Happy new year everyone! I hope the mid-week festivities didn't leave you too incapacitated. Being sick and enjoying the remaining part of my vacation left me under a rock in terms of news this week and I missed a big story this week that I want to cover this week as well as the report to let everyone else in on what's going on.
MLG playlist settings are out - MLG released their first version of the playlist settings they want to use in upcoming tournaments and has some interesting changes that people love and hate. The first big setting is the default weapon will be the Battle Rifle, the burst fire weapon that isn't as good long range versus the more popular DMR. The second big change is that ordinance drops will consist of Armor Abilities and not weapons. And the last big change is there are no secondary weapons in the initial loadout for players. Former MLG pro Ghostayame had a part in making the settings for the MLG games and had a interview with MLG pro Saucey on his Youtube channel about these settings. In the interview he said the choices were made to give Halo 4 a "more exciting" feel when you get kills on players. He went on to say "it's only V1, we saw [I think] V8 in Halo Reach and [I dunno] V7 something in Halo 3." If you want to see the full interview head to Saucey's Youtube page which was published Wednesday, Jan. 2nd, 2013.
Infinity Challenge cheater - This week's Regicide playlist for the Infinity Challenge has brought up a booster among the top of the playlists. POLLERO HUMEDO is the gamer tag of the accused player and while you may think this is just people complaining about the winners and assuming they are cheating, there is proof. Currently third on the leaderboards, player Dewbron was matched up with POLLERO HUMEDO and after reviewing the game he had with POLLERO found that he had friends in the game feeding him kills (standing in front of him and allowing POLLERO HUMEDO to easily kill them). Halo pro Ninja showed the footage on his live stream on New Years day Jan. 1st, 2013. Dewbron also has the game published on his fileshare and is spreading the word about it on the Post Game Carnage Report podcast where they discussed the rules of the tournament. PGCR believes that this player does indeed violate the terms of cheating in the rules for the Infinity Challenge. 343 Industries and Virgin Gaming have yet to comment on the situation and currently POLLERO HUMEDO is still number one on the leaderboards. Leave a comment below to let us know how you feel about someone cheating on this tournament?
Contests - As usual, GameBattles has weekly tournaments for you to participate in, but keep in mind, if you win a tournament you cannot enter in another one so make sure the one you enter has a good prize. Next week they will be hosting a 3v3 tournament which would be interesting to see since most of the tournaments are either 2v2 or 4v4. I haven't seen any new tournaments this week so there will be just a reminder of the contests I posted last week.
- Wild's Forge Challenge - As I mentioned last week, Forge Café is hosting a forge contest where you put your creativity to the test and design the ultimate map. The folks at Forge Café have a template you must use, but other than that, the sky is the limit. Submissions end Monday, Jan. 7th, 2012 at midnight CST and there are a few guidelines that you need to follow in order for your map to be accepted. Turn the map in on time, your map is fully functional (Spawns, Flag spawns (if a CTF game), no offensive title or description, map must be original and contain no cheats, and must not cover up the template. The grand prize is a 1600 Microsoft points card and a premium subscription to Forge Café. Visit the site for more details and where to download the template.
- Halo Council and Gamers for Giving weekend tournament - The Halo Council and Gamers for Giving have teamed up for a weekend long tournament to give to charity Saturday, Feb. 16th, 2013 through Sunday, Feb. 17th, 2013. The weekend long tournament will consist of more games than just Halo but on Sunday, Feb. 17th, 2013 will host a 4v4 tournament. The goal is to raise $15,000 towards Gamers Outreach programs so the more people that enter the tournament, the more money they will raise. It's not to say you won't leave empty handed, the grand prize for the "Halo 4" tournament is $1500 for the winning team. This is a local LAN tournament and will take place in Ypsilanti, MI (I have no idea how to pronounce that), but this gives you plenty of time to prepare and assemble your team for a trip if you do not live in the area. Don't forget, your entry goes to charity so it is worth the trip if you are able to make it. For full details on the tournament you can visit The Halo Council.
Viewing entertainment - This week the Halo videos are all about fun facts that you may not know about Halo.
- Two one way walls equal none - PetetheDuck has released a new video on forging and found out some interesting logic on how one way walls work together.
- Halo mythbusters - DefendThisHouse has a new episode in their mythbuster series released on Sunday where they cover myths about continuing a multikill after dying, sword fights with damage boost, and more.
- Achievement Hunter Horse 108 - Jack and Geoff face off in a game of PIG that lasts 5 rounds. The maps were interesting but not as aesthetically pleasing as previous games but still worth the watch.
- Halo fail-tage - I actually released a Halo 4 video this morning and it's about the clips you don't see in a montage. I enjoyed making it and hope you enjoy watching it.
Competitive gaming and "Halo 4" - I separated this feature into it's own article. Click here to view it.
Good luck this weekend in the Infinity challenge and happy hunting!