Thursday, December 13, 2007

Frontlines: FOW 'Infantry' HD

Here is a cool video that I found online. This game looks to have good potential as a FPS. Frontlines: Fuel of War is an open-ended first person shooter set in the next gen war. Set in a fictional future based upon the headlines of today, players assume the role of an elite soldier in the Western Coalition Army on an epic crusade against the Red Star Alliance to control the lifeblood of the world's economy. Frontlines: Fuel of War combines intensely cinematic, non-linear gameplay, with next generation firepower and a revolutionary Frontline Combat System to deliver the most thrilling and engaging FPS to date. There is a demo that you can download on XBOX Live.


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard Update to Bring Friends Lists

Expand Your Xbox LIVE Network of Pals by browsing the Friends lists of other Xbox LIVE members

New Experience to be made available on December 4th with the Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard Update


Microsoft is making it even easier to expand your Friends network on Xbox LIVE, starting with the Fall Dashboard Update on December 4th. Members will now be able to check out the friends lists of fellow Xbox LIVE members right from the Dashboard. With this new feature, members can find old friends or connect with new ones within the community of more than 8 million people on Xbox LIVE around the globe and send messages and game invites, as well as compare games and Achievements.

With the prevalence of social media websites such as MySpace and FaceBook, this type of capability has largely come to be expected from consumers as a means to relate in an online community. Xbox LIVE continually seeks new ways to better serve the expectations of its members, which often result in enhancements made available for free through the bi-annual Dashboard updates.

When the Fall Dashboard update is distributed on December 4th, the new default setting on Xbox LIVE will be active enabling members to see the Friends lists of other Xbox LIVE members. Members who would like to keep their friends list private can take the following steps to change their settings beginning today:

Log in to www.xbox.com/fof and select one of the three options available for your Gamertag:

* Everyone (only available to members 18 and older) * Friends only (available to members 13 and older) * Blocked (available to all members, and automatic for anyone under the age of 13)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Earlier today, Microsoft Game Studios announced that the DLC Bungie has been working on will be available December 11th to the tune of 800 Microsoft points. The Heroic Map pack is comprised of the first three maps of our intended downloadable suite to support Halo 3’s multiplayer. Christopher Barrett, (AKA Barry) the creative director of Downloadable Content and Steve Cotton, the DLC design lead answered a host of questions, some reasonable, some borderline nonsense to give folks a little better idea about what they are seeing when they look at the three screenshots of the maps we’ve released (there will be more coming sometime after the Thanksgiving holiday).

A quick note about how Matchmaking will work:

When Halo 2's downloadable content joined the Internet, it effectively split the Matchmaking population into the "haves" and the "have-nots," Bungie was readily aware of the problem that caused, and has rectified it in Halo 3. First, when downloadable content arrives, it will have its own playlist for those folks who just want to play with their new toys. Simultaneously all of the DLC maps will be rolled in to the regular Matchmaking playlists as well and then as folks are getting matched up, the game will take into account who has what maps in the matchmaking process. So you'll see Team Slayer on Standoff show up in the Team Slayer hopper as well as in the new DLC-focused playlist.

Foundry








Q: Foundry is completely different from any map Bungie has made for a Halo game, how so?


CB: Foundry was designed from the beginning to be a Forge level. There is an almost limitless amount of potential map designs that can be made by arranging objects in different configurations.

You can remake Hang ‘Em High out of crates. Kind of.

SC: The second you see someone delete the entire level in Forge, you realize the potential a space like this has. The default layout Tyson put together is great, but the possibilities are definitely greater.

Q: Was Foundry’s art inspired by areas from a Campaign space like Rat’s Nest?

CB: We loved the feel of the Warehouse area in the campaign [on Voi] and it really made for an ideal playground that could be filled with lots of modular crates.

Q: Tom Doyle called the Forge objects for Foundry “Legos” – what kinds of items are players going to have at their disposal?

SC: Legos that look like all the things you might find in a Warehouse in Halo.

CB: All the things you’ll need to make a great multiplayer playground. Man-sized crates, walls, fences, stairs, bridges, and of course fusion coils.

I wouldn’t trust anything Tom Doyle says if I were you. He’s shifty.

Q: What’s the default set-up on Foundry? What’s it built for?

CB: The layout that will be include with the map is set up to work well to support as many gametypes as possible. But once players get a hold of it with Forge I can’t wait to see what people will do with it!

Q: It’s not a huge map so what’s the ideal player count for Foundry’s shenanigans?

CB: I can’t think of anything funny to say about this question other than being impressed you somehow fit shenanigans into one of the questions.

SC: 4-12. Unless you're Barry and then probably 1. Playing Halo isn't the only thing he does by himself.

Q: In daily playtests, what gametypes have been the most successful on Foundry?

CB: Most gametypes work great on Foundry. I definitely had some memorable Territories and Assault games.

Kill Barry, repeatedly, has been a popular one.

SC: Yes. Kill Barry. As well as traditional Slayer and CTF.

Rat’s Nest








Q: Rat’s Nest, that sounds like Crow’s Nest, the second level from the Halo 3 campaign, surely this isn’ t a coincidence – but it’s also not simply reused space, what’s the deal?

CB: We really wanted to create an indoor multiplayer level, something we hadn’t done a lot of in Halo 3 and the setting of Crow’s Nest was a perfect fit.

SC: Rat's Nest is a great example of a simple idea that turned out to be a great map. And it was only a simple idea because Barry came up with it.

CB: We felt that the single-player mission wasn’t long enough so we wanted to make you play through it again over and over in multiplayer.

