343 Industries has 'learned a lesson' from not doing beta tests

June 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

343 Industries studio head Bonnie Ross says that her company has learned valuable lessons from skipping beta tests for Halo: The Master Chief Collection and has no plans to repeat that mistake with the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians. Speaking to Engadget at E3 this week, Ross noted that a different team is working on Halo 5, though she still takes full responsibility for the lackluster, early performance of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

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343 Industries addresses concerns over Halo 5's REQ Points

June 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Halo 5 will have in-game currency that can be used to buy in-game enhancements.  According to this post on Halo Waypoint, the game will feature REQ Points, which players can earn after competing in Warzone or Arena multiplayer. Players can also earn these points by leveling up their Spartan Rank and completing Commendations in multiplayer. These points can be used to purchase unlockable weapons, armor, skins, assassination animations, etc.

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Sad trombone music: 'Halo 5' cooperative play WILL require Xbox Live Gold

June 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday we reported that Halo 5: Guardians would not require an Xbox Live Gold subscription in order to play. The news came from an interview conducted by Game Informer with 343 Industries studio head John Holmes.

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PSA: 'Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle' coming later this month

May 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Larry Hryb (aka Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson) revealed details on a new Xbox One Special Edition Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle on his blog today. The bundle features Cirrus White Xbox One console, one wireless controller and a digital download code for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The Halo: The Master Chief Collection offers Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4.

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NECA's 'Master Chief' Motorcycle Helmet Shipping in July

February 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

National Entertainment Collectibles Association and Halo developers 343 Industries announced a deal to create a series of Halo-branded merchandise way back in late 2013. One of the most interesting parts of the deal was a motorcycle helmet inspired by the iconic helmet worn by series protagonist Master Chief.

While pricing and the exact date have not been disclosed, NECA has finally revealed that it will be shipping in July of this year. They also have some early shots of the helmet on its official website (link below).

Here are the stats on the helmet:

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343 Industries Testing Another 'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' Beta Update to Fix Matchmaking

January 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A major update that further tweaks and refines matchmaking in Halo: The Master Chief Collection is being tested by 343 Industries, according to what the developer says in a lengthy Halo Waypoint post. Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been plagued with connectivity and matchmaking issues since launch, much to the chagrin of players who wanted to play the remastered collection of Halo games to play against other people online.

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PSA: Play 'Halo 5' This Weekend At Best Buy

December 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you didn't buy the Halo: The Master Chief Collection and aren't an Xbox One Preview member, then you cannot play the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta at the moment. But if you are itching to play the game then there's another way you can do so all this weekend: visit your local Best Buy. The retailer announced today that over 50 U.S. stores will offer some hands on time with Halo 5 during select store hours.

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PSA: 'Halo 5' Multiplayer Beta Starts Today

December 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you bought Halo: The Master Chief Collection you probably already know that you are entitled to join in on the Halo 5 multiplayer beta.

Will it make up for all the problems you may have encountered while trying to play Halo: The Master Chief Collection online? Probably not, but it might make you feel better, assuming the whole affair is stable at launch...

The multiplayer beta started this morning, as announced by the official Halo Twitter account:

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343 Industries Promises Free Stuff for 'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' Owners

December 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Late last week Halo series chief and 343 Industries head Bonnie Ross apologized once again for the sorry state of online play in Master Chief Collection anthology on Xbox One since its launch in November, and vowed to deliver a patch and some free stuff for Halo fans to make things right. While Ross did not provide an ETA on the update or the free stuff in the pipeline, she did offer some details on what the company is working on.

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'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' Gets Another Update

December 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A brand new update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been released offering some new tweaks and fixes to matchmaking, parties, the roster, and more. According to the Halo Waypoint web site, the following changes are in the latest update:

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'Halo The Master Chief Collection' Update Due This Week

December 3, 2014 - James Fudge

A new update to once again attempt to solve the problems with matchmaking in Microsoft's and 343 Industries' Halo: The Master Chief Collection is due for release later this week. A new post on Halo Waypoint lays out in vague terms what the update will do:

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343 Industries Apologizes for Problems With 'Halo: Master Chief Collection'

November 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a public letter to the Halo community, 343 Industries apologized for the ongoing problems with matchmaking online for its recently released Halo: Master Chief Collection for Xbox One.

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Because Science Examines Halo's 'Ringworlds'

November 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest episode of Because Science (from the folks at The Nerdist) applies real-world science to the life-destroying ringworlds in Halo - no doubt in honor of the Master Chief Collection being released this week for Xbox One.

In "How Could We Build A HALO Ringworld?," host Kyle Hill tries to figure out how one would build such a devastating device:

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343 Studios Apologizes for 'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' Matchmaking Issues

November 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This Reddit post is keeping track of all the problems that users have experienced with the freshly released Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The most frequently mentioned issue seems to be with online multiplayer matchmaking.

