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PAX Prime 2011: 343i announce Master Chief’s role in new Halo trilogy.

What we saw in the E3 expo video was definitely not the final look at Master Chief. “….. Master Chief is an 800-pound hero that is part tank, part jet fighter.” is the idea behind the design of Master Chief, indicated by marketing director Kenneth Scott. True there are other super soldiers out there we are fans of but good old John 117 is Chief among them!! – (pardon the pun!). We will see more of the Forerunner civilization, in action and functioning not like when Master Chief came upon the sites in the past. So in the new Trilogy we’ll see Master Chief visiting planets the Forerunner’s left operable. Frank O’ Conner kinda confirmed that Forerunners are in the game, by explaining that you’ll “experience Forerunner architecture when it’s not completely inert and empty.” Will we see the Forerunners ? hmmmm…. if your read some of the prologs to the comics we might see Forerunner scenes akin to the Marvel Comics series. Check this image out…

Master Chief’s life story can be found in the Halo novels are these stories going to be part of the script for Halo 4? Halo 4 gameplay will be like Halo but with an expanded arsenal of weapons, armor and abilities. Cortana, Master Chief’s personal artificial intelligence, in Halo 4, plays an important role in the Master Chiefs development. Let’s not make this a love story guys!!

So why was Halo 4 billed as a new trilogy? 343 wanted to signal fans its committed to Halo. “There’s 200 or so people working on Halo 4, and they’ve been doing so for a couple of years now.”–Frank O’Connor on the commitment to the future of Halo. Most of what this trilogy will focus on is exploring the character of Master Chief. As far as the fans 343i has plans to expand beyond the games into the Halo universe , comic books or action figures, “will all feed into the games,” said Frank O’Connor, offering a rich experience for us fans!! 343 Industries, launched three years ago to publish Halo 3: ODST initially, but they needed a team to continue the Halo franchise. Executive Producer Kiki Wolfkill is not only in charge of building the team to create Halo 4, but to expand and build it into a game studio from our take into a new Bungie. They started from scratch from the ground up, they hired talent with attuned to a craftsman approach but with technical and creative expertise that could execute. The game development world is young and they had trouble finding people that had grown enough in the industry and to take it to the next level and beyond. 343i has the advantage that a huge fan base is out there ready for the next trilogy! go 343i!

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PAX Prime 2011: Halo 4 Warthog Preview

Racing game expert Kiki Wolfkill, added by 343 Industries to the Halo 4 development universe as an executive producer has some influence! This is really Cool! Forza 4 will come with a Halo 4 Warthog…. Handling ? what handling?!?!? who needs it ram the competition off the track! Check it out…

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PAX Prime 2011: Halo: Anniversary Presentation

Pax Prime 2011 Seattle Washington August 26th thru 28th

PAX Prime 2011 is next weekend, August 26-28 in Seattle, Washington:

Remember to attend the Halo Fest and Halo Anniversary Unveiling.

Halo: Anniversary
Pegasus Theatre
Friday 10:00am – 11:00am
The team responsible for the 2011 reimagining of the classic Xbox title peel back the cover on the process behind bringing Halo: Anniversary to gamers on the 10th anniversary of Halo: Combat Evolved.
Panelists include: Dan Ayoub [Executive Producer],
Dennis Ries [Producer],
Frank O’Connor [Franchise Development Director],
Kevin Grace [Franchise Manager]

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Super Nanny Blames Games For London Riots

WOW!  We saw this article from G4 TV and had to show it to you guys …. is she for real !?   We say You can’t blame videos, video games etc., but you can blame inattentive, dysfunctional parents who need to hire a “super nanny” to do their job mentoring and creating prodigies of their own children. We can’t believe that this excuse for poor behavior is still proclaimed!!!….


Super Nanny Blames Games For London Riots


According to Jo “Super Nanny” Frost, video games are to blame for the London Riots. Super Nanny is well known for her ability to discipline wayward you …


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Activision responds to EA Call of Duty trash talk

SOURCE GAMESPOT.COM :Gamescom 2011: Publisher CEO Eric Hirshberg calls rhetoric “bad for the industry,” says game makers should be supporting each other instead.

With Battlefield 3, Electronic Arts wants to take down Activision’s Call of Duty franchise, and it hasn’t been shy about admitting as much. However, in opening statements at this year’s Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg suggested such rabble-rousing ultimately serves no one.

As reported by Eurogamer, Hirshberg said competition was a good thing. However, he added that public statements hoping for a rival’s game to fail crosses a line.

