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Halo 3 Easter Egg uncovered?

It would appear that ‘Uber-Halo-Geeks’ might have something to smile about, as the first ever easter egg in Halo 3 has been uncovered. How you ask? What is it? You’d be right to ask these questions; after all the game isn’t even out until next year… Luckily a dedicated Halo.Bungie.Org forum member by the name of Omega has the answer. Well what are you waiting for? You’d better read-on to find out more.

It would seem that Omega decided to painstakingly comb a high-resolution image of good old Master Chief, and discovered the simple logo of Bungie’s 1994 classic Mac title ‘Marathon’ cheekily situated on the chief’s rifle. This is something that could have been easily photo-shopped, however the staff over at the website have recreated Omega’s pictures, meaning that it is actually there. Not that this is major news or anything, but I suppose it’s interesting to those who have followed Bungie’s progress over the years.

On an image that’s almost 2500 pixels tall, the logo takes up a square that’s 18×18 pixels… meaning that on a 720p screen, that puppy would be all of 5 pixels on a side, and on a (far more standard) 480p screen, you’re looking at 3 or 4 pixels on a side. Absolutely, totally invisible in-game… but CLEARLY there.

In fact, NiCkELoP, who submitted the news, reckons that if you have the patience and the will to do so (and if you do, you really need to be locked up), you can pause the E3 Halo 3 announcement trailer from the Marketplace and actually spot this for yourself.

I find it bizarre that someone would want to go to that level to spot an Easter Egg, but that’s hardcore fans for you. Nuts, the lot of ‘em. 3 Easter Egg uncovered? newsvine:Halo 3 Easter Egg uncovered? furl:Halo 3 Easter Egg uncovered? reddit:Halo 3 Easter Egg uncovered? fark:Halo 3 Easter Egg uncovered? Y!:Halo 3 Easter Egg uncovered? gamegrep:Halo 3 Easter Egg uncovered?

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Comment by DAVEGRHL on 2006-10-17 20:27:22 | Reply

I find it stupid that people actually try and find this s***. What sad people. It has nothing important do do with a halo 3 and i really hope this wasnt the big halo news that was ment 2 come out

Comment by Guy on 2006-10-17 21:40:17 | Reply

If you guys cant find the logo (which took me awhile) check this out:

I circled what you’re supposed to see, and imposed the marathon cover on top of the image as well. Should help you all ;).


Comment by Helper... on 2007-07-26 07:23:41 | Reply

Well you coukld download the HD video from GT and go frame by frame…then post it!

I loved Marathon on the Mac and played it on PC too. But I agree with DAVEGRHL, get a life people. Easter Egg… yes. Do I give a ratzazz? No. This does not merit news.

Comment by frednut on 2006-10-17 20:43:17 | Reply

Nothing major then, why would anyone search an image like that in the first place? crazeeee

Comment by splattered on 2006-10-17 21:03:34 | Reply

I dont see a goddamn thing. :(

Can’t see anything either lol

It’s to the left of the white dot, it’s fairly clear. Look at the logo in the top pic and you should see it.

Comment by myrpok on 2006-10-17 21:52:52 | Reply

Isn’t that what an Easter Egg is? Something no one cares about except crazies?

Comment by todd on 2006-10-17 21:57:07 | Reply

Looks like just something on the gun ha… But Marathon rocked, and I’m sure most of the people reading this wouldn’t know the game, that’s because it was on a mac (think a pc version went out long after but didn’t do much) In fact it was one of the greatest FPS, mac or pc…

(ogre) NERRDS!!!!

Comment by Nekro on 2006-10-17 23:38:33 | Reply

My life is now complete knowing this trinket of information >.>

i really dont think this is important. the marathon logo is the symbol for the United Nations Space Command (UNSC), so the symbol is like having the US Marines logo on a Colt 1911 .45. just for personalization. its cool and interesting that they put it there, but its no conspearacy. people just overreact.

Canna SEE captain!

Comment by wirbowsky on 2006-10-18 08:34:46 | Reply

Hehe, this is why Halo 2, which I am currently playing, reminds me Marathon. I just found the atmosphere to be similar with those parasites.

(I know I am a bit late as I only play Halo 2 now, but it allows me to buy games at 15€ :) , next purchase Fable :)

Comment by wirbowsky on 2006-10-18 08:51:36 | Reply

I have posted another easter egg on the right pane of this article, where the Ads by Google are:
we can read “Halo 3 Download. Full version of Halo 3, free to download”

I suppose Xboxic has no control on that :(

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-10-18 15:25:42 | Reply


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Comment by Ben Hueber on 2006-10-29 01:31:43 | Reply

This is not an easter egg. Halo and Marathon are within the same universe. The ‘logo’ of Marathon isn’t a symbol for the game, it’s a symbol used in the Marathon game. The symbol can be seen many times very plainly in halo 1, without the crazy zooms.

Comment by bob cock on 2006-10-29 02:35:13 | Reply

this is absolutely silly. the halo series is rife with references to marathon. of course they are in the same universe. this is nothing new, and if you paid attention to the scenery in halo, youd notice much of the architecture has striking resemblance to architecture in marathon.

also, in marathon you have MJOLNIR mark 4 armour. in halo you have mjolnir mark 6. hmmm, gee, i wonder if its the same thing since it has the same fucking name.

i guess i should just sum up that yeah, that was a complete waste of my time. i didnt have to any research to figure this shit out. i just played the games.

