But then I went across the country, to my residence in this town. To find new things aloft, and more importantly Halo. I still remember going to my friends house and hunkering down to play what at the time was the cool console to us, the GameCube. Games of Mario Kart and Mario Party were frequent (take heed I was only 12). And then, we went to his older brothers room to divulge in his X-Box, I knew not what it was, but when my friend picked up the controller and started playing I was in awe.
Here my friend was, playing as to my knowledge some guy, fighting this massive walking object shining in purple armor, razing us with it’s Fuel Rod laser. And then the controller was passed upon me, as if it were a torch to the bearer in the Olympics. I needed to accustom myself to this alien controller, but when I did. I loved it. I danced with this death machine running and looping through it’s gigantic legs and avoiding being crushed. Little did I know that this game would forever change my life, and this game was Halo 3.
I soon found out so much in so little a time, it was a huge community game, with exhilarating gameplay and fun Custom and Multiplayer games. I decided to try that level again, to find it was known as The Storm and this beast I fought was none other than the infamous Scarab. I soon divulged myself into the game as if a rampant AI had taken hold of my reigns. I loved it, my friends and brother would play it all the time, custom games of infection and slayer filled with occasional screams of screen peaking and then laughter.
Then 2010 came around, after purchasing Halo 3: ODST and still not having online, I played, forged and loved Halo. The trailer for Halo: Reach was installed in my console as if someone had put it there when I bought it. I watched it and became ecstatic, I was filled with joy, so every night I would bolt to my computer and search the realms of the internet for anything Halo: Reach. And as time went on, it released, I had pre-ordered it and ran home in glee. I played it with my brother, and then forged, firefighted, and campaigned till early 2011 came around, and an X-Box LIVE adapter presented itself, I installed it and began my journey through the community of Reach as I had done with Halo 3.
As time went by, Summer soon found it’s way upon me. I had now found many a things about Halo that I knew not of, nor could I comprehend. This was called Machinima, and it perked my interests in the universe of Halo ten-fold. I soon ran into a friend who created such things, offering my services I set off. Little did I know that this was the beginning of something much bigger. I voiced, acted, and made such videos for the YouTube populace to enjoy, and I still do today.
But this was only a rough outline of my experience with Halo, for 4 years I have squandered upon the universe that is Halo, playing customs with friends that I will never forget, and making videos that will be embedded to YouTube and my heart for years to come. I will follow Bungie into the deep blue abyss and I will continue to uphold my part in the Halo Universe. Hopefully I can one day be a much bigger part to this massive and beautiful universe that Bungie has created.
So may it be that I bid Bungie farewell in hopes that it’s baby will continue it’s safe keeping with us the community, and I will see them starside. “Per Audacia Ad Astra.”