Note #1: Why, in this post, am I saying what I’m saying? The following posts explain why:
Note #2: This post assumes that you know Halo 5’s story.
Note #3: This post is just me expressing my personal opinion.
Halo 5 is a blessing and a curse.
On the one hand, Halo 5 is a continuation of a series that I love.
On the other hand, Halo 5 showed me that this series should not continue.
In my 18 years of gaming, Halo 5 holds the distinction of being the first game that pissed me off.
There are games I love, or enjoy in a turn-off-your-brain-off-and-relax sort of way.
There are games that I thought were lackluster. Games that made me shrug my shoulders and go “Meh.” That I played for a little bit before selling to Gamestop.
But Halo 5 is something else.
Halo 5, I think, legitimately depressed me.
For a week after its release, I found myself with a loss of appetite, going to bed later than I usually would, and feeling like the color had been sucked out of my life. Granted, there could be other reasons — known and unknown — for why I felt this way. But, at the very least, Halo 5 didn’t help matters.
I’m feeling better now. But, I cringe whenever I see something related to Halo 5.
Now the next big game on the horizon, it seems, is Fallout 4.
Fallout 4, by all accounts, is worth the hype. I have no doubt that those who buy Fallout 4 will get their $60 worth.
But after the disappointment that is Halo 5, I’ve realized that I should be doing more with my time than immersing myself in the newest RPG.
I’ve realized that I have to not let video games take up as much of my life now as I let them take up in the past. I’ve got to cut back.
I’ve got to re-prioritize my life.
Enjoy life’s other pleasures.
Get started on being the kind of person I want to be. No longer be content with just saying “Someday I’ll be…”
And then I can game.
So, thank you, Halo 5.
Thank you for being a video game so bad that you made me realize “I’ve got to cut back on gaming.”