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Midland Base Weekly Update September 1st, 2014

Hello folks and happy Labor Day to all you state side.  Everyone likes a three day weekend and what better way to celebrate then a weeky update by yours truly.  Some good stuff announced this week.  Another Halo 2 map facelift is announced, some mystery behind the new raid system in Destiny was unveiled, and I get cold water dumped on my head.


343i News

This week has shown us some cool stuff going down in Seattle.  Another map from Halo 2 gets the anniversary polish, the next comic is available, and bikers everywhere have hope for being augmented road warriors.


Lockout

For those of you who played Halo: CE you might remember the early days of SWAT, for my group of friends we called it pistol and was all about the devastating power of the scoped pistol and no shields.  No matter what you might have called it, SWAT has been one of my favorites from the start.  In Halo 2 we got the Battle Rifle with pistols to enjoy the game type and one of my favorite maps to play it on was Lockout.  This is a very fun asymmetrical map that many have loved to the point where there were remakes in Halo 3 and Halo Reach. I also remember the CTF games where you would jump from the top of the lift down to the bottom ramp cutting down half the map.  This is a fantastic map and should be a lot of fun to play again.





Halo: Escalation #9

For you fans of Halo lore the new comic is out.  This is the second part of "The Next 72 hours.”  A continuation of what happens to the chief after Halo 4.  I would include images but that would be major spoilers.  So if you want to check out a few pages to wet your appetite, you can fine the pictures here.


Master Chief Helmet

It seems car owners have all the fun putting decals to show their love for their favorite games for all to see while bike owners are left high and dry.  I myself have the Destiny Tricorn on my car.  So want to show off your love for Halo while riding your bike?  343i has been working with NECA to make all your dreams come true.  They are working on a Mjolnir motorcycle helmet that Frankie was nice enough to test out and show all of us.  The helmet is not ready for mass production yet (2015 release is what they are saying) but it is coming along.  Personally it is a little to bulky for my taste but I am sure this is going to make a lot of folks out there very happy.



Bungie News

Bungie has let out some hints as to what to expect as far as raiding but only a little bit.  They also released some panorama scenes from their advertising, one I am currently rocking on my Enjin profile.  Unfortunately no Mail Sack this week though.



Weekly Update

With Destiny a week away it is no surprise that there has been advertisement out there but someone took a snap shot of what looks to be a subway Destiny mural.  




They put the advertisement panorama up on there site for those of you who want them.  They look incredibly epic and I have, as previously stated, found good use for one of them already.  If you want to download one yourself just click on the pics below and get to it.






They also teased some facts about raids.  Some people where worried about the prospects of long hours raiding just to open the door to the raids and not being able to put in said long hours.  Although yes it will be initially long the more we play and learn the quicker things should workout  during raids.  Raids and their mechanics are no new news for PC MMORPG gamers but this seems to be something entirely new to FPS gamers.  At least I haven’t seen any console titles that have this kind of end game feature, though I don’t have many games outside of Halo.  The long hours are not in fighting through wave after wave but more of discovering how to open things and how boss mechanics work.  


What are boss mechanics?  I don’t know how specifically they do this in Destiny, but these are things other than point and shoot to take down bosses. In MMORPGs this can be anything from stand here to keep everyone alive to everyone must do XYZ to take down defenses of the boss.  That is where the long hours will come in, finding out how the mechanics work.  Once we know it should be easier but still require a lot of coordination and teamwork.  


This may put some people off from doing raids but the promises of loot that only drops in those raids may be enough incentive for most.  If you don’t feel like learning these on your own I am sure it won’t be long before there are plant of walkthrough guides on the internet to take the guess work out of it for you.  I hope to add some of my own if I can find the willing participates here at Midland Base.


Midland Base News

Leaders Wanted

With Destiny a week away we are in need of leaders.  We will be fully supporting Destiny and will continue to support Halo.  However with the limited number of leaders we have now the choices for what games will be played during Game Night might change and go by the way side.  It is up to the leaders to decide in which game they will play.  So if you want to make sure the game you want to play gets the attention you think it deserves or if you just want to help make sure this group stays as awesome as it is, please volunteer here.  Make sure you give the responsibilities a good read to make sure it is something you will be able to do.



