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Halo: Bad Blood by Matt Forbeck released

The latest Halo novel is upon us. Praise Matt Forbeck. Halo: Bad Blood was released on June 26th and follows our good old friend Edward Buck, former ODST badass and now proud Spartan. The predecessor of this book is Halo: New Blood, also written by Matt Forbeck. In that book, we have seen Buck become a Spartan. Then Halo 5 came and we saw Buck the Spartan in action. I personally prefer him to be an ODST but that is just my opinion.

Bad Blood is the first big lore that is given to us after the events of Halo 5. To my knowledge, the only past Halo 5 lore we had before Bad Blood was the Rossbachs World story in Fractures.

In Bad Blood, we follow Blue Team and Team Osiris as they struggle to figure out what evil Cortana is up to. Buck is given a secret mission and reforms his old squad Alpha Nine to accomplish said mission.

Since I haven’t read both books yet I can’t really say more and probably shouldn’t either way. We all have to read it anyway, right? Right? I am really looking forward to reading both books. I have always loved Buck and of course Veronica Dare. But since time is precious and I have all sorts of other things to do, I’m way behind with the books. The next book on my Halo to do list is Shadow of Intent.

Have a grand time reading whatever, but make sure it’s Halo.

 

Halo TV Series – News from Showtime

Just now we have had news about the long-awaited Halo TV series. Kiki Wolfkill posted a short article on Waypoint confirming that 343 is knee deep in the planning of the Halo TV series. Showtime is going to work with Kyle Killen, who is an executive producer and showrunner, alongside director Rupert Wyatt who you might know from Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Showtime also just announced on their Twitter feed that they are doing 10 episodes for the first season. My guess is that an episode will be about one hour long.

Steven Spielberg is still on board with his production company Amblin. Kiki stated that they are already in pre-production phase and that they plan to go into full production in 2019. I would guess that we are going to see the first episode in 2020. Maybe alongside the release of Halo Infinite?

Either way, I am so excited for this.

 

343 is doing things right – Women in Gaming

You can say about 343 what you want. They are not doing everything right. BUT! 343 posted this picture on the International Women’s Day (March 8th) via Twitter.

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That’s what I like to see. That’s what I like young girls to see. Of course, there are still major issues about women’s rights and Equality in general but I see a change and I see progress. And statements like this post will help with that.

In case you are interested, I wrote an article about the women in Halo a while back. You can read it here.

Girls Love Halo Interview with Rebecca

Another Interview, another inspiring woman. Rebecca aka Bonks is a writer and narrative designer. She has worked on Mutant Football League and is the creator and writer of Shero and Vex, a free webcomic. As you may know from the latest article on here she also writes for SugarGamers and approached me for an Interview. She lives in Chicago with her husband and is an overall bad ass woman. Let’s hear her Halo story. Enjoy!

1. When did you start playing Halo?

Right at the start of the party with CE when it came out.

2. If you could choose to be one character of the Halo universe, who would you be?

First one that comes to mind is Veronica Dare. Her position in intelligence is often a thankless one, and it can make it hard for her to maintain friendships, I relate to that hahaha. She also gets to torture Buck and yet he still puts out, what a trooper. However, she’s earned her authority by making the unpopular decisions no one wants to make. She has to have a lot of faith and trust in herself, I definitely could afford a little more self confidence.

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3. Do you have a favorite Halo quote?

One that sticks out comes from Jun, he’ll say it to you when you’re idol. „I kill the enemy, but do not hate them.“ It’s a damn fine quote for something that is essentially filler, also made me fall for him hard. Actually, my husband and I both love that quote. My husband is a retired marine who saw combat in Iraq and can relate to this quote on a very personal level. As a someone who has written for games, I really appreciate this line, there is clear evidence of research and dedication to the character’s persona.

4. What do you love most about Halo?

The universe is expansive and for the most part maintains good continuity. The game play is as addictive as the lore. Also, the female Spartans never suffered anything that included boob cups, crop top armor or panty lines. The armor for the women was always legit, right from the start. Halo also recognized the importance of women in the franchise early on.

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Girls Love Halo Interview with Chrysann

Another year, another Halo Interview. This time I have asked a long time acquaintance from Instagram who goes by the name of Knightinwhite. She is a Halo/Skyrim photographer and car enthusiast. She met her husband through Halo while playing Reach. That alone is the best story. Let’s see what she has to say about Halo. Enjoy!

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1.  When did you start playing Halo?

I started playing Halo later than most people, I got my first Xbox when I was 15, and started playing Halo CE, but I had no internet at the time and only played the campaign. Shortly after finishing CE, I got Halo 3 and Halo Reach.

2. If you could choose to be one character of the Halo universe, who would you be?

I would probably want to be Noble 6. Although he dies, he was a nameless hero, an underdog, he was the new guy, the guy no one thought would have so much meaning to his existence. When all was lost, he completed his mission, putting Noble team’s name on the board.

3. Do you have a favorite Halo quote?

„Wake me, when you need me…“ It’s such a classic, and also the username of the guy I fell in love with.

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4. What do you love most about Halo?

Halo, for a very long time, was the only Xbox game I owned. I had little interest in other games for a while. What I love most about the game (Up until about Halo 5) was the in-depth story. The beautiful connection between Bungie and players. (and even the new connection with 343i during Halo 4) The Halo storyline was unmatched by any other game or even book. See you star side, Bungie.

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