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Do Not Track

Brian Fung of the Washington Post’s Switch blog writes on the state of privacy in web browsing and the policy proposal known as Do Not Track.

So where do the Do Not Track negotiations go from here? In the wake of Wednesday’s poll, the W3C is not expected to terminate the group. Instead, it might settle for establishing a definition for Do Not Track without laying out steps for compliance. Meanwhile, the Digital Advertising Alliance, an industry organization that recently exited the W3C working group, is developing its own draft standards. So while the W3C’s attempt may have stalled, Do Not Track may still have some life left.

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Destiny Gameplay Trailer

The studio that created Halo finally unveiled gameplay footage of its new title, DESTINY.

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New Halo Trailer E3

At the E3 conference last week, Microsoft unveiled a new Halo title for its next generation console, the Xbox One.

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Bungie Unveils Its Destiny

The studio that brought Halo into this world has said farewell to Master Chief and the highly praised 10 year project and unveiled their newest endeavor: Destiny. Today Bungie released a CG teaser of their newest first person shooter. In a few weeks, at E3, actual gameplay footage will be shown of the “always-on” massively multiplayer adventure.

Destiny will be released in 2014 and will be available on 4 platforms: the next generation of Xbox One and PlayStation 4, as as well as the older PS3 and Xbox 360.

The trailer was directed by Jon Favreau, of Iron Man 1 and 2, and is exceptional. It’s Halo, Star Wars, and GUNS…lots of GUNS.

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Xbox One Faces New Array of Rivals

“The new console, the Xbox One, will enter a market very different from the one its predecessor, the Xbox 360, entered nearly eight years ago, when there was no iPad, smartphones had keyboards and mobile gaming devices were primitive at best,” writes Nick Wingfield of the New York Times.

“Today, video games can be played almost anywhere, on any device, with the biggest possible audience of online friends and without the aid of a costly gaming console.”

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Nintendo Confronts A Changed Video Game World

With the launch of the new Wii U console next week, Nintendo hopes to reassert itself in the gaming world.  Writing in the New York Times, Nick Wingfield pits the aged Mario and Link against the hordes of cheap, accessible mobile games. (In this analogy Angry Birds are goombas and skulltulas.)

After Nintendo “posted the first loss in its era as a video games company,” Wingfield outlines the business challenges facing Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.

Games on mobile devices and Facebook are free or mere pennies.  The time investment for users is much lower for mobile games.  And the multi-screen dynamic that is increasingly more common in US households (TV + ipad + smart phone) squeezes consoles out of the equation.

(At one point Wingfield says that it can take “minutes” to boot up your Xbox and set up your Halo match as opposed to a few seconds to turn on your iphone’s field runners.  This is perhaps a very sad and oblique reference to our country’s pronounced ADHD.)

Citing industry analysts, Wingfield questions Nintendo’s decision to not develop games for android or iOS (imagine playing Mario on your iphone).

The piece is generally optimistic towards the Japanese brand, but it tries to frame the original Nintendo Wii as the company’s last great achievement.

While the onslaught of cheap, downloadable games is eating the console’s market share, Angry Birds will never replace Zelda (with games that are 99 cents, you get what you pay for).

The article helps explain key economic trends that are reshaping the industry.

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Vote Halo 4 President: 30 Crucial Reasons To Support Master Chief On Election Day

Halo 4 comes out on Election Day.  Coincidence? I think not! Check out my full GIF-packed list on BuzzFeed.

“You’re such a pragmatist, Chief”

 

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New HALO 4 Trailer Produced By David Fincher

WOW. Looks Like Master Chief’s in a pickle. It also looks like he’s had a troubled childhood.

16 days til Halo 4.

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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Episode 1

Leading up to the release of Halo 4, Microsoft has produced a 5 part live-action web series: Forward Unto Dawn.

The flashback episodes will follow the Master Chief and a young UNSC cadet, Thomas Lasky, who grows up to become the captain of the UNSC Starship Infinity.  If you’ve seen the Halo 4 trailer, you’ll know that this same ship crash lands on the new alien planet, right alongside Chief.

Forward Unto Dawn will be a compelling series, “filling-in” new fans on the back story and will provide cinematic glory for the uber-nerd fan hordes.

Episode 1 premiered on Friday.  My favorite part was, of course, the warthog.

Halo 4 drops on November 6.

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New Halo 4 Trailer: Forward Unto Dawn Live Action Series

Brace yourselves.  343 Industries just came out with a teaser trailer for a new live-action Halo web series: Forward Unto Dawn.  LIVE-ACTION.  As in, Prometheus + Avatar + District 9.   Humans + costumes + killer CGI.

According to ComingSoon.net, the series follows the Master Chief and UNSC soldiers, one of whom saw Chief kick ass as a youngster and grew up inspired.  Eventually he would become the Captain of the UNSC Infinity (the same ship that crash lands in the Halo 4 Trailer).

This all sounds like one of those interweaving, simultaneous storylines like the movies Crash/Traffic/Snatch, except with far cooler characters.

Forward Unto Dawn brings us one step closer to the Halo movie.  Eventually it will be made.  I just hope that the Halo Universe isn’t butchered like so many horrible Hollywood movies.  It’s Halo.  It’s too important.

And if you have been following my spot-on theory that the movie Prometheus is Halo and Halo is Prometheus, then you’ll love this: one of the confirmed enemies in Halo 4 is called the “Promethean crawler.”  You can’t make this stuff up.

Enjoy.

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