Q: It’s a pretty big map with a lot of smaller, tighter combat spaces, how do art and design create those spaces and make sure they play nicely?

CB: A lot of testing and iteration. We also wanted to give a nice balance to larger open spaces where big battles can occur with vehicles and also allow some close quarters combat. The combination really worked great.

The first part of this question makes me feel weird. I’m not sure why.

Q: What kind of items will populate Rat’s Nest’s Forge palette?

CB: A hamster wheel and wood shavings.

SC: Who hasn't always wanted to drive a Scorpion tank inside.

Q: What’s been the biggest change in Rat’s Nest from the prototype/concept phase to the “ship it” phase?

CB: Originally the entire map was indoor and underground. We had the idea of opening up the wall to let in the sunlight, give an epic view and create a memorable space. Doing that really added a lot to the visual feel of the level.

We almost forgot to put any rats in the level.

SC: That better not be why we were losing performance!

Q: What’s the ideal player count for Rat’s Nest?

CB: 6-16 Players, it will really add to the Big Team Battle matchmaking hoppers online.

Q: Which gametypes have worked the best? What would you guys like to see in Matchmaking?

SC: The typical symmetrical games work well, Multi-flag, Territories, Neutral bomb, Team Slayer.

CB: Infection on Rat’s Nest is great, the dark moody atmosphere and all the hiding places make it idea for zombie hunting. There is a perfect race track around the outside!

Standoff









Q: For reasons that should become obvious now, Frankie referred to Standoff as Jodrell Bank. What inspired the creation of this outdoor playground?

Christopher Barrett: Standoff, or Bunkerworld as it’s known internally was one of the maps we had originally planned as one of the Halo 3 release multiplayer maps. Because of time we ended up postponing it until DLC, and here it is!

Steve Cotton: We wanted a small, outdoor, vehicle map. It started out simple enough. 2 relatively small bases seperated by a landscape of hills and rocks. Good visibility and quick access to the Warthog parked right out front. And a turret on top for defensive types. After that, the rest just built itself. Actually, Justin [Hayward] built it. That guy is good.

CB: Obvious? I still have no idea why Frankie keeps talking about his bank all the time [ed. Google Image Search – L.S.].

Q: Give us a general description of the map’s spaces since we’re not showing too much right now, what’s the overview of Standoff?

CB: There’s two opposing bases and some rocks and a tree and a road and some giant missile silos and enormous satellite dishes.

SC: Oh, and a lot of transportation and firepower.

CB: Imagine Blood Gulch, except squished together, with 4000 foot satellite dishes.

Q: What sort of revisions and iterations changed from early-period Standoff to the version of the map that folks will be playing in December?

CB: The original version only had the two front doors into the base. We eventually added two side routes into the base one of which is opened via a switch inside like Zanzibar/Last Resort.

Originally the sun was at or around high noon, about a month ago we lowered the sun towards the horizon giving the map a very moody sunset feel which really adds to its atmosphere.

We weren’t satisfied with two ways into the bunker so we added a third entry.

Q: How many players can Standoff comfortably accommodate?

CB: Surprisingly it works for almost any number of players pretty well, but 4 vs 4 feels about right.

SC: 2v2 Multi-flag is actually very cool. So is 8v8. I think it pretty much covers the spectrum. It's just a very fun team objective map no matter how big the teams are.

CB: I was very comfortable playing a one player game on Standoff but it wasn’t a whole lot of fun. At least I didn’t die as much as usual.

Q: What are some of your favorite gametypes to play on Standoff?

CB: Multi Flag CTF

SC: Kill Barry.

CB: I found out your teammates love it when you yell out “I CAN’T FIND THE FLAG” during team slayer games.

Q: What kind of items will populate Standoff’s Forge palette?

CB: Apart from the standard crates and barricades we’ve created some new placeable mancannons, shield doors, and a very special secret object.

SC: You can add a Wraith as well. In addition to the mancannons of course.

Video Capture Service.

I know that on more than one occassion the idea of Shade showing us all the Pink Death that he inflicted the night before has been brought up. Now GeeVee is offering that service as a Beta. Click the title above and fill out the form and they will convert your fileshare clip over to a clip that can be embedded. I haven't tried it out yet but I may send them something tomorrow and see how this works out.

Another Funny Death.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Xbox Originals

Starting on December 4, all Xbox LIVE members will receive a free system update with a host of new features and enhancements. Included in this update will be the launch of the Xbox Originals, which, for the first time ever, will enable consumers to download and own full Xbox games , such as Halo® , Psychonauts™, Crimson Skies®: High Road to Revenge™, and Fable ® among others directly to their Xbox 360. This new service will launch with an array of blockbuster titles spanning the most popular genres from action-adventure to classic role-playing games.

With no disc necessary, and at just 1,200 Microsoft Points per game, Xbox LIVE members can easily rediscover these hit titles, or check out a game they missed the first time around. This launch line-up is only the beginning as Xbox 360 owners can expect to see a growing catalogue of Xbox games for download to own over the coming year.


Halo one over xbox live. My dreams have finally come true

Halo3 First Map Pack Dated

Microsoft announced today that the first map pack for Halo 3 will arrive on Dec. 11 as part of the Heroic Map Pack, the first in a series of downloadable content from Bungie Studios to come via Xbox Live. Available for 800 Microsoft Points, each map presents a totally different play style:

Standoff’s symmetrical valley, with its entrenched bases and fields of boulders is ideal for mid-sized objective and Slayer game types, while Rat’s Nest’s vast, labyrinthine passages bring something new to the “Halo” multiplayer experience: an indoor vehicle paradise, strongly influenced by the Campaign mode, ideal for big team battles. Finally, Foundry is the ultimate Forge map – players can edit every single object in this voluminous industrial warehouse, place stairways, walls, bridges and tunnels to create an entirely new play space and build almost any kind of map they can think of.

