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Most content at rampancy.net is tagged with an association with one or more games; usually a game by Bungie Studios (formerly Bungie Software Inc.) or by another developer with connections to Bungie (Wideload, A Certain Affinity, Wingnut).

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Many thanks to Ricardo, who scanned and passed along this clip from a recent issue of PCGamer UK. Fortunately for them, their glowing praise of Halo at least partly makes up for their typo. Alas, that may not be enough to save them when the revolution comes...

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Kudos to the several readers who pointed out this undeniably interesting Halo sighting. I don't think many of us will ever be fortunate enough to see Halo on our own 22 LCD display, but hey, we can pretend.

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But that goes without saying. As expected, Apple announced their new PowerMac G4 line at Seybold today. I'd fawn a bit more about them, but I'll spare you any further off topic raving... MacOS Rumors has some excellent info on them, just in case you managed to miss the news during the day...

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Halo Central has an item on a new Halo newsletter, for all you faithful out there who can't be bothered to occaisionally scan the news circuits. Worth checking out, and if you're interested in recieving it, contact Giles at bed_sub@hotmail.com.

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You folks kick ass. Not only is Halo now the most anticipated action game at the PC Paradox poll, but it is almost a full percent above its closest rival. Quite the climb from one percent of the vote, eh?

May this be only the first web poll we as a community rise up and strike down! Vive la revolution!

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After sitting on the old files for a few weeks, I've finally gone and converted the old news archive files into data files for the news updater, which means the script should be archiving them as I post this. I hope... if you've any interest in such things, the News Archive is as up to date as it'll ever be (unless I decide to covert the Myth Codex news archives, that is).

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Well folks, Halo has surged forward in the past two days, and now sits ominously in second place at the PC Paradox poll. Only 0.7% of the vote behind Duke Nukem Forever.

Now is our first chance to strike a blow against the heathen hordes! Those of you who haven't voted, rise up and be counted among your peers! Let's drive Halo into first place and do a convincing job of it!

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By many accounts, several of the prominent bungie.org sites are back in their usual places, including halo.bungie.org, mill.bungie.org, and oni.bungie.org. Alas, it doesn't seem to have propogated to my DNS yet, so no nice domain names for me...

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They're not quite ready to be thrown on the cart yet. David at Halo Central clears things up:

Halo Central would like to report that rumours of our deaths have been greatly exagerated. After a wee bout of the bubonic plague we're back at it. By it of course, I mean the news game. That's right, so pop on over to Halo Central again where we're back on track and ready to rock with all the news of the Halo world.

Nasty stuff, that bubonic plague...

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Not much in the way of newsworthy material... bit of site news, who added what where, that sort of thing. With some luck, we might get something to gnaw on for the weekend, but no sign of anything yet.

As for the PC Paradox poll, Halo is now in a solid third place with 10.8% of the vote--way to sock it to 'em! Now, only a few hundred more votes till we've deposed Duke Nukem... you know what needs to be done.

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And only a mere 0.6% behind Quake III! While Halo cannot yet be expected to overcome the sheer number of Duke Nukem Forever voters (who are likely anticipating Duke's oh-so-classy strippers in full 3D...), we can at least put Quake in it's place! Once and for all, go vote!

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After a bit of pestering, Bungie's Nathan Bitner offered two interesting little Halo tidbits (quite possibly so I'd stop bugging him ;). The first comes after some discussion about terrain bump mapping:

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Many thanks to Total Audio's Marty O'Donnell, who left a few tantilizing hints regarding the state of music in Halo via a forum post. An except for those of you who fear WebBBS:

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Hamish, of Marathon's Story and the epitome of the tireless webmaster, is taking a taking a break till September 13th, and the site is taking a breather with him.

Hmm... 09, 13... 9 - 3 + 1... ignoring, of course, the obvious implications of Sept ... ;)

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A quick check of the PC Paradox Reader's Choice poll reveals Halo to be at 4.8%, a big jump over yesterday's ranking but still far behind the leaders. The unjust, heathen pig-dog leaders. Go cast your vote! Again, if you must!

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As pointed out by several readers, www.bungie.net has recieved a serious overhaul. And as Cunbelin pointed out, it likely has implications for the future:

Well I snagged this off the new b.net design and it seemed Halo related

As we release more titles this list will grow, and this site will grow with it.

