Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday this year, where mine was good until sickness came on Christmas day and rendered me useless for the next three days. Thankfully I’m better and I have a lot to catch everyone up on. This week’s art came from the talented group at Not A Fan Comic, currently their website isn’t working but you can check out their other comics on Facebook or DeviantArt
Matchmaking Update – Bravo, one of the newest members of the 343 Industries family, is filling in for BS Angel this week and provided us with an update on the progress of some players on the “Halo 4” Infinity Challenge. They also included an update to the Infinity Challenge playlist which is now focused on Capture the Flag (CTF). Remember the Infinity Challenge is focused on how many points you earn per match and not my the experience you gain so make sure you are focusing towards the CTF game and not just killing the opposing team.
Sad truth – Regarding the Infinity Challenge, The Watch from Post Game Carnage Report has written up an article on the sad realization that most of us will have to face in this tournament. It’s a good perspective on how most of us felt at the beginning of the tournament (at least those of us in his life situation).
Mainstream media spotlight – “Halo 4” made it in the top 10 list of best games of 2012 for CNN, but the list seems like that they took the most advertised or hyped games and threw them together into one list. The only exception to that list was “Escape Plan” which to me doesn’t even compare to games like Faster Than Light (FTL) or The Walking Dead, so while this article may not carry much merit it’s always good to see ‘Halo 4’ wherever it can.
“Halo 4” wargames rebuttal – Halo fan Havok saw an interview with Kevin Franklin, wargames lead designer for “Halo 4”, and had a few thoughts about the interview himself and decided to write his rebuttal on his blog. He makes good points about trying to make “Halo for everyone”.
Viewing entertainment – The sickness this week didn’t give me much of a chance to keep an eye out for a lot of interesting videos but I want to give a shout out to Halo.Bungie.Org (HBO) for the videos I found this week. HBO is a great source for all things Halo with a staff that has eat, slept, and breathed Halo since the beginning.
- Hip Hop and Halo – DJ Skee has put up a small documentary on some of Hip Hop’s most famous artists and how they feel about “Halo 4”. Most people can relate to why rappers like Xzibit and Soulja Boy love to play Halo.
- Energy sword with unlimited ammo – Toolbox has found a glitch/easter egg in the “Halo 4” campaign where you can grab an energy sword off of an elite that will have unlimited ammo.
- Halo 5 on Xbox 720 – Youtube video maker Devinsupertramp has gotten leaked footage of “Halo 5” on the Xbox 720, and the graphics are life like.
- Better late than never – I know Christmas is over but this video still deserves some attention for the great job it did making it. It’s a Halo parody of the 12 days of Christmas, and it’s well done.
Contests – As usual, GameBattles has weekly tournaments for you to participate in, but keep in mind, if you win a tournament you cannot enter in another one so make sure the one you enter has a good prize. Here are some other contests/tournaments happening soon:
- Wild’s Forge Challenge – As I mentioned last week, Forge Café is hosting a forge contest where you put your creativity to the test and design the ultimate map. The folks at Forge Café have a template you must use, but other than that, the sky is the limit. Submissions end Monday, Jan. 7th, 2012 at midnight CST and there are a few guidelines that you need to follow in order for your map to be accepted. Turn the map in on time, your map is fully functional (Spawns, Flag spawns (if a CTF game), no offensive title or description, map must be original and contain no cheats, and must not cover up the template. The grand prize is a 1600 Microsoft points card and a premium subscription to Forge Café. Visit the site for more details and where to download the template.
- Halo Council and Gamers for Giving weekend tournament – The Halo Council and Gamers for Giving have teamed up for a weekend long tournament to give to charity Saturday, Feb. 16th, 2013 through Sunday, Feb. 17th, 2013. The weekend long tournament will consist of more games than just Halo but on Sunday, Feb. 17th, 2013 will host a 4v4 tournament. The goal is to raise $15,000 towards Gamers Outreach programs so the more people that enter the tournament, the more money they will raise. It’s not to say you won’t leave empty handed, the grand prize for the “Halo 4” tournament is $1500 for the winning team. This is a local LAN tournament and will take place in Ypsilanti, MI (I have no idea how to pronounce that), but this gives you plenty of time to prepare and assemble your team for a trip if you do not live in the area. Don’t forget, your entry goes to charity so it is worth the trip if you are able to make it. For full details on the tournament you can visit The Halo Council.
The end of 2012 has brought some good times for Halo fans, and lets hope that 2013 will bring even more. Have a safe and happy new year everyone! Happy hunting.