Halo Reach Beta Day 1

All I have to say is: WIN.

First game of the night: http://www.bungie.net/Stats/Reach/GameStats.aspx?gameid=788692&player=EmprAnimalistic

+13 in my first match of reach I can deal with that. :). The rest of the night I ended up averaging out as I tried to get the feel for each weapon. I am about to start up the game for the night but before I do I wanted to note 2 things.
1. We are thinking of doing a ustream of the beta for a day, or two, or several. Let’s see if there is interest ๐Ÿ™‚
2. Watch out for this elite he looks angry:

Charging my laserEnjoy and may the bullets fly true in all of your Beta madness!

~S.P.O. Spartan-104

A Quick update for this weekend!

Two Things

1: Off to a tourney tonight @ Wentworth Institute of Technology run by C.V.G.C. (The Competitive Video Gaming Club) ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish me luck!

2: Guess what weekend it is?! (No I am not referring to the Reach beta. Something a bit more important;) )


I FUCKING LOVE GRIFBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Big News Week: Reach, Bungie,Activision, Did I say Reach?

News item 1:

ร‚ย Halo Reach Beta starts next monday, but the Friends and Family Beta Starts THIS WEEKEND, if you haven’t noticed from the insane amoutn of twitter traffic.

News Item 2:

Bungie and Activision enter into potentially Faustian Deal.ร‚ย  The Deal links the two for the next ten years, while this isn’t necessarily good/bad news, it is … interesting. We all know Halo is owned by Microsoft. That is not an issue. What is an issue are the shenanigans that happened with Infinity ward. Here’s hoping that Activision doesn’t use their sole bungie publisher power for evil. NOTE: Helping Bungie towards world domination does not constitute as evil.ร‚ย  Gamepro has an article showing some reactions to this news: http://www.gamepro.com/article/news/215016/tell-us-how-you-really-feel-activision-bungie/ร‚ย (featuring a tweet from yours truly:) )

News Item 3:


News Item 4:

ร‚ย Lastly I want to leave you with some people I am jealous of and must say are going in my book as micro heroes: http://gizmodo.com/5526334/halo-2-superfans-refuse-to-let-the-dream-die
Anyone who can keep Halo 2 online for that long with an original XBOX deserves Credit. I SALUTE YOU!


Post Halo 2, Pre Halo Reach, present Halo 3

This is a multiupdate frankly because I enjoyed the headline for it :P.

Halo 2 it was sad to see you go, but it was pure epic to see some people hold out for days due to maintaining connection to Bungie’s servers. You showed them you would not give up so easily. They said shut it down and you (to paraphrase the arbiter) responded with “Were it so easy…”. I was able to fit in a solid 9 hours and end at about 4 E.S.T., and only a 20 minute break. ๐Ÿ™‚ One downside:ร‚ย  X != reload especially not in Halo 3 Team swat while staring down the barrel of a BR

Halo Reach: I’m not sure if I could be more excited about Halo Reach. The new game types seem AWESOME (invasion ๐Ÿ™‚ ). The armor enhancements intriguing, and special editions DO WANT. ๐Ÿ˜€

Halo 3: What else is there to say. No speculations since it is the current, no breaking news since it seems to be staying for a while. So what else can I say other than…..



Have fun hiding from the living dead this Double exp ๐Ÿ™‚

~S.P.O. Spartan-104

Halo 2, It will be sad to see you go

We are close to saying good bye to one of our closest friends, Halo 2. Thankfully There will be a blowout! (link: http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=41080008 ) Will you be there to say good bye to one of our favorite games? Will you be there to share with all of the community in the last Hurrah?!

I will see you there (shoot me an invite or a friend Request if you like just mention this site so I know why you are adding me:) )

GT: EmprAnimalistic


Grabbed from a fellow fan

Exactly how I remember it ๐Ÿ˜›

We had some good times in such a great place
fighting for all of humanity through the depths of space.
We met with Friends, We met with foes
We fought on Live toes to toes.

Good bye Halo2 on Live you will be missed. Here’s hoping someone sets up a way to continue the halo 2 online fight another way:)

Now who wants to get some Halo2 Lan going soon? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Image grabbed from a fellow fan’s post: http://elderstv.wordpress.com/2010/03/14/say-good-bye-to-halo-2/

It is that time again!

I will be on a lot this weekend Let’s GO!
GT: EmprAnimalistic
See you on the court!

The (almost)last of my PAX posts

End of Pax East day 2
After what was described in my previous post I attended the event Adam Sessler and Hal Halpin talking games. This panel mainly consisted of discussions surrounding the industry, DMCA, piracy, and the ECA (Entertainment Consumers Association) Overall extremely interesting, and it was nice to see a non X play side of Sessler.

