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Midland Base Weekly Update October 21, 2014


Hello my friends and welcome to another Weekly Update by your favorite Cowboy Ninja.  I have had some internet issues with my ISP but I will prevail.  We are talking Halo, Destiny, and good ol’ Midland Base news here.  Put your thinking caps on kids and get to it.



343i News

First and foremost the Halo Waypoint website is new and upgraded and I haven’t quite gotten the hang of it.  So if I miss any news I am sorry.  You can let me know in the discussion page linked below and I will try and add it to next weeks update.


Halo Bulletin

Lots of good news for you fans getting your hands on Halo: MCC, controls are better than ever.  Some of the most frustrating game play while switching from Halo 1 through Halo 4 was having to relearn controls.  The amount of times I accidentally stick myself with sticky grenades trying to execute a different actions is enough to fill an entire blooper reel and then some.  No more!  You will be able to choose between global control schemes, individual game schemes, or a mixture of both.  So if you like Universal Recon for all games but Halo 3 you can set it up that way.  You can choose a Universal scheme and then set individual game schemes as well as Matchmaking so you are always ready to go.  To see all the Universal control schemes make sure to read the whole bulletin.


Halo 4 DLC achievements have received a fix.  Some achievements were making themselves locked without giving you credit, now they should show up as you log in.  I haven’t tested this myself but I do know of a couple achievements I am due.


It’s that time of year for pumpkins and carving.  HBO has their yearly carving contest going with 343i providing some prizes so make sure to go out and buy a pumpkin.  If you send me a PM or post a picture in the discussion page I will make sure you get some rightly deserved recognition here on the weekly update.


Last but not least "Electric Field” by Receptor 17!



Halo: Spartan Strike

Another Halo mobile game is on the rise, Halo: Spartan Strike.  It looks like it plays like Halo: Spartan Assault but with some new features.  To catch a glimpse, watch the video below.



User Profile - Waypoint

The user profiles got a face lift during their new website launch.  Making your profile look a lot sweet and a whole lot more customizable.  As soon as I am done here I plan to make it very me.  Make sure you head over to Halo Waypoint to update your profile as well.


Bungie News


Weekly Update

Last week they nerf’d the Vex Mythoclast and as much as I was sad to see my huge scores in PvP I understood the reason why they did it.  It is still a viable weapon but no longer the beast it was.  However, I was sad to see how much it changed in the PvE gameplay as well.  Well Bungie is looking to rectify this soon.  They are looking for a balance between strong in PvE and not overpowered in PvP.  So if you get your hands on one of these highly sought after weapons, be patient, you will be invincible again (or closer to it).


Bungie also explains why some weapons effectiveness was decreased while others got a buff.  It has everything to do with allowing people to play to the game style they like without having to be pigeonholed to a specific weapon type.  I personally like the Scout Rifle the best but with Auto Rifles being so strong in PvP I am forced to either play an Auto Rifle or take a hit in my overall score.  So yes, there will be some growing pains as they continue to fine tune weapons, but overall we should all feel as strong as others in the game without having to pick weapons we might like less then others.


No more knocking off Atheon for the easy kill.  As much as it is nice to just receive loot without much effort, this was a bug.  I am all for it.  It can get frustrating when you are trying time and time again to kill Atheon, but when you finally land the killing blow and get that epic loot you have been waiting for you will have the pride of knowing you did it the right way.  Don’t worry, I believe in you all, you can defeat him and claim the treasures of the Vault!


There was now mail sack this week however there was something a little more fun in my opinion.  DeeJ gave an interview during a weekly podcast from fans.  I have not listened to the whole thing due to my internet problems but I enjoyed the first 10 min (that took me almost half a day to buffer to) I have listened to.  Make sure to click this link to listen to the full hour and a half podcast with DeeJ.


Midland Base News


Leaders Wanted


We have gotten a lot of help recently from our members in becoming leaders but there is still more to do.  We have Halo: MCC coming ever so near and will need people to help keep game nights in both Destiny and Halo.  Volunteer to be a leader here and we’ll use your help to continue to grow and become the best group of Halo/Destiny gamers ever!



