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Award cites 'long-term, invaluable and unique contributions'

Over at VentureBeat, Dean Takahashi has written what is probably the best article to date on the resolution of the dispute between former Bungie composer and Audio Director Marty O'Donnell and the developer that fired him last year before the release of their latest game, Destiny. It goes into the background of how the dispute arose and resulted in O'Donnell being fired from his position as Audio Director, and how Bungie also took action to attempt to strip O'Donnell of his then-unvested shares in the developer, even going so far as to reissue shares at a secret board meeting.

What the article mostly leaves out, though, are the grounds on which the arbitrator made the award-- those details are available in the full award document, available at Scribd.

There is a tendency to view the result as a complete victory and vindication for O'Donnell, and there is no doubt that the sequence of events reflects poorly on Bungie management, especially studio president Harold Ryan. However, it is worth looking at the award itself to see what O'Donnell asked for, what he actually got, and why.

What has also gone largely uncommented-upon since O'Donnell's firing is that it presumably also means the end of the creative partnership between O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori, who remains at Bungie and is working on Destiny, while O'Donnell is moving on to found his own game company, Highwire Games, with other ex-Bungie employees. That partnership spanned multiple decades and predated both composers involvement with Bungie, with began with Myth in the mid-90s.

O'Donnell submitted several claims to arbitration, and Bungie submitted its own counter-claims. Most of these either failed, or succeeded without significant consequence.

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The last Prison of Elders boss for Blackstar, Funkmon and Narcogen to take on before Skolas is the hive monster, Gulrot the Unclean.

This episode contains only the final boss fight against Gulrot and not the waves leading up to him.

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Funkmon, Blackstar and Narcogen go back into the Prison for some more loot, and to defeat a really big Servitor.
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How I think Bungie's development history may have led to that empty feeling where Destiny's story should be. In the past this would have been a blog post, but since we're doing mostly videos these days... why not?
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Highlights from a Necrochasm / Eidolon Ally (and grenades/supers) run of Crota's End on normal difficulty, featuring Blackstar, Funkmon, jchapman, Zero Point Fox, ChrisTheeCrappy and CougRon and edited by Blackstar.

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SteelGaribaldi joins Blackstar and Narcogen to bring down Vex Gate Lord Quodron, the Forever Eater, in a level 34 Prison of Elders activity.

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Blackstar and Narcogen once again team up with Stuntmutt in the Prison of Elders, this time to take on Valus Tra'ug and the Broken Legion.

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House of Wolves introduced a new kind of mini-story; a Bounty mission that appears on the map and ends like a story mission, but is short and has just two encounters. But hey, it includes a gun turret, so let's try it!

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Blackstar and Narcogen team up with renowned Halo and Destiny webcomic author Stuntmutt to take on Urroxx and his Grudge in last week's Prison of Elders level 32 activity.

Blackstar and Narcogen are brothers who live on opposite sides of the globe but stay in touch playing co-op games, especially ones by Bungie, new and old. Right now we're going through the second expansion to Bungie's shared world shooter, Destiny: The House of Wolves.

Stuntmutt is the author of Halo webcomic One One Seven and Destiny webcomic Vault of Farce.

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Funkmon leads Blackstar and Narcogen through the Prison of Elders.

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It's a symphony of death and revival as Blackstar, Narcogen and Funkmon do battle against a Wolf Walker tank inside a Fallen Ketch. Also there's this Taniks guy.

This week's Nightfall Strike is The Shadow Thief.

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The Queen orders that Skolas be captured alive as he attempts to use Vex technology to assure the supremacy of House Wolves.

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Skolas leads House Wolves into the Vault of Glass as Guardians give chase.

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Skolas tries to recruit the secretive Fallen House of Kings, holed up in the Rocketyard.

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Notorious Fallen assassins, the Silent Fang, helped Skolas of House Wolves escape from the Reef. Our job will be to take them out.

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