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Framerate posted over at HaloPlanet about FragFest 2K5, a Halo tournament in Calgary from January 28-29. Check the Maasai Clan website for details.

UPDATE: The tournament has been delayed until late March, and the organizers are hoping to involve the Canadian Gaming League.

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Halo and Halo 2 news for today:

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Anton P Nym pointed out on our news page yesterday that Reiginko has announced a contest; participants will be asked to contribute an essay, polem, or joke and top winners in each category will receive a complete, signed set of Marathon disks.

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Louis Wu, with help from Devin Olsen, Gil27 and others, is documenting a so-called Spectator Mode glitch in Halo 2 that allows players to enter a "spectator mode" of sorts, rendering the player invisible and invincible and allowing for instant travel across maps.

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At Cooked Gamers, rapture notes that the CPL will be adding Halo 2 to their Summer event in Dallas next July.

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Cooked Gamers today has word of the Cyberathlete® Extreme Summer Championships 2005 to be held from July 6 to 10, 2005 in Grapevine, Texas. Thanks rapture.

Obviously showing off in front of the Frag Dollz took away whatever humility Bungie might have developed as a result of being beaten by the forum mods; triumphant in the latest Humpday Challenge against OXM, the egos run rampant.

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If you've reached thirty you can try like hell for renewal on Carousel or you can join the GeezerGamers, a group of plus-thirty folks who like to play games against each other for fun. Bungie.net has an interview with the group's founder, Microsoft employee Jamey Tisdale.

Dolbex at Major League Gaming will be putting up information about their 2005 season and the slight problems with their website which, as of now, have been fixed.

Dennis Powers writes to tell of us a contest for Halo CE (Custom Edition) video makers being run at HaloMaps, Gearbox, and EPG Servers. First prize is two free months hosting for a 16-player Halo CE server with TeamSpeak, hosted by EPG Servers. Here's how to enter:

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A special detachment of Bungie's best calling themselves the Frag Doodz took on girl gamers the Frag Dolls in the latest Humpday Challenge and were as gracious in their (narrow) victory as we're ever likely to see them. This is what happens when geeks try to impress girls. Both sites have blog entries from various participants about the match.

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vviperxx pointed out another way to save your Halo 2 XBL stats from being wiped out: a perl script called H2SA that downloads all the HTML pages from Bungie.net and processes the statistics to produce a summary. It runs on Windows and *unix computers.

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The updates to Halo 2's Xbox Live playlists have arrived; the Team Slayer only list is now there. If you were online when the lists were updated, you'll need to disconnect and reconnect to see the new lists. Lots of changes here, and you can see a list of all the changes at Bungie.net.

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CAL, The CyberAthlete Amateur League, is now accepting Halo 2 teams for competition. They've also opened a Halo 2 forum. Thanks rapture at Cooked Gamers.

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Frankie's finally given in to reality and posted about Bungie's loss in last week's Humpday Challenge; The Bungie.net Mods team of Shishka, Yoozel, Stoshy and (sort of) Payneful defeated Frankie, AGDTinman and Negabyte. Thanks to akba for the heads-up.

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