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It's the NFL's Bengals against Bungie this week in the first great sporting event of the New Year.


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Sixteen player carnage in ranked form has arrived in Halo 3. Log in to matchmaking and hop into the Ranked Big Team Battle playlist to take it for a spin.


Rampant for over se7en years.



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I'm not going to make a habit of tracking this, but it's worth noting that COD4's stay atop the Xbox 360 leaderboard has (so far) been brief: Halo 3 is back up on top in the current ratings. These two games might be on a see-saw for awhile.

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From its release in 2004, Halo 2 reigned supreme as the top multiplayer game on the Xbox Live service even after the Xbox 360 came out. With no AAA launch titles, the old game ruled the roost until Gears of War was released, which was in turn superseded by Halo 3 late last year.

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i have a question

on the sheet music section, there is the halo theme for a full orchestra, and i tried to download it, but it wouldn't let me.
i have neither of the programs that it was made on.

i was just wondering whether there was a way i could download it without any of those programs.

i tried unzipping it to adobe, but that wouldn't work either.

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I really want the Halo 2 or 3 [same difference] sheet music on violin. I would greatly appreciate it if anyone could send it to me.

plaztyk_starz@hotmail.com

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jayWHY and EA sent word that the HBO-COERCE Halo PC server is coming back for a special Thanksgiving event. Dust off your Halo PC discs and jump in!

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Frag The Cullen forwarded to me a film clip made by Jihaku of a Team Slayer game played a few days ago. In that game, player Geo Stelar seems to have an infinite bag of bubble shields. No matter how many times he deploys it, he always has another, a fact he uses to his advantage in this film. There's also a thread about the alleged exploit at Bungie.net.

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Once again more news has transpired in 24 hours than I'm able to handle with the individual loving care that each unique-as-in-snowflake bit of news fully deserves to be treated. So sue me.

Here's what happened:

Bungie cheated HBO out of a Humpday win. Makes you wish there was some large company comprised of adults watching over these boys Luke Smith while at play.

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Those of us steeped in Halo 3 and Bungie Breakaway news might be forgiven momentarily for forgetting that online communities for Bungie's Mac and PC RTS games, Myth, are still hanging in there a decade after the game was released.

Unfortunately one of them, PlayMyth, has now shut down. Server administrator Blades, apparently posting as elusivemind, says he no longer has the time or energy to keep up with it.

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Shishka saved Bungie from humiliating defeat in the first post-launch Halo 3 Humpday, as the boys from Kirkland waded into Social Slayer and got socially slayed.

Check Bungie.net for the full writeup as well as links to the Saved Films; this is the first time we'll be able not just to read about the humpday, or pore over the statistics, but actually see the matches themselves. No more lying embellishment!

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The Bungie Store has got the blue filter you can use with Halo 3's video calibrator in stock now. For a limited time, it's free with any other order!

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Major Nelson had to take a break from putting up the Live Activity weekly totals for awhile due to Xbox Live maintenance, but the latest list shows Halo 3 in the top Xbox 360 game slot, above Gears of War. Halo 2 retains its spot as the top original Xbox game, ahead of Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, although there is no longer any note about combined lists.

The totals are of "global unique users connected to Xbox Live".

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...almost. Demand for the service the day of Halo 3's launch stressed the system to its limits, making it slow or inaccessible for many, according to Next-Generation.

Microsoft labelled Halo 3's launch day as the "most active Xbox Live gaming day in history" after more than a million people had been logged playing Halo 3 online. That may be the case, but there were many others who weren't able to get in on the action.

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Next-Generation has a passel of interesting statistics about the Xbox 360 and Xbox Live-- software sales, subscriber totals, the works-- if you're interested in that kind of thing.

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