The Spirit of Fire podcast MULTI-Cast part 1

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This week’s podcast is a doozy. I partnered up with Robowski from Post Game Carnage Report to bring a multi/simulcast of our podcasts. As well, my co-host Zach live streamed it on his twitch channel ( twitch.tv/thehaloarray ). I’m proud to say from now on, the Spirit of Fire podcast will be live streamed on Zach’s channel, so you good readers/listeners can chime in through the chatbox. We may even give out prizes in the near future through the stream…

Also, this week marks the Spirit of Fire being put onto iTunes. So if you don’t want to listen below or download from the blog, you can now go and subscribe HERE to listen on iTunes!

Anyway, so we teamed up and also invited others to join in. Robowski brought along two of his co-horts. Er co-hosts…LOL. I of course brought in Zach. Robowski invited Justin Bryce from Drunken Halo Podcast and I invited in Addicted Cha0s from HaloDieHards.net.

Not knowing the software I use to record the podcasts had a limit, this episode had to be broken down into two parts. This first part is just a smidge over 3 hour, 20 minutes long, with the second part (here) being 1 hour 4 minutes long.

Myself and Robowski take turns bringing up topics of discussion as well as asking our panel to respond to the topics. We jump all over from topic to topic talking about Halo 4.

Now before you listen, I want to make clear, this will for all intents and purposes be the last time I criticize Halo 4 in a podcast. Well, at least as a major portion of the podcast. After this marathon multi-cast, I kind of grew tired of saying the same stuff over and over and am about fed up with 343’s non-response… So from now on, we’re just going to report Halo as it is and not as we wish/want it to be. That is…until Halo 5 comes out!

Enjoy and don’t forget the second part to this.

Listen here:

      SoF 10-22-13 Multicast part 1

Download here:

SoF 10-22-13 Multicast part 1

Due to the technical restraints of my software, about 10-15 seconds were cut off from this first portion of the podcast at the end of it.

-Sal

 

HFFL’s own podcast Spirit of Fire is now on iTunes!!!

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The Spirit of Fire Podcast is now on iTunes! – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/halofanforlife-spirit-fire/id731546815

So now you’ll have THREE ways to listen. Here on the blog, download and listen later or through iTunes!

This is a BIG step for the podcast. I look forward to what this may mean for HFFL, the community and the Halo franchise in general.

Now, at the moment, the artwork isn’t up, nor my name as the author. As well, it says this is ‘clean’. Folks, I think you know we DO cuss on the show, so as soon as I can get that changed I will. I’ve already shot off an e-mail to them asking how to fix all of the settings.

In the meantime, PLEASE spread the word about the podcast!

-Sal

Tonight the BIG Halo Multi/Simul-Podcast!

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Tonight’s Podcast will be LIVE for the first time ever.

As well, it’s a VERY SPECIAL podcast as it will be simulcast on twitch, and recorded by no less than two (maybe three) Halo podcasts.

I’ve teamed up HFFL’s official podcast, ‘The Spirit of Fire’, with ‘Post Game Carnage Report’ AKA PGCR for a special simulcast. We’ll both be recording at the same time and releasing our versions on our site within the next couple of days. In the meantime, you can listen LIVE starting at around 9pm EST at: http://www.twitch.tv/thehaloarray

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This podcast promises to be a long one as Myself, Robowski (Host of PGCR) and a panel of other Halo podcasters, and Halo forum owners talk about the state of Halo, in specific Halo 4, Halo Waypoint, and 343.

We’re going to discuss everything from Campaign to multiplayer to Spartan Ops, to Forge, Theater and all points in between. As well, we’ll touch on Halo Waypoint online as well as through XBOX and the smart phone ap. During all this, we’ll also be talking about our observations of 343 and their handling of the Halo franchise thus far.

Likely there is going to be some strong criticism as well as strong language folks, so be FOREWARNED.

I’ll say this, all of us in tonight’s podcast LOVE Halo. However, we’re displeased with the current state of the game and franchise. For my part, this will be my last big rant on the subject as I tire of bringing up the same points over and over. If 343 chooses to ignore us, and by us I mean the greater Halo community, not just we in this podcast, then that should serve as a clear indication as to their thoughts on we the most loyal Halo fans.

-Sal

Spirit of Fire podcast #7 What’s good in Halo 4.

