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What Was Halo 3 2007 Like?

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So i'm fifteen years old and played since I was about 4-5 years old. So i never really got to play in the "golden age" of halo 3 which I know is the greatest video game standout. Just for the OGs out there, what was it like and do you think Infinite could have the same impact? What was the population compared to today's?
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It was probably the greatest point of Halo fandom unification. Sure, there were things going on that people disagreed about but it wasn't close to the strife and division that came afterwards. Everyone on your friends list had Halo 3, and were willing to play for hours. The market was much different back then- there was much less solid multiplayer competition.
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do you think Infinite could have the same impact?
Not a chance, video games have become too ubiquitous. Comparing Halo Infinite to H3 just isn't fair- it almost strikes me as the Ford Motor Company story. At one point, Ford was hot -Yoink-, pioneering the way to affordable automobiles. At one point, if a family had a car, it was probably a Ford.

But now that the market has caught up with Ford and every family tends to have 1, 2, or more cars.... Ford doesn't really stick out. There's now like 30 perfectly solid car manufacturers and Ford is just another good car manufacturer like the rest of the them.

In the same perspective, H3 was pioneering things and creating solid multiplayer gameplay when that wasn't really the norm. Now that the FPS market has kind of flatlined in terms of innovation, there's simply no way HI could have the same impact.
So i'm fifteen years old and played since I was about 4-5 years old. So i never really got to play in the "golden age" of halo 3 which I know is the greatest video game standout. Just for the OGs out there, what was it like and do you think Infinite could have the same impact? What was the population compared to today's?
Halo 3 was one of gamings greatest achievements, it’s was a true golden age. Game was simple and straightforward no hidden tricks or “surprises” It united an entire console generation. Everyone had it and people played it for hours on end laughing and having a generally good time. Obviously there were toxic players but they were few and far between back then (at least from what I remember) I distinctly remember getting home from school and hopping right on to halo 3 and having at least another 20+ friends logging on or already on within a few minutes.

As for infinite... unfortunately no it won’t be able to replicate it. It’ll be a much different game, in a different time where people don’t play the same or treat each other the same. And the only thing it might meet Halo 3 on is playerbase... maybe
So i'm fifteen years old and played since I was about 4-5 years old. So i never really got to play in the "golden age" of halo 3 which I know is the greatest video game standout. Just for the OG's out there, what was it like and do you think Infinite could have the same impact? What was the population compared to today's?
Oh man Halo 3 in 2007 at launch was...amazing. Your whole friends list was playing Halo 3 and you never had any trouble finding a game. Even if you didn't care about video games in 2007, you couldn't escape Halo 3. It was marketed everywhere. Billboards, posters,TV commercials, Mountain Dew, 7 Eleven, Burger King, etc. If you were over the age of 7 (probably even less) then you knew about Halo 3. The launch was even crazier. Pretty much any game store had a midnight launch event and even some big stores like Best Buy did too. The community was at its peak for sure in the Halo 3 prime. From the Machinima's, community made maps in Forge, Custom games, everyone trying to get Recon, and much more there was just a much better sense of unity in the community. That was my all time favorite time in gaming and Halo 3 is still my all time favorite. I still play it to this day almost every day, sometimes on the OG Halo 3 on 360 and sometimes on MCC.
dryrain23 wrote:
So i'm fifteen years old and played since I was about 4-5 years old. So i never really got to play in the "golden age" of halo 3 which I know is the greatest video game standout. Just for the OG's out there, what was it like and do you think Infinite could have the same impact? What was the population compared to today's?
Oh man Halo 3 in 2007 at launch was...amazing. Your whole friends list was playing Halo 3 and you never had any trouble finding a game. Even if you didn't care about video games in 2007, you couldn't escape Halo 3. It was marketed everywhere. Billboards, posters,TV commercials, Mountain Dew, 7 Eleven, Burger King, etc. If you were over the age of 7 (probably even less) then you knew about Halo 3. The launch was even crazier. Pretty much any game store had a midnight launch event and even some big stores like Best Buy did too. The community was at its peak for sure in the Halo 3 prime. From the Machinima's, community made maps in Forge, Custom games, everyone trying to get Recon, and much more there was just a much better sense of unity in the community. That was my all time favorite time in gaming and Halo 3 is still my all time favorite. I still play it to this day almost every day, sometimes on the OG Halo 3 on 360 and sometimes on MCC.
I remember the hype because I was two years old. Now people barely even mention halo. It's so sad. I wish it would be like this for me to witness it a second time.
I actually don't know, im 20 and at 2007 i had 7 years and i was playing Halo CE, my first custom match was with my dad that i ask him to play with me, it was a little awkward because i didn't teach him to play, I only started the match I killed him 25 times and that's all haha.

The first time i played Halo 3 online was in 2014 and i loved to play it, it was not competitive (For me), i take it just for fun and i think that's the real magic of playing videogames, i liked to see every single spartan different, even when the customization sistem was not big deal, reach was quite better in customization but i found most of them too alike.

I didn't play it before because i didn't like the concept of paying a membership to play online but right now i would loved it to play it in those times, to have the recon armor, the bungie armor, the nameplates, im kind of sad because i couldn't play in those times, but im happy because i enjoyed it my way, even when i was lonely driving an elephant on sandtrap i was happy.

Honestly the best game i've ever played.
I actually don't know, im 20 and at 2007 i had 7 years and i was playing Halo CE, my first custom match was with my dad that i ask him to play with me, it was a little
awkward because i didn't teach him to play, I only started the match I killed him 25 times and that all haha.