All three maps will become available for free download via Xbox Live Marketplace in Spring 2008, just prior to the next wave of all new “Halo 3” multiplayer maps.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Halo 3 Matchmaking Playlist Updated

The Halo 3 matchmaking changes outlined in last week's Bungie Weekly Update are live. In case you missed the Update or just plain forgot, here's a refresher:

Social Doubles has been removed from matchmaking

Rocket Race Hopper has been added to the Social hopper – 8 players, join in parties of up to 8 players.

Multi-team:

  • Hammerzeit game variant has been added
  • The frequency of VIP gametypes has been reduced
  • Swords gametypes will now be to 25 kills, rather than 50

Lone Wolves:

  • Player count has been increased to 6 players
  • Swords gametype has been added
  • Oddball games on Snowbound and Epitaph have been reduced considerably

Team Slayer:

  • Guardian has been added to the playlist
  • Valhalla has been added to Team Slayer

Social Skirmish

  • Flag gametypes will now appear more regularly

Rumble Pit

  • Added both Construct and Isolation to several gametypes

Now, go play.


This makes me Happy. Rocket Race is now a playlist! Let the laughter and awesomeness begin!!

That is if I can drag you sorry a$$es off of COD4!


Monday, November 5, 2007

Halo 3 Medals List


Pretty cool Halo 3 Medals listing I found on Bnet forums. (thanks tsk215)

I am certain this is the only way I will ever see many of these medals! I have 1 killtacular and I know it was luck so all the others will never make their way into my medal chest. Oh well.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Halo: Landfall

This is the live action short film that was released earlier except with its complete ending......pretty cool.

15 Lateral Miracle Play


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Friday, October 26, 2007

2OLD 2PWN Halo 3 Leaderboard

I took the liberty of creating a custom leaderboard over at StatsReloaded. It should update sometime overnight (around 2 am) and will keep up with records from here on out. If I read correctly it only reads your last 25 games, so bad games will drop off your score over time.

If your tag is not on the list or you guys want some other tags added let me know and I will throw them on here. If your tag is on the list and you want it removed, let me know and I will get it taken off.

Let the fraggin' begin!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Another Weird Halo 3 Kill


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Freaky Accidents, cont.

CptSchrute has this beauty in his file share and I thought I would pass it on to you guys.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Best Suicide Ever!!

If any of you manage to suicide in a stranger way then it definitely deserves a fileshare.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

New Falcon Motherboard found on Premium Holiday bundles.

In addition to the Halo 3 additions (lot 734 manufactured on or after 8/24/07), people are now finding the new motherboard on recent Premium Holiday Bundles. This should indicate the new 65 nm processor is becoming more and more common. See the link for info.

Happy Hour Dullz them Skillz






Sorry Shade but I just can't stop myself!

Image Caption Information starting at the top and working down to bottom:
#1 Damn Pacemaker!
#2 Is it a Third Eye or Cyclops? ( I couldn't decide)
#3 Not fooling me with your fancy Invisibility.
#4 Batter Up!
#5 One Lump or Two?

I will admit this was Shade's first match of the night after coming in from Happy Hour and I on the other hand was alcohol free and was having an "ON FIRE' night till BC DaD pointed that out which promptly stole my MOJO! Hahahahaha!!!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Free Month of Gamefly

I am trying to get a free 360 and need a few more people to sign up for Gamefly through me to recieve it.

Gamefly charges 9 bucks for a month trial membership. I am willing to pay for the initial month cost for anyone who will sign up through me. I can send it cash through the mail or wire it through paypal.

I just need a few more signups. These next couple months will be a great time to have a Gamefly account to tryout all the new anticipated titles. COD 4, the Orange Box, Assasins Creed, Army of two, and many more.

Click here to sign up.

Contact me via email or xbox live and let me know so I can reimburse you. A free month of new games, how can you go wrong?

Monday, October 15, 2007

Love the Pix






Here are some recent pix from Halo 3. Man, it takes a while to review the game saves and pick out good stuff to post. I went through about 4 of them last night and clipped a few pix from them. Here's Nova getting sniped, right in the neck. Another with Raider sporting a new shiny wristband. And one with Raider and Shade squaring off.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Unlockable Recon Flame Helmet?

The latest Bungie rumor says that the flaming recon helmet is only available to Bungie employees. However, certain people seem adamant that the helmet is unlockable. Head over to the Bungie forums now and check it out for more pics and info.

I bet Shade and Army are drooling :)

GO ALL IN



FROM AKA THRILLKILLWILL

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

My Will Be Done Video - Halo 3

Carnage last night on Halo 3






Well last night was some good times as usual. Shade helped Raider X and Mrs. Chief find some more skulls. Only 1 skull left to get to complete the set. IWHBYD here we come. So after we searched and also played some campaign with BCDaD we decided it was time to blow off some steam. Here is where the real fun starts!! After getting a cool still picture for posterity we began the desecration of each other. Above you will notice some nice picks.

Pic #1 is our little photo op.
Pic #2 is Shade and Raider X about to rumble.
Pic #3 is Shade begging for Mercy, which Raider X was not in a forgiving mood.
Pic #4 is Raider X saying a little prayer for the departed.

And lastly Pic #5 is Shade seeking his revenge. Of which he had plenty as usual!

I realize I am opening a flood gate. But I can deal. Hahahaha.

