halo set

It literally just occurred to me how Halo 5′s original announcement trailer and the ending of Heaven Sent are basically the same thing :’)

area man winds up in desert feeling very grumpy after the loss of loved one

carrying a symbolic token of their loss and emotional/physical trauma

while facing down the immensity of what lies ahead

👌

Co-Pilot Mode and Why I Want to Buy a Xbox One Now

Completely under the radar. With little mention and almost no hubbub, Microsoft released a firmware update that implements something simple, yet incredible to the system software of the Xbox One. Through this, many issues regarding accessibility can be resolved, as well as offer up a new way to enjoy games for everyone. What’s more, the solution came from nowhere anyone would think to expect it. This, is Co-Pilot Mode.

So what is Co-Pilot made. At first, it sounds like a way for more than one player to play a game at once. Which isn’t exactly what it is, but it is it’s most obvious use. Co-Pilot mode allows you to rebind the buttons on the controller between two controllers. So, yeah, the most obvious result of this is that it can offer some funny ways to play the game. You got a friend and you wanna play Halo, but native split screen isn’t in Halo 5? Set it up so one player has some buttons and another the rest.

But the use for this runs deeper still. It allows accessibility to games in ways that haven’t existed. It can be difficult for enfranchised gamers to realise the amount of skill that goes into playing a game. Especially one that’s first person. Wrapping your head around how the controller is an extension of yourself to the degree where it is all muscle memory comes through years of play. So through co-pilot mode, you can share this experience with others without requiring them to take the wheel. You can lead someone through a game like Journey and have them jump or sprint, while you control the more complicated movement. Or you could play Geometry Wars and have them be in control of just when to use your bombs. Through this, you can share the experience better with new players to a degree where simply having them watch doesn’t reach. 

And yet, there is still better uses. As I touched on before, a game requires complete (and high level) dexterity and hand movement. The simply reality is, some people don’t have this. Through amputation, or other disabilities, the opportunity to play games is often held back by difficulty. Sure, it is completely possible to play through games despite this impairments (for example, a completely blind man played through Zelda Ocarina of Time (x)), but the opportunity to offer a more accessible play experience should be second to none. And so through Co-Pilot mode a player who lacks the ability to effectively play a video game on a single controller, can now play it across two and positions those anywhere they need.

I would like to say that I’m sorry if this last bit comes across without the kind of personal nuance that having these impairments comes with because I don’t have them, however as it has been expressed to me, this is a revolutionary thing and i just want to share that.

All in all, I can’t help but feel a sense of disappointment that Microsoft kept this so quiet, but our ability to share it helps resolve that. More people playing more games in new ways is the cornerstone to the industry and the very question of what a game is. i hope that people take this opportunity to look closer at the Xbox One, as well as other companies to see why this is such a simple, yet powerful tool. I know that the Playstation offers the ability to remap (on a system level) all buttons on the controller, but to spread them out would be to take things to a new level. I hope that more people look towards this simple idea as a means to the end that is accessibility for all players and make the lives of everyone better. I don’t believe a single person loses out because of this.

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FRIDAY FRENZY | etsyfindoftheday 4 | 7.22.16

halo-style rings by kateszabone

bam, these rings smack you in the FACE with sparkle! love ‘em both.

Here you can find direct links to all the seven HALO BADGES sets!
1- BLUE TEAM/FIRETEAM OSIRIS BADGES
2-FRED & THE GAMMAS/KURT & THE BETAS
3-NOBLE TEAM BADGES
4-UNSC INFINITY CHARACTER BADGES
5-HALO 2 MAIN CHARACTERS
6-HALO 4 CHARACTERS EXTRAS
7-SIGNIFICANT SPARTAN-II COMMANDOS

Thanks to @dendritic-trees for the idea! :) I was going to make just 4-5 badges and ended up making like 40 haha.

This is just a tribute to the Halo Franchise. I do not own rights over any form of official art replicated within these designs, however, the designs belong to me and are NOT FOR SALE. You want to print them? Go ahead. Want to make a pin or a button? Go ahead. JUST DON’T SELL IT. You’re gonna get yourself in trouble. Even more: since these designs are based on official Halo art, YOU SHOULD KNOW YOU SHOULDN’T DO ANYTHING STUPID WITH THEM. Be a proud fan, be a good fan.
If you want to do some cool montage with them, CREDIT ME AS ORIGINAL DESIGNER.
If you want a badge based on your Original Halo Character, send me an ask with your character’s name, rank and affiliation (anonymous asks will not be replied).
Enjoy Halo and be happy!

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etsyfindoftheday | 5.10.15

double cushion-cut diamond engagement ring by minimalvs

breathtaking indeed. you can choose your own cut and hue of diamond as well as the type of gold setting to make this double-halo-set stunner your own. brb, i’ll be swooning for the rest of the day over here.

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Jul had never thought he would be afraid to die. He’d faced death so many times that he was used to it, familiar with the flood of terrified excitement, certain that if the end came then his clan would know that he met his end with honour. But he’d never planned to face the great transcendence helpless and struggling, unable even to inflict damage in his dying moments.

It was the worst possible disgrace.

And disgrace terrified him far more than death. [Halo: Glasslands]

And the last set of HALO BADGES, all significant SPARTAN-II commandos!

This is just a tribute to the Halo Franchise. I do not own rights over any form of official art replicated within these designs, however, the designs belong to me and are NOT FOR SALE. You want to print them? Go ahead. Want to make a pin or a button? Go ahead. JUST DON’T SELL IT. You’re gonna get yourself in trouble. Even more: since these designs are based on official Halo art, YOU SHOULD KNOW YOU SHOULDN’T DO ANYTHING STUPID WITH THEM. Be a proud fan, be a good fan.
If you want to do some cool montage with them, CREDIT ME AS ORIGINAL DESIGNER.
If you want a badge based on your Original Halo Character, send me an ask with your character’s name, rank and affiliation (anonymous asks will not be replied).
Enjoy Halo and be happy!

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FRIDAY FRENZY | etsyfindoftheday 4 | 5.29.15

varied alternative engagement ring styles by studio1040

  • sapphire and emerald three-stone engagement ring
  • white sapphire and pavè-set diamond tiara ring in rose gold

it’s easy to buck engagement ring trends with all the different designs available on etsy — and sometimes, a single shop has such a range of styles, you don’t need to look anywhere else. take studio1040: traditional solitaire and halo-set pieces abound, but you’ve also got access to unique gem combinations and settings like these gorgeous examples. love the green emerald accents on top, and the royal detailing feel of the pavè settings on bottom.