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Halo Community vs 343

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I really don't know how to voice this, I'm most likely going to fuck it up, but hear me out anyway because I think this is really important. There are 2 main issues I want to cover and I'll just go straight into them.

Issue 1: The current big debate is radar vs no radar and there are some really strong arguments for why Halo 5 may operate better with radar and this is precisely the problem, if they create a game where people are literally flying then they need to balance that in some ways. One way is how you don't gain shields until you have stopped sprinting for a while, another way is with radar so people know where you are going, now if we complain about that then they will try to add a fix to that eventually. They will tinker with it and whatever solution they come up with will bring it's own problems. Another example is the power weapons, Rockets are the most stupidly overpowered things I have seen in this game (normal rockets), but they achieve a very similar effect to how it was in previous Halo's. Someone with rockets sees you below them, you thrust really far away from the rockets and you still die because they are stupid strong. In any other Halo someone with rockets sees you below them you jump as they shoot you with rockets and you don't complain because the rockets aren't stupid strong you were in a stupid position. It achieves the same effect in that particular situation more or less, but in situations where you shouldn't die to a rocket, but you do because they are stupid strong, you now have to find a balancing mechanism, like using less effective rockets which now results in you easily losing battles when you have rockets because someone has the ability to jump and thrust away even though you have the most powerful gun in the game, you can still die like a schmuck because the person has the ability to change course mid air. Take the sniper, the sniper in Halo 3 would never ever work in Halo 5, no matter how much more satisfying it is to use, it would never work because people are FUCKING flying and moving so fast the gun now needs to have 10 times more auto aim/magnestism/whatever it's called. So if you hit a snipe on a guy who thrusted mid-air in a battle with you it is satisfying, but hitting a regular snipe (95% of the snipes all players hit) is now devoid of all meaning and satisfaction. So they will try to tinker with that too and it will cause other problems in balance or whatever. My point is, the only way Halo can be completely balanced is if we have a game that is completely Halo, not half-Halo half-Titanfall, but 100% Halo which means yes, 100% classic Halo, I am thinking of something that feels like a mix of Halo 2, 3, Reach NBNS and H2A (movement-wise). Now that I have established that a half-measure will not work, I'd like us to now proceed to my second point of how to convince 343 to do that, notice how I am past the stage of convincing them that that will work, Halo's 1-3 worked, everything after didn't, they fixed Reach to make it NBNS it then worked, they added back Sprint in Halo 4, it didn't work, they took it away in H2a, it did work, they added it back in Halo 5 with more balancing and a bunch of other stupid shit, it doesn't work, some things need balancing, tinkering and changes all of which will lead to other problems we will complain about in Halo 6 that we know for a fact WAS NOT AN ISSUE IN HALO'S 1-3. People talk about how it's never been better to be a pro Halo player, that may be true, but it's irrelevant, imagine how high the prize pool for a HWC req pack funded event would have been in 2008 Halo 3 if that game had weapon skins? Just fucking imagine. We would see a prize pool of over 5 million guaranteed. 

