The Decline of the Halo Series

This year’s E3 will most definitely announce the next game in 343 and Microsoft’s Halo franchise. The “6th” game and finale to the series’ post Bungie trilogy. The weirdest thing about this, nobody is really talking about it. There was a time that Halo was the biggest franchise in the industry, now it’s a languid shadow of its former self.

Back when the original Halo trilogy was in the zeitgeist, it was seen as the definitive game in the genre. The first game received near universal acclaim from all major publications, as did the second and third for the most part. Not only that, the franchise had a major guiding hand in the direction that, not only the FPS genre moved in on console, but had an impact on modern game design sensibilities and the approach to online play in general. It was certainly the first game I was really aware of playing online on console.

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My time at EGX 2017

So I went to EGX again this year. This would be the point in the article where, if I’d have been a real journalist, I’d have given a brief background into EGX. But I honestly can’t be bothered to make that kind of effort right now. All you need to know is that it’s a big video gaming and culture convention that take place in the West Midlands of the U.K. for 4 days a year.

It’s the third time I’ve gone in as many years and it’s pretty standard fare as far as these type of conventions go. A bunch of developers, large and small, show up and pedal their wares, so to speak. On top of that there are plenty of other attractions. People selling niche and retro merchandise based on video games, or other things the type of people who go to this type of event will probably like. Continue reading “My time at EGX 2017”

People jumping on the Call of Duty hate bandwagon

There was a time, when I was a much angier person, that would have been reveling in the fact that the new Call of Duty trailer is becoming one of the most disliked videos on Youtube. I would cheer how the “sheeple” are finally coming to their senses and realising the repetitive tripe Activision are putting out isn’t all that.


Now though, I realise that while Call of Duty may have a very specific section of its fan base I’m not too fond of, the games themselves still contain a high amount of polish to their campaigns and shouldn’t be written off all together based on their popularity. That all being said, I haven’t played a Call of Duty game since Modern Warfare 3, which was five games/years ago. I simply don’t have anything to see in the games they put out. Continue reading “People jumping on the Call of Duty hate bandwagon”