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Offline blackhole

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Kirkland and the Secret Government Installation
The following is a paraphrased description of what my parents found while driving around Kirkland, Washington.

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We were driving around the park area in Kirkland where the pancake house is, along with a nearby QFC. One of the buildings had been torn down and replaced with a non-descript, brown installation. Nearly all the windows were blacked out or frosted over, and the only entrance had a security guard posted, with a phone labeled "If you want to enter this building, use this phone." Accompanying this was an area of the parking lot clearly outlined in red paint, warning "PERMIT REQUIRED. 24 HOUR TOW-AWAY ZONE."

Naturally curious about this strange looking building, we attempted to talk to the security guard, but he was on his cell phone and started to move away as we approached him, so we abandoned that attempt. Clearly, this was some sort of secret, government installation doing high-tech research on chemical warfare... or something.

Determined to discover the identity of this strange building, we went in to the nearby QFC and started asking around the help desk. After several minutes of unsuccessful queries, one person out of the entire help desk staff was able to tell us what that building was for.

It was a development center for Microsoft's Halo game.

 

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Re: Kirkland and the Secret Government Installation
Are you sure it wasn't just Bungie Studios? They aren't a Microsoft studio anymore, although they did make all three Halos. And they're in Kirkland.

Allegedly their digs are quite nice.

 

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Re: Kirkland and the Secret Government Installation
Actually, while bungie itself isn't part of Microsoft, the game is still published by Microsoft, so if you go around asking help desk people, they'll probably tell you its a Microsoft game :P

It might be bungie studios, I don't know. Even if it is, thats still a lot of security.

 

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Re: Kirkland and the Secret Government Installation
Halo is just a cover for a secret government plot :)
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Re: Kirkland and the Secret Government Installation
I've seen the bungie headquarters on the Halo 2 bonus CD. It's not a big brown building.

And, what, another Halo game? Bungie outta quit while they're ahead :doubt:
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Re: Kirkland and the Secret Government Installation
They're not making another Halo, I believe. I also believe they moved buildings since Halo 2.

 

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Re: Kirkland and the Secret Government Installation
yeah bungie isn't making more halos....doesn't mean MS can't though.  And if i was microsoft, i'd want to protect a secret like that....maybe they should get some marines to really throw off the gaming community.
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Re: Kirkland and the Secret Government Installation
There's a full "day in the life of a bungie employee" film on the Halo 3 bonus disc...

I don't remember it being brown.. could be wrong though. Anyone else have it?
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Re: Kirkland and the Secret Government Installation
I believe there is a Halo RTS game in the works for the 360.
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Re: Kirkland and the Secret Government Installation
Oh yeah. Forgot about that one.

It's called Halo Wars.
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Re: Kirkland and the Secret Government Installation
Interestingly, Halos Wars is NOT being developed by Bungie, but Ensemble Studios, which IIRC, were responsible for MechWarrior 4.
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Re: Kirkland and the Secret Government Installation
No, they made the Age Of Empires series.
Fun while it lasted.

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Re: Kirkland and the Secret Government Installation
I pretty sure they worked on the MechWarrior series at one point... ... Guess not. Looks like they're worked on mostly RTS games, so it looks likes Halo Wars is in good hands.
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They never did any Mechwarrior, so far as I know. Nor Mechcommander, nor any other Battletech product.

 

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Yea ... No idea why I thought that.
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Re: Kirkland and the Secret Government Installation
The Age of Empires/Mythology games were good stuff, so I'd expect the Halo franchise is in good hands with them.

 
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Watch them all fail miserably...
Fun while it lasted.

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Re: Kirkland and the Secret Government Installation
From what I've seen, Halo Wars doesn't look too good.
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Re: Kirkland and the Secret Government Installation
From what I've seen, Halo Wars doesn't look too good.

Halo in RTS form doesn't sound too good.
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Re: Kirkland and the Secret Government Installation
Also interestingly, Halo was first conceived and developed as an RTS. There might be some potential -- we'll see.

The interface, at least, looks reasonable for a console, and they've clearly put some effort into capturing the general feel (animation, character voice, weapon effects) of Halo combat.

I'm not entirely confident, but I'm open to it.