These games hold so much sentimental value to me not only as a gamer, but as a hopeful college student looking to these games as inspiration in the Game Design field.(I go to SCAD before you ask). I just felt like expressing some of my personal history with the games, so feel free to share yours as well.I just did the numbered ones in lou of the MCC
Halo Combat Evolved: I was in 2nd grade and got an Xbox for Christmas when it first came out. I had three games; Project Gotham Racing, Shrek, and Halo CE. I was strictly told NOT to play Halo as I was too young to play. Day two of owning the console I managed to sneak into my parents room and find the game and play it while they weren’t home. They noticed that was on the TV certainly wasn’t me driving a Ferrari into countless cones like usual, but for some unknown reason I was never told to stop playing. I got hooked. And so did everyone else I brought over to see this wonderful new game we discovered called “Halo”. Whether it was jumping off the bridge on the 2nd mission, or freaking out for the first time I met the flood, or playing 4 player coop with friends and family on Hang Em High, this game changed me.
Halo 2: I believe I was in 6th grade at the time. Aside from my freshman year in college birthday bash on 11/11/11, the birthday party I had on this date was probably my favorite. I already was a fan of Halo, but back then I didn’t know about gaming news unless it was on a “demo-disc” with my Xbox Mag or GamePro Mag. The plan was for my parents to take my whole class out to go see the newly released Spongebob Squarepants movie and then bring back the boys in the class for an epic game-filled slumber party. I should’ve known better because every time who’d go the local mall, my parents would distract me away from GameStop. So with my failure to not read the magazines and just look at pictures, I had no idea Halo 2 was out. My parents brought me down a present(aside from the little things from earlier), and I opened up my Halo 2 Limited Edition like the N64 kid from YouTube. I can’t remember too much from the night in particular, but I remember getting yelled at on multiple occasions for being too loud!
Halo 3: By this time I knew how to work Google and to this date I don’t think I watched a single trailer more than I did for the Halo 3 Teaser. I was anticipating the next entry in my favorite series so much and had my Legendary Edition pre-ordered months before release. There was only one HUGE problem. I had a football game to play at my high school. The whole locker room was talking about Halo 3 and how they wished they could “call in sick”, but there was no luck for us. Now, my parents were well award of how badly I wanted to play the game when it came out so they actually left in the middle of the game to go pickup my copy. After the game was over I noticed my little brother sent me a picture message on my LG Chocolate(yeah); It was my Halo 3 Legendary Edition waiting for me on the counter! I called him after I got out of the locker room and asked where Mom and Dad were, and he told me, “Oh, they’re in bed now.” Now, luckily, I didn’t live very far at all away from my school(maybe 1.5 miles), but the fact was that I had my Halo 3 copy waiting for me at the house and nobody was going to stop me. So I took off running football gear and all, and might’ve set a new record time for my schools mile pace in the process. I played the first mission and fell asleep because I was tired…
Halo 4: Where to start. The fact it was being made, the “first look”, the E3 demo. I was looking forward to this game more than I was for even Modern Warfare 2. And I knew THIS was going to be the game of all games. I don’t really have any stories about this game, but I did set a personal record for most money spent on a game’s release. With the Limited Edition Halo 4 Console to replace my disappointed MW3 one, a brand new Triton Warhead Halo 4 Edition, extra UNSC controller, Limited Edition guide, Dogtags, T-shirt, Poster, Soundtrack, and of course the Limited Edition Game. I spend upwards of $1,000 on what I still say is the best title on the Xbox 360.
Thank you, 343 Industries, for creating such a masterpiece. I do trust you with the universe I love.
See you star side…