See you guys online soon.

Marathon Man Achievement

To get the "Marathon Man" achievement you must access all eight terminals scattered throughout the game. These terminals hold information about their forerunners and their battle to survive before ever firing the Halo rings for the first time.

If you access all the terminals you will unlock the "Marathon Man" achievement which will give you 40 gamer points. Here are the locations of all eight terminals:

  1. 3 Terminals on "The Ark" level
  2. 4-6 Terminals on "The Covenant" level
  3. 1 Terminal on the Final level
  4. Terminal #8 on the "Cortana" level

FYI: I did activate all the terminals but I didn't get the achievement. It is because after I read the first message I didn't wait 10 seconds for the other message. From what I have read if you do this for all eight terminals you should get the Marathon Man achievement.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Halo 3 Skull Locations

Hopefully this might help someone who hasn't captured all the skulls yet on Halo 3. There are a total of 13 hidden skulls in Halo 3. There are 9 skulls that are gold and 4 skulls are silver. And there are two unknown skulls or blind skulls that don't seem to unlock anything.

Skulls were first introduced in Halo 2, where picking up a hidden skull in the “Legendary” game difficulty would create an undesirable effect against the player; such as not being able to see anything on their HUD.

In Halo 3, skulls can be found scattered throughout the levels on Normal, Heroic, and Legendary difficulty settings. Picking up “Golden” skulls will also unlock an achievement on the Xbox 360.

After picking up a skull in the game, you can enable the skull’s effects in Meta Games, which will in turn multiply your meta game score.

Overall, Skulls can make for a very interesting play experience, and really help to show who is the Master of the game through meta game scores.

Click here for more details on all 13 hidden skull locations.

Here is also a video on YouTube that shows 13 out of 12 skulls plus the Marathon Man achievement.




Since the YouTube Video doesn't actually show the name of the level the skulls are found on here they are:

Gold Skulls

  1. Iron Skull: This skull is located at the very end of the first level, “Sierra 117"
  2. Black Eye Skull: This Skull is located in the beginning of the second level “Crow’s Nest”, the very room you start in.
  3. Tough Luck Skull: This skull can be found on the third level, at the point in the level when the huge covenant cruiser flies overhead.
  4. Catch Skull: This skull can be found on the fourth level, in the first area where you need to destroy the Wraith tanks.
  5. Fog Skull: The Fog Skull is found on the level “Floodgate“, at the very beginning of the level.
  6. Famine Skull: You can find this skull on the sixth level, near the point where the path you follow branches off into two sections; This skull requires a bit of grenade jumping skill/luck.
  7. Thunderstorm Skull: This skull can be found on the level, “The Covenant”, after you take command of one of the Hornet vehicles.
  8. Mythic Skull: It is located in the very beginning of the final level in Halo 3.

Silver Skulls

  1. Blind Skull: This skull the first of the Silver Skulls in Halo 3, and can be found in the first mission, “Sierra 117″. It is located relatively close to the beginning of the mission.
    After your first encounter with the Gold Armor Brute, Two enemy dropships will appear a bit further down the stream. Go towards the dropship that is furthest away, and stay on the right side of the stream. Continue along the right (towards the cliff edge), and a rock will jut out a bit over the large lake. The Blind Skull is located on this rock.
  2. Grunt Birthday Party Skull: This is one of the more fun Silver Skulls in Halo 3. This skull is located on the second mission, “Crow’s Nest”, just before the area where you team up with the Arbiter (it’s the piping area where you see Drones buzzing in and out of an array of pipes). just before you jump down the pipe to meet up with the Arbiter, stop at the ledge, and look directly below you. Along the wall that you drop down, there is a small ledge with a green arrow pointing backwards. Jump onto this ledge (rather than all the way down), and go inside this secret room. The skull is in the dead center of the room.
  3. Cowbell Skull: The “Cowbell Skull” is found on the level “The Ark”, and marks the third Silver Skull found in the game. It’s fairly far into the level, so it takes a bit of time to find it. Begin by heading all the way to the part of the level where you battle the Scarab. After defeating it, look in the middle of the desert area which you battled it in for a fairly large structure (it’s the building you see if you are at the bottom of the ramp you are supposed to go up, and turn to look in the opposite direction). Inside of this structure are several Gravity Lifts (shown below). Take one of these for later. Next, head up the huge ramp, and head inside of the building (the one with the cartographer inside). Pass through a few of the rooms in this building, and you’ll eventually come to a room with a whole lot of Explosive crates. Right after this room is a Staircase/Hallway that leads to the level below. The Skull is located at the top of the room, at the point where you turn on the staircase to head for the next part of the slope. There are four platforms above you, the Skull is on the uppermost of these platforms. Use the Gravity Lift to jump up to it, and there you have it!
  4. IWHBYD Skull: The Skull is located in the level, “The Covenant”. After defeating the Scarabs, and going inside, get to the location with all 7 Ring Holograms. You must jump through the rings in a specific order. That order is as follows (1 is at the entrance, 7 is at the end): 4 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 5 - 3 - 4 . After jumping through them in this sequence, you will be awarded the “I Would Have Been Your Daddy Skull”. It will be right next to the bridge that brings you over to the Prophet of Truth.

Tyson Green from Bungie.net has confirmed that the Hayabusa, or “Samurai” Helmet is unlocked with the skulls.

