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On a cold winter's evening in late 2012, a group of web developers, community leaders, and all-around classy gentlemen huddled in front of the proverbial fireplace and discussed plans to give Halo's quirky and creative Forge and Custom Games community a new home.

At the heart of this community-driven vision was a system designed to streamline the process for those wishing to engage with another on the virtual battlefield in order to enjoy the sorts of experiences that simply can't be found in matchmaking hoppers. From wacky mini games to methodical map testing, we sought to provide a platform to allow visitors to maximize the fun they could have in Halo games.

This admittedly simple system proved to be incredibly successful in achieving its prime directive: getting out of the way and connecting this community to fun Halo experiences. Even with Halo 4's waning population, this system reached an impressive level of popularity.

Last summer, we decided to swap this system out in favor of a new one and site updates rendered this change irreversible. The new system we implemented seemed great on paper, but ultimately proved to be overcomplicated and admittedly buggy. Over the last few weeks, adderrson and myself set out to bring back the "OG" Custom Games system in all its former glory, and then some.

Today, it is our pleasure to announce that this new (old) system is ready for public use! We're still working on some tweaks and additions, but the core functionality is here. We hope you're as excited as we are. Read on below for some details on some of this system's features.

Creating a Lobby:
If you frequented HaloCustoms prior to summer of 2015, this should be quite familiar to you. Simply click the 'Host New Lobby' button within the Custom Games section. From there, you'll be asked to input a title and the body of your lobby...

With the Meet Your Maker Forge Contest in full swing, Big Team Battle is at the forefront of the minds of many. For a lot of us, BTB means enjoying varied gameplay experiences on big maps with a larger team at our backs. Our friends at BigTeamBattle.net are here to remind us that BTB has a fierce competitive side as well.

Starting at 12 PM PST, the tournament will take place on Saturday, July 30th 2016 (the day before the aforementioned contest's submission deadline). You can find some quick details on the event below. For full details, head on over to the Main Announcement on BTBnet!

Tournament Format:
  • Single Elimination bracket
  • Best of 5 series for regular matches
  • Best of 7 series for the final
Maps and Gametypes:
All maps and modes can be found in the bookmarks of MATCLAN.
  • Artemis (CTF, Slayer) by Ad Arcanum & The Psycho Duck
  • Fracture (CTF) by Squally DaBeanz
  • Guillotine (Strongholds, Slayer) by The Psycho Duck & 343 Industries
  • Scavenger (Strongholds, Slayer) by CommanderColson
  • Torque (CTF) by 343 Industries
Prizes:
  1. Jinx HCS T-shirt and Jinx HCS cap
  2. Jinx HCS T-shirt
  3. Halo-themed keychain
For full details, please view the main announcement. We hope you're as excited for all of this upcoming BTB-related goodness as we are!

An extra special Deals with Gold post this week as it is what Microsoft is branding as the "Ultimate Game Sale".

With over 250 sale items across both Xbox One and Xbox 360, there's plenty to choose from. Including a plethora of Backwards Compatible Xbox 360 games.

On these big sales I don't usually make any recommendations but I just wanted to point out that Red Dead Redemption is 75% off and will be added as a backwards compatibility title this friday.

Remember, I mark Xbox 360 content that is backwards compatible with :awesome:. As per the usual, all of this week's deals for both systems can be found below;

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Greetings my fellow forgers and forge-ettes! With the release of a new forge canvas, new vehicles, and new forge options in general, the judging panel has decided to push the submission deadline for MYM map submissions back by 2 weeks. The new deadline will be set at 11:59 PM EST on July 31st, 2016. We hope this will give entrants some extra time to consider the new options at their disposal, as well as extra time to add polish to already complete designs. Good luck to all, we can't wait to see what you come up with!

For more information about the Meet Your Maker: BTB Forge Contest, follow this link.

If you haven't guessed it, the Warzone Firefight update is now live and is a rather hefty one sitting at about 7GB. Also for those of you with friends that don't own the game yet, get them to download Halo 5 for free! From today through to July 5th. Details on the contents of this update and information on the "Free Play Days" can be found in an in depth post I made on the matter. This also includes the full REQ list for this update.

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On June 28th we were also treated to an exclusive look into new features added to Halo 5's forge in this update, as well as a look at everything else included in the update. You can find the official recording of the stream in it's entirety below;


If you're just interested in watching the forge content you can skip straight to it with this handy dandy link. Spoiler alert, increased budget, cool new items and freaking ziplines!

Before I delve more into 'cool forge stuff' I'd like to point out that you can find the patch notes for this update here. If you're just interested in taking a look at a list of newly added items for the forge sandbox however, you can find this information in the spoiler box below.


This week is a good week for fans of the Mass Effect series. Not so great for everyone else though.

