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  1. Dude is citing his own posts... Please don't fall for this. So he got the name (sort of) correct - not that insane all things considered.
  2. Y'all are freaking out over a vague new hardware statement... shit takes years to put together. Xbox One X is here for a good long time.
  3. I knew using League as an example would lead down a path I didn't want it to... You guys irked out some of the big differences for sure.
  4. My take on the Halo: Infinity rumors and MCC. I think that 343 is trying to take some big steps to becoming a continuous delivery PRODUCT. The console world has long been outdated in how it handle patches, balance changes, major feature release, and more. Take League as an example. Their circular balance cycle (where some characters are strong, then other types become strong, rinse and repeat) keeps the game fresh for players and viewers. I'm not saying this is directly applicable to Halo, but imagine sandbox changes, map changes, and weapon changes at the speed of some of these others games. Keeping games as standalone "snapshots" (Reach, H5, H6) completely counteracts the idea of iterating and improving. Even IF you send out patches for those individual games. I'll give a hypothetical trying to illustrate my point. Let's say Halo 6 launches, brand new classic style Halo. Great, right? There may be a few patches along the way, but only fixing the most glaring issues that are causing the loudest player frustration. Are they going to add more content? Change massive systems? Huge new weapons? Unlikely, unless they are needed to meet even basic user expectations (see: h5 forge and content add-ons). By releasing a standalone game, they've now trapped themselves from adding significant, novel functionality. Because if a standalone Halo 6 launch happens, then that means there's probably a standalone Halo 7. And to release Halo 7, they would need reasons for players to want to buy the new game. Which means big features. New mechanics. Novel functionality. It's part of the reason why we've spiraled into sprint, thrust, clamber, the list goes on. There needs to be something to get people to buy the game. Everyone on this forum would probably argue that they could've just released H3 v2, v3, v4 as "new games", but we aren't the average audience. Another example is Windows 10. The plan for Windows 10 is to be the last Windows. That's so we as a company can incrementally add cool new features without "saving them for the next release" or innovating just for the sake of innovating. I don't know, this wasn't super focused or concise, but I'd love to share some perspective on this stuff. If Halo: Infinity meant each of the past games and a new MP experience that was "evergreen" (more changes, more often), I would be ecstatic. It actually frees you up to try more things. I'd love to chat with you guys about this - feel free to quote whatever parts of this as a jumpoff point.
  5. Even people who use smurfs, know that smurfs are a problem for the other players in the game. You are literally ruining 7 other people's experience in the game. How is that fun?
  6. Guys, Microsoft Research is one of the most legit portions of this company. Some of the smartest minds of Microsoft sit in those buildings. Here's the paper on how they designed it if anyone's interested: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/publication/trueskill-2-improved-bayesian-skill-rating-system/
  7. I mean - does it matter why? I think this is a huge opportunity to do something that eSports hasn't really seen outside of Super Smash Bros Melee... Return to the cherished game when the new games aren't as beloved.
  8. Did I miss the discussion on this? https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/news/mcc-development-update-3 Major points: LAN support being added to MCC (PLEASE GOD MULTI HALO TOURNEY) Servers converged to one type of dedicated server (this is huge for ease of fixes, you try maintaining 4 separate server code bases) Dope new menu First flight goes out soon(ish)
  9. I forgot how satisfying it is to hear instant medal readout H5: Get overkill *wait 10 seconds for useless medals and animations* Did I get it?? "DISTRACTION, PERFECT" .... "OVERKILL"
  10. I feel like metaphorically Tox represented me as a player and my generation of Halos and Splyce represents the new age And that’s why it feels a little painful No salt though, I got to see a ton of great Halo this weekend, met some cool folks, and got first rounded in FFA by players much better than myself
  11. What splyce does best is take advantage of the insane movement in Halo 5 - watching Renegade gets me frustrated by extension
  12. We lit out here ESL trying to ice the crowd by game restarts
  13. This event is amazing in person. The friends I brought on Saturday were instantly sold (after not playing Halo 5 for more than a year) on coming back for Sunday. Had one of them pull me aside and thank me for exposing them to this scene. Someone be a hero and figure out how many power ups Tox has missed across these few series. Also please change game 7s from Regret Slayer - sucks the energy out of an incredible back and forth.
