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Call of Duty: Advanced Manfare, Halo with Boobs?, and a Lot of Beverages - Tuesday Newsday  photo
Call of Duty: Advanced Manfare, Halo with Boobs?, and a Lot of Beverages - Tuesday Newsday
by Bill Zoeker

Lots of things happened in the game-o-sphere this week. Kevin Spacey scored the manliest name for his character in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. We found out the Halo TV series may be produced in conjunction with Showtime, so there has to be boobs in it, right? Sunset Overdrive launched a fake beverage campaign, while Mountain Dew decided to bottle Baja Blast for some reason. We've also had a lot of rumblings out of the world of the Oculus Rift, and seen a whole new side of Disney Infinity.

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9:30 AM on 05.05.2014

Microsoft in talks to partner with Showtime for Halo TV series

That upcoming Halo TV show? Variety says that it looks like Microsoft and Showtime are going to team up for its distribution. If this goes down, the live-action show will show up first on cable, and then become available on c...

Dale North

6:30 PM on 05.02.2014

Your Halo: Combat Evolved dreams can persist with GameRanger

With Halo: Combat Evolved's impending loss of online functionality via GameSpy on the horizon, players were about to have to say goodbye to online multiplayer and matchmaking. Again. But third-party program GameRanger has swo...

Brittany Vincent

8:00 AM on 04.28.2014

Live-action adaptations of State of Decay, Gears of War, more in the works

Microsoft showed off its plans for the Xbox Originals programming to Destructoid and one of the major takeaways from the meeting we had was that the company is currently looking at creating live-action content based on Halo, ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



What was your favorite Marty O'Donnell song? photo
What was your favorite Marty O'Donnell song?
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

As we learned this past week, Marty O'Donnell is no longer with Bungie after nearly two decades at the company. His music is iconic in this industry, and the Halo series owes a part of it's infamy thanks to what he did on that series without a doubt.

While I think Marty will find work again easily if he wants it (maybe go to 343 and make the Halo music good again?), I did want to take this moment to reflect on his career at Bungie. Specifically the Halo series as the music he created for it has been some of my favorite for any game franchise out there.

The one that left the biggest impact on me was the Halo 3: ODST soundtrack. From the haunting saxophones of "Overture," to the feelings of defying the odds with "Special Delivery," ODST's original score has been one of the handful gaming soundtracks to actually move me to tears. Proper credit to Michael Salvatori who worked on this album as well.

So what was your favorite song/album/piece that Marty O'Donnell worked on while at Bungie, or otherwise. Did you know he made the Flintstones vitamin song? That was a good one too. Man remember when the Flintstones were cool?

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1:50 AM on 04.16.2014

Halo, Destiny composer Marty O'Donnell fired by Bungie

[Update: Bungie released a statement which reads: "For more than a decade, Marty O’Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans. Today, as friends, we say g...

Steven Hansen

7:00 AM on 04.03.2014

Ridley Scott attached to a Halo live-action project

There's a Halo movie in the works. Yes, another one. This one is sees Ridley Scott as executive producer, with Battlestar Galactica director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan on board as well. The series is expect to follow the same forma...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:45 PM on 04.02.2014

Meet Cortana, Windows 8.1 Phone's personal assistant

Today's Build Developer Conference saw Microsoft showing off Windows Phone 8.1, complete with its own personal assistant, the aptly-named Cortana. It's official! Signs of rampancy are likely still dormant, so at least that's...

Brittany Vincent

4:30 PM on 03.28.2014

Microsoft isn't planning to bring more Halo games to Steam

Even though Microsoft says it has a "renewed focus on Windows and PC gaming" internally, we've been hearing that sentiment for a while and little if anything has come to fruition yet. It'd be unexpected for the company to bri...

Jordan Devore





5:15 PM on 03.27.2014

A Halo game is headed to Steam next week, but it's Spartan Assault

How desperate does Microsoft think we are to play anything Halo on Steam? We'll see if the company's decision to bring Halo: Spartan Assault to the platform next week pays off, I suppose. This overhead dual-stick shooter will...

Jordan Devore

1:15 PM on 03.03.2014

Cortana is Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri

Windows phones are getting a personal assistant in the Windows Phone 8.1 update that will replace the built-in Bing search. Cortana is a little blue ring, not a full 3D blue woman, and it is Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri...

Steven Hansen

5:00 PM on 02.19.2014

Let's take a look at some of the new Halo toys

New York Toy Fair took place last week, and the official Halo Twitter showed off some of the upcoming toys we can expect. Highlights include Master Chief wearing the cloak from the Halo 5 teaser, an electronic Mantis with wir...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:05 AM on 02.14.2014

Halo 2 Anniversary coming this year says voice actor

Just like Halo: Combat Evolved in 2011, it's looking as if Microsoft will similarly celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of Halo 2. While the fairly predictable rumor had been swirling around for a while, a voi...

Brett Makedonski

11:00 PM on 02.10.2014

The real life version of the Halo sword kind of sucks

Master arms maker Man at Arms is back, this time taking on the Halo Elite energy sword. The concept looks cool in the game, but it kind of sucks in real life as it's not really practical. Look at how floppy it is! It will still cut a fool, you just got to wiggle it around a little to really get in deep. It'll look cool mounted on a wall or something at least. 

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:45 PM on 01.31.2014

Halo: Spartan Assault storms to Xbox 360 today

One thing that can be said for Halo: Spartan Assault is that it's certainly the most accessible of the Halo games. Hell, it's landed on about every Microsoft platform in recent memory. Today, Xbox 360 gets added to ...

Brett Makedonski

6:00 AM on 01.30.2014

White Xbox One coming this year, update coming this March

I don't want an Xbox One, but if I did, I'd want One in white. An anonymous NeoGAF poster let loose a flood of leaks, including word that October would see a white Xbox One bundled with Insomniac's Sunset Overdrive. A 1TB con...

Steven Hansen