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Play Halo at the Movies 32

Posted by simoniker
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modpod writes "According to Engadget, who reference an MSNBC article, a movie theater in Logan, Utah recently hooked up a few Xbox consoles to theater projectors, and is now regularly hosting Halo tournaments in the movie theater, after they 'took four video projectors and set one up in each of four theaters'." Theater co-owner Calvin Timothy said: "According to the gal at the licensing company, we're the first theater ever to license Xbox with them for a theater... It took an act of Congress and a blessing of God (to get the license)." We've previously discussed IMAX screens being used for gaming.
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Play Halo at the Movies

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  • or 6 player. There was a hack floating around for MAME, and I think even Nebula and Kawaks that allowed for this over the net. Oh happy day to do that in a theater.

    *drool*

    (meanwhile, elsewhere geeks drool over doing other erm...'things' in a theater, but I digress)
  • popularity gaining (Score:5, Interesting)

    by chaosmage42 (716255) on Thursday August 19, 2004 @12:45PM (#10014029) Homepage
    I've heard of this done at my university with a single X-Box in the biggest lecture hall late at night {ITS staff gets keys!}. It's neat that it's played legitimately and regularly {shows interest} in theatres. Hopefully we'll see this spreading.
  • by ribond (149811) on Thursday August 19, 2004 @12:48PM (#10014067) Journal
    This could only make it more so. My only gripe: I can't setup the game to split the screen vertically for 2 players...

    If you haven't tried it: the Halo campaign is fantastic, but multiplayer halo is unbelievable.

    Even with the limited map selection the plethora of game type changes you can make produce a game that never gets old.

    I wonder if I can convince a local movie theatre to try this out... :)

    ps: halo2 comes out 11/9
    pps: http://www.ilovebees.com/ [ilovebees.com] Yes it's related.
    • Better hope your local theater has either an LCD projector for running video or a DLP for digital cinema. No way to hook this up to a stock projector. Won't be seeing this in my area any time soon, as none of the theaters are equipped for anything but film.
    • My only gripe: I can't setup the game to split the screen vertically for 2 players

      That would really restrict your field of view though. I think it is better to see more left and right, than it is to see more up and down.

      oh, actually, I guess part of why I feel this way is because my group of friends always disables the radar. It makes the game a bit more exciting when people have a chance to sneak up behind you.


      • That would really restrict your field of view though. I think it is better to see more left and right, than it is to see more up and down.

        But playing multiplayer on a widescreen TV is just weird with only a top/bottom split. You feel like you're in a very narrow panoramic view. :) And (my experience) you constantly get owned from above because looking up takes too long.

        We play radar disabled as well -- the only way to go. :)

    • You're not allowed to say anything good about Halo unless you have significant experience with two of the following: Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Timesplitters 2.

      I have hundreds of hours on each, and Halo multiplayer seems bland and repetative by comparison.
  • Thats all? (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    It took an act of Congress and a blessing of God (to get the license).

    And people around here are always complaining about how big business gets the government to make overly restrictive laws.

    • "It took an act of Congress and a blessing of God (to get the license)."

      And people around here are always complaining about how big business gets the government to make overly restrictive laws.


      Of course, God has been making Bush enact overly restrictive laws for quite some time now.
  • I would like to rent your theater for a LAN party. 32 screens = 32 players with the biggest screens and best surround sound yet. Awwww yeah.... How much would you pay for the opportunity?
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Yeah, but individual room aren't good for LANs. You can't shout "SUCKER" and watch the guy you fragged give you the finger... you might as well play on the net.

      Still, Halo 4 vs 4 CTF with a cinema screen each would rule. You can at least talk to your team then.
  • by FeetOfStinky (669511) on Thursday August 19, 2004 @02:09PM (#10015095)
    I can't say I've done any gaming in a movie theatre. But I have on several occasions played first person shooters over at my buddy's house using his LCD projector. The screen measures 120 inches or so, and I find it only takes an hour before I start to get queasy. I never have this problem playing games on my TV or computer.

    These guys better get the barf buckets ready.

    • You could just use the empty Popcorn buckets. I don't think I'd want to go for the free refill though!
    • Yep, same thing happens to me.

      I set up a projector, and had a 7 foot tall screen.

      Golf looked great, so did tennis.

      Halo made me sick in about 2 minutes. It's just too fast for me to handle on a big screen.
    • I remember when i started playing first person 3d games (mechwarrior 2, descent), i always had a sore neck from jerking my head around trying to look at things. I was a spaz of a little kid though...
    • Must be you. I had a similar setup at my parents house (100 inches) and played Ninja Gaiden for a whole afternoon on a boring saturday and I was quite fine. But then, I also read for hours in a bus going through rought terrain going up and down, so maybe I'm not the kind of people who's affected by motion sickness anyway...
  • by Moryath (553296) on Thursday August 19, 2004 @06:46PM (#10017931)
    the fact that LCD projectors tend to have a 2-3 frame delay?
  • Check out http://www.xbconnect.com/ [xbconnect.com] It allows you to play "system link" enabled games over the internet. It's free and works great! At this very moment there are 203 Halo games being hosted! Jup and look for kornkob.
  • "You've got room to move when you can see a bigger picture," Stocks said. "When you have (multiple) people playing on a small TV screen, you can't tell what's going on."

    This is true. Only since getting my projector has 4 player split screen gaming become practical. Nobody bitches when every player gets 50" of screen area.
  • When I played through ff7 the first time, I did so in one of the college's theaters. I had the "in," so to speak, with the media folks. Getting a pass, the keys, and the connectors were trivial. Heck, half the time they would show up and want to play with us.

    So, it was tekken 3, soul blade, and other games in the theater on the ps1.

    But, let me tell you, finishing ff7 for the first time, in a movie theater, was pretty darn remarkable.

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