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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Halo Amplified Podcast - Episode 21 - ODST and More

The new podcast is finally released! We update you with Halo world news and review Bungie's newest game Halo 3: ODST!

Download @ Link (Right click and Save As)

iTunes link

Enjoy our first episode back!
~Amp and Crew

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sorry about that...

L0rd4bove decided to not show up this past weekend so we don't have any podcasts coming out this week.

We will hopefully still have a ODST review episode as well as a MLG Dallas episode coming out soon, again, hopefully next week...

~Amp

P.S. ODST Rocks!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

We're Coming!

That's right, we're back!

In the coming weeks Halo Amplified will be coming out with new episodes pertaining to MLG Dallas, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 3 Mythic Maps "Part 2", and more good old Halo news.

We will be trying to keep up with our bi-weekly schedule we planned out oh so long ago.

I'm really excited to get back into the flow of things with the podcast. We may be a bit shaky to start but we will get back into it!

See you guys in a week!
~Amp and Crew

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Halo Amplified at MLG Dallas 2009

Halo Amplified Podcast will have a two man presence at MLG Dallas 2009.

If you guys haven't seen it already I have started tweeting via my personal twitter account about my trip to Dallas.
TheAmplified

At the moment I am waiting in the Dallas airport for my teammate HBK to pick me up and bring me over to his house.

We will be playing as Team Reflex all week and LANing a team at the hotel on Thursday night, all in time for the competition on Friday evening.

I will also be recording little audio bits throughout the weekend and compiling them into a podcast episode as well as either a Dallas Report from myself and L0rd4b0ve or a Dallas Roundtable including many of the people we meet up with in Dallas.

Look for all of this coming in the next few days and weeks!
~Amp

Saturday, August 1, 2009

MLG Columbus by Amp

First off check out this post over at TASPN.
Then read on...

Halo Amplified Podcast at MLG Columbus.

I thought that since I just gave you the Meadowlands recap I'd also give you my Columbus experience since there haven't been any podcasts about it.
I do realize that there are some holes in the write-up but I thought I should get it to you anyway.

Here you go:
MLG Columbus 2009

Cast
Amplified - Me
Hurricane - Sean
Bos - Jon
Rekling - Russell
Rukus - Billy
Digital - Mike
Basket Babe - Amanda
KBC - Kevin
Jaba - John
Snowman - Mike
Churned Rock - Will
Kooshy - Cody
Plasma - Mark
Duke - Sam

Intro

I want to the event on Team Reflex once again, but this time with a new roster. Besides Reflex's core, myself and Hurricane, we had two other good players, Bos and Rekling. We played a lot better in the open bracket in Columbus, making it to the rounds on Saturday.
At a fan point of view, it was a great event. But at the same time, as an Instinct fan, it was a disappointment.

I also want to apologize for the choppiness of the article, I couldn't quite remember/write out some of event. I will add more as I see fit and update you guys via the blog.

Thursday

As a senior in high school I don't have to take final exams as long as I have a C avg and less than X amount of absenses in the class, and in the end I only had to take one exam, a required state course. I was lucky enough to change the date an time I took it, since I originally had to take it Friday morning. So I took it Thursday afternoon and flew out as soon as the exam ended at 4 pm.
My flight was at 6 pm and once we got to the gate the agents there told us that the plane we were taking had mechanical problems so the flight was cancelled. My luck right? Second time I compete at an event, my travel to the event screws up. We did manage (my mom and I) get our flight changes. The flight we got arrives at 11:30 pm instead of 9:45 pm. Once we arrived in Charlotte (our connection) we found out that our original connection to Cbus was delayed even later so in the end we got lucky.
Roughly 20 minute travel time to the hotel. When we finally arrived and were checking in to the Crowne Plaza, across from the Convention Center, I found Rekling in the Lobby as he was trying to call the team on the hotel's phone. As I recognized the numbers he read them out to the desk attendant, I asked him if he happened to be Russell and then introduced myself to him, surprising both of us (just as a note, this is probably the only good experience I had with him). After we got settled in and dropped of our stuff, we went to join Bos and Billy, who were LANing over at the Drudy hotel. A very nice lady, who was reporting on the event directed us over to the Drudy.
Once we got there we met some cool guys from KY, etc. And LANed for a while. I played decently on and off. Then finally Billy called me up and made Bos and Rekling come back to the Crowne to sleep. Once I finished that up I went back to my room and slept it up. Sean status - No show at his 1 am arrival.

