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  • Blog Post: 343 Industries Abandons Public Content Update Beta To Get Patches Out Faster

    Last month, we reported that 343 Industries was going to be beta testing content updates with a select group of players. The studio has abandoned that course of action in favor of getting updates out faster. “After further evaluation, the team has determined that that final testing for the content... More
  • Blog Post: Improving The Master Chief Collection Remains ‘Top Priority’ For Halo Team

    Another Halo: The Master Chief Collection update is in the works. This time out, 343 Industries is planning to address three key areas that have been problematic since the game’s November 2014 launch. The studio targets matchmaking search time, match search success, and lobby/party functionality... More
  • Blog Post: Next Halo: The Master Chief Collection Matchmaking Update Will Be Available Soon

    343 Industries is still polishing Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and the next update for online multiplayer should be available soon. In an update posted yesterday , 343 Industries said the the next content update is currently undergoing testing and will be available in the next few days. This latest... More
  • Blog Post: Free Month Of Xbox Live Headed To Halo: The Master Chief Collection Customers Now

    Microsoft has started applying a free month of Xbox Live to the accounts of some customers. This gesture is related to the problems that Halo: The Master Chief Collection has faced. Users need not do anything, as the month of service has already been applied your account if you received the message.... More
  • Blog Post: Learn The History Of Halo With Did You Know Gaming?

    Learn how the original Halo almost had a spear gun, and had a rude code name the developers weren't comfortable saying around their parents. You can check out the video below from Did You Know Gaming which gathers an impressive collection of Halo facts in the nearly 10-minute video. You can check... More
  • Blog Post: Another Halo: The Master Chief Collection Matchmaking Patch Out Now

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection got another tune up yesterday, as 343 Industries released a new patch for the title. The focus of this update is, again, matchmaking . Included with the lengthy list of improvements to help you find a game (and stick with your party) are fixes to achievements that weren’t... More
  • Blog Post: Halo Enthusiasts Are Recreating Halo 3 Custom Maps In The Master Chief Collection Forge

    In addition to four full campaigns and every Halo map that appeared in those original games, Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes a map-maker. The Forge has been used by fans since Halo 3 to create custom maps and game types. With the release of The Master Chief Collection earlier this month, a... More
  • Blog Post: Halo 3’s Last Easter Egg Is A Gift From My High School Friend To His Wife

    I was sitting in trigonometry class one day when I looked over to see my friend Adrian doodling in his notebook. I poked him and asked what he was up to, and he told me he was designing a game he would eventually make. Almost two decades later, he’s making games and I’m writing about them... More
  • Blog Post: Halo 3 Is Free To Download For Xbox Live Gold Subscribers

    Halo 3 was promised to be one of the Xbox Live Arcade Gold's free games for the month of October, and that time has come. Technically, the promotion is supposed to begin tomorrow , but the game is currently showing up for free on Microsoft's website. Halo 3 will be available to download for free... More
  • Blog Post: Halo 3 Joins Clash Of Heroes For October's Xbox Live Games With Gold

    Last week, we shared news that Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes is the first of October's free Games with Gold. Today we know that Halo 3 is rounding out the month. From October 1 through 15, you can download Clash of Heroes at no cost if you're an Xbox Live Gold subscriber. From October 16... More
  • Blog Post: Defense Grid Is Your First Free Games With Gold Title

    At E3 2013, Microsoft announced a new program that would deliver two free games per month to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Two of the titles mentioned were Assassin's Creed 2 and Halo 3. Today, the first title that is officially part of the program (Fable III was available last month) is all yours... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: What Are Your Favorite Accidental Moments In Games?

    When I posted a story about showing mercy in Day Z , many of you responded by sharing your own tales of glory and shame in Chernarus. Others brought up experiences from Red Dead Redemption and Soul Sacrifice. It seems that no matter the game, when something unique and unscripted happens, it's common... More
  • Blog Post: [Updated] New Xbox 360 Model Announced

    Update : Microsoft has released high-res images of the new 360 console. Check them out in the media gallery below. Original Story: Microsoft kicked off its E3 press conference by revealing a newly redesigned Xbox 360, along with some bonuses for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Shoots Down Halo Titles For Steam

    Update: As alluring as the list below of potential Steam titles is, it looks like the Halo games won't be among them. GameSpot has a comment from a Microsoft official who says, "We currently do not have plans to release any Halo titles on Steam." Hopefully that thinking changes. ------... More
  • Blog Post: Which Halo Is The Best Halo?

    It's a simple question. Which Halo game is the best Halo game? Obviously, the original Halo holds a special place in every Halo fan's heart. I had a permanent LAN setup exclusively for Halo at my house. My parents really loved all the late night yelling matches that accompanied every match. Halo... More
  • Blog Post: Halo 3 Fan's Video Is An Amazing Work Of Patience

    Some Halo 3 players might consider themselves patient for collecting all of the skulls or harvesting all of the game's achievements. Those acts are nothing compared to the dedication that one fan has demonstrated. His video, Halo: Eye of the Storm, is a 22-minute opus composed of hundreds of hours... More
  • Blog Post: What Happens Before Halo 4?

    Karen Traviss' Halo: Glasslands novel is out today, and you can read the prologue and first two chapters. The book takes place after the events of Halo 3, and it's the first in a trilogy dealing with the aftermath of the Human-Convenant War. Read the prologue and first chapter at Tor Books and... More
  • Blog Post: If You Live In Canada, You Can Get This Awesome Five-Game Xbox 360 Bundle

    Microsoft may not be ready to match the awesome PS3 price cut introduced last week , but it has created an absurdly nice five-game bundle for new 360 purchasers...in Canada, at least. ShackNews reveals that beginning tomorrow, Microsoft will sell 250GB Xbox 360s that come packed with five downloadable... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: The Value Of ARGs

    Valve is running a huge alternative reality game that ties into a cross-promotional bundle deal with Portal 2 and a bunch of indie games on Steam. Are you into this kind of thing? ARGs have been growing in popularity for years. Halo 3's ilovebees campaign generated a ton of fan interaction and goodwill... More
  • Blog Post: How Much Cash Did Halo Reach Bring In On Day One?

    During Microsoft's Tokyo Game Show press conference, Microsoft Game Studios' corporate vice president Phil Spencer touted Halo Reach's day one sales, saying the title has already brought in $200 million. Spencer also pointed out that Reach is the fastest selling game of 2010. It also bested... More
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