When you say “good game” to someone from Bungie Studios, the eponymous phrase carries with it a double-edged meaning:
1. You played well, and we enjoyed playing you.
2. Thank you for this fantastic platform for interaction.
On the Wednesday that fell on February 6th, at long last, a delegation from the Official Halo Clan of Tied the Leader had the chance to partake in this privilege. When posed with the question of who [among 118 TTL Gunslingers] would challenge the creators of our favorite virtual warzone, we selected some of the members that had a hand in founding our [perhaps not so] humble band of gamers.
On the other side of the match-up, adorned with crowns wrought from flame, were some gamers whose careers we had followed with great interest. We knew all all the news [that was fit to print] about their trials and tribulations in keeping us occupied and entertained. Until the evening of our challenge, we had been waiting for an opportunity to show them how much fun we have playing their game.
As the dance card suggests, our team was not engineered to bring home a resounding win. Such was not at all our concern. This was not our wrecking crew, any more than this was a grudge match. We fielded a welcoming committee. This was our entourage of ambassadors. If you crave the results from the scoreboard, you are welcome to peruse them at Bungie.net – along with the most colorful of commentary, provided by Lukems.
For the Gunslingers, this was our chance to rub elbows [and swap lead] with the people who enable us to enjoy the experience that is provided to us by playing Halo 3 via Xbox Live. Being a clan in the Halo Nation has added friendships to our lives. It has enriched the time we have logged ridding the couch. It has given us an outlet for our creativity.
It’s hard to shoot at someone that you appreciate for those reasons. It is with mixed emotions that you read words like “You killed Thug Larz”. You almost don’t want to extinguish those flames.
Bungie, we say thankya.
Thanks for the games.
Thanks for the game itself.
Further to the point of creativity, check out the panoramics from TTL’s resident auteur El Burritoh. If you want a truly unique keepsake from a challenge, always field an artist.