Friday - Re-re-re-flex
Friday played out really well for Team Reflex. It started for me at about 8:30 am.
-----Breakfast, etc...-----
We got down to the venue at around 12 pm. Once there I immediately noticed some sweet Old Spice/Instinct badges/programs being handed out. So I immediately snagged 4 of them from a guy handing them out, that was walking into the venue. Once I got through the line, and signed in a media I had to wait until the venue opened at 1:30 pm. While waiting in line, I met up with Amanda when I saw here talking to some people in line ahead of me. Once the security guards started to tease us with the opening, the whole line and everyone around swarmed the door creating a mob of people in front of the door. After I squeezed my way up closer to the front of the mob and got in on my media pass, I immediately shot over to the MLG store and solidified my spot in line there with my 5th place spot.
The whole process of purchasing took forever for everyone in front of me for some reason. Once I got to the register I bought my Instinct hat, Russell's Instinct hat and my OHI-OWN shirt with my gamertag on the back. Then I signed up for the Dr Pepper texting sweepstakes and headed back out to the team waiting outside the venue. We then waited for about 45 minutes for Sean to show up so we could check in. But before that we got to say hi to Sundance and Puckett as they came out of the venue. Russell had some funny, short conversations with them. They both end up saying "nice hat" to him as they go by, and he told Sundance his was nice too (Yankees), and Sundance's response was "maybe we can make a trade later." Overall it was funny, but it also showed me that Russell was going to be a handful to "drag" around at the event. Then the Foxy Richochet team came back out looking for a warmup LAN after losing to a team in the venue. So I sent them over to Mike's room ahead of us. And finally once Sean got there we check-in and I got him checked-in as media too.
Once we walked inside and checked out the venue, we headed back up to Mike's room and watched the end of the Clean by Nature and Foxy Ricochet LAN games. Afterwards we LANed CbN and played the three Winners Bracket series, WBR1, R2, and R3. Overall Reflex came out 7-2 over CbN, just shattering the false confidence they had from absolutely destroying us in the online scrims before the event and drove our confidence through the roof. We finally headed down to the venue to wait for our names being called to play in WBR1. We met up with the former members of Shattered from Meadowlands, Kevin, John and Sam, and with new additions to the posse, Mike, Will, Koosh and Plasma. We gathered together to listen to the welcome to the event.
After that we got called for the first Heat of WBR1, paired up against Blacklisted. We lost the first game Guardian TS be a slim margin, but moved on to Game 2, Narrows CTF. Reflex owns this gametype. After they got the first cap they were talking trash, but we immediately took advantage of it can countered. Which sparked some of my trash talk, after I got bombarded with trash talk throughout both games. My first comment was "what, is that a cap?!?" After a heated string of events we cap another flag bringing the score to 2-1, Reflex. In the last few seconds of regulation I was counting down the time when they grab our flag stalling the game's end, my quoted line was "5, 4, 3, tw-FUCK". We finally close that game out easily and move on the Game 3, Pit TS. Our start of this game was sloppy to say the least. After a horrible start we just couldn't make a comeback and got dominated the rest of the game. Morale was down, especially because Jaba, Snowman and my Mom watched that match, so we headed back up to Digital's room to LAN CbN again. Again we completely dominate them, 4-0.
When we got back to the venue and Shibby started calling out stations, the whole first heat of LBR1 got a bye, including us. Even the team that beat us in Meadowlands and was a no show to Foxy Ricochet's WBR1 match, which was BS.
Later in the night we got paired up against Birthright in LBR2 and easily 2-0 them in Narrows TS and Pit CTF. It was a great feeling to progress to Saturday rounds in the Open Bracket. Once we finished dropping of some of our gear we got horrible directions from Sam but we eventually made it over to the Hampton Inn to LAN with all the Shattered and other Podtacular guys. I got to meet some new guys, including the ones from the welcome, Kooshy, Plasmaqrenades, SnowmanHunter, and Then instead of having a team room, since Hyatt screwed up our rooms, Bos and Russell stayed in Sean and his dad's room for the night.

