A post at Blue's News reports that Halo on Windows will only support D3D--no OpenGL. Confirmation is in the works, but these seems like a rather odd thing for Bungie to do, especially as Oni is touted to include support for most major acceleration libraries.

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Kudos to Zinfandel for letting me know about the Townhall's Halo page, which features some screenshots from the keynote demo as well as some observations on it. Definitely some of the most detailed stuff yet.

Also, while I'm on the website front, blam.bungie.org has moved into halo.bungie.org now--change your bookmarks, folks.

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Alright, it's up now... halo.bungie.com has not only some tantilizing tidbits scattered about it, but the things we've been waiting for... screenshots and a PR. A visit is compulsory... go, now.

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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? ':)

Forum: What do you think?

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

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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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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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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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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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