343 executive producer Dan Ayoub apologized for the launch day trouble and noted in a new Halo Waypoint post that tweaks, fixes and improvements will be applied to matchmaking through several server updates today:

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'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' Suffers Minor Release Day Online Troubles

November 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has launched the Halo: The Master Chief Collection today for Xbox One, and its popularity among players has proven a challenge to the company online.

This morning Xbox issued a service alert warning players that some of the game collection's features were not working temporarily. Right now purchase and content usage related to the game and some social gaming features are currently experiencing problems.

In its alert Microsoft issued a statement on both issues, saying that it was aware of the problems and already working on them.

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Microsoft Reveals HaloFest Event

October 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft and 343 Industries are inviting fans to a celebration of all things Halo as they broadcast special sneak peeks, interviews and exclusive gameplay to the world on Xbox Live, Xbox.com and Twitch. This event is to get fans amped up for the Nov. 11 release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo: Nightfall. Microsoft will broadcast its HaloFest 2014 celebration from the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles on Nov. 10 beginning at 8 p.m. - the day before Halo: The Master Chief Collection arrives worldwide.

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Microsoft: 60 Million Halo Titles Sold To-Date

October 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft says that it has sold more than 60 million Halo titles worldwide since the franchise debuted on the original Xbox thirteen years ago - Halo: Combat Evolved. This number is up substantially from the 50 million sold milestone announced in December of 2012.

That massive figure includes Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 4, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo Wars, Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. Microsoft also claims that gamers have played various Halo titles for more than 6 billion hours on Xbox Live over the years.

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Arbiter Orders Bungie to Return Stock to Marty O’Donnell

August 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Bungie has to return the founders’ shares in the game studio that it took away from former music and audio chief Marty O’Donnell, according to a ruling made in an arbitration proceeding.

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Halo 3 for Free to Xbox Live Gold Subscribers Today

October 16, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Bungie's 2007 first-person shooter hit Halo 3 is now available as a free download to Xbox Live Gold subscribers as part of Microsoft's Games with Gold program. The game normally sells for $15. In the first half of the month Microsoft offered the puzzle-RPG Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes for free.

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Research: Playing Shooters Improves Motion Perception - While Walking Backwards

September 24, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A new study by the School of Psychology at the University of Leicester comes to the conclusion that first-person shooters can help players better perceive motion... while walking backwards. The research was recently published in a paper called "Selectively enhanced motion perception in core video gamers" in the journal Perception.

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Bungie Shows Kindness to Young Liver Transplant Patient and Halo Fan

January 21, 2013 -

This Reddit thread reveals a grand and charitable deed that Bungie did for a very sick little boy in Seattle, as detailed by The Escapist. According to the Reddit thread, Seattle-based Reddit user fiscal_ reached out to Bungie asking them to send something to his five year old son who was in the process of getting a liver transplant.

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Halo 2 PC Servers to Go Dark in February

January 17, 2013 -

According to an announcement from 343 Industries community manager Jessica Shea posted on Halo Waypoint, multiplayer servers for the PC windows version of Halo 2 will go dark on February 15. So why would 343 Industries shut down those servers? Because, as Shea points out, nobody seems to be using them anymore:

"We're sad to report that the service end-date for Halo 2 PC Multiplayer will be February 15, 2013," reads the post.

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Microsoft Investigating Issue with Halo 4 Season Pass Holders and the Crimson Map Pack

December 10, 2012 -

Microsoft has indicated to the Xbox 360 community that it is aware of problems with Halo 4 season pass holders not being able to download the Crimson Map Pack that was released today. The company says that it is investigating the cause of this and working on a solution. Instead of being able to simply download the Crimson Map Pack, season pass holders are being asked to pay 800 MS Points prior to download. The season pass costs a flat fee enabling purchasers to grab all the downloadable content upon release for free.

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Xbox Live's Ridiculous Halo 4 Promotion

November 8, 2012 -

Hey kids!  Do you have absolutely nothing better to do this month than play Halo 4 every day for hours on end?

If so, Xbox Live's "Halo 4 Combat Tour Offer" might be right up your alley!

This month, you can earn Microsoft points by playing Halo 4 in multiplayer mode.

 

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Turns Out Sexist Talk on Xbox Live Won't Earn You a Lifetime Ban

November 7, 2012 -

Last week, GameSpot reported that Halo 4 executive producer Kiki Wolfkill and 343 Industries head Bonnie Ross had said "there is zero tolerance for Xbox Live players who are found to be making sexist or discriminatory comments against others, with a lifetime ban from the network as penalty."

According to Destructoid, that's not exactly the case.

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Fox News: Halo 4 May Keep Voters at Home

November 6, 2012 -

Election Day is finally upon us and you know what that means!

Yep, Halo 4 is now available at retail!  Of course, as a Nintendo fanboy, I don’t give a toss but some people are excited.  So excited in fact that Fox News suggests some may forego the polls and instead elect to stay home and play Master Chief’s latest adventure.

The evidence?  Halo 4 came out today.

Yeah, that’s it.

