MasterChiefEmergesThe average gamer probably doesn’t think about the virtual machines, cloud services and other technologies that power their fun – at least not as long as everything runs smoothly. When “Halo 4” launches Nov. 6, millions of fans around the world will simultaneously push the game’s back-end scaffolding to the limit. Any glitch, any hang-up, and the engineering team gets thrust into the spotlight.

See more details on the guys making this happen at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/features/2012/oct12/10-31halo4.aspx.

See the story behind the “epic transformation in the Principality of Liechtenstein” at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/features/2012/nov12/11-01HaloLiechtenstein.aspx.

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