Were you able to gain access to the Halo 3 Beta on Friday, May 11th? If you did, and you scored a kill on a gamer with a ‘tag that started with “H3NY”, you fragged a journalist in New York City. That is banned by the Geneva Convention, you know. We’ll overlook it, though. This time, at least.
As part of Bungie’s tireless campaign for world domination, members of the media were invited to a night club to jack into the Halo 3 Beta. Their opponents were the vanguards from the Friends and Family wave of beta-testers, shot from a cannon into an alien battleground. Similar parties raged simultaneously on the coasts of numerous continents. The outbreak of the new War of the Halo Nation broke out in several other theatres of combat. San Francisco. London. Sydney. Hollywood.
‘Tied the Leader’ was humbled with an invitation to attend the Halo 3 Press Event held at New York’s BLVD nightclub. While various affiliates represented their respective press outlets, this gamer represented our warring little community. Of course, the game was a target of opportunity, with access to the Beta made available on screens larger than the windshield of a Warthog. The game, however, could wait. My chief curiosity was how the free press would report on our Halo Nation.
The impending release of Halo 3 represents far more than just another title made available at your local game retailer. The social impact behind the phenomenon of online multiplayer gaming makes our coveted finishing of the fight a bonafied news item. We, the gamers, become a subject for scrutiny. As games bring us together, in either friendship or conflict, we emerge as a unified demographic – rather than a lost tribe of geeks isolated from society by the idiot box.
To illustrate this phenomenon, ‘Tied the Leader’ offers a LIVE REPORT from the scene. We reported on the reporters – as well as the architects behind the game. We welcome you to give it a download. Gain an inside perspective from the party-goers who attended this event. This is not a review of the game. There will be many chances for all of us to swap war stories from the chilled vistas of Snowbound. Instead, we invite you to share in a dialogue with the journalists who will be reporting on the Halo Nation as it migrates to its new home.
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