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Edited by sawnose: 12/5/2014 2:28:55 AM

Easter Egg reveal: Sneakernet Avatars

[this feature is now permanently retired*] Happy day-after-sunset! After years of research, Bungie engineers are proud to unveil the networking technology of the future, the Sneakernet. Where traditional network technologies can be subject to disconnects and other inconvenient interruptions, the Sneakernet provides a robust new way to get data from your Xbox to your PC -- you walk it over! I know that many of you are feeling glum that your Reach emblem and armor will no longer update, which is where the Sneakernet comes in. Just write down the avatar code that's been sitting there all along in the game's menu system, and type it in to the box on (described below). A few minutes later, your shiny new avatar images and video will be ready. Wait, video? Sure, we thought we'd spruce things up a little and let you see your avatar from all sides. The details below will tell you how to get your own 360-degree view of your avatar, after you use the new Sneakernet system. Here are the details: - Sign in to with a profile that has an existing Reach service record, and click Profile in the main navigation bar. - Click the Game Settings tab - Click the new Player Model link below the tab - Below the explanatory image, a line of text will remind you of the last Service Tag we have on record for you. Set your Reach service tag back to this value if you've changed it. - The image on shows where in the Reach main menu you can find your armor code (Start -> Network Status, then wait for about 30 seconds for the code to appear at the top). Your Service Tag on that screen must match the one on for this to work. - Carefully record the code you see at the top of the screen, and enter it into the box on It is 64 characters long, consisting only of the digits 0-9 and the letters A-F. Be careful, 0 looks like D, and 6, 8 and B look similar. I recommend typing it first into a different text editor and pasting it into so you can easily try again if you make a mistake. - Hit the Save Changes button. We will then attempt to render your armor image. We have no way to give immediate feedback if you entered the code correctly, so you'll have to wait about 5 minutes and check your Service Record to see if it updates or not. - Once you see your armor or emblem change, that means it worked! - From your service record page, click your armor image to see the full-size version. Now add [b]&vid=1[/b] to the end of the URL in your browser's address bar and hit enter, and you can download a video (AVI) file of your Spartan seen from all angles. (This will only exist after you use the new text-code feature) Enjoy this final Halo-based feature! * It's been a fun couple years of Sneakernet, but unfortunately the ongoing cost of maintaining compatibility with our servers systems now outweighs the utility for the couple people who are still using this. We're going to retire this feature now. Did I mention we have a *new* game for you to try? Look up this thing called "Destiny"!

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