“Recently a competitor of ours was quoted as saying that he wants to see Call of Duty ‘rot from the core,’” Hirshberg said. “I’ve been asked countless times to respond to this comment and I’ve generally chosen not to. My job is to help our incredibly talented, passionate teams to make the best games they can, not to throw insults around at others. But I actually feel this kind of rhetoric is bad for our industry.”

Hirshberg went on to say that publishers should be supportive of each other, because a great game will always sell because it’s great, not because it steals sales from the competition. He said that was the mindset of politics, which necessitates that one side lose if another side is to win.

“We shouldn’t be tearing each other apart fighting for a bigger piece of the pie,” Hirshberg said. “We should all be focused on trying to grow a bigger pie. If we as an industry act like there’s a finite number of games in the world, then there will be.”

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Battlefield 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Fifa 12: The Winners Of GamesCom 2011

GamesCom 2011: G4 Presents Full Coverage Of The European Game Show

The winners of Gamescom 2011 have been announced and include prolific AAA titles like Battlefield 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Fifa 12. The winners were c …

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Gamestop Q2 shows strong used game and digital sales

GameStop’s total sales were down 3.1% in the quarter ending July 30, 2011 — $1.74 billion in sales this quarter compared to $1.8 billion in the same period last year. A boon for the company has been (get this!) used game and digital sales, which both rose 12% and 69% year-over-year, respectively. Digital sales are up 16% compared to Q1 of 2011 and with the recent announcement of downloadable PC games being sold at retail, we wouldn’t be surprised to see even greater digital revenue in Q3.

GameStop also cited lower hardware sales and fewer games this quarter compared to last year, both of which the company said contributed to an overall lower quarter for store sales, down 9.1%. The retailer also reported diminished net sales of $30.9 million compared to $40.3 million in 2010.

LA Noire, NCAA Football 12, Infamous 2, Brink and Mortal Kombat were GameStop’s top earners in the quarter, spanning the classic genres of shooters, sports games, fighters and whatever you’d call LA Noire.Crime drama genre? The “character actor did it” genre?

JoystiqGamestop Q2 financials anchored by strong used game and digital sales originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 18 Aug 2011 22:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Portable PlayStation Vita has more RAM than PS3

More is always better, right? For Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Vita portable, more RAM means it has some features that big brother PlayStation 3 doesn’t: namely, cross-game chat, courtesy of the console’s Party system. “So the reason why we were able to include something like Party, which enables cross-game voice chat,” Sony Worldwide Studios prez Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer, “is because we designed Vita so it always has enough resources to handle something like that behind the game while it’s running.”

Sony has finally confirmed the specifications of the system’s RAM, after rumors that the electronics giant had halved the RAM to better compete on price with the 3DS. “There were some rumours for the last few months. Some developer mentioned the RAM was halved. We never announced the amount of RAM, and we never changed it,” Yoshida said. So in order to combat confusion, they went into Gamescom unafraid to share those details.

And, without further adieu, we’ll share those deets! The PlayStation Vita has 512MB of RAM and 128MB of V-RAM, compared to the PlayStation 3′s 256MB of system RAM and 256MB of video RAM. While that’s half of the PS3′s video RAM, Yoshida reminds us that the resolution of the two platforms is very different. “The resolution on the PS Vita screen is much lower,” he explained. “Even though it’s four times the resolution of PSP, compared to the console, the amount of data you have to push is much smaller.”

While this all sounds like good news, there is another reading: Since the Vita uses all that extra system RAM to allow for cross-game chat, one could assume Sony will remain unable to implement the long-requested feature on the PS3. Then again, nearly five years into the console’s life, that inability should be pretty apparent to everyone by now.

JoystiqPlayStation Vita has more RAM than PS3 (hey, cross-game chat!) originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 18 Aug 2011 23:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Japanese Loyalty Goes to Playstation Xbox 360 Sales Drop

Edge cites Media Create data which puts Microsoft’s year-to-date 360 sales in Japan at 46.7% lower than they were at the same period last year. Adding insult to that sales injury is the fact that the 360′s last “high-profile Japanese exclusive” Idolmaster 2 will be ported to the PlayStation 3. Edge reports that “Geo, the nation’s largest specialist retailer, is drastically scaling back its Xbox 360 business” while “staff at electronics retailer Yamada Denki in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, confirmed that the company is removing hardware and software from the majority of its stores nationwide.”

