With Thanksgiving come and gone it's time to start dragging out all those Christmas lights and decorations at home and in the office. I bet at least a few of you guys are the sorts who decorate their home and their office cubicle or desk with all sorts of lights and other stuff to make things look festive.
Microsoft's Halo franchise development director Frank O'Connor sat last week on a panel at the Future of Television East conference last week. It was there that he sat down with some folks who work with Harold Goldberg of NY Videogame Critics Circle and spoke of the future of a Halo movie. Why hasn't a Halo movie been produced yet, Goldberg asked? O'Connor said: “It was the lawyers, ... When they went behind closed doors with the contracts, things fell apart.” O’Connor noted that the fact that Microsoft owns all rights to Halo was the breaking point, as that meant that “The problem was that the movie company couldn’t make any money beyond the movie.” But what about the future? Does O'Connor have confidence in the future of a world with more Halo? Yes. “There will be a Halo movie.”
Very first of all, let me point you toward our big time huge post: Holiday Gift Guide 2010! It's full of EVERYTHING you could ever want (this year.) Then we've got reviews of both the Verizon AND the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab (both!), a review of a bigtime thin Full HD panel display, and an expanded look at all the stuff Mark Zuckerberg said about the future of communication today at the Facebook announcement event. And BONUS: Google CEO Eric Schmidt reveals not only a working Nexus S, but Android 2.3 Gingerbread as well! All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!
Despite the fact that we're knee deep in the advancements of technology here, we still have a major soft spot for LEGOs. Especially when they get put to use other than buildings forts (though, those can be pretty cool, too). This time around, we get to see what it would look like to be the Master Chief, from Bungie's prodigal Halo series of video games, exclusively available for Microsoft's Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles.
Halo: Reach was the last Halo-based title from the series' creator, Bungie Studios. But that doesn't mean that the Halo story is over and done with. It's been known for a long time now that Microsoft planned on making more games based in the universe. The main speculation was about who would be making the games, along with when these titles would be released. It's now known that 343 Studios, consisting of a lot of former employees from Bungie Studios, will now take the Halo helm, and it seems that Microsoft is now clearing up (at least a little bit) when they plan on these future games coming out.
Welcome to the latest edition of the SlashGear Week in Review. This week Fujitsu showed off a really cool new wireless charging system that is able to charge multiple devices at one time. The system is very efficient and can adjust to what each device needs automatically. Panasonic unveiled a cool new camcorder that uses micro four thirds lenses. The camcorder is called the AG-AF100.
There's no doubt that Microsoft pushes a lot of its money into the marketing behind one of its largest marketable products. Halo has been a money factory for the Redmond-based company, as well as Bungie Studios (the studio developing the First Person Shooter (FPS), so to see a huge marketing campaign kicked off before the release of the title is no surprise at all. And, with only a handful of hours to go for those in the UK, seeing a man dressed up like a Spartan take flight in a jetpack may just be outrageous enough to get a fence-sitter to spend the cash on the upcoming blockbuster.
The video game industry is a tough one. It's just as fierce and competitive as any other market in the tech world, and so it's no wonder that someone from Microsoft would boast some pretty fantastic predicted results for the upcoming title Halo: Reach. And when competition is brought up, First Person Shooter (FPS) titles Halo and Call of Duty are the two bodies entered into the title fight. With Reach and Black Ops set to release within arm's reach of one another, talk about sales numbers is starting to heat up.
If the new Xbox 360 redesign tickles your fancy but the gloss black casing leaves you afraid of fingerprints, you probably need Microsoft's new Xbox 360 Limited Edition Halo: Reach Bundle. Arriving on September 14th - alongside, unsurprisingly, the game itself - the bundle includes a special silver paint-job, two matching wireless controllers and a wired headset.
Bungie's ultimate Halo franchise is nearing an end, as the final title in the sweeping saga is set to release later this year. And while it may not feature the series' main protagonist, there's no doubt that the game has players all over the world waiting with pent-up anticipation. There's an open Beta starting May 3rd, so hopefully you're getting ready for that. But, if you're more interested to see what the final product will launch in, Bungie has pulled the curtain off the three editions.
It's Friday night, and you're probably out doing something else right now. Then again, if you're reading this, maybe not. Unless you've got one of those fancy things that gives you the Internet in the palm of your hand. Then hopefully you've been taking SlashGear all over the place with you. In any case, welcome to the Daily Slash, where we bring you the best of the 'net. First up, in the Best of R3 section, we've got the HTC Hero getting a new leak; the iPad feels a sizeable Quake; and AT&T is trying to change a few things. And then in the net, we pull up a good old story that just won't die about Halo; a Chinese chess set perfectly placed in the digital age; bad news for England; and finally, a litter box of the future.