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A new Forge map called "Impact" was revealed today. The map takes place on about two to three asteroids in an asteroid field. There also appears to be a nearby nebula and an unidentified planet.

Forge has added a "locking objects" feature, which allows you to lock and object in place to matter where it is, and you can also lock it so Jimmy can't join your game and destroy 3 hours of work.

The new Forge also adds dynamic lighting to the mix which helps the graphics in the user-created environments more closely resemble those found in the War Games multiplayer portion of the game.

You can watch the walkthrough video here: NEW: Exclusive Halo 4 Forge Mode Details.

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Microsoft makes a move to protect its IP (Intellectual Property) by prohibiting the monetization of Halo videos in any way. Your Halo headshot montage won't be making you any more money, thanks to a revised Microsoft policy.

A new version of the company's game content usage rules explicitly prohibits anyone from making money through the creation and distribution of video clips or other materials, so long as the game in question was published by Microsoft Studios.

Here's an excerpt from the rules:
You may post your Item to a page or website that has advertising, but only if you do not earn any money from that advertising. For example, if you post your video on Youtube or Vimeo and there happens to be an advertisement next to it, then as long as you don't get paid for that advertisement, the fact that there is an advertisement on the page doesn't break these Rules. But enrolling in the Youtube partner program (or other similar programs), where you are entering into an agreement to get paid, is not allowed. On a similar note, if you create and distribute a free app, then you can't earn any money from advertising in that app.

Games that fit into this category are as follows:

Halo (all versions)
Forza Motorsport (all versions)*
Fable (all versions)
Kinectimals
Kinect Adventures
Kinect Joy Ride
Age of Empires (all versions)
Flight Simulator (all versions)*
Kameo
Perfect Dark Zero
Project Gotham Racing (all versions)*
Shadowrun
Viva Piñata

You can read the full article here: Microsoft's New Game Content Usage Rules

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343i announced that they aren't ready to show Master Chief's face, sticking to the policy set in motion by Bungie in 2001.

"It's funny we don't then show his face," O'Connor explained. "But that's a device to keep the player invested in the character and keep the player from constantly being reminded that they're not a hero or that they have to be a boy or they have to be a girl, or whatever that is."

"If you went down [to a Halo line at a convention] and found a nerd with a deep canon Halo t-shirt and said describe the Master Chief to this police sketch artist, that police sketch artist would then produce a perfectly accurate rendering of an older man, almost painfully pale, almost albino white, with pale blue eyes, reddish hair, close cropped to a skin head, and maybe the last remnants of freckles he had when he was a kid."


You can read the full article here: 343i won't show Master Chief's face, but are they ready to kill him off?
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PrototypeB Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
B-b-b-b-b-but... John has brown hair in the Fall of Reach book. :iconohnoesplz:
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fuzion-predator Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Reddish doesn't mean red hairs, it's reddish brown. But yeah in many books he was described as dark brown haired (fall of reach and first strike)
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PrototypeB Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah... :/

I guess reddish brown isn't so bad but the books say dark brown so I'm like.... :iconcryforeverplz:

IT doesn't match zee canon. D:

lol just kidding.
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fuzion-predator Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Yeah it's the same for me, but i had murder tendencies when marvel drew MC as a redhead
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PrototypeB Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Any real Halo fan boy would have felt the same. I never read the comics though... now I know where they got the red head idea from.

:iconfacepalmplz:

I forgave the mistake with Fred in the Package. (Fred's hair is black with silver streaks... not brown. :/) and the one with Kelly... mainly cuz I like Kelly's dyed hair.

But seriously... messing up John 117 is lunacy.
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Lorcan0c Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No more money being made off Halo videos? Oh dear. I know Roosterteeth have arrangements and dealings with 343 that allow them to monetize Halo via Red Vs Blue DVD sales and advertisement, but less 'official' sources, such as popular machinima shows like Arby N the Cheif could go out of business because of this.
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xHardwirex Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah Microsoft...butt hurt again for people makin petty cash off y'all's fortune.
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SuperApartmentBros Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
I also find it interesting they added this bit near the end:

"What if I create something new in your universe?

Distribution of your Item in any form constitutes a grant by you of a royalty-free, non-exclusive, irrevocable, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide, license to Microsoft and any of Microsoft's partners or users to use, modify and distribute that Item (and derivatives of that Item), and use your name if we choose to, for any purpose and without obligation to pay you anything, obtain your approval, or give you credit. And this license to Microsoft survives any termination or expiration of these Usage Rules. This means that if you add to the game universe or expand on the story told in the game with "lost chapters" or back story or anything like that, distribution of your story or idea may appear in a future game without any compensation to you. (Sorry, but our lawyers tell us we need to do this in order to avoid frivolous lawsuits getting in the way of making more great games.) It also means we can put your Item on a Microsoft site or property like Halo Waypoint if we want to. "
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The-Exiled-Draco Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
So wait, does that also include The Game Station and Machinima.com? ...Please say yes! HAHA
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SuperApartmentBros Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
My guess is likely no. Machinima and RvB (I don't know anything about TGS) already have their own licensing agreements with Microsoft outside of the Game Content Agreement. This will likely affect smaller groups making montages or trying to start their own machinima channel. :(
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