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 character.

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.