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Red Vs Blue: The Animated Series
August 30, 2008, 2:01 pm
Filed under: Gaming, Halo, Machinima, Movies, News, PAX, Rooster Teeth

Wowser. Didn’t see this coming.

Rooster Teeth Productions, the guys behind Red Vs Blue, gave a short preview of an all new RvB during their PAX panel yesterday. Apparently set after the events of the currently running Reconstruction (though concrete details are sketchy), this is a brand new series following the exploits of Red and Blue team with a extra special twist… it’s animated!

Rooster Teeth are yet to update their website with the release, but we expect further details to follow soon. Leaving behind the traditional machinima approach and contraints of Halo 3 in favour of a more saturday morning anime style, this is a totally new direction for the RT guys. It looks incredible, and judging by the response of the crowd during the show, is set to be a sure fire hit.

What do you think? Have they gone too far, leaving behind their roots within the community, or are fully animated hand gestures just what the doctor ordered for this hapless troop of marines?

**UPDATE**

According to reports from PAX the new animated cartoon series is due to air following episode 19 of RvB: Reconstruction.

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Halo 3 Assembly Gameplay Video
August 30, 2008, 4:19 am
Filed under: Bungie, Halo 3, Multiplayer, New Content, News, PAX

Loads to catch up on, and it’s the middle of the night here, so I’m gonna have to hit the sack. Not without delivering this little nugget of goodness first though. We’s gots prioritees ‘n stuff.

You should now be aware that PAX 2008 is in full mighty swing, and that Bungie is in attendence showing the latest addition to Halo 3’s multiplayer maps, Purple Reign – now officially known as Assembly. Well, the latest Bungie Weekly Update has delivered, offering up a tasty selection of shots of the new level for anyone unable to attend the show (go take a look now!). And we’ve got an off-screen video walkthrough, courtesy of CrunchGear.

Feast your eyes on all-new purple hotness below:

We’ve zoomed in a little bit for a fancier look, but you can see the whole unaltered video here.

Not a lot is known about the map as of yet – no setting, release date, price or anything. Bungie’s keeping that information close to the chest, letting the map itself do all the talking. Certainly looks good enough to us!

We’ll be back in the morning with more news. In the meantime, share your thoughts in the comments below.



Auto Update 2.0
August 2, 2008, 10:03 pm
Filed under: Bungie, Gaming, Halo 3, Multiplayer, News

This week’s Bungie Update lets rip all the info on the forthcoming Autoupdate heading to Halo 3, with some big changes and new functionality to the current EXP system.

First up, what’s NOT changing, just to be clear. Bungie are not resetting your “Skill”. Your Trueskill value will not change. Nor are they resetting your current EXP. Your total EXP will still be displayed in your Service Record on B.net and that Rank will still be displayed in your Service Record. Got that?

Right, so nothing’s being lost. Except maybe us during the following explanation of what actually IS changing. With that in mind then, and in the interest of KEEPING IT CLEAN, we’re gonna let Luke tell it exactly like it is:

At the Playlist level, things are changing noticeably.

While your total experience will still continue to climb in your Service Record, when AU2 goes live, we are enabling individual Experience ratings in each playlist. Playlist Ratings are based on how much experience you’ve accrued in a given Playlist. We’ll be basing your rating in a given playlist off of this value. When AU2 is released, we’ll begin tracking your experience per playlist, in that respect, everyone begins fresh. These new Playlist emblems will be familiar to Halo 3 players, but they have received a light graphical pass in game to distinguish Playlist Ratings from your Overall Rating.

In the simplest terms this means that becoming a General in Team Slayer is no longer dependent on reaching Level 50 and acquiring a certain number of total experience points. Via Playlist Ratings, players can reach General in as many playlists as they want .The currency powering these new Playlist Ratings is Experience.

Under this system, however, players will have individual Ratings in each playlist and they’ll see a graphical treatment of that here on Bungie.net and they’ll see their current status for the playlist that they are in. In custom games, the Rating on a player’s Service Record will be the icon that other players see.

Still confuzzled? Then here’s a few choice answers to some of the internet’s (that’s you) more common questions regarding the update:

Will each playlist have a seperate rank?
Yes. Ranked and Social lists each have their own ranks.

When the update goes live, when I go into a playlist, willl my rank show as a recruit?
When you enter a playlist for the first time after AU2 you will be a Recruit in that playlist. In a Ranked playlist your SKILL number will still show.

Do you still have to be a 50 to be a general?
To be a General on your service record you must still be a 50 in a playlist, that is your Overall Rank. At the playlist level you can reach General from gaining Experience. Skill number is not required.

So there you have it. Some big changes to Halo 3’s online ranking are on their way. Be sure to head over to Bungie.net for the full update – including news on August’s playlist changes and in light of recent disturbing events, the extreme wrath of the banhammer.



Believa Pinata
August 1, 2008, 12:42 am
Filed under: Gaming, Halo 3, News

Remember the Halo 3 ‘Believe’ Ads that ran during the lead up to the game’s launch last year? More specifically, the gigantic diorama created just for those ads, showing Master Chief and the UNSC in an epic final struggle?

‘Course you do. But just in case you don’t, here’s a reminder… of sorts.

Apparently made using the Viva Pinata Burger King toys currently available in the states, this faithful ‘fan-made’ recreation of Halo 3’s ad is nothing short of incredible. In fact, it’s almost too good. We wouldn’t be at all surprised if Buzzlegum01 is currently under the employment of Rare in some form, and this video is little more than a sneaky, well produced, excellent piece of viral marketing.

Either way, Viva Pinata just moved a little higher up our wishlist.