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Halo Reach – The Ending

9-8-10: Initial release.

Hey guys, so this past weekend a group of my friends had a chance to play Halo Reach.  Wait, a second, the game comes out on September 14th?

Yes, that is correct, but yet our friends had it. How? Simple. They got a downloaded copy off of torrents and played it on the modded Xbox. I assure you, it is not BS. I was there and I saw them rushed the campaign on easy mode, which took them about 3.5 hours.

To make it even more funny, they skipped all the cut scenes trying to rush through the campaign.  Don’t worry, I won’t put any spoilers here. If you are a halo fan, you will enjoy this game.

Now were my friends going to buy halo reach? Most likely not. They are cheap bastards, and they don’t even have an xbox live account!

Anyway, someone had the balls to upload the ending of the game online on youtube finally. I just watched it, and I can assure you it is indeed real because it is the same ending I experienced in person. Enjoy!

New Halo Reach Multiplayer ViDoc: Prepare for the Beta!

“The Halo Reach beta is getting closer every day- now we can see it in action.”

Here is a video for your benefit:

Halo Wars

Alright, this is apparently the next new game from Ensemble Studios.

It looks amazing, let me tell you.

Here is a video:

Halo Wars is a real-time action strategy game for the Xbox 360 that allows the player to control large armies and to shrewdly direct them in realistic warfare. Set early in the iconic war between the Covenant and UNSC – made famous by the Halo FPS games – Halo Wars provides a new angle on the war while bringing new heroes to the battle.

The images below are renders of the units or buildings in-game. Mouse-over each image to see the original concept art. In the weeks and months ahead we will be updating the features page with more information and imagery.

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Viral Marketing 2.0

Valve’s Portal is taking the industry by storm in a not so hyped up Halo style way. Interestingly enough, one way it’s doing that is through viral marketing, similar to the campaign, done for Halo 2. started as a URL flashed at the bottom of a Halo 2 advertisement in select theaters. Upon visiting the site, distorted images, text and overall design of the website appeared and made it look as if the site had been hacked. This was the kick off to a nationwide scavenger hunt as well as the stir of a new style of marketing from the gaming industry. Hints to things such a specific phone booth ringing at a specific time on a very real looking but fake blog connected to ILB were ways to keep people’s minds on Halo 2 for quite a while before it’s record breaking release.

Now Portal, a new game by the makers of Half Life 1 and 2 incorporating challenging puzzle style gameplay, coupled with the first person goodness of Half Life 2, has taken it to the next level. It started with a mysterious website with a computer terminal style interface done in Flash. There were select commands one could use to unlock hints about the upcoming release of Portal which was already highly anticipated. With the recent release of the game, an easter egg has been uncovered, unlocking a whole new section of the website to the public.

In Test Chamber 17, there is a wall that is extended, revealing a room with images drawn on the wall of various things, including text saying “login: cjohnson password: tier3”.



This can be used on by typing login then the username and password mentioned. From there, commands such as DIR which displays a list of 2 files, one which was released before Portal (the application or, apply.exe) and notes.exe which has background information on Aperture Science Industries, their beginnings and some other humorous fiction.

While not as well known as, Portal and are certainly staying consistent, even after it’s release.

Viral marketing is starting to be looked upon by other industries, but of course while keeping traditional marketing campaigns at the frontline. “The Orange Box”, a compilation of Valve’s greatest games to date, Including Half Life 2: Episode 2, Team Fortress 2 and Portal, has been advertised on several large cable channels and certainly stands out at the retail stores on shelf. It’s literally an orange box.

The Orange Box can be found at all of the big retail and online stores for a price of around $45 USD.

Here are a few links: