I Visited 343 and Bungie!

In the summer of 2016, I received an offer to fly out to Seattle and visit 343 Industries. “Yes!” I said, because of course you would. “That would be absolutely fantastic, let me check the calendar and we’ll sort something out!” As it turned out, my calendar was free… two-and-a-half years later. Better late than never, […]

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“You’re not the only one here because of him.” – What if Jameson Locke was in Halo 3?

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 […]

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Mantle’s End – What the Forerunners did AFTER Halo (and where they are now…)

“And those who made the rings? What happened to the Forerunners?” One hundred thousand years ago, a great and terrible civilisation achieved technological dominance. They appointed themselves as the galaxy’s rulers, imposing a chastening peace over their protectorates for countless millennia. This they did in the name of the Mantle. Their duty: to preserve diversity […]

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In Defence of Halo 2’s Cliffhanger

“Sir, finishing this fight…”

I love Halo 2’s cliffhanger ending.

I loved it when I finished the game for the first time, in the early hours of the morning, while sat – bleary-eyed, tired beyond relief – in the darkened game room at a friend’s house back in 2004. And I still love it now.

If there’s a hill I am willing to die on, it’s that Halo 2’s cliffhanger ending is good, and this is why…

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