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The (New) Canonical Reason Why Halo‘s Cortana Is Naked

Today, Halo franchise director Frank O'Connor offered a new canonical explanation for why Master Chief's AI companion and Tickerbell analogue Cortana chooses to render herself as a nude woman, especially given that all of the other AI constructs in the game choose to render themselves in more substantial outfits (also, all of the other AI constructs render themselves as dudes).

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Conan Plays Halo 4, Hilarity Ensues [Video]

Have you ever wanted to see Conan O'Brien kill himself in a video game? If that's something that interests you, you're in luck! That's exactly what we have here. Thanks to his Clueless Gamer segment, Conan took a spin with Halo 4 recently. He just so happens to have voiced a character in the game, and let's just say things don't end well for virtual Conan. Don't take my word for it; have a look.

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We Can Still Send Master Chief to The White House… As a Statue

The 2012 presidential election is over, and despite a valiant campaign, Halo series hero Master Chief will not be bringing his personal brand of interstellar diplomacy to the White House any time soon... Or will he? There's still a chance that fans could get the government to bring everybody's favorite nondescript space marine to the nation's capital, at least as a lawn ornament. You see, someone filed an official petition this week suggesting that president Obama commission a statue of Master Chief petty officer spartan John-117 and put it outside the White House.

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Microsoft Clarifies Harassment Policies for Halo 4, No Changes To Be Made To Xbox Live’s Code of Conduct

Pros and Cons

Last week, I discussed a GameSpot interview with Halo 4 execs Kiki Wolfkill and Bonnie Ross, in which it was stated that discriminatory behavior in-game — specifically sexism — would result in a lifetime ban. Given Xbox Live’s high profile, the interview had done the rounds at many major tech and gaming sites, and a lively debate ensued. As I mentioned in my original article, there were a lot of questions being asked, primarily regarding whether or not this rule applied to other forms of abuse, and how this new policy would be implemented. On Tuesday, Destructoid reported that they had contacted Microsoft in order to clear things up. The verdict? Xbox Live views all types of harassment as equally reprehensible (hooray!), but they won’t be making any changes to their existing Code of Conduct (hmm).

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Halo 4 Stays Classy, Reminds United States Gamers to Vote

For many people, November 6th, 2012 may prove to be a date they'll recall for years to come. Some folks might immediately associate this with the presidential election -- for good reason -- but others will associate it with another kind of leap into the unknown: The launch of Halo 4. The latest game in the franchise marks the first truly new entry from developer 343 Industries. Knowing full well that gamers picking up their copy might lose themselves in it, they've included a brief note reminding players to vote if they live in the United States.

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Watch the Halo 4 Launch Trailer Even Though It’s Three Weeks Until Launch

The first true outing for developer 343 Industries is coming up. Hint: It's a big one. Halo 4 is all set to release in the United States on November 6th, and Microsoft is pulling out all the stops. The launch trailer for the game -- which is somewhat odd since it actually releases in three weeks or so -- is titled "Scanned" directed by Tim Miller and produced by none other than David Fincher. Watch as Master Chief gets the worst kind of psychological assessment.

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7 Upcoming Game Releases Worthy Of Your Excitement

Power Grid

Blame it on the gray skies, blame it on the end of the Steam Summer Sale, blame it on the interminable length of time between now and the winter holiday season. At the end of summer, gamers can find ourselves convinced there are no good games coming out. Ever. But never fear! There’s still plenty left in 2012 to get excited about. I’ve gathered a selection of upcoming releases that will hopefully pull you out of your impending autumn blues!

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Halo Fans Complete Puzzle and Reveal Halo 4 Cover Art

Fans over at the Halo Waypoint forums received a tantalizing email yesterday from Microsoft entitled "Your piece of the Halo 4 puzzle." The group quickly collected the 32 fragments of the image and eventually puzzled them together to discover what is likely to be the box art for the forthcoming game. You know you want to see this.

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Halo 4 Gets Its Official Release Date

For a while we've all known that Halo 4 was going to be making impact soon. Now, Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced that the release date for the first post-Bungie Halo game will be November 6th, placing it after heavy hitting sequels like Assassin's Creed 3 and Bioshock Infinite. It's also worth noting that it happens to release on the date of the 2012 presidential election here in the U.S., but I'm going to go ahead and say there's probably not a huge overlap between voters and Halo 4 fans.

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