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HBO is announcing the winners of their latest Seven on Seven contest. This last competition was to put the Master Chief into an older Bungie game. The seven winners get free downloads of Freeverse's Marathon:Durandal from Xbox Live Arcade.

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Videogames Live has announced that EMI Classics will be publishing an album of the concert series' greatest hits, available this coming October 15. Music from Halo will be featured. Check the press release for all the details. Thanks again, Wu, this time in #hbo.

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XerxdeeJ at Tied the Leader interviews the Master Chief himself, Steve Downes, for the second time. Head right on over and download it!

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This is going to be a blog where I'm going to post some music vids I have on youtube one you have already seen. This is where all of them will be so check them out let me know what you think.

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Reverend Anthony at Destructoid wonders out loud how it's possible to have a satisfying ending to a game narrative that isn't just a boss battle without taking the sense of control and identification away from the player. He's got a good point.

The article mentions a wide variety of games, but the Halo series does get mentioned:

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HBO is running another Seven on the Seventh contest; the prize this time is Marathon: Durandal, the XBLA conversion of the Bungie classic by Freeverse. To enter the contest, draw a picture of the Master Chief having "wacky adventures" in older Bungie games. See HBO for the complete rules.

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Combination Halo fansite and gaming group The Hushed Casket is celebrating its fifth anniversary; head on over and check out Midnight's recap of the past year, as well as their more exhaustive site history.

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This is going to be a blog where I'm going to post some music vids I have on youtube one you have already seen. This is where all of them will be so check them out let me know what you think.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQC14GzZgmE

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Over at 1Up, Jeremy Parish is Revisiting Halo, going over the Cortana Letters and pre-buyout screenshots; they promise even a look at the Marathon trilogy will be on tap.

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The most recent Preferred Player column over at Xbox.com, penned by KP, is on Freeverse's XBLA port of Marathon: Durandal; specifically, an XBL cooperative game of Marathon the author played with yours truly and other notable Bungiefen Geary11 and ZuP101.

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Earlier this week I experienced something that, up until now, I thought only other people had to go through.

Xbox hardware failure.

I plugged it in, and instead of the familiar sights and sounds of console startup, I got a loud pop and a puff of smoke.

Is it the Red Ring of Death, people ask? Am I going to get a new unit under Microsoft's new three year warranty?

Nope, I say. Because I'm not talking about my Xbox 360. It still works fine.

I'm talking about my original launch Xbox, which gave me nearly six years of mostly faithful service, from December of 2001 until now. Sure, the past three years or so there were periodic disk errors. Sometimes it refused to "recognize" a game disc in the tray. When it was Halo or Halo 2, it was comical; how could the console not recognize those?

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To everyone:

I finally have a new computer. This means that all the files that I previously had are gone, so I no longer have any of the sheet music. Please stop sending me messages saying that you would like the music. I am sorry for the trouble.

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In French, the phrase "syndrome de la page blanche", or white page syndrome, is intended as an expression of writer's block; the inability to begin a project faced with an empty page.

Myself, I always viewed it as an expression of the usefulness of limitations, boundaries, and direction: one of the reasons why so many works are derivatives and combinations is because it is easier to start with what you know and then change it than trying to tilt at the windmill of creating something truly unique. When faced with a boundary or limitation, you are teased into approaching it and testing its strength. If one was truly free to do or say truly anything without limit, it seems likely one would find nothing to say.

It is this thought that runs through my head while playing Freeverse's Xbox Live Arcade conversion of Marathon: Durandal. One is given to wonder if there is any value in such an object beyond nostalgia; a chance for those who played the game a decade ago to relive that experience. For some, a chance to recapture youth, or a chance to remember good times.

However, it is a good deal more than that; and comparing it to other games in the genre that make better use of the modern hardware in today's console provides an object lesson on the usefulness of limitations and boundaries.

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These files were made with Finale 2005 and Overture 4.0.

I had downloaded all of the Halo sheet music, but I found there wasn't an orchestra edition of Halo Theme. Also, I felt that some of the melodies in other files were incorrect. So I changed the original Halo Theme piano edition by Devin Eastman and also added an orchestra edition.

The orchestra edition has 11 kinds of instruments: Alto, Bass, Piccolo, Piano, Trumpet, Violins, Viola, Cello, Electric Guitar, Timpani and Percussion. (Finale 2005/Midi).

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Some of us senior citizens are having a blast now that Marathon: Durandal is out for Xbox Live Arcade. I'll post later in greater length about how this adaptation is simultaneously absolutely faithful to the original while still timely and fun, and how its design teaches lessons still relevant a decade after its release.

However, many Halo fans have never played Marathon. Many may not have heard of it until now. Some, as ridiculous as this sounds, were not even born when it was released. Is Marathon still for them?

It sure is. But before playing, it's best just to do some fair warnings about some quirks in Marathon's design that might frustrate a player whose only exposure to Bungie so far is the Halo series.

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