Saturday
- Severance and Aric aka "Mr Mainstage"
We woke up and met up at about 9 am on Saturday and ate breakfast at the convention center's food court. We then headed over to the venue to play a few warm up games on the stations before we played at 10 am. The warmups didn't play in our favor. So in the end we were 0-3 for warmup games, including the gametypes we had to play at 10. Those games kinda snuffed us out.
For LBR3 we got paired up against Rapid Pulse, the 62nd ranked team, which means they earned that spot, it wasn't randomized. The first gametype was Pit TS. We came out strong at the beginning but ended up losing control relatively quickly, but we kept up the pressure until the end where we choked and lost by at least 5 kills. The next gametype was Narrows CTF, which we all knew we were good at. About 30 seconds into the game they had almost complete control and we never concentrated enough on getting it back and maintaining it. We unexpectedly got 3-0'd in our best gametype. I was pretty upset about that game, but overall I wasn't too frustrated that we got 2-0'd by the 62nd ranked team.

After our competition schedule ended and Russell and I went over to mainstage. He was yelling a cheering with a small group of people, making a fool out of himself. Once we finally got seats, which we on the right set of bleachers from the center, second row, on the aisle, we met some people around us, including Vehemency and his friend, sorry I never got names. We talked a while about the teams and games, but once Russell started yelling out again he got on everyone's nerves really fast. He was pretty much being a dick, plain and simple, which didn't help my view of him, which he had already tarnished.
*Carbon vs Classic?

I heard a callout from Puckett from the mic. That Instinct was going to scrim FB in the Dr Pepper booth. I immediately headed over there to try to get them to sign my hat. All they ended up doing was playing FFA because Instinct had a match on mainstage soon. I ended up sneaking up behind them and asking Walshy when he wasn't playing to sign my hat. He did, and as he tried to hand it back I asked to get the whole team and he said sure. When everyone was done Roy ended up handing to me and we had an exchange of "hello"s. Always cool to see/talk to Roy.

In fact, later on while I was waiting for mainstage again, this time farther up in the line, I heard the someone, possibly Shibby, on the microphone saying that Instinct was doing autographs at the Feature Station, which had been turned into a Instinct/Old Spice station. I, again, immediately headed over there to get in the excruciatingly long line. I luckily found one of the Foxy Ricochet guys waiting about 15 people back. I decided to strike up a conversation with him and plant myself in line with him. As I had hoped, the Old Spice girls started handing out red Old Spice string bags, which I saw at Meadows and really wanted to get my hands on. I ended up getting it signed by the team including coach xXx in nice silver sharpie. As soon as I got out of that line I ran back over to the mainstage line and shimmied my way back up front. I also found Jon in the mess of people and since I made it up farther ahead, I offered to get him in when I got picked to go in.
So here is where mainstage on Saturday started getting pretty awesome. It all had started when I started waiting in line to get on mainstage. The rest of the line and I watched the AMP North of 49 vs _______. A large group of them started cheering, jokingly, for DarkScorpian, which turned out to be a sort of fan cheer. I'm pretty sure at one point they also were hatin' on Gregor. But ultimately DarkScorpian was the most memorable. Later on they even started cheering for Sundance who came over to tell them to keep it up. They even asked him to let them all in, which was obviously ignored. Being a fan and trying to get on mainstage is a highly competitive task in itself.

Saturday night after the venue closed we headed over to the Hampton again to LAN with the Podtac guys. It was a lot shorter this time but again it was pretty fun. It was also the last time we saw them since they left midday on Sunday.

