Friday, May 7, 2021

Halo Debuts New 'World Of Halo' Stop-Motion Video Series, Episode 1 Available Now

While we continue to wait for a Halo Infinite release date other than the anticipated November 2021 window, the team over at 343 Industries has a different sort of Master Chief-inspired project to share. Using the Jazwares action figure line, the stop-motion series called World of Halo just debuted its first episode. You can watch it below. Spoiler alert: it's pretty awesome. The Jazwares line is surprisingly detailed for being a mere four inches tall and seeing them in action in this format is kind of cool to see as a Halo fan myself. From a fight to death with the iconic energy sword to seeing some of the most recognizable enemies in the Halo-verse, the first episode of this series has us pretty jazzed to see what's next. Especially being a massive collector.  [embedded content] Master Chief's badassery, glowing energy swords, grunts screaming in panic - what more could you want? Other than a Halo Infinite gameplay trailer, but don't worry about that. 343 Industries has recently confirmed that a new gameplay reveal is coming this Summer to show off what the team has been working on since criticism hit about its next-gen graphics.  In other Halo news, 343 recently shared off a new screenshot from the main campaign, which you can see here, detailing the various PC-specific settings for resolution. The team also confirmed that Halo Infinite will include cross-progression and crossplay between Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC, so that anyone can enjoy the latest game without worried about being tied to one specific platform.  To learn more about Halo Infinite before the gameplay trailer drops in the coming months, you can scope out our dedicated game hub. From fan desires to inside looks, catch up on the latest news right here.  Thoughts on Halo Infinite and the latest stop-motion video with World of Halo? Sound off in the comments below; Cortana would want you to. 

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    Month xbox Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

    We started the Asians at Xbox community 2 yrs ago, hoping to supply a space for the community for connecting and support one another. We also wished to donate to the important mission of fabricating a safe place where everyone on earth can go through the joys of gaming, while advocating for and amplifying the beautiful, groundbreaking content created by our community. Today, month at Xbox for the very first time we have been celebrating AAPI Heritage. We have been grateful for the platform, and to be section of a gaming community that promotes representation and inclusivity.

    You might wonder, why the 1st time? Why now? The horrifying events which have taken place lately targeting our Asian American and Pacific Islander community have deepened our efforts to aid and celebrate the city. Asian xenophobia isn’t new, however in 2020 we begun to see many COVID-19-related hate crimes against members of the AAPI community, targeting older people and women particularly. These attacks are reprehensible and frightening, but we remain strong and vigilant inside our efforts to improve awareness, do something, and celebrate our contributions and heritage with the support of our Xbox family. The fight systematic racism is one most of us real face, and we remain united in strength and partnership with this allies to advance efforts to avoid and ultimately eliminate all types of bias, discrimination, and racism, including anti-Asian hate.

    Xbox will undoubtedly be supporting the Asian Pacific and American Islander community, including players and employees, through partnerships and initiatives that address conditions that and uniquely impact the AAPI community historically. We will continue steadily to champion content and causes that reflect the diversity of today’s gamers and empower those over the industry. We echo the sentiment of a quote from actress Sandra Oh: “I’m #ProudToBeAsian”

    We invite one to join us in this celebration of culture and contributions from the Asian American Pacific and Islander community. Below are a few of the ways Xbox plans to honor these communities this month :

    Xbox Plays

    Xbox will undoubtedly be dedicating our livestreaming content in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by featuring Asian and Pacific Islander protagonists in games, developers, and content creators/streamers! Follow us at which means you don’t miss the action!

    • Week of May 3 – AAPI Community Appreciation Week
    • “Let’s play watching games with the AAPI community at the forefront”
    • Week of May 10 – AAPI Community Takeover Week
    • “Meet new & familiar faces in the AAPI gaming community”
    • Week of May 24 – AAPI Community Appreciation Week
    • “Let’s play watching games with the AAPI community at the forefront”

    Xbox Ambassadors

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    In the Xbox Ambassadors community, we have been focused on amplifying and sharing community voices. So, month in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage, we asked those that identify as Asian and Pacific Islander in the Xbox Ambassadors community how games with diverse representation have impacted them also to share their stories about being truly a person in a gaming community.

    Listed below are their stories: 

    Microsoft Rewards on Xbox

    Microsoft Rewards Members in america can earn and donate points to Asian American Advancing Justice | AAJC and Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) through Xbox. All Microsoft Rewards donations will undoubtedly be matched by Microsoft through the entire month of May in commemoration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. 

    Xbox gamers can earn Microsoft Rewards points in a variety of ways, such as for example purchasing or doing offers after downloading the Microsoft Rewards app on Xbox. Earn points and redeem them for real rewards. Today and donate through Xbox join.


    Mojang Studios shared support for the AAPI community with a $100,000 donation to Advancing Justice

    Xbox Game Club

    The Xbox Community Game Club is really a weekly solution to play, share, and discuss games as a residential area together. Month in celebration of AAPI Heritage, month of May for the whole, we have been featuring games created or starring by individuals who identify as Asian or Pacific Islander. Sign in weekly to find the next favorite game and use #XboxGameClub to inform us about a few of your preferred games featuring members of the community.​

    Collections Curated by Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

    During May and beyond, we have been highlighting games, movies, and TV selected by Pacific and Asian Islander communities at Microsoft that celebrate the vast diversity of East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander identities.

    Have a look at several highlights from the entire games collection featuring creators, protagonists playable characters, and character creation options:

    • Outer Wilds – Have a look at this otherworldly open world mystery from Japanese American Mobius Digital founder Masi Oka. You might recognize him from Heroes!
    • Raji: A HISTORICAL Epic – This original adventure game created by Archival Singh is defined in ancient India and inspired by Hindu and Balinese mythology.
    • Prey Play as a masculine or feminine version of Asian protagonist Morgan Yu in this futuristic space adventure as you uncover the secrets of an area station orbiting the moon.
    • Marvel’s Avengers – Kamala Khan finally makes the jump from comics to gaming as a star of the story, and we celebrate the groundbreaking visibility she and her story arc brings to Pakistani Muslim and American identities.

    Standouts from the full movies and TV collection featuring creators, leads, educational views, and family entertainment include: 

    • “Moana” – Disney’s first movie with a solid Pacific Islander young woman and protagonist shines because the product of research and partnership with anthropologists, cultural practitioners, historians, and much more from Polynesia.
    • “Crazy Rich Asians” – An unbelievable milestone for Asian American and Asian representation on camera and behind the scenes. The talented international cast expands visibility of a variety of Asian identities seldom seen and is directed by John M. Chu.
    • “Minari” – This Oscar-nominated film directed by Lee Isaac Chung tells the story of Korean immigrants in rural Arkansas and we appreciate its exploration of Asian American identity and experience.

    View the entire collections on the Microsoft Store on Xbox, the Microsoft Store on Windows, and the Xbox App on Windows in the United Canada and States. After May 31, people to both Xbox and Windows Stores will get APPI community picks by looking for “AAPI Heritage Month” and related terms. 

    Play. Connect. Impact: Find out more about all that Xbox and Microsoft are doing in celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at our Xbox Community Hub and Microsoft’s AAPIHM Community Hub.

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