After all this I wandered around and stumbled across something awesome 16 player random map/game of Halo :), and I must say the enforcer in charge picked some great games one of the greats was NinjaBall with Hammers and Bruteshots. While playing I even ran into some old buddies to join me. My handle on the first box I was on was bacon therefore instead of death from above the battlecry was ITSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS BACONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN! Very amusing:P

Day 3:

10:00 AM: Alien ware event. Beat their new portal level, receive(virtual) cake! and enter into a competiton. WIN!
10:30->11:30 Wander Expo receive autographs from all of Rooster Teeth:) (and a picture!)
11:30: Food
12:00-> Wait for XPLAY!
1:00 Have a blast at XPLAY then Autographs:)
I must say The entire xplay crew is even cooler in person. I could see Sessler being an awesome person to hang out with,as well as Blair. Of course Morgan is quite attractive in person.
Next up head and wait for closing ceremony.
OMEGATHON!: I have one thing to say. Team 2 sucked at mario, and contra.
The rest of closing was about 5 minutes!
Next for PHOTOS!!! Then more about the disappearing Elephant


PAX Day 2 Recap part 1

PAX Was absolutely amazing. I could not have asked for a better first Convention

So rather than bore you all with the details that youร‚ย  have been hearing from everywhere I’ll give a quick recap:)

On Saturday I spent a load of time in the Expo Center spending money Woohoo ! ๐Ÿ™‚ (<$100 but well spent!)
(finally own all of the RVB dvds)
However on the way to the expo hall and other events we (myself and my group) found a line to get autographs from none other than WIL WHEATON!

The wait was about 1.5hours but the signature was acquired! I even got an autograph:)! (Pictures to be posted later. Need to get them from a friend’s camera)

There were more autographs received today but those will be getting their own post;) )

Next: Major Nelson’s Podcast!!
Hilarious! So much bickering :P. Everyone received avatar hoodies (Luckily I had mine a day early from thursday!) A couple other hoodies were given out, and Major Nelson even gave his hoodie to this little boy who could not have been more excited. The boy had been born with a birth defect and was allowed to be in public only recently, so this could not be more awesome.

After this it was food time. Mmmm Burito.
Next Part 2: Adam Sessler and HALO !(ITZ BACON!)


PAX East day 1

My update from the first day of PAX. I will Post about days 2 on day 3 and day 3 after it’s over:P

This is SPOSpartan-104 reporting from the first PAX EAST, and So far this seems to be
running efficiently and quite well and according to those that usually come here for Anime Boston and I must agree. Kudos to Gabe and Tycho for pulling what looks to be the best run entertainment con in Boston.
The events I hit were: Keynote (WIL WHEATON!), Organizing a Child’s play fund raiser (GO SEG!), and A LAMP Screening (a documentary of text adventures) I GOT STEVE MERETZKY’s AUTOGRAPH!!! ( If you don’t know who that is he is one of the forefather’s of the gaming industry. ) I would have attended more but frankly the lines were a bit much and this was my first con. I was not quite prepared for the 3hr waits.

By far the highlight of the day was the keynote speech by Wil Wheaton of which I took some notes from the first half hour:

To all those pandering pedantic politicians who talk about how indifferent, antisocial, and dangerous we are, We have grown so much that an annual gathering in just one city is not big enough to hold us.

I was going to start this speech with “I’m Wil Wheaton and Jack Thompson can suck my balls wicked hahd” and while it’s a moderately funny thing to say nobody gives a shit about Jack Thompson. Jack Thompson has been disbarred and he is as relevant as Jack Chick(ask your parents). Him and people like him were wrong about everything they thought about us. When someone yells at me and tells us how horrible we are I don’t feel stabby anymore and I can say “We disagree”. All 50000 of us who came to Boston, in March, in the snow to play games TOGETHER!

From a generation who wrote systems so ourr children wouldnt have to.
The next 72 hours this is our time

” This was a keynote full of win.

It was great to see some friends of mine doing their talks. Great Job Seg (@theSeg) on the Child’s play panel and Jason Scott (textfiles.com)ร‚ย  “GET LAMP” was awesome, and I cannot wait to buy it when it’s finished.

On another fun note of the day: Even New England wanted to make PAX interesting so just as New England does it went from being 60 on Thursday to snowing today(friday)! Oh New England You show those out of towners how we roll.

Before I end this post one last thing about the keynote that I would like to share with you, and if anyone posts it online I highly recommend watching it: Wil Wheaton finished off the keynote with a series of gaming references to show the range of gamers at this con. My Personal favorite was the first one “It is very dark” (You are likely to be eaten by a grue.)

Today was a great day and as I am sure you can tell so much has gone on that I can’t keep my thoughts straight. Thank You PAX!


“Wil Wheaton When he rides a bike, he makes the pedals go.”