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Halo, Nothing But Halo 67

Posted by Zonk
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The Halo 3 Beta has been in the news just a bit lately, and with it the Halo franchise is again looming large in other formats. Director Peter Jackson is speculating that the release of the game this September may refocus attention on the movie, stalled as it has been since October of last year. Jackson still wants to make it, but only with Neill Blomkamp directing. The Halo comic, meanwhile, has been confirmed as an ongoing series. The comic will consist of several mini-series runs, with future adventures possibly featuring the return of Brian Michael Bendis (the mind behind the first series). As for the game itself, Beta code has uncovered several game achievements that will be earnable after launch. Trying to calm fans somehow disappointed with the Beta's graphics, Bungie's Frank O'Connor assures us the shipped game will look better. And finally for a broader view of the game N'Gai Croal and Stephen Totilo are at it again, dissecting the Beta experience with witty correspondence.
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Halo, Nothing But Halo

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  • Is it just me.... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by aussie_a (778472) on Wednesday May 30, 2007 @10:54AM (#19321739) Journal
    Is it just me or does Zonk seem pretty excited about Halo 3?
  • by xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) on Wednesday May 30, 2007 @10:58AM (#19321799)

    Director Peter Jackson is speculating that the release of the game this September may refocus attention on the movie...


    Please God, not another crappy video game movie.

    And "attention" of consumer brands as large as "Halo" is in the FPS niche is rarely accidentally focused on a related product in a particular month, so I don't think the use of the word "speculating" is correct.

  • by Jarjarthejedi (996957) <{christianpinch} {at} {gmail.com}> on Wednesday May 30, 2007 @11:11AM (#19321983) Journal
    I mean, 90% of video game movies (and movie video games for that matter) are horrible horrible things that make you want a refund...even when your friend just describes them to you. However that was said about Superhero movies a while ago and now Hollywood's picked up on how to make those pretty good (although they're milking spiderman WAY too much IMHO) so perhaps there's a chance for this.

    This seems like a bit of an unfocused article...almost as though the poster was addicted to Halo...but there's no way the /. editors would let an addict write an article about a subject they were addicted to and then put it on /., I have way too much faith in them...
  • by xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) on Wednesday May 30, 2007 @11:25AM (#19322209)

    I mean, 90% of video game movies (and movie video games for that matter) are horrible horrible things that make you want a refund...even when your friend just describes them to you. However that was said about Superhero movies a while ago and now Hollywood's picked up on how to make those pretty good...


    When were men-in-pajamas (a.k.a. "SuperHero") movies horrible? They and their sequels been solid moneymakers for about seventy years, so they can't have been too horrible or they would have pissed off their dweeby and/or illiterate demographic a long time ago.

  • Re:I hope (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 30, 2007 @11:49AM (#19322611)
    Have you seen Neill Blomkamp(the proposed director for the Halo movie)'s other stuff? Here's two of his sci-fi short films:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNReejO7Zu8 [youtube.com]

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtQ4ZrXY9ns [youtube.com]

    I was concerned initially too, but after watching those, I have no worries that the Halo movie is in good hands.
  • by brkello (642429) on Wednesday May 30, 2007 @12:14PM (#19323015)
    It's just you. While Zonk has done some stupid things in the past...like blaming Sony for people getting screwed over waiting in line for a PS3...lately he has been good about not making biased statements. He also is accused of being every type of fanboy now so I think that says he is doing his job. Slashdot is heavily anti-MS and anti-Sony. But I enjoy reading about games and could care less about Slashdot's bias (whether they be for good reason or not). So seriously, just shut up. It is getting old seeing people make stupid comments about Zonk.

    Halo is a very popular gaming franchise. I know on Slashdot it is cool to hate what is popular (unless it is Apple for some reason). But seriously, if all I had to read was articles about how someone's grandma played the Wii and it cured all her diseases I wouldn't come here anymore.
  • Re:Ew... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by kalirion (728907) on Wednesday May 30, 2007 @01:46PM (#19324437)
    I dunno, he did make a rather popular movie trilogy based on the game Angband [thangorodrim.net].
  • Re:You hear that? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by moderatorrater (1095745) on Wednesday May 30, 2007 @07:20PM (#19329867)
    Or the present trends will continue and the Wii will rule everywhere.
  • by atomicstrawberry (955148) on Thursday May 31, 2007 @12:21AM (#19332555)
    Additionally, beta implicitly tells us that the game isn't finished. Good game developers focus on getting the whole game finished and playable, then they add the polish at the end. It's still 3 months away from shipping, and the beta was probably ready to go at least a month ago, so that's a fair amount of extra time to go. I imagine a lot of the graphical effects they're intending on are simply unfinished and probably completely chew the framerate. Bungie would get even more negative feedback if the game looked really pretty but played at 10fps.

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