Happy 2013!

I hope everyone had a fun, safe New Year’s Eve and weren’t too exhausted (or hung over, for those of you of legal age to experience such a condition) on New Year’s Day. I saw the new weekly challenges in Halo 4 but haven’t started on any of them yet. I’m almost at SR-99 and I find myself not wanting to rush to SR-130. Actually, I’m less inclined to play solo now that I have a few buddies close to home that I game with.

I’m looking forward to the second half of Season One of Spartan Ops and hopefully news of Season Two! Looking forward to a full year or blogging and connecting more with the Halo community. To quote my man Cal over at Auspicious Eagle, see you all on Infinity.

Regards,
Cy

How to Score Free XP and Armor in Halo 4 (Pt. 2)

Story – Continued from Pt. 1
In the recent months prior to Halo 4’s launch, more Forerunner glyphs were placed in Halo Waypoint videos, hinted at in the Halo Bulletins, and sighted in Spartan Ops maps. The difference between these glyphs and those found in Halo: CEA is that each glyph is placed within a jigsaw puzzle piece. These pieces align to make strings of 10-glyph codes. In some cases, prerequisites need to be met in order for the Forerunner keyboard to accept the code (by playing certain Spartan Ops missions, a certain number of War Games matches, etc.)

Several glyph pieces were given to participants (aka “ONI operatives”) if they solved codes and puzzles handed to them by 343i employees disguised as mysterious UNSC AIs and ONI members. These discussions were conducted in the Halo Waypoint forums and in IRC chat.

I’m usually patient with my posts, especially the long ones, but right now I’m not feeling all that patient and so I will get right to the point of the matter. Before, I do that however, please take a moment to visit the Halo 4 ARG Info Tracker website. It gives you more information about what has transpired and shows you the complexity of the codes people have had to crack. Also, if you like deciphering codes and riddles I highly encourage you to join their team. It’s really nice to see 343i go out of their way to reach their fans in this manner. It’s sad that this little gem is being overshadowed by all the complaints and nitpicking people have about the game (some concerns more legitimate than others, of course)

So in order to get free xp and armor in Halo 4, you’ll need to log into Halo Waypoint.

How to login to Halo Waypoint via internet
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  1. Go to http://www.halowaypoint.com
  2. Click on “Sign In” on the upper-right hand corner.
  3. Login using the email address and password associated with your Xbox Live account.
  4. You should see several blue tabs on the upper portion of the website. Move your mouse cursor over the tab that says “Career”.
  5. A menu opens up. Click on the section marked “Classified”
  6. Click on “Enter Code”
  7. The Forerunner keyboard opens up
  8. Enter the codes below and voila! (Remember: Some codes won’t work unless prerequisites are met, which are also listed below)

How to login to Halo Waypont via Xbox Live (aka “The Faster Way”)

  1. From Halo 4’s Main Menu, select “Waypoint”
  2. From the first screen in Waypoint, press the X button.
  3. Another screen opens up, press the X button again.
  4. The Forerunner keyboard opens up
  5. Enter the codes below and voila! (Remember: Some codes won’t work unless prerequisites are met, which are also listed below)

 

Again, visit the website and thank the people there who spent hours of time and energy finding the glyphs and cracking the codes. There are plenty of YouTube vids and forum discussions out there about these codes, but hopefully now you know the source. Enjoy.

Regards,
Cy

 

How to Score Free XP and Armor in Halo 4 (Pt. 1)

Halo 4 ARG (Augmented Reality Game) – A Story

You may or may not be aware of this, but 343 Industries has been playing an interesting mini-game with fans for several months before the release of Halo 4 and shortly afterward. It has since been completed in time for the Holiday season, but will certainly start up again after the new year. *The game first started with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, when they inserted terminal videos into every level of the Campaign. Each video ends with a string of strange symbols. See example below:

It all looked like gibberish at first until it was revealed that these were Forerunner glyphs. By watching all ten terminals and entering their corresponding codes into Halo Waypoint (via either logging into the website or Xbox Live), you unlock a secret eleventh terminal and earn yourself a whopping 134,000 credits in Halo: Reach. Of course, the terminals themselves are story-related treats of 343 Guilty Spark’s time as Monitor of Installation-04 (aka “Alpha Halo”).

