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Halo Outpost Discovery Part 4 – Halo Week 2019 July 28, 2019

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Mel Brooks once said, “Merchandise, merchandise, merchandise. That’s where the real money is made!” I think he learned that from George Lucas. As Halo Week 2019 comes to a close we dedicate the last part of our video series about the Philadelphia Halo: Outpost Discovery show to the merchandise booth. We’re going to talk about what was for sale at the show, show off everything we picked up while there, and mention a few things that weren’t for sale that we thought should have been.

Before we wrap up or coverage from Outpost Discovery completely, there’s one lingering question from the show floor we haven’t been able to answer. Take a look at this.

If you happen to work for Outpost Discovery can you post a comment below with the answer?

Hope you all enjoyed Halo Week 2019. With Halo: Infinite, a possible Outpost Discovery return, and a new Xbox console announced for next year I only have one remaining question, “Should we bring Halo Week back for 2020?”

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Halo: Outpost Discovery Part 3 – Halo Week 2019 July 27, 2019

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After spending the better part of a day in front of an editor and a camera, I finally finished the third part of our look at Halo: Outpost Discovery in Philadelphia. In this part, we take a look at the last two experiences at the Outpost, Combat Deck (Laser Tag) and Marksman Training.

Also, since I’ve been discussing it so much over the past few videos, here’s a closer look at the unique Dog Tags attendees could earn while at Outpost Discovery.

Halo Week 2019 is not over. One more video from Outpost Discovery is in development. Next time, we’ll be talking about the Merchandise available for sale at the show and give our final thoughts about the show itself.

Halo: Outpost Discovery Part 2 – Halo Week 2019 July 26, 2019

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Welcome back to Halo Week 2019! We are back to talking about Halo: Outpost Discovery and this time we will be discussing half of the interactive experiences attendees will be able to participate in on the show floor, Covenant Escape, Pelican Training and VR Training. Enjoy this preview with exclusive footage from the show floor!

If this isn’t enough for you that’s okay, Halo Week 2019 is hardly over. We will have more exclusive videos, including more content from Halo: Outpost Discovery, coming all weekend!

My Favorite Classic Halo Media – Halo Week 2019 July 24, 2019

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Welcome back to Halo Week 2019, where we are talking all things Halo. While working on a different article for this site, I stumbled on so much great independently produced Halo content I felt I had to feature some of it here.

In 2004, hype for Halo 2 was picking up and a month before the game was released, the now defunct Spike TV channel broadcasted a television show called The Ultimate Gamer. In it, a Halo fan got to live out the dreams of every Halo fan.

I remembered watching this show the night it first aired and for years I thought this show was a piece of media that would forever be lost. It turns out, it had survived and I’m so happy it is. Even though a lot of information in it out of date, it’s a great time capsule and makes me think back to how exciting the wait was for Halo 2.

While we’re on the subject of otherwise lost media there’s no bigger poster child for that (well, other than the BBC) than the now defunct G4TV. What started as a great television network for gaming was totally ruined after its corporate merger with TechTV. That having been said, Halo 2‘s release happened before all that, and in anticipation for that game’s much-anticipated release G4TV devoted an entire day of content to Halo on the day before of Halo 2‘s release. It was celebrated with bumpers like these:

Icons was by far my favorite series during G4’s heyday. It focused on the history of game development with episodes focused on either major game franchises, a major event, or the history of a studio. This episode of Icons, produced by G4, focused on the history of Bungie, the original creators of Halo.

Every Halo fan remembers where they were in 2007 when Halo 3 launched. The game promised players the chance to Finish the Fight that began so many years earlier, and preorders were through the roof. The guys over at PBC Productions (famous for creating iconic series such as Captain S and Little Miss Gamer) visited their local game store to document the biggest game release of its time!

Finally, most people cite the Halo 3: ODST TV commercial as an example of one of the best video game commercials of all time. While we don’t agree with the fact it is THE best, it certainly cracked our top ten of best commercials of all time. Here’s a behind the scenes look at what it took to make that commercial.

Hope you all enjoyed this trip down memory road. More Halo content, including more videos from Outpost Discovery, is on its way for Halo Week 2019!

Halo: Outpost Discovery Part 1 – Halo Week 2019 July 24, 2019

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Last week, we had the pleasure of checking out Halo: Outpost Discovery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and did everything we could at the event.

We shot a lot of footage from the show floor and over the course of Halo Week 2019, we’ll be sharing everything we can about the show with you guys! So here’s our first video, with a look at the show floor. Step with us into the Halo universe!

Halo Week 2019 – A Look at Halo’s Live Action Prequel Short Films July 23, 2019

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We’re kicking off the start of Halo Week 2019 with a Halo appetizer some of you may have missed out on the first time around. Since Halo 2, Microsoft’s sizable marketing division has created some incredibly unique methods to promote the launch of each new Halo game. We have profiled some of these methods in the past, but today we will focus on highlighting videos intended to be canonical live-action prequels to the games they were promoting.

