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Thursday, November 27th 2003
Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted: 5:14 am by Wolfy -
Sector 7 wishes you all a wonderful Thanksgiving day, and we hope you have fun with family and friends, and hope you get a few games of Halo in there too :tongue: . Have a great day everyone.

Wolfy... signing off for the day.
Tuesday, November 25th 2003
Something to listen to...
Posted: 11:27 am by Wolfy -
Sumthing Else Music Works Releases The Special Edition Soundtrack For Halo: Combat Evolved and New Original Game Soundtracks for Microsoft Game Studios

New York, NY - Sumthing Else Music Works Inc. through its recently expanded relationship with Microsoft Game Studios, proudly announces the release of a Special Edition of their best selling soundtrack for the hit Xbox® video game, Halo®: Combat Evolved. The Special Edition Soundtrack includes a Halo 2 Bonus DVD containing trailers and videos from the highly anticipated game from Bungie Studios, as well as previously unreleased Surround Sound versions of new music composed by Marty O’Donnell from the Halo universe. “It’s a pleasure to bring new music to the fans of Halo. Until now these Surround Sound versions could only be experienced in my studio. Consider it a taste of things to come.”

The Halo score, composed by Marty O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori, weaves a collection of tribal drumbeats, techno dance beats and breathtaking orchestral movements. The artistic accomplishments of the score (not to mention the game) continue to draw critical acclaim from musical artists who play Halo. Legendary rock guitar virtuoso Steve Vai calls "the melodies as haunting and ominous as the game's characters." The Editors of Rolling Stone named Halo: Combat Evolved as the video game with the "Best Original Soundtrack" for 2001.

The Special Edition Halo Soundtrack plus Bonus DVD is being sold in stores in the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $15.98 and may also be purchased online through the game website at http://www.xbox.com/halo. It is the sixth soundtrack this holiday season to be manufactured and released by Nile Rodgers’ Sumthing Else Music Works Label under its exclusive original soundtrack licensing relationship with Microsoft Game Studios. Distribution, sales and retail marketing of the soundtracks continue to be facilitated through Nile Rodgers’ national distribution company, Sumthing Distribution.

Other new original soundtracks available on Sumthing Else Music Works for Microsoft Game Studios’ games include Crimson Skies®: High Road To Revenge™, Freelancer™, Voodoo Vince™, Brute Force™ and Tao Feng™: Fist of the Lotus™.

Crimson Skies: High Road To Revenge - This 54-track soundtrack CD contains a Bonus DVD with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround mixes of the game trailer and select tracks from the CD. The soundtrack is an ode to 1930’s big band and modern day swing revival. The score for the Xbox video game was composed by Stan LePard and performed by Northwest Sinfonia and Grammy Award-winning conductor, Adam Stern. To order or listen to a sample of the soundtrack, visit http://www.xbox.com/crimsonskies.

Freelancer includes a Bonus Video-DVD containing a Behind-the-Scenes Documentary, Trailers, Conceptual Artwork and previously unreleased versions of the Cinematic Intro. James Hannigan, who was nominated for the Golden Reel Award for his work on sound in Lost in Space and is also known for his brilliant score in Privateer: The Darkening, Sim Theme Park and many other games, composed the score for this PC game developed by Digital Anvil. James also contributed music to Brute Force (also on the Sumthing Else Music Works label). Visual Music Inc., a network of musicians led by composer Tom Seufert, tapped members Dean Grinsfelder, Osamu Kitajima, Tim Kelly and Cato for the game. Digital Anvil's own Andrew Sega rounded out the list of composers supplying music for Freelancer. To order the soundtrack online or for more information, visit http://www.microsoft.com/games/freelancer/.

The Voodoo Vince soundtrack for the Xbox video game is a blend of the Cajun, Dixieland and jazz music so characteristic of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou. Or is it? With over three hours of music contained in the game itself, a phantasmagorical and hysterical audio landscape emerges for gaming's most unlikely hero, a voodoo doll named Vince.

Gaming veteran Steve Kirk composed the score, whose previous credits run from Atari to THQ. What he brought to Voodoo Vince, though, was a decade’s worth of playing and scoring experience for Saturday morning cartoons (The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat), and silent film (Pandora’s Box, Sherlock Jr, Metropolis,) with the legendary Clubfoot Orchestra. To order the soundtrack online or for more information, visit http://www.xbox.com/voodoovince.

Brute Force - This soundtrack for Xbox video game includes a Bonus DVD containing ­ the Xbox video game’s cinematic intro and previously unreleased footage featuring the main characters. The score is made up of ambient, tranquil sounds and orchestrations mixed with tribal techno and was composed by James Hannigan, Mike Reagan, Jesper Kyd and T.J. O’Leary. To order the soundtrack online or for more information, visit http://www.xbox.com/bruteforce.

