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!

• The Halo Bulletin 10.2.13
– 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:
and the after report:

• Callout sessions with HFFL this Saturday 4 pm EST.

•Halo 4 Master Chief Resin Statue release announced:

• Halo Initiation #3 is out!

My rants for the week:
Regarding the Rotational Playlist and possible solutions instead:
Letter to BS Angel regarding Halo 4 Playlists:

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

Have a listen here:

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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….



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!

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



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!!!

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


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!


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!


The Inaugural “Spirit of Fire” Podcast!

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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!