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8/28/2008 9:18:23 AM
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Arete Seven = Bungie's real name?

I was bored tonight so I looked to see if Harold Ryan's number was listed anywhere online. I found it (although google told me the number was just Bungie's switchboard, so don't go pranking it if you find it), and the site listed his job as the owner of a company called "Arete Seven." A quick google revealed [url=http://csbgamedev.wordpress.com/2008/07/19/why-a-game-design-and-development-program-heres-one-more-reason/]this[/url] page, which says that a Kirkland based company named Arete Seven is doing business as "Bungie." (Use CTRL-F to bring up the "find" window and type "Bungie"). I looked up the word Arete and found that it is Greek for "Noble." So Bungie is the Noble Seven Company? [Edited on 08.26.2008 7:15 PM PDT]

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  • seems to be that bungie is following symbols of 7: There are seven Halos 343 Guilty Spark [73] John 117 Gravemind's seven tentacles Jericho VII 7th Column (their web forum) Bungie Day: July 7th

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  • another interesting fact, yet probably coincidental... if a=1 and b=2 arete = 49 = 7x7

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      There's no magical riddle to be solved here. Sorry, friends. Shutting this down. . The Bungie Universe forum is to discuss the stories and worlds created by Bungie, not to speculate on business dealings or dig up phone numbers and contact information.

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    • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] muelsknr another interesting fact, yet probably coincidental... if a=1 and b=2 arete = 49 = 7x7[/quote]Wow, nice.

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    • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] muelsknr another interesting fact, yet probably coincidental... if a=1 and b=2 arete = 49 = 7x7[/quote] Whoa never thought of that... Another fact. On the salary page it says Arete Seven, DBA Bungie. Since DBA means "Doing Business As" then that means all together its [b][u]Arete Seven Doing Business As Bungie LLC.[/b][/u]

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    • [quote] Bungie is easier to type. Case closed [/quote] I cant wait till (or if) "Bungie" releases the reason for naming themselves "Bungie" and not "Arete Seven" and they begin to laugh at us for over-estimating their "Deep, dark secret".

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    • Read every post have to say this one is what i found most interesting [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] The Benergizer I didn't read all 10 pages following the OP, but here's one possibility, and it's a real shot in the dark. Companies often have different names from one country to another. Most of the time, the names are easily discernible as being related so as to retain brand recognition. However, in this case Arete Seven may be what Bungie is known as in the Philippines, the place of discussion in the article. An interesting aside: Arete comes from a late Latin word [i]"arista"[/i]. Seeing the word made me recall the 8 years of Latin I took, and I went and dug out my Latin dictionary to check things out. You can find its modern meaning [url=http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arete]here[/url]: "a sharp-crested ridge in rugged mountains." Coupling that with the number seven, we could intimate that "Arete Seven" refers to the Seven Hills of Rome. Entirely conjecture at this point, but an interesting thought nonetheless. [/quote]

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    • One problem with your theory is that it says "Bungie" on the box of every game they've ever created and they have to put their real company name on it rather than a nickname/codename

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    • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Maverick 104 Not sure if this has been said already, but maybe [url=http://wordsmith.org/anagram/anagram.cgi?anagram=Arete+Seven&t=1000]THIS[/url] can offer up some clues. Over 400 results, pick your favorite. *Begins setting up perimeter defenses* As an accomplice, I guess I should be expecting company soon... Very, very, interesting find though.[/quote] Hey, 421 results.... 4+2+1=7!

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    • Maybe repost this??? dont let this die plz! :[

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    • OMG You are genius. Although we know that the name Bungie is a secret funny very dirty joke...

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    • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] REG01 Let not this thread die, for in it dark secrets await the reader... and we'll all be calling "Bungie" A7 now.[/quote] I stand by that. Don't let this thread die, secrets await that will blow your mind, possibly even the location of LingLing's head (isn't it in one of their fridges???) and A7 sounds much easier

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    • Let not this thread die, for in it dark secrets await the reader... and we'll all be calling "Bungie" A7 now.

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    • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] PKF_647 I dont know if anyone has brought it up before but the following: Arete Seven (dba Bungie) dba = database analyst anyone? anyone? [url]http://www.jobs-salary.com/salary-of-arete-seven-llc-d-b-a-bungie-llc.htm[/url] [url]http://www.8hours.com/salary_data/browse_by_company/company_id/134218.html[/url] [url]http://www.h1bstats.com/visa/2007/a/ARETE-SEVEN-LLC-DBA-BUNGIE-LLC.html][/url][/quote] DBA stands for "Doing Business As" not DataBase Analyst. :D

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    • The Greek Arete is often translated as "virtue," the word actually means something closer to "being the best you can be," or "reaching your highest human potential." Im wondering if this has something to do with the religious edge of halo. For example: It should be noted that John wrote of the se7en signs that point to Jesus as the son of God. [url]http://halostory.bungie.org/masterchief.html[/url] - Check this site out. Some interesting info i dug up on the name. Also, the name Arete Seven is listed on more than one website. If this is Bungie's big secret, what is the deal with it?

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    • [url]http://www.h1bstats.com/visa/2007/a/ARETE-SEVEN-LLC-DBA-BUNGIE-LLC.html][/url][/quote] Wow, the average Bungie employee earns the same amount as an Norwegian electrician (spelling?) I did not know that. [Edited on 07.03.2009 3:06 AM PDT]

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    • My fingers are sweating in anticipation for a Bungie Employee post as I constantly scroll through the pages. Very nice find. -CB

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    • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] pinkfloyd018 this is definitely real. the real question is why they chose to go by the name "bungie" instead. and congrats to jmh for finding the origin to the number 7 suchings. [/quote] uuuh bungie or arete seven could either be a secondary name, DUUH!

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    • Tru dat lol. Although I suspect it may be more like the old greek word for honour or whatever it was.

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    • So, is the OP dead or what (referring to the "penalties" for revealing the cause of the name)? I think bungie is an awesome company name. Arete? That's a type of mountain landform. It occurs when cirques meet, I think.

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    • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] jmh9072 I was bored tonight so I looked to see if Harold Ryan's number was listed anywhere online. I found it (although google told me the number was just Bungie's switchboard, so don't go pranking it if you find it), and the site listed his job as the owner of a company called "Arete Seven." A quick google revealed [url=http://csbgamedev.wordpress.com/2008/07/19/why-a-game-design-and-development-program-heres-one-more-reason/]this[/url] page, which says that a Kirkland based company named Arete Seven is doing business as "Bungie." (Use CTRL-F to bring up the "find" window and type "Bungie"). I looked up the word Arete and found that it is Greek for "Noble." So Bungie is the Noble Seven Company?[/quote] I have done this exact same thing! and I found this exact same stuff! Although when I did it I didn't know about hyper links or even links or even that Bungie.net had Forums! So I didn't do anything about it unlike you.

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    • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] WhalerXT "Arete Seven Codebreakers" group up and running! JOIN NOW!![/quote] [url=http://www.bungie.net/fanclub/arete7/Group/GroupHome.aspx]Umm...we already have a group created for that purpose, and more. Arete Seven. It was created last year when this story first broke.[/url]

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    • There needs to be a joke database that can be searched by punchline.

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    • So, you know the punchline of the dirty joke?

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