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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Halo 4 Leaked, Microsoft Promises Investigations and Permanent Bans to Offenders

October 15, 2012 -

Over the weekend pictures and forum threads started to illustrate that players had somehow gotten their hands on early copies of Halo 4 - which isn't set for release until November 6th. Microsoft was obviously not very pleased with this news and promised that it would conduct an investigation into the early leaks of the game and would do so in conjunction with law enforcement.

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Microsoft Changes Game Content Usage Rules for Fan-Made Videos

October 10, 2012 -

Microsoft has added a single line to its "Game Content Usage Rules" (found over in the community section of Xbox.com) that restricts gamers from earning money from videos that contain footage of Microsoft games like... every Halo game every made (thanks Rpad.tv). So if you are one of those YouTube stars with a large following that may have benefited from ad dollars, the party seems to be officially over for you...

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Blame Game: Former White House Official Blames Video Games for Colorado Shooting

August 2, 2012 -

An editorial in the Baltimore Sun written by former White House and Pentagon official Douglas MacKinnon laments the "lessons lost" that could have come out of the Aurora, Colorado shooting about what the author calls "a culture that desensitizes us to violence." While his general sentiment that there are lessons to be learned about the shooting, what those lessons are or might be are up for debate.

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Halo 4 Needs 8GB for an 'Optimal' Multiplayer Experience

July 3, 2012 -

As is usually the case with every new version of Halo, Halo 4 will require a substantial amount of space on your Xbox 360. Halo 4 will need at least 8GB of hard drive or flash memory card space to play the multiplayer modes, according to Xbox.com. The description on Xbox.com also notes that using the hard drive is "highly recommended" for those who want an "optimal" experience.

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How Halo 4 Could Impact the Presidential Election

May 2, 2012 -

When Microsoft decided to pick November 6, 2012 as the release date for Halo 4, did they take into account that the date is actually pretty damned important to the future direction of the country for the next four years? Probably not - in fact the thought probably never crossed their minds - but by choosing that date have they given gamers in the 18 - 34 age group an excuse to be more apathetic about voting than usual?

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Microsoft Files Complaint Against Halo 4 Beta 'Phishing' Site

January 31, 2012 -

It was about two weeks ago that Halo 4 developer 343 Industries warned gamers that any Halo 4 sites offering access to a beta were fake. One such site, Halo4beta.net, is now feeling the wrath of Microsoft's legal team, according to Fusible.

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Bungie Publicly Proclaims its Opposition to SOPA

January 13, 2012 -

Bungie, the company who made a game series you might be vaguely familiar with (Halo) has come out publicly against SOPA. The company posted a statement on its official site highlighting its strong opinion about the anti-piracy and rogue web site bills being considered by lawmakers in Washington.

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Bungie IT Guy is Downright Dangerous!

August 12, 2011 -

Bungie's IT guy, Jeff Fletcher, is an information specialist for the Halo creators during the day, but sometimes he's a gun-toting vigilante, according to this report from Seattle news station KING 5.

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Follow-Up on Autistic Boy's Xbox Live 'Cheater' Punishment

January 31, 2011 -

As a follow-up to Thursday's story that an 11-year-old autistic boy (Julius Jackson) being banned from Xbox Live for cheating, Game Informer unravels exactly what might have happened and why Microsoft is not backing down from the action. Game Informer posits that the ban probably has something to do with the way the youngster acquired the Recon Armor in Halo 3. Game Informer came to this conclusion based on tweets from both the mother (Jennifer Zdene) and Xbox Live Policy Director (Stephen Toulouse).

Getting Recon Armor is not an easy task. You can either have it given to you by Bungie directly (which did not happen in this case for sure) or you can unlock a specific set of 7 achievements spread across Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST called Vidmaster Challenges. Some of those challenges are easy, while others are quite difficult.

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Halo Reach Credit Cheaters Get Rollbacks, Bans

October 5, 2010 -

Halo Reach cheaters and hooligans (you know who you are) are being put in their place as Bungie resets Reach credits. In a post on Friday Bungie announced that thousands of players who have exploited a glitch in the game will have their credits reset. Some players have earned bans too.

"We are in the process of applying credit resets to approximately 15,000 users who we have identified as the most egregious Challenge Reset abusers," a post on Bungie.net read.

More sweeps of questionable player activity are happening this week as well. The exploit in question allowed players to manipulate their network connections to play Challenge mode 20 or more times and earn buckets of credits. Naturally, some users say that they were unfairly targeted because they did not know about the glitch and did not use the exploit knowingly.

