It was weird, I never really heard of Halo before I jumped into the internet.
I stumbled upon this particular video about 8 years back,
and my 10 year old self thought it was the funniest thing in the world.
So after that I'd watch Halo videos on Mahcinima, and Red Vs Blue (of course), and at that point I knew I needed to get this game.
Now as a 10 year old, I didn't have the money to get an xbox just quite yet, but my birthday and Christmas was around the corner so I decided to use the money from that.
My first actual experience of Halo 3 was at a neighbor's house, playing one life in a custom game on Valhalla. The amount of time I played was disappointing but I knew I wanted more.
We had a Family Video near us that we would rent video games for the Ps2, and I noticed they had a 360 for rent as well. For my birthday that year, my mom let me get a rental of the 360, because she still wasn't completely onboard with the purchase.
I remember putting in the disc, launching the game, and filled with wonder. I didn't know what this flying camera through a blue burnt landscape was showing me, but that, along with the music, was all I wanted to take in for the next 5 minutes.
My first game was a custom slayer game on Narrows. I won't forget it. My and my brother played for hours trying each map out. Finally we played the campaign, and although I don't think I knew what was going on at all, I loved every second of it. The enemies, the scarab fights, the nightmarish flood, Johnson(of course!). It was a dream come true.
Sadly I had to return the system after a bit, and actually never finished the campaign at that point, but I got there when I finally got my own Xbox.
When I first got my 360, it was the basic arcade version. I didn't have internet or live or anything. It took me till the end of elementary school (2010, I know right?) to get Live, and boy it was an experience.
I fondly remember playing a match of Snowbound with other people across the world, and I was so happy. The only issue was though, you should never give a mic to a 10 year old. It never works out. I kept my mic on the entire match, while talking to my mother, brother, and all my childlike banter of playing for the first time.
Unexpectedly to my 10 year old self, when the match ended I got some rather profound and rude messages from my teammates, telling me to shut my mouth, but with a bit more foul language that a 10 year old wouldn't usually hear.
It was pretty funny.
For the entire summer, that year was divided between playing Halo 3 online and going to Tae Kwon Do. Within that time I met a long list of people who invited me to play customs with them. Fat Kid, Halo, ghostbusters, all those gametypes have given some of the fondest of gaming memories I'll ever have.
Sad to say that most of the people I met back in the day are no longer on my friends list, or haven't been online in years. Maybe they don't remember me since I changed my gamertag from the I C O N I C name I gave myself of, "HALOMANIACALEX" haha it was horrible.
Halo 3 means a lot to me, not only as a Halo fan, but as a gamer. So glad that the series I've grown up with is still going strong, and that I can finally go back to playing one of my favorite games on my Xbox One.