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Be careful what you Wiki when you work at a large company. Now that people can find out the IP address of Wikipedia users and what they changed, it's probably not a good idea to edit entries for competitor's products.

A Sony employee at the SCEE offices in Liverpool, England changed the Halo Wikipedia entry under the Halo 3 sub-section to say that Halo 3 "won't look any better than Halo 2.

Naughty, naughty SCEE employee.

The entry has been fixed as we all know that Halo 3 does look better than Halo 2.

N4G.com: Sony insults Halo 3 on Wikipedia

Most folks in Korea don't play Halo. They don't have Xboxes, generally. So, in order to introduce the game, Microsoft set up a hidden camera and freaked people out with Master Chief.

It's positively hypnotic, although we'll let you decide whether any new Halo 3 fans were born.

'Halo 3' In Production

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Posted August 29, 2007 - By Stephen Johnson


In a factory in the Far East, at this very second, thousands of machines are stamping out millions (?) of copies of Halo 3.

Yes, perhaps the most eagerly anticipated videogame ever is in production.  And it's less than a month away.

"This is a huge milestone for us and a big cause for celebration at Bungie and Microsoft Game Studios," said Harold Ryan, Studio Head at Bungie Studios. "This is the game we've always wanted to make and certainly the best game our studio has developed. We can't wait for gamers to get their hands on it on Sept. 25."

So if you happen to hijack a container ship sailing across the Pacific you may find boxes and boxes of Halo 3 on-board. Are you listening, Bluebeard? Go get us an early copy of Halo 3 and we'll make it worth your while.

If you can't plunder Halo 3, you'll have to wait until September 25th when the retail version comes out.

Graham Devine, lead designer on Halo Wars at Ensemble Studios, takes us through 10 minutes of gameplay footage from the upcoming RTS game for the Xbox 360.

Be sure to watch the whole thing as it details how the game will control, what combat will look like, and generally how Halo will transfer to the RTS genre. It looks REALLY good.

Halo Wars Developer Walkthru »



At this week's Leipzig Games Convention, Bungie’s Brian Jarrard dropped a lot of info on Halo 3, including an option to create custom weapons! Drool. Here's what Jarrard had to offer:

  • New mode/feature called the “Forge” lets you edit weapon placement, spawn points, vehicles and more in real-time during the middle of multiplayer matches. You’ll take on the shape of monitor, similar to the Guilty Spark, and will even be vulnerable to gunfire and player attacks while you edit maps in real-time.
  • Multiplayer customization options let you create your very own power-ups with specific attributes. For example, if you want to create a power-up that lets you run twice as fast, kill in a single shot and jump extra high, you can.
  • You can share your edited levels with others by placing it in your “shared items” slot, which other players can then access and download to their 360.
  •  “Bungie Recommends” section on Bungie.net will spotlight Bungie-found user content, like screens, videos, edited levels, rule sets and more.
  •  Heroic and Legendary difficulties now tougher than ever. Bungie recommends experienced Halo gamers play on these difficulties rather than Normal.

AdvanceMN: Halo 3 Lets You Create Your Own Power-ups and Mo

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The continuing saga of Master Chief and The Covenant will be concluded in Halo 3, but, in the meantime, Halo: Uprising will help you get from Halo 2 to where we are now. The comic will bridge the gap between the two videogames, and prepare readers for the story's end, this Fall.

What you're going to find out is all kinds of information you've never known before, including what Master Chief's new mission is, and why The Covenant are so darn interested in Earth. It's going to be an eye-opener, and, better yet, should help pass the time between now and the game's release, which is good.

Comic Book News: Halo: Uprising #1 On-Sale Today


Have you had enough Halo 3 hype yet? Neither have we, so when we ran across this in-depth article on Wired about the science of Halo's play-testing, we sucked it up like a vacuum sucks dirt. The big question: How, exactly, does Bungie, the game's developer, make sure the Halo 3 gives players a "sense of speed and purpose?" In short, how do they ensure it rocks?

According to the article, playtesters have been running through Halo while Bungie employees (presumably wearing lab coats and carrying clipboards) monitor their frustration and/or boredom levels. Six hundred everyday gamers have played 3,000 hours of Halo 3, with Bungie tracking everything from favored weapons to how and where players most frequently get killed.

Data is crunched in maps to make sure players don't get lost too much. Multi-player battlefields are scanned to make sure neither side has an advantage over the other, and everything is scientifically tuned to make sure Halo 3 offers gamers something new and improves on the original two Halo titles.

We can't help but wonder if thousands of hours of play testing with hundreds of gamers making group decisions might mean a game that sinks to the middle level of enjoyment, like an overly focus-grouped Hollywood movie, bereft of originality and catering only to the most average of tastes. Maybe. Maybe not. Halo day will bring the answers.

Wired.com:  Halo 3: How Microsoft Labs Invented a New Science of Play

Daily Wrap-Up: 8/16/07

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Posted August 16, 2007 - By Stephen Johnson

The Daily Feed with Layla Kayleigh 08.16.07 »


Here's a look at the most important things that went down today. Ch-ch-check it out:


Hey, Bungie, you're killing us with the slow, water-torture drip style of releasing Halo 3 information. But we can't stay mad at 'cha when we hear about new maps.