Grifball

The Grifball team is still very much alive and it is more fun then ever. It is a lot more fun to go into matchmaking having a team that is all talking to each other and having a good time. We need your help though. The more people who join us, the more fun we can have. If you feel like smashing some peoples heads in with a Gravity Hammer or Would like the opportunity to craft you skill as the Grif, running the ball in and scoring the "touchdown" as it were then join up. If you are terrible at Grifball but want to enjoy playing on a team (like me) I assure you skill means nothing to us, just that you have a fun time, please join us. We still meet every Friday and you can join in Friday game night right after. And you still get some bling for being on the team. If you are interested then sign up here. Two practices a month nets you the sweet medal.



Midland Base Clan


There is still plenty of time to sign up in our Bungie.net clan. We have room for all of you there. This will be the way we do official Destiny game nights with both Crucible and Raids. To sign up and get help check out this thread and make sure you sign up before September 9th. (note: you can sign up after September 9th but you will not be able to play in official Destiny game nights without being in our clan). If you sign up before 9/9/14 and you played in the beta you can get this sweet bling for your war chest.



Member Spotlight

I made a big boo boo in my haste last week to post the update last week.  OUTLAWs BOUNTY was featured last week which was for his exceptional attitude he has presented since joining only three weeks ago.  Good on you mate.


This week we honor BattleBug85 for all the tireless work she does around here.  From making sweet emoticons like this one , to making sure our caption contest looks awesome.  She does that and so much more.  How can you help her for all that hard work?  You can help her by adding some more sweet screenshots for said caption contest here.  Please do it, the well will soon run dry.


Ice Bucket Challenge

I told you guys Thursday that I had been challenged to do it, although I did not post the video within the 24 hour mark I assure it was done on time I chose to hold of on posting the video so it would be fresh for the post.  I called out my dad, a friend, and the rest of my fellow Leaders.  Yes, yes, Midland Base leaders you have been challenged.  So Dredd1973, Ec1ip53, Silient Hit86, BattleBug85, Poetepoet, and Chipk77, balls in your court.  And if you allow me, I will show off your videos in next weeks update (that is if they agree to let me show them).  For now, here is me, and yes the water was very cold.



Fresh Meat

We have a couple newcomers this week: Emers101 and Smeeoker.  Make sure to give them a big Midland welcome.



Game Day/Night Attendance

Friday Game Night hosted by Ec1ip53:

Ec1ip53, Chipk77, Swiftfire101, Mongo50, Itskilleryo, GatlinMcArthur, TurboDew, OutlawsBounty, YourDaddy0314, Blindsite33, and Emers101.


Saturday Game Day hosted by Poetepoet:

Poetepoet, battlebug85, Harald8700 and AnimeManicFan.


Saturday Game Night hosted by Chipk77:

FunkyChickenLvr, Blindsite33, Itskilleryo, Swiftfire101, Dredd1973, OutlawsBounty, Chipk77, ChickenMnkyDuck, Emers101, ShockingResults, Velarage, and GatlinMcArthur.


Sunday Game Day hosted by BattleBug85:

battlebug85, AnimeManicFan, and Harld8700.


Caption Contest Winner Week #171: TurboDew (Me)!



Screenshot by BattleBug85


Want to see your screenshot focused in an upcoming caption Contest? Be sure to submit it in the Screenshot thread. Also, stop by to vote on week 172 and leave a caption for week 173.

Here it is, your moment of Zen...


That is all from me this week.  Just one more update to go before Destiny drops.  Make sure to hit up the discussion page for this weeks update, as always there is a poll.


Until next time

-TurboDew




Midland Base Weekly Update August 25, 2014



Sorry for the long delay folks.  I was well under the weather but am fine now.  Rest assured I will have the next update up on time.  Lots of great news this last week with videos of new horizons, pictures of mysterious foes, and a ghost gets the Ice Bucket challenge.  



343i News


Not much in the bulletin as far as new news more on the Halo: MCC and Sanctuary. As well as the finals of the first Halo 2: Anniversary tournament.



