Halo Home Theater
More than just a snappy mouth, Frankie reveals his audiophile ways. Just watch out for those coathangers and odd socks. Oh and don't forget the blue-tack!
Just picture the chief dipping some Tijuana Mama Pickled Assorted Meatstuffs into his ChiefChillaz centuries into the feature while standing triumphantly Chevy Chase style over the some goo under his Keds GruntKickaz.
Only then will you reach Nirvana. Or something. P.S. Bungie, you need to find a better hiding algorithm.
Halo PC World Championship
Congrats to Jonathan "BEAST" Finglass on becoming the World Halo PC Champ. You done us proud, boy! Even if we are slow, lazy and geriatric... Well, some of us (Miguel).
In this, the last of the "Super Secret Hidden Gholsbane BS Entries", we learn of the Bungie Winter Pentathalon, a mythic struggle between the forces of wisdom and youthful enthusiasm that takes place in the hallowed halls of our favorite game studio.
You know, spy cams are getting smaller and more sophisticated by the MINUTE. One day, Bungie, we shall know your secrets. Oh yes, one day...
Edited and finally published by mnemesis, because Ghols is a big fat slacker. ;-P
Editted further by Gholsbane (who is still a slacker) because mnem doesn't preview and uses deprecated HTML.
Yet further edited by mnem because at least he knows how to spell "edited", even if he doesn't keep up on current HTML standards. That's for youthful, English lads with lots of enthusiasm and obsessive tendencies. ;-)
Miguel walks in and sprays the whole article down with Lysol. You guys are stinking up this place!
Art grrl, part deux. Lorraine makes Sketch's questions seem good with a LOT of info on the creation of some classic Halo 2 artwork.
Halo Online Companion - Vol.1
Just before New Year (yep I still know I've been slacking off) Sketchfactor had the good will and providence to write up his experiences dying on the battlefields of the BNG servers (poor guy can't even blame it on lag). But this isn't just any blog-type woeful heart-bearing whinge. Nope, he decided to cram his tirade into guide form, for the greater good. Nice chap that Sketch, once you get to know him.
The CPL Report
Just before Christmas (yes I know I've been slacking) Sketchfactor had the chance to check out the CPL Winter Championships 2003. Several tournaments and hordes of gamers descended on Dallas to try their hands at a game commonly referred to in the industry as "Halo". With a little Mountain Dew and a lot of keyboard mashing, some folks actually managed to win some stuff! Neat! Go stuff! Go read some words!
Frankie Goes to Halowood
Some unknown Scottish psycopath has been hired for what is quite probably the greatest job in the world. Go read his fragmented, rambling interview at B.Net to see just how low Bungie has fallen.
Halo 2-Year Anniversary
Halo recently celebrated it's 2nd brithday. Unlike some of the two year old birthday parties I've been to, (and yeah I have been to a lot alright?) Master Chief's celebration were considerably more evolved (hahahahaha get my funny?) and slightly less smelly. Just.
I hear great things about The Marty Army's Lanwerx bash, the HBO Junkies shindig and various other shenanigan oriented evenements, so I guess people had fun. Which is great! Go fun! The fact that I missed out is almost eclipsed by that, but hey I'm not complaining, I had a chinese buffet that night! So hah! Home takes the tie!
See you next year all you crazies!
Oh and check out what others gots to say, even if they did ask some old dude from some other site to comment... I guess them's the breaks. Hey, didn't I say that before? Meh, you decide, s'not like I'm under the threat of downsizing.
Hah! I wish! Check out my size here!
Interview with the AGP
So having given up on the seraphim, our pal Sketchfunkster decided to go after some like Professional Associate dude. The result was a like interview type thing with Jay "The Cord" Umboh! Hot img tag action inside! Don't miss it!
Interview with the CPL
Some Bungie goon recently forced himself upon the benevolent dictator of the Cyberathlete Professional League, the Archangel Munoziel. Soon thereafter he held Mr. Munoz at gunpoint and harassed him to answer prying questions regarding his most worthy league and it's intimate involvement in a recent controversial accusation that Halo is soon to join the ranks of online tournament games played on the so-called "Personal Computer".