Midland Base Clan


There are now several game nights in both Xbox One and 360 dedicated to Destiny but to participate you need to be apart of our clan.  It is super easy to join up and Dredd has all the steps laid out nice and easy for you here.  Make sure you join up so we can all enjoy Destiny together.


Vault of Glass

Still going strong with our Vault of Glass teams, with Kegler’s Slamhammers joining us in official runs.  Make sure to sign up early to guarantee your spot and have a chance at the loot that awaits you in the Vault!


Also we will be giving away a ribbon to be designed soon to show others you completed the Vault and were willing to pass that knowledge on to others so they could claim their rewards too.  How do you get this highly coveted reward?  Just make sure after you complete your own first run in VoG to pay it forward.  To get all the details check out the reward ribbon thread.


Promotion!

Lenfest has risen to the rank of Emerging Leader.  We have welcomed him into the Head Shed and expect great things from him.  He alone made sure that those of us with out the means of getting the Xbox One were not left out in the cold when it comes to game nights and is an excellently fun guy to game with.  Make sure to show up to game nights with him and let him know how much we appreciate his hard work.


Fresh Meat

We have a newcomer here at Midland Base.  Make sure to say hello to TkniverFTW!


Last Caption Contest Winner:AnimeManicFan!



Screenshot by Receptor 17


That is all for the caption contest for now.  We will hopefully see its return with the release of Halo: Master Chief Collection.


Here it is, your moment of Zen...


Thanks to Ignis451.


That is all for this week.  Make sure to comment in the discussion thread and let me know what you think.


-TurboDew



Midland Base Weekly Update October 13, 2014


Another week has come and gone so it is time once again for me to talk to you about Destiny, Halo, and all thing Midland Base.  We delve into changes happening at Halo Waypoint, we see some insight to the Iron Banner we weren't expecting, and raids, Raids, RAIDS!!! Let's get this party started.


343i News


Halo Bulletin

As promised, this week 343i updates the Halo Waypoint site.  There are many changes they plan to implement, so for the next day or two the forums may be down to read-only status.  Some of the changes that we can look forward to are new customizable user profile pages, revamped forums, detailed events calendar, Halo Universe content and more.  Bravo also stated when they are done with the changes they will post a full list so you can navigate like a pro from the start.


With Halo: MCC just around the corner more and more details are coming to light on how this game won’t necessarily be a fresh coat of paint on an old game.  They are adding medals to Halo: CE and Halo 2 with an in-game medal chest to see all the medals you have earned from Halo: Ce to Halo 4.  Halo: CE and Halo 2 even have options for classic medals, modern medals or even "off” so you can relive the days you were’t award medals for your in-game achievements, if that is your jam.


Last week I told you I was going to interview Receptor about his screenshot prowess but I got the Flu bad this week (still feeling it too) and was unable to do the interview.  I will try and get it done for nedt week, until then enjoy this screenshot from him featured in the Halo Bulletin entitled "Infection Inbound.”




Bungie News


Weekly Update

So this week most of you tried your hand at the Iron Banner and may have felt like the gap was not as broad as you hoped.  When I heard the words "Power matters” I was thinking of a whole different experience then what was delivered.  There was even videos of people going in on level 2 characters defeating level 27+ players with the auto rifle given to them at the start.  


So what did Bungie have in mind when putting the playlist together.  Only slight difference.  While yes if you are taking on lower level characters the kill time remains the same it is not so the other way around.  It will take longer for lower level characters to kill you but only slightly.  They did not level 20’s joining up and feeling like the fight was un-winnable.  This however did not sit well with those who have worked hard to have the strongest weapons and armor so Bungie has said they will look into the feedback, this was only the first Iron Banner, the next one should feel different.  Whether it will be better or worse, that remains to be seen.


For more on the interview with Senior Designer Derek Carroll (who gave voice for the Iron Banner) check out the update here.