Sunday
- Str8 breaks the curse and Instinct chokes
To start the day, I skipped a real breakfast because I wanted to head over to get in line for mainstage. I woke up at 10 a little later than I planned (two hours later). When I got in line I weaseled my way up to the front of the line. Eventually it got to some pro matches and the security guard that handles mainstage at all the events, told everyone to sit down because it was going to be a while.

What really sucked about Sunday is, while I was sitting on mainstage, I heard the call out for Instinct vs Classic on the feature station. Then during a lull in matches on mainstage the crowd around me and I heard loud cheers after three of the games over at the feature station and finally we got the news via someone's friend, about Instinct's 1-3 loss to Classic. It sucked to see them lose, getting 5th place, and it also sucked to get beat out by SnowmanHunter, who'll I'll talk about more later.

I also got a lot of texts during the day from Sean wanting me to go up to his room and LAN with him Jon and Russ

I was sitting on mainstage at about 5 pm during the TD/FB series in the LB Finals, and I get this text from the Dr Pepper number 737737 (PEPPER) saying "Congrats! U r the grand prize winner." I was like, WTF? I read it over like three times, and again was like WTF. I quickly checked the text I got when I entered the sweepstakes on Friday and saw I got a bunch of prizes including a seat on mainstage for the Championship match, which was next. Since it only gave me ten minutes to claim it, I just got up and left through the staff area under the mainstage tower. I went over to the Dr Pepper booth and asked the first DP girl I found, for Scott, like it said in the message. She asked if I the number she had written down was my cell phone number, and it was. She then congratulated me and brought me to the front of the booth and we waited for Scott there. He came out to the booth and congratulated me again and told me I was actually the second person to win, the first didn't show up for his thirty minute deadline.

After we finished eating we went back to Sean's room (stopped at desk) and played some 1v1 LAN for a bit, which I'll spotlight in a little extra section after this article. While waiting I went back to the Crowne to drop off some of my gear so I wasn't carrying it for the movie. When I got back we played some 2v2's (Jon and I vs Sean and Russ), until 10:10 pm and left fearing we would be late for the movie. We got there in time for the 10:20 pm movie but had to wait in line for a large group of people buying tickets for a different movie. Russ and I skipped out on concessions while Jon and Sean got some popcorn, drinks and candy. They came into the movie about 5 minutes in and sat with me, while Russ sat in the bad-for-the-neck seats in front. Overall the movie "The Hangover" was hilarious, we all enjoyed it. After heading back to Sean's room, we continued to play some 2v2's and watching films until 3:30 am. I finally said my goodbyes, to Jon and Sean at least, and went back over to the Crowne to get some good sleep.

Monday

Mostly a travel day. I slept til around 11:30, a nice 8 hour sleep. After we got ready to go by noon, an old neighbor who had moved to C'bus picked us up and we went out to breakfast at Bob Evans. After that we went to see their house and visited, it wasn't really for me, more of an adult thing, but I got to check my email and the like while I was there so, whatever. Then around 4pm we left for the airport and then got home around 9pm. Overall Columbus was an awesome event and personally I thought it was better than Meadowlands.
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Post Columbus
Reflex is still alive. Sean and I will stick together along with two other guys we will pick up. We already have one guy who already lives in Texas over in Houston, Rampage. We also decided to pick up a guys we met in Columbus via the Podtacular guys, Kooshy. We have only been playing as a team for a very limited time but I feel we will do well with some solid practice. Sean and I also want to go with a guy who wanted to coach us ever since we met in Columbus and really had some fun, Snowman Hunter aka Lyckety Splytt aka Mike. Mike is a crazy dude, I really think his coaching would have brought both a fun and skilled aspect to our team game. See you all in Dallas!

