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Halo is video game series created by Bungie Studios. The Halo trilogy centers around Master Chief Petty Officer SPARTAN-117, or simply "the Master Chief", a human super-soldier equipped with technologically advanced battle armor, and his AI companion, Cortana. Bungie Studios is an American video game developer founded in 1991 under the name Bungie Software Products Corporation (more popularly shortened to just Bungie Software) by two undergraduate students at the University of Chicago, Alex Seropian and Jason Jones. ... Master Chief Petty Officer SPARTAN-117 is one of the fictional protagonists of the science fiction narrative set within the Halo universe. ... Cortana is a fictional artificial intelligence with female programming in the Halo series of video games. ...

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Halo: Combat Evolved

The box art for Halo: Combat Evolved.
The box art for Halo: Combat Evolved.
Main article: Halo: Combat Evolved

Halo: Combat Evolved is a first person shooter that takes place on a mysterious ring world named Halo. Set in fof alien races known as the Covenant, who are united by their fanatical religious beliefs in a mission to eradicate humanity. Two days before the story begins, Covenant forces launch an assault on the second largest human installation, Reach, and destroy it. A single starship, the Pillar of Autumn, survives the alien onslaught carrying the last known SPARTAN-II f, the "Master Chief". The ship initiates a random jump to Slipspace, hoping to lead the enemy away from Earth. Image File history File links Halobox. ... Image File history File links Halobox. ... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... UNSC Pillar of Autumn The Pillar of Autumn is a heavily modified United Nations Space Command Halcyon-class cruiser in the Halo: Combat Evolved video game, often abbreviated as POA or Autumn. Before the war with the Covenant, the Pillar of Autumn was set to be decomissioned. ... Good conduct variation Master Chief Petty Officer insignia Master Chief Petty Officer is the ninth, and highest, enlisted rank in the U.S. Navy, just above Senior Chief Petty Officer, and is a non-commissioned officer. ... Slipspace travel, also called slipstream travel, is a fictional means of faster-than-light travel used by spaceships. ...


Halo 2

The box art for Halo 2.
The box art for Halo 2.
Main article: Halo 2

Halo 2 is the sequel to Halo: Combat Evolved, released for the Xbox on November 9, 2004 in two different editions; the standard Halo 2 edition, with traditional Xbox packaging and a single disc with the single- and multiplayer components, and the Collector's Edition, package in a specially designed alumunium case, along with an additional bonus DVD, extra booklet and slightly different user manual (written from the perspective of the Covenant military). The game's sales generated US$1`25 million on its premiere day, making it the fastest selling United States media product in history. The game has sold over 7 million copies worldwide since release. A PC port for the Windows Vista operating system is currently in development by an internal team composed of both Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie Studios. Image File history File links Halo2. ... Image File history File links Halo2. ... // Halo 2 is a science fiction first-person shooter developed by Bungie Studios. ... November 9 is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 52 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... Windows Vista is the latest release of Microsoft Windows, a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops. ... Microsoft Game Studios (MGS), branded with current logo and moniker in 2002 (formerly the Microsoft Game Division), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. ...


Halo 2 features new vehicles and weapons, and improved artificial intelligence, as well as new game mechanics like dual wielding and the ability to hijack vehicles. Unlike its predecessor, the game fully supports online multiplayer via Xbox Live and held a record for the most played game on Xbox live until the release of gears of war. The game has a reworked, more advanced graphics engine than the original, utilizing normal mapping and bloom effects. It also has Bungie.net integration and rankings and tracking of every online match. Halo 2 supports the same local area network and split-screen multiplayer components found in Halo: Combat Evolved.
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Halo 3

Promotional artwork for Halo 3
Promotional artwork for Halo 3
Main article: Halo 3

Halo 3 is the third installment in this story arc in the world of Halo, announced at Microsoft's E3 2006 Press Conference via trailer.[1] Recently a few reporters were given restricted access to play a multiplayer test of Halo 3 in the Bungie headquarters. More recently, Microsoft has announced that select members of the Bungie community will get a chance to be part of the Halo 3 Beta, as well as those who purchase specially marked versions of the game Crackdown. Bungie has stressed the point that the Beta "Is not a demo".
Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1500x844, 785 KB) Halo 3 promotional artwork, Copyright Microsoft Game Studios 2007 Source www. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1500x844, 785 KB) Halo 3 promotional artwork, Copyright Microsoft Game Studios 2007 Source www. ... Halo 3, the third game in the best-selling Xbox game franchise Halo, is a highly-anticipated first-person shooter video game under development by Bungie Studios for the Xbox 360. ... E³ logo The Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly known as E³, was an annual trade show for the computer and video games industry presented by the Entertainment Software Association. ... Look up Crackdown in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Spin-off games

As the Halo franchise continues, games will be developed that will have little or nothing to do with the Halo trilogy story-arc.


