7th Columnist


Merry Christmas!
December 25, 2007, 7:39 pm
Filed under: News

There’s not much to say really, just… Merry Christmas everyone!

It’s been a great year here at 7thColumnist, thanks to all who’ve got involved. For today though… relax, eat more than you can handle, and remember to hop on to matchmaking at some point for some festive fragging.

Best wishes to everyone! And here’s to the new year!



The Ghost of Foundry
December 17, 2007, 4:27 pm
Filed under: Forge, Gaming, Halo 3, News

Assembling a masterpiece in Forge can be a time consuming and lonely experience. One requiring absolute concentration. It’s easy to get wrapped up in your forging, and in the vast empty warehouse of Foundry, even easier to go a little ‘space crazy’.

Last thing you need then, as unlucky17 found out, is a visit from the Ghost of Foundry.

Unlike that friendly little Casper fella, the Ghost of Foundry is a far more malevolent beast, tossing grenades at the unsuspecting and just generally creeping folk out. Check out the video below to see the spook in action. Scary stuff indeed.

A glitch? A hoax? Who knows…? Has anyone else out there had the misfortune of meeting this explosive toting scamp?

*UPDATE*

Explained. Here’s the science bit, concentrate!

Apparently the ghost grenade glitch is a fairly common one in Forge. Simply throwing a grenade and immediately shifting into a monitor (before your Spartan has had the chance to finish his throw), prevents the grenade from actually going off. Turn back into a Spartan or simply wait long enough and the grenade will appear, detonate and freak out the unsuspecting.

Try it for yourself. While not quite the Ghost of Lockout style scandal of Halo 2, it’s a fun glitch all the same.



The light side of the moon
December 11, 2007, 9:50 pm
Filed under: Downloads, Easter Eggs, Gaming, Halo 2, Halo 3, Multiplayer, News

The new Halo 3 maps may have only been out in the wild for a mere matter of hours but already we’re getting reports of people finding more of the elaborate easter eggs the Halo series has become famous for.

Remember the face hidden in the moon on Containment? Initially thought to be Frankie, it was later revealed to be Bungie’s Environment Artist, Chris Carney.

Well, he’s back… and still hanging around the lunar cheese, this time on Standoff.

A bigger version can be found here.

In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Frankie mentioned there’s at least two eggs hidden on Standoff alone. Anyone out there noticed the other one?

*UPDATE*

Ok, is this guy (found on one of the sattelite dishes) the second egg?

Certainly could be, I guess… but the thing causing the most head scratching at the moment is the all important question – who the hell is that??

Sure he’s similar to the floaty Jason Jones we met on Halo, but looks like a totally different guy to me. Marcus Lehto? David Dunn?

It’s time to whack those thinking caps on guys, let’s find out who this mysterious sat man really is.

*UPDATE 2*

Thanks to the detective work of Louis Wu of H.B.O, along with a little help from Frankie, we now know that the figure perched on the satellite is in fact, Bungie 3D artist, Travis Brady.

Case closed.



New Map Tours RvB Style
December 11, 2007, 2:47 pm
Filed under: Downloads, Machinima, Multiplayer, New Content, News

So the first batch of Halo 3 downloadable content has arrived and can be grabbed via Xbox Live Marketplace today for a mere 800 points.

For those of you wanting to check ’em out before you open your virtual wallets, those cheeky chaps over at RoosterTeeth have put together a special episode of Red Vs. Blue, focusing solely on the three new maps; Standoff, Rat’s Nest and Foundry and can also be found on Marketplace (for free). That said… you’re already here, so why not watch it below eh?

Remember, these maps will become freely available to all in the spring (right before the second batch are released), so if Christmas has put heavy strain on your bank account, worry not, as you’ll get them eventually.

See you online for some Spartan Soccer.

*UPDATE*

The RvB guys also made a small video for the Spike TV Video Game Awards that aired the other night. Both videos are now available for all via their site.



Soccer Ball on Foundry
December 6, 2007, 3:59 am
Filed under: Custom, Downloads, Forge, Gaming, Halo 3, Multiplayer, News

While we’re still trying to figure out exactly what the secret special object tucked away on Standoff could be (surely not Halo’s pistol?), another of the new Heroic Map Pack‘s little secrets has come to light.

This time on Foundry, a map currently being praised for it’s ‘playground’ like nature, thanks to it’s sheer number of editable objects. Practically everything on the map can be removed, leaving nothing but a huge empty warehouse to get creative in – and with the inclusion of new Forge objects like shield doors and man cannons, the possibilites are near endless.

Speaking of playgrounds, hands up everyone who remembers the hidden soccer ball in Halo 2. Knocking that around for a bit was a giggle, wasn’t it? Well it looks like we’ll be doing it again.

Fresh from the press previews Bungie held last week, comes the news that a similar soccer ball is in fact one of the new Forge objects that’ll be available on Foundry.

Yep, perfect for those days when you’ve had enough of all that shooting and are looking for another way to let off some steam, you’ll be able to organise a brief kick around with your mates instead. Awesome stuff.

And while sadly, there’ll be no way for the game to keep a conventional score as such, we can already imagine the hundreds of new soccer orientated gametypes and map variants headed our way thanks to the new toy.

Mongoose Soccer or Grav Hammer Polo anyone?

We can only hope we’ve more of these little treats to look forward to in the future… which of course brings us back to that mysterious Standoff item…

Any ideas?

*UPDATE*

Ske7ch over at B.net, has put up a story all about fooling around on Foundry, focusing of course, on Spartan Soccer. Pics and a good read can be found here.


Digg!



Heroic Map Pack – New Shots!
December 5, 2007, 10:19 pm
Filed under: Downloads, Forge, Gaming, Halo 3, Multiplayer, News

The big news always drops when I’m at my busiest, so I apologise if this post seems a little light. I’ll update it further a little later on.

Anyways, following the press previews last week, Bungie have released a ton of images for the forthcoming Heroic Multiplayer Map Pack, due Dec 11th.

Head over to Bungie.net for new shots of Standoff, Rat’s Nest and Foundry.

Also, in case you’re wondering what the press thought of the new maps, a load of coverage has already hit the web and can be read at the following sites:

What are you waiting for? Go take a look!



Halo Laser Command Review
December 3, 2007, 9:25 pm
Filed under: Gaming, Halo, Halo 3, News

Remember the Halo Laser Command toys we mentioned earlier in the year being put together by Jasman toys?

Well they’re here, and OZZYO72088 has managed to nab himself a Plasma Rifle. Happy with his purchase, he’s put together this short review of the toy which can be viewed below:

I gotta say, I’m impressed. The scale, sound effects, recoil and overheat all seem pretty damn true to the game, giving the impression these are of a much higher quality than first thought, back when they were announced.

Currently there’s only a Plasma Rifle and Pistol available, but more weapons are apparently planned. If anyone else has one (we’d love to see the Plasma Pistol in action) let us know your thoughts…

They may be expensive, but damn, they’re awesome.