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Baseball Player Wants His Halo

September 14, 2010 -

A Chicago White Sox player was so excited about the release of Halo: Reach that he stood in a line at a Chicago store waiting for the midnight release.

Brent Lillibridge, a second baseman for the Sox, tweeted from his place in line that he was channeling his inner nerd, according to a story on ESPN:

"Most important night of the year Halo coming out at 12 tonight and yes I'm in a line to get it... Jokes please," Lillibridge tweeted at approximately 11 p.m. (CT) Monday.

Needless to say, teammate Mark Teahan wasn't amused and responded with his own tweet:

"Brent, get to bed. Take Gavin, Thornton & Putz with you. Halo will survive the night without you," Teahen tweeted, referring to pitchers Gavin Floyd, Matt Thornton and J.J. Putz.

Lillibridge was unfazed:

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Unauthorized Halo: Reach Players Get Permabanned

August 24, 2010 -

Gamespot is reporting that Microsoft is mass-banning individuals who are playing illegal copies of Halo Reach on Xbox Live. This report is based on a Microsoft policy document obtained by website MaxConsole. The story began earlier this month when a group of modders managed to grab an early version of Bungie's last Halo game via Microsoft's virtual marketplace. While this group of modders did not intend to release the game (allegedly), it ultimately ended up on file-sharing sites.

Now Microsoft is cleaning the barn; anyone caught playing the unauthorized version of the game will be banned. The language in the policy document is bad news for anyone that gets banned, because apparently it is permanent - though whether that ban is specific to Gamertag or system is not known. The most important thing from the document is the following:

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Wonderkarphttp://kotaku.com/smash-bros-gamecube-adapters-sold-out-online-prices-g-1662162871 Smash Bros Gamecube adapter sold out, online prices go nuts11/22/2014 - 6:50pm
Andrew EisenI bet there's a lovely comedy of errors surrounding that list's journey to the IGDA's page!11/22/2014 - 6:49pm
Andrew EisenAnd the fact that it was curated by some random person on Twitter should have been another.11/22/2014 - 6:48pm
Andrew EisenYep, it's pretty clear that whoever at the IGDA grabbed that list, didn't look at it first. I think the fact that there's over 10,000 names on it should have been a bit of a red flag.11/22/2014 - 6:44pm
Wonderkarppenguin books is on the list. wow.11/22/2014 - 6:43pm
Wonderkarpthats better, though I'd prefer something a little more than a simple tweet, I'll take it.11/22/2014 - 6:37pm
Andrew EisenKate Edwards' Twitter: "like people, tools are imperfect; we've removed it for now."11/22/2014 - 6:35pm
Andrew EisenHard to say with any certainty but it appears it at least understands the tool didn't do what it thought it did.11/22/2014 - 6:34pm
WonderkarpI've yet to find the IGDA responding too the situation other than deleting a link.11/22/2014 - 6:34pm
Matthew WilsonI hope the IGDA understands why its a mistake, that's all I want.11/22/2014 - 6:33pm
Andrew EisenHeh, lawyering up would be grossly overracting! And really silly. Well, if what the IGDA did say was not enough for you, try contacting them and letting them know how you feel.11/22/2014 - 6:31pm
Wonderkarpall I want is an apology from the IGDA. nothing fancy, not even addressed to me. Just something that says, "We messed up. We're Sorry" thats it. Not exactly those words except Sorry. If I was overreacting, I'd be lawyering up.11/22/2014 - 6:29pm
Andrew EisenI get it, I just think you're taking it the wrong way and overreacting.11/22/2014 - 6:27pm
Wonderkarpatleast Matthew understands why I am miffed at that list11/22/2014 - 6:26pm
Andrew EisenMatthew - That I agree with. Linking to that list was silly. Hopefully IGDA will more carefully vet the resources it links to make sure they do what they're supposed to.11/22/2014 - 6:25pm
Andrew EisenNope. No insults.11/22/2014 - 6:21pm
WonderkarpAnd here come the insults. Wanna throw some more?11/22/2014 - 6:18pm
Andrew EisenYou're an English major? Wow.11/22/2014 - 6:16pm
Matthew Wilsonno I am glad they did, but I want this talked about so it does not happen again.11/22/2014 - 6:15pm
Wonderkarpdude, I'm an english major. It means everybody on that list is a harasser but they couldnt get all the harassers in the list.11/22/2014 - 6:14pm
 

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