Halo 4: Goodbye “Teabagging”, Hello “Victory Crouch”

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The GuyDudeBro’s of FPS gaming can rest easy after 343’s announcement that it will not be removing the “Teabagging” mechanic from Halo 4. However, it has been renamed the “Victory Crouch” in order fool absolutely no one. Players in online multiplayer can simply press X to respawn and spare their corpses the shame of the “Victory Crouch”, but in split-screen multiplayer a delay can be added so that “Victory Crouch” fans can victimize or be victimized to their heart’s content.

Source: Gameranx.com.

Oops: BBC Mistakes ‘Halo’ Logo For United Nations Emblem [VIDEO]

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This has to be one of the oddest graphic goofs I’ve seen. While reporting on the conflict in Syria, the crew of the BBC posted the United Nations Space Command logo from Halo instead of the UN Security Council logo. This was probably the result of a google image search gone horribly wrong. Still, it’s not like Syria couldn’t use a visit from the Master Chief at this point.

Source: Mashable

Halo: The Thursday War Novel Drops October 2nd


Karen Traviss’ trilogy of Halo Books continues in “The Thursday War”, the sequel to last year’s “Glasslands”. The trilogy takes place after the events of Halo 3, where dissident groups in the Earth and Covenant forces conspire to ignite a new conflict over technology left by the mysterious forerunners. The novel will be released in Audiobook and Hardcover on October 2nd, 2012

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Official Halo Live Action Web Series To Air This Fall

Although the Halo movie may be forever interred in development hell, but a new live action web series is going to be released as part of the lead up to Halo 4 on November 6. The production will feature many of the names attached to the Halo movie project like Neill Blomkamp, the director of District 9. Series will consists of 5 fifteen minute episodes released on a weekly basis, and maybe, just maybe it will lead to more live action productions in the Halo Universe.

Source:Reviews on the Run

Halo 4 Gets November 6th Launch Date

At long last, 343 Industries has revealed November 6th as the date for the next installment of the Halo Series. We know that the new trilogy takes place 4 years after Halo 3 and little else. The only other details given were that Master Chief would “confront his destiny” and “save the universe.” Again? The release date also takes place on election day, the political implications of which we can only begin to speculate.

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Neil Davidge Revealed as the Halo 4 Composer

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UK composer Neil Davidge has recently been named as the new composer for the Halo game series. Davidge will be taking over from Bungie employees Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori. His previous works include composing for the Electronica group “Massive Attack” and films such as Push, Trouble the Water, Bullet Boy, and Clash of the Titans.

Source:Forbes

Bungie Says Goodbye To Halo With Epic Infographic

As of March 31st, the duties of developing, supporting, and maintaining the Halo series finally changed from Bungie to 343 Studios. As a grand send-off for the franchise, Bungie put together this infographic detailing the 235,182 years players have spent battling in the Halo Universe. Click away to enlarge.


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New Halo 4 Trailer with Dev Q & A

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343 Studios has released a new trailer with gameplay footage and developer interviews revealing further details about the new Halo game. Most interesting to note is the injection of story into multiplayer. Apparently there will be a reason for the Red and Blue Spartans to fight, and not just the painfully comic existential emptiness that the pour souls in Red V. Blue have to contend with. The graphics and sound have all been redone, and it looks like 343 is going to make this into the Triple-A experience we’ve come to expect from the Halo Franchise.

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Bungie founder Would be “Surprised” If Microsoft Messed up on Halo 4

Bungie Founder Alex Seropian spent some time telling Gamespot about his new Mobile Game Development Company, Industrial Toys. Near the end of the interview, Gamespot asked Seropian what he thought of Halo 4 being helmed by 343 Industries and Microsoft. He had this to say:

 I don’t think I can be anything other than hopeful that it will be great. We’ll see. Halo is one of the crown jewels in the Microsoft gaming IP, if not the crown jewel, so you would expect nothing less than for them to take the time needed and apply the resources needed to make it great. I would be pretty surprised if they whiffed it. Maybe it will bring a fresh perspective, and that’s so hard because there’s so many fans that are used to a particular thing that bringing something new is often…it’s hard to bring something new to a franchise that’s so established. I’m looking forward to it.

 

Source:GameSpot.com.

343 Industries heads to the Firing Range for Halo 4

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As any good sound designer knows, for the right sound you need to go to the source. Halo Developer 343 Industries has posted a video of one of their more involved recording sessions out on a desert firing range. They fire off machine guns, assault rifles, and mortars to get the samples they’ll sweeten into everything from small pistols to Forerunner death rays. I’m hope that they giv Master Chief’s assault rifle an update. Halo 3’s battle rifle makes it sound like a dollar store toy.

Source: Halo Waypoint