Community Blog: My Halo Story
The story is about how I was introduce into the science fiction first person shooter video game franchise, halo.
My story on halo started when I was in the 5th I was sitting in the school cafeteria talking with my friend on some of our favorite video games. One of my friends then mentioned their favorite game and it was non other than Halo Combat evolved for the Xbox. I didn't have a Xbox back then so I just listened to my friends talk about how awesome it was for its time and that it was revolutionary. First they talked about the main protagonist , Master Chief and how different he was from any other video game character. They talked about the alien creatures known as the covenant and the awesome weapons. They talked about the ending on an epic race to the finish in a warthog trying to escape before the pillar of autumn blew up. I was so excited to ear all the great stuff about the game. But unfortunately I couldn't get a Xbox back then. I was really disappointed. So time went on without Halo in my life. The time finally came when my parents decided to buy a computer. I was really excited to have a PC. I kind of forgot about halo at that time. I spent most of my time on the cartoon network Website and playing their flash games. Then one day I went to Walmart and was looking at the video game section and I stumbled upon the PC games. I was looking at the games and to my surprise I saw Halo Combat Evolved on the shelf. I immediately grabbed it and read everything on the cover. I was excited to read they were bonus weapons and maps fro the PC version that were not in the Xbox one. So I got my mom to buy me the game for my birthday and couldn't wait to play it. I went home and put the DVD in the tray. They installation took a while since I didn't have that of a powerful PC. While the game was installing I was reading the game manual just looking at the pictures and reading about the weapons. I was really excited to see the colors of the game on my monitor. So once the game finished installing I went straight tot the campaign. It starts of with a cutscene and my heart is pounding because I was really excited to play this for the first time after hearing it from my friends. The game starts with master chief in a pod being awoken from a fellow soldier. The first this I noticed was that I did not see any colors I saw on the game cover. I was kind of surprised and didn't know what was happening. But that didn't stop me from playing the game. I played through the campaign and loved ever moment of it, Everything my friends told me were right, it was a amazing game. Once I finished the campaign I went to the multiplayer and had no idea what to suspect because my friend did not talk about multiplayer for the Xbox one because it had no online multiplayer. So I went to the multiplayer menu and saw a Red and Blue Spartan and hoping I would see those colors in game. I browsed the game browser looking at a bunch of dedicated servers hosted by gamespy. I joined my first multiplayer game with the name akskiller. I don't know how that name came to be by the way. Anyway I was playing online and noticed that everyone was the color grey, no red or blue. I was kind of mad thinking its the game. I then asked the people in the game with me and they told me it was my PC and that I needed a video card. I was not good with computer terms back then .I then continued to play online with the graphics I had. I had a blast. It was so fun using the exclusive flamethrower and Fuel Rod Gun on the PC version. I made some friends online and we made a small clan that didn't really last long. We used to love to play in the exclusive Halo PC maps Danger Canyon and not just team death match and CTF but we would do some halo stunts by launching warthogs with tank shots. It was really a fun time. The time came when I finally got some sort of video card and finally could see some color and my frames per second rose. The game looked and played better. My favorite weapon without a doubt is the pistol it was a beast. I am happy they are brining it back in halo reach. After playing a bunch of halo combat evolved on PC, I surfed the web and saw that there is another version of halo called Halo Custom Edition. That version was released by gearbox to allow user created maps to be made by the community. I then become very interested in that. I joined the gearbox forums under my username akskiller. I acted like a total noob when I first joined but matured through the years. Time came when a guy named Musty wanted to revive a Clan called KOD-Kings of Destruction. He asked who wanted to join the clan and I responded that I would help him revive it. From that point I was know as [KOD]KiLLeR. That is where my Xbox gamertag KODKiLLerv2 came from. Anyway, KOD was revived with some of the awesome people I have ever met and played with. We had our own dedicated server playing on classic halo custom edition map NMC(New Mombasa Classic), Wartorn Cove, Cliffhanger, Fissure Falls etc. We had wonderful members, to name a few, Rams, Steve, Iceman, Beavis and Legend. Life in Halo CE was good. Then we as a community had a Halo CE League, which was a tournament of some of the top clans who played halo. Obviously we entered the league and played some of the greatest clans out there. Some of the clans included HIV, FBI, CAF,and r0x. I don't remember how it all went about on who we all played but one of the best matched was with team r0x. Those were some of the best and fun games I have ever played. We ended up on top for that game and went to the finals to play CAF if my memory serves me right. Those games and some controversy but were fixed in the end and we, Team KOD came to the top , we have won the first ever Halo CE league. It were some of the most competitive games I ever played and I enjoyed every minute of it. You can download the video of KOD vs r0x here .Scroll down and select KOD vs r0x, you will not be disappointed. The film was edited and filmed by an awesome member called [email protected] We had a couple of other Leagues after the first one but wasn't as successful. I had xfire running most of the time when I was playing Halo and it clocks your total time played. I have clocked about 1636 hours of halo. Look up my xfire profile for proof, its kodkiller. My halo CE career was ending when most of the people I played with went on to do other things. The gearbox forums were slowly dying and it was time for a new home for a new game that was being announced for PC as well.
