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Wednesday, March 21, 2001
Halo Web Site Gains Shots, New Movies
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Long time fan favorite Bungie Software was publicly unhappy with the press screen shots and photos provided by their parent Microsoft during the Gamestock event two weeks ago, so perhaps to remedy this situation they have updated their web site with two high resolution screen shots and movies of the upcoming shooter Halo. The official Halo web site as well as Bungie.com have been updated with information and details. The movie, available in both gigantic and large versions, is extremely difficult to obtain due to the massive strain on the server it is hosted on; mirrors are appearing, but slowly. The two screen shots are previously unseen images which display a variety of Halo's special effects, while the movies are of Jason Jones' demonstration and presentation of Halo during the Gamestock expo. No video or still cameras were allowed at the event, so Microsoft is presumably the source of the footage.

Bungie's Mat Soell discussed in an earlier interview with halo.bungie.org the fact that Microsoft assembled and released the screen shots and movie footage that was released during GameStock, and seemed to indicate that it was not up to Bungie's exacting standards. Similarly, another forum discussion on various Halo fan sites revealed that the "high resolution" 1600x1200 screen shots had simply been low-rez screens that had been "scaled up" in Photoshop, obviously not an ideal way of getting an accurate picture of what Halo will look like. Matt also revealed that the Xbox systems used to demo the game were only running at 640x480 and 50% of the speed and power they will run when released.

Currently the Bungie and Halo web sites themselves are difficult to reach, much less the screen shots and movies. Summaries of what can be found there have been posted on many Halo fan sites, however, so those diehard fans who can't wait can always visit their favorite. As more mirrors for the movies are created, we'll attach them to the end of this article.

Mat Soell Interviewed at Halo.org
Mac Halo (fan site)
Rampancy.net (fan site)
Low-res Halo Movie Mirror at Blue's News
Halo Web Site
Bungie Web Site
Bungie Studios
Halo: Combat Evolved

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