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Microsoft gears up for live-action ‘Halo’ web series

It’s not a movie, yet, but Microsoft is planning to launch a new web series based on its blockbuster Halo video-game series, with real people playing the characters. A company representative confirms that Microsoft will be producing the live-action series, called “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn,” in conjunction with the launch of the Halo 4… Read More

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Hail to the Master Chief? Halo 4 launching on election day

Microsoft announced plans this week to launch Halo 4 on Nov. 6, kicking off a new era for the blockbuster Xbox 360 franchise. If the date sounds familiar, it’s because there is another pretty big event also happening on that day: the U.S. presidential election. The coincidence has generated all sorts of conspiracy theories about… Read More

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Conan O’Brien visits Microsoft, tries out for Halo 4 role

Microsoft yesterday announced a Nov. 6 release date for “Halo 4,” the next installment in the blockbuster video-game series for Xbox 360, which is being developed for the first time by Microsoft’s 343 Industries — the first Halo game to be made outside the auspices of the franchise’s original creators at the Bungie game development… Read More

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Bungie closes its Halo database with an epic infographic

Just how big are the Halo video games? Well, we’ve spent a combined 235,182 years playing them online — enough time to travel across the Milky Way, and back, at the speed of light. Halo gamers have killed each other more than 136 billion times, assisted each other 43 billion times, and collected more than 79… Read More

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Weird: Microsoft is now the owner of ‘clicktohump.com’

Sorry, but this was too strange to ignore: Domain name watchdog Fusible.com reports that Microsoft has obtained the sites “clicktohump.com” and “clicktohump.org” as part of an acquisition spree possibly related to the release of Halo 4 this fall. Whois records confirm it. Fusible suggests that “clicktohump” is a reference to an unsavory practice in Halo multiplayer games, but… Read More

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‘Top Gear’ reviews Halo Warthog

For your Friday afternoon entertainment, here’s a fun video that emerged this week featuring Jeremy Clarkson of the popular BBC program Top Gear reviewing the Warthog from Microsoft’s Halo video-game franchise. The video is tied to the recent announcement that the upcoming Forza Motorsport 4 will feature the Warthog in a virtual showroom, in addition… Read More

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PAX: Master Chief, explosions and other Halo 4 highlights

Halo fans were lined up around the corner for a panel this morning on Halo 4 at Penny Arcade Expo, filling the Paramount Theater for inside details on the next installment of the blockbuster Xbox 360 franchise. Members of the development team from Microsoft’s 343 Industries didn’t reveal any huge secrets, but they gave a… Read More

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Bungie Aerospace’s first project is an iPad game, will get PAX preview this weekend

Bungie Aerospace, a new effort by the creators of the blockbuster “Halo” franchise to partner with independent game developers, will preview the first fruits of that initiative at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle this weekend — giving attendees a chance to play selected missions from the iPad game Crimson: Steam Pirates, from Seattle-based game… Read More

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Go to college, buy a Windows PC and get a free Xbox 360?

Amazon.com isn’t the only tech giant wooing college students this summer. Microsoft too is offering a special deal, giving away free Xbox 360s to high-school or college students who purchase new Windows PCs priced at $699 or more. Yep, you heard that right: Buy a PC and you get a gaming console where you can… Read More

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Getting games from good to great with Bungie’s Rick Lico

It’s an overcast summer’s evening in Seattle’s University District, and in the warehouse-like space in the back of an arts supply store, game designer Richard Lico is stabbing the air with his hands. “Immersion is what games are all about,” he says, emphasizing how a character’s movements can tell stories on their own. But getting someone… Read More

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Microsoft says Halo 4 signals a new trilogy for Xbox 360

Microsoft this morning confirmed plans to extend the blockbuster Halo franchise for Xbox 360 with a new game, Halo 4, with a teaser video at the end of its media conference at the E3 video game convenion. Don Mattrick, Microsoft’s Xbox chief, went further by introducing it as the “dawn of a new trilogy for… Read More

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Nerd Notes: Marvel joins Netflix, holy helmets and Cusack strikes back

Neil Cameron makes the alphabet awesome yet again. This time it’s Japanese themed and proceeds go to tsunami relief efforts.American Greetings presents digital greeting cards just in time for Mother’s Day. It’s amazing they can create a product that makes a regular ol’ card seem so eco-friendly. Holy bike safety! These angelic bike helmets look more like TRON… Read More