| October 29, 19996:30 p.m. |
The Myth site has a great new section. If you
haven't seen it yet, the new Legends
and Lore, Asylum Night page is up. It is being updated and has some great info.
Thanks to Pfhorrest for his work on this.
The Mill has some great new plug-ins.
and Night of
the Living Dead are just a few of the new files.
Some very interesting news on the Halo site
today. There is an "oath" that moves around on the Halo
boards concerning Halo and it's POV. At times it has gotten a bit heated up,
but nothing like what is reported today. Make
sure to read the threads about Voodoo Extreme. A new Seti
Halo team page is now posted so get busy and help us search for the Covenant.
Hotline news everywhere. The best news is Rugger
emailed me and should be back online very soon. He is still in the process of settling
in on the West Coast. If you are an avid Hotline
user then you might have noticed that the Bungie Org
HL Server is no longer on the popular tracker, hltracker.com. Hotline
is making some changes and we are now located on the new tracker, games.hltracker.com.
Of course if you don't want to go thru the hassle of a tracker, just type in hl.bungie.org
into the connect window.
Not much going on in the world of Oni. But, a
very cool Oni comic strip sent in, special thanks to Zach Stroum <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
You can see it here. You might have noticed that
Oni Central has now archived all 34
Oni WebReviews. If you know of any that they have missed, make sure to let themknow.
| October 28, 19998:00 a.m. |
We apologize for yesterday's outage. It seems that one of our zone transfers was incorrectly configured and many of you could not find us. Thanks to Claude for being able to track down this
"glitch". Some still might be experiencing some problems, in time, it should clear up.
A brand new screen has been posted along with some new facts concerning the "Halo" and the gas giant. You might have missed the news concerning the possibility of Halo still being
first and third person compliant. Nathan still sticks to his guns.
Make sure not to miss our two new Marathon sites. The bighouse looks to be a hit and possibly a new home for some of the more aggressive scenario teams out there.
The Orbital Arm Big House
Oni Central will soon be bringing you the next part of the Oni Central Interview with the Bungie West crew, by TomeOne. This is going to be great.
| October 26, 199910:00 p.m. |
4 days away, and so much has happened! Where to begin? How about alphabetical order:
Matt Soell has replaced Nathan Bitner as Forum Monkey, although Nathan's still
pretty much of a presence on our forums. Keep an eye on these two... there is quite a lot of useful information posted by them!
Many sections of the site have gotten facelifts recently... Miscellaneous Art, in particular, should be much more convenient to navigate. Even though the game is nearly a year away, speculation is rife, and activity is high. Stop by and have a look!
The Halo SETI Team was blindsided not too long ago by Bungie... in this one instance, we'd like you to ignore the persuasive words of Bungie, and side with the Halo team... they need members! Join today.
Two new marathon.bungie.org sites came online this week... The Orbital Arm, a site devoted to bringing the best Marathon scenarios to the Wintel community, joined our ranks, and the Big House made its debut, 8 months after its conception. Take a look... they're both worth your time.
What began as an informal gathering on the Asylum forum has turned into a
new subsite of Myth at bungie.org. Check out Asylum Night, a home for folks
who want to get together, talk myth, and beat the crap out of each other on
b.net. (It's pretty much of a stealth site right now, but we're working on that.) NIce work, Duckyjo!
Wow... more Oni News than you can shake a stick at. New sites, new previews,
a new release date... and a bungie.org exclusive, an interview with the Bungie West crew, written by our own b.org roving reporter, TomeOne. Read it and learn!
| October 22, 199912:00a.m. |
Today, sadly we say goodbye to Nathan B. at Bungie Software. He posted today on the Halo forums and as he moves on to continue his eduational career, I would like to personally say thank you. It's people like Nathan, Matt S. and Alex Okita that make what we do as fun as it is. They take the time to communicate, post information (sometimes completely obscure), but they keep the Bungie community "fun". Thanks Nathan and good luck in the future.
On another note, I will be taking a needed break for the next four days. This page won't be updated, but be sure to check out the individual sites everyday.
| October 20, 19999:00a.m. |
Our Oni contest is still going
strong. Don't forget to enter and tell us why you would want this Oni
autographed flyer. The article and all the information are over at our Oni site. We still have not received an
announcement from Bungie regarding the MacHome article that I posted last Friday.