Over on Xbox One there really isn't much to recommend other than Titanfall Deluxe Edition at 75% off. The game is still pretty fun and it's cloud based online play is frankly buttery smooth. Personally if you're interested in this title, I would still wholeheartedly recommend considering investing in an EA access subscription in it's place. Seeing how it is one of the titles included in "The Vault".

Over on Xbox 360 Titanfall is also on sale. The main attraction however is the fact that all premium DLC for Mass Effect 2/3 is currently 50% off. If you're a fan of the series and are missing any of these paid expansions, now might be the time to buy. :-3

As per the usual, all of this week's deals for both systems can be found below;

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In two days time, the largest update since the December update which bestowed forge upon us all will be available. Over the course of the weekend multiple official posts have gone out detailing what's included in the update along with the announcement of a week-long promotion to attract new players.

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Cutting to the chase here. According to this post on the official Xbox news portal, you can find the following content included in the Warzone Firefight update;
  • New Game Mode – Warzone Firefight: Warzone Firefight is, by far, the biggest content release since the launch of Halo 5: Guardians! As a result of the beta in April, 343 Industries has taken player feedback to improve the game mode for launch, such as increasing the difficulty each round and adding brand new bosses and vehicles – including the hilarious (and deadly) Grunt Goblin boss and the powerful UNSC VTOL, AV-49 Wasp, deployable as a REQ vehicle in all Warzone modes and available to use in Forge. Check out Polygon and IGN to get a sneak peek at both of these new additions to Halo 5: Guardians.
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  • New Campaign Feature – Score Attack: As detailed on Halo Waypoint, the Warzone Firefight content release will include a new way to play Halo 5: Guardians’ campaign – Score Attack! Campaign scoring...

In the week following E3, we have some more fairly unremarkable discounts across both platforms.

Once again the main recommendation this week is more free content with another Battlefield 4 DLC pack; Battlefield 4 Second Assault. This one is available on both platforms but I'd like to assume that most of you by now would be interested in the Xbox One version of this content.

On Xbox 360 this week I'd recommend the Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection at 50% Off. Providing all the DLC content for a recent games with gold title at one low price. If I remember correctly their's some pretty fun single player content that adds a stealthy segment to the campaign. This content is also backwards compatible, in case you wasn't aware.

Remember, I mark Xbox 360 content that is backwards compatible with :awesome:. As per the usual, all of this week's deals for both systems can be found below;

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One could call this the Deals with Gold E3 edition, but Xbox One this week features many of the usual suspects.

Following the announcement of Forza Horizon 3, this week primarily proves to be a sale across Xbox One iterations of the series. My recommendation sits with Limbo this week, which is 100% off. As it's a very atmospheric platformer focusing very much on trial and error. Also who doesn't like free stuff?

Over on Xbox 360 is what only can be described as a complete and utter tease. With 3 titles that many will be itching to play on Backwards Compatibility, being slashed in price. Front and centre with these discounts is Skate 3. Crysis 3 makes an appearance also. But the most exciting possibility is Crash Mind Over Mutant. Which has conveniently gone on sale the day after the Crash Bandicoot franchise was revived.

Unfortunately though none of those are playable on Xbox One... Yet. But to scratch that itch I'd recommend that you pick up Tekken Tag Tournament 2 at 100% off as you guessed it... it's freeee! :p

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Greetings one and all to this recap of this year's Xbox E3 Briefing. If you'd rather watch the entire event you can watch it on demand here. Otherwise, read on!

This year's E3 began on a sombre note, fortunately though that didn't last.


Microsoft were straight in for the kill with the recently leaked Xbox One S. 40% Smaller with an integrated PSU, HDR, internal storage up to 2tb, an updated controller and has the ability to be vertically mounted. Exciting stuff for those of us with limited space. Releases in August, starting from $299.

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Next up we had some Gears of War 4. but before getting into the gory details, cross play was announced both in matchmaking and ownership of the game. Exciting stuff. This new initiative is called "Xbox Play Anywhere". Buy it once and play both on Xbox One and PC!


Following this announcement we got to take a look at some fresh Gears of War 4 campaign gameplay. Looks pretty. You can check it out above.


Finishing off the Gears coverage is was a pretty Kickass Gears themed Elite controller.


Next up we have some Killer instinct coverage, but wait... it's still Gears of War themed. General Ramm is coming to KI today and will be playable for free for the entire of this week. So why not give him a whirl?


Forza Horizon 3, Australia, utterly gorgeous and another Xbox Play Anywhere title. Boasts 4 player campaign co-op and the largest roster of cars ever. Make sure you check out the Forza coverage both above and below. Comes out September 27th.


Next up an interesting Sci-fi third...