Gears of Halo

News and views about Xbox games including a lot of Halo.

Thursday, August 21

Bungie might be gaming's good guys but they sure were dicks to Marty O'Donnell.


You may recall that Bungie fired one of their founding fathers, Martin O'Donnell a few months back. It's never been said publicly why this was the case but as I understand it, America sort of runs on some fire-at-will law in most states so he was sacked pretty easily from his job as music composer.

Marty may have been the author of his own misfortune, I simply don't know. Marty said publicly that it was 'without cause'.

But what we do is the manner in which the firing happened shows the the big wigs that run Bungie are have employed some dick moves on Marty. They canceled his shares in the company! That's bullshit, antagonistic and probably retaliatory behaviour - and to my mind is pretty much stealing as shares are property.

Having already been awarded 95K in a separate action from Bungie, a ruling has now said that Marty must have his shares in the company back.

Venture beat reported the result of a recent arbitration process between Bungie and O'Donnell"

"The arbitrator found that O’Donnell demonstrated substantial likelihood of proving that he was one of seven founders of Bungie (which originally had the name Arete Seven LLC) and that the company gave him 1.27 million shares of class B shares in October 2007. Those shares were converted into 336,375 shares of Bungie’s Series B-1 Preferred Stock in 2010, when Activision started making a lot of noise about Destiny. He was also issued 48,000 shares of Bungie’s common stock. And in December 2010, O’Donnell signed a contract extending his employment through 2020."

The agreement held that O’Donnell would give up his unvested founders’ shares if he left voluntarily. Given he was fired, it would appear Bungie were in breach of their contract.

We do have to appreciate that while video games are cool, Bungie is there to make a profit. There could be solid commercial reasons why Bungie fired the most famous composer in gaming history. Maybe he was going tone deaf? That would make some sense at least right?

One wonders now what the REAL DEAL was with Joe Staten leaving....

Tuesday, August 12

Check out the best of the best taking on the new Halo 2 version of Sanctuary

Check this short video of the best of the best Halo players taking on the new Halo 2 version of Sanctuary:




A new Halo channel announced for Xbox One

A new Halo channel has been announced for the Xbox One - it's like a fancy Halo Waypoint.... check out the introduction video

Monday, July 28

Comparison of Halo 2 original and new cinematic trailers - it's amazing what can happen in ten years


Here's a side by side video of the trailers of the original Halo 2 game compared with the updated graphics. What Certain Affinity and 343 have pulled off is amazing. This is even more impressive than the Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary effort!




Thursday, July 24

Watch the Halo Nightfall first trailer


Halo: Nightfall has a trailer out. Doesn't reveal much - it's a hunt to find the source of something that can kill humans or something....



Halo: Nightfall will serve as an origin story for Jameson Locke - a character who will play a large part in Halo 5. So this story will serves as promotional material for H5, in the same vein as Forward Unto Dawn.

Wednesday, July 23

Is this the saddest moment that ever happened in a Halo game?

Is this the saddest moment that ever happened in a Halo game? It's the moment in Halo 4 after Cortana and 117 have dealt with the Didact and the Chief realises that despite all he went through in Halo 3 to save her from the Didact and the seven years they spent lost in space together, he is actually about to lose her.

From Halo: Escalation #8

Is this the saddest moment that ever happened in a Halo game?
It's been an honour, John.

First look at Jameson Locke from Halo: Nightfall

It's now official that Mike Colter is playing the lead in new Halo show Nightfall. The 1980s kid in me is reminded of GI Joe's Roadblock (one of the best characters from that franchise!)

halo nightfall mike colter as jameson locke

Here's some official guff from 343 Industries:

We are excited to announce that Mike Colter, best known for his role in CBS's critically acclaimed drama “The Good Wife,” will star in Halo: Nightfall as Agent Jameson Locke.

Halo: Nightfall is a live-action digital series that introduces Jameson Locke, a pivotal new character in the Halo universe, who plays a key role in Halo 5: Guardians. Taking place between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, this is an origin story that will lend insight and understanding into the character he becomes in Halo 5: Guardians.

Led by world class talent such as executive producer Ridley Scott, Scott Free TV President David Zucker, and director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, Halo: Nightfall will take full advantage of Xbox One’s seamless blend of high-quality visuals and storytelling and rich interactivity, connecting the games and the series in innovative new ways.

Right click and same the image and use it as wallpaper!

Wednesday, July 16

Every single Gears of War cinematic in one You Tube video


A keen Gears of War fan has put together every single cinematic from every single piece of Gears of War content so that they can all be watched over one 6 hour hit. That's some pretty impressive content design that has been released since 2006.




Sunday, July 6

The Prophets call me Arbiter and other things.

Concept art of Coagulation, a redesigned map for Halo 2
Concept art of Coagulation, a redesigned map for Halo 2
Here's some Halo 2 Redux promo in the form of a trailer which features the Arbiter suggest all is not as it seems with regard to the Master Chief. What secrets do the Terminals of Halo 2 Anniversary hold?



Also announced is that that Mongoose that was was introduced in Halo 3 will now have a home in Halo 2 Anniversary multiplayer - affectionately known as the Gungoose, the speedster now features GUNS!

gungoose halo 2

Sunday, June 22

Halo: Broken Circle to be released that ties into Halo 2

halo broken circle book cover


Simon & Schuster is proud to announce a new Halo novel from John Shirley, releasing on November 4, 2014!

Witness an untold chapter in Halo lore as John Shirley's Halo: Broken Circle takes us to the dawn of the Covenant and the fateful first bargain between the Prophets and the Elites. Broken Circle will explore an Elite splinter group rebelling against the Covenant in its earliest days, a brave Prophet caught in the machinations of the new Covenant leadership, and the root of the betrayal that would ultimately shatter the Covenant during events seen in the blockbuster Xbox game Halo 2.

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