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After a couple of shows where we’ve expressed our displeasure with some aspects of Halo 4, I thought it only fitting that we had a show that discusses things we LIKE about the Halo 4. I’m joined by my co-hosts, Zach and Martin for this one.

Have a listen here.

      SoF 10-16-13

Or right click/download here.

SoF 10-16-13

In this episode you’ll here about the following (with links to certain topics if you want to follow along that way as well):

The Week in Halo
• McFarlane reveals the Halo 4 Master Chief Statue will go on sale December 6. http://halofanforlife.com/?p=11095 ; http://halofanforlife.com/?p=11141
• Halo Initiation #3 is out. Last in the 3 part mini-series leading up to Spartan Assault. http://halofanforlife.com/?p=11101
• Halo Bulletin: http://halofanforlife.com/?p=11108
– Majestic is no longer needed for Team Slayer!
-Oddball replaces King of the Hill. Has ‘Stickyball’ variant gametype sticky det/sticky nades
-Team Throwdown gets the v5 settings (give list of gametypes/maps)
-Interview with Ghostayame
– Screenshot Spotlight – Forge I like “Jurassic Park 4 Rampage”,  Pillar of Autumn, Risen
• New York Comicon has Halo presence. Frank O’Conner signs Mega Bloks Mammoth poster Panel discussions, giveaways
• AGL switches to Halo 3 for their next tournament: http://halofanforlife.com/?p=11169

Blog specific news:
• Various Halo Artwork shown on blog and put on HFFL’s Pinterest page. Specifically a great vertical timeline: http://halofanforlife.com/?p=11132
• Color me this: Halo Initiation #1 variant artwork. Several blog posts showing the original black and white art, the artists final render and my progression of the piece.
• Upcoming multi/simulcast with PGCR (Post Game Carnage Report) Various Halo community people as panel of guests. Expected to be a LONG podcast. 3-4 hours.

What is good in Halo 4?
Campaign – Good story. Nice graphics, great sound.
Multiplayer – Lots of maps within the first 6 months of release.
Spartan Ops – A great additional campaign as seen through your multiplayer spartan’s eyes. 15 maps over the course of all 10 episodes.
Forge – Magnets, three “forge” maps

Halo 3 for FREE
Finally the game we’ve been waiting for to be free is available. Mythic Maps not downloaded? Is this an issue with anyone else? E-mail me!

When I first started this up earlier today, I immediately felt a rush. Call it nostalgia if you want. All I know is that it felt good. Like I was ‘back home’ again. While I thoroughly enjoyed ODST and Reach, Halo 3 for me was the BEST of all the Halo games to date. I’m going to spend some hours playing the campaign again AND taking screenshots in theater.

This week’s podcast is just over 2 hours. Have a listen and let me know what you think of it. Reply below or on twitter. My twitter page is: https://twitter.com/HaloFanForLife or @HaloFanForLife

-Sal

 

What does a near 2-hour conversation with PGCR get you?

I just finished a near two-hour long discussion with Robowski of Post Game Carnage Report (PGCR) about an idea for a future multi-cast/simulcast podcast between PGCR and Spirit of Fire.

To say we were both into the idea and talked a lot about the topics is an understatement. We will be having a panel of other Halo folks. Some community leaders, some everday fans, and of course Robowski, myself and portions of our ‘crews’ respectively.

Since he and I talked for almost 2 hours, I can guarantee that this multi-cast is going to be much longer. In fact we’re expecting it to be at least 3 hours, maybe 4.

What will the topics be? Hmm, well you’re just going to have to tune in for that. We are working towards recording this NEXT Tuesday (Oct, 22) with the simulcast be released either the 23rd or 24th.

Folks, this is one that if you’re a Halo fan, you NEED to listen to.

Part of the reasoning for doing a simulcast and having a panel is to show there is a larger voice than just one or the other of us that wants to have our voices and opinions heard.