Bungie Sightings dismisses this as a fantasy and we are obviously dealing with a case of bitter mud-slinging in an attempt to poison the good name of Bungie, and we are perfectly happy to close the issue here. Bungie.net have chosen rather to badger Mr. Munoz into revealing the truth in a most dishonourable fashion. According to his lawyers, Mr. Munoz will likely press charges.
Where are we going in this example of journalism at its finest? Well, by now you should be fully confused and disorientated, leaving you open to the following shameless advertisement:
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Editor's note: The views and opinions expressed above are neither endorsed nor encouraged by the management. What? You think we hired this guy? Hah! No, he just showed up one day and refuses to leave till we give him all our peanuts, and there's no way we're parting with those. Yeah, I guess we're looking for hitmen...
Bungie Art Grrrl McLees
Mysteriously named Bungie "friend" Brooke Szabo interviews the hardest working woman in rock-and-roll... er, purple-haired ass-kicker... ah, that is to say, Bungie's own Lorraine McLees, illustrator extraordinaire.
By the way, check out the image at the bottom of the interview, with Lorraine standing next to a poster with "Bungie 10" up at the top of it. There's a better view of this poster here. Take a good look at the creature on the bottom right. I think we might be seeing that guy some day...
Halo for PC - Gone Gold!
The day has finally come! PC Halo will now finally be in shops by the end of this month! SketchFactor has posted an interview conducted with Michel Bastien, Bungie's handy producer, based on questions submitted at our sister site: HBO, along with details of the release and a whole slew of new screenshots and images in the Halo PC gallery.
But you don't want to be reading my account of it, get lost! That other site is where's it's happening. Begone!
Oh and for those of you still here, you might want to read the Microsoft press release concerning this most momentous of occasions.
come back soon :(
Becoming a Game Animator
John Butkus displays his one-thousand-three-hundred-and-thirty-seven-ness once again in the form of yet another b.net top story. Ever wanted to animate the Masterchief's stylin' teabagging moves? Do you fancy the prospect of bringing the next beach voleyball game to life? If you answered yes to either of those questions, we need to have a little chat.
But in all seriousness folks *chortle* check out John's article, it's a great read and points out a lesson that seems to be important for any job in the gaming industry: practice and portfolios pay!
Maybe I'll get the next one on time... who knows?
Apparently, Bungie have these guys called engineers working on Halo 2. Beats me what this group of chaps actually does, but you may be able to glean more info than I did in this article SketchFactor decided to post on a whim to conclude the old "Making of the E3 Demo" series I thought he ended twice already. Whatever.
In the second issue of this most glorious of publications, the distinctive duo field queries pertaining to bacon (again), canada (again), and hockey (again). Man, I applaud these guys' originality!
In this new Inside Bungie feature, Nathan "bentllama" Walpole and John "Anim8rJB" Butkus take time out of their lazy schedules of making Master Chief hump dead bodies to say stuff about beavers, big sticks, and Canadian Bacon.
The McLees GenCon 2003 report
Rumours of my passing have been greatly exaggerated. I prefer the term: carefully mislaid. All the same, I have now returned to do your bidding and as an act of penance, I present the "latest" bungie.net story of the moment. Honestly, you'd think I was the only one who worked here...
So, at the end of last month, GenCon decided to hold itself. Lorraine McLees was there along with her family, both immediate and Bungie extended, to report on the Halo PC tournament and various convention happenings. It looks like it all turned out well in the end.
Making the Halo 2 E3 Demo - Art
What's that? You didn't actually believe Gholsbane when he said that the Aural Pleasure interview was the last of the Halo 2 Demo interviews, did you? You fool! Of course they're not finished yet. This week, Marcus Lehto, Dave Dunn, Nathan Walpole, John Butkus, and Shiek Wang sit down with SketchFactor and mehve to discuss the different aspects of video game art and how it fits into the glory that is the Halo 2 Demo.