Halo Bulletin

Well the winners of the $5000 top prize was not one of the teams who fought their way into the tournament but a team that was personally invited by 343i as well as 2nd place.  I have my own thoughts on this but I will save you from my personal opinions here.  So congratulations got to team TCM.  If anything else it was great to see old Halo 2 back in action and with a gorgeous facelift.  Check out the finals to see some great views of the new maps.



There was no entry from Midland Base to win the screenshots of the week but I am including one I loved and all you Red vs Blue fans should enjoy as well.


Titled: Why are we here? by ComicBeast1212


Very clever.


Bungie News

This week Bungie added 2 more videos, one taking us to Venus and one in Destiny Launch Gameplay with a very interesting tidbit I missed the first time, and Bungie Bulletin with some great mail sack questions and answers.


Venus

In stark contrast to the deserts of Mars and barren moonscapes, Venus looks to be a lush tropical world fild with exotic plants and the terrifying Vex.  This looks to be more of jungle warfare that looks very inciting to me to explore.  Get a look for yourself.



Launch Gameplay

We all enjoyed the Beta I think, some more than others, but that was a mere tasting to what is to be the full game of Destiny.  With a whole Solar system to explore and enemies to fight it looks to be a very interesting game in the least.  And with a glimpse at something terrible to come at the 0:48 marker in the video below.  I can’t wait to see everything the game has to offer come Sept. 9th.



Bungie Weekly Update

Destiny is Gold!  That’s right folks the game is finished and being made into the disc you and I will be placing in our consoles and drifting off into a magical world called Destiny.  More then a little exciting for me I will be in line at midnight to pick up my copy and then a 40 min drive home and no sleep for the wicked as they say.  The trick is a nice big nap before waiting in line at the local game store.


Bungie also did the Ice Bucket challenge for ALS.  This has become a viral phenomenon that has swept the internet in donating for a great cause.  I too have been challenged and more on that next update.  Bungie did it in a great way too, the gave the in game ghost the ice bucket challenge and called out some other great characters from games.  Very nice twist to the challenge.



Mail Sack

Some great Q&A so let’s get to it.

Isaac Andrews  Will you make Sparrow races?


We’ve made a game that can be whatever you want it to be. Will you make Sparrow races? Some Gunslingers I know cobbled together a tour back in Halo 2 with nothing but some gentlemen’s agreements and a few course marshals with sniper rifle scopes for spotting the race. We’ll be watching you, to see how you spend your time in this brave new world. The ways in which you surprise us will spark the inspiration that leads to innovation.


Zokz18  Will [Destiny special events] work like they did in the Beta when you opened the doors for the Iron Banner for two hours?


No! The Beta was all about driving traffic toward the game at key moments. Those brief and urgent flash mobs of violence and glory were what we needed to test our spine.


Next time, the Banner will fly for longer. Everyone will have a chance to rally to its call.


Im SteelAssassn  In what ways can we expect clans to interact within the game?


We hope they’ll band together to tackle everything that Destiny has to offer. Clans can build their strength by outfitting their members with what they need to kick ass in every mode. That will mean sharing activities. That will mean playing games. We need clans to bring this new world alive and infuse it with some culture and civilization.


We hope Clans will have storied collisions in competitive matchmaking. It would be awesome if they were known to many people, instead of just each other. Clans can set a great example for lone wolves who aren’t sure about adding a team name to their nameplate.


The very best Clans will be the ones that can meet every challenge in Destiny. They will be the most vivid warriors out there in the wild. Destiny will serve up achievements that only Clans will be able to claim.


There are a lot more questions and answers so be sure to read the rest here.


Midland Base News


Leaders Wanted


With Destiny less then a month away we are in need of leaders. We will be fully supporting Destiny and will continue to support Halo. However with the limited number of leaders we have now the choices for what games will be played during Game Night might change and go by the way side. It is up to the leaders to decide in which game they will play. So if you want to make sure the game you want to play gets the attention you think it deserves or if you just want to help make sure this group stays as awesome as it is, please volunteer here. Make sure you give the responsibilities a good read to make sure it is something you will be able to do.




Grifball


The Grifball team is still very much alive and it is more fun then ever. It is a lot more fun to go into matchmaking having a team that is all talking to each other and having a good time. We need your help though. The more people who join us, the more fun we can have. If you feel like smashing some peoples heads in with a Gravity Hammer or Would like the opportunity to craft you skill as the Grif, running the ball in and scoring the "touchdown" as it were then join up. If you are terrible at Grifball but want to enjoy playing on a team (like me) I assure you skill means nothing to us, just that you have a fun time, please join us. We still meet every Friday and you can join in Friday game night right after. And you still get some bling for being on the team. If you are interested then sign up here. Two practices a month nets you the sweet medal.




Midland Base Clan


There is still plenty of time to sign up in our Bungie.net clan. We have room for all of you there. This will be the way we do official Destiny game nights with both Crucible and Raids. To sign up and get help check out this thread and make sure you sign up before September 9th. (note: you can sign up after September 9th but you will not be able to play in official Destiny game nights without being in our clan). If you sign up before 9/9/14 and you played in the beta you can get this sweet bling for your war chest.




Fresh Meat


Please be sure to welcome our newest member blindsite33.

Game Day/Night Attendance


Friday Game Night hosted by Ec1ip53:


Ec1ip53, ShockingResults, Outlaws Bounty, Blindsite33, B106, Yourdaddy314, Gatlinmcarthur



Saturday Game Day hosted by Poetepoet:


AnimeManicFan, battlebug85, Major Stick, silient hit86, OUTLAWs BOUNTY, Poetepoet



Saturday Game Night hosted by Silient Hit86:


OUTLAWs BOUNTY , Major Stick, Mongo 50, chickenmnkyduck, and ITSKILLERYO



Sunday Game Day hosted by Silient Hit86:


AnimeManicFan, OUTLAWs BOUNTY, battlebug85, shockingresults, EncryptedKnight, ITSKILLERYO, and blindsite33



Caption Contest Winner Week #170: AnimeManicFan!



Screen Shot by Mongo 50



Want to see your screenshot focused in an upcoming caption Contest? Be sure to submit it in the Screenshot thread. Also leave a caption for week 172.


Here it is, your moment of Zen...



If you listen to my words at the top of this update you know where this is from.


That's all he wrote folks but I will be back soon, really soon.  Make sure to comment on the update and as always check out the poll. Ciao for now.

-TurboDew

MendicantBias21 Well done - great job even if it was late, Loved the Destiny Ghost Ice Bucket Challenge - great find - hope all are anxi ...


Midland Base Weekly Update August 18, 2014


Despite both Bungie and 343 Industries not putting out an update there is still much to talk about. Both of them making their presence known at the Gamescom in Germany. We have remade maps, Mars, competitive multiplayer modes, and even a whole channel dedicated to Halo. I am in geek heaven this week folks and there is plenty of room for you all here. So sit back, grab a drink, pop some popcorn and away we go!


343i News

No Halo Bulletin for us this week but that didn't stop them from showcasing a new old map from Halo 2 and announcing Halo Channel. It's like Halo Waypoint only better.


Halo Channel

Halo Channel was announced for Xbox One. Yet another reason to go out and get an Xbox One. Halo Channel looks like Halo Waypoint on steroids. This will be your one stop shop for all thinks Halo from behind the scenes look at 343i as well as Halo games and Tv series.



It looks like 343i is trying to really push the hands on feel them Tv really can't give us.  This is where you will be able to watch Halo: Nightfall and see some behind the scenes look at voice acting, Halo game making, as well as watch highlights in gaming glory.  Making Halo a fully interactive experience the Halo Waypoint has thus far tried and failed to do (at least in this scope).  If you have an Xbox One, this might be a daily place to check out before hitting the Halo: MCC matchmaking.


Halo 5 Beta

That's right my friends, "shoulda had beta" has gotten through to 343i.  We all knew this of course but 343i has released the Halo 5 beta first look.  A glimpse at what is to come with the beta as well as when and how long it will last.



December 29th - January 18th! Almost 3 weeks of beta goodness.  Why so early in the development phase are they releasing the beta you might ask; to allow plant of time to make meaningful changes.  If you do a beta at the end of the development cycle you can really only make minor changes without having to push back the release date.  This way if there is something people want or don't want they can make the necessary changes without the risk of pushing the game into 2016 or worse, giving us another Halo that falls a little too short.  What's more they will be integrating the beta into the aforementioned Halo Channel to allow your voice to be heard for changes.  They will also be allowing you to keep some items you unlock during the beta for the full version of the game, nice.


