Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Inclement Weather

Got my "Inclement Weather" armor effect today... yay!  It was 2,000,000 credits and took a lot of focused work.  Playing Halo: Reach I've only seen 6 other players in matches with this armor so far.  I'm pretty emotional about it right now.  

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Reaching Forward – Stunt Kills from Halo 2, 3 and Reach Beta

Just finished all achievements for Reach, even the new ones...  I'm half way to the "Inclement Weather" armor effect, and holding off on stunts until I can include that effect in them. 

In the meantime, enjoy some stunt kills and strangeness from Halo 2, 3 and Reach Beta.  It includes core kills, surfer beats banshee, a Reach power-flush kill, the waving Reach corpse and other unusual things.

Lenses and cameras were provided by Bungie.   Music includes a live cover of Jimmy Hendrix’s “Hey Joe” and my own version of the Halo theme.

Warning: there is some particularly upsetting footage in the scene on Isolation, so when you see that clip begin, I urge you to fast forward past it.  

Send in links of your own rendered stunt videos… I would love to feature them.  I know there are some way talented soldiers out there and  I would love to see some creative, unusual stuff.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Second First Rube Goldberg Machine on Halo: Reach

On Sept 26th, xFEAR the DEERx released the second First Rube Goldberg Machine on Halo: Reach (or as he calls it, The First Legit Rube Goldberg Machine on Reach. 

In many ways, I think his is way better than the one I posted 12 days earlier, and I think it’s worth looking at.
While mine was definitely legit, I understand of course why he wanted to qualify his own.  But to be accurate he should have called it, The First Rube Goldberg Machine on Halo: Reach That Used More Than Two Dominos or The First Rube Goldberg Machine on Halo: Reach Other Than Ones That Just Barely Qualify As Rube Goldberg Machines or something like that.

Either way, having the Second Rube Goldberg Machine on Halo: Reach is a great achievement, and his set up is very elaborate and inventive.  It is pretty long but worth the patience required as it ends with an unexpected message that I really liked.

But all comedic opportunism aside, he did a fantastic job!  Excellent work, xFEAR the DEERx

His film is very cool.  I hope he does more and would be glad to feature them here.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bionic Core Kill

This is the first Core Kill I pulled off in Halo: Reach, after getting the fabled “Robotic Arm” upgrade, as well as the black helm visor and other armor upgrades you have to reach Lt. Colonel to get.  The robot arm showed up after getting all the achievements for Halo: Reach, but it may also have been from reaching that rank.  Not sure…

It’s a fun stunt too…  it was a hover land from a jet pack onto a core and then the kill was actually a beat down/melee punch and it was pretty cool and lucky.  

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The First Rube Goldberg Machine on Halo: Reach

Today the new Halo Game, Halo: Reach released, and my wife and I have been shooting up the co-op campaign.   


Haven’t yet done matchmaking or any stunts but I did decide to see if I could create a fully operational Rube Goldberg Machine on the first day of Reach being out.  

From my file search online, it seems this is the very first Rube Goldberg Machine for Halo: Reach in existence.  I’m confident others will surpass mine in complexity, but I hope it has some artistry some will find enjoyable.  

I feel many will resonate with the message of human kind’s yearning contained in this video.     

Monday, September 13, 2010

BS Angel News and a Look at Her Corpse Alphabet

It's September 13th and there is one thing on every Halo enthusiast's mind:

BS Angel has accepted a position with 343 Industries (including working directly with Halo Waypoint, future Halo releases and Master Chief himself).

Congradulations, Angel!  How amazingly cool!

BS Angel is the creator of a VERY well known and followed, crazy blog about Halo and gaming in general.  She also manages a killer virtual photography website focused on Halo screen shots.  Being a virtual photographer myself, I really love that site as well.

Now I am going to smoothly, subtly segue into the blog post content I had ready to release about Angel, just a day before she announced her position with 343 Industries, and leave it as is, so that people will fully believe this was all one fully informed, current, coherent post featuring her.

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Back in 2008, BS Angel created the Halo Corpse Alphabet.  Every letter in it is produced by the shape of a player's corpse from Halo 3.

It’s an amazing, morbid concept, and can be found here:  Halo Corpse Alphabet   

It was a seriously fulfilling, wonderful moment when my letter “Y” submission made it into the corpse alphabet.  I spent days talking excitedly about it on the phone to friends and relatives, who were mostly non-gamers but who still politely congratulated me.

It cannot be confirmed whether BS Angel is currently working on an actual, real-life corpse alphabet, but a friend of hers (who insisted on anonymity) said that BS Angel has quite a few mortuary phone numbers on her cell phone address book.  You may want to email her and grant permission for the eventual use of a photograph of your own corpse.  It might be good to include the state you live in, just in case she needs to send the necessary forms.   

I decided to make some virtual greeting cards using her alphabet, including a Mother's Day, Birthday and 2 Baby Announcement cards (special thanks to Dr. Thomas Dendril for providing the ultrasound of a baby --who somehow had an X-Box controller in the womb-- for the Baby Announcement cards).  

Feel free to use these and please let us know about any responses from loved ones you send them to.  The actual font is more readable since it has the letter backgrounds removed, but I love the images so much I thought I'd do the cards this way. 

With Halo: Reach coming out soon, it is hard for me to imagine BS Angel not doing a Halo: Reach Corpse Alphabet.  You know it will be cool. 

BS Angle has huge amount of incredible content on her blog and her other sites, and she recently had an interview on Halo Waypoint on X-Box live.  It's all totally worth checking out if you haven't already seen it.

Halo Corpse Alphabet

Thanks BS Angel!

(and like, total congratulations!)

P.S. In other news... Halo: Reach comes out at midnight tonight.  There's been almost no coverage of this release, so you may want to let your Halo playing friends know about it.  It looks like a really neat game and I'm way psyched to play it before I sleep next.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

In the Belly of the Beast

We learned a few posts back, that AnGeLiNeItOr lost his life in an “Elephant” Marine War Vehicle, which had been blown high into the sky.  It had been packed with continually resetting explosives.

Good news… his family recently cleared for public viewing the footage recovered from within the vehicle, and for a price much lower than we actually would have paid them.

Here's a previous promotional/awareness flier:

The “Exploding Elephant Effect” demonstration is still not allowed in military air shows, but progress has been made in that direction and as soon as any are scheduled we will release dates and locations. 

This film shows AnGeLiNeItOr’s death close up, and is not recommended for people who don't have a troubling sense of morbid curiosity.  We dedicate this film to AnGeLiNeItOr’s short, brave life and his contribution to the public’s entertainment in general.