The ARG game has upped its ante in the wake of Halo 4, which I will continue in my next post. Apologies folks. I was going to complete this article, but sadly I must rest for the night. Oh, how I wish I could be a armor-clad Forerunner right now and not need sleep. But, as they say, I am only human.

Regards,
Cy

*Note: I’d be lacking if I failed to mention Bungie’s contribution to the easter egg/ARG thing by adding Halo 3’s terminals, Halo 3:ODST’s Sadie-storyline datapads and Halo: Reach’s datapads.

Happy Halodays!

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Merry Christmas! Or Mele Kalikimaka, in case you were curious. And because I’m a pretty open-minded individual, Happy December 25th to anyone else who may have their own celebrations/practices/traditions for this day/month/season.

I recently placed 2nd in HaloFanForLife’s Halodays contest by submitting a Halo-themed version of a popular American Christmas carol and made a YouTube vid for it. Check it out below.

Click here to go to HaloFanForLife’s Results post to find out what I won!

I disabled comments on purpose because I know I made a few amateur vocalist mistakes. Other than that though, I enjoyed coming up with the lyrics and somehow managing to scrap enough courage to record myself singing it. I dressed up for the video because it was appropriate for the song.
Organization of posts is complete enough for me to resume regular posting. Of course, I’ll probably continue to tweak things here and there.

Regards,
Cy

Don’t Stop Believin’

Last night I had the honor of playing Halo 4 with a couple of well-known community members, DayandKnightly (from Reactive Bias) and Sal (from HaloFanForLife). I’ve been a fan of their work ever since I started my dive back into Halo so playing some rounds of Team Regicide with them was an absolute treat. The second biggest highlight of the night was when Knightly told me that he’s a fan of my work. As silly as this sounds, a small part of me really did go, “OMGROCKSTAR!” even though the rest of me knew better. It’s not often that someone I admire acknowledges me out of a crowd./end fanboy moment

And now that I am emotionally sober, I find myself thinking, “Holy cow, people are starting to notice me. I better keep this thing going somehow.” LOL

With that said, I am going to endeavor to post once a day unless I have nothing to say (Announcer voice, “RhymeTacular!”)

Reaction to VGAs (Video Game Awards): Congrats to all the winning games! I’m happy Halo 4 won in the categories it did (Best Xbox 360 Exclusive Game and Best Graphics), but at the same time it felt like those were complete shoo-ins (apparently it’s not “shoe-in“) anyway. The only other game I played on the list was Assassin’s Creed III, which remains idle on my shelf while I’m questing for SR-130. My other thoughts about the VGAs were “Did Jessica Alba really play Super Mario Bros or was that script handed to her?” and “Journey’s soundtrack got nominated for a Grammy? Sweet! It’s about time video games get that kind of recognition. Nobuo Uematsu would’ve had a string of those awards by now.” In case you didn’t know, Uematsu is the musical genius behind the Final Fantasy series. Americans may know him best for “One-Winged Angel” from FFVII.

Spartan Ops hiatus: So they’re taking a mid-season break are they? For some reason I’m not worried about players losing interest because of it. I’m hoping it’ll give people time to discuss and digest what they’re seeing and playing (if they’re not playing in the Infinity Challenge, anyway). I’ve read the books so I understand what’s going on, but I still have questions that I know will get answered eventually.

My one bit of social commentary is that technology has made us impatient and downright spoiled in some ways. With the way that information goes around at crazy speeds, I think we’re starting to forget the value of delayed gratification. Yes, I am bummed that Theater mode is not available for Spartan Ops and Campaign, but this too shall pass. I’ll be getting a capture card at some point anyway so it’s not that big of a deal to me.
Personal Halo Moment: First time in 1st place in a War Games matchmaking game! I think it was Team Regicide on Abandon (slowly becoming one of my favorite maps).

And finally, on a more personal note, I will probably not be working at my current job much longer. As early as the 15th or as late as the 30th. It has come to my attention that I don’t have the kind of aggression required for a sales position. As sad for the loss and worried for the future as I am, a part of me is okay with moving on to wherever life takes me next. I just hope that it’s kinder to me this time around.

(Edit: Kudos to anyone who catches any reference between post’s title to what’s been discussed)