That little comment is from the Tour page... hmm, halo.bungie.net anyone?

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Many thanks to Case and Tino, who both pointed out the crime of ignorance being committed at PC Paradox: a most anticipated action game poll in which Halo rates a mere 1% of the total vote.

Halo fans, unite! In the old Codex tradition, I call upon our readers to go forth and vote for their most anticipated game, to unite in righteous indignation against our common foe, Duke Nukem Forever (currently in first). There's only around 3500 votes as of this writing, so every vote still counts!

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Kudos to the readers who pointed out that halo.bungie.org has obtained a brief, but interesting MacFormat Halo article. Not a lot of new things, but some info nonetheless, as well as a clarification regarding part of the article, courtesy of Bungie's Doug Zartman.

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Marathon's Story has an interesting little tidbit about foresight, the BungieVision newsletter in the Action Sack, and line-ups for Halo/Blam. A lite snack for you Halo starved fiends out there.

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After the past few weeks, we should all be breathing a sigh of relief. But, of course, we're chomping at the bit for more. Still no sign, or word, of the new trailer (despite much discussion around it), and any new screenshots are likely to be preceded by a rash of new exclusive website articles.

Stay sharp... Tuesday and Wednesday morning are traditionally major release times, quite possibly due to my traditional absence during them. Grumble...

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Just when you thought there'd be no news this weekend, Mojo offers this PR to ease the boredom:

Halam has followed the latest trend and gotten some big baggy jeans -- wait, I mean a forum! Yes, a forum. We already have one for serious discussions, and one for alien discussions... but where does all the rest of the crap go?! RIGHT HERE!.*

* Brought to you by jnco inc.

Another stop for the daily rounds...

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Crashed Drugal left a little note on the forum forecasting some downtime at the Praetorian Militia due to some computer woes. The site remains up, but may not be updated for a while--if you're a regular, just keep an eye on it over the next few weeks.

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After recieving a number of excellent questions for addition to the FAQ, I've given that slowly growing page an update, adding around half a dozen new questions and revising the answers to some others. Additionally, the Story section is now the Story and World section, to accomodate information regarding Halo's environment as more of it becomes available.

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Though there's no new goodies on their site, Bungie is back online and accepting visitors again. Apparently, the problem had something to do with their ISP... seems nobody is safe from their evil ways.

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StrobeShock, webmaster at Halo: The Darkside, sends word of a new addition to that rapidly growing site:

I'll have to admit it, to my surprise (and liking) all my hard work has paid off... this site is growing past my expectations. Due to popular request, Halo:the darkside now has a forum.

Check it out @ http://www.casualforums.com/circuit/Darkside_Terminal/

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Odds are 90% of you don't care about this, so feel free to skip right on by. After some excellent advice from Evan Vetere, I've monkeyed with the site's CSS fonts, and they should be end-user resizable now. If you've been having problems reading it, this should allow you to make it larger within your browser.

And if something completely bizarre has happened, you should probably let me know.

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Marathon's Story has a few interesting items on the sword Cortana and the previously unexplained Blam32 message on a recent MWNY Demo movie version. Interesting stuff, though (alas!) nothing earth shattering... we should start a betting pool as to when Bungie will throw the next large stone into our little pond. ;)

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StrobeShock sends word of an addition to Halo: The Darkside... a funnies section. Humorous pictures and comics are welcomed, so get your stuff in there.

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No longer resting on their laurels (and they have a lot of them), Bungie has revamped its Halo Press page, picking out some glowing quotes from the many articles on Halo thus far.

In terms of content, there's nothing we haven't seen already, but it's cool to see what people have been saying all in one place. Great way to introduce a friend to Halo...

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A few days ago, Eduo passed along some interesting MWNY Demo observations, and after a obtaining his permission, I've posted them as a new article in the Database for all to see. Some good stuff in there, worth taking a look at before you watch that Demo for the thousandth time...

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According to Mojo, there's still signs of life over at Halam... and he's updated it too! Certainly a rare enough occurance to make the news, no? ;)

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In the aftermath of much Halo porting discussion, a fellow member of BoT passed along this interesting tidbit:

Halo will most definitely be coming to the Sega Dreamcast. I get this thru the mill, as I have a friend in the industry... one of those things.

There are also talks to bring Oni there, though these are not finalized.

The domination has begun...