Of course, Xbox 360 systems and games will still be available online, and Edge writes, “it is our understanding that Amazon now handles a substantial proportion of Japanese Xbox 360 software sales.” But without a solid retail presence for the Xbox 360, Microsoft may have a difficult time finding shelf space for its next console, expected to be released in the next several years. Even without retail support, don’t expect to see Microsoft abandon the strategic Japanese market. As long as Sony, Nintendo, and Japanese publishers exist, Microsoft will work to gain traction in that market.

JoystiqReport: Japanese retailers backing away from Xbox 360 originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 17 Aug 2011 19:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BanHammer falls for Gears Leakers

After a Microsoft investigation that proves the latest footage that appeared on YouTube was from the latest yet to be released Gears of War multiplayer,  Epic Games decides to go the way of Duke Nukem and wield the Banhammer!  IGN reports that they said it will ban users from playing Gears of War 3 online if the players turn out to be the one’s who published early footage of the game…

Duke Nukem publishers tried to Ban early criticism of their game… gamer nature can’t be stopped we say!

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Lollipop Chainsaw, Cheerleaders, Cortana

Halo heat applied by Cortana as Masterchief’s cheerleader!    But will Halo 4 go the way of other Video Games and introduce a new Cortana that can kick butt like the new Lollipop Chainsaw’s Heroine ?   Apparently Halo 4 will have an increased or more significant role for Cortana could it be more physical rather than AI’ish?  Hard to take the Halo Series and compare our favorite FPS hottie to a slew of games flavored by Japanese Anime stylings for heroines.



Halo 3 Cortana



A new Zombie Killing game that Warner Bros will release next year in the US is Lollipop Chainsaw which was developed by Suda 51 Studios.   GameSpot has a trailer featuring traditionally Anime styled heroine  Julliet Starling in a cheerleader outfit wiping out zombies.   Eye candy to say the least.  Thanks IGN for the scoop of course we put on a Halo spin, although Cortana is an AI character she’s still … well you know…


Lollipop Chainsaw’s

Julliet Starling

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PAX Halo Fest Tournaments

PAX HaloFest Halo Fest Tournaments have been organized and the schedules made public.  IF you don’t already know …the Halo fest debuts at PAX Prime which happening between August 26th through the 28th this year.   According to IGN they will team up with Microsoft and  give PAX attendees a preview of  Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversay Edition.   On top of that first look at Halo CE 10th Anniversary they are announcing that there will be a host of tournaments to play.     The schedule for the tournament is below:

Friday   10am-12pm: Anniversary 4v4 Team Slayer
Saturday 10am-12pm: Anniversary 4v4 Team Slayer;  12pm-1pm: Reach Racing; 1pm – 2:30pm: Reach Forge Contest
Sunday     11am-1pm: Fight Like a Girl – Firefight Score Attack; 1:30pm-3pm: Anniversary 4v4 Capture the Flag ;4pm-6pm: Fight Like a Girl – Firefight Score Attack (FLAG for short)

See more at IGN Halo fest Hub Page and at the official 343 Industries Halo Fest site on Halo Waypoint

Filed under: 343 Industries, Breaking Game News, Events, Game News, Halo Anniversary

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Announced!

Fans of Valve’s game, Counter-Strike, will be filled with joy because Valve announced that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, an updated sequel to the bestseller multiplayer game, is going to be released next year for the xbox live arcade, playstation network, PC, and Mac. Counter-Strike:Global Offensive will contain new maps, weapons, characters, gameplay modes, matchmaking, leaderboards, and more.  This game will  be developed by Valve while working together with Hidden Path Entertainment. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will become playable at the PAX prime this month, and at the Eurogamer Expo 2011.  Can’t wait for PAX!!






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Bungie Legacy and Destiny for Partners

Bungie_Destiny Logo


When your great your great.  Bungie may hold the key to the future success of two of the largest game studios.  Original creations by Bungie are at the center of the latest strategies and hype for Microsoft (MSFT) and Activision/Blizzard (ATVI).    Although we now know the strategy of 343 Industries, Halo CE anniversary this fall and Halo 4 following.  We have heard that  Halo 4 is Possibly that start a new trilogy of games for the Halo universe.  We don’t, however, know exactly what Bungie is producing for Activision,  just hints if you look hard enough.      Bungie could be producing an MMO after some video analysis by our own writer Ted.  Read more about Bungie‘s MMO codenamed Tiger here.   

Splits! and Mergers!

