I personally loved the readings for tomorrow’s class, as I’m a big gamer and used to love Red vs. Blue like any other player of Halo did. I had a great time combing through sites like This Spartan Life and The Machinima FAQ, just because it reminded me of just how well-loved Halo 3 still is. Can anyone believe that Halo 3 came out in 2007? Personally, it feels like just yesterday. Halo 3 is still one of the favorite games to pull out at a get-together at my house or a lot of my friends’ houses — the multiplayer simply cannot be beat. I’m sure I’ll spend a fair amount of this summer goofing off with friends in Forge or teaming up with them against players from around the world. Unlike games like Modern Warfare 2, there can be up to 4 players on a single console, and party sizes can accommodate many more. I usually play with my brother’s friends, which can range from 2, to 4, or even 8 guys from around the US and Canada. MW2 simply doesn’t allow that. While it’s a great game (believe me, I’ve played it through several times), it just doesn’t allow for the same group playing aspect that Halo 3 promises.
There’s a reason that Halo 3 was so popular when it was released, still is so very popular, and caused a flood of other media such as machinima. Red vs. Blue was incredibly popular! I really think that this popularity was not created by the single player story line (which was very good, all said and done), but by the multiplayer aspect of the game. Hell, when I was browsing around This Spartan Life, I saw the Rube Goldberg Machine contest and immediately started planning ways to get my normal group of guys together and start building a machine to beat them all. For me, Halo 3 was so successful because it offered a whole new way of playing online with friends from both near and far. I can think of no other way that its popularity can still be so high. I did my Sophie book on Halo 3 and Red vs. Blue, and the project only reaffirmed my beliefs about the game itself.
All that said, though, I am SO tempted to go and make some machinima out of Ocarina of Time!