Pre Dallas

...Insert updates here...
We changed our line up once again, for the sake of Sean. We now have two guys who live in the greater Dallas area, who we met last year at MLG Dallas 2008, Jared and Reptar. Hopefully it will turn out great!
After a little turmoil caused by Sean leaving the team, and coming back after seeing how much the other team needed work on chemistry, we no longer have Jared and Reptar on the roster. First we had a little stint with Icy Wolf, who is no angry with us because we dropped him for a set of two that we instantly hit it off with and beat Salvation with only an hour of play together, going over no strats whatsoever [http://podtacular.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=25827&start=15 (Post 19, second to last on page 2)]. Bos and Lazy will hopefully be on the team for Dallas. Yes this is the same Bos from C'bus, so we have most of the most successful Reflex roster back. There are some financial troubles going on at the moment so if anything falls through we have Fractured as a potential teammate.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

To Hold You Over

This has been a long time coming, sorry we haven't kept up with the events!

Here is my MLG Meadowlands 2009 experience:

MLG Meadowlands Recap

Team Reflex - Amplified
Cast:
L0rd4b0ve- Sam (1)
Hurricane- Sean
Hunter- Ian
Vertual- Nick
KBC- Kevin
Jaba- John
KmHax- Keegan
Duke- Sam (2)
Dialpex - Diego
Amateur Hour- AnnoyedCustomer, Legion, and their other two.

Intro
Wow, the first event of 2009. It was a blast, even though we lost in LBR1. We had a lot of fun playing all weekend and just hanging out as a team. After the event is another story. But overall Meadowlands was great, the only thing I didn't like was Instinct placing 2nd. They deserve 1st place.

I also want to say that I'm sorry that this took so long to put together, but ultimately it felt good to write about it and I hope you enjoy!

Thursday - Delay, Delay, Cancel
Thursday pretty much sucked. My flight was scheduled for 6:05pm arriving in LGA @ 7:30pm. Before I even got out of school it got delayed to a 7:25pm departure. So when I finally made my way to the airport, I still had a decent wait at the gate for boarding to start. Then we were delayed again, this time until 8:30pm. Finally boarding started at 8. Once the plane was boarded we taxied to our runway after another little wait, then got stopped out there for 45 minutes because of thunderstorms at Laguardia. Then we were told LGA had a ground-stop so we were not going to get out that night. Once we finally got back to the gate, I had to scramble to get to an open, not crowded ticket counter so I could get on the 6 a.m. flight on Friday morning and wouldn't miss anything. I was able to get the flight at 6 for an arrival time at LGA at 7 a.m., thank god.
We had originally planned to LAN against our friends from Podtac, Team Shattered, and the team Amateur Hour, who we'd met up with online and planned to LAN with that night, replacing the bucket kids on Shattered. But since I was delayed along with Vertual and some of the Amateur Hour crew we couldn't get a LAN going on Thursday after all. The only good thing about the day was that I got to go to sleep in my own bed and gather some last minute things that I would have forgot.

Friday - LAN LAN LAN
I arrived around 7am on Friday. With L0rd4b0ve (Sam (1)) as my chauffeur from the airport, props to him and his mother. When we arrived at the hotel and met everyone we just sat around talking and playing for a while before we headed outside on the chilly, rainy Friday morning. We left to go wait in the line at around 9:45. Since it was raining out and windy as hell, we waited underneath the Embassy Suites drop-off overhang. At around 10:15 people migrated over to the parking garage of the Expo Center and then the line started to form toward the ramp. Once on the ramp we waited another 20 minutes to get inside (they were only letting sets of 10 at a time).
Once Reflex got inside we immediately went to the table and signed in, got our wristbands, and then L0rd4b0ve and I went over to get our media passes. We had a little trouble because their database was having trouble updating that morning so I had to call over Amy J. aka Ms. Media to bail me out at yet another event, thank you Amy. Once we got that squared away and got our passes we headed back to our hotel to LAN it up.
First we had a team over, Amateur Hour, who we were talking to for a while before the event and they actually were not to far in front of us in line, so that was cool. Once they arrived with their have of the equipment we played a series and got beat 2-1 in some very close games, oh well. They had also invited another team so we cycled out to let them play and during that game I recorded my only video of the weekend :(.
After they finished everyone headed over to the venue which opened at 1 p.m., so we got to wait in a line again out in the rain some more. Once inside Hunter and myself immediately went to the newly added MLG Store in the venue. When we made it through the crowded line and made our custom Meadowlands shirts ordered we left to go find the rest of our team.
After we were done checking out the venue, for the first time for most of the guys, we headed back to our hotel once again to LAN Shattered this time.

