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Hot on the heels of the Keynote, Bungie has launched their Halo site (the halo.bungie.com addy isn't working... yet), which boasts little more than a logo.

But it's a good thing... look closely folks. Is that a Marathon symbol in the background? ':)

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Direct from the keynote webcast comes the long awaited announcement, and the beginning of something new (or the continuation of something great).

In a demonstration that (despite the two interruptions, 2 fps, and the fact that I'd managed to see it before) floored me, Bungie's Jason Jones unveiled Halo, their new in development game. Halo, nee Blam.

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Well, kinda. Despite setting up fora 33.6 connection, the office cable modem here is struggling. Still, I've got it running at about 2fps, which is better than zero or a negative, so we're in business.

My kingdom and a pony of fine breeding to anyone who saves a high quality version of this webcast for later viewing...

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The countdown to the keynote begins, and already interesting things are beginning to stir. Stay tuned for some interesting coverage as the day progresses... it's going to be a good one.

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I'm kidding, of course... a note from one of the Bungie d00dz points out that the Mark Gacini mentioned in the MacNN article below appears to be either a typo or a case of mistaken identity. Hmph... so much for that mystery.

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For those of you who can stomach rising with the sun, Steve Jobs is scheduled to give the MWNY Keynote address tomorrow morning at 9:00am EST. For those of you with a fast internet connection (and no satellite with which to watch the live broadcast), you can catch the webcast and see if the rumors are true... I hope my 33.6 is up to the task, but if any of you speed viewers see anything interesting, give me a shout (just in case).

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Kudos to Freewill, who pointed out a potentially interesting news clip from MacNN:

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Still not Blam related, but of interest to Mac gamers in general... 3Dfx has released their generic Voodoo2 drivers, earlier than expected, with which Mac users can use just about any Voodoo2 card out there. A few Badlanders were playing with them, and initial reports are good. Plus, Voodoo2 cards are nice and cheap now...

Personally, I'm holding out for the Voodoo3 drivers, but no date has been given on those, and I've heard murmurings that they're months off... hmm.

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Calm before the storm, I hope. Not much new stuff today... Marathon's Story has some info on the Action Sack release, fixed up a peculiar bug in the forum, put off dissecting the last poll yet again... heh. Let's hope MWNY gives us something to do.

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Big kudos to darkus, of Onicore, for passing along this little tidbit:

Rex, as the man Tuncer states on IMG:

What I'm really looking forward to is the Steve Jobs keynote. I've learned that a few game companies will be showing off some hot new games at the keynote but I'm prohibited by saying which ones. I can guarantee that one of them will be a major shock and it will come from a company we all know and love. Care to take a guess as to who?

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Thus far, two people have mentioned problems reading this page due to a crash, apparently on Netscape (version and system configuration uncertain). If you're having the problem (and somehow seeing this), please let me know so I can try to find out what it is. And in the off chance you actually know what's going from (from looking at the source), let me know ASAP so I can amend this fault.

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No sooner than I had posted a plea for MWNY reporters than two people stepped up to the plate. Kudos, and third portions of my soul, go to plague and Wightmeat, who will both be on hand at MWNY on our behalf. Cameras in hand, they'll be keeping an eye out for those of us unable to attend, and with luck we should get some interesting pictures and reports from this Expo.

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Well, I don't think I have the time to exert as much effort into ignoring this poor page anymore, so I'm afraid it'll be back to daily (even if they're meaningless) updates. Ignoring things this completely is hard work, you know...

I am, however, going to give the Features and Resources sections a much needed break. At least, until I can fix that damn Database script.

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Completely non-Blam related, Biodegrader is a Deathmatch fixer plugin currently under development and testing by Badlands, as well as a brave few others. Due to the lack of a major HL distribution center, I've posted a copy of it here, so anyone willing to try it out and file bug reports is welcome to grab it and give it a whirl.

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With MWNY coming up, and myself being a border, a continent, and several hundred dollars away from it, I'm looking for an intrepid, camera equipped MWNY attendee willing to take a few shots and write a jot down a few things, and send them in that we less fortunate folk might experienced the expo. If you fit the bill and can spare the time during the event, drop me a line, and we can haggle over what percentage of my soul I'll have to trade for your pictures.

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In a kind of oblique way, I think we finally have confirmation that Bungie will be at MWNY: they'll be selling Action Sacks there. ;)

This info comes courtesy of a Bungie employee via a post at the b.b.org forum, and may well confirm that visitors to MWNY will indeed have to watch out for the Bungie booth. Now, we must find out if there will be a stampede or not...

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Quite a bit of murmurings about hidden files on the Action Sack CD, and everyone is waiting with baited breath for their copy to arrive. Nobody really knows what they're all about yet (instructions on opening them are being discussed at b.b.org's forum), but anything is an improvement over a vacuum.

