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Halo 64

Last month we saw the first trailer for Halo Infinite and it looked, underwhelming. A few weeks ago we heard that Halo Infinite is being pushed back to 2021 and I think that’s for the better.

Last week, twitter user @Hoolopee recreated the trailer in the style of Super Mario 64. Now, I don’t want to say that it’s better, but the retorness of it makes it enjoyable. Would I play this, probably as a novelty for a day or two, but I don’t think I would go as crazy all out for achievements as I currently do with Halo as it exists now.

It’s still pretty ace looking if I were to say so myself. But it also shows just how far technology has progressed since the mid 1990s.

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Halo: Infinite

It’s been a long time coming, but we finially have some concrete video for Halo: Infinite – AKA, Halo 6. It looks…good:

I gotta say, the gameplay itself looks like a cross between Halo 5 and something else. What that something else is, I’m not sure. It looks fast paced and very much like H5. I was never a fan of sprint, or clamber and they’re both there, but that’s not the end of the world. The grappling hook is neat, I hope it doesn’t turn into something stupid though.

All in all, I’m excited for it. I will buy it of course, but will I play it again, or will I 100% it and then uninstall it to go back to the good ol’days? That remains to be seen.

Here’s the official trailer:

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Halo Trailers

I’m not sure what caused it, but I started watching all these old trailers/advertisements for various Halo Games. There’s something about them that I don’t really remember from any other video game. Call me nostalgic, call me biased, but the marketing of all the Halos was pretty unforgettable. Be it the live action ones, the diorama ones, or the cinematic game rendered ones, everything was high quality. I remember most of these, some better than others, I remember being excited.

Like I said, I don’t know why, but I’ve watched this whole list and it’s really something different that I don’t remember anywhere else.

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It’s All I Play

Sadly I haven’t had a chance to play this as often or as much as I once used to.  But this song is apt and describes some of the most fun times I’ve had in my young adult life.  I probably spent a few years of my life playing games of Halo with people young and old, men and women (though, really mostly men), and near and far.  It’s hard to describe how big of an influence Halo was on the world of gaming, it’s sort of like Super Mario Bros.  Halo 3 was my favorite of the series and easily the one I spent the most time in.  To this day I still play around in it, but I’m rusty, very rusty, and more easily frustrated and prone to controller throwing.  Anyway, Halo 3 came out 12 years ago today, fire up a game and enjoy.

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Trackmania Halo Edition

Reddit user ducain23 posted a track in Halo 5 Forge which reminds me an awful lot of TrackMania.  The dumb reddit video system doesn’t let me embed videos on other places sadly, so you’ll have to go to reddit itself to view the clip, needless to say, it’s pretty cool.  I like the way he’s used the geometry to counteract gravity and keep things from falling apart.  I’m not so sure I would be able to drive on this course without falling off.  I’m totally more of a gunner, and my game stats will back that up (though they haven’t been refreshed in years sadly).

I can envision a really interesting game mode here with drivers, gunners, and passengers.  The passengers are holding a bomb and you gotta drive through moving checkpoints to drop it off.  It might work similar to stockpile from Halo Reach.  It’s a work in progress but I think it could be tons of fun.

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Kite Rhapsody

I’m not quite sure how these people didn’t cross the lies.  Sure it won’t be terribly dangerous and deadly, but it’s damn impressive nonetheless.  Also, it’s gotta be a pretty windy day at the beach there because those kites are perfectly situated.  Honestly though, until the last minute of the song, I didn’t really see much of the song, it looks more like someone tacked on.  The last parts though make up for it, and the description itself says that it was performed in Oregon in 2012.

I’d like to go to a kite festival.  I bet it’s fun to watch.  I think you would have to be close though, and at the same angle as the people flying – perspective is everything up in the sky, and it’s easy to make things seem like they’re way off when you’re looking at them from just slightly off.  Oh well, for the summer.

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It’s a Halo Christmas

I like the nice poem, and the overviews of the different custom made maps.  Overall the video above is a good throw back to the golden days of Halo.  I’m not particularly confident that 343 will manage to fix Halo with the eventual release of Halo 6. though I reserve the right to be wrong.  In the mean time, enjoy the video, and remember, The Forerunners are watching.

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The Laser

I’ve sunk more hours into playing Halo 3 than I have done a fair amount of other things.  Many a night was spent awake with my stable of friends on Social Big Team Battle.  Usually the 8 of 12-14 of us would get together, sometimes we’d break up into two groups of 6, or 7 this way we could constantly get matched together.  Granted, this was back when there were a few thousand people playing H3 daily, but we still never had much of a challenge getting matches.

Even with all the theater, and the tools at my disposal, I rarely went back to re-watch videos of my crazy amazing kills, and crazy amazing deaths.  I was having too much fun playing the games themselves and trying to make new crazy amazing experiences.

I’m not quite sure if any video game will ever be able to recreate that level of experience I had with Halo 3.  I wore out multiple Xbox 360 controllers playing that game.  I Red Ringed an Xbox 360, and I have more deaths than kills, but I had some great time, with some great guys back in the hay day of online gaming.

I still miss it, and I want to play.  I think I will dust if off this weekend.  I just hope that I can find a match.

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The One

That’s what they hoped the new Xbox would be.  The One.

Well, not really, it was just based off of the love of The Matrix, and ideas that it would be a unique, immersive world.  The rest of the video goes over some of the history of how the video game console came to fruition.  The idea that the Kinect was going to re-birth the gaming system was pretty ambitious of them considering that Nintendo started that trend previously.

Any Hootie and the Blowfish, that was a pretty neat video, wasn’t it?  I really liked the part when Balmer crashed the party and insisted that the new console be a White Tower of Power.*

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*Ok, I made that part up.

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Alternate History Thursday: No Bridges, or Power

The situation with the Federal Reserve Bank is getting out of hand.  Conventional wisdom said to let the world have it’s gold, after all, what good is it if you can’t use it as a bargaining chip.  Much of the rest of the country is coming back online and being functional again.  Except for New York State.  The Governor of New York has asked the President of the United States of America for assistance.  The President is a very popular guy in New York, so he thinks he can ease tensions by making a personal appearance with the Governor of New York State, and the Mayor of New York City.

There’s a big extravaganza planned for June 06, D-Day.  The day was chosen because it represents when one group of people came and liberated another.  That’s what the Governor and President saw this meeting as.  The Mayor on the other hand did not.  Using the ceased arms from one of the many armory’s on the island, the Mayor built up a small militia of followers to protect him.  Not wanting to make it seem hostile, the President came with just his usual Secret Service detail.  This is still America after all.  At least, that is what everyone thought.

The morning of June 06 came, and the meeting took place.  Everything seemed to be going as planned, progress on a future was being made.  Concessions were talked about, arguments were made, and The Great NYC summit was underway.  Talks went on for about a week, The President personally presided over some of them, but had 49 other states to attend to.

By June 19th everything seemed to be coming to an end.  That is, until word got out that China was exerting it’s great economic strength on the President to release the gold from the Fed, and let them take ownership of it.  That was a problem because that gold didn’t belong to China.  Hong Kong it argued was a much safer place for this great resource, and much closer to the developing technological powerhouses which would end up using the gold in computers.

The Mayor of NYC saw this as a loss of faith in the city.  Not just by the President, but by the world.  New York City was never one to go down quietly, so on June 19th, all entryways onto the island were cut.  Bridges were blown, tunnels imploded, ferries sunk, and airport runways mined.  Important people, and regular people alike were stranded on the island, and there was no idea if or when they would be allowed to leave.  What is going on?

As always, hit the break for the song.