Sanctuary

If you played the original Halo 2 while servers were still up you might remember Sanctuary in all items glory.  If you don't remember this little ditty was a great 4v4 symmetrical map that played well with team objectives.



They are really taking care of the old maps.  they look absolutely gorgeous.  i watched the tournament at gamescom and the polish on this and ascension really bring halo 2 into the next generation.  i had a lot of fun on this old map after it was released in the killtacular pack and i am glad this is one of the maps they are redoing.  this map is perfect for oddball and ctf although flat out slayer is still loads of fun.  i can't wait to see what else they have in store for us.




Gorgeous, just gorgeous.


Bungie News



Competitive Multiplayer

Bungie released the Official Destiny Competitive Multiplayer Trailer this week with some awesome gameplay of their PvP matches. They also showcased the different game types that will come with the game.



I can't wait until September 9th.  Bungie if you could send me an advanced copy I would be in your debt. No?  Well it was worth a try.  I know there are mixed feelings out there about the multiplayer being shipped but I loved it.  I can't wait to get in there and showcase my lack of FPS prowess to the world.  Here are the game types in the video as well as the descriptions they released:


Skirmish

Small team tactics.  Kill the enemy.  Revive teammates.


Rumble

Kill everything.  Watch your back.


Salvage

Salvage Relics. Kill enemy players.  Revive teammates.


Clash

All-out team warfare.  Destroy the enemy.


Combined Arms

All-out team warfare with vehicles. Destroy the enemy.


Control

Capture Zones to increase points for every kill.


Iron Banner

Power Matters. Earn epic rewards & gear.


More than enough enough to keep me satisfied for a long time to come that combined with story mode, strikes, and raids I will find it very hard to put my controller down. 22 days and counting...


Mars Attacks!

On top of releasing the Competitive Multiplayer trailer, Bungie released the Mars trailer. Some people felt they would like to see more but how much footage can they release without giving away one too many secrets.



It looks glorious and I can't wait to go an explore the vast solar system for all its riches with all of you.  I will have the game as soon as I get home from Gamestop's midnight release.  So if you see me on and want to join me be sure to send me an invite.



Midland Base News

Leaders Wanted

With Destiny less then a month away we are in need of leaders. We will be fully supporting Destiny and will continue to support Halo. However with the limited number of leaders we have now the choices for what games will be played during Game Night might change and go by the way side. It is up to the leaders to decide in which game they will play. So if you want to make sure the game you want to play gets the attention you think it deserves or if you just want to help make sure this group stays as awesome as it is, please volunteer here. Make sure you give the responsibilities a good read to make sure it is something you will be able to do.



Grifball

The Grifball team is still very much alive and it is more fun then ever. It is a lot more fun to go into matchmaking having a team that is all talking to each other and having a good time. We need your help though. The more people who join us, the more fun we can have. If you feel like smashing some peoples heads in with a Gravity Hammer or Would like the opportunity to craft you skill as the Grif, running the ball in and scoring the "touchdown" as it were then join up. If you are terrible at Grifball but want to enjoy playing on a team (like me) I assure you skill means nothing to us, just that you have a fun time, please join us. We still meet every Friday and you can join in Friday game night right after. And you still get some bling for being on the team. If you are interested then sign up here. Two practices a month nets you the sweet medal.



Midland Base Clan

There is still plenty of time to sign up in our Bungie.net clan. We have room for all of you there. This will be the way we do official Destiny game nights with both Crucible and Raids. To sign up and get help check out this thread and make sure you sign up before September 9th. (note: you can sign up after September 9th but you will not be able to play in official Destiny game nights without being in our clan). If you sign up before 9/9/14 and you played in the beta you can get this sweet bling for your war chest.



Member Spotlight

Your member of the week is Ec1ip53! He does a lot of work making sure you all enjoy your stay here at Midland Base. He is your number 2 in command and while Dredd is on vacation he leads in his stead. Ec1ip53 we appreciate everything you do for us and congrats. Make sure to mosey on over to his wall and leave him your thanks too.


