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Official: Bungie and Microsoft splitting, sort of

Official: Bungie and Microsoft splitting, sort of

Remember that article I wrote the other day about the rumor of Bungie separating from Microsoft? Well its not a rumor anymore, in fact its quite official.

I don’t know how much of a split it is, here is an analogy of the situation from my perspective though, it’d be like you telling your parent you were moving out, but you move out, into the room above the garage, technically its out, but your still very, very connected. Really all this has done is made it possible for Bungie to work on other games/platforms if they want to.

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Bill Gates signed Xbox 360 Halo 3 pack charity auction exceeding $8k

Bill Gates signed Xbox 360 Halo 3 pack charity auction exceeding $8k

Back when I was scathing about the Xbox 360 Halo 3 Special Edition some agreed with me, others scorned; in the end, I decided it wasn't that big a deal either way since numbers of the limited edition were, well, just that: limited.  However, we've now got word of an even more special Special Edition, made covetable because it bears the scrawl of Bill Gates, and currently up on eBay for $8,400 after 56 bids.

 

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Rumor: Bungie leaving Microsoft

Rumor: Bungie leaving Microsoft

Word on the street is Bungie might be looking to part ways from Microsoft and possibly pursue other platforms and maybe even a different gaming title other than Halo. Sure it’s a great game, I played at a friends house a couple days after it came out and then just a couple days ago picked up my own copy, but a gaming company like Bungie can’t depend on one series of game for survival.

Actually they probably could, Halo is a massive money-making machine, but they probably don’t want to, working on the same games for 7 years probably has just about everyone at Bungie ready to go out of their minds. Plus if you remember, Bungie used to make games exclusively for the Mac platform before MS bought them.

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Halo 3 takes record $170m in 24hrs

Halo 3 takes record $170m in 24hrs

You may not have realised, but earlier this week Microsoft released a little-known Xbox 360 game called Halo 3.  Well, obviously it had lovely packaging or something because apparently they took $170 million in sales in the US on the first day alone; that pushes it ahead of rival media such as the Spiderman 3 film and wretched wizard tome Harry Potter and the blah blah of blah.

 

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All your base are belong to us! Master Chief rings NASDAQ closing bell

All your base are belong to us! Master Chief rings NASDAQ closing bell

Master Chief is in your stock markets killing all your dudes! I really can’t believe that Halo as a force has moved to a point where they let a guy dressed up as Master Chief ring the closing bell for the stock market today.

It really is amazing how far a properly laid marketing plan can go. Bungie, Microsoft, and the numerous Halo fan boys, you can rest now, you have done it, you have taken over the free world.

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Lucky man gets Halo 3 early from Dell

Lucky man gets Halo 3 early from Dell

First, a couple things, Halo 3 comes out tonight, so we all realize you will be playing that game hardcore for at least a couple days, but please don’t forget to come back here and check us out, we will miss you. Second, who buys Xbox 360 games from Dell?

Well apparently if you do, and your package gets shipped via DHL, you just might receive your game early. Like this gentleman, who probably has a house full of Halo/Bungie groupies sitting at his house waiting on their turn to play right now?

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Halo Rocket Launcher equally fun in real life

Halo Rocket Launcher equally fun in real life

A reader from Gizmodo got the pleasure of toying around with a real life AT4 Anti-Armor Bazooka. It’s made by SAAB and I would assume its hard as hell for a civilian in the US to get their hands on one, but hey, some guys have all the luck.

The gentleman described his experience firing the weapon as being “the loudest thing you can imagine” he went on to list other weapons he had fired that are considered quite loud as well to further re-enforce his point of how loud this was. He also said that the air around him heated by what seemed like 50 degrees, that’s pretty amazing.

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Master Chief has been on a lot of new frontiers, the latest is Lego

Master Chief has been on a lot of new frontiers, the latest is Lego

Lego artist Nathan Sawaya is a genius, nearly a god, I encourage you to check out BrickArtist.com, anyways his medium, Legos. Not paint, or clay, Legos.

This time he made a Lego sculpture of Master Chief from the infamous Halo video game. Not only did he make a sculpture of this gaming icon out of Legos, but he did it in time lapse all without instructions or a guide or anything, just laid out a bunch of bricks and started going at it.

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Microsoft lay Halo 3 Xbox Live block rumors to rest

Microsoft lay Halo 3 Xbox Live block rumors to rest

If you'd been scared off trying Halo 3 (either from a tweaked, hacked and generally molested copy, or by buying it from UK retailer Argos who started selling copies a week prior to its actual release) because of the threat that Microsoft would block your Xbox Live account, please feel free to breath again.  Despite dire warnings to the contrary, in actual fact Microsoft have no intention of blocking anybody.

Check out the official statement after the cut.

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Xbox 360 Halo 3 Special Edition unboxed – it’s green

Xbox 360 Halo 3 Special Edition unboxed – it’s green

Perhaps I'm a naive slab of non-gaming gristle, but this Xbox 360 Halo 3 Special Edition just looks like an unpleasantly bile-like slab of console.  Still, I'm sure there are people out there happy to spend $399 on dubiously detailed Microsoft hardware; what's surprising is that, according to Unboxing.com, it doesn't actually seem to come with a copy of the game itself.

 

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