The year is 2020. The era of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is coming to an end, the next generation is just months away…
Can Naughty Dog deliver a sequel to one of their most beloved games with a story worth telling, that challenges us, and pushes storytelling in the medium of video games forward?
Can lightning strike twice with The Last of Us Part 2?
Read More The Last of Us Part 2 – Let’s talk about violence, queer narratives, and revenge
“She is stubborn, brilliant as a nova, dark as a singularity.”
The forces of antagonism in the Halo universe are among some of the most memorable (and quotable) in gaming.
From the soft-spoken machinations of the Prophet of Truth in Halo 2, to Atriox crushing some of the most powerful symbols of the series in his fist – these are characters you don’t soon forget.
Halo 4, however, rather spectacularly buries the lede here. It has become clear that the greatest threat faced not only by humanity, but the galaxy itself, is not an all-consuming parasite, or an army of warmongering mercenaries, or even the Didact himself…
It’s the Librarian.
Read More Why the Librarian is Halo’s greatest antagonist
(Or, ‘Why Sequence’s Terminals are one of the best things in Halo.’)
During 343 Guilty Spark’s millennia of isolation on Installation 04, a strange alien vessel crashed on the ring. The community hasn’t stopped wondering about it since.
So, if we’re not meant to get any answers about what it is, let us instead explore why 343 Industries decided to tell this story, and what Sequence’s Terminals represent as an integral aspect of storytelling in modern Halo.
Read More About the mysterious ship in Halo 1 Anniversary, and why Halo NEEDS Terminals
Eight years after its conclusion, I thought to revisit the Kilo-5 Trilogy to see how my thoughts may have changed – how I might be able to reconcile with it.
Regrettably, despite my best efforts, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to.
Read More Why I still can’t reconcile with the Kilo-5 Trilogy
Halo now has thirty books.
It’s an incredible, unmatched achievement – and most of it’s excellent. But it is also something that presents a bit of a problem, which can be summarised succinctly as…
Halo now has thirty books!
Read More Halo has a growing transmedia problem
It’s been about a month since Halo: Renegades released and Kelly Gay’s latest foray into the Halo universe has given the lore community plenty to discuss.
As such, Dave and Dani of Forward Unto Dawn invited me onto their podcast (again!) to discuss some of the intriguing developments that came from this story – mysteries that have been building up for almost a decade…
Read More FUDcast #28 – Halo: Renegades, ‘Forerunner Dynamite Fishing’ (feat. Me!)
Today, Halo: Renegades – Kelly Gay’s sequel to her 2017 novella Halo: Smoke and Shadow – has finally released!
Let me distill the essence of everything I’m about to say into less than a dozen words…
This is the best Halo novel since Silentium.
Read More Halo: Renegades – Non-Spoiler Review
To learn more about what’s next for Rion Forge and her crew’s search for the long-vanished Spirit of Fire in Halo: Renegades, I got in touch with author Kelly Gay, who was more than happy to answer some questions and drop a few teasers for what is perhaps the best and most important Halo novel since Silentium.
Read More I Interviewed Kelly Gay! – A Primer for HALO: RENEGADES
Over the course of this year, I have found myself getting back into the swing of writing short stories just for the fun of it. With the death knell of 2018 upon us, I thought I might as well publish one of them. The tale of Orpheus and Eurydice has long been one of my […]
Read More ‘Solving Orpheus’ – A Short LGBT+ Love Story
Here we are, at the fifth and final story of this little project. This has been a really fun exercise in mixing various critiques I’ve made of Halo 5 over the last three years with more creative expression, writing scenes I’d have loved to see and expanding on some of the ideas found throughout the campaign and […]
Read More The Five Untold Stories of Halo 5 – In Loving Memory of Squad Leader Bibjam