Fresh Meat

Some great new faces here at Midland Base and they all hit the ground running. Welcome Go Homer Die, OUTLAWs BOUNTY, and yourdaddy0314. We look forward to getting to know you all better.


Feature Forum

This week's featured forum is Funny Picture Thread. Seen a funny picture that made you laugh that you just got to share with us? Having a down day and need a pick-me-up? Or just want to have a good laugh. Head on over there and let the laughs roll. For a little taste of what's in there check out this week's moment of zen.


Game Day/Night Attendance

Friday Game Night hosted by Ec1ip53:

Ec1ip53, Chipk77, Silient Hit86, BattleBug85, Mongo 50, Outlaws Bounty, TurboDew, Shocking Results, and YourDaddy0314.


Saturday Game Day hosted by Poetepoet:

Poetepoet and AnimeManicFan.


Saturday Game Night hosted by Chipk77:

Chipk77, I Use Precison, ChickenMnkyDuck, Outlaws Bounty, Wetz689, Itz A Boomerx, and Shocking Results.


Sunday Game Day hosted by Silient Hit86:

Silient Hit86, AnimeManicFan, Shocking Results, CovSmasher, Outlaws Bounty, and Receptor 17.


Caption Contest Winner Week #169: Woutertubie!



Screen Shot by Crazy343


Want to see your screenshot focused in an upcoming caption Contest? Be sure to submit it in the Screenshot thread. Also, stop by to vote on week 170 and leave a caption for week 171.

Here it is, your moment of Zen...


Another week closer to Destiny my friends. Be Brave. Soon we will be zipping across the Solar System together.

Don’t forget to head over to the discussion page to leave your comments about this weeks news and to vote in the poll. If you have anything you would like to see or anything I can do to improve the update let me know. Until next week.

-TurboDew


Midland Base Weekly Update August 11, 2014


Welcome to another installment of the Midland Base Weekly Update.  I am once again your tour guide on the safari of Halo and Destiny news.  Please remember to keep your arms and legs inside the update until the news comes to a full and complete stop (at least this weeks news).  On this adventure you can expect to see the Halo Bulletin, Bungie Weekly Update, and if you are very quiet some Midland News as well.  This is a real news safari so due be careful and remember to not feed the ninjas.  Now that safety concerns have been addressed lets get this update moving.


343i News

Slow week for Halo news but there is some stuff coming up in the very near future with Gamescom happening this week.  They will be showcasing Halo: MCC multiplayer and reveal another updated Halo 2 map for the Halo 2 anniversary edition.  They will be live streaming the event, so if you are not fortunate to be at Gamescom then you will still be able to see what’s going down.


Halo Bulletin

This week they discussed their plans for Gamescom where they will mostly be showing off Halo: MCC multiplayer gameplay.  They will be allowing attendees play it for the first time allowing those of us not able to go to the Gamescom to watch gameplay via live stream at twitch.tv/halo.  The briefing for the event will be this Tuesday @ 5am PDT (7am CDT).  They will also have Bonnie Ross, Dan Ayoub, and Kiki Wolfkill streaming on Wednesday @ 2am PDT (4am CDT) with some behind the scenes wor at 343i.  


They will also be showing off an as yet to be revealed updated Halo 2 map that will be featured in the MCC.  Sunday they will be streaming a tournament on Ascension and the yet to be seen map, where some lucky players will have a chance at winning a share of $10,000 cash prize.  You will be able to watch the tournament at twitch.tv/halo on Sunday, August 17 at 1:30am to 8am PDT (3:30-10am CDT).  Finally some times our European members don’t have to stay up all night to see (although us stateside will have to).  If this is too early for you I am sure they will have the videos on youtube some time after airing but there is no mention in the update of them doing this.  If they do post the videos, rest assured their will be a thread in the forums with easy access to them.


Also featured this week in the bulletin are 2 screenshots by our own RECEPTOR 17.  If you’re new here, Receptor is frequently featured in the screenshot section of the Halo Bulletin and we couldn’t be prouder.  Kudos again Receptor!