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Master Chief Calls Other Games 'Girly' at Xbox Event in Israel

November 6, 2012 -

Some poor guy that dressed up like Master Chief to give a presentation on behalf of Microsoft's Xbox 360 launch in Israel called games other than Halo - and no doubt other than Halo 4 which releases today in regions around the world - girly. Besides being a poor choice of words that will likely be construed as misogynistic and sexist, Master Chief may not realize that a good portion of the military in Israel is comprised of women. Oops.

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Play Halo 4, Get Rewards From American Express

November 2, 2012 -

American Express and Xbox have teamed up to offer "automatic real-time rewards" for playing Halo 4, according to this GamesBeat report. Players will be able to play Halo 4, complete levels and win rewards like cash back, coupons, and - if they are extra lucky - a trip to the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

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Microsoft: Halo Series has Generated $3 Billion in Revenue

October 31, 2012 -

New sales figures from Microsoft reveal that its ultra popular Halo franchise has generated nearly $3 billion in revenue since launch, with more than 46 million Halo games sold. Halo: Reach was responsible for around $200 million of that revenue in just 24 hours across Europe and the US, with Halo 3 managing to bring $170 million in the US on day one. Halo 2 was no slouch either; it raked in $125 million.

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Halo 4 Developers Say Sexist Behavior on Xbox Live Can Earn you a 'Lifetime Ban'

October 31, 2012 -

343 Industries studio head Bonnie Ross and Halo 4 executive producer Kiki Wolfkill say that sexist and other anti-social behavior on Xbox Live is unacceptable and that they have a responsibility to tamp down or eliminate sexism in the industry. They also said that Microsoft does its best to monitor and ban players who abuse other players over Xbox Live. Ross and Wolfkill made their comments to GameSpot this week to promote Halo 4.

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Adam802http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ex-Sen-Leland-Yee-may-be-headed-for-a-plea-deal-6358941.php07/01/2015 - 7:12am
Adam802Possible plea deal in Yee case: http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_28408532/leland-yee-case-plea-deal-appears-likely07/01/2015 - 7:11am
MattsworknameInfo, Im with goth on this, the moment people start saying "You can but you shouldnt" thats a slow slide into censorship07/01/2015 - 6:05am
InfophileIn other words, you stopped when you found out it was arguing for a position you disagreed with, but before you found out why.07/01/2015 - 5:29am
Goth_Skunk"In short, anyone can write a rape scene—but should they? Chances are, the answer is no." And that's where I stopped reading.07/01/2015 - 5:11am
InfophileRelevant to our discussion of rape in fiction yesterday: http://www.wired.com/2015/06/rape-scenes/07/01/2015 - 4:58am
Mattsworknameof players, over and over for the last seveal years. Among non RPG games, which make up the vast majority of current games, I think that you still see a large scale disparity between male and female in the AAA industry.07/01/2015 - 1:36am
Mattsworknamewilson. Out of RPG players yes, thats true, and in pc ciricles im not suprised, but RPGS make a small fraction of Console games these days and while pc gaming is seeing a resurgance, MMOs are actually retracting in size , as shown by WOW losing millions07/01/2015 - 1:33am
Matthew Wilsonhere is the study to prove it. http://www.pcgamer.com/researchers-find-that-female-pc-gamers-outnumber-males/07/01/2015 - 1:17am
Matthew Wilson@matt wrong over half of rpg players, both singleplayer and mmos, are female.07/01/2015 - 1:15am
MechaCrashRight, women don't usually play AAA games because none are aimed at them because they don't play them because none are aimed at them because okay you see where I'm going with this.07/01/2015 - 1:11am
MattsworknameI think the better path is this, more games built to give you the Choice of playing as male or female, and give the females good voice actors07/01/2015 - 1:08am
Mattsworknameup more then a fraction of the AAA games industry, but they make up a much larger part of the moble market.07/01/2015 - 1:04am
Mattsworknameandrew is right, to a point, as you are seeing a slow increase of women in games, but the sales shows that the lions share of gaming money comes from a male demo, and while andrew is right that it is changing, it's gonna be a LONG time before women make07/01/2015 - 1:04am
Andrew EisenI think more professional gamblers should get into games publishing. They'll play the odds but they'll also take risks to maximize profits.06/30/2015 - 11:57pm
Andrew EisenAt the end of the day, the ball is rolling and it's rolling in the right direction. Maybe not as fast as we'd like, but it is moving. All we can do is play the games that interest us and make our thoughts known.06/30/2015 - 11:55pm
Matthew Wilsonits unfortunate that the dataset is so tiny for female leads, and is a mixed bag, so money people get the wrong idea.06/30/2015 - 11:54pm
Andrew Eisen"Duke Nukem Forever sold poorly. See? Games staring white guys don't sell!" Pretty silly thing to say.06/30/2015 - 11:50pm
Andrew EisenOr, at the very least, that gamers aren't turned off by female leads.06/30/2015 - 11:49pm
Matthew Wilsonyou would think games like metriod, portal and tomb raider would show that it work, but hopefuly those knew ones will.06/30/2015 - 11:47pm
 

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