Eye of the Tiger



Had a nice doodle of a custom last night with Raider and Mrs Chief after some skull hunting. Got some good pics out of it all. Here's a good pic with me and Mrs Chief in a melee, and another pic with the three of us "posing" after grabbing some cool looking weapons.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

OMG...Dragons of Autumn Twilight


Looks like someone finally decided to make a movie out of the novel. I bumped into this when I was looking up some other info on IMDB. From there, it led me to the movie site in this post's link. For any Dragonlance fans, this will be a must-see. I'm not sure how well the movie will turn out as an animated picture. Goodness knows the storyline would have been rich enough to support a LOTR type venture. But I did see Kiefer Sutherland cast as the voice of one of the main characters, hopefully that'll help keep the quality above par.

They sure will be compressing a LOT of storyline into a 1.5-2 hour movie. But if this pans out, maybe there will be some decent sequels, or maybe it could generate enough interest to spur a live-action movie. For anyone who's ever enjoyed D&D or fantasy environments, the first 6 novels of the Dragonlance series are classics. Dragons of Autumn Twilight was the novel that kicked it off, and helped buttress TSR's forway into novels. The Dragonlance series is still putting out novels under the Wizard's of the Coast label (think they took over TSR), but none of the recent stuff compares to the early novels they put out. You can even buy the first 3 or 6 novels in big compilation book sets, if you want help working out and have spare time on your hands.

Friday, October 5, 2007

"Frickin Lazer Beam"




Some fun with the Spartan Laser last night on Valhalla and High Ground!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

How to Poster-ize your friends on Halo 3!


Very cool. Here is an example of Shade shooting BC Dad (sorry BC) with the Spartan Laser last night.

My friend Shade has emailed me instructions on how to download pictures to his desktop of actual footage from a Halo 3 game he played last night.

Basically what Shade did was...

- go to the Theater lobby
- look up recent films
- find the film you want to view, highlight it and Save it
- once it's saved, you can view the film
- while viewing it, you can use different controls to follow each player, or float the camera
- at any point you can freeze the movie and take a snapshot; also while moving the camera view, rotating, zooming, etc.

- once I had saved off some screenshots, I went to the File Share option
- from there, click a slot and select the screenshots to upload
- once they're uploaded, you can go to your profile on www.bungie.net and view your shared files; I dunno about movies, but for pix it gives you the option to download them.


Click here to view an example of Shade's file share hosted on the Bungie website.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Halo 2 Ending

In case anyone else is like me and needed a recap of what happened at the end of Halo 2.

Halo 3 Armor Permutations


Body Pieces
Spartan

EVA.................Complete Tsavo Highway on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary
EOD.................Complete Tsavo Highway on Legendary
Scout...............Unlock "Too Close to the Sun" Achievement (Destroy an enemy banshee with the Sp'laser or missile pod in a ranked playlist or campaign)
Elite
Flight...............Complete Tsavo Highway on Heroic or Legendary
Ascetic............Unlock "Up Close and Personal" Achievement (Kill 5 enemies via melee or assassination in a ranked FFA playlist)
Commando....Unlock "Triple Kill" Achievement (Get one triple kill)

Shoulder Pieces
Spartan
EVA.................Complete The Ark on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary
EOD................Complete The Ark on Legendary
Security..........Earn 750 Gamerscore Points
Scout...............Unlock "We're in for some Chop" Achievement (Destroy an enemy vehicle with a piece of equipment in a ranked playlist or campaign)
Elite
Flight...............Complete The Ark on Heroic or Legendary
Ascetic............Unlock "Overkill" Achievement (Get one overkill)
Commando....Unlock "Killing Frenzy" Achievement (Get one killing frenzy)

Head Pieces
Spartan
EVA.................Complete Campaign on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary
EOD.................Complete Campaign on Legendary
Security...........Earn 1,000 Gamerscore Points
Scout................Unlock "Used Car Salesman" Achievement (Destroy an enemy vehicle containing 3 enemies in Campaign or ranked playlists)
Mark V.............Unlock "UNSC Spartan" Achievement (Reach Sergeant ranking online)
ODST...............Unlock "Spartan Graduate" Achievement (Earn 5 EXP or complete 10 ranked matches)
Rogue.............Unlock "Spartan Officer" Achievement (Advance to the Spartan Officer ranks online)
Elite
Flight...............Complete Campaign on Heroic or Legendary
Ascetic.............Unlock "Steppin' Razor" Achievement (Get one triple kill with an energy sword in ranked FFA)
Commando....Unlock "Overkill" Achievement (Get one overkill)

At this time, the Hayabusa (Samurai) is unknown what is needed to obtain it. I'll keep you posted.

Edit: Here's a good picture of armor permutations (Courtesy of Dolemiteb for making it HaloIsMegaKewl for posting it): http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a371/SweetTooth_/armors.jpg

Special thanks to WhiffleBallTony from the B.net forums for providng this information

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Halo 3 Factoids

I came across this very interesting post that features various facts on our favorite game.

Hat Tip to the 7th Coliumnist :)

Halo Nights

Leave Britney Alone Spoof



This one about Michael Vick is pretty funny too.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

"My Other Car is a Warthog"

I found out where they sell these Halo themed license plate frames...Bungie of course. And as luck would have it they are currently out of stock.

Check out this funny video of some dude driving an actual warthog but he gets into a little fender-bender.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Halo Movie Trailer or Commercial?

This is freakin awesome. Click the link to see the video. I dont know if this is from a commercial that I have not seen or if it is a trailer from movie. But either way it is incredible!!!!

Halo 3 Ending Leaked


There were recent reports of the Halo 3 street release date being broken and there have been 2 copies that were sold over a week before its actual release which is unheard of.

Well just as you can expect someone recently uploaded a video of the Halo 3 ending...coincidence, I think not!