-Sal

The Spirit of Fire Podcast for 10.9.13

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This week’s podcast topics include:

The Week in Halo: 

• HFFL has an ETSY page! http://halofanforlife.com/?p=10934

• The Halo Bulletin 10.2.13 http://halofanforlife.com/?p=10953
– Game of The Year Trailer
– Matchmaking Playlist Update
–Oddball to replace King of the Hill on Oct 14. (I’ve got about 12 games to win to master this before it goes away…)
–Tutorial on how to make a Race gametype with Ricochet settings.
–Remake of Halo Reach’s Countdown shown and article with creator after.
–Screenshot Spotlight ORANGE I liked ‘Refractive FOTUS” the best

• Toy reviews of McFarlane’s Halo 4 series 2 Orange Scout, Purple CIO, Elite Ranger, Storm jackal, The Didact. (Go into a little detail of some of the figures…especially the Didact and how that review was featured on Waypoint)

• My first gig as a Halo Tourney Commentator: http://halofanforlife.com/?p=11065
and the after report: http://halofanforlife.com/?p=11069

• Callout sessions with HFFL this Saturday 4 pm EST. http://halofanforlife.com/?p=11087

•Halo 4 Master Chief Resin Statue release announced: http://halofanforlife.com/?p=11095

• Halo Initiation #3 is out! http://halofanforlife.com/?p=11101

My rants for the week:
Regarding the Rotational Playlist and possible solutions instead: http://halofanforlife.com/?p=11058
Letter to BS Angel regarding Halo 4 Playlists: http://halofanforlife.com/?p=11061

This week’s podcast is shorter than most at only 1:43.

Have a listen here:

      SoF 10-9-13

Or download by right click here:

SoF 10-9-13

-Sal

 

The Spirit of Fire Podcast for 9.29.13

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This week, we welcome back Zach who wasn’t able to make it to last week’s podcast. He has a special segment in this week’s podcast where he discusses pro Halo players swithcing to Call of Duty for money. I’m splitting the podcast into two parts. There is a specific reason for this.

While the first part is our usual ‘Week in Halo’ portion and includes as well Zach’s topic of discussion being Halo pro players switching to Call of Duty for money, it’s the second part that is much more ‘controversial’.

In the second part of the podcast I go off on tangents regarding my displeasure with 343’s handling of the Halo franchise. It starts with me finding out theater HAS been encoded into Halo 4 all along and that 343 basically lied to us about it not being in the game (they just hid it from us). Thankfully a Halo 4 modder found this though. From there though, I go into detail about what I feel 343 did WRONG in Halo 4. Specifically things like unnecessary aesthetic/visual changes, audio changes, long established storylines, etc.

BE FOREWARNED, there is some ‘colorful’ language in the second portion. It’s one of the reasons I split the podcast into two sections. More importantly though, I wanted to give 343 the opportunity to listen to that portion I feel which expresses what MANY Halo fans, certainly those of us who had been with the franchise for a LONG time, feel about Halo 4 and how it’s deviated so far off course from what made Halo, HALO. BS ANgel tweeted that she wanted to know what we though 343 did right and wrong, so Jessica (BS Angel) here is my reply to that. (Next week, we’ll discuss what 343 did right.

I know that I’m likely not going to be on 343s ‘Christmas’ list per say after this recording, but that doesn’t concern me at all. If I wanted to be a yes man to 343, I could easily say all the ‘good’ things or the things they WANT to hear, versus what they NEED to hear. And yeah, I might have benefitted from that by being invited to events and such, but again, those of you who have followed me for some time know, I’m NOT that guy.

Like all of you am a consumer. We bought into this game thinking 343 understood what Halo was. What we got at launch proved very differently and it’s taken the full length of time since launch for 343 to catch up to where the game should have been on release date. In fact, I think they still have a way to go.

Okay, I could go on and on in written format. However, instead just repeating everything that was said in the podcast, I may as well just let you all listen in, right?

So here’s the first part. Again this is the tame news portion that has the week in Halo, and then the important pro player discussion of some of them switching to Call of Duty from Halo for money reasons.

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      SoF 9-29-13 Week in Halo-Pro Players portion

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The following is the second part. Again, I will warn you that it contains language I would not allow in replies on the site here. So if you’re under 18, PLEASE either do NOT listen to it or get permission first.

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      SoF 9-29-13 Cover Band portion

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And PLEASE, give me some feedback on this. Whether or not you agree with me on what I said, I want to hear what you all are thinking as well.

