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Monday, March 15, 2010

BREAKING: Bungie re-registers "Marathon" trademark

Good lord, I think I just peed a little.

CVG reports that game maker Bungie (now independent once again of Microsoft) has registered the Marathon franchise for a renewed copyright as of March 11th.

Marathon, those of you old enough to own your own homes, may remember, was Bungie's arguably breakout hit on the Apple Macintosh in 1994. The series which spawned the sequels Durandal and Infinity was a series based on themes of space colonization, alien infestations and AI companions who frequently went insane.

Sound familiar? It should. It's long been a running joke by Bungie to allude that at some base level, the Halo franchise is linked to the Marathon franchise. Frequently have they hidden the Marathon logos or leitmotifs of music within the Halo games.

Nothing solid does link the two franchises together, but should we see a resurgence of the Marathon franchise (only speculation at this point) we may have our questions answered.

Those of you wanting to see what the hullabaloo is all about may want to purchase Marathon on Xbox Live and give it a whirl. Dated graphics aside, it's quite a good gameplay experience, and you Halo fans can see where your series originated from. Of course, if you didn't know Marathon in the first place, how much of a Halo fan could you even be? ;) OH SNAP!

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