Halo Wars

Main article: Halo Wars

Halo Wars is a real time strategy game exclusively for the Xbox 360 which takes place in the time before Halo: Combat Evolved, thus not part of the Halo Trilogy. Its developer, Ensemble Studios, stated in the FAQ that Halo Wars is "created for the Xbox 360 from the ground up." Halo Wars is a real-time strategy video game that takes place in the Halo universe. ... Ensemble Studios is a Microsoft-owned company that has developed many computer games, including the famous Age of Empires series. ...


Untitled Halo Project

Main article: Untitled Halo Project

An untitled Halo project was announced on September 27, 2006 at X06, to be co-written, co-designed and co-produced by Peter Jackson, with his recently-formed Wingnut Interactive [2]. Jackson will create a "media experience" set in the Halo universe, in partnership with Bungie Studios. [3] The so-called Untitled Halo Project is a project that was announced at Microsofts Xbox show, X06. ... Photo of the X02 event X is the name of a show held every year (except 2004) by Microsoft, showcasing the Xbox range of products, and games designed for the products. ... Peter Jackson CNZM (born October 31, 1961) is a three-time Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning New Zealand filmmaker best known as the director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which he, along with his long time partner, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens adapted from the novels... Wingnut Interactive is a video game developement studio that was formed in 2006 from a partnership between Microsoft Game Studios and director Peter Jackson. ... Bungie Studios is an American video game developer founded in 1991 under the name Bungie Software Products Corporation (more popularly shortened to just Bungie Software) by two undergraduate students at the University of Chicago, Alex Seropian and Jason Jones. ...


Adaptations

Novelizations

The Halo universe has four times been adapted into novel form, with two more in the works. The first adaption was Halo: The Fall of Reach—a prequel to Halo: Combat Evolved, written by Eric Nylund and published during October 2001.[4] The novel was reportedly finished in seven weeks,[4] eventually becoming a Publisher's Weekly bestseller with nearly two hundred thousand copies sold.[5] The second novel, entitled Halo: The Flood, served as an adaptation of Halo: Combat Evolved. Written by William C. Dietz, this novel also attained the Publisher's Weekly bestsellers list during May 2003.[6] Spoiler warning: Halo: The Fall of Reach is a 2001 novel based on the video game Halo: Combat Evolved (2001). ... A prequel is a work that portrays events which include the structure, conventions, and/or characters of a previously completed narrative, but occur at an earlier time. ... Eric Nylund or Eric S. Nylund was born in 1964. ... Publishers Weekly is a weekly trade news magazine targeted at publishers, librarians, booksellers, and literary agents. ... Halo: The Flood is a 2003 novel based on the video game Halo: Combat Evolved (2001). ... William C. Dietz is a science fiction author who has written 49 novels in the genre. ...


Eric Nylund returned to write the third novel, Halo: First Strike, a sequel to Halo: Combat Evolved, or, more accurately, a prequel to Halo 2. It was published in December 2003,[7] after being written in a period of sixteen weeks.[5] A fourth novel, entitled Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, written again by Eric Nylund was published on October 31 2006.[8] The Halo universe was adapted into the graphic novel format in the Halo Graphic Novel, a collection of four short stories, released during July 2006.[9] It was written and illustrated by well-known graphic novelists Lee Hammock, Jay Faerber, Tsutomu Nihei, Brett Lewis, Simon Bisley, Ed Lee and Jean Giraud. Bungie Studios considers the Halo novels as canon.[10]. Bungie has also announced at least two more Halo books on the way both to be published by TOR, one of which may be about Grey Team as Eric Nylund has admitted he is interested in telling their story. Spoiler warning: Halo: First Strike is a 2003 novel based off the video game Halo: Combat Evolved (2001). ... Eric Nylund or Eric S. Nylund was born in 1964. ... Trade paperback of Will Eisners A Contract with God (1978), often mistakenly cited as the first graphic novel. ... Halo Graphic Novel Front Cover On March 17, 2006 Bungie Studios announced that it would partner with Marvel Comics to release the Halo Graphic Novel. ... This article is in need of attention. ... Jay Faerber writes the comic book series Noble Causes for Image Comics. ... Tsutomu Nihei (弐瓶 勉 Nihei Tsutomu, born 1971) is a Japanese manga artist. ... Simon Bisley is a British comic book artist who was very popular in the 1990s for his work on ABC Warriors, Lobo and Sláine. ... Jean Giraud (born May 8, 1938) is a French comics artist. ... Bungie Studios is an American video game developer founded in 1991 under the name Bungie Software Products Corporation (more popularly shortened to just Bungie Software) by two undergraduate students at the University of Chicago, Alex Seropian and Jason Jones. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Eric Nylund or Eric S. Nylund was born in 1964. ...


