This is the TRUE Story behind the Marathon delay.
From: email@example.com (Steve Washington) Newsgroups: comp.sys.mac.games Subject: Day In The Life Of Bungie Date: 8 Nov 1994 06:48:07 -0800 Organization: California Technology Project of The Calif State Univ Lines: 96 Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> NNTP-Posting-Host: eis.calstate.edu Bungie Work-Day Time-Line for Tuesday, November 8, 1994: 6:00AM Timers at Bungie HQ automatically fire up the PPCs and the coffee pots (all 10 brew decaf) 6:05AM A coffee pot malfunctions, spewing scalding hot coffee onto 2 PPCs, rendering them useless. Higher powers are notified that coffee pots should not rest atop the computers. 6:30AM The office is still quiet, save for a lone janitor playing the Marathon Zeta instead of mopping up decaf. 7:00AM Bungie programmers, marketing personnel, and errand boys begin to enter the offices. Each pours self a cup of decaf while secretly resenting the management for their lack of caffeine. The 2 damaged PPCs have been magically replaced. 7:30AM Donuts arrive. 7:45AM Secretary arrives just in time to field the first nasty phone call of the day. 8:30AM The day's schedule is posted and read by all. Primary motivations include canasta at 10, lunch at 11:30, and completion of the demo. However, due to the head programmer's lateness this morning, canasta is postponed until 10:30. 9:27AM New civilian added to Marathon. He bears a shirt reading, "I purchased Marathon at MacExpo '91 and all I got was this lousy T-shirt." Shooting this civilian renders the player with god-like abilities. 10:00AM Multiple decks of cards are shuffled, and reshuffled, and reshuffled... 10:29AM Head Bungie programmer strolls in, apologizes for lateness, and announces that canasta play will now begin. 11:30AM Lunch 12:13PM Security breach detected in Bungie mainframe. The password was 'guest'. Hacker can download anything desired. 12:30PM Lunch break is over. 12:35PM Bungie's public liason logs onto c.s.m.g. to catalog beta confessions. The evil plan is working! 12:48PM Hacker posts note to c.s.m.g. Except to follow: "...that the zeta blows the theta away! Space walking is now supported thanks to the requests posted here! I strongly recommend you get a hold of this (although asking me for it will result in immediate denials that I ever HAD the zeta in the first place..." 12:49PM Hackers address is noted while, simutaneously, another donut run is in the works. 1:00PM Time to clock some hours. Programmers appear busy. 1:05PM Donuts arrive. Struggle begins over the last remaining jelly-sprinkle. It is noted that the frosting on a cruller looks a lot like that guy in Wolfenstein 3D. The omen is ignored. 1:30PM Bungie's entire staff is in full swing. 2:19PM There are new features to test, but programmers pour through reference materials to find out which letter follows zeta. 2:25PM In state of panic, a new letter is created, 'blamma'. The blamma version is posted on the mainframe, and random lots are drawn to determine the next lucky c.s.m.g. subscriber to receive it in their mailbox without even asking for it. It's fun! 3:00PM Boy, it's been a long day. I wonder who's on Oprah? 3:13PM During a commercial, a little coding is done. 4:00PM Since nobody bothered to change the clocks at Bungie HQ for daylight savings, everyone goes home thinking it's already 5. Before anyone can leave, though, the day's schedule is xeroxed and tomorrow's date is scribbled at the top. Idle chit-chat begins in the parking lot. 4:10PM The janitor, an agent for the Doom developers, resets the coffee pot timers. Decaf is loaded up to minimize productivity. David Barabe' Hate mail: email@example.com