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Clickteam has released a powerful flash exporter for their delightfully easy to use Multimedia Fusion 2 software. The plugin allows users of MMF2 to export their games and other programs as SWF files.

For those of you unfamiliar with Multimedia Fusion 2, MMF2 is an amazing game creation tool that allows users to make in minutes what would normally take hours. Don’t get too excited though. MMF2 has it’s limitations. It is 2D only, and its graphical scripting system doesn’t allow for the cleanest of code, so you can expect to have simple 2D game that take up a surprising amount of CPU power.

Instead where MMF2 really shines is as a rapid prototyping tool. Not even flash can spit out simple mechanics the way MMF2 can.

It is unfortunate that MMF2 couldn’t quite be used in the mainstay of game development. Now that the flash exporter has been released, maybe this won’t be the case anymore.

Flash games are already terribly inefficient, but they are so easy to access. MMF2 has had a web plugin for years, but unlike flash, it isn’t already installed on hundreds of millions of machines around the world. Perhaps this will be straw that pushes MMF2 into popular use.

Check out the official product page here.

That’s right. You heard it. Halo Reach is going to have yet another Blood Gultch remake. This is the fourth time that an iteration of this map has shown up in a Halo game.

  • Halo 1Blood Gultch
  • Halo 2: Coagulation
  • Halo 3: Valhalla
  • Halo Wars: Blood Gultch

Why?

  1. Blood Gultch is the most widely recognizable Halo Multiplayer map.
  2. Blood Gultch was the setting for much of the popular Red vs. Blue web show.
  3. Blood Gultch has a design that few other maps can match.

What it really comes down to is an excellent design mixed with some great fan service marketing. Blood Gultch was a great map before Red vs. Blue got a hold of it, but after was a whole different story. It’s like having an amazing blockbuster movie with similarly amazing marketing. Blood Gultch got the kind of publicity that most multiplayer maps can only dream of.

The new map has even been touted in a special episode of Red vs. Blue. The video makes it very clear that they are returning to Blood Gultch while explaining that there is lots of new terrain to explore outside the canyon. We will have to wait until later this July to discover what kinds of design changes this means because the video hints “Go outside the canyon Comic-Con 2010”