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See, we're not always serious... Ballade posted this little gem onto the forum, good for killing a few minutes. I wonder what the combatants would have to say about it... ;)

Forum: Programmer Deathmatch!
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At least, I think it is. After an unecessarily long hiatus, the Database is running agin. It's still missing the improvements I wanted to make, but life is cruel like that. In the meantime, the articles are now available again, and I don't think it will blank out like that again... enjoy!

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Back to the non-Halo related news. As posted at www.bungie.net, b.net will be reset on Monday (no, the Admins don't know exactly when this will happen). The reset will be accompanied by a few scoring changes, as detailed in the official announcement.

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What a week. Beginning with Bungie's announcement of Halo early Wednesday morning, it's been one full of activity and revelations. To recap:

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Kudos to Butcher and rojay, who both pointed out an interesting new Halo preview at Sharky Extreme (the former through email, and the latter through the forum post below). Some new information in this article, and some fodder for the FAQ... worth checking out.

Forum: Sharky Extreme Preview C&P
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An offshoot of the Murphy set, which states if you want it to happen, it will... when you're not there. Mojo of Halam appears to have suffered a crossing with this dread law, but is promising a return... definitely a site to keep an eye on.

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After taking a look at the problem, Case discovered that the movie had only half uploaded, and refused to fully upload on subsequent attempts. However, he did upload it here, and that appears to have worked out. To all who downloaded the half finished files, sorry about that foul-up.

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I know, I said I'd retire it for a bit, but some excellent conversation on the Forum has prompted me to re-instate the poll for another week or so.

The topic: what do you think would be a cool name for orders/clans in Halo? A few favorite suggestions posted on the forum are listed below, so cast your vote and help shape things to come!

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A few readers who downloaded the higher quality Demo movie report that it tends to crash halfway through. This could be a sign of a corrupted file, or just a bug in QT4-but no point in taking chances.

Don't download this film. I'll try to get a fresh copy up there later today, just in case. Thanks again to those of you who wrote in to warn me about this, and sorry about that wasted download.

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Hamish of Marathon's Story sent in a note regarding some new inteview movies:

I have just uploaded two new Macworld movies to the Marathon Central ftp site courtesy of Miguel Chavez.

One is a 60+MB high quality version of Miguel's interview with Jason Jones. It's EXACTLY the same as the smaller 20MB movie but the picture and sound quality is better.

And in addition there is a small (<1MB) movie of Jason Jones playing Marathon. Yeah it's short but cool.

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As promised, a nicer, formatted (edited and complete, too) copy of Freewill's interview of Jason Jones has been posted for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.

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Many thanks to Butcher (and Freewill too!) for transcribing Freewill's interview of Jason Jones into the smallest file yet-a text file. Dashing off to work now, but I'll clean it up and make it easier to read when I return tonight. In the meantime, enjoy the many wonders of .txt files!

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Outpourings of gratitude to Bullseye, for creating a considerably improved version of the Gamespot MWNY Demo movie, and Case for grabbing and uploading it to our server (doing in minutes what would have taken me days).

This improved video not only looks better, but has had the cruddy soundtrack overwritten with a fresh version taken from the Demo MP3. It's a hefty download, but worth it if you're showing off or looking for the first time.

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While not a new screenshot, Bungie has updated their Halo page's PR section to include a comprehensive list of press reactions (aka. articles). While most are pretty much cut and pastes of the official PR, it pays to be well read.

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