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If saying Halo is my favorite game ever makes me a fan boy,
well then...I guess I'm a fan boy. I just like the game, everything about it. I'm
not one of those maniacal fan boys that obsessively talks and talks (or in my
case blogs and blogs) about the game. I like it, but that's pretty much the
extent of it. If you don't like it, I don't try and convert you; and if you do
like it, I probably won't admit that I do because I don't want to have a lengthy
discussion about battle rifles and sticky grenades.
That being said, I was a little surprised when lately I've been hearing more and more chatter about how bland of a character the
Masterchief is/was. Even a few Game Informer staff members recently blasted Masterchief
in one of the podcasts. The criticism basically said he was a boring and blah
character; a real unassuming hero.
I was kind of surprised. I mean, certainly you're entitled
to your opinion. But to say Masterchief is boring. I just don't get it. He
doesn't talk a lot...okay...I'll give you that. But boring?
It got me thinking about other video game heroes...and perhaps
why I like Masterchief.
Apparently I like the strong silent types...
I think about some of my favorite games and they all pretty
much have this in common. The hero's are all very similar. They strong. They're
manly men. They kick a lot of butt and take a lot of names. And they are also
very humble and unpretentious.
Let's take a look at a few.
Well, there's Gordon Freeman from Half Life. Heck, he doesn't
ever utter a single line of dialogue, yet we learn a lot about him and most
would agree he's a manly hero.
Okay...what about Sam Fisher. He's quiet and when he does say
something, it's usually fairly harsh. He doesn't have a lot of friends and he
pretty much keeps to himself...and kicks a lot of butt in the process.
John Marston. Needs no introduction. I've never met a
character with such a shady past...who turned his life around and became such a
prominent figure in the gaming community basically overnight. Tough.
Absolutely. But a loud obnoxious sort of
fellow? No, not really. Kind of quiet...and unassuming. But a remarkable
Marcus Fenix of the Gears of War legacy. One of a handful of
soldiers defending the world from the Locust invasion. There are certainly
other loud and outgoing members in the team, like Augustus Cole, yet Marcus
Fenix is heralded as grade a, straight up, butt kicking hero like no other. He
doesn't speak a lot and when he does, it's fairly gruff. Is he boring too? Well,
I certainly don't think so. He's an amazing character but this is coming from
someone who thinks Masterchief is too.
I could go on. No really...I could...
Let's see...well there's Altaïr of Assassin's Creed. Quiet and
unassuming, perhaps. But if you turn your back on him, he'll make you regret
it. Boring? I think not.
Yes...there are others...
Link comes to mind.
Sure...but I'll leave it at that.
So, back to my original point...is Masterchief a boring
character or just one of the many modest heroes that captivates the audience by
the works and deeds they perform and not by their loud and obnoxious behavior.
Well, that's up for you to decide. Obviously I know how I
feel about it.
Masterchief is a BAMF.