Destiny has been out for over a month now and despite the low marks it initially received it is still one of the most played games on all platforms.  Here is some benchmarks from Bungie:

• Destiny averages 3.2 million players each and everyday.

• Average playtime is still right around 3 hours a day.

• The average player plays Destiny 1.8 times a day.

• The average player has played Destiny 20.9 times.

• Over the past 3 weeks, they’ve had more players online in Destiny than they did during the same span for Halo 3 and Halo: Reach, combined


Still having connections issues after the patch?  Maybe seeing Zebras instead of horses (medical reference, sorry)?  Bungie has a dedicated team working hard to understand and resolve the connection issues people are having.  Hang in there, they are working hard.


Midland Base News


Leaders Wanted

We have gotten a lot of help recently from our members in becoming leaders but there is still more to do.  We have Halo: MCC coming ever so near and will need people to help keep game nights in both Destiny and Halo.  Volunteer to be a leader here and we’ll use your help to continue to grow and become the best group of Halo/Destiny gamers ever!



Midland Base Clan


There are now several game nights in both Xbox One and 360 dedicated to Destiny but to participate you need to be apart of our clan.  It is super easy to join up and Dredd has all the steps laid out nice and easy for you here.  Make sure you join up so we can all enjoy Destiny together.


Vault of Glass

We have started raids on the Vault of Glass on 360 and will hopefully down the last boss today.  So wether on 360 or on the One we have you Vault needs covered.  Ec1ip53’s Warpigs are even attempting the Vault on hard mode this week!  So be sure to keep your eye on the forums to join up.  the more the merrier!  So far we have Ec1ip53’s Warpigs, SIlient’s Widowmakers, and TurboDew’s Ninjas with more to surely follow as more and more people are ready to try their hand at the vault.  There are great rewards awaiting I assure you, so sign up while you can.


Also we will be giving away a ribbon to be designed soon to show others you completed the Vault and were willing to pass that knowledge on to others so they could claim their rewards too.  How do you get this highly coveted reward?  Just make sure after you complete your own first run in VoG to pay it forward.  To get all the details check out the reward ribbon thread.


BattleBug

If you don’t know that name by now you have probably just arrived, welcome.  But for most of you, you know her as a hard working gamer who is an absolute pleasure to game with.  She is responsible for many of our forums signatures (mine included), Squeaky sheep emoticons (see my sign off at the end for an example), screenshot caption contests, and much, much more.  She is retiring from the Head Shed and will be very much missed.  Please make sure you head over to her wall and give her the gratitude she very much deserves.  Bug, you will be missed form the Leader’s Head Shed!


Fresh Meat

We have a couple of new members and I say welcome DreyosDrum and Selsiuss.  Make sure you say welcome as well.


Feature Forum

I am featuring the leader lead raids.  They are global post meaning you can see them no matter which forum you are in, they are at the top.  Make sure to watch for them and participate.  We especially need more volunteers for 360 raids to make sure they happen.


Game Day/Night Attendance


Thursday Game Night hosted by Dredd1973:

Dredd1973, Velarage, and Wetz689.


Friday Game Night hosted by Ec1ip53:

Ec1ip53, Dredd1973, I Gamzu I, NinJakeTsu, Velarage, and Wetz689.


Saturday Game Day hosted by Poetepoet:

Poetepoet, CovSmasher and NinJakeTsu.


Saturday Game Night hosted by Chipk77:

Chipkk77, Dredd1973, Silient Hit86, Velarage, Wetz689, ShockingResults, and NinJakeTsu.


Sunday Game Night hosted by Lenfest:

Lenfest, TurboDew, ItsKillerYo, and ElDewman20x6.



Caption Contest Winner Week #177: Poetepoet!




Screen Shot by Outlaws Bounty



Due to low screenshot count, Screenshot comest will be on the back burner after next week.  Make sure to vote for next weeks winner here.


Here it is, your moment of Zen...



Love me some IT Crowd.  Thanks to SwiftFire101 for zen moment.  That is it for this week.  Be sure to drink your Ovalti... I mean be sure to discuss here, there is a poll.  Have a bueno week.

-TurboDew

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