Behind the scenes: Bungie's lobby

Welcome to Bungie, where you're more likely to catch a guy walking down the hall swinging a Gravity Hammer than a guy walking down the hall in a necktie. Last week, I visited Halo HQ for five hours of hands-on with Reach's multiplayer and, while there, snapped some photos of the lobby, hallways and game demo rooms to share the experience with you, my jealous readers.

After all, why should I be the only one who gets to stand next to a life-size Master Chief? Enjoy the tour, and let us know if these "behind the scenes" peeks are something you'd like to see more of in the future.

Above: The front desk, temporarily transformed for interview purposes. Hmm, wonder what franchise they make here?

Above: This statue is "life" size... all seven feet of Master Chief (not including stand!) intimidate visitors as they exit the elevators

Above: The waiting area serves as both ODST museum and shoe storage. Honestly, I have no idea what's up with all the black boxes

Above: Close up on the Recon armor. Check out that realistic wear and tear

Above: More prop armor. Looks like someone could actually wear this...

Above: The interview room. Cute

Above: A full replica Gravity Hammer just chilling next to the light switch and electrical outlets

Above: And these are Bungie's recycling bins. I like to imagine the developers play spontaneous bouts of "Cowboys and Indians" with this stuff

Above: A hallway. Sorry, only plaques for the announced games here

Above: The life of a games journalist is hard. That's Official Xbox Magazine EIC Francesca Reyes on the far left

Above: The women's restroom guarded by - appropriately enough - Bungie's only female protagonist

Well, kids? Still wanna work here?

Apr 25, 2010


  • Ricochet3438 - September 12, 2010 1:07 a.m.

    @cyberninja no Oni is the place where they develop Spartans.
  • Shrimpandwhitewine - May 10, 2010 4:48 p.m.

    These are great, more of them would be awesome.
  • philipshaw - April 27, 2010 1:13 p.m.

    This is pretty cool, I would like to see more
  • y2kpikachu12 - April 27, 2010 1:29 a.m.

    I love this stuff, keep it comin!
  • WickedSid - April 26, 2010 7:29 p.m.

    I knew there'd be a comment on the Recon armor as soon as I saw the picture, the ODST are not but reconnaissance soldiers, are they not? So, in essence, that would, in fact, be Reconnaissance armor.
  • frmonth - April 26, 2010 6:18 p.m.

    Yeah to add to other comments. more please I'd love to see valve!!!
  • elpurplemonkey - April 26, 2010 6:32 a.m.

    Nice article, and yes I'd absolutely like to see more behind the scenes stuff like this in the future.
  • AMayer - April 26, 2010 2:53 a.m.

    I want MMMMOOOOAAAARR!!! Spectacular idea.
  • Fizzmonkey - April 26, 2010 2:08 a.m.

    @RedAppolyon i like tht bethesda idea
  • EnragedTortoise1 - April 25, 2010 10:55 p.m.

    Moar plz. *drool*
  • WillisTron - April 25, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    You guys should definitely do more stuff like this
  • adoggz - April 25, 2010 9:23 p.m.

    yeah, this is cool. know what would be even cooler? video, high quality not shitty video.
  • Skykid - April 25, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    @Cyberninja, NOOOOOOOO, you must be wrong. Bungie has made the Marathon franchise, Oni, and the epically legendary Halo games. Go to, then go to games, and you'll see that I'm right.
  • ricono - April 25, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    id love to see more of this kinda stuff. especially since GR has a much better slant on anything games related then the other sites.
  • Zeb364 - April 25, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    This was great! You get this kind of stuff from all the different game info outlets (Tina Wood even took a tour of Epic for the Xbox Dashboard recently) but you can never have too much info from behind the scenes. Also, it's always better to get a gamesradar slant on it because Gamesradar is the best avenue for anything games related. Finally, thanks for the shout out to Francesca from OXM. I wouldn't have seen her there if you hadn't pointed her out.
  • Chewrocka - April 25, 2010 8:26 p.m.

    Thanks Charlie, more please!
  • Fallen_Pumpkin - April 25, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    Awesome, I have seen pictures of Blizzard HQ though, and thats hard to beat! Still, very nice, I would like to see more of these GR! Maybe a little more text as well as the pictures though please :)
  • Koouunn - April 25, 2010 8:08 p.m.

    i want to work there!!!
  • Cyberninja - April 25, 2010 7:53 p.m.

    i though oni was made by rockstar
  • RedAppolyon - April 25, 2010 7:45 p.m.

    Bethesda softworks next please?

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