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Mindquirk software has released a revamped version of its Xbox Live Friends application that includes a Dashboard widget, as well as a new application, Emblem Designer, for previewing Xbox Live emblems on your Mac. Emblem Designer, as well as Mindquirk's other Halo app, xstats, all part of Mindquirk's Live Suite, require OS X 10.4. Xbox Live Friends runs on 10.3 or above.

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[image:9494 align=left hspace=5 vspace=5 border=0] Infernus has released the Macintosh version of his Halo 2 Experience Calculator application. It allows you to enter your Bungie.net level as well as the levels of players you win or lose to, and it will calculate the change in your experience points. You can download Mac Halo 2 Experience Calculator here.

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A screenshot from Infernus' Macintosh Halo 2 Experience Calculator application.


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A screenshot from the MacOS version of Experience Calculator, currently in development using RealBasic.


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Dolbex has noted at MLG.com that due to certain issues, MLG online 4x4 league play is being delayed until May 30.

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Regional winners for most of the 24 countries competing in the Halo 2 Worldwide Xbox Live Tournament have been announced; the only countries without finalists so far are the United States and Japan. Read the full press release for the list of regional winners.

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Regional Finalists Named in First Global Xbox Live Contest
Qualifying finalists from 22 out of Xbox Live’s 24 regions have been identified and will advance to the championship round in the world’s first global Xbox Liveâ Halo 2 tournament. The United States and Japan regional contests are currently underway, with the winners being determined by the end of May. The winners from each locality will vie for the honor of being crowned Xbox Live Halo 2 World Champion, playing entirely online via Xbox Live.

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[image:9478 align=left hspace=5 vspace=5 border=0] Infernus441 has written a small Windows program called the Xbox Live Experience Calculator that, when given your Halo 2 rating on XBL and that of your opponents, will precisely calculate the experience you will gain or lose as a result of a victory or a defeat. He's also posted his own description and download links in our forum.

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This program implements the scoring rules for Xbox Live that Bungie describes. It allows you to enter in your own level and the level of your opponents and precisely calculate how much experience you will gain or lose in a game against them.

PHP and Mac-compatible versions are also under development.

Registered users of Rampancy can download at the below link (login to download).

UPDATE: The archive has been updated to include a required font, installation instructions, and the application.

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Dan Chosich of 2070Films has put up links to what looks like this week's Humpday Challenge; Bungie won two out of three of the official games, and then heaped on an

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The Halo CE section of Gearbox Game Zone is hosting the 1.07 update for Halo Custom Edition, bringing the same vulnerability patches as included in the same patch for PC Halo. Only Mac Halo remains unpatched at this point. Thanks Louis Wu at HBO.

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Wired has a piece up on the "patch" that Bungie provided for Halo 2, known to most of us as the 1.1 AutoUpdate. Not much new here for anyone who has followed the cheat fixes so far, but it's worth pointing out that they've covered it.

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University of Gothenburg student Joel Zetterström has written his Master's Thesis on the legal issues involved in cheating at online multiplayer games. It's a 95 page PDF file clocking in at 1.1Mb; you can download it from FZ.se. Thanks BDGamer.

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Bungie's put up their side of their loss to the Xbox Live team in the Humpday Challenge; they allege that XBL used a ringer. And according to SketchFactor, Major Nelson Suxorz.

UPDATE: Major Nelson is denying the charge of ringer leveled by Bungie against one member of the XBL team that played in the Humpday.

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Major Nelson has put up his summary of the latest Humpday Challenge that pitted Xbox Live against Bungie.

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