  14. Pono’s Guide to Seattle Official Halo.gg Event Link Venue First things first, let’s talk about venue. Located in the heart of the SoDo (South of Downtown) or Pioneer Square neighborhood in Seattle, CenturyLink Field & Event center is going to be one hell of a time. Around the venue you’ll find bars and restaurants that mostly cater to the stadium events. Nothing too notable, but a couple good spots to dip out and grab a drink. A little bit further of a walk will land you in the fun area of Pioneer Square. Airport Arrival Arriving at SeaTac is pretty straightforward – there is a designated rideshare pickup (Lyft/Uber/Etc.) on Floor 3 of the garage. If you’re lucky enough to be staying on the light rail and have the time, the Link Lightrail is located on the far left of the garage. Departure Warning #1: SeaTac security lines are HIGHLY variable. Some airlines even go so far as to warn their passengers to allow extra time at Seattle. Please allow adequate times for flight departure. I personally empathize with this onion article and leave at least 2 hours if I’m checking bags. Warning #2: Airports are federal. Therefore, you shouldn’t be taking or consuming things that might be legal at a state level in the vicinity. Or transporting such things. Hint hint, nudge nudge. Besides my warnings, everything is straightforward. Typical airport experience. Lodging & Neighborhoods Just so we’re all referencing the same neighborhood boundaries, here’s a handy neighborhood reference. Best to zoom in a bit to get rid of the surrounding areas. CenturyLink is featured prominently on the map near the Pioneer Square and Industrial District (SoDo) blocks. For each neighborhood I’ll give some pros, cons, and best transportation for that area. Check AirBNB for some cool listings! Listed in personal recommendation order: 1. Capitol Hill Pros: Along the Link Lightrail, food and nightlife hub, artsy, filled with little gems. Cons: Can be overly eccentric, $$, busy nightlife. Along the Link Lightrail, so getting to the venue will be a breeze. Walking distance to cool parks like Volunteer Park, Downtown area, and about 1,000 restaurants and bars. My personal favorite. 2. Downtown / Pioneer Square Pros: HCS sponsored hotels, walking distance to venue, proximity to tourist attractions and downtown, along the Link Lightrail. Cons: Concrete jungle, busy, touristy. To be honest, I hardly go Downtown unless I’m going shopping for new clothes. I’m not much a concrete and skyscraper kind of guy, so if you aren’t either, stay away. Still coming in at number 2 for sheer amount of things to do and proximity. 3. Belltown / Lower Queen Anne Pros: Restaurants & bars, museums, walk to Downtown. Cons: NOT along direct Link Lightrail line. An underrated area located northwest of downtown, you’ll be within walking distance of most tourist attractions like Chihuly and the Needle. See CityPASS in the Things to Do section below. Lots of great restaurants and bars here. 4. Fremont / Wallingford / Ballard Pros: Seattle locals, bike and walking path, restaurants and bars, beautiful Greenlake park. Cons: NOT along any direct transport line. I can’t not mention my other favorite Seattle neighborhood. Unfortunately, a little inconvenient for the event, it still has a lot to offer. From local favorites, to beautiful parks such as Gas Works and Greenlake, to a long walking and biking path, This area is a lot more residential with hotspot streets and locations. Things to Do Personal Recommendations Pike Place Market One of the few tourist attractions that TRULY lives up to the hype. It’ll be bustling. It’ll be interesting. You’ll see fish get tossed. Go underneath the market to see a wall plastered with gum and to add your own piece! Honestly, only the main level is worth touring. The lower you go, the weirder the stores get. Check out Tillamook’s store for delicious cheese next door as well. Starbucks Reserve Roastery Everyone will push you to go to the “original” Starbucks, but it’s just like any other Starbucks and the Reserve Roastery is more fun of experience. You can do tasting flights of coffee, learn about the roasting process, or pick up some gifts for family that you can only find at this location! Smith Tower Controversial opinion – but