Saturday - Instinct, Instinct, Walshy! and Believe. The. Hype.
Even though we lost on Friday and weren't scheduled to play on Saturday it was still fun. Spectating in itself is an amazing experience if you know what to do at the venue. Saturday was a really relaxed day for all of us, mainly because of our loss. Other than our awesome mainstage experience I have to talk about the Podtacular LAN up in Dialpex's room in the Embassy Suites. All I can say is that it was a pretty awesome time. It kinda fixed my relations with KmHax. Since he'd always been cocky online I never thought anything good of him, but after meeting him on Friday and playing on his team in the LAN, along with Tarheels and _____, I really got to liking him. I even end up offering him a spot, which I'll talk about later. So in the 4 pick-up team LAN up in Podtac central, we placed 3rd I think, oh well, I had some fun with those games.
Now on to mainstage. The only games I really remember are those on ESPN Saturday night, but before that I want to shout-out to, first off, all the awesome Status Quo fans chanting etc.. even though they weren't playing! Second which I will highlight later all of the insane Instinct and BtH fans! I have to say though Saturday were probably my favorite games of the tournament. First off, Str8 Rippin vs Believe the Hype. Believe the Hype had a phenomenal, see what I did there?, performance on Saturday night, beating Str8 Rippin after Str8 was up 2-0 in the series
The next match was Instinct vs Final Boss and Walshy had some serious trash talk prepared for this match. First off in the interview by Julie A. with Walshy he mentions he hadn't lost to FB in over 4 years, which is true, and I liked it. But what comes next is even better. Part one of the major hits he made was saing his relationship with Mackeo and Victory X was that he raised them as his "practice noobs" up in Michigan, which I thought was great. Next up he started comparing MLG with Full House, saying he was Uncle Jesse and of course, the Ogre twins were the Olsen twins. Harsh words from the oldest pro on the circuit. To defend his team Victory X had some good words, but nothing to drastic besides, "we'll see who does better in this match," pretty much criticizing Walshy's skill.
All care about is that Instinct easily 3-1'd Final Boss moving on in the tournament. The only notable thing to mention about FB this tournament is they beat out Str8 Rippin in the Losers Bracket semi-finals knocking them out, which I will also mention in the Sunday section.
That night we had a rag-tag LAN in our hotel room with like 15 people. We didn't have enough TVs we had to 4-player split-screen the hotel's 37" TV, bad idea. Other than that it went okay. I slept there for the night and then it was Sunday.

Sunday - TD TD TD :(
Sunday was a long day, but still a lot of fun. Sunday was also definitely Triggers Down's day. After a big loss to Believe the Hype on Saturday they rebounded amazingly against all of the competition.
I want to start with...
The match of Final Boss against Triggers Down in the Losers Bracket Finals. Final Boss had gotten knocked to the Losers Bracket by Instinct, and TD by BtH. TD had just finished beating BtH in their second match up. FB beat TD pretty badly in the first and second games. The third game was going well for TD, Construct KOTH. TD was up 50-0 when the power in the whole venue went out. Everyone was a little freaked out at first but in the end it was funny. IT turns out that there was a brush fire outside across the street away that was burning in the "meadowlands" and hit a transformer. My family on Ellis Island, seeing the Statue of Liberty that day, saw the smoke. Sundance came on the microphone after everything settled reassuring that we weren't in danger and we'd be back online in a bit. What I found funny though is while the power was coming back, Gandhi yells down to Mackeo asking "anything else for ya Mackeo!?" Only to be answered by laughs. Even with this stroke of good luck for FB, they go on and lose the series to TD, 2-3. Putting TD in the Championship Finals with Instinct.
The Instinct match started out awesome again thanks to Walshy. He didn't trash talk as much, but he did take over the interview, holding the microphone his way and explaining to the crowd what chants to use. Neighbor was the only one not to get one, because "he'll be raping anyway." But the other three got "Uncle Walshy," "Roy's our boy," and "Lunchbox rocks." A lot of those chants were used during the match. The other thing he said was that: Roy would just be out bring people, Neighbor sniping, and Lunchbox would just be beating down the ground because they were winning. They did win Game 2, in awesome fashion, but that was it. I blame the curse.
I seem to have a curse on me, if you will. Every event I attend Triggers Down wins the event. MLG Orlando 2008, MLG Dallas 2008 and MLG Meadowlands 2009. The only one I hoped they'd lose was Meadowlands this year because Instinct deserves a solid win.
After everything was all over, Sean and I were the only ones left, that we knew, in the Meadowlands. So we decided to go see a movie, Fast and Furious. My Dad took us over to the theater and we saw the movie. It was okay, I guess. And then that night we parted ways until C'bus.

