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Bungie on what's next, rocket baseball

Shacknews recently caught up with Bungie's Frank O'Connor at a media review event. Of course, the big story is that Shacknews played Halo 3 to their heart's content, but they're not allowed to talk about that (and no one is until September 23rd apparently). So, you're stuck with just an interview and you're going to like it! The interview focuses on the development of Halo 3 and what the next step is for Bungie. One of the more interesting moments in the interview is O'Connor's response to a question about Forge, Halo 3's map editing utility. When asked about how long it would take for people to create something that Bungie had never thought of, O'Connor responded that it had already happened 23 hours prior. It seems that a group of players had created a game of baseball using rocket launchers and gravity hammers (and people say baseball is boring). O'Connor also mentions that downloadable content should be a more streamlined proposition for Halo 3 thanks to Xbox Live Marketplace. Peter Jackson's Halo related project is briefly mentioned, but only long enough to note that it is "still on pace." Oh, and apparently some of the Bungie designers were recently driving one of the real life Warthogs in New Zealand, at one point crashing into a wall. We're keeping our fingers crossed that somebody got that on video.

Hit the "read" link for the full interview.

[Via Joystiq]

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1. Man, after all that Halo 3 development and playing, they still managed to crash the Warthog!!?!?!?

Posted at 6:02PM on Sep 13th 2007 by Peter

2. awesome

Posted at 6:05PM on Sep 13th 2007 by lfegerber

3. If they ever put it up for sale...

I would give my life savings for a Warthog

Posted at 6:51PM on Sep 13th 2007 by Fontez

4. I thought of this same gametype. Wonder what they used for baseballs? That would be sweet if bungie included baseballs in the game as an opition

Posted at 7:14PM on Sep 13th 2007 by Trashman

5. Duh, they used the rockets for the baseballs! Then you tried to hit it with the gravity hammer!

Posted at 7:21PM on Sep 13th 2007 by Peter

6. you can deflect rockets with the hammer? That may be the collest thing I've ever heard!

Posted at 7:31PM on Sep 13th 2007 by Peeeet

7. Jeff... You're opinion...

Just have to inform you that it's wrong, that's all...

Forge is HUGE... The amount of detail they're letting us play around with is crazy...

The possibilities are nearly limitless, you can make thousands and thousands of games within a game...

I already have 5 or 6 very original game types floating around in my head and I haven't even touched Forge yet...

Forge is a gimmick?

No my friend, Spray on hair is a gimmick, Cheese in a can is a gimmick, purple ketchup is a gimmick...

Nonthing having to do with Halo is gimmick related in anyway... except for the Slurpee cups... And the G6... and the Nascar... and the helmet... and the dogtags...

But in all seriousness

Bungie doesn't put effort into creating stale brief entertainment...

Sorry but you couldn't be more wrong... In fact I would triple Halo 3's shelf life based on the fact that they've added Forge...

Once again another form of creativity provided by Bungie to silence all those bitching that Halo isn't innovative

Go Earth !!

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Posted at 11:25PM on Sep 13th 2007 by Fontez

8. We need video of the rocketball game.

Posted at 11:53PM on Sep 13th 2007 by Spartan 1308

9. I agree

Posted at 1:49AM on Sep 14th 2007 by Fontez

10. YES!

Posted at 2:37AM on Sep 14th 2007 by Tyre

11. Fontez,

I'm sorry buddy, but you're wrong.

Cheese in a can is *not* a gimmick. It's delicious.

Posted at 8:56AM on Sep 14th 2007 by Richard Mitchell

12. so wait a minute - what is the function of the gravity hammer other than melee? do you smash the rocket or redirect it?

if u can redirect it, the possibilities are endless. :)

Posted at 9:48AM on Sep 14th 2007 by Jason

13. this yesterday...forgot to comment.

Oh well...Halo 3 is going to be huge.

Fontez, have you never tried Cheez Whiz from Kraft? that shit is SO good. (It's basically cheese in a can.) For once I'll have to disagree with you. (Not that this time it's important.)

I'm going to agree with Rich and say that it is delicious.

Posted at 10:10AM on Sep 14th 2007 by DjDATZ

14. Naw cheese whiz is different that's in a jar with a knife... Cheese in a can is in an aerasol can and sprays at you...

To be honest I never tried it so maybe Richard's right lol

Either way the point was... It doesn't need to be in a can... Why don't we just put processed meat in a can then...

You Americans probably have that already though... You guys think of everything for food...

Posted at 11:40AM on Sep 14th 2007 by Fontez

15. On the Podcast they did say they would be driving them, I think they'll post videos.

Posted at 2:45PM on Sep 15th 2007 by Andrew K

16. But its not actually baseball is it?

Theres no custom map, scripting or AI.

Its just spawning hammers at one side of the map and rocket launchers at the other and telling people to "play" baseball.

Another lame attempt to try and make Forge out to be anything other than a lame gimmick.

I'm all for respecting Halo's multiplayer. Its a big hit and people love it but Forge is just a severely unneccesary gimmick.

Its really nice to show that they can do it with their engine, but totally unneccessary and ultimately unproductive...

I give it less than a month after launch before only the hardcore fans of sandbox gaming are still playing about with Forge.

Its like garry's mod for half life 2. Its fun for the first few hours, but only the few truly dedicated stick around to do anything after the lol factor has worn off.


Usual disclaimer to protect against the inevitable onslaught of fanboys:

PSWii60 owner. Not a halo hater but simply not a fan. No i wont go back to, no i dont hate my 360 and no i'm not a faggot. I'm just not a halo fan.

Posted at 5:39PM on Oct 5th 2007 by Jeff

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