So, as it stands now, it can only be classified as a "speculation".
News about a Myth Halloween contest, find out about this
news post today along with some bungie net admin information. The Mill clarifies information regarding
cheating when it comes to camera angles and formations. I was never one to argue
this point, but some it seems has been discussing this and it's legality.
The Marathon's Story page has some
key insights concerning the Duality "mentions" in Infinity. Fonts still seem to
be popping up and another error has been found!
More Halo art and a new german Halo site are posted
today. I have now gotten to the point that it's just impossible to read all of
the posts on the forums. Just take it for
granted that there are ALWAYS new posts there and chances are they are going to
be great! (by the way I read 4 forums a day along with newsgroups)
|October 16, 19991:00a.m. |
Many Oni updates tonight, or this morning. First off
make sure you read the report on Oni and Internet play. Tuncer Deniz reports that
Oni will NOT be out till 2000 and we are still holding the Oni contest for the
autographed flyer. So make sure to catch all the Oni news!
More Halo art today. A very cool Halo
weapon that most of us missed and our Halo forum seems to be the "hot
forum" these days. The number of posts are beginning to get to the point
that I can't keep up with them everyday. Make sure you get the latest.
The Marathon Scenario
News will be down for a week or so. No, the site isn't going down but our own
local Marathon man, Rugger, is in the process of moving across the US. The great
part of his move will be this weekend as I get to meet Rugger for the first time
in person. In the meantime, you can check out the new scenario demo that is up at
the Bungie Org Hotline
Story Page has some great Halo news today along with the first of seven
mistakes in the Marathon Scrapbook? HuH? Did the Marathon God himself make a
mistake or are there really seven mistakes in the Marathon Scrapbook? You be the
Myth has some confirmations on The Total Myth
Codex. The Mill has the new updater for The
Wild West. There seems to be a unforseen delay on part of it though so make sure
to get the details.
Oni won't have Internet play as read today in
the MacHome November Issue. Make sure you jump over the Oni site and read it for
TheWild West version 2 is now posted. The Mill has has your links for mirrors along
with direct links to the files. The Myth page
has some Myth Total Codex information this morning. Make sure you check out
the Marathon Story page, there is
a very good post concerning this product.
contest? You want a chance to win the flyer? Head on over and read the short but
sweet information. ThisOni Flyer that we have
mentioned so much about is different then the ones that went out with the press
kit. It's worth a look and while you are there, might as well go ahead and enter.
Remember send all entries to OniContest@bungie.org!
The Oni contest info is posted. GOOD LUCK!
A new Wild West version will be posted today. From
what I gather, the mirrors are just about ready to go with this new updated
version. The Mill has all the facts. Pie
has also posted some interesting news on the Myth site concerning a need or an all call for
a new Myth utility.
The Marathon Story Page has
received an answer to the "Island Four" posts. Along with some other
widely spread speculations.
Archives have a new M2 solo scenario... go get out of jail!
Oni forums are still going strong. The recent
post concerning the Oni engine and inverse kinematics seems to have stirred up a
lot of speculations. The Oni Flyer give away
contest is just about ready to start, I hope to post something this
Halo aliens? More discussion on the third
"race" of beings. Make sure to check out the links, there is news about
this comment across the net. This is a great indication showing how many are
reading the forums everyday.
Thanks to WWBChat for sending me this link. You can now pick
up the transcript of the "Complete" Doug Zartman chat at WWBChat.
The Marathon Story Page starts an
interesting topic today based on Nathan's post. This post under the topic of
Island Four comments on "does anyone know the meaning of Halo?". Make
sure to read about this, it notes a hint!.
all around. Although some of the updates points to some older Oni news, there is
still some interesting stuff there. The Oni forums here at Oni Central are
starting to take off again. Interesting thread right now is whether or not Konoko is a cyborg?
Myth at bungie org has some great news. A new
Myth game along with speculations on what it contains and what is in the
The Mill posts info on a
Wild West Linux version.
|October 12, 1999
10:00 am (cst) |
The Mill reminds you that ratings benefit
everyone, so don't forget to stop back and rate the files you've downloaded!
Bungie SETI Team has managed to surpass the Halo
SETI team, thanks in part to two defections (Ferrex, shame on you!) and the
addition of a previously unaffiliated (but very result-rich) number-cruncher.