On the second part, I do want to add that I want 343 to understand what I meant by saying they are a cover band or stewards of Halo. We all know Bungie isn’t coming back to Halo. So it’s not like 343 is holding something in place until Bungie returns. However that also does not mean 343 should ‘change the kingdom’. Halo has long been established and many of the changes 343 made, especially those aesthetic ones were done to make Halo their one and to separate it from Bungie’s Halo. As you’ll hear in that portion of the podcast, I’m VERY much against that. I went through this sort of discontinuity with Star Wars, a franchise I supported for 35 years. I absolutely hated having to explain to other not-so-hard core fans about the issues with continuity. I do NOT want to go through that again and with Halo.

It most definitely should not be on the fans to get the Halo universe straight or explain away things that seem out of place. 343 you have a DUTY to ADHERE to what came before. While some SLIGHT visual changes can be made to what has been established to show better computer power or that you as well can design good aesthetics, to completely change aspects of the game that have been long established is a disservice to the community that you hope will remain with you as it had also supported Bungie for it’s 10 year run on Halo.

You had the perfect opportunity to steer the boat back into the right direction. However you chose to go FURTHER off course and took Halo in even different directions that take away from the core of what Halo is. If you need for me or others to spell that out in words specifically detailing what we mean, then that is a testament that shows we the community that you in fact do NOT understand what Halo is and what it means to we fans (and CONSUMERS).

You have had your one and only pass. Halo 5 (or whatever you decide the next Halo game will be call in the series) MUST be a success that far surpasses anything done previously.

To do this you MUST consider other successes. You MUST consider giving yourselves enough time to FULLY develop the game and NOT take shortcuts. We WILL wait. Providing the game we get at launch is something well worth waiting for. Just take a look at what RockStar did with GTA V as an example of it’s fans being patient and rewarding the developer. There is NO way you can compete with a Billion dollar selling game, even if on multi-platforms. SO please do not try to spin words to say otherwise.

Core gameplay MUST return. Social and Ranked playlist MUST return. Theater MUST return. Core playlists and game types MUST return, whether you or Bungie created them. By trying to cut out much of what Bungie established in Halo, you ARE shooting yourselves in the foot as well as SHI….ing on the Halo community. If you think we fans feel entitled, well YES WE DO. If it were NOT for we fans buying into this game for MANY games prior to what you inherited, Halo would not have continued to exist.

You MUST do better to do right by the Halo community. We by word of mouth, via the net, social media, face to face and otherwise will take care of the rest. Put out a HIGH quality game that adheres to established core mechanics, while providing new things (in separate playlists) will put you squarely in the right mindset of Halo fans. Refuse to acknowledge that for the next game and continue with your ignorance of such or your rock star attitudes and “we know better than you” thinking and you will kill this franchise.

Okay, I had to get some of that off my chest folks….

-Sal

 

The Spirit of Fire Podcast: Non-Stop Halo News!

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This week we talk about two weeks worth of Halo happenings (since we took the previous week off due to the HFFL LAN).

There’s really SO much Halo news in this podcast that to list it would be a wall of text! This is a LONG one folks (TWSS). 2:42 worth of Halo goodness!

You can listen to us 

      HERE

or download and listen later: SoF 9-22-13

-Sal

 

The Spirit of Fire Podcast: A Casual/Competitive discussion.

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This week we talk about:
• The Halo 4 “Game of the Year” edition.
• Are casuals ruining the game <—a MUST listen
• An interview with Frank O’Conner from Gamespot <—more competitive Halo?
• and MUCH more!!!

You can listen to us 

      HERE

or download and listen later: SoF 9-8-13

-Sal

The Spirit of Fire Podcast #2 “The Halo 4 Global Championship” Edition

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Well the Halo 4 Global Championship is over and a winner has been crowned. This week we celebrate the finals of the competition in specific as well as the production on the whole.

As always we start out with the Halo Week in Review where talk about such subjects as:
• Spartan Assault gets new content
• Halo Mega Bloks toy reviews
• Legendary BRs coming into Infinity Slayer
• Ricochet on other maps
• PAX Halo happenings (other than the Championship)
• An interview with Dan Ayoub of 343 regarding Spartan Assault

We then get into the MEAT of the podcast where we discuss the Championship, the Elite 8, the 1v1’s, the tie and the epic tie-breaker for the WIN. Along with that all the other events happening during the live stream such as the musical acts, Rooster Teeth shorts, game trailers and more.