The first time i played Halo 3 online was in 2014 and i loved to play it, it was not competitive (For me), i take it just for fun and i think that's the real magic of playing videogames, i liked to see every single spartan different, even when the customization sistem was not big deal, reach was quite better in customization but i found most of them too alike.

I didn't play it before because i didn't like the concept of paying a membership to play online but right now i would loved it to play it in those times, to have the recon armor, the bungie armor, the nameplates, im kind of sad because i couldn't play in those times, but im happy because i enjoyed it my way, even when i was lonely driving an elephant on sandtrap i was happy.

Honestly the best game i've ever played.
I love how you put : "even when i was lonely driving an elephant on sandtrap i was happy." Best quote ever. Halo in general can make you happy.
Really nice to have you, this thread makes me feel old but I'm happy to see an interest (though rare) in Halo from the younger generation.

Halo was a staple. Everyone had it, everyone dabbled in it. You could go to a friends home and he, his little brother and random Uncle all played it in some form. Everyone played Halo then, it was the COD and Fortnite of today.

I personally played fighting games competitively then and would travel for tourneys (before the streaming scene and such made them such a large mainstay), it was niche then. I used to envy how much attention Halo had during CE, then played it at a friends and enjoyed it somewhat. I bought into the hype for Halo 2 on launch night and was sucked in by the CQC depth and such, it wasn't a typical fast TTK shooter, it had insane depth. I learned shooters in general with Halo and found a game that you could do so much with. It was fun at a goofy level, competitive level, etc.

Here's a vid of the launches in NYC to show you how it was then:
H2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDUr8696Ve0
H3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reaXYMihM1Y
YamaMX wrote:
Really nice to have you, this thread makes me feel old but I'm happy to see an interest (though rare) in Halo from the younger generation.

Halo was a staple. Everyone had it, everyone dabbled in it. You could go to a friends home and he, his little brother and random Uncle all played it in some form. Everyone played Halo then, it was the COD and Fortnite of today.

I personally played fighting games competitively then and would travel for tourneys (before the streaming scene and such made them such a large mainstay), it was niche then. I used to envy how much attention Halo had during CE, then played it at a friends and enjoyed it somewhat. I bought into the hype for Halo 2 on launch night and was sucked in by the CQC depth and such, it wasn't a typical fast TTK shooter, it had insane depth. I learned shooters in general with Halo and found a game that you could do so much with. It was fun at a goofy level, competitive level, etc.

Here's a vid of the launches in NYC to show you how it was then:
H2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDUr8696Ve0
H3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reaXYMihM1Y
I will definitely check those videos out.
Also that is very cool to hear. I'm also a competitive player but in the newer generation lol.
The other thing was that with there being so many people playing the game, matchmaking worked really well, even for people like me who are rubbish at Halo games. I used to finish mid-table a lot of the time, but I got the achievements for being MVP in a team game and others for many kills in a match - every game was pitched at just the right level.

The closest thing I've found recently is Rocket League, but even there the matchmaking often pitches you against people much better or worse than you.
Xexyz wrote:
The other thing was that with there being so many people playing the game, matchmaking worked really well, even for people like me who are rubbish at Halo games. I used to finish mid-table a lot of the time, but I got the achievements for being MVP in a team game and others for many kills in a match - every game was pitched at just the right level.

The closest thing I've found recently is Rocket League, but even there the matchmaking often pitches you against people much better or worse than you.
That's what you get with a a larger population, which we don't have today :/.
Man, it was absolutely incredible. What was great about the 2000s in general was that technology was something that enhanced our lives, rather than something deeply ingrained in every aspect of our lives. Why I mention that is because my friends and I would talk about it at school, but couldn't simply tell each other to watch a video on a phone. We had to talk and describe everything in detail, whether that was a trailer or a sick kill. Halo 3 and friendships went hand-in-hand and one made the other better. There was literally nothing else like it at the time and the full experience has not been matched since then.

Content overload wasn't really a thing either, so we could could deeply appreciate something that was already incredible at a surface level. Halo 3 was a part of our lives, but it never took over every breathing second of it. We could engage and disengage from it whenever we wanted. There was never a feeling of missing out on something if we did not keep up with every bit of news because we knew we could catch up within a couple of minutes the very next day in class or at lunch.

Thanks for posting this. I don't see many topics like this, but it's great to see someone try and understand why people enjoyed something they never got to experience. I like doing the same with some of my friends' older siblings, for instance, to get an idea of how they felt when the NES and stuff were current.
tuhin94 wrote:
Man, it was absolutely incredible. What was great about the 2000s in general was that technology was something that enhanced our lives, rather than something deeply ingrained in every aspect of our lives. Why I mention that is because my friends and I would talk about it at school, but couldn't simply tell each other to watch a video on a phone. We had to talk and describe everything in detail, whether that was a trailer or a sick kill. Halo 3 and friendships went hand-in-hand and one made the other better. There was literally nothing else like it at the time and the full experience has not been matched since then.

Content overload wasn't really a thing either, so we could could deeply appreciate something that was already incredible at a surface level. Halo 3 was a part of our lives, but it never took over every breathing second of it. We could engage and disengage from it whenever we wanted. There was never a feeling of missing out on something if we did not keep up with every bit of news because we knew we could catch up within a couple of minutes the very next day in class or at lunch.

Thanks for posting this. I don't see many topics like this, but it's great to see someone try and understand why people enjoyed something they never got to experience. I like doing the same with some of my friends' older siblings, for instance, to get an idea of how they felt when the NES and stuff were current.
Yes non of my friends play halo. Only cod and fortnite so i'd never know what it is like to argue over those things lol. Cool, I wish those times could come back for us newer generations to experiencing this.