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Kudos to Darby Crash and Arikay, both of whom have pointed out some peculiar happenings at b.net. Darby sums it up quite nicely:

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A new site on the scene today. Halo: The Dark Side is a fan site with a twist, as StrobeShock explains:

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An interesting post on Mac Gamer's Ledge today, complete with a number of tantilizing Halo tidbits. Among them, comments on multiplayer focus, and yet more confirmation that an official trailer is in the works. Stop by for all the details.

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Wondering where h.b.org has gone? Wonder no more! Claude Errera wrote to inform me that the site has moved again, this time to http://129.95.74.55/. Another temporary stop due to server problems, but holding.

And while you're there, check out the MYNY Demo movies MacObserver has provided them--a very nice 35 meg version, and an economy 3 meg version.

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Whilst aimlessly meandering around the web, I stopped in to take a look at the Videogames.com poll, which asks which of Bungie's games you'd most like to see ported to a console (a very suspicious question, if you ask me).

To my dismay (I never thought I'd say this...), Myth II is in the lead! Followed by Oni! Halo fans, unite! And go vote too!

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More site than Halo related: Badlands, currently hosted by the Core, has posted details on two new projects, Dorfball and the Civil War. Both are new twists on the Myth II theme (one is a TC, and the other is just silly), and are destined for a not so distant future release. Stop by, take a look, and stay tuned for the releases.

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Blatantly stolen from Marathon's Story comes the IP address for halo.bungie.org, http://129.95.74.79/halo. That should do the trick until their DNS problems are resolved.

Speaking of h.b.org, they're reporting on a Videogames.com poll about porting Bungie games to consoles... hmm, I wonder which one will win... swing by and check it out.

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Gary Simmons, aka Battle Cat, sends word that bungie.org is moving, and there will be a bit of downtime:

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Carch raised this on the forum, and since I'll be unable to attend due to an imminent family reunion, I thought I'd do what I could to aid the cause.

Tonight, at 9:00pm BST, the final CP Brigade Bash will be occuring on b.net. To all of you FoP readers out there, join your comrades and aid them in crushing the Plaid this one last time! And to you non-FoP readers, go and cheer them on anyway. I think Carch put it best: CRUSH THE PLAID OPPRESSORS !

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Another new site has opened for you Halo addicts: Halocination, a mixed news and resource site with one of the coolest names I've heard yet. A bit thin on the content at the moment, but what new site isn't? One of keep an eye on.

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A number of online magazines have posted articles reporting on yesterday's TTWO deal, several of which answer a number of questions about the deal. Alas, these same questions are repeated over and over, and are the same ones as were posted in the forum. This list will be updated as more come in (thanks to all who have mailed in these ones):

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Many thanks to Hamish, who pointed out several notes and comments about about the two mystery projects mentioned in yesterday's TTWO announcement. Among these include some from Bungie's Matt Soell, and discussion about a third project... stop by Marathon's Story and check it out.

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In response to the thread on the topic, Case has posted a snippet from Bungie's Official Q&A on the forum, covering such topics as why Bungie did it and what their plans are for console games.

Forum: Official Q&A
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Ack, missed this one in the frenzy yesterday. Bohrhead sends word of a new Halo site, Total Halo, a site geared more towards reader and fan generated content than covering Bungie's every move, which is probably a wiser course of action in these news starved times...

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First of all, read the official word on it. This stuff is over my head, and I don't want misinterpret it too much. Basically, Take Two Interactive (Nasdaq: TTWO) is to acquire 19.9% equity interest in Bungie, giving Take 2 distribution rights to Oni, Halo, and two other undisclosed projects (!), while Bungie retains their status as an independant developer.

Kudos to Heady for pointing this one out! IMG has posted an interview with Halo Project Leader Jason Jones, and it's not to be missed. Here's an excerpt:

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As posted at IMG, Justin Owens has created a small, imitation Halo movie aimed at exposing Halo's new, envelope pushing AI system... by having an alien aircraft attack a cyborg dummy.

At 4 megs, it's small enough to download, which I'm currently doing. Thus, I can't say much more about it... browser beware. ;)

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As posted in the forum, mad.max has started a new Halo@Home group within the ever expanding SETI@Home distributed computing project. Like other groups, this is simply a group of users working and contributing under the same name, for the glory of the group as a whole.

Somewhere in the heavens, they are waiting... check out the forum post or the official page for more information on joining.

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