343 was in da house

Some of you may have seen this already and visited my blog just because of that. To those I say hi and welcome 🙂 For everybody else: Here is the video that was shown in the Halo Live Show on October 26th. I’m so proud and honored that I was chosen for this.

Needless to say I had a blast and everyone from the team was so friendly and kind. I will write a short recap of those two days later this week as well as a ’10 things I love about Halo 5′.

First Impressions

Where do I start with this one…ok let’s start with how amazing the new Multiplayer mode Warzone is. I played it at Gamescom and I knew then that I would play it all the time. In case you are like me, an average player, you will have a hard time on multiplayer modes like Slayer or Breakout. I’m not doing good at all. I used to be quite good at Swat on Halo 4. Not anymore children, not anymore. My most hated map is The Rig. I get spawn killed like crazy. Ugh!

So, in order to have fun and enjoy myself I find Warzone is the right choice. I love to see what my teammates are up to and join them on a hunt for a legendary boss or an enemy occupied base. The Req System is well balanced, or at least it seems like that for now. Sometimes I just start on my own when everyone is busy killing themselves and kill some covies at the beach 🙂

As of right now I am a 7 and I haven’t unlocked anything fancy yet. Oh wait, a pink visor…

Really? Pink?

Since my bf and I don’t have a lot of time on our hands we will be slowly proceeding with the campaign. But what I saw so far looks promising. It has a ODST feel to it. Especially the first Blue Team mission. The big spaces and the dark atmosphere. I love it! What I also love is the fact that 343 incorporated the classic music from Halo: CE. It’s so iconic. It shows that 343 does care about the origins of the game.

More Impressions and opinions coming later this week. Stay strong Spartans.

Hi 5!

The day we have all been waiting for is here! In less than 3 hours I will be able to play Halo 5: Guardians. That is if it is downloaded by then…

Loading Screen Halo 5


I started the download yesterday afternoon. I fear even that was too late and I should have learned that from Forza. But anyway, even if I can’t start the campaign today there is the Halo 5 Live event which is going to be especially meaningful and exciting for me. I’m so hyped for everything that is coming. These next months will be fabulous!


Bonnie Ross – A Woman who inspires

Credit to Bloomberg Businessweek


Right on time with the launch of Halo 5: Guardians on October 27th, the Business magazine ‚Bloomberg Businessweek‘ features a big piece on Bonnie Ross, head of 343 Industries. The article follows Ross and several others like Frank O’Connor over the course of this past summer. I highly recommend reading this article, seeing that it provides insight behind the curtains of 343 and presents Bonnie Ross in her role as a female executive in a still male dominated workspace. It also highlights Microsofts need to have a huge hit with Halo 5 in order to survive next to the Playstation. I took some quotes from the article that I found noteworthy, funny or surprising.

When asked about her ambitions for Halo, Ross always comes back to Star Wars, which she adored as a kid. “For those of us that are a little bit older, we saw Star Wars and stood in line the first time around,” she says. “We are seeing the same thing with Halo, where a lot of dads and parents that started playing when they were 20 or 30 now have kids that are coming in through our, you know, Mega Bloks line.” 

Obviously I can relate to this very much. I am this parent who was 20 years old when I first played Halo. What I find really cool about Ross is, that she’s an actual gamer. Of course she won’t play as much as she would like to or as a 18 year old with lots of time on his/her hands would, but she played every Halo game and has read every Halo book. Being a female in a management position is rare enough but being one in the gaming industry is even more surprising. In my opinion the gaming industry needs more women. And I’m not saying this as a feminist, although I would have every right to. I just think that every company needs the balance of men and women working together. Women bring certain qualities with them, as do men. Let’s have both.

As a rare female executive in an industry dominated by men, Ross worked to remind her colleagues that girls play video games, too. She’s insisted that fully realized female characters play prominent roles in Halo 5 and made sure that dorky Halo T-shirts come in cuts for women, too. This may seem unobjectionable, but in the world of video games, trying to broaden the audience is daring.

Bonnie Ross is also a very clever business woman and she wants to make money. Before taking over 343 in 2007 she said: „If I take it over, I want to be George Lucas. I want to own everything, and I want to do things differently.”

She says that when she inherited the game, the philosophy was to say yes to any company willing to pay royalties. The worst? Some tacky pajama pants. “The pajamas actually were really comfortable,” Ross says. “But they weren’t super high-quality.” When she took over, she cut the line.

I want to take the time here to mourn those pajamas. I wished I had one. Who cares about good quality? Well actually I do but I’m sure I would’ve overlooked it once.

Bonnie Ross is a parent herself. She is 48 years old now and has a 10 year old son. In the article she talks about him and her playing Halo together. To do that with my daughter in the future is a dream of mine.

Ross has been tutoring one new Halo player: her 10-year-old son. Until recently, she’d considered the game a bit too violent for her children, but she’s begun letting her son play with her. “I firmly believe that your kids are going to play games, and you should play with them,” she says. “I want to share that first experience with him.” Mother and son have worked through two levels of Halo 5 together and occasionally play in multiplayer modes. She’s better than he is—for now.

To read the whole article click here: Bloomberg Businesweek

Credit to Bloomberg Businessweek


Mr. Duke Nukem don’t need no armor – Halo Easter Egg


I’m currently playing Duke Nukem Forever…yeah that is happening. I know this game came out in 2011, but it just sat on the shelve since then. Now I finally have the time and I really enjoy it! Duke is everything I don’t like in a man: He is a sexist, build like a grotesque muscle balloon, he belches incredibly disgusting, he is dumb and apparently he thinks he is better than the Chief. Enough said. But! But! Who would have thought that playing a character like him could be so much fun? This game let’s me be a macho man and it is surprisingly satisfying. I don’t know what that makes me but who cares.

The best part so far was the Halo Easter Egg. Some soldier asks Duke if he wants his green power armor before heading into the next fight. Duke says: „Power armor is for Pussys“. In front of him you see the Master Chief armor. I love that kind of stuff.