Monday
This is where the family vacation kicked in for me we went into the city and walked around visiting sites such as the Empire State Building, which didn't have any visibility. So we bough the tickets and headed back to New Jersey. Once we got back we stayed in the room for a while before heading down to the Sports Bar restaurant attached to the Courtyard called Bazookas. We went for a reason. The NCAA Mens Basketball Championship game was on, North Carolina (UNC-Chapel Hill) vs Michigan State. Seeing that I'm, not originally but, from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I felt it was good I watched the game and saw them win. Just adding to a great weekend.

Tuesday
The visibility was better today so I got to go up top of the Empire State Building. It was pretty sweet besides being a little chilly and a lot breezy. After that we headed straight to the airport and flew home.
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Post ML
Nick drop/quit (I know youre not supposed to... I kinda blame nick for attitude online and at the event and how he almost DQ'd us)
Ian drop
Keegan offer
Sureshot
Pinky
Rukus
Marker

Pre Columbus
Bos
Rekling

I know its got some holes but at least its something!

Enjoy!
~Amp

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Halo Amplified Podcast Voicemail

NEW NEW NEW -------------------------------------------->>>>>>>>>

Submit anything you want! Shout-outs, news (cite source), or rumors!

Let us know what you think of the podcast!

Call 1-(559)-HaloPod or 1-(559)-425-6763

Call Us or Text Us!
~Amp

Friday, June 26, 2009

Special Update Episode: June 26th - Foot Back in the Door

This episode follows a more casual format as we try and get our foot back in the door after a 4 month Hiatus. Consists of a general overview of Bungie's E3 Experience, the 2009 MLG season, and more.

Episode Download Link: http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-18591/TS-239322.mp3



Here's a looooong list of links mentioned in our return-to-podcasting episode:

Halo 3 ODST at GametrailersTV
http://www.gametrailers.com/game/halo-3-odst/10364


Halo: Reach trailer
http://www.gametrailers.com/video/e3-09-halo-reach/49988

Halo 3: ODST Page
http://www.bungie.net/projects/odst/default.aspx

Halo: Reach Page
http://www.bungie.net/projects/reach/default.aspx

MLG
http://www.mlgpro.com/

Red vs Blue: Recreation
http://rvb.roosterteeth.com/home.php

Str8 Rippin Team Montage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1ck-xBfAkE

Defuze's Down Under
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLsMz0AaVxM

Orima

Apex: Kampy's Final Montage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlW12S2GfBM

Amplified's YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/amplifiedsilence00

Thanks guys,
~L0rd4b0ve and Amp

Note: The major MLG team I forgot to mention is Believe the Hype, who miraculously placed 3rd in Meadowlands, with the roster of Cloud, Demon D, Clutch, and Sypher. In Columbus they replaced Sypher with Carbon's Soviet. And now they have Sypher back instead of Clutch.

