Dear Bungie Studios,
Thank you for The Beta. It was the easiest test we ever took. Are you sure that was not a finished product? It sure did look, sound or feel like one from where we stood – or sat [on our couches] more accurately.
That was awful nice of you to invite us to your barn raising. We were more than happy to jump up and down on the foundation. It held up pretty well. Sorry that the custom-game-cat got out of the virtual bag. We swear, we only took a peek – once or three times at the most. Hopefully, you still got some good information out of those of us who held fast to the mission as it was issued.
So, you ran us rats through your habitrail of madness and war. You took some notes – a hoard of rabid naysayers looking over your shoulder the whole time… Time to finish the development process. Any patience we had is decimated by a peak behind the curtain between us and the Windows.
Don’t believe the haters, now. For the term of The Beta, TTL went uncharacteristically silent. Instead of trying to capture the dialogue on our site, we sent people packing to yours. It’s always been a nice place that you have there. A little rowdy, perhaps. Your bouncers are a lot more forgiving than ours. There seems to be a lot more love for you in our house than there is in yours. Or, at least, less hate. That’s why we wanted to check in on you. We give you credit for being able to sort out “opinion” from “feedback”. But just in case you need a reminder… You are doing a bang-up job on Halo 3.
Don’t change a thing, unless you absolutely have to. The game works. That’s all you ever wanted to know… Right? The game works like a dream. Well, after we learned the new control scheme, that is… There were a few panicked moments in which we dropped a Power Drainer in our base when we meant to reload; but it’s not like you didn’t warn us about that.
That Warthog is a beast. Don’t tame it. We all want to live in a world in which the Chief’s pimpin ride can treat a grenade like it was contraband fireworks from just over the state line. The haters will just have to relearn that Plasma Pistol again. If they are above that, they don’t deserve to dish.
You got it right. Again. You don’t need us to tell you that you did, and you don’t them to tell you that you didn’t. Just keep your chins up and finish the job. We will all be in line at Midnight on a warm September evening.
If we were going to ask for something – you know, just for the sake of argument – we might ask that the next build for Halo 3 be sporting a nice shiny clan list. We sure do like clan lists here at TTL. It’s like a key for any door that the Gunslingers want to walk through together. Stumbling into Halo 3, a lot of us were fumbling around in the dashboard trying to find each other.
And, finally, if we were absolutely hopeless fans, we would suggest something catchy for the announcer to say when one team evens the score in a slayer match.
We’d let you come up with that one, though.