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#Halo

ThatLunarCastle

ThatLunarCastle

9/19/2012 5:19:34 AM
One of the most comforting feelings, in a way, is the feeling I get when I remember playing a game years ago that has truly created many memories of fun and happiness. While this feeling comes about when I think of a few games, none evokes a stronger emotion than Halo 2. I remember playing Halo 2 back in 2004-2007 like it was yesterday. I can picture clearly the main menu, I can hear with great detail the theme song and other tracks that played while sitting in the menu. I can remember that rush of excitement I would get when, after sitting in the main menu for untold amounts of time, I would get a game invite. Kind of like the feeling you get knowing a package will arrive for something you ordered online. Exhilarating almost. And then of course I can remember the myriad of custom games I played with people whom I would never meet in real life but felt like the best of friends, the kind you make over a lifetime and not in the brief comparative timeframe of weeks and months. But they were great friends none the less, hours and days were spent playing thousands of custom games. We'd play anything. A game would last for hours on Ivory Tower just knocking boxes around to build mini "houses" in some of the alcoves on the bottom floor. The amount of times I must have stared at the dark green side of a box while smashing 'B' furiously is surely in the hundreds. Another few hours could easily be consumed researching the latest glitches and the attempts at reproducing them with friends. Who doesn't remember watching a lifeless Master Chief flop to his ultimate resting place high in the sky above Burial Mounds? Or the infamous 'Stairway to Heaven' on the same level. And of course the superbounces. Ah yes, crouched down in a corner holding the thumbstick forward like your life depended on it until you felt you had built up enough mystical power to achieve a high bounce when then proceeded to jump off a ledge and land on a crack. What strange force was at work there? Personally I still do not know the logic at work behind superbounces. Some people loved multiplayer, particularly Team Slayer, more than any other aspect of the game. Not me. If I were playing a matchmaking game it would have to be Team Swat. Behind custom games, nothing was more satisfying than spraying Battle Rifle rounds into one of the rooms on Foundation and mowing down the entire enemy team. I'm rather confident the only time I achieved anything better than a Killtacular was in Team Swat. I'm also pretty sure that can be credited to my host connection at the time. All I'm going to say regarding host is this: Host shotty on Ascension. Who even needs a sniper? By now you've probably realized you have read, or at least skimmed, through my late night reminiscent ramblings of a time many years past. But besides having wanted to write something like this for literally years I do have at least a small reason for posting this beyond my own self pleasure. I would love to hear some of the stories that clearly stand out to you from Halo 2. Please share! I was around 13 or 14 years old when Halo 2 came out, quite young, but I loved that game like no other. To me Halo 2 was the highlight of my teens. I never went out and partied or hung out with friends much unless it was to play Halo 2. I don't regret that at all. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. The summers I spent playing Halo 2 all day with my friends over Xbox Live, or the all nighters me and my buddies pulled just playing the game in every mode and variant possible will always be my most fond memories out of any video game. Now that I am older, it is clear an opportunity to waste my time in such a fun and immersed manner will never come again. Work and school and relationships compete for attention, and little time is left for games. Often even no time at all. [b][i]So now that you have heard my random recount, please share yours.[/b][/i] [b]Tell us what you loved, what you miss, what you remember and most of all what you will never forget.[/b] Thank you for a great time guys, I'm sure some of you reading this were on my team or playing against me years ago. It was fun. [Edited on 09.18.2012 9:20 PM PDT]
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