Issue 2: If there is one thing I have gathered from 343, is that they will not change their opinion 100% if we don't use every single platform known to man to convince them. I hate 343, I really, really do, but I am reasonable enough to assume that they probably operate similarly to how any other huge ass AAA company does. Which leads me to my next point, what is the difference between Halo and CoD that made the CoD developers decide to roll back from all the flying bullshit they came out with in the PAST 3 TITLES. People will say loads of things, Battlefield did it first then they copied them or whatever other reason. I sincerely believe, it was a colossal community backlash that did it. Dozens of youtubers with millions of subscribers each, complained at the release date, then they did that, for 3 games straight. With it hitting a peak in what I can only describe as the Halo 4 of CoD. Unfortunately, we don't have 2 things that they do that helped them:
1. A colossal social media presence
2. The million something (I estimate there is about 50000 active Halo 5 players, people will say more, I honestly believe there is less than that, but even if it was 100000 players soon.) motherfucking players we lost that we can guarantee a huge subset of which wanted classic Halo and that is their reason for quitting in Reach and Halo 4. They don't answer polls and the saddest thing is that we can get them back onto MP easily because we know a huge portion of them are still buying the game, finishing the campaign, playing multiplayer for a month and then quitting. They themselves may not even know what the problem is, but 100000s of them would agree that they were hooked on Halo 2 and Halo 3 multiplayer. We know for a fact none of them were hooked on Halo multiplayer in Halo 4 or Halo 5.
Having said that we don't have those 2 above things, we now need to take advantage of the things we do have, we luckily have a decent number of players who have 10000s of followers on twitter, if Formal or Enable retweeted a single tweet we would have 100000s of more listeners right there in the CoD community, which a sizeable portion of people have played Halo back in the day or would just hit like on the retweet just because it's Formal. The number 1 priority needs to be to stop holding back, every single issue we have, needs to be voiced publicly on twitter. Pros need to start talking about this as a whole, every single last one of you pros need to talk about it publicly until something changes, because otherwise nothing will change and your game wont be as big or will die off earlier than it needs to. This idea that you privately telling them what you want will change anything is bullshit. The only reason pros have shut up is because of the prize money being back. This money, is not coming out of a single employee at 343's fucking pocket, stop being silent, criticize every single thing you disagree with in Halo until it is back to a game as enjoyable and competitive as it once fucking was. Every single player on the Pro team said before they joined 343 that they hope we would get no sprint in the next Halo, they also advocated for us to be more patient and less critical of them which is why THEY LANDED THE MOTHERFUCKING JOB FFS. THINK ABOUT IT, DERSKY, GHOSTAYAME, STRONGSIDE, etc. Why do you think Gandhi isn't working at 343?! If you want Halo to be back to where it was, you need to be part of a colossal public backlash that was enough to cause Activision to roll back on CoD.

Finally, I just wanted to say that this is probably the worst thing I have ever written in terms of it's presentation, organization, how eloquent it is, but I just wanted to get if off my chest because I hate this game and know for a fact that what we are doing now isn't working in terms of the direction of the game and the community's way of trying to change that direction. 

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Isn't this like the 3rd one of these thread you have started this week?

Like, we get it man lay off for a bit.

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Isn't this like the 3rd one of these thread you have started this week?

Like, we get it man lay off for a bit.

Hmm?? I have started one thread this year I think :/ I don't want to lay off though, I want us to literally create a huge public backlash so that we can get what CoD got, which is going back to Classic Halo as they went back to Classic CoD.

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Hmm?? I have started one thread this year I think :/ I don't want to lay off though, I want us to literally create a huge public backlash so that we can get what CoD got, which is going back to Classic Halo as they went back to Classic CoD.

The backlash is the nosedive of sales and player base. Unfortunately, 343 reasons this as "changes in the market" and not due to their sucky Halo games. We will have to suffer through one more terrible Halo game from them, Halo 6. Because Halo's reputation has been ruined so badly over the last few years, I believe Halo 6 will tank hard. Abysmal sales and abysmal population. After that, Microsoft will be looking to make changes.

 

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The backlash is the nosedive of sales and player base. Unfortunately, 343 reasons this as "changes in the market" and not due to their sucky Halo games. We will have to suffer through one more terrible Halo game from them, Halo 6. Because Halo's reputation has been ruined so badly over the last few years, I believe Halo 6 will tank hard. Abysmal sales and abysmal population. After that, Microsoft will be looking to make changes.

Can I get a link for that? It sounds like it'll be an interesting read or listen. I couldn't find it on Google on different searches.

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Because Halo's reputation has been ruined so badly over the last few years, I believe Halo 6 will tank hard. Abysmal sales and abysmal population. After that, Microsoft will be looking to make changes.

Here's hoping.

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The backlash is the nosedive of sales and player base. Unfortunately, 343 reasons this as "changes in the market" and not due to their sucky Halo games. We will have to suffer through one more terrible Halo game from them, Halo 6. Because Halo's reputation has been ruined so badly over the last few years, I believe Halo 6 will tank hard. Abysmal sales and abysmal population. After that, Microsoft will be looking to make changes.

I expect that that might happen, in which case, fuck that I'm not wasting 4 years waiting. I just hope that it happens so that in 4 years I can enjoy watching my favorite players play a game that I enjoy watching and we all enjoy playing. 

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