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Halo 15th Anniversary – Yo, you hit puberty

I can’t believe that I have been playing Halo for close to 15 years now. I can’t believe that the game that has influenced my whole life in ways I could never have imagined, is 15 years old. 15 YEARS! And to me, it still plays like it is brand new.

Today is November 15th 2016 and exactly 15 years ago, on November 15th 2001, Halo: Combat Evolved was released along with the first ever Xbox. Right now I am celebrating this beautiful day by listening to the epic music of Halo. Check the link below if you are in the mood for some Martin O’Donnell tunes:

Listen and marvel at the greatness that is Halo’s music.

Here in Germany the Xbox was released in March 2002, so that’s why my Halo journey started a few months later. But it started. And it continues to this day. Halo is as big a part of my life as is food or my friends. It has impacted so massively that I’m still in awe. I have made friends in different parts of the world, I have traveled to L.A. and attended Halo Fest and I had a film team from 343 in my house to shoot a feature about me. The last two events were the absolute highlight to me. I still feel so honored and grateful. My house is filled with tons of collectibles, I am running this blog about Halo, I run the Girls Love Halo Instagram account and I read everything I find about the lore. Halo is everywhere in my life. On top of this, my fiancee and I thought about naming our daughter Cortana. Don’t worry though, we only thought about it. The passion for Halo has always bonded us. In fact, my fiancee, Alex, introduced me to the game in the first place. So I will forever be thankful to him for doing so. The rest of my family thinks I am crazy. Most of my friends think I am crazy. But that is completely fine.

I am very emotional right now. Maybe I should turn down this music? Nah, it just brings up so many beautiful memories.

I want to give thanks to Halo now. I want to give thanks to Bungie and to 343. I want to give thanks to the Halo community, for I am not alone in my praise for this game. The ever lasting love for Halo is real people. It’s the realest shit you’ll see.

Thank you Halo.

For letting me feel.

For letting me fight.

For letting me evolve with you.

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I love Halo 4

I know many people will disagree with my statement, let alone want to bash on me for saying such a stupid thing. But to be very honest, I don’t care. I love Halo 4. And I want to share why.

Halo 4 came out in a time when I just recently had made an Xbox Live account. Before, I had played all my games on my boyfriends profile. When I realized how much I enjoyed the sound of an achievement popping up, it was time to make my own profile and stop giving them to my boyfriend. I also discovered Instagram in 2012. That meant meeting a bunch of new friends and finding a new hobby.

With Xbox Live came the possibility to play multiplayer. And boy did I use that feature with Halo 4. I spent hours playing Slayer and Swat on Halo 4. It’s almost disturbing to me now, seeing that I have next to zero time to play any game at the moment. But anyways, I loved and still love the Halo 4 multiplayer. And since nearly everybody I know hates Halo 4, I had to ask myself why it is so different to me. Everybody loves a certain Halo the most. For me it’s CE and Halo 4. When I think about both of them, I have the fondest memories. And not only about the game, but about the people I played it with, the time and circumstances I was in, while playing them. With CE it’s the memory of first contact with a shooter, my blossoming love for Master Chief and the wonderful feeling of playing the campaign in split screen with my boyfriend. I remember our little apartment, being young and careless. And later on more memories are added when Halo: CE Anniversary came out and we played it again and again. Trying certain achievements over and over, listening to weird 80’s music while running through the Library or learning to grenade jump. All these memories make it the greatest game in the world for me.

For Halo 4 I have similar feelings. When I think about Halo 4 I immediately want to play it. When I hear certain music I immediately want to play it. My boyfriend and I played countless hours of Slayer while listening to Riff Raff, Wiz Khalifa, Iron Maiden or Slayer (haha, how appropriate). We played whole evenings and nights, falling to bed at 5 am with images of recent fights on our minds. And the campaign…yes everybody hates it too. I certainly don’t like everything about it. The missions are too repetitive. (If you think about it though, this argument is invalid considering Halo CE levels like The Library or Two Betrayals. Just saying.) What I really liked about Halo 4 were the cutscenes with Chief and Cortana. Dem feels! Or the epic scene with Chief, Cortana, Lasky, Lord Hood and Roland on the bridge of Infinity? The way Chief doesn’t take shit from dear Terrence? I love it!

Yeah the campaign isn’t perfect, but I had a lot of fun playing it.

Here are 3 things I like about the Halo 4 multiplayer:

  • You see the Spartans in your game before playing. See their armor and stance. It is a fun feature and I love stuff like this.
  • I love certain maps. My all time favorite map is Complex. It is perfect for Swat. I mean really perfect. Another fantastic map is Adrift. Slayer on Adrift is the best.
  • The weapons are exactly the way I want them. The DMR is my baby. The DMR in Halo 5 is eh.

So what else makes Halo 4 so great to me? I started taking screenshots on Halo 4. I had so much fun playing around with forge, always trying to get better and discovering a new effect. Before 343 fucked around with the file share it was so easy to take screenshots and discover the ones from other screenshot artists. Then I met Lily on Instagram and we started our screenshot account. I also met Sal, another dear friend from the States. He was into screenshots too and so we would all get together every now and then and have a lot of fun posing or just killing each other. I also remember custom games with people from the Halo community. Back then it was pretty common that a big group would get together and played new game types or maps. I had the best time during such nights.

So what Halo 4 is to me, to others, it might be Halo 2,  3 or Halo Reach. They have the fondest memories of those games. They have met their online friends in that time or maybe discovered taking screenshots back then.

What I am really trying to say is, a game can be great because it has a good campaign and the multiplayer runs smoothly, but what makes a game memorable, are the feelings that are connected to it.

I have only positive memories of Halo 4 and that is why I love this game. Amen.

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