Anyways I didn't put the link up because I didn't want to be the guy that spoiled the ending for everyone.

I personally am hoping Bungie released an "Alternate Ending" to thwart a-holes like this one.

Man dies after 3-day gaming binge



BEIJING, China (AP) -- A man in southern China appears to have died of exhaustion after a three-day Internet gaming binge, state media said Monday.

The 30-year-old man fainted at a cyber cafe in the city of Guangzhou Saturday afternoon after he had been playing games online for three days, the Beijing News reported.

Paramedics tried to revive him but failed and he was declared dead at the cafe, it said. The paper said that he may have died from exhaustion brought on by too many hours on the Internet.

The report did not say what the man, whose name was not given, was playing.

The report said that about 100 other Web surfers "left the cafe in fear after witnessing the man's death."

China has 140 million Internet users, second only to the U.S.. It is one of the world's biggest markets for online games, with tens of millions of players, many of whom hunker down for hours in front of PCs in public Internet cafes.

Several cities have clinics to treat what psychiatrists have dubbed "Internet addiction" in users, many of them children and teenagers, who play online games or surf the Web for days at a time.


Lets not be a statistic gentlemen! On Sept 25th remember to get some shut eye eventually!

What a way to go out. I hope when I die it is from something heroic! Not via video games - Raider X

Hilarious Trailer For Halo


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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Warthog in New Zealand


Footage of an actual warthog in New Zealand while Bungie Execs visit Peter Jackson.

So maybe the Halo movie is not dead and buried????

Friday, September 14, 2007

Halo 3 'Believe' ad

Accurate Mjolnir Battle Armor Costume on Sale on eBay

An accurate replica of the Halo Mjolnir Battle Armor is currently on sale on eBay. At the time of this writing, the current bid is $2,000. Below is the description for the item:

You are bidding on the best and most accurate Master Chief Costume on Ebay. This suit is my own personal suit that I am now giving up. The suit is so awesome, it has been featured on Spike TV, G4 TV, and in a Dell Commercial. This suit is FAMOUS!

Now it can be yours. The suit is made from a very hard Urethane Plastic. It isn't one of those cheaply casted vacuumformed suits. You could probably pound in a nail with your forearm if you wanted to. I'm 6"1' in the pictures, so you can figure out how well it might fit you from that.



The costume includes:

* Chest/Back Piece
* Shoulders
* Forarms
* Hand Plates
* Belt/Cod Piece/2 Belt Pouches
* Thighs
* Shins
* Ankles
* Toe Plates
* Boots
* Assault Rifle Display

TARGET, XBOX 360 AND CHIP GANASSI RACING TO FEATURE HALO 3 PAINT SCHEME DURING SNEAK PEEK NASCAR WEEKEND AT DOVER

Select Drivers to Get Chance to Finish the Fight Before Anyone Else

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – September 13, 2007 – Target, Microsoft and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced today that the No. 40 car will feature an exclusive "Halo 3"-themed paint scheme during the Dover 400 Nextel Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 23. As fans throughout the world line up for the blockbuster Xbox 360 title, CGRFS driver David Stremme will showcase a distinctly designed paint scheme in advance of the game’s much anticipated release on Tuesday, Sept. 25.



"I'm honored and excited to be running the 'Halo 3' car at Dover and can’t wait to show off this awesome paint scheme," said Stremme. "It's going to be a special experience when the car rolls off the truck for the first time at Dover – as a Halo fan, I'm thrilled."

In addition to the special paint scheme in the Nextel Cup race on Sunday, Target and Microsoft are giving select drivers the chance to play "Halo 3," one of the most anticipated video games of all time, before it releases to the public.

"Target is proud to partner with Microsoft to bring some 'Halo 3' excitement to Dover race fans before the much anticipated release date," said Target Senior Buyer, Troy Peterson. "We expect this to be one of our largest gaming releases ever."

"Halo 3," the final chapter in the groundbreaking "Halo" trilogy, is set to shatter day-one entertainment sales records when it is released worldwide beginning Tuesday, Sept. 25. Created by legendary developer Bungie Studios and exclusive to the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, "Halo 3" will set a new standard for interactive storytelling and social gaming by engaging consumers worldwide in the epic battle of Master Chief(TM) to save humankind.

In November 2004, the world’s view of video games changed forever with the release of "Halo 2," which generated a record-setting $125 million (U.S.) in sales within the first 24 hours and changed the way people think about interactive entertainment. Three years later, it remains the most-played game on Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE® online gaming and entertainment network, with nearly 1 billion hours of online gaming logged to date.

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Cool T-Shirt

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Monday, September 10, 2007

Help ME.....

I am checking out this site 360Elite4free.com that claims they will send me an xbox360 for free. I read an article about this site on a forum and they say its legit and they don't sell your info or solicit advertisement.

Basically you sign up to their program; name address and email, and one trial membership (I chose Gamefly for 8 bucks) then refere ten others to do the same, and whalaa free xbox Elite. If some of yall would help me out and sign up to see if this thing is real, I will be the guinea pig.

Please make sure its a level A offer and use only this link to get there, (it has my referral code). The sign up box with my number is at the bottom right hand corner of the page, and will lead you through the process(takes about 5 minutes).Make sure you pick the referral system and not the points system when you sign up.

Please try it out and refer anyone you might think would be interested in any of the offers to it as well. When you sign up please comment on the blog or email me so that I can make sure that it goes through and is legit.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Stupid People Doing Stupid Things

Okay, we need a thread about how dumb some people are. Ever get the urge to throttle someone? I mean, ever see something and just feel like jumping out of your car with a bat, hammering someone's window in and screaming, "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!?"

