Welcome, friends, to another exciting installment in the HaloCustoms site update series. Over the past few months, we've been filling you in on the changes underway to prepare everyone's favorite Halo community site for the new Halo game. The good new is, we were mostly prepared. The bad new is that the game's developers were not. Right now, Halo: The Master Chief Collection has numerous massive flaws, the least of which are all but preventing us from playing custom games. Right now, the best thing you can do is contribute to our epic bug thread and keep playing the game. It's only going to get better.
The host reputation is one thing which we are still working on. This system will allow customgoers to rate their hosts, and for these ratings to incentivize hosts to continue to host better lobbies. This system is rather complex due to the nature of our events (customs) addon on the site, but it is in the works and will be ready to rock before long. Don't worry, we've got Insane54 on it!
If you're wondering exactly how this system will work, here's a brief explanation. All hosts will have an aggregate reputation score based on the number of positive and negative ratings they have received. This score will fall somewhere along a continuum of -50 to +50. Lobbies from hosts with a high enough reputation will stand out in the upcoming games tab, and host rep will be displayed alongside the RSVP box in lobbies as well as on each host's user profile. However, this reputation will not be permanent. Hosts who make mistakes and end up with a bad reputation will have a chance to redeem themselves, but good hosts will also need to continue to prove their worth to maintain a high reputation.
Details on things like the frequency of reputation decay and a timeframe for the full implementation of this system...
October was a colorful month here on HaloCustoms, but as we've reached the end of Hallows' Eve, we have once again become engrossed in a plethora of blue. Remember the two Halloween contests that were held this year? You were supposed to vote for your favorite submissions by liking their posts, but as some of you know, the like button vanished making that... difficult. Well, I can explain. Our lovely friend the like button decided to dress as a ghost for Halloween... or something! With that having been said, we took it upon ourselves to choose the spookiest submission instead!
Congratulations toNow, what's a winner without a prize?... and do we have a wonderful prize for Apple! Again, because our friend the like button transitioned into a specter-like state, we took it upon ourselves to personally choose the spookiest of titles submitted. We thought long and hard about which one truly represented the spirit of Halloween. We needed a title that would strike fear in the hearts of unsuspecting nubcakes and that would... er, you get the point. Without further ado, Ye Old Apple will now be known as the...
Ye Olde Apple
for his spooky submission:
Thee Untold Chapel!
Ye Olde Apple
for his spooky submission:
Thee Untold Chapel!
Enjoy your custom title! Apple, if you'd like your title to remain the same as before, send a message to one of our administrators! We'd like to extend our thanks to everybody that participated in the frightful name changing and that submitted to the contests. See you next Halloween!
What's better than a podcast about Halo? Well, a podcast about Forge of course! Over the weekend, my friend Dust Storm invited me back onto Podtacular, the Unofficial Halo Universe Podcast. Alongside petetheduck, ducain23, and NOKYARD, I came onto the show to talk about the recent reveal of Halo 2: Anniversary's Forge mode for an exciting podcast. This was actually a co-podcast between the Forgecast crew and the Podtacular crew. Take a listen below!
Disclaimer: I was quite sick over the weekend, so my voice sounded like crap.
As some of you have most likely noticed by now, a certain wannabe baldy has been hiding away in isolation for the past few months, waiting for that moment when Halo would be great again, waiting for the moment where all of his motivation and excitement would come rushing back, and that moment is now.
With all the recent news and awesome content we have witnessed I was just about ready to get back into the swing of Halo but then 343 revealed something that had been buried in my mind this whole time... Forge!
As soon as I saw that Forge reveal everything just clicked for me and I am sure you are all equally as excited. I am still impressed with all of you that pulled through Halo 4 and gave us such an overwhelming amount of fantastic content along the way. For the past couple of months of Halo 4 my motivation to support Halo was being lost and other interests were dragging my attention away from the series on a whole. The Master Chief Collection seems to be blowing everything else out of the water right now and the enthusiasm throughout the community is impossible to ignore. I too am feeling that enthusiasm and it is about time I get more involved with this outstanding community once again.
You may remember quite some time ago that a Q&A took place. You guys provided the Q's however it seems that my A's got lost in the mail. My inactivity led to a few things I want to share with you guys:
- Where the heck have I been?
- Where is that damn Q&A?
- What will I be bringing to HaloCustoms in the near future and beyond?
All of these will be covered throughout this article but without further ado it is about time I finally give you some long overdue answers, you certainly deserve them by now and I can assure you that I don't plan on disappearing from the face of HaloCustoms this time!
Good luck, and happy captioning!
1. Please submit text comments only as captions for the image above.
2. Submit only your best caption, only one caption will be accepted per user.
3. Submissions will be judged by a panel of staff based on how funny or fitting they are.
The results will be posted the following week, and the winner will receive a Contest Winner trophy. Good luck and happy captioning!
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