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.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Halo: Reach Beta - Stunt Kills

Earlier this year I played in the beta test for Halo: Reach.  Of course, I looked for stunts to do while playing this great new game.  I didn't know the movie files would only be temporary unless finalized and downloaded, so I lost most of my footage.  But I did get a few films saved and luckily, some were of my favorite stunts.

Reach will have fusion cores, but the beta only had smaller gas tanks-- and they were great to do stunts with.  They are hard to balance on and not tip over (especially while holding a cumbersome chain gun that took forever to haul all the way to that spot).

There are also now jet packs in this new game.  They have limited use and require constant momentum adjusting; it takes practice to get the jet pack working for you instead of against you.

It occurred to me it may be possible to jet pack hover down onto a gas tank without tipping it and do a stunt kill.  It took me at least 40 tries before I landed one, and then many more landings before I finally got a kill from one.  I think I got about 14 hover landing kills, but only have 4 or so on video.

Luckily I do have footage of my trickiest ones:  one hover land with a headshot kill, and one hover land with an alien grenade stick.  These are both in the video here.  There are also some good comedy/fluke kills.  I have more and they’ll be out before the release as well.

Halo: Reach releases in less than a month (on Sept. 14th).  Since rarity of context makes a stunt possess more coolness, I will be trying the following challenge on it’s release:

Get a kill in a legit match, standing on a fusion core, and have it be my first kill ever while playing the released Halo: Reach game, including multi-player and campaign.

To make it better, I’ll try to also have it be my first actual shot/shots fired in the release of the game; we’ll see how it goes.

Hopefully I won't blow my shot at this kind of stunt... I'll have to wait for the next Halo (or Marathon) game release for another try.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Exploding Elephant Core Kills

Naturally, many of you know this… some smart guy discovered that it makes a cool effect when you pack respawning explosives into an elephant (which is a huge military vehicle, not an actual elephant since that would seem questionable).

The effect is amazing and it has been described as a "Satanic Pinata".  The explosives are programmed to reset within the vehicle (which is indestructible) shortly after they blow up, and so it's an ongoing chain reaction once set off.  It’s not something one would normally expect to see at a military air show, at least not until safety regulations are relaxed a little.

I joined a game once where they battled (humans vs. high-speed zombies) on such a level and I tried to do some core kills.  It was a custom match, so I don’t call these legit stunt kills.  But they didn’t know me or my stunts, and they were definitely trying to kill me…

It was fun to do and watch.  Thanks to my nephew, Tyler, for inviting me to the match.

The real stunt man in the clip is AnGeLiNeItOr: the guy in red who actually rides in the elephant high in the air and whose corpse eventually falls out.   I imagine him to be a maintenance guy at the air show who snuck a ride in the elephant display, or -even better- who fell asleep on the job before the show.

In this post is the video of the Core Kills on an Exploding Elephant level.  I'm also hearing positive things about the negotiations to release disturbing footage recovered from within the elephant.

Let's keep our fingers crossed.