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A new poll, regarding monitor resolutions, is up at bungie.net. A development related question perhaps? Hmm, I'm probably just missing the joke...

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My bad, forgot to provide some links to Blake's writings. Songs of Experience was the first one I managed to find, and provides plenty of thought food, and Marathon's Story has provided another pair of very good links to additional works.

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A substantial alteration to the news format, aimed at both coping with the low news influx and to make possible a news updater (hallelujah!). Should be both smaller and faster, too... feeling minimalist again.

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MacOS Rumors had an interesting tidbit in their news today (nice of them to come back from vacation with such a generous offering), which Marathon's Story has also already delved into. According to MOSR, Bungie has been hinting at having Myth II, Oni, and even Blam demos ready to ship with MacOS X at MWSF in January 2000. As if we didn't have enough things to wait for.

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Funny how news appears when you begin to learn to live without it. Marathon's Story has recieved a fifth (and brief) Cortana letter, and is already right down to the nitty gritty of analyzing it. Apparently, Cortana has a thing for William Blake... highly recommended reading for Blam groupies.

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With the sudden threat of a fourth letter and an even greater backlog, I've buckled down and finished off our long delayed analysis of the first three Cortana letters.

Most of the points have already been explored, but it was worth going back over and drawing some definitive conclusions and looking at the letters as a set. Among them are such items as Cortana's relationship to Durandal, and less debated topics as her personality and gender (yes, I said her ... heh).

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When it rains, it pours... I can't remember who said that, and I'm in too much of a rush to care (at least this didn't happen yesterday!).

Marathon's Story has posted a new letter from Cortana, a letter which sources suggest is indeed legitimate. And an interesting letter it is--they'll be dissecting it at Marathon's Story for a few weeks to come. Theories are, of course, welcomed on the forum here at at b.b.org, so don't sit idly by--get involved!

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Another tidbit from Cunbelin... not Blam related, but that's par for the course so far.

Power of Seven, the person/group responsible for the Marathon 2 and Infinity theme songs, have released aforementioned themes for download in that wonderful MPEG-3 format that we all know and love. They may not top the charts, but they're something for every Marathon'ers collection, assuming you haven't ripped your own copies yet.

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Kudos to Cunbelin, who tipped me off to this one. Mac Gamer's Ledge has posted an interview with Lorraine Reyes, Bungie's Art Director/Creative Director of Marketing and the person responsible for most of the nifty Oni art at Bungie's Oni site.

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Just when you thought there was no news, it turns out there was... was, sigh...

Anyway, it turns out an item retracted on the Marathon's Story page was a bit more interesting than I'd initially suspected, and it's generated an interesting thread on the b.b.org forum.

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Well, not much in the way of news to report this week. Nothing at all really, though some interesting discussion about various things still have the forums going (but forums are always like that ;).

In the lull (and thanks to a new notepad and related To Do list), I've dissected the old poll and put up a new one, one directly related to this quiet period before the announcement.

Hopefully MWNY will be bringing some excitement our way...

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In an announcement made earlier today, a unidentified source (not anonymous, just indecipherably named) dropped a bombshell announcement: Kap is getting his comet back.

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Kudos to Thoth, who pointed out a massive revamp of Bungie's Oni pages.

The first thing that comes to mind is, aptly enough, whoah . And the second thing is hmm, I wonder if there's any Blam teasers hidden in here ... damned to read past everything forever, I guess. Step right up, folks, and try your luck!

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After some discussion with various people about the possibility of Blam being used in a Sony commerical, a few interesting points came up.

First, why would Bungie have given Sony (or even Apple, for that matter) a unannounced game for use in a commercial that highlights a completely different product? Money, perhaps, but one must also consider that Bungie has had some bad experiences with stolen beta's in the past, and a studio is hardly the most secure environment in the world, especially for a game as confidential as Blam is turning out to be.

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Bit by bit, we stray from the topic... anyway, for the Hotline faithful out there, CPHL is back online and offering a fairly rich gathering place for Bungie oriented folk. Just be sure you read the agreement when you log in (that way, you're less likely to do as I always do and reflexively hit the Disagree button instead of the Agree one... damn reflexes).

That IP addy (shamelessly cut and pasted from the Townhall! bwa hah hah!) is 165.82.104.162, and guests are welcomed.

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Mojo of Halam, who pointed this out to me, summed it up best: heh...just when you look away.

A report handed in to bungie.org is raising some eyebrows about the use of Blam in an upcoming iMac commercial (stop by and read the report for the low down). Certainly an interesting possibility, though it is heavy on the speculation side right now.

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After a prolonged lack of an online presence, Badlands is back up and running, nestled in a cosy new directory on the Core. We're still updating the maps and scripts, but things should be back to how they were pretty soon.

