Memories, of the way we were
DiscipleN2k noticed a new Pixelated Pupils - as he points out, they've done the same joke RvB did yesterday, but not quite as funny. (Louis Wu 13:40:11 UTC) (permalink)
So incredible, you almost don't mind dying
I am really, really loving saved films. Check out this vid at MLG's Gameroom; when I first watched it, I thought the guy must have twitched over and shot the wall right in front of him - but the saved film showed it was no such thing. Amazing. Thanks, corjello. (Louis Wu 13:38:02 UTC) (permalink)
The most recent episode of Two Sides Wide is Halo-related, and shows how misunderstandings can start - thanks, Ross Mills.
(Louis Wu 13:35:11 UTC) (permalink)
Halo comic coming out in hardcover, too
Onebitrocket found a listing for a hardcover version of Halo: Uprising - it's listed in the US version of Amazon, too. Release date is January 9, 2008, which seems unlikely, since Uprising #4 has been pushed back to February already. Still - if you can't get your hands on the comic book forms, this might be an alternative next spring.
(Louis Wu 13:31:59 UTC) (permalink)
Monday Morning's Review Lineup
A few reviews for you from around the web:
- Lancaster Online says Halo 3 is a good reason to buy an Xbox 360.
- Something Awful gave it a 26/50, campaign was a moldy potato to go with the multiplayer steak (thanks, Ross Mills)
- Talk Xbox did a video review, and gave it an 'enjoyable' - the highest category the reviewer had.
- The Village Voice gave it a 9/10 - they weren't thrilled with the graphics, but they loved the gameplay.
Wide-ranging... (Louis Wu 13:26:27 UTC) (permalink)
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