Enjoy guys!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

I just finished editing an extensive halo wars video review/overview that we recorded. Because of the way we set up our feed, we won't be able to send it to you guys through iTunes. We do have an enhanced feed that we map throw it on, but most likely you'll find it on youtube.  It's fairly long (47 minutes), but if you don't have the game its a great way to get the feel of it. Focusing mostly on the multiplayer aspect, we go over all of the UNSC units and structures, as well as almost all the of the Covenant ones. Expect to see it tomorrow or the day after.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Halo Amplified Podcast - Episode 20 - Catch Up

After a long break we are finally back in it!

Episode: http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-18591/TS-200843.mp3 (Right Click to Save As or Left Click to Listen)

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=279588355


Additional Shownotes:
MLG Pro Username= Amplified-Reflex
Puckett's new show= Friday Night Kickoff (http://www.mlgpro.com/pro-circuit/2009/streaminfo.php)

Updates
Recorded before the Top 16 rosters were locked
Incredibles: Ogre1's new team

Check out the Bracket Show: http://www.mlgpro.com/bracketshow
Stauts Quo vs Str8 Rippin LAN: http://www.mlgpro.com/forum/showthread.php?t=231354

Enjoy,
~Amp and Crew

P.S. Don't forget to check out the previous two posts for the original shownotes and the new Str8 Rippin montage!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Monday, March 2, 2009

Episode 20 Notes

Here are all the links and notes we mentioned in the Show:

Pro Choice Awards:
Best BR- Roy, Legit, Hysteria
Best Sniper- Snipedown, Neighbor, Hysteria
Best Close Range Combat- Legit, Snipedown, Neighbor
Best Power Weapon Controller- Neighbor, Snipedown, T2
Best Strategist- Elamite, Walshy, T2
Most Unpredictable Player- Pistola, Neighbor, Legit
Most Clutch Player- Snipedown, Legit, Roy
Breakout Player- Snipedown, Hysteria, Heinz
Best Coach- xXx, JT Bravo, Ace
Best Leader- T2, Walshy, Elamite
Most Underrated Player- Legit, Heinz, Ant
Best Duo- Elam & Legit, Lunch & Roy, T2 & Elam
Best Pure Slayer- Snipedown, Hysteria, Neighbor
Best Objective Player- Legit, Elamite, Walshy
Best Support Player- Elamite, Lunchbox, SK
Best Overall Player- Neighbor, Legit, Roy

Bungie Links:

Montages:

Youtube Channels:

Friday, February 27, 2009

Halo Amplified Podcast - Special Update Episode - 2/27/09

Listen in for some important information!

Episode Description:
Refer me "Amplified-Reflex" when you purchase your MLG Meadowlands Spectator Passes! Look for Episode 20 and our reviews of Halo Wars and the Mythic Map Pack!

Thanks,
~Amp and Crew

Monday, February 16, 2009

Special Edition Episode 9 - MLG Pro Interviews - Roy v2

It took a while but we finally have it ready for everyone!
This MLG Pro Interview is with Roy from Team Instinct. With their new roster and the 2009 Pro Circuit looming, the interview is an inside look at the Top Teams and what's to come in 2009!

Only a few dated statements that don't really matter now, like the version 6 gametypes and the superbowl. Oh well.

Link to iTunes
Link to Talkshoe
Download (Right click to save)

Thanks to everyone on the MLG Forums for supplying us with their questions!
Here is a list of accreditation:
fatkidv2
BassistBowen
LiL-Zap
RumbleForeSkin
PenatrationPat
o_SteveButabi_o
-Stormy-
frodan
jayhawk15balla

Thanks to our contributors, listeners, Defuze for guest hosting, and Roy for joining us!
Enjoy!
~Amp and Crew

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Roy Interview Rescheduled, Leaked Sandbox Pic

Due to unavoidable circumstances, the Roy interview has been rescheduled to January 31st. We will try to get that out to you guys as soon as possible.

Here is a supposed leaked picture of sandbox. It looks legit so far.
http://i44.tinypic.com/a430j8.jpg

-L0rd4b0ve

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