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Video: 0.2 seconds to balancing Halo 3's sniper rifle

Halo 3 designer Jaime Griesemer discusses what led to a change to "less than 0.00001th of the overall game data" for the Xbox 360 first-person shooter.

November 15, 2013

2 Min Read

"Be wary of fairness. It's not balance... Halo's not fair."

In this free GDC Vault video from GDC 2010, Bungie's Jaime Griesemer discusses the intricate process behind changing the shot time for just one of over 40 weapons in the talk 'Design in Detail: Changing the Time Between Shots for the Sniper Rifle from 0.5 to 0.7 Seconds for Halo 3.' The follow-up of this talk presented at GDC 2011, titled "Design in Detail: Tuning the Muzzle Velocity of the Plasma Rifle Bolt on Legendary Difficulty Across the Halo Franchise" is also available to view for free. The GDC Vault also contains a free video on designing, engineering, and scoring the original Halo.

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