Bungie.net (established June 13th, 1995; in those days it was a separate community site from 'Bungie.com,' the more "official" site) is the official public gathering place for Bungie (formerly Bungie Studios) fans. People come from around the world to read and submit new information, and to hold discussions in the forums. Bungie.net is the Internet home for Halo, Myth, Oni, and Marathon, and the only place with official Bungie info straight from the developers.
Bungie.net has been through three major iterations, with several minor ones in between. Prior to 2004, Bungie.net was a purely informational community site, containing simple forums, company news, and other information. From 2004 through 2012, Bungie.net became "the New Hawtness," with a signature "dark" background, thorough integration of Halo players' statistics and in-game media (such as screenshots and videos), and dedicated forums. On January 10, 2013, Bungie implemented "Bungie.next," a complete reimagining of the site which allows login with multiple authentication methods (including Microsoft Account, Playstation Account, Facebook, or Google+), removes dedicated forums in favor of hashtag filtering, and allows users to fully customize their community experience by following, muting, hiding, and filtering other posts and users.
Persons and Organizations of Particular SignificanceEdit
- Web Team
- Community Team
- Emotional Support
- The Disembodied Soul is Bungie.net's Emotional Support hotline (whatever that means). Basically, he's an intangible being that exists as a prisoner inside Bungie's web server. Although he's relatively dormant nowadays, there have been flashes of Soul-like activity that could possibly imply a comeback in the near future.
- The Webmaster
- The Webmaster is a drunken man who is never seen without his gorilla suit and accompanying cowboy hat. He's responsible for a lot of the stuff you see and interact with on Bungie.net, and his silhouette is the default Bungie.net avatar.
- Forum Ninjas
Additional Historical Member Titles on the Old Bungie.net (2004-2012)Edit
- Theme Masters
- Mythic Members
- Legendary Members
- Legendary Members are regular members who have achieved the second-highest possible level regarding their "trust rating" on Bungie.net. For more on Legendary members, see the article on Bungie.net Member Titles.
- Heroic Members
- Heroic Members are regular members who have achieved an elevated status regarding their "trust rating" on Bungie.net. For more on Heroic Members, see the article on Bungie.net Member Titles.
Bungie.net and Public InteractionEdit
Bungie.net is an extremely successful and enjoyable online community, and that's mostly because of a member's ability to interact with the site and other members. Although there are different ways of doing this, the most widespread and popular is posting in the forum.
Bungie.next Forum StructureEdit
Bungie.next only has one forum, but users can filter out what posts and threads they wish to view through a variety of methods. For more information, see the main article on Bungie.next.
Old Bungie.net (2004-2012) Public ForumsEdit
Inside these, any registered, non-blacklisted member could create or reply to a topic. Except for Forum Ninjas and Employees, users could not create new topics in the Voting Booth or The News.
- Bungie Universe Forum— Formerly known as The Underground - Discussion of all things Bungie.
- Bungie.net Community Forum— Formerly known as The Septagon - Talk about community stuff here.
- Halo: Reach Forum- Topics concerning the game Halo: Reach.
- Halo 3: ODST Forum- Discussion relating to the Halo 3 expansion, Halo 3: ODST.
- Halo 3 Forum — All subjects regarding Halo 3's campaign or otherwise are located here.
- Halo 2 Forum— Formerly known as New Mombasa - Anything and everything related to Halo 2.
- Halo 1 & 2 For PC— Formerly known as The Maw - Discussion of Halo and Halo 2 for the PC.
- Halo Combat Evolved Forum— Formerly known as The Library - General Halo Xbox discussion.
- The Gallery Forum—Crazy pictures from Bungie and fan-created art goes here. This forum hosts the occasional Caption Contest.
- The News Forum—Bungie's top news stories go here. Whenever you see a Weekly Update or other announcement on the front page, a corresponding thread for discussion of that story automatically appears in The News.
- The Classifieds—Advertise for your Halo 2 clan, Bungie.net chapter, or other general recruting here.
- Off-Topic Forum: The Flood— Formerly known as The Flood - Off-Topic forum; use at your own risk.
- The Voting Booth—This is the repository for all official Bungie polls, as well as Sketch's primary domain. Within its boundaries are many general polls, such as "Do you have an Xbox or 360?". Locked in fall 2011.
- Optimatch Forum— General Xbox LIVE playlist discussion. Locked in 2010-11?
Bungie.net Private Groups Edit
Users have the ability to create their own private groups, known as Chapters, on Bungie.net. A private group consists of a private forum and is moderated by the members themselves. The group founder has the ability to accept and reject members and give other people moderator powers. Bungie also does a private group spotlight and gives one of the Bungie.net groups the ability to control Bungie Favorites for two weeks.