Chasing Blue



Cascading Down


Bungie News

This week at Bungie there are great images of Sky Art, we hear a fond farewell from our Guardians, and a sack of mail is opened.  With September 9th less then a month away, it is getting more and more exciting for me to see what little tid bits they will be releasing that the beta had locked away from prying eyes.


The Skywriters of Destiny

This week Bungie showed off a time-lapsed video of their "Sky Art” with a little Q&A mixed in as well.  Bungie is a big fan of really pushing the boundaries with in game art.  For those of us who remember the old days of Halo, one of their favorite things to talk about was water.  They were constantly telling us about the intricacies and beauty for the water in Halo.  From graphics to having dead Spartans floating and drifting in water until the suits filled up with enough water to slowly sink to the bottom.  Well now their new favorite topic of discussion is the sky box and rightly so.  Many of us got to enjoy their hard work during the beta, and if you were like me, there was a lot of stopping and taking in the sights.  For me the sights were as breath taking as the music.  




The skies are dynamic and beautiful.  Having an accelerate real time night and day change is something new to Bungie and really adds an amazing element to the art with awe inspiring sunrises and sunsets second only to the real deal.  It may not be considered a manly thing to enjoy sunrises and sunsets in this day and age but I enjoy watching them with my wife all the same.  Having them in Destiny is just an added benefit to what looks like the game of they year for me.  




Why spend so much time on the sky box if all we are really doing is killing the enemies of the Earth and Traveler you might ask, to help you really feel immersed in the world of Destiny.  Many off us enjoy booting up our consoles to escape the stress and pressures of this world and want to get lost in another universe where we are the last guardians of humanity.  Making sure that every detail in game is pushing you to that conclusion is a welcomed addition.




There are a few questions DeeJ asked Mark Goldsworthy about the "Sky Art” as Mark calls it and you should really take a look at them.  My favorite question and answer is this:


DeeJ: Since this is the biggest world we’ve ever built for our players to explore, was your work on Destiny different than what you created in previous Bungie games?


Mark: We’d created great skies in Reach, but we wanted to incorporate ever-changing lighting and atmospherics in Destiny. Transitioning from day to night with clouds, sunrises, and sunsets was the goal. We wanted them to be visually stunning and unique to each planet. Additionally, we layered in unique planetary sky and terrain elements to expand our universe. Above all else, the skies needed to be epic.


Indeed they are epic Mark.  Great job on the skies we’ve seen so far and I can’t wait to see the rest come September.  Make sure to read the rest of the Q&A here.


Weekly Update

A lot of people keeping asking whether or not the beta was for real or just a PR stunt to get people interested in Destiny.  Bungie assures us that it was for real and that changes are being made because of it.  So much so that our beta guardians are being dismissed.  Most of us knew this would be the case as no Bungie beta has ever carried over.  Despite me knowing this I still insisted on storing up some goodies that I got during my adventures, in part due to some of the cryptic talk they hand about whether or not they would be doing such a thing.  People seem to be a little upset over this but we have to keep in mind that the beta was just that, a test of their game not an early access to it.  


Bungie states there are many reasons why keeping the guardians just can’t happen including minor tweaks, item additions and removals, new features toggled, etc.  Even though there might not be one big reason to do it all the little things add up.  But I say don’t fret my friends, yes it would have been nice to have a jump start on the day of the release but after a few days of playing I doubt we’ll even care.  We will be getting rare, legendary and exotic items that the uncommon items will seem common in comparison.  Those same times would just be burning a hole in our vault pockets.  And truthfully, I want the joy of a fresh start come game day.  But still I would like to have us take a moment of silence for our fallen guardians.  Although we were only together for a short few days; you, my Hunter, will be dearly missed.  We had some good times together, and I look forward to playing with your successor.


We are not allow in our loss dear friends, Bungie too had to wipe their guardian slate clean.  This caused the employees to take some farewell screenshots of their guardians which allowed us to see this sweet pic of a Warlock.  For those of you who were underwhelmed with the Warlock’s Bond check out his arm.  All in all I think we are in for a treat when it comes to any of the classes and the unique armor choices.  I get bored from time to time in Halo with the armor I am wearing and play Spartan dress up to switch things up, so I am really looking forward to seeing what armor options I get to make my brave hero look totally bad-a**!




