D0610 T2016 Y2007Halo 3 Beta [Carotage]

Dear Bungie Studios,

Thank you for The Beta. It was the easiest test we ever took. Are you sure that was not a finished product? It sure did look, sound or feel like one from where we stood – or sat [on our couches] more accurately.

That was awful nice of you to invite us to your barn raising. We were more than happy to jump up and down on the foundation. It held up pretty well. Sorry that the custom-game-cat got out of the virtual bag. We swear, we only took a peek – once or three times at the most. Hopefully, you still got some good information out of those of us who held fast to the mission as it was issued.

So, you ran us rats through your habitrail of madness and war. You took some notes – a hoard of rabid naysayers looking over your shoulder the whole time… Time to finish the development process. Any patience we had is decimated by a peak behind the curtain between us and the Windows.

Don’t believe the haters, now. For the term of The Beta, TTL went uncharacteristically silent. Instead of trying to capture the dialogue on our site, we sent people packing to yours. It’s always been a nice place that you have there. A little rowdy, perhaps. Your bouncers are a lot more forgiving than ours. There seems to be a lot more love for you in our house than there is in yours. Or, at least, less hate. That’s why we wanted to check in on you. We give you credit for being able to sort out “opinion” from “feedback”. But just in case you need a reminder… You are doing a bang-up job on Halo 3.

Don’t change a thing, unless you absolutely have to. The game works. That’s all you ever wanted to know… Right? The game works like a dream. Well, after we learned the new control scheme, that is… There were a few panicked moments in which we dropped a Power Drainer in our base when we meant to reload; but it’s not like you didn’t warn us about that.

That Warthog is a beast. Don’t tame it. We all want to live in a world in which the Chief’s pimpin ride can treat a grenade like it was contraband fireworks from just over the state line. The haters will just have to relearn that Plasma Pistol again. If they are above that, they don’t deserve to dish.

You got it right. Again. You don’t need us to tell you that you did, and you don’t them to tell you that you didn’t. Just keep your chins up and finish the job. We will all be in line at Midnight on a warm September evening.

If we were going to ask for something – you know, just for the sake of argument – we might ask that the next build for Halo 3 be sporting a nice shiny clan list. We sure do like clan lists here at TTL. It’s like a key for any door that the Gunslingers want to walk through together. Stumbling into Halo 3, a lot of us were fumbling around in the dashboard trying to find each other.

And, finally, if we were absolutely hopeless fans, we would suggest something catchy for the announcer to say when one team evens the score in a slayer match.

We’d let you come up with that one, though.

Posted by XerxdeeJ

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  1. #LINK D0610 T2110
    TTL Demag0gue wrote...

    Agreed – don’t change a thing. Well, maybe open chat might be nice, but other than that, don’t change a thing. It was fun while it lasted, and I wish I’d been able to partake more than I did. But September will be here before we know it, and I’m looking forward to finishing the fight with MC and picking up even more battles with my fellow Gunslingers. Thanks, Bungie! You guys rock!

  2. #LINK D0610 T2208
    L0coM0tive wrote...

    Awesome, awesome work Bungie. I’m so stoked for the full version; I cant wait to see what you’ve kept from us. Thanks Bungie!

  3. #LINK D0610 T2226
    Fezzer wrote...

    Thank you so much, Bungie! It was an honor to have a sneak peek and to get to play for so long.
    Such a pretty game too! I can’t wait to see the polished version.

    Can’t wait till September.

    And yes, a clan function would be great in the final product.

  4. #LINK D0610 T2238
    chickachicka wrote...

    I can’t wait for the finished game to come out. The games I was able to play I enjoyed very much and it was such a pleasure to be given that opportunity. Thank you.

  5. #LINK D0610 T2242
    TTL Pheonix Sam wrote...

    I admit—I was a peeker, but the preview of Multi-player was so awesome that I couldn’t keep my hand out of the cookie jar… until the little angel on my shoulder kicked my devils ass.

    It’ll be interesting to see how the maps, vehicles, and weapons change in the next few months. I can’t wait to see everything that’s been hinted at, and been shown in magazines. I can’t wait to see what the official map-roll out is, and campaign…

    About that campaign—I am so glad that no leaks have gotten out. Keep your ninja’s starved, as I don’t want a single piece of that story ruined. It’s been a long road, and if there’s anything a Gunslinger covets, it’s the journey, not the destination. I want to go there as see it for myself.

    A clan list was the only thing I have been really curious about. Maybe a “Family list?” Of all the things that have had us “fan-boys and girls” on edge, the exclusive “you are more than a friend” list is what we have been craving information about. The friends list works for those just met and not quite “tested/trusted” yet, and for allies whom we love to keep in touch with… but we need our connective web.