Tao Feng: Fist of the Lotus – This techno driven soundtrack composed by Myer for the Xbox video game delivers a hard-hitting music backdrop for the hand-to-hand combat sequences. To order the soundtrack online or for more information, visit http://www.xbox.com/taofeng.
Saturday, December 24th 2005
Happy Holidays!
Posted: 5:12 pm by Jag - Community
It's been sort of a slow news week, but on behalf of the Sector 7 Staff I'd like to wish you guys a Merry Christmas, a Happy Chaunakah, and a Peaceful Kwanza!

Stay safe!

~Jag
Saturday, December 10th 2005
Bungie WWU
Posted: 4:12 pm by Jag - Weekly Whats Update
I'm a bit late on posting this, but the Bungie WWU is up again this week, without fail. It includes some Xbox 360 issues, and a farewell from Ninja on Fire, and the triumphant return of Shiska!

Go read!
Friday, December 9th 2005
New Playlists Up!
Posted: 5:12 pm by Jag - Halo 2
The new playlists for Halo 2 have been up for a while if you've missed them! And they're a blast!

Team Action Sack: This playlist is what you should be playing if you're looking for a chaotic and unpredictable experience! Some games include Rocket CTF, or SWAT Fiesta, Ninja Assault - and much more! These games were submitted by the fans - I submitted Invisaball a while ago, and now you can play it in Matchmaking! Bungie does listen to the fans!

Rumble Armory: This is also an action-packed playlist, abiet less insane! This playlist pits you against up to 7 other people, with games that feature a single weapon set - games include Brutes, Swords, Sentinal Beams, and other similar games! Give it a try!

6 vs 6 Battle: This is basically something to fit between Team Skirmish and Big Team - 6 vs 6 battles using a mixture of the Big Team playlist and Team Skirmish.

Additional Changes: The Head to Head and Major Clanmatch playlists are gone - forever... Minor Clanmatch has been renamed 'Clanmatch' and now supports up to 5 people, but your Minor Clanmatch ranks remain intact. Team Snipers is now ranked - and your 'invisible' rank is now visible! If you played a little, you may be a 5 or 6, but some people are in the upper 20's! Big Team now supports only 7 or 8 players per team, to make way for 6 vs 6 Battle.

...a pretty significant update, to say the least.
Saturday, December 3rd 2005
Team ActionSack?
Posted: 3:12 pm by Jag - Weekly Whats Update
Bungie finally posted another WWU - and this one contains some very, very important information regarding the new playlists:

Quote:
~Major Clanmatch and Head to Head have been removed.

~Minor Clanmatch has received a change in configuration. It will now be called Clanmatch and will allow for team of 4-5 clan members each. Your Minor Clanmatch ranks will persist to the new Clanmatch playlist.

~Two new unranked playlists have been added, Rumble Armory and Team ActionSack.

~6v6 Team Battle has been added as a ranked playlist featuring team sizes of 5-6 players each.

~Big Team Battle now supports only larger team sizes of 7-8 players each.

~Team Snipers is now a ranked playlist and has a total of 15 maps. Your hidden rank will now be displayed.

~WE DID NOT WIPE ANY STATS, STOP LISTENING TO RUMORS! CALM DOWN!


Important information indeed! The WWU also contains a little bit of an FAQ on how to change your 360 theme, and some stuff about the Halo Movie... Read it here!
Wednesday, November 23rd 2005
Black T-Shirts!
Posted: 5:11 am by Wolfy - Site News
We are now offering Black 'Oddball Series' t-shirts in our store! Buy while supplies last!
Tuesday, November 22nd 2005
Xbox 360 launch!
Posted: 9:11 pm by Jag - Xbox
Well, the 360 went on sale early this morning to eager fans - one guy in Seattle camped out for four days! Frankie posted a brief retrospective on Bungie.net. Several members of ours have 360's - I'll try to get an interview of someone to see how it is...

Have fun!
Saturday, November 19th 2005
WWU - November 18
Posted: 7:11 am by Wolfy - Weekly Whats Update
Another Friday, another Weekly Whats Update -- you know the drill. This week they take on the Xbox 360 launch, playlist updates coming soon, Dead or Alive 4 special Spartan character, and more. Includes a crazy old-school Mister Chief.
Thursday, November 17th 2005
Humpday - Seasoned Gamers
Posted: 8:11 pm by Wolfy - Bungie
The latest Humpday match report is now up from Bungie. This week they take on the Seasoned Gamers, a group of older-aged gamer guys. It looked like an intense few matches, though Bungie has really downright lost (not terribly, they just lost 2 games to 1). Go check out the postgame carnage reports!