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Comment by Iso on 2006-10-30 23:14:37 | Reply

this is stupid, marathon and halo have been tied together since the beginning

look at the original halo logo

look between the A and the L in the background, the ‘marathon’ symbol is there too.

Comment by thadude on 2006-11-02 03:33:33 | Reply

lol what the crap? whats up with the MC shootin some aliens- Doom style? lol funny man

Comment by GoreLeech on 2007-08-28 23:27:43 | Reply

WOOOOOW thadude. just fyi, any fan boy that has played halo, and NOT the Marathon series, on total carnage and no caps lock run, you dont deserve to even look at the BOX of halo… it disgraces the marathon symbol and likeness. But as too the comment on the fact that MC is “shootin aliens- Doom style” that my friend, is Marathon in all its glory. To be specific, the level, The Rose. that weapon is a TOZT, or a flamethrower for all you non-Marathon noobs. But seriously. go look up on google, Marathon Downloads. All 3 Marathon games, plus a ton of ports (Red,Rubicon, Tempus Irae, DiaBD, Trojan,) and the best of all, the “New” Marathon, Aleph One. All it is, is Marathon, with updated graphics, and an XML engine attached. But yea. Bungie is NOTORIOUS for putting Marathon Symbols in games. So im not surprised that theirs one on the rifle, and frankly, i know Hardcore Marathoners, that have done a loooooot more than just zoom in on an image and see what lurks there. they pour over EVERY single stinking line of code in the original games for mathamatical quirks that deal with 7, they pour over every single stinking angle of every level made by Bungie for little easter eggs, and pour over Pathways into darkness, and such. But sadly since *gag me* microsoft snapped them up because Halo was such a smash hit, A lot of that legacy has been lost. but they always put little crap like that in there just for the fanboys. Also, its a great product lure…. think about. almost 15 years later, people STILL play Marathon…. its because of all that symbolic crap…it keeps the Marathoners addicted.

Thats just my 2 cents. Bottom line. Halo’s cool. Marathon’s cooler. Halo = Marathon, and all of you need to go PLAY Marathon, if you havent. on Total carnage. cuz if you dont, u cant call yourself 1337, or Uber. EVER.

Comment by Jamzy No 2 on 2007-08-29 00:32:41 | Reply


ohh im soory did u say something, you truley have no life to argue a case of a relly old game nobody cares about especially since the last post before yours was in 2006

Comment by drkessence on 2009-01-10 03:36:18 | Reply

you, good sir, need to go to hell. “A really old game nobody cares about”?!? Are you kidding me? Maybe YOU don’t care about it but anyone who calls themselves a true gamer or Bungie fan cares about Marathon. Marathon is one of the top classic shooters ever made along side Doom and Quake. People still play it to this very day and thousands of people are still playing its online multiplayer. Try not to make yourself look like a dumbass anymore.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2009-01-10 12:07:27 | Reply

Anyone who has to try and make himself feel more important by slavering pish about an age old game in order to give himself the title of “true gamer” in order to attempt to put other people below him is obviously a sad fat fuck who will never get laid.

Try not to make yourself look like a fucking silly cunt anymore.

I play pong for 27 hours a day anyway so that makes me uber super true gamer and you my bitch.


Comment by drkessence on 2009-01-12 07:10:35 | Reply

A “True Gamer” is someone who can appreciate a game regardless of age or graphics. It has nothing to do with making yourself feel higher than someone else. You and Jamzy No 2 are obviously 2 ignorant children who can’t appreciate classics. “Never get laid”? I’m engaged you “fucking silly cunt”. Piss off and learn to appreciate the classics.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2009-01-12 11:57:10 | Reply

A true gamer is a lame ass term some socially inept fucking egotistical fuckwit would attempt to self brand themselves with and nothing more.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion and if it doesn’t agree with yours that doesn’t make you high lord majestic gamer and them ignorant, it makes you look like the aformentioned virgin fat fuck living in his mothers basement with his cock out engaged to some ugly fat reject who will probably get married wearing Marathon costumes.

Now go eat a dick cunt lips.

Comment by drkessence on 2009-01-13 06:17:35 | Reply

And thus you proved my point of you being an ignorant child. You should try cussing a little less. It doesn’t make you look cool and only makes you look stupid. All you’ve done is put words in my mouth, make moronic claims, and constantly throw out immature insults. I hope you enjoy your pathetic life of trying to make yourself look cool by cussing and using the same, lame insults over and over.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2009-01-13 10:18:56 | Reply

And now you show yourself up to be the ignoramus you seem to think you aren’t by focusing on how I speak (which is a normal part of where I live) rather than the message itself. If you are so worried about what constitutes appearing “cool” on the internet (something which I don’t give one tupenny flying fuck about, but you obviously do since you try so hard to convince me you are, think I give a fuck if you think you are engaged or not? You don’t mean a thing to me since we will never meet anyway.) Awarding yourself the title of true gamer while lambasting someone elses point of view is what makes someone look uncool if anything.

Grow up true gamer you sound like a knob.

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