Now, we're torn, because bungie.org is devoted to Bungie games, but halo.bungie.org was designated the Official
Website of the Halo SETI Team. Given Bungie's sneaky
tactics, though... we're pulling for the Halo team. Join
today and make a difference!
Archives have a new scenario demo today... two levels of blood-pounding fun!
Check it out.
|October 11, 1999
9:00 am (cst) |
start today with the Marathon Story
Page. For all you Marathon junkies out there that think you know everything
there is to know about Marathon, try to figure out this morning's Marathon riddle. Good Luck! And, if
you get to the point of having that all figured out, then you might like to take
a look at the winning prize over at our Oni
I will admit that at first I had this whole contest/prize
thing worked out. But, when we finally got to see what the prize looked like, and
we started to notice the increased activity on ourOni server, we decided to pull back and rethink
We are only going to change up the rules a bit. It would
seem only fair since this prize is really going to be a "one of a kind"
and to whoever the winner might be, the back side of this thing is REALLY a
surprise. In fact, I can't even print what is on the back side, but, by the time
we give it away I should get an ok from Bungie. This is truly going to be a
The Halo site
has discovered some more Halo screenshots on
the web. Not new ones, but, just some found in another location. There is also
some talk on the Halo forum concerning the latest Cortana sighting. Thanks to the
Core for the heads up on that one.
Although we had some down time on The Mill
server briefly over the weekend, you can still snag The Wild West.
Myth news? Yeah, we got it. Thanks to Pie, there is news on a new tournament and some interesting news that
is currently being generated on agm2.
|October 8, 1999 7:30
Checking back with the IMG Website today, it seems that the
problem that game developers have with ports might not be all that true. In any
event, check out the IMG website for
all the latest. Special thanks for their bungie.org news articles today. It's
I was going to post a report here..but best to let our
spokesperson do that.
We have some numbers on the
progress of distributing the fabulous Wild West MythII conversion to a frothing
and wet lathered public. The Mill's
tracking software reports that since the
October 7 high noon release:
* it got more than 1000 downloads on the
* 54 ratings with a ratio of 4.94 out of 5
* highest rated
plugin ever on the mill
* highest downloaded conversion ever on The Mill
We are looking at 1635 downloads totaling 19,620 megs served from The Mill
alone. Multiply that by the number of mirrors (Inside Mac Games,
the Borg Hotline and CPHL) and that adds up to ...mumble mumble, carry the 7...
awww heck, it adds up to a LOT of bytes flying around the Internet!!
has some news today on the chat with Doug Zartman that took place the other
night. I was there and when this incident happened, I basically just blew it off.
But as it says in the article, it was a slip.
The Halo site has added some really cool art,
you will need Flash to view it.
While I am talking about artwork...check out the Oni site ..a late update shows the Oni flyer that we are going to give away. Sorry
about the bungie.org script, but I want the person that ends up with it to win
something special. Head over to the Oni site and read all about it.
|October 8, 1999 00:30
The Halo page just keeps screaming along. The Core is back, Halo Central is back, Halo sites
just popping up all over the net. (Which I think is great). It's almost as if it
was the old Marathon days all over again. The
Myth site has some good updates that lead off to the Vid section and The Mill is burning up the pipelines with The Wild West downloads. A few
alternate download spots have popped up, check out The Mill for the latest update.
Oni page has the new screen along with some
"lively" post on the forums. It looks as if there might
be a handful of posters on the forums, but, the post concerning Konoko's
sunglasses is a great find!
site is sporting news concerning this weekends Mac event. It would be nice to
live close enough to go have a look see. They along with MacGamer are reporting the unbelievable
report of Apple not supporting game developers
with hardware. IMG posted the same
news today but their report specifically talked about two games and that they
would do the following:
"IMG will contact Apple's Partnership Manager for games,
Kathy Tafel, and see what she thinks about the current situation. "
And now for something completely different.
