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The Banhammer Strikes!

October 17, 2015

HaloWayPoint has a ton of new blog entries since I last checked, the most recent being one about matchmaking, competitive skill ranking and the BANHAMMER.

The Banhammer Strikes!


It’s important to us that everyone enjoys their experiences in Arena play. To maintain the quality of the Arena experience and sanctity of competition, a number of rules are in place for all Arena playlists. Halo 5: Guardians is engineered to detect and track the following behavior:

  • Quitting matches
  • Betrayals or team killing
  • Idling (AFK)
  • Intentional suicides
  • Excessive disconnects

If you repeatedly engage in negative behaviors such as the ones listed above, you will receive a ban and be prevented from entering matchmaking. The duration of each ban is dependent on the offense and becomes more severe with each successive infraction, so continually killing your teammates to steal the Sniper Rifle will quickly lead to long timeouts from matchmade play.

This is great news for anyone who has been frustrated by quitters in particular.

There are posts on the Playlists, The Achievements and Commendations/Medals, of which there are so many it will be challenging indeed to “collect ’em all”. Not too much longer.

  1. Blankman permalink*
    October 17, 2015 7:02 pm

    I know that people didn’t care much for Halo 4’s Spartan Ops since someone that we collectively couldn’t stand was responsible for parts of it (I won’t mention that douchebag’s name). I am posting what you need to know before playing Halo 5. The almost hour long vid is comprised of all the cutscenes that link all of the Spartan Ops missions. The cinematics are absolutely gorgeous and provides the backstory leading to H5.

    Here’s a nineteen minute vid of Halo 5 gameplay. Be warned because there is a minor SPOILER in it at the very beginning which is the direct result of the Spartan Ops backstory. The gunplay and action look amazing. I am absolutely amped for this game!

    • October 17, 2015 7:59 pm

      Just eating breakfast and reading this before I head out. Thank you VERY MUCH for linking these in here. I look forward to viewing them asap. See you in a bit!

    • Blankman permalink*
      October 17, 2015 9:06 pm

      Make sure you watch it straight from YouTube & select the best visual quality setting. Halo 5 is going to be huge!

    • October 19, 2015 5:45 am

      Ok, just finished the Spartan Ops vid. Story by Brian Reed and Stu Aitken (not Joseph “Tree House” Staten). I enjoyed it very much. Great set up for Halo 5! Spartan Ops. Huh! Who woulda thunk!

  2. October 18, 2015 3:21 am

    Understood, will do! And here is a preview from someone who played the first 3 levels.

  3. Average permalink*
    October 18, 2015 2:36 pm

    Average is excited for this one, holyyyyyy it looks soo good.

    Thanks Blank, I gotta watch that Spartan Ops vid, I never did play them.

    Haha @ thou douchebag who shall not be named.

  4. October 18, 2015 10:48 pm


    Took a video of my cat for proof of his existance in one of those rare instances he is not sleeping.

    the dude has almost 13k followers.

    • October 19, 2015 4:45 am

      Ha! The little toy food dispenser is awesome!


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