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17 May
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Halo Reach: Banned From Playing Matchmaking Online

Banned From Halo Reach Online? Is it Permanent? How Do I get Unbanned from Halo Reach Online?

Answers Below!

The other night I was trying to play some Halo Reach Beta online, but my internet was acting really weird.  Thanks to Time Warner Cable, the damn thing has been so unreliable.

I stated a couple games the other night, just playing Grab Bag Matchmaking, but I was lagging all over the screen and couldn’t seem to kill anyone. I on the other hand would die almost instantly when someone was near. The other really strange part was that my internet strength showed to be full green each time that I spawned. In fact, everyone in all the games that I played that night showed full green bars. So I just tried to play through, thinking that I got a couple Bad hosts. But that wasn’t the case. Something was going on with my internet. After playing each game for about a minute or two, I would get lagged out.

Then I got a warning that “if I quit anymore matchmaking games that I would be banned from playing Halo Reach Beta Matchmaking online.”  But I wasn’t actually quitting any games. I was trying to play them, there was just something wrong with my internet connection that night that was lagging me out of the games.  Bungie assumes that I was quitting out of the games and banned me from playing.

I called Tme Warner Cable before getting banned to have them reset my internet to see if that would help. They reset it, but I still couldn’t play decent games without lagging around, and getting lagged out everytime. This problem lasted about 2 days before the internet went back to normal.

So you can imagine that I was pretty frustrated with not being able to play any online matchmaking games for 2 days. And furthermore I was pissed off that Bungie had banned me from playing online because my internet provider sucks!

But after seeing that the ban was only temporary I was a little happier. When you get banned from Halo Reach for quitting too much, the ban only lasts for about 20mins or so I think. But you will constantly be reminded during your online play that you will be banned if you quit a game.  So this is a little annoying, but its not a permanent ban.

5 May
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Free Halo Rerach Beta Invite Emailed to Me For Being a Loyal Halo Fan!

So after a long debate with my self weather it would be worth buying a copy of the Halo 3: ODST just to play this Halo Reach Beta, I decided not to do it. Especially with rumors that the Halo Reach Beta is only supposed to last for a couple weeks.  So last night I just had a friend bring his Hard Drive over with his copy of ODST, so we could get a couple hours of the Beta in, and so I could see what it was all about.

There are only 2 levels that you can play right now, but the different layouts for the characters are pretty cool. Being able to chose between a stalker, who can turn invisible, or get a jet pack that allows you to fly, or being able to sprint around, or even become invincible for a few seconds. All these different options add an unpredictable element to the game, and you never know which one your opponent is going to use!  All in all I would say it was a pretty fun game!

So after I though I got my halo fix in last night, I login to my email this morning to find that Bungie has sent me a Halo Reach E-mail Invite for free, and thanking me for being such a “Loyal Halo Fan!”

So tonight, it looks like ill be getting back on the Beta, thanks to Bungie sending out free invites. Because I was not about to go out and spend $30-40 on the ODST!

I’m not sure how exactly they select you to receive the Halo Reach Beta for free, might be people who participated in the Halo 3 Beta when that came out a long time ago, or if you sign up an account at  Those are the only things that I can think of, because they have your email address already on file.

Do anyone know how they chose you to get a free invite to the Halo Reach Beta?

27 Apr
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Halo Reach Beta: How to Get Halo Reach Beta, Can I Still Get an Invite for Halo Reach Beta?

If you were like me, you probably havnt bought the Halo ODST game, but you really want to get an invite to the Halo Reach Beta.
Well the only way to get an invite to the Beta it by having a copy of Halo ODST.

But there is some good news… Its not too late! You can still get your copy of Halo ODST, in time for the Halo Reach Beta launch on May 3.

I just ordered mine through amazon, it only cost me 29.99, and free shipping. Hurry up and order yours to get it intime for the Halo Reach Beta Launch in a week!