I Wish I Could Quit You: Halo 4
E3 or the Electronic Entertainment Expo is the Sundance film festival of the gaming and technology industries. It is a time to showcase and tease what is to come in the ever-advancing world we live. This year’s event not only included some of the most enticing and well waited for previews but also the rebirth of a video game franchise that changed my life.
When I was a youngin’, my Uncle Robbie passed away due to heart complications – this tragic event brought the rest of my family together. So, when my other Uncle invited my little brother and myself to check out a then new game on his Xbox, we jumped.We were not novices to the world of video games but our experiences had roughly been to that of Nintendo 64, GameBoy, and the short lived Sega Genesis. When I first picked up the joysticks and stepped into the foreign world of Halo, my life changed and I never looked back. Thus, an addiction was born.
For the next several years – I lived Halo and other video games like it. I was constantly playing Halo and its successors because for me it didn’t just represent a meaningless pass time but rather a story with so many folds to unravel. It was rich and full of exploration and for an aspiring novelist such as myself, left so much to the imagination. So, when I “Finished The Fight” with the Master Chief, John, Spartan 117, in 2007 – a moment and stage in my life had begun to pass. The epic trilogy, which I had spent years of my life experiencing, had ended and the Spartan warrior signed off with a line that left a glimmer of hope for the future. As Cortana (Master Chief’s artificially intelligent friend) mans the controls of the broken frigate, John tells her, “Wake me…when you need me.”
Four years later, Bungie Studios (Creator and Developers of the Halo franchise) has fragmented, several more “Halo” titles have been released (Reach, ODST, and Halo Wars) and not one person expects Cortana to be screaming, “ Wake up John! I need you!” at the Microsoft Press Conference at this year’s E3. And thus, a new trilogy has been born. A piece of my childhood that I thought gone has been brought back to life and injected straight back into my veins.
Why is this important? Because happiness can come in many different forms and we mustn’t forget about the things that make us happy. It doesn’t matter if you are 10 or 25 or even 75. These things are important because smiles aren’t a dime a dozen. We have to fight for happiness in the dark and sometime desolate world.
Thanks for being there when I need you, Chief.