i would have to say the best memory i have of Halo CE is the one night my TV stopped working...here is the story.
I'm a broke college kid, early 2003 time frame, one thing to remember is that back then, CRT TV's were still very much a thing....
so my TV stopped working on me, so my friend and i ran up to Wal-mart to pick up a brand new 46inch TV. now, this sucker was HUUUUUUGE, we get out to my POS car and find out that the TV doesn't fit. at all. so we are standing there thinking, "how the hell are we going to get this thing home?"
luckily, there was a lady in the parking lot who had a SUV, she walked over and asked "do we need help?" explained to her that the TV we just bought doesn't fit in our car and were debating on walking it home in a cart. so she graciously offered up her vehicle for us to use! she cleared out her car and let us move the TV in and drove us to my house. as we struggled to get the TV into my house, remember this was a 300lb square box trying to go through a small door, this lady is just standing there laughing at us. she tells us this is the most fun she has had in a while (because we were struggling so much with the TV) and how glad she was that she offered to help us out. even though she was hesitant because she was approaching two guys in a random Wal-Mart parking lot hahaha.
anyway, we finally got the TV in the house, down the stairs in the basement and hooked up. we then proceeded to play the rest of the night having a blast!
this is just ONE story out of countless nights of LANning, running network cable across an entire house, yelling at the other team about how bad they are and getting the police called on us because the wife was tired of us yelling in her house (yea, that happened. and now we are great friends to this day)
this game has brought literally so many memories.