Action figures

Numerous action figures and vehicles based on Halo have been produced by Joyride Studios and includes, among others, the Master Chief. Master Chief Petty Officer SPARTAN-117 is one of the fictional protagonists of the science fiction narrative set within the Halo universe. ...


Film adaptation

Main article: Halo (film)

An upcoming film adaption of the series. The script for the movie was to be written by Alex Garland,[11] though writer D.B. Weiss, author of Lucky Wander Boy is currently set to rewrite it, using elements of the Garland draft.[citation needed] The movie was to be developed and released by Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox, under the creative oversight of Microsoft, but there have been complications with the distributors, and it is subject to change.[12] Former Columbia president Peter Schlessel has been selected as producer,[13] and Peter Jackson will be the executive producer.[14] The movie is expected to release 2008, due to difficulties in selecting a director for the project.[15] The director has since been revealed as Neill Blomkamp.[15] Halo is an upcoming film based on the video game series Halo, developed by Bungie Studios. ... Alex Garland (left) with Danny Boyle Alex Garland (born 1970) is a British novelist, the son of the well-known and respected political cartoonist, Nick Garland. ... D.B. Weiss is the author of Lucky Wander Boy and the current writer for the Halo film. ... Lucky Wander Boy is the debut novel of D. B. Weiss. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ... Microsoft is one of few companies engaging itself in the console wars Where they are up against sony, nintendo, and of course sharps new console which may cause a threat. ... Peter Jackson CNZM (born October 31, 1961) is a three-time Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning New Zealand filmmaker best known as the director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which he, along with his long time partner, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens adapted from the novels... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Neill Blomkamp is a Vancouver-based director of short films and advertisements. ...


Recently the project has been postponed at the agreement of both Jackson and Microsoft.


The Haunted Apiary

The Haunted Apiary (aka I Love Bees) was an alternate reality game used to promote the release of Halo 2. The game was centered on a website at ilovebees.com, and was created by 4orty2wo Entertainment, commissioned by Microsoft and endorsed by Bungie. The URL was discovered when it was briefly flashed in an official Halo 2 trailer. The Haunted Apiary (also known as I Love Bees) is an alternate reality game (ARG), related in some way to the first person shooter Halo 2. ... An alternate reality game (ARG) is a type of game that overlaps the game world with reality, by utilizing real world media, in order to deliver an interactive narrative experience to the players -- a kind of surrealism. ... // Halo 2 is a science fiction first-person shooter developed by Bungie Studios. ...


Halo machinima

A scene from Red vs Blue, a popular machinima production based on the Halo series.
A scene from Red vs Blue, a popular machinima production based on the Halo series.

Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles, created by Rooster Teeth Productions, is a machinima series that parodies the Halo universe. Virtually all of the footage of the series is taken from Halo and Halo 2 gameplay. Set mostly outside Halo canon, the series chronicles the story of two opposing teams fighting—in Blood Gulch, a desolate box canyon "in the middle of nowhere"—a human civil war that supposedly ensues between the events of Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2. An absurdist parody of Halo itself, military life in general, and other science fiction films, Red vs. Blue is comedy. Image File history File links RVB_group_shot. ... Image File history File links RVB_group_shot. ... Red vs. ... Rooster Teeth Productions is an award-winning production group from Buda, Texas that specializes in the creation of machinima, or films created using real-time, interactive engines from computer and video games. ... A scene from the popular machinima series Red vs. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A civil war is a war in which parties within the same culture, society or nationality fight against each other for the control of political power. ... Absurdism is a philosophy stating that the efforts of humanity to find meaning in the universe will ultimately fail because no such meaning exists (at least in relation to humanity). ... Parody of Back to the Future In contemporary usage, a parody is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ...