So, if you're after some quality Myth maps, stop by and check out the new digs.

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According to latest reports, I still have a few hours to update before people break out the torches and pitchforks, but no need to procrastinate...

Between the MWC tournament (yes, BoT actually fielded a team), the ongoing Myth projects, and that damn thing called life , I've been a bit busy. Mal has an even better deal, though--he's neck deep in exams, but at least the end is in sight. Anyway, updates... hmm, not much news to update with, but hey, you've gotta try anyway... and yes, I will refresh the poll soon, I promise.

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Kudos to Trinity and Cunbelin, who both pointed out a comment in a recent Onicore interview with Oni level designer David Dunn:

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Ahh well, no new name for us... according to a Bungie employee, the word on the third screen in the E3 movie is actually censored . Dang Bungie mind games... still, if they're censoring it, it must be interesting. Looking forward to seeing the uncensored version one of these days.

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The Database was beginning to look a bit useless, eh? Three new articles have been added in the last week:

  • Marathon-Myth Connections
    Submitted by Kesh, this article looks at some possible connections between Marathon and Myth, and how they may relate to Blam.

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Shortly after making the post on Friday (and feeling real good about myself), I realized that my uncanny gift for stating the utterly obvious had manifested. Yes, it says Blam! , and yes, I am the last person to have figured that out.

That humbling revelation off my shoulders, on to the interesting part. Apparently, the video was censored in postproduction (or censored prior to recording... whatever), and the words Blam! and Dink were placed on the two monitors. However, nobody is quite certain what the third monitor says--the letters are too small to make out.

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  • A new poll at www.bungie.net, asking you to decipher the mumblings of another Bungie employee ( frog blast the vent core ?).
  • Marathon's Story takes a look at some Marathon sounds in music, and their possible origins (it's more mundane than you think ;).
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After looking at the frame from the E3 video b.b.org posted, something jumped out at me... I managed to fend it off, though, and I'm fine. First, the thing itself:

Then, the thing after a few scales and unsharp masks in Photoshop (hey, I'm a novice at this, sue me):

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As reported by Marathon's Story, Bungie has posted a behind the scenes E3 video which may contain a screenshot from a previously unannounced game. It's on my overnight download list, so I can't comment on most of it immediately, but b.b.org has posted a frame from the movie that shows the screenshot in question.

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Hamish Sinclair, of Marathon's Story, has sent word that he has put together a section on Bungie's use of the term Blam . Hamish's news bits about blam date back to May, 1998 when it was first noted that Bungie registered blam.org and blam.net.

Check out the Blam page at MS to find out where the obsession began.

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Indeed, Ferrex did overwrite a news item I posted yesterday. Worry not, a beating has been scheduled for him. Here it is again...

As we already know, blam was not announced at E3. However, it was shown behind closed doors to certain parties. The E3 Coverage at MacNN (courtesy of MGL) sheds some light on who these parties are:


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Arrrgh, I think I may've overwrote Malory earlier this evening, because Halam is crediting us with uncovering this tidbit, even though I haven't seen anything of it before Mojo posted on it.

Anyway, Mac Gamer's Ledge had a few notes about Blam (and Oni) in their E3 coverage. About the only piece of really interesting info is that Blam is an action title being developed by a team headed by (no surprise) Jones.

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Still not Blam news, but it's noteworthy, and I did report on it yesterday... in a thread at the Townhall's Community Forum, TychoMax reports mutiny within the MaraMyth team, while other members rebut that claim. Worth checking out if you're watching the Myth to Marathon conversion scene.

Well, nobody was expecting a lot of news, were they? Forum is reportedly fixed, poll is going rather nicely, another article for the Database is in the works... slow day on the news front.

I know it says News and Rumors at the top of the page, but I'm no good at breeding rumors or hype... join us in praying for an imminent announcement. ;)

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  • Halam (again in the news) is boasting some content now, including some news and a theories section.
  • Another bout of quirky server syndrome at Marathon's Story... use the bungie.org mirror in the meantime.
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It's not as ugly as it sounds. After a half week run, the Poll has been updated with a new question, and the results from the prior poll have been dissected and posted on our Polls page. The results weren't awfully surprising, but there was some interesting stuff in there... check it out, and offer your own thoughts on our analysis.

As for the new poll, all votes are welcome, and we'll probably close this one Thursday morning. Get those votes in, and thanks to everyone who voted on the last one.

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Kudos to Carch, who pointed out a disgustingly obvious bug with the Forum HTML that may've been responsible for the black text/white background bug some users on IE/Win98 reported.

If you happen to be one of those users, I'd greatly appreciate it if you could take a look and tell me if it's really fixed... and if not, back to the bug hunt.

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