If this guy needs help
in deciding about what machine to use, after all this time, then I say let him be
on his own. I mean, what's he going to do this time, watch all the Mac Advocates
let him know what he's missing and then watch him tell us all again that Apple is
going out of business within the year, etc..etc.. Thanks to Alex Okita for the
heads up on this one.
|October 7, 1999 |
Here's a special announcement that I
"You fixin' to die old and gray, tired and
whimpering with two bits to your name and only cold gruel to suck out of your
empty stinking gum holes? Listen up pardner, Wyatt Earp is roundin' up a posse
and headin' up to the town of Hog Wallow, he's going to take down Cold Chuck
Johnny and his boys.Gonna string 'em up or shoot 'em down. There's 20 dollars
gold and a name to be made fer yerself by hitchin' up with 'em."
This news reaches you while you are with a branding crew working for old Jeb
Thompson, a mean SOB who still hasn't paid you for the 3 weeks hard work you gave
him. 16 hours a day of roasting your hands over branding coals. Sick of breaking
your back and aching for adventure you saunter up to old Jeb and bury your
scarred, burnt fist deep into his guts as hard as you can. "Paid in full you
old bastard" you mutter as you step over his curled and gurgling form. You
ride back into town and sign up for the adventure of a lifetime and the next
morning you find yourself in the town of Hog Wallow, armed and willing to die for
Welcome to "The Wild West", a crap in your pants,
barroom brawl of a MythII:Soulblighter conversion brought to your by the Bar7
group. Tired of
the same old thing? Well, when was the last time:
You got pithed like a lab frog by the .44 caliber projectile of a Winchester
* A dance hall girl punched you backwards into a whiskey filled
* Your scrotum swelled up into the exact shape of your
* You had your leg sawed off by a drunken surgeon who stank of
* You got BSed by somebody's Myth conversion release hype
Wild West features all this (and this ain't no hype you varmints):
* All new units
* New ambient life
* Professional new
* Destroyable stuff
* New weapons and effects from them
and altered scenery
* 4 new meshes for the new map
* Exceeds Bungie
* And many surprises
So y'all mosey on over to http://mill.bungie.org/ or
http://mill.bungie.org/wildwest/ Thursday October 7 at high noon PST and turn them thar tenderfeet inta
boot leather, them greenhorns inta longhorns and them Saturday afternoons into
the Battle Cat
The Halo site has gotten an early start
today. Discussion concerning logos and the Bungie flag can also be found at the
Story Page. The Zartman chat had some interesting news
concerning the #2 that so many have been asking about. You should be able to find
it about halfway down the page. If anyone has the complete chat, send it on.
The Oni site has clarification on the new screenshot
along with some Konoko questions on the forum. I have been checking the
official Oni site for any new news, but, as
of yet, still nothing.
Be watching for some Myth related announcements. Something very
special should be coming soon. It will be posted here first!
still running two Hotline mirror servers for all those that want to snag any of
the latest Halo movies or any of the large Oni files. If you need help with
Hotline, feel free to let me know.
|Oct. 6, 1999 |
Borders held a chat this evening sponsored by MacAddict with Doug Zartman of Bungie Software. Although the questions were
good, it was tough to archive. The full chat will be posted at WWB tomorrow
evening. But, in the meantime, I was able to get part of it. Please understand this is very rough. and I DID miss
The Oni site has a new shot today. This screenshot was sent
in and it is starting to look like there is a difference in this game. Take alook.
Halo and Rumors
Yet they were everywhere, and after a long
two hour Steve Jobs "Special Event", most of us were disappointed that
there was nothing concerning Bungie. But
late yesterday evening, the Halo site switches to it's new format. A new movie?
Well, there are speculations but I will leave that up to the Halo people on theHalo forums to sort out.
make up for the "non Bungie Special Event" yesterday from Apple, we now
have rotating Halo pages? The Halo site has all the information and it is
changing by the hour.
Although we thought there "might" be, and I strees "might
be", something new regarding Oni
yesterday, for the Oni followers it turned
out to be "nill". But don't worry, we will be cranking up our contest
here soon, so be patient and check back for more details. And not to spread
another rumor, I still believe we will see something new concerning Oni very
updates at the Myth site, votes for the best
monster? The Mill has also posted it's
monthly report. Some of the figures are once again, amazing!
|Oct. 5, 1999 |
movie has been released! You can get it here at these two Hotline sites right
now. First thing in the morning it will be at Halo.bungie.org.
IP -- 188.8.131.52
Hotline IP -- 184.108.40.206
Make sure to
go to the Halo site for the latest information regarding the Halo movies. Yes
there are two of them..all of the links are posted today on the Halo page.