Halo 2 Aural Pleasure
The third and final installment of SketchFactor's Halo 2 Demo interviews is wrapped up with the talented Bungie audio posse. Read in awe as Jay waxes poetical about Halo's streamlined audio engine, electric sound design and the glory of 5.1 surround sound while Marty talks of bread, butter, cucumbers and candy.
Red vs. Blue : The Interview
A new interview up at bungie.net for your pleasure and gratification. This time, it's the boys from Red vs. Blue in the spotlight. So like, I guess they enjoy drinking. And stuff. They may even like some other things but you're going to have to read about those for yourself I'm afraid.
Lights. Camera. Action!
Part 2 of SketchFactor's ongoing Making of the Halo 2 E3 Demo Talks. Quite a mouthful. This week, Brian talks with Joe Staten, Bungie's director of cinematics, on the creation process behing the demo's breathtaking cutscenes. Tune in for part trois next week.
Making of the Halo 2 E3 Demo
SketchFactor talks design with Tyson "Ferrex" Green and Jamie "Flawless Cowboy" Griesemer, who helped create the Halo 2 E3 Demo. Next week, Sin-O-MatiXXX!
Caption Contest Winners Announced
Evil Otto has judged the entries of the Halo 2 UI Contest and announced the winners. The losers, too, see some coverage and ridicule. Head on over for a glimpse into the secrets and wonders that will be hidden within Halo 2's interface. Sometimes I give myself the creeps.
Halo 2 E3 Video Unleashed
The official Halo 2 demo movie is finally here! Bungie have worked hard to bring those fans not lucky enough to attend E3 a high quality direct feed of the demo level. Numerous download links are available so if some aren't responding, there's no need to despair.
Get tactical, Marines!
Hot on the heels of Brian's FanFest epic, Lorraine reports on the Bungie Gun Guys' trip to Myrtle Beach for some Halo 2 active research. What these guys do in the pursuit of accuracy and detail never ceases to amaze me.
FanFest Flashback - Part 2
The second and concluding part to Sketchfactor's FanFest recap. A hectic tale of lost boxes, movies, trivia and pizza (presumably of the bad variety) within. So go, reminisce, or find out what joys you missed out on. Then go buy your tickets for next year.
FanFest Flashback - Part I
SketchFactor reminisces on the hard work put into this year's FanFest at E3 and the payoff of its successful execution. Part 1 of 2.
June 2003 - "Bungie.Halo.Seven.Blam" by Lorraine R. McLees
Lorraine speaks out on the frightening effects of Bungie's Mind Control Ray™. Se7ens, they're everywhere!
Halo 2 Content Contest
Now this is cool. Bungie have offered three people the chance to put something into Halo 2. A new b.net contest involves coming up with a nifty quote to appear in the UI for the new game. Time and number of entries is limited so check out the details now.
Deep Fried E3 Goodness
Fries Fires Fried Halo? Yet another b.net top story provides more info on Bungie's E3 presence, bacon, panko crust and an update on Halo PC. Tuck in!
The Road to FanFest
SketchFactor fills us in on some of the preparation going into making this FanFest the event of the year.
Interview with Frank O'Connor
Sketchfactor talks with OXM's Editor in Chief about shizzle, pizza, and a bunch of other stuff concerning Halo 2. Worth a read to get some idea of what might or might not be on the cards at E3. Maybe.
Calling all Fans!
Check out news of the upcoming Bungie FanFest at E3 and read up on details of the latest Bungie contest for juicy prizes and the title of Ultimate Halo Fan.
Building a Better Chapter - Part Two
SketchFactor returns with a posse of spotlighted founders to further discuss what makes a successful 7th Colum chapter.
Building a Better Chapter
You would think creating your very own Halo fan club is a piece of cake, but sadly the dried carcasses of dead or abandoned Chapters over at Bungie.net are a bitter testament to the reality of keeping your local club alive and fresh. Bungie's own SketchFactor passes on some learned wisdom on what it takes to keep folks coming back for more.
