Will you be migrating to Halo Wars?
‘Tied the Leader’ claims its roots in the population of the Halo Community. It’s where we were born, it’s where we live. It’s where we die [repeatedly] night after night. The domain name is sort of a giveaway. We know…
On many occasions, the question has been asked:
“Where will we go from here?”
Having assembled a network of gamers, there is endless potential to circle the wagons and march on other battlefields. There are other worlds than these, it has been said. The destination of this would-be migration is really up to the gamers who call our community home – as well as the honored opponents who come knocking on our door in search of a fight. If one thing can be certain, you cannot tell a gamer what to do. They are among the most fickle consumers of pop-culture in the digital marketplace.
We have tried to farm out our virtual [wo]man-power to tackle other gaming environs on a number of occasions. Despite our sincerest efforts, these transplants are most often rejected. Project Gotham Racing. Battlefield 2. Ghost Recon: Advanced Warrior. Call of Duty. All of these games boast lonely discussion boards in our forum that are collecting dust. ChromeHounds is the only exception. Our Morskojan crew of Hound Pilots is still alive and well – constructing immense machines of destruction that stride into a persistent world. They even asked me to abandon my post as their absentee leader.
Nothing within our intimate little TTL community packs the same buzz as our various Halo 2 squads. Your average TTL Gunslinger can find enough teammates for a Big Team Battle on any night of the week. Either this Overlord/Blogger is not setting a tone that is hospitable to a gamer of diverse tastes [completely plausible], or there is just no substitute for a good old match of effortlessly networked Team Slayer.
Traffic Reports for the information superhighways that lead into Xbox Live would cast a light of truth on the second possibility. Don’t let the categories fool you, fair gamer. Saints Row gangs do not outnumber Halo 2 clans. No way. We would win that turf war in a High Charity Minute.
Fortunately, there are a number of Halo-themed gaming experiences poised for attack just over the horizon. With Halo 3 looming, we don’t have to worry about having to close the doors and turn out the lights at ‘Tied the Leader’. We already have a team built to play a game that is in development.
Halo Wars is a trickier question.
We like the subject matter, but that’s not a shooter, man! This forum moderator is completely willing to support a cadre of Armchair Generals who want to marshal forces in an epic battle, but I can’t lead the way. I ain’t never played no Real Time Strategy game. And I am too old and too set in my ways to try new things.
Playing with a team of live opponents has spoiled me. Having had driven thousands of thinking, breathing, screaming tailgunners to their deaths on the back of my Warthog; I have a hard time getting riled by the demise of Artificial Intelligence. For this gamer, Campaign has turned into training for Multiplayer. If there is no Multiplayer to be had, there needs to be one hell of a role play to hold my attention. Seeing a different world through the eyes of a different hero is always a potential distraction from a chronic Halo addition. Watching a simulated army crawl across a map like ants is not.
So, we ask our fellow Halo addicts: Will you be migrating to the Real Time Strategy of Halo Wars? Ensemble Studios is hoping you will. Bungie is hoping you will. Microsoft, of course, is hoping you will. The existing constituency of Halo fans is the ripest market for the success of this upcoming title.
The question is: Can you make the transition?