Soon after the Bungie Microsoft Split we had the huge news about Activision and Infinity Ward Split, that was ugly.   The original creators of the COD series were forced out in a bad way, read more here.  Call of Duty Black-ops however was a huge Success! despite bad feelings in the gaming world towards the Activision CEO and his handling of the Infinity ward situation.

As far as the Bungie and Microsoft Split.  It was peaceful, we got three games out of the Deal, Halo Wars; Halo ODST and Halo Reach.  Halo Wars from Ensemble Studios, was the first time another studio produced a game from the HALO IP.   Bungie‘s best success’s have been when they were part of Microsoft, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST and  Halo REACH.  Each sold in the multi millions the first 24 hours breaking records across all entertainment media debuts.

Banking on Bungie!

When you compare the current situation with both Activision and Microsoft there are big differences.  We see that Activision now has the talent of Bungie behind them, and they could be producing the biggest and best MMO (with social capabilites ala Little Big Planet!!).    Microsoft however is reliant on existing and new talent (they recently posted jobs for Game Engineers for 343 Industries).  In effect they are building their studio for these products.  This may not be a negative at all.   Microsoft Game Studios has been a managing partner with other studios over time that have proven to be successful partnerships besides Bungie.       Interesting to note however that Microsoft had its chance at developing an MMO game via its Ensemble studios subsidiary that it closed right after the Halo Wars launch.  The closing of Ensemble, they say, was because of a worsening economy after the 2008 financial fiasco we’re still feeling today.   It was revealed soon after that the game that was cancelled was in fact an MMO version of Halo Wars!!   Now we hear Bungie is creating a space based inter-Planetary MMO for Activision.   What goes around comes around!   We loved Halo Wars BTW. 

A significant challenge for 343Industries and Microsoft to produce games that many of us Halo fans may hold a sub-par disposition towards, sans Bungie involvement.    You cannot forget that Bungie‘s biggest successes were when they were tied to Microsoft.    Just as in the past you’ll see more of these partnerships join and disband without much of an affect on the overall popularity of a game, look at COD post Infinity Ward!.    In a bad economy we anxiously wait to see which partnerships have mettle, stay the course and publish something that we will want to spend our ever diminishing money on…


Filed under: 343 Industries, Bungie Plans, Halo Anniversary, Uncategorized

New Bungie Game in The Works!

     It’s been almost a year since Bungie released their last game, Halo Reach.  Now, to cap off their 20th anniversary, Bungie has created a video titled, “O Brave New World”.  This video not only celebrates the Bungie legacy, but it also reveals in the end that Bungie is creating a first-person MMO.  This MMO’s codename is “Tiger”, and it will take place in space.  A possible title for this game could be “Destiny”, but this is uncomfirmed.  Bungie writer Joseph Staten said in the video: ” We feel respnsible for not just telling an isolated story but for building a universe that at some is going to become more “the fans” than ours”.  Could this mean that they will create a game where the players will be able to take  forge creation to a larger scale?  We’ll just have to wait and find out.  In the mean time, take a look at the video Bungie created and tell us what you think.

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Batman: Arkham City Pre-order Costumes Revealed!


People who have pre-ordered Rocksteady’s upcoming game Batman: Arkham City, will be getting something a little extra for their caped crusader.  People who have pre-ordered the game will be able to get an extra skin for Batman.  Unfortunately, these skins have only been announced in the UK, but hopefully they will announce it to other territories soon.  Take a look at the skins and see which ones you like.  Even though these skins were announced, the skins you see are only fan-made so Rocksteady didn’t released their own character models yet.  ArkhamCity.co.uk  will tell you which stores in the UK will have them.  Pray that the store near you will have the costume you want.

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Halo Anniversary “EXTRAS”

HAlo AnniversaryThe buzz all around the Halo universe is that Halo Anniversary due out November 15th this year may have a PAX HaloFest

We should find out more about it from the 343′s showcase HaloFest at the PAX.   PAX is a game festival for board, electronic, console and pc-games. There will be panel discussions of note and interest to us is 343′s panel on the Halo Universe as well as Halo Anniversary. We are certain we’ll learn more from that panel.

We’ve been able to garner certain feedback that 343′s consideration for Multi-player will be close to Halo CE, its less than a month a way and we are anxious to find out.

Also we all know from early July that if you pre-Order Halo Anniversary  you’ll get your own MasterChief Avatar with complete Mjolnir armor.   Awsome check out the image:

Halo Anniversary Master Chief Avatar

That’s all the news in the making…. waiting for PAX …..

Filed under: 343 Industries, Breaking Game News, Cool Halo Stuff, Halo Anniversary, Rumor Mill