There are a few rules to this list. First up is we will only highlight official videos that have been produced by Microsoft, so sadly we will not include any fan-films. Secondly, the Halo films like Halo 4: Forward Until Dawn, Halo: Legends, Halo: Fall of Reach, and Halo: Nightfall. Those films are currently available on disc or digital distribution at your local movie marketplace or through various video-on-demand services. We also aren’t including the Halo 3: ODST commercial as (even though it is phenomenal) it doesn’t tie directly into the events of the game’s story.

First up is Halo: Landfall, Directed by Neill Blomkamp. It was released in three parts with the first part released at E3 2007. Landfall tells the story of a squad of marines sent on a classified mission just before the events of Halo 3. Their objective is unknown to the viewer but over the course of the short we will learn their objective and how it ties into the events of the game. If you watch this and silently weep at how good it is or how well it matched up with your prediction of what a Halo movie should look like, it is probably due to the fact that if Microsoft had made a feature-length Halo film, it would have been made by this production team.

Next up is Deliver Hope, a live-action television commercial for Halo: Reach. Set before the events of Reach, this short details what happened to the SPARTAN who previously held the position of Noble 6, and why the Team was so hesitant to accept the player in that position at the start of the game. Its got great production values and despite its brief length, still tells a coherent, compelling story.

Finally, here’s Halo 4‘s E3 2012 trailer. This was originally shown at the Microsoft E3 2012 Press Event, but following that, it was broadcasted on television during (for some reason that eludes my logic) a basketball game. It details the launch of the UNSC Infinity, the most advanced spaceship in the fleet and teased this ship and its crew would play a big role in the game. Its not purely a live action short as it was followed up in its initial broadcast with gameplay footage, but the Infinity played such a big part in the final game it is great to see the ship’s beginnings.

Hope you are all enjoying Halo Week 2019, with more content (including original videos from Halo: Outpost Discovery) coming every day!

Halo: Reach PC Preview – Halo Week 2019 July 22, 2019

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We’re kicking off Halo Week 2019 with a highly anticipated preview of the first FPS Halo game to be released on PC in over ten years, Halo: Reach.

We were lucky enough to get an early hands-on preview of Halo: Reach on PC while at Halo: Outpost Discovery. Here are our thoughts about what we got to play (along with a little off-screen gameplay) straight from the show floor.

Halo: Reach is out now on the Xbox 360 and is currently backwards compatible with Xbox One. It is coming to the PC when it is ready.

Halo Week 2019 Announcment July 22, 2019

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Dear Humanity, we make it no secret that we are big fans of the Halo franchise and on occasion we have celebrated that fandom by devoting entire weeks to posting Halo content. Well, in honor of Halo: Outpost Discovery and the pleasant reveal of tons of upcoming Halo content including a PC release through Steam, this site is formally announcing Halo Week 2019!

What will you be able to expect throughout the week? A ton of exclusive Halo content, including new Halo videos, coverage from Halo: Outpost Discovery, a preview of Halo: Reach on PC, and maybe even a Let’s Play or two!

So stay tuned, relax and let’s all just say, “Welcome Home, John” because Halo Week 2019 kicks off today!

Nintendo World Championships 2019 June 9, 2019

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E3 has long been referred to as the Super Bowl of Gaming but it has always been Nintendo who has brought the strongest challenge and competition events to this glorious Expo. This E3, Nintendo hosted the 2019 World Championship invitational where they brought some of the best players and speed runners from across the world to find the best players and teams in Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

First up, we get our first look at Super Mario Maker 2, a game which isn’t even out yet, where the best Super Mario players including The Completionist and YellowKillerBee will confront each other in some never before seen custom levels!

Secondly, a Splatoon 2 World Championship is held where the best teams from across the world (including Lime Soda) battle each other in various game modes and on different maps. Who will win on top, will it be last year’s champion? Watch and find out!

Finally, get ready to Smash! I don’t need to say any more do I? Just watch.

More Nintendo news and previews will be coming out of E3 2019 over the next few days. Stay tuned to this website!

Super Mario Maker 2 is coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch. Splatoon 2 is out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Super Smash Bros Ultimate is out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Gaming History You Should Know – The PokePark March 10, 2019

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It’s Sunday, Happy Mario Day everyone! I know I should coincide today’s look at Gaming History You Should Know with something Super Mario related, but this piece of gaming trivia is too good to ignore.

Ever since Nintendo signed a deal with Universal Studios, Theme Park fans have been eagerly anticipating Pokémon coming to a theme park in some way. Very few people remember that Pokémon have previously appeared in a Theme Park of their own, because the Park only existed for a brief time. I’m talking of course about the PokéPark, which operated in Japan in 2005 and in Taiwan in 2006.

But what was the PokéPark? What could you do in it? How much did it cost? The YouTube Channel Expedition Theme Park is one of the definitive YouTube Channels I look at when researching the history of Theme Parks, rides, and attractions all over the world. I don’t know if it was because I requested it or not, but almost a week after I asked him to look into the history of the PokéPark this video was posted! Check it out.

This is a great video. Thanks again to Expedition Theme Park for letting us feature them today! If you wanted to look up information about any theme parks, whether they’re defunct or still operating, I totally recommend checking them out.