“The Master Chief and Blue Team are deployed by the UNSC to Alpha Corvi II, a precarious human colony world, seeking to halt the Covenant’s efforts to uncover something hidden below the planet’s surface.” It’s a summary we’re all painfully familiar with. One of the biggest issues Halo has had over the years lies in recycling […]Read More Halo: Collateral Damage – Fixing One of Halo’s Biggest Storytelling Problems
Five years, five long years… That’s how long I’ve been writing this blog In that time, I have written 120 articles, totalling 526,216 words, and over the summer I surpassed over half-a-million readers. I’m not normally one to pay much mind to those sorts of statistics, but for this site’s fifth birthday I thought it […]Read More I Interviewed Jeff Easterling – Halo/343’s GrimBrother One
“My reach exceeds that of the stars themselves. You cannot escape my grasp.” The Warden Eternal is Halo’s worst character. I found this article sitting pretty in my drafts for about two years with only that opening line, waiting to be expanded on and justified like the other ‘reimagining’ articles I’ve done – the last […]Read More Halo 5: Reimagining the Warden Eternal
A PROLOGUE TO AN ARTICLE ON PROLOGUES… At the beginning of an article, I write a short introduction that seeks to inform you about the content I’m going to cover and also some of the context behind why I have chosen to write about that topic. A prologue. This article, if you hadn’t guessed, is […]Read More Gears of War 4 and Halo 4 – A Study of Prologues
“Our duty, as soldiers, is to protect humanity… whatever the cost.” Last year, I wrote three articles exploring the Master Chief’s characterisation in the original Halo trilogy – not just about his journey through the games, but the way in which the attitudes towards him from both the writers and the community changed over time. Upon […]Read More The Master Chief: A Character Study – Halo 4
16 November 2552 ONI EYES ONLY OFFICE OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE CONFIDENTIAL //AMICO ET INIMICO?// //URGENT// ADM. M. O. PARANGOSKY ‘VADAMEE Margaret, Considering the circumstances of impending extinction, I’ll be brief. Two months ago, I compiled a target profile on Supreme Commander Thel ‘Vadamee and his recorded interactions with humanity from 2535 to the fall of […]Read More “You’re not the only one here because of him.” – What if Jameson Locke was in Halo 3?
MIDNIGHT The ornate edifice of the Didact’s combat skin shook and sputtered as the pulse grenade overloaded his systems, and the Master Chief fell at the ancient Forerunner’s feet on the hard-light bridge. A moment lingered between them, from behind their cold masks – warrior-to-warrior, acknowledging that this battle was over, but the fight, their […]Read More 343’s Growing Problem with Halo’s Endings