Hello everyone, and welcome to another installment of Flashback Fridays. If you are not familiar with this series here is the basic idea: a member of our site reflects on something from their gaming past. That’s it. Today we are going to take a look at a game that showed me first hand what online gaming was all about, and more than likely introduced many other people to this world for the first time as well. The title I am talking about in particular was an instant classic for the original Xbox, Halo: Combat Evolved.
Right around the time I started college, a friend of mine would invite me over to his house on weekends to play video games. For some reason, he was obsessed with this game that featured a robot shooting up aliens called Halo. He always wanted to get me in on the action, but to be honest with you, it was something that I wasn’t interested in at the time. There was even one moment in particular in which he caught me sleeping while he and his other buddies were playing a match (yeah, I thought it was that boring).
One day my buddy and I were thinking about what to do together, and he said, “We could go online in Halo and play against other people if you want?” To which I replied, “Ok, got nothing else to do anyway”. He booted up his system, put the disc in, and the rest, as they say, was history. After a couple of matches or so something inside of me could not tear my hands away from the controller. There was something about playing a match against real people (in videogame form anyway), from just about anywhere in the world, that completely blew my mind.
This experience introduced me to a part of the video game world that I had never experienced before, social interaction. All of a sudden, every other weekend with friends turned into huge LAN Parties with TVs, cords, and systems all set up in one room. These parties went on for hours at a time, up until the point where going to bed at 8:00 in the morning became the cool thing to do. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I felt like my back was going to give out from how much stuff I brought with me to these parties. In the end, everybody had a good time, and that’s what’s really important.
That concludes my story on Halo: Combat Evolved, but if you have any fond memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.