Update: The bungie.org-served versions of the CGW movie needed to be
removed due to insane demand. (We served over 20 gigabytes of this movie in the
last 18 hours.) The CGW Movie page has a list of
mirror sites where this file is still available. We apologize for any
We do have a movie of
the Oni ZDNet Cast but ours has no sound. If anyone out there captured this with
good sound, let me know.
Marathon Story page has links to movies as well
along with the usual great information.
That's all for now as we wait
for the next two hours go by.
|Oct. 4, 1999 |
We now have a new
version of the Halo movie that was uploaded today. This movie is now right at 18
megs. It has been compressed and the quality is just about the same. Right now it
is only at the Bungie.org HL Server. (hl.bungie.org). We are on the tracker
hltracker.com. If you still need some help, let
Many updates at the Story
Page today. With the new movie found, things have been rather
"nutz" around here. Check the page for todays chapter,
The Oni site has a link to a new poll along with
news concerning a video that can be downloaded.
Some more artwork, (haven't I said that
before?), along with a cool macamp skin, that can be found at Halo or the Bungie
Hotline Server. The new Halo MWNY trailer has been uploaded over at the Core.
This has some scenes that have been reported as "new" compared to what we saw in July. I
am in the process of uploading to the Hotline server, as soon as I can get
|October 3,1999 |
I got so caught up in
readingHalo posts this morning, here on the
Halo forums and over at the Core, that I
almost forgot about updating here. Some great new interesting info concerning the
MWNY Halo trailer, but, I really believe after Tuesday we will all have new
trailers to talk about.
Never have I, and I will admit that I am
*primarily* a Mac user, (so this stuff might have been going on in the PC World
for sometime), seen so much hype over a game that has yet to even see the Beta
world. These forum posts are beginning to take close to half of my day to get
through. They are great, but there are so MANY! : )
Oh, yeah...on the Halo site we have some new art plus some GRAND
specualtions on the forums.
The lastest Oni contest has been announced. The posting on
the Oni forum has gone down a little bit, but, I hope that will all change in
this upcoming week. Let us know what you think about the forum changes and be checking on our
but not late post concerning The Wild West . We are all excited about this soon
to be released plugin. The Mill has posted a few stats, but be prepared as Fm
gets ready to post his monthly numbers.
The Story page has some great Island
Four speculations along with a possible connection between Bungie's next big game
and Nathan B. I agree with Miguel, my head is starting to hurt. Someone get me
the aspirin! Anyway some great news that you will not want to miss.
**special note..remember that you can find all downloadable files at the Bungie
Some great reports this morning at the
Story Page concerning the
"FreeWill" forum posting. Yesterday I posted info concerning an Apple
Event and it's possible tie-in with Bungie. Since I hadn't read the Halo forums
as of that posting, I didn't notice FreeWill's post concerning the very same
subject. He is posting some very interesting info and the Story Page has the
route to find it.
Our Hotline server has taken off faster then any of us ever thought it would. To
mark this event some of the "regulars" have been making Oni, Halo and
Bungie Org icons. We are now prepared to take this one step farther. Very soon we
will be announcing our Hotlline Icon contest. So be looking for all the details
and info. I have heard talk that the prizes are worth the time to enter this
The Oni site starts the month off today with an
announcement of a great Oni contest. Make sure your up to date on everything as
we start to give out the rules and information. Today, we announce what the prize
is going to be. Let us know what you think on the Oni forum.
forum mayhem! Thats all that can be said about it and when you/re done here
jump over to the Core site. The forums there are going full blast as well.
Well, it happened Wednesday, but we've been
busy... The Mill has gotten a facelift. At
first glance, the change is minor... but it's not. Should make finding your
favorite plugin just that much easier.
Freewill speculates on the Apple Event on
The Oni page reports that Quinn Dunki, one of the
Bungie West programming team, has left for greener pastures.She'll be missed.
Not much yet this
morning. This morning looks to be starting very slow. BUT, and I stress
that very cautiously, there is some news over at Apple. By
the way, you are going to need Quicktime 4 for this event so there is
no reason to not get ready.
Apple says this is going to be a special
event. I have NO IDEA what it could be. Certain events have transpired over the
last week and I am basing my speculation on that.
Does it have anything
to do with Bungie?
What do you