I've been playing Halo all of my life, I just took a while to realize it.
I first played Halo CE back when I was a tiny tot at a cousin's house. I didn't know the game, what it was about, nothing, just that me and my cousin were having a blast messing around with needlers and constantly dying/killing Keyes as a result.
Fast forward a few years, I wanna say somewhere around 5-6 years after that. I get my first XBOX for myself, not playing at someone else's house, and I start finding games to play on it. I found Halo 1 and 2 at Blockbuster (Rest in mostly peace you old blue and yellow store you) and naturally, I rented them to play. Stopped Halo 1 when I got to the Flood's intro level because they freaked me the hell out as a kid. Ironically, I managed to play all the way through Halo 2 as a kid.
Fast forward again, around 2008. Got a 360 now and I manage to find and then buy the Legendary Edition for Halo 3. And then, the legendary edition for Halo Wars. And preordered Halo: ODST.
Basically, the only Halo I didn't buy from day one in either normal or special edition form was Halo 5 and Halo Wars 2, both because I didn't have an XBOX One at the time. That is, until, my 360 finally up and broke on me around 2016. At that point, I got a XBOneX and have played through MCC, 5, and Wars 2 thanks to Game Pass, though I had to start my current Xbox account on one of my parent's emails since the old account was defunct due to having a defunct Email that I didn't know the password to. So I had to start up my Halo collection all over again from scratch in terms of games played.
I beat 3, Reach, and ODST on Legendary alone (from what I remember) on my old account, and I fully intend to do it again in due time again.
Basically, Halo has been there for me for a very, very long time, and through ups and downs, I've stuck with it whenever I could. Now, come good or bad, I'm waiting for Halo Infinite to come out so I can add it to my collection.
That's my story, what are all yours'?