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Moving and other assorted life time-sucks have kept me from actually playing any videogames for probably a few months now, and coming back to H4 last night was PAINFUL, and quite frankly; Not Fun. That is, until I jumped in with Znite, SchoolyD and company.
First we playtested a map for Schooly, which wasn't my normal fare, but I still had fun watching people duel and fall inexplicably off platforms into the Forge Island ocean. ;)
Then we decided to just play MM, and this is where I was reminded why I still love playing Halo: it's the people. There's something different about playing with, and even against, the friends I've made via the HBO forum and HBO-related games of Halo. For whatever reason, I didn't form these kinds of friendships with people playing MW2, and that was the last COD game I've played, and will ever play. Not that I didn't enjoy the game itself, but the people I played with and against just made the whole experience not fun.
Case-In-Point: Last night. I was playing by myself with randoms in DLC-MM, and the very first game was utterly frustrating and completely devoid of fun. This is a GAME, it's supposed to be at the very least FUN! And I paid money, on purpose; if I'm not enjoying my purchase, what was it for?
It's not Halo4's fault, and there was nothing I believe "Halo4" could've done to MAKE me have fun in that game; except maybe give only me unlimited rockets and Jetpack and just let me go nuts. But Fun For Me at the expense of someone else's just isn't fun. Not to me. That's why it's about people.
In the games I played with Znite and the others, everyone (to my knowledge) had fun playing. Whether or not they were winning by a mile, frustrated at times, or fighting a 10-point nail-biter; in the end, it was fun. And that's the whole point.
So thanks guys and gals, for
making keeping Halo (of all varieties) fun for me.
HBO: We Keep Halo Fun.