Other machinima series—ranging from Fire Team Charlie, another comedy, to The Codex, a space opera more closely tied to Halo canon, as well as the in-game interview show This Spartan Life—have also been created. Fire Team Charlie is a machinima production company, hosted at www. ... The Codex is a 20 episode online machinima series, set in the Halo video game universe following the story of a Covenant invasion of a Human world in order to recover a Forerunner artifact, and the story of the Humans resisting that invasion. ... Classic pulp space opera cover, with the usual cliche elements. ... This Spartan Life is an award-winning talk show created by Bong + Dern Productions and produced and directed by Chris Burke, who hosts the show under the pseudonym Damian Lacedaemion (pronounced ). Premiering in 2005 and distributed over the Internet, the show is created using the machinima technique of recording the...


Music

Three soundtracks, all composed by Martin O'Donnell, have been released based on the Halo game series: // In film formats, the sound track is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... Martin ODonnell, a musical composer, has worked on pieces for video games such as the Halo: Combat Evolved Soundtrack. ...

Halo Original Soundtrack, composed and produced by Martin ODonnell and Michael Salvatori for the video game Halo: Combat Evolved, is one CD comprising 26 tracks. ...

See also

Halo Zero is a free fan-made two-dimensional platform game based on Bungie Studios Halo series. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Platform game, or platformer, is a video game genre characterized by jumping to and from suspended platforms. ... It has been suggested that Klia be merged into this article or section. ... The Gizmondo is a handheld gaming console with GPRS and GPS technology, which was manufactured by Tiger Telematics. ... It has been suggested that shareholder be merged into this article or section. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.bungie.net/Games/Halo3/content.aspx?link=Halo3AboutPage
  2. ^ "X06: Peter Jackson Forms a Game Studio", 1UP.com, September 27, 2006.
  3. ^ http://www.bungie.net/News/TopStory.aspx?link=bungieatx06
  4. ^ a b Longdale, Holly. Game Worlds in Written Words. Retrieved on September 2, 2006.
  5. ^ a b Greene, Marty. First Strike Author Eric Nylund Q&A. Retrieved on September 2, 2006.
  6. ^ Klepek, Patrick (May 5, 2003). Halo novel cracks bestseller. Retrieved on September 2, 2006.
  7. ^ Halo: First Strike by Eric Nylund. Retrieved on September 2, 2006.
  8. ^ The Next Halo Novel: Ghosts of Onyx (August 29, 2006). Retrieved on September 2, 2006.
  9. ^ Halo Graphic Novel at IGN. Retrieved on September 2, 2006.
  10. ^ Joe Staten Interview (October 2004). Retrieved on August 6, 2006.
  11. ^ Linder, Brian (February 3, 2005). Halo Goes Hollywood. IGN. Retrieved on September 9, 2006.
  12. ^ Peter Jackson to Executive Produce Halo Movie. Retrieved on September 9, 2006.
  13. ^ Grossberg, Josh (June 10, 2005). Hollywood's Halo Effect. Retrieved on September 9, 2006.
  14. ^ Staten, Joseph. The Great Hollywood Journey, Part II. Retrieved on September 9, 2006.
  15. ^ a b Thorsen, Tor (August 9, 2006). Unknown directing delayed Halo. GameSpot. Retrieved on September 9, 2006.
  16. ^ http://www.gamesetwatch.com/2006/05/exclusive_halo_spartan_for_giz.php#comments

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External links

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All games and media • Universe • Characters It has been suggested that Multiplayer game be merged into this article or section. ... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... // Halo 2 is a science fiction first-person shooter developed by Bungie Studios. ... Halo 3, the third game in the best-selling Xbox game franchise Halo, is a highly-anticipated first-person shooter video game under development by Bungie Studios for the Xbox 360. ... This is a list of official media, including games, related to the Halo universe. ... The Halo universe is a fictional setting for the video games Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, the future games Halo 3 and Halo Wars, and the books listed on Halo (video game series). ...

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A third game, Halo 3, is in development for the Xbox 360, announced for release in 2007 on May 9, 2006, during Microsoft's press event at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles.
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Halo quickly became known as the "killer app" for the newly introduced Microsoft Xbox console, gaining a huge success and later being ported to the PC and finally released for the originally intended platform, Apple Macintosh.
Halo games have become well known for their rich background development and engaging physics, characterstics they share with previous Bungie works, such as the Marathon series on the Mac.
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