While I played Halo CE on PC, I also played Halo 2 at my cousins house. He got an Xbox before me so I went to his house to play that until I got it my self I think 2 years later. i still played Halo CE until I got my Xbox and played Halo 2 online mostly but that ended rather quickly because I still liked Halo CE more. I missed my Halo pistol, it was really the most beast weapon ever. The new home for Halo CE and an upcoming Halo 2 Vista was Modacity. Modacity was founded when Halo CE was being forgotten on gearbox. It was also founded for Halo 2 vista. Everyone who played Halo CE was kind of getting excited to play Halo 2 PC and enjoy making custom maps for that game because it was coming with a map editor. With man delays to the game and Vista had to be mandatory to play most people were expecting the worst. I wasn't. I was getting pupped up because I got vista just for the game. So then when the game was released on May 8th of 2007. I was one of the first people to get the game. I first went to multiplayer because I have played the campaign with my cousin on the Xbox version. At first it was fun and dandy. It felt like a good game. But man it went down hill from there. The game turned out to be a total flop. The team that ported the game, Hired Gun, was released by Microsoft and the game had many issued. Some of the issues were jerky mouse movements and most of the time the server browser did not work. Also Halo 2 vista had Games for windows LIVE with fully working achievement. Most PC gamers hated it because at the time had to pay just like Xbox LIVE. So most of the people who played Halo CE did not play Halo 2 Vista. Microsoft later realized that making PC users pay for online pay wasn't the right thing and made it free. Halo 2 Vista died the moment it was released. I stopped playing it when I got Gears of War for PC. I was mostly a PC gamer at the time. I went back to Halo CE occasionally when some old member held game nights and those were usually fun and nostalgic.
Then came Halo 3 for the Xbox 360. I immediately wanted it the moment it was announced. But I didn't have a Xbox 360 and wouldn't get one until 2008. I was invited into the Halo 3 beta. But I did not have a Xbox 360. I was mad and disappointed but excited as well because my cousin did get and Xbox 360 before me just like the original Xbox. I gave him the beta code and I would come over his place and play the beta. The beta was fun while it lasted and made me want Halo 3 even more. When Halo 3 was released I didn't get it because I lacked a 360. I went to my cousins house and played the campaign and we beat it on legendary. We played online and I was disappointed with the pistol in Halo 3 and Halo 2 for that matter. I wondered why Bungie made it a useless weapon. never got hooked on the multiplayer in halo 2 and 3. Eventually though I did get a 360 and bought Halo 3 with it. I mostly played rumble pit and leveled up to 41. I did not buy all the map packs only up to the legendary map pack. I stopped playing Halo 3 when most of the game modes required all the DLC. I then spent most of my time on Custom gams with my friends and just screwed around. My halo 3 adventure would end when Gears of War 2 came out. I did play on the last day of Halo 2 on Xbox live, I spent most of my time on Gears 2 and even to this day until I played the Halo Reach Beta. The moment I got a Halo Reach Beta code I jumped right on to downloading. Once it finished I went to play and went straight to test if the halo CE pistol was back. And my god it was! I was so happy that this game was the long lost brother of halo CE. I know that Reach takes place before Halo 1 but I was really happy to find out the Halo 1 pistol was back. The pistol was not the only thing that excites me about halo reach. While playing the reach beta the load outs were also a great addition to a halo game. It makes halo feel revolutionary again like it was in the past. I had a blast with the Halo Reach beta. I maxed my rank in the beta and got most of the armor permutations. I was sad that the beta ended, I wanted more of reach! I went to the Bungie forums and read about what people are saying on reach and how it changes halo a bit. I like the new changes and makes halo feel halo like a new refreshed game. Then I read that you can get some flair in Halo Reach if you played Halo 2 on the last day it was on Xbox Live and if you played Halo Combat Evolved for the PC before May of this year. You get to use your Halo PC CD key to unlock something special is Halo Reach which I am really stoked about. Well that is it. Halo Reach falls next month and I am getting it if I do or don't win this contest because this is the halo game I have waited for since Halo 1. From spending hours on Halo Combat evolved to playing the Halo Reach beta, I am true to say that I am a true halo fan and cannot wait to get my hands on the new and final halo game by Bungie. Thanks for reading.
EDIT: I finally decided to upload the Halo CE League video. So here it is:
It was too long for YouTube so I used Vimeo instead. Enjoy.
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