The Fett Effect: Combat Evolved

So, Halo: Reach beta – I really enjoyed it. Yeah, I said it. After almost 10 years of evolved combat, the newest iteration of Halo still has enough gusto to grab my attention. But why is that? Two words: Jet Packs.

When Halo ODST came along, it seemed thoroughly mediocre. The inspiration behind the game seemed like a solid foundation. I liked the jazz score, the dark lighting, the general ambiance, the Firefly cameos, but the excitement was missing. So, when I booted up the Reach Beta, I was doing it out of a sense of obligation (sort of like how I need to watch the Lost finale, but I don’t want to). And to my surprise, there were jet packs!

Flying really changes (evolves?) the game’s combat to the point where everything feels fresh and new again. As with each new release, there are new weapons too, but they aren’t the game changers that will bring in new fans while exciting the old. Flying is.

More importantly, the Halo series has added a new mechanic to the tired …

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Slam Bolt Scrappers at the Boston 100K ArtScience Fair

The Boston 100K ArtScience Innovation Fair is happening right now, and Fire Hose Games is excited to be participating.

The ArtScience Prize is an art and design idea development competition with a scientific theme created to foster a passion for creative thinking among high school students, achieved through a unique process known as idea translation. This process challenges young people to mix both aesthetic and analytical modes of thinking through experimental workshops in the arts and sciences. The ASP is an education initiative of The Idea Translation Lab at Cloud Place/ArtScience Labs in Copley.

Jeff, our Toolsmith, will be there talking to students about their creations and giving advice on how to get in to the video game industry. Plus, we’ll have Slam Bolt Scrappers setup for everyone to play, so it’s sure to be an awesome time.

Everyone here at Fire Hose Games is thrilled to be helping out the community and would like to congratulate not just the winners, but all the participants in this exciting event.

For more information on the ASP, check out

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