So I'm driving back from the store today, and I see a perfect example of a self-righteous bumper sticker. There's a mini-van in front of me, and it has a bumper sticker on it saying, "Safety First, No Cellphones!". It has a big picture of a cellphone in a circle with a line through it. Brilliant. The first thing that crossed my mind is...it's not cellphones that cause accidents, it's the stupid mental distraction of people too dumb to walk and chew bubblegum in the first place. And as I take a closer look through the back of the mini-van, I see a classic vision. The driver isn't using a cellphone (Safety First!). Oh no, no. Instead, the driver has their left arm leaning out of the window, holding a napkin wrapped donut, which they occasionally lean into to munch on. Oh yes, that's so much safer than a cellphone, you freakin' IDIOT!!!

Anyone else seen stupid people lately?

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Sept. 25th? What're we gonna do?

Okay, so are we going to do anything when H3 comes out, or are we just going to wait until that Friday? I'd love to do the 4 player co-op, but if there's a bunch of us on, multi-player's the way to go. Work permitting, I'll probably be on every night that week. Anyone else?

Friday, August 31, 2007

Has Halo Advertising Gone Too Far?


I was at Super Target yesterday grocery shopping, when I came across this 2 liter bottle. Come on now, has Mountain Dew went too far with the Halo 3 advertisement on the bottle? I wonder if it's the same taste, or a different flavor.... Stay tuned for details!
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Inspired by the most anticipated game release of the year, Halo® 3, Mountain Dew has created a limited-time only beverage called Mountain Dew Game Fuel.

It's Dew with an invigorating blast of citrus cherry flavor and more caffeine for maximum intensity. Game Fuel will give you an edge on the competition because it's cranked up to keep you going. Game Fuel is available in stores nationwide for only 12 weeks, starting August 13. Visit www.mountaindew.com/gamefuel to find out more.

Stop by your local 7-Eleven location to collect three limited-edition 3-D Slurpee cups, featuring Master Chief. These cups will be available in stores for a limited time starting September 1 and until supplies last. Fill these exclusive cups with the invigorating Mountain Dew Game Fuel Slurpee, only available at 7-Eleven.

Halo's Gone Gold!

Halo 3  for Xbox 360 has gone Gold! That means we delivered a final version to our internal certification group that passed all the tests and is now being whisked away to top secret manufacturing locations to be turned into retail versions of the game – and eventually packaged and sent to stores in various cases, tins and cat-helmets. We can’t wait to share it with you guys on September 25th and 26th, but we have to say thanks.

We have to say thanks to everyone at Bungie who worked so hard to make this the best game we've ever made. We have to say thanks to everyone at Microsoft who helped us make it the best game we ever made. We have to say thanks to our tireless team of artists, designers, engineers, musicians, technicians, writers, directors, producers, thinkers, administrators, ninjas, specialists, gorillas, webmasters and pimps. We’re a family and we made this game for you, our extended family. We hope you like it. Nobody deserves any more recognition than anyone else, but an extra special thanks goes out anyway, to the test team who got it to this stage, in a pool of their own sweat, tears and blood.

And of course, we wouldn't be here today without the tireless devotion of our fan community - we thank you all as well for supporting Bungie Studios in our never ending quest for World Domination and we look forward to sharing another billion+ hours together on Xbox Live when Halo 3 lands in just  a few short weeks.  The wait is almost over.

We Finished our Fight.  Your fight begins in 27 days. 

Are you ready?

Limited Time Xbox LIVE Arcade Price Drop

Been waiting to grab a few new Arcade titles? This weekend is the perfect time as we’re having our first ever LIVE Arcade price drop.

For the 48 hour period beginning at 12:00 a.m. GMT on Sunday, September 2 and continuing until 11: 59 p.m. GMT on Monday, September 3, the following Xbox LIVE Arcade games will be available for half their usual price:

Small Arms - 400 Microsoft Points (normally 800 Microsoft Points)
Easy to pick up but hard to put down, "Small Arms" is a frantic multiplayer action game with the feel of an arcade shooter.

Zuma Deluxe- 400 Microsoft Points (normally 800 Microsoft Points)
Explore more than 20 realms in Adventure mode and put your skills to the test in this fast-paced puzzle game.

Gauntlet - 200 Microsoft Points (normally 400 Microsoft Points)
The original dungeon crawler lets four adventurers explore and fight together as a warrior, valkyrie, wizard, and elf.

Dig Dug - 200 Microsoft Points (normally 400 Microsoft Points)
Experience the fast-paced action of this quarter-cruncher from 1982 as you take control of Dig Dug himself and vanquish Pookas and Fygars.

Remember: If the game is available in your region, it will be available for the ‘sale’ price during the above time.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Two New Halo 3 Maps





















Worlds Dumbest Criminal


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Two Worlds

For all of those Bio Shock owners here is what i thought of Two Worlds the game that I bought instead of Bio Shock.

If you are a fan of RPG's then you will like this game. There are some drawbacks though, some of the voice audio is rather stupid/poor, and there is not a lot of character appearance customizations. However I just bought the game on Sunday and played it for 4 hrs straight and had a hell of a time. From what I have seen so far is awesome. The graphics are amazing there are no loading screens when moving into a town or building. Everything is done real time. The only loading that takes place is every once in a while the game will pause for a second and a disc icon comes up on the lower right screen to load something but it is very brief, and not that often. I have not played any of the multilayer yet and probably will not just because i have a game for that(Gears....and in the future Halo #3). However if you are wanting a game for exploration, fun, story, and graphics, then this game is a good game to get/rent until Halo 3 comes out.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

New Falcon Chipset will Come Out Soon

The new cooler 65nm "Falcon" chip is being manufactured as we speak and is due out in te next few months; probably just in time for Christmas. Unfortunately the new Halo 3 Edition Xbox will not come with the new chip but it will come with an added heat sink and a quieter BenQ DVD-drive.