Here's what Lars Bakken, Multiplayer Designer, and Frank O'Connor, Writing Lead, at Bungie said about The Narrows, a brand new Halo 3 map:

"It's a Forerunner structure. It's embedded in this cliff wall and it's a bridge. Imagine the - if you're familiar with Halo 1 - imagine the bridge from Assault on the Control Room, expanded, and made for multiplayer, so it's got multiple levels and each side has kind of a dug in section, and it's mirrored so on one side of each of the bases there's actually a Man Cannon, and if both sides take it at the same time they'll actually meet in mid-air, which is pretty cool.

"There are multiple areas that you fight over; there are some power weapons in the centere of the map. I'll give you guys a heads-up right now - there's actually a rocket launcher on top and a shotgun on the lowest level dead centere of the map, so when you guys play it tonight you'll have a little extra edge on the competition…"

Click the link for the screenshots.

IGN: UPDATED: New Halo 3 Map Unveiled

Halo: Uprising Comic Teased

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Posted August 12, 2007 - By juster

Those sexy bitches over at Bungie has blessed us all with new scans of the upcoming Halo: Uprising comic.  Click the pic to go straight to Bungie to see them all.

Bungie.net: Weekly Update 8/10/2007


You are not going to believe this shizz: Videogame Halo 3 has been pre-ordered many, many times. According to an announcement from Bungie, the company behind the first-person-shooter, over a million people have anticipated their need for Halo 3 and acted upon that need by placing an advance order through an internet web-site.

Bungie also wants you to know that lots of promotional tie-ins are coming.

Here's what  Jill Hamburger, Vice President of Movies and Games at Best Buy said about Halo 3: “The excitement for ‘Halo 3’ is incredible...From our preorders online and the buzz we’re hearing in our stores, we know this release is going to be one of the biggest entertainment events of the year." 

"We’re thrilled to be able to bring it to our customers.” Vice President Hamburger added.

Also of note: Get ready for a marketing blitz on par with a Hollywood blockbuster.  For the next few months, you won't be able to do anything, buy anything, wear anything, drink anything or imagine anything without being aware of Halo 3.

Click the cut for a list of some of the Halo 3 promotional tie-ins coming up.

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Mo' Halo coming our way this September. The Chief's bringing along some new hardware alongside the release of Halo 3. Here's what's inside Microsoft's very, very special Xbox 360 Halo Edition:

  • Halo 3 Special Edition Console
  • Halo 3 Special Edition Wireless Controller
  • Halo 3 Special Edtion 20GB Hard Drive
  • Halo 3 Special Edition Wired Headset
  • Gamer Pics...no, wait...Halo 3 Special Edition Gamer Pics and Theme (via Xbox Live download)
  • Component HD AV Cable
  • Ethernet Cable
  • HDMI Port
  • Play and Charge Kit
  • Xbox Live Silver Membership
  • One month Xbox LIVE Gold Membership

Unfortunately, unlike the previous Xbox Halo Edition console which came with the original Halo, Halo 3 won't be included in the package. This spartan green and gold package will cost $399.99-$50 bucks more than the now priced $349.99 premium package and $50 bucks less than the Elite package.

Rejoice brethrens! For in July 31, Bungie announced thy coming of thou Messiah! Well, not really but they confirmed the four player online co-op mode for Halo 3 landing this September. Our palms are sweating and we are constantly counting down the minutes till we finally get our greedy hands on it. But, as we all know, the realm of online play has its share of anonymous, annoying, immature #@#$ers who just wants to spoil your online fun time.

So the folks over at Gamernode.com posted a few ‘Dos and Don’ts’ to keep in mind when logging on Xbox Live with Halo 3. Here are a couple of them on the list:

  • Do: Forget about loved ones on launch day - When September 25 rolls around you don’t want to be playing with your friends and be the douche bag who makes everyone interrupt gameplay because your girlfriend wants to engage in some completely unnecessary conversation about how her day went. Your friends don’t care, and let’s be honest, you probably don’t care either, so spare everyone that awkward moment and let her know in advance that you’re going to bed early.
  • Don’t: Make other plans - You’re a gamer. You should have nothing planned for this day. Bail, and forever lose cool points, not to mention look like a penis in front of your friends and likely have the ending ruined for you.

Sad and pathetic, but for us, it is necessary! We made some Dos and Donts of our own as well. Check them out after the jump and make sure to add your own! (But make sure you don’t sound like an anonymous, annoying, immature #@#$er):

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New 'Halo 3' Screenshots!

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Posted July 31, 2007 - By bleahy

Hot off the co-op announcement comes some new screenshots from the singleplayer campaign. Did it just get awesome in here?

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Update: Bungie has supplied us with details on their site. The online co-op mode  is set up in a lobby, similar to the matchmaking system found in Halo 2 and Halo 3 beta. You can join others in their game, or simply start your own session. To stay true to the game, Bungie decided to implement unique character models in online co-op: Player one will be Master Chief, player two as the Arbiter and the other two will play as two new Elite characters.

Plus, as it was first featured in the Halo 3 Beta, you can record all the glory in online co-op (screenshots or video)  via the Saved Films feature to relive all the touching moments. Bungie also recommends we serve the Covenant right by whooping them in Legendary mode. Don't worry, we definitely will.

Bungie loves us...

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