Halo Living Monument web site launched

With Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary being released to stores this week, Microsoft has decided to promote both the revamped first person shooter and the 10th anniversary of the Halo game series with an interesting new web site. It's called the Halo Living Monument and it invites Halo fans to join in its creation.

The web site features a 3D rotating representation of Master Chief, the main character in nearly all of the Halo shooter games, all decked out in his Spartan armor. Microsoft is letting Halo fans upload pictures from their various Halo experiences. Those pictures are then placed on locations on the 3D model. Anyone who visits the web site can scroll over the 3D model.

Microsoft has also released a new live action trailer, shown below, to promote both the web site and the new Halo 10th anniversary game. If you upload a picture to be placed on the 3D model, that image appears in the same trailer when you watch it on the official site.

Halo is certainly the game that made the original Xbox game console a hit for Microsoft, especially here in the US. The Halo fan community, encouraged by the game's original developer Bungie, is one of the deepest and most well organized in the game industry. Hey, we wouldn't have had the Red Vs Blue series of Machinima shorts if it were not for Halo.

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sanctified said,
Microsoft is trying so hard to make us believe Halo was more influential and legendary than it really was.

It actually was though.

Mattytommo said,

It actually was though.

Just for the frat boys and casual gamers, the game presented nothing new that other games (Like Golden Eye in consoles and a plethora of other ones in PC) already presented. Can you honestly say that Halo was more innovative than Half-Life, Deus Ex or System Shock 2 narrative and gameplay-wise?

sanctified said,

Just for the frat boys and casual gamers, the game presented nothing new that other games (Like Golden Eye in consoles and a plethora of other ones in PC) already presented. Can you honestly say that Halo was more innovative than Half-Life, Deus Ex or System Shock 2 narrative and gameplay-wise?

Wasn't it the first console FPS that had local LAN multiplayer?

Sraf said,

Wasn't it the first console FPS that had local LAN multiplayer?

Partially true, you could do similar with the n64, some addons and Perfect Dark. However, technicalities aside, the LAN feature was more an Xbox innovation rather than Halo's.

sanctified said,
Can you honestly say that Halo was more innovative than Half-Life, Deus Ex or System Shock 2 narrative and gameplay-wise?
Who decided that 'innovation' was the measure here?

Kirkburn said,
Who decided that 'innovation' was the measure here?

If innovation it's not how games are measured when it comes to legendary and influential status then I truly dont know what is.

So, WoW and Half Life 2 aren't legendary or influential? Neither are particularly innovative ... but *extremely* well done examples of their genre.

Kirkburn said,
So, WoW and Half Life 2 aren't legendary or influential? Neither are particularly innovative ... but *extremely* well done examples of their genre.

Cant talk about WoW, never played it, but Half-Life 2 improved everything that the original game innovated, that's why also legendary. I'm not sure about what Halo really improved over.

I tried to upload an image yesterday, but the upload bar just stays at full with nothing loading at all. Still happening now. That was in Firefox. In Chrome, the same thing happens, but up comes "Unable to load the web page because the server sent no data."