Without Halo 3, my life would be 100% different.
I was only 13 when I sat late at a gamestop just a mile from my house. My bestfriend was unable to attend, so I had to pick up his heroic edition of the game aswell. Ariving home at 12:04, to my original 4:3 television set up on my bedroom floor (old school), I witnessed the opening crawl of the game for the first time.
Eventually, fan created halo films and shorts were in full swing. Halo 3's new theater play back revolutionized console gaming not only for competitive players playing back intense matches, but film makers wildest dreams of high performance camera work, customization options, and what forge would become over time, custom maps.
I started a little show called CNP in 2008, 8 mo ths after the launch of halo 3, and I still add to it every so often, even bringing Halo 3 productions, on original hardware, out after nearly a decade since release. And people still ask me if there will be more made with Halo 3, which is always a welcomed possibility.
I personally would like to extend the biggest thanks to everyone who worked on that game, big or small, devs and testers, producers and idea guys, story team and designers. Thank you for making, what I consider, one of the most important xbox games ever made.
What Halo 3 did for players across all fandoms in the halo community, set a standard that most games still uphold to this very day. Customization, Replay value, Fan created maps and movies, community. I met some great friends through my time with halo, most of them from Halo 3.
it is times like launching the elephants with respawned explosions at 3AM on saturdays I will always cherish.