Alright. Should have mentioned that initiation 3 came out.
Today's lesson shall be long. The playdate is once again the format I do not like. I was hoping for an invite event like before on Reach. Let's talk about community interaction. As many have pointed out, it's important. But what do people want? Let's take a look into the past. A long time ago, in 2010, these forums were created. I was one of the first members to join in. I thought it was great it was starting. It was early and I wanted to be part of a community, founding it. So who was there? Cocopjojo, who now works at Bungie and xGlpyhx. They used to moderate halo wars forum as well. It was before merging halo wars and waypoint forums, which as a result have the halo wars exclusive avatar we were given for the merge. They posted a fair amount here, very good. I think I add glyph a guta named sunshine since he said he wanted that. I gimped a picture of a guta before reach came out. And it was fun.
Bs angel arrives, she is also active. Frequently engaging in discussions, we had a back and forth conversation at some point were I posted eventually about how we had the same teddy bear avatar from halo legends. So before the merge. Reach did come out. There were community held playdates, they evolved into what's called, WCCNs. Waypoint community carnage nights. Ninja Ocra used to host it, averyeasytarget too. Bs angel was known to show up for these events. I first played with her on a forge island map. She talked about her Kinect she had gotten. Basically, she used to show up, we had this fun, close knit community, friendly. Others such as David Ellis, verohime, vociferous, Alison used to post very often. There were playdates, sampand and verohime used to be together during playdates often. Very friendly. Aw Kyle and how many times did bs angel answer a question by answering a question I think. I used to talk and remind Davis Ellis about the sparkast a lot. Another thing you guys haven't done often anymore. Basically.
The community interaction was so fun and good. So friendly, so funny, so nice, so common. Alison stroll has said I am her Nero. Once on a thread about 343i's version of ling ling, I suggested my gamertag being put in every map you guys made, Alison replied with DONE, I replied with :), bs angel posted earlier. There were also times were people who helped make the motion comics would go on the forums and we could ask questions. Bs angel used to even come to the cruel legacey's race nights. Back then there used to be Community leaders who later chosen to become the first moderators along with others. There was this joke snout CL standing for cruel legacy.
There was this waypoint culture as well. While I know about unicorns, on waypoint, <4 used to be a thing. It's like <3 but with a waypoint twist. We had even voted for our community name. I suggested Reclaimer, and it's the one that won. Also, fun fact, the official waypoint Squeaker? I had the highest pitched voice on waypoint. Originates from that. So there was halo fest and all that, announced waypoint knights. However, it was feared that one day a large influx of people would come and that things would be different. We compared it to bungie.net forums, say reach forums. Of course we still tried being friendly. Our fears became true. Slowly, less and less community interaction. The gamenights stopped, sparkasts stopped.
Things were looking grim as halo 4 launched. less and less. I met up with bs angel recently by chance. We played two games. Some people said some rude things and she left. This might be what you are trying to avoid by having random searching and some one way interaction. However it does more bad than good. While there might be rudeness, rekindling this closeness is important. Take a look at the past, bravo's case, learn from the others before and this, and do like how it was done. Rekindle this <4 in people. Maybe have a few games where its on an invite basis this playdate, a sign up thread? Direct two way community interaction. Be the 343i I believed in.
Oh yeah, to narrative team, please don't sacrifice realism or maturity to tell stories. Keep all consistent. Figure out how things work and apply them. A good story is also believable one. Make sure the realistic halo aspects remain consistent. Review material often.
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