There have been reports of an even smaller 45nm chip that will come out in late 2008.

Dane Cook Gets Two Millionith Friend

I thought this was hilarious. The best part is near the end when Bob Saget jumps out of nowhere and tells what he does to get friends on myspace.


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Red Ring of Death



Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Army's New Weekend Ride

Here's a cool picture of the Halo 3 warthog...is it real?

It may alreagy be in parked in Army's garage.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Flame Thrower - 13itches



Can anyone say smoke 'em if you got one!!!

This looks like a lot of fun.

Here are the details from Bungie.net

M7057 / Defoliant Projector

Official Designation: M7057/DP
Length (o/a): 116.8 cm (46 in.)
Weight (empty): 45.8 kg (101 lbs)
Weight (loaded): 55.5 kg (122.5 lbs)
Cartridge: Pyrosene-V
Max. effective range: 13.4 meters (44 ft)
Magazine capacity: 9 x three-second bursts

Unit Replacement Cost: cR. 1,520.00

Description:
The M7057/DP is a standard chemical flamethrower, which projects and ignites a stream of a volatile, semi-liquid fuel. Flamethrowers are cumbersome and relatively difficult to use (psychologically as well as mechanically).

Observations:
Referring to the M7057/DP as a weapon[1] is a bit of a misnomer as the dee pea in its nomenclature indicate that it is a defoliant projector—to be used to rapidly clear away heavy foliage for in-theater construction projects and to destroy new or persistent growth from emplaced and/or hardened military assets. That having been said; despite being all but obsolete militarily its effectiveness as a psychological weapon is undeniable—unfortunately the psychological effect is a double-edged sword.

Remarks:
“makes short work of weeds and thickets—but I wouldn’t carry one into combat. Not on your life.”

“I can see where it would be real effective in ousting dug in troops, but you aren’t gonna be making any friends using it that way.”

“I don’t see where carrying around a big can of super-flammable stuff right next to my xxxx is such a good idea.”

“You know those things ship with a cart, right? You aren’t expected to carry them anywhere… they are not a weapon that you use on people… not even on alien people.”

“I hate me some baby kongs, and I will kill every man Jack of ‘em that I see, but I don’t think I could burn ‘em—best to draw the line somewhere and that seems like it.”

“Foxtrots die pretty quick once you put the fire to ‘em. We ought ‘a burn ‘em all. Low-life bastards. Burn all those low-life alien foxtrots.”

“Gotta get too close for it to be any use offensively—if you’re gonna use it as a weapon best to use it in a defensive role—fill up passages and weak-points in your perimeter with fire.”

“It takes a certain kind’a lunatic to use a flamethrower… all I’m sayin’.”



[1] That the M7057/DP has been frequently pressed into service as a primitive energy weapon of sorts is a distressing but irrefutable fact. It is one in a very small number of items available to UNSC personnel that remotely earmarks the user for a full battery of psychological tests.


Oh the HUMANITY!!!

Come on Sept 25th...........

Friday, August 10, 2007

Spoiler Alert...The Dark Knight's Joker Revealed!

Below is a picture of Heath Ledger as the Joker. We all thought Tim Burton was dark and I guess he was for that time period but the picture of the Joker below is so disturbing I bet it made Joel Schumacher piss in his panties! Anyhow, The Dark Knight hits theaters on July 18, 2008.

The Real Simpsons

I hope you enjoy this one KicknWinG!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

REAL THE DARK KNIGHT TEASER TRAILER

Halo 3 campaign mode to feature online co-op for four


Bungie confirms that upcoming sci-fi shooter will let gamers play through story as Master Chief, the Arbiter, and two new Covenant Elites.

While Bungie gave the world a good look at the upcoming Halo 3's multiplayer battles in the form of a hugely populated beta program, it has been much more tight-lipped about its plans for the sci-fi first-person shooter's campaign mode. Today the studio confirmed a much-speculated piece of information about the campaign mode, stating on its Web site that it will indeed support online cooperative multiplayer for up to four players.

Since there's only one Master Chief, the four-player online campaign mode will include three more playable characters: Halo 2's Arbiter and two of his fellow Covenant Elites. All characters will play identically, but the Elites will wield carbines instead of battle rifles. That's an awful lot of firepower to throw into the same situations as the game's single-player campaign, but Bungie says it's addressing the various gameplay issues it creates.

"You're going to want to play co-op as hard as you can stomach it," Bungie's Web site warns. "We'd certainly recommend Legendary, but we'll be revealing some more ways to make the game more interesting and challenging for multiple players in the very near future."

The online cooperative mode will support the game's film-saving functions, but gamers will not be able to join in midgame. Players will have to congregate in a lobby first, from which point they can pick up the campaign at any saved checkpoint. As in previous games, players will have the option of cooperative split-screen play, but it is limited to two people. However, once matched, a pair can complete its foursome through system link or by going online.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Spider Pig

World in Conflict

This game looks pretty bad ass for the real time strategy junkies in the group ie Shade and Booger (I think). It is a command and conquer type game but with less focus on base building and more on unit command and tactics.



If thats not cool enough, A collector's edition of the game will ship with an actual piece of the Berlin Wall.

Monday, July 23, 2007