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Bungie marks the first year of Destiny with special in-game rewards

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Millions of people have played Destiny since its launch last September, and Bungie is paying tribute to their dedication with unique in-game items, the studio announced today.

Today, July 7, is Bungie Day — a holiday of the studio's creation that celebrates the company's fascination with the number 7 — and it's the first one "in the Destiny era," as community manager David "DeeJ" Dague noted. Bungie's initial way of showing appreciation for Destiny's community was to release a half-hour video showcasing players' efforts in the game.

Next, Bungie announced Moments of Triumph, a collection of 10 Destiny accomplishments covering everything from the ordinary (completing the main story campaign) to the immensely difficult (defeating Skolas in the level 35 Prison of Elders challenge).

Everything you've already done in Destiny counts toward the Moments of Triumph, so most die-hard players will have completed many of the objectives. Guardians can keep track of their progress on Bungie's website, and those who achieve all of the goals by Destiny's one-year anniversary — Sept. 9, 2015 — will earn a unique in-game emblem.

Those who want another special item can enter the Destiny Year One Art Contest. Bungie is taking submissions from now until July 23 for the following prompt: "What has been your favorite thing about the first year of Destiny?" Images and video are valid; Bungie will post detailed guidelines later. The creators of the 50 best submissions will receive a Blacksmith shader, which the studio gave out during E3, and the top seven will get a Collector's Edition copy of The Taken King.

Bungie also added a new feature to its website today: The Armory. This hub serves as a comprehensive guide to all the weapons and armor available in Destiny, and is intended to help players make decisions about their loadouts and gear.

Dague concluded the post with a note of thanks to the Destiny community, a touching sentiment that isn't expressed much in the often contentious relationship between Bungie and the people who play Destiny.

"You are legendary," said Dague. "If you've created a Guardian in our world, you have made the game of Destiny better. It's been an honor and a pleasure to play alongside you this year. You're the reason why we do what we do."

Destiny's third expansion, The Taken King, launches Sept. 15. For more, check out our hands-on impressions from E3 and the reveal trailer below.

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