the Space Needle really isn’t worth it. Smith Tower provides a better view for literally half of the price. Local Farmers’ Markets Every neighborhood in Seattle holds their own farmers market that’s filled with delicious foods, trinkets, and fun. Rain or shine! Grab a coffee and stroll the rows of tents with plenty of samples for free. My personal favorite is Ballard’s market. Ballard Brewery Tour The Ballard area has over 10 breweries within a reasonable walking distance. Stoup Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, Lagunitas, Peddler Brewing, and more! Here’s a good (while slightly outdated) blog post. You can definitely make a full day out of this. Seattle Bouldering Project A wildcard activity that every visitor I’ve had has loved. Challenge your mind and your body by ascending some 10 ft bouldering walls. Grab a beer in the warehouse basement afterwards. Hiking Happy to give some hiking recommendations if people have questions! Tourist Attractions So, you decided not to listen to my personal recommendations and want to do more of the “Seattle Checklist”. Fair enough, I’ve done it plenty of times myself. Then I’ll recommend the CityPASS. CityPASS gives you admission to 5 different Seattle tourist classics, all for $79. My personal recommendations on this list would be the Needle, Harbor Tour, MoPOP, and Chihuly Garden and Glass. Food Seattle has an amazing, colorful food scene. These are just my personal favorites! Prices are a little bit higher across the board, so factor in a little more budget for this. I don’t know what the event is planning on bringing in, so I thought I’d just highlight some places outside of the Pioneer Square / SoDo neighborhood. $$$ - pricey, sitdown, reservations recommended. $$ - Casual sit-down spots. $ - To go spots, desserts, doughnuts, etc. Coffee I know what you’re thinking, “Pono, did you seriously include a section on coffee? Isn’t that a little pretentious? What are you, a hipster?”. Yes, a little, and maybe. Be one with the bean water. I love coffee and thought fellow Beyonders might too! Espresso Vivace Victrola Coffee Stumptown Caffe Vita Starbucks Reserve Weather I can’t predict the future, but the average temperatures in Seattle are 59F/43F and probable rain. Yes, it does rain here a lot. No, it is not typical rain. Think more like a lot of overcast and drizzle. You’ll be fine with a single, mildly warm, waterproof layer. People love the down water-resistant jackets here. Questions? Ask them in replies and I'll be happy to give specific advice or update the overall guide! Edit log
  15. Just got done with work, if you see a guy with long blonde hair, an old school camera, and a grey Henley, yell out Pono or come chat!
  16. One of the recent preview posts mentioned tickets at the door. It’s a massive venue so I would t worry about it
  17. If anyone has last second questions, feel free to dump them here! I have some spare time today.
  18. @@Clap @@Tashi Sorry to ask over TeamBeyond forum, but is there a policy on camera gear? I enjoy amateur photography and was wondering if its going to be a hassle to bring a camera and a couple lenses?
  19. Is there a detailed schedule breakdown somewhere? Like Groups Stage 1 Friday, Groups Stage 2 Saturday, something like that? I feel like I'm missing that information from the halo.gg site. Just wondering which days are most important to drag my friends, and if its worth coming after work on Friday.
  20. This is actually insane - your story is very similar to mine. Yours being much greater in magnitude and effect. I was a very competitive high schooler who broke his back and needed a competitive outlet while wearing a back brace... So began my MLG days in Halo 3.
  21. Repping the hometown! Haven't decided what exactly I'll be rocking to the event, but I'll be there with friends. Come up and say hi! Hope my guide was helpful to some of you guys!
  22. If anyone's trying to plan out their worlds weekend, feel free to keep commenting on my guide to Seattle. On a side note: convinced four of my friends to join me and their interest is piqued in Halo again... So I see OpTic never resigned with anyone - they staying orgless for that cash moolah for HWC?

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