    Oh… and can you pimp up the SMG’s just a little… I know everyone hated them in Halo 2, but they always made me feel like “Snake Eyes” from G.I. Joe.

    I know. I’m hopeless…

    Thank you for the awesome three weeks. Now that it’s gone, I wish I had played it more!

  6. #LINK D0610 T2258
    Hoovaloov wrote...

    All I have to say is:


    You guys rock our collective socks off. Hardcore style. I can’t wait to see the finished Halo 3! I’m sure all of your hard work and dedication will pay off in ways we never expected! Thanks again!

  7. #LINK D0610 T2326
    DTS pastor wrote...

    The bar has been set. The Beta played like a finished product and had it been the only piece of H3 we ever got to experience, I would wager that many of us would be playing it for a long time to come. You’ve obviously got the formula figured out. Stick to your guns and add that extra coat of varnish. If the Beta is any indicator, we’re all going to have to pick up our jaws off the floor with a fork lift. Kudos!

  8. #LINK D0610 T2328
    bs angel wrote...

    Thank you for the experience. It was truly a pleasure.

    Nothing but love for Bungie.

  9. #LINK D0611 T0056
    SavageScrapple wrote...

    Bungie, you did not have to let us take a peak of what is to come. You did not have to let us test drive your already very polished and fun (did I say fun?) Beta…

    But you did…

    Thank you!

  10. #LINK D0611 T0134
    stabmast3rarson wrote...

    thank you bungie.

    it was a pleasure to be involved.


  11. #LINK D0611 T0503
    Lichtonatus wrote...

    Hear hear! Don’t Listen to all the haters, the game so far is amazing (dare I say perfect?).

    Thank you so much for the Beta

  12. #LINK D0611 T0813
    Tucsonbatman wrote...

    Thank you, Bungie, for giving us the opportunity and priviledge of testing your product. It was a blast, and I am personally grateful I had opportunity to participate in gaming history.

    Thanks again.

  13. #LINK D0611 T0834
    Stuicide wrote...

    I filled in C all the way down the scantron. Did I pass?

    Loved it Bungie. The game plays wonderfully, I hope you got all the data you needed, if you need more, just lemme know. I refuse to delete the beta off of my box, just because of the fond memories.

    See ya in Sept.

  14. #LINK D0611 T0921
    Quikthnkr wrote...

    Bungie Rules.

    That is all.

  15. #LINK D0611 T0946
    Digikid wrote...

    Just fix the unrealistic LUNGE and that would be the only thing that would make this game from perfect.

  16. #LINK D0611 T0955
    El Burritoh wrote...

    A big thanks to Bungie and Microsoft for letting the community play this thing. It was a blast! I don’t care whether you change anything or not. It’s one heck of a game either way!!!! Bungie rocks!

  17. #LINK D0611 T1024
    Milk wrote...

    Good time were had by all. Thank you Bungie for making it possible. I hope the feedback helped, I am sure you got a ton of it.

  18. #LINK D0611 T1039
    Pantengliopoli wrote...

    Well said, TTL. Don’t change a thing. Or do. You’ve obviously had the time to get it right this time, so I trust the differences betweent the Beta and September will be well thought through. Fantastic…

    Okay, change one thing. Make me not suck. Thanks.

  19. #LINK D0611 T1053
    zeuz patter wrote...

    Thank you for considering us your friends and family. For giving us this most unbelievable experience and for leting us be of help to you, and give you something back after all that you have given us. You have once again broken the walls that confine imagination and power to the best. Keep on doing your thing so we can do ours. We love you back, a lot.

  20. #LINK D0611 T1058
    AshofPompei wrote...

    best game ever…

    but who didn’t already know that?

    Bungie rules.

  21. #LINK D0611 T1502
    TTL Gunslinger wrote...

    Thanks for making the next three months excruciatingly long!

    It was worth every second…..

  22. #LINK D0611 T1634
    L askan wrote...

    You guys are doing a great job with this game, I can’t wait to see the new maps…

    MMMmmm, reworked Lockout…

  23. #LINK D0611 T1821
    TTL Goody wrote...

    It was a wonderful pleasure. Thanks for the opportunity. If you need a gamma or zeta tester go ahead and send me a FR. [wink][elbow nudge]

  24. #LINK D0611 T2133
    LightSword77 wrote...

    It was an honor and joy to play. Thank you Bungie. Thank you for the allowing us all the opportunity to join in the fun of testing. Keep up the quality work. I can’t wait to see the final product since you call this a Beta!

    Come on September, man this summer is slow!

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