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Halo 5 Calculator Does Math By Shooting At It

As discussed, Halo 5's new Monitor’s Bounty update is allowing users to create some very cool stuff in the game’s Forge mode. And it’s not just for making minigames, either; there’s scope for some scripting that leaves us with a working calculator.

Built by CantUseApostrophes, it only works with single digits, so you can’t go crazy with it. But as an example of what’s possible in a game that...well, used to be just plain ol’ Halo, it’s incredible.

The way the game allows for this kind of design means some tricks had to be made to get it working. What you’re seeing there is actually the numbers 0 through 9 all on top of each other”, he explains. “When the “screen” displays each number, it spawns 0 to 9 all at once, then despawns every number except for the one it’s supposed to display. For addition, subtraction, and multiplication, this happens pretty much instantly so you can’t see it, but with subtraction I had to add some scripts to check whether the answer is negative.”

You can find it by searching for “calculator” in the in-game browser.

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Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.