Bungie will also be making an appearance at Gamescom.  Although they have not announced any big news being released there rest assured there will be some new info dropped and we’ll make sure you know about it in next week’s update.


Mail Sack

There wasn’t a whole lot of questions answered this week but here are my 2 favorite.  You can see the rest here.


Admiral Apricot – Weren't the Exploration activities called Patrols once? What happened to that name?


DeeJ – Names change. Sometimes they change on a whim. Sometimes they change as a result of impassioned feedback and careful soul-searching. Sometimes they even change back. We’re willing to wager that your name wasn’t always Admiral Apricot – and that it isn’t always that all the time.


PhNx Hellfire – Do any of you Bungie employees have any secrets left you will tell us before launch?


DeeJ – Watch what happens at gamescom. We’ll be interrogated all week. It’s a good chance that we’ll crack under questioning and tell you something that you want to know.


Midland Base News

Leaders Wanted

With Destiny less then a month away we are in need of leaders.  We will be fully supporting Destiny and will continue to support Halo.  However with the limited number of leaders we have now the choices for what games will be played during Game Night might change and go by the way side.  It is up to the leaders to decide in which game they will play.  So if you want to make sure the game you want to play gets the attention you think it deserves or if you just want to help make sure this group stays as awesome as it is, please volunteer here.  Make sure you give the responsibilities a good read to make sure it is something you will be able to do.


Grifball

Although the Bellwethers are no longer playing in the GGL we are far from gone.  We have a new dynamic schedule in place by BattleBug and we are having a blast.  Last Friday we hammered some randoms in Halo: Reach quite literally.  We won 8 games in a row and one very close defeat at the end.  We had a blast playing.  So if you love Grifball or just want to play with a group of fellow Midland Basers and have fun then sign up here.  We would love to have you with us.


Also Bug is kicking around the idea of having a Grifball tournament so I will keep you updated on that as details are hammered out.


New Bling

Dredd has issued a new and, if I do say so myself, pretty sweet looking medal.  This bad boy will be added to your war chest if you played in the Destiny beta and are a member of the Midland Base Clan.  If you meet these requirements then you are entitled to ask for it here.  Played in the beta but you’re not a member of our clan?  Then head on over to our clan page and make sure to join up.  Here is the forum post to help get you all the info you need in signing up.



Member Spotlight

This weeks featured member is AnimeManicFan!  Every time I see his gamertag I think of Animaniacs for some crazy reason.  Back to how awesome he is.  Anime is a great member and a joy to game with.  If you haven’t had the pleasure to play with him yet make sure to do so.  You are always guaranteed to have fun when he is in your party.  Congrats Anime!


Fresh Meat

We have a new member this week.  Make sure to give a big Midland Base welcome to theoneandonlydc.


Feature Forum

Just watched a sweet new movie you want to tell us about?  Regretted watching a movie and want to warn us to stay away?  Just watched your favorite movie for the millionth time and can’t wait to tell us about it?  Work your way to Movie thread II and let us know all about it.


Game Day/Night Attendance

Friday Game Night hosted by Ec1ip53:

Ec1ip53, Chipk77, I use Precision, StormQuakeHydra, Dredd1973,and Itz a xboomerx.


Saturday Game Day hosted by Poetepoet:

Poetepoet, battlebug85, Dredd1973, B1o6, TurboDew, and AnimeManicFan.


Saturday Game Night hosted by Chipk77:

Chipk77, Dredd1973, and TurbowDew.


Sunday Game Day hosted by BattleBug85:

battlebug85, AnimeManicFan, B1o6, and CRAZY343.


Caption Contest Winner Week #168: Dredd1973!



Screen Shot by Ignis451


Want to see your screenshot focused in an upcoming caption Contest? Be sure to submit it in the Screenshot thread. Also, stop by to vote on week 169 and leave a caption for week 170.

Here it is, your moment of Zen...


And that is the end of the news safari.  Be sure to grab any and all personal items as you exit the update and use the trash receptacles as needed.  Be sure to tune in next week for more on what’s going down in the gaming world.

Don’t forget to head over to the discussion page to leave your comments about this weeks news and to vote in the poll.  If you have anything you would like to see or anything I can do to improve the update let me know.  Until next week.

-TurboDew


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