      So please feel free to listen here!

or download here: SoF 9-1-13

Speaking of one of the musical acts, I mention in the podcast about one of them specifically and the youtube vid I posted here earlier. Here that is again for those who haven’t seen and those who want to see it again:

Apologies for the technical difficulties. We’re still new at podcasting and working through these issues. I promise you we will get better and better as we go along. I won’t allow those issues to hold me back from the passion I have for Halo.

Thanks for listening and please if you have any comments, reply below!
-Sal

 

Spirit of Fire Podcast tomorrow! The Halo 4 Global Championship edition!!!

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The second “Spirit of Fire” podcast will be released tomorrow here on HFFL.

We talk about the week in review, which includes Spartan Assault getting a title update, acheivements, missions and more; More maps to play Ricochet on, PAX happenings, and the BIG NEWS, the Halo 4 Global Championship.

So be sure to check back tomorrow here on HFFL where you can listen to and/or download the podcast!

-Sal

The Inaugural “Spirit of Fire” Podcast!

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      SoF 8.25.13

I want to add that I forgot to mention Postgame Carnage Report in my thanks at the beginning of this podcast. So here is a hearty thanks to them as well for having me on their show last week.

I apologize here that I sniffled a bit through this. Hope to remedy that for future podcasts.

We’re looking into publishing this on iTunes. Once I get that set up, I’ll post that info here. For now you can listen on the blog or download it directly and listen to it later at your convenience.

Please let me know what you think of the podcast. bear in mind this is only our first attempt at this and we will get better as we go along.

Thanks again to Zach and Martin my two co-horts!

-Sal

 

Spirit of Fire Inaugural podcast recording tonight!

Spirit of Fire Podcast LOGO_R-smHFFL’s official podcast the “Spirit of Fire” will be recording tonight. This is the first of what we hope will be many and a long term Halo specific podcast.

Points of discussion will be the Halo week in review with special consideration to the Champions Bundle, then next the upcoming Halo 4 Global Championship at PAX, HFFL’s expanding network of Halo related content and community related groups, the first HFFL LAN and more!

Since this is my first time recording a Podcast, as opposed to guest appearing in other podcast, I’ll be doing the editing. I’m still new at that. In that respect, I hope to have the podcast available for download on Tuesday, hopefully sooner.

As we progress, we’ll get better, add music intros and outros, possibly some sound effects. We do plan on having this streamed on twitch in about a month from now. We just want to get used to podcasting a little, work out any tech issues and have our format fairly well down.

Please let your Halo friends know about this new Halo specific Podcast! tweet, e-mail, facebook, text, call, etc.! Please get the word out!!!

-Sal

 

HFFL to soon have its own Podcast!

I was going to keep this secret until after my LAN party as I’ve been revealing so much about the expansions to HFFL. However, since I had the opportunity to be on the Post Game Carnage Report’s podcast. I made mention of it then.

The podcast is slated to be a mix format of new (the previous week in Halo) as well as any hot topic that may come up, and any future Halo related events, be they HFFL or community related.

After about an hour session with my soon to be two co-hosts (this after several weeks of talkign it over with one of the co-hosts then being prompted further by the other co-host), we came up with the format, responsibilities and the name. We had about a dozen names. One of the co-hosts, Zach, gave another name when all of the sudden it hit me. Spirit of Fire.

This is a perfect name for the podcast as it means a few things. The ship Spirit of Fire was lost in Halo Wars and drifts about. I feel that parts of the Halo community are like this at present and need to get back to being Halo centric. As well, the name denotes the FIRE (passion) that I have for the Halo franchise and the community at large.

So given all that, I based the logo for the podcast off of the Spirit of Fire’s ship emblem from Halo Wars. I think it turned out pretty darn good.

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As for when the first podcast will be out, we’re working out technical difficulties with audio. We hope to record this Sunday, but it might be a solo act for now (me) until we can fix the audio issue. Further, once we feel comfortable with the format, we’re going to LIVE stream this over Twitch.tv. For now, I do have a twitter account for the Spirit of Fire (SoF) podcast. We can be found at: https://twitter.com/SoFPodcast or simply @SoFPodcast.

I’ll also be tweeting about this on my HFFL twitter feed as well.

Whew, as I said, LOTS of stuff being added to HFFL.
• Newly christened Gaming Group
• Soon to be forums
• Podcast
• Halo Ricochet League
• “MaC” Rounds web series

As well of course continuing with the bblog. So there is something for just about every Halo fan out there.

-Sal