Curt Chiarelli, Sculptor
Bungie gives up more Halo toy details when they interview Curt Chiarelli, the artist behind the sculpting of the Cortana and the Covenant Elite toys. Yes, that's right, the Covenant Elite is coming too.
Despite the fact that your kind benefactors here at Bungie Sightings were dealt a crushing slight by Mr. Zartman, if that is his real name, you may find something of interest in this interview with The Voice of Bob.
[I'm glad I'm not alone noticing the sneer in his squeaky voice when he condescendingly referred to our fine publication. Well, I'll just cross his name off the interview list. Actually, the fact this interview even exists shows our presence is affecting Soell and Co. They've already stooped to imitating us! -pd]
The devilishly clever Achronos updates Bungie.net's infrastructure, adding a slew of new features!
Skip Weasel, the man, the myth, offers advice on matters of love in this painstakingly formatted article on BungieNet. We here at Bungie Sightings think Skip is on to something - unfortunately, whatever it may be, it's moldy and has tentacles. Stop it Skip, you're making the Soul jealous!
Oft overlooked, constantly tourtured, once forced to share a bathroom with Cortana (the old one, not the pretty one) - Bungie finally gives the Disembodied Soul some love in an article on BungieNet.
Throb on over and read it and then be on the lookout for mislabeled Marathon Infinity disks. I hear that when they get every one of them back they will let him go... er, it go.
After reading the interview twice, I can't get over the feeling that I'm seeing two mirrors reflecting into infinity.
Free Love, Halo Style
(Be sure and check back on Friday - we'll have a special Valentine's day interview with one of the most interesting women to play Myth: The Fallen Lords.)
Bungie Pentathlon 2003 in Review
As reported earlier, the Grizzled Ancients hobbled to victory in the 2003 Bungie Pentathalon. Now Matt Soell is reliving the past on BungieNet, despite the incipient Alzheimer's. Read his rose-colored account in Bungie Pentathlon 2003 in Review on BungieNet.
Get Into Bungie's Pants
February 2003 - "On the Bungie Way" by Matt Soell
Part man, part machine - all sack. Bungie plumbs the depths of Chris Carney's shallow soul in The Secret Life of Danger Boy.
Mehve also features Danger Boy in a new Bungie Comic.
A Look at Aleph One (Part 2)
A Look at Aleph One (Part 1)
Picking Your Perfect Login
Seventh Column Theme Contest
Team Tournament Strategy Guide
iGames Winter Team Tournament
So You Want To Be A Programmer
One On One With Mat Noguchi
Making the Halo 2 Trailer Part 2
Making the Halo 2 Trailer Part 1
Halo Tournament Finalists
Tournament Strategy Guide
The Man is Leaving the Building 7/19 Not a Top Story, but dammit, it SHOULDA been! :)
The Man is Leaving the Building 7/19 Not a Top Story, but dammit, it SHOULDA been! :)
Halo for Mac and PC Announced
State of The Seventh Column
The Marathon Connection
One on One with Juan Ramirez
Robert McLees Interviewed by You
Myth Game Server Open-Sourced
Bungie Interviews Jen Taylor
February 2002 - "Joseph Goes to the MS Company Store" by Joseph Staten
One on One with Marcus Lehto
Jason Jones Interviewed by You
Playing Halo Over the Internet
November 2001 - "Smelling The Roses" by Marty O'Donnell
January 1997 - "What I Did On My Summer Vacation" by Robt McLees
October 1996 - "Duty Now For The Future" by Matt Soell
August 1996 - "Comin' Outta The Booth On Distribution Myths and Lies" by Alexander Seropian
June 1996 - "Comin' Outta The Booth On Computer Game Violence" by Doug Zartman
April 1996 - "Secrets of the Mac Game Market That Shouldn't Be" by Eric Klein, Jr.