The second Interview on this page is with Jessica, whom I met in my early Instagram days. She is a huge Halo fan like me. As you can see in the pictures she added to the Interview, she has lots and lots of cool collectibles. She also has in-depth knowledge of the Halo universe through reading the books, as well as playing all the games. I hope you enjoy what she has to say!
1. When did you start playing Halo?
I’m not sure when exactly I started playing but I remember playing an excess amount of Halo 3 with my brother growing up. I stopped playing video games for a while then ended up playing 3 with a few friends. I remembered how much I loved the story and ended up playing through the campaign in one sitting. I ended up getting Reach and then got completely immersed into the story. I was hooked again. It’s gotten me through some pretty rough times in my life.. I suffer from an eating disorder and depression and this game has brought me out of my funk quite a few times. I get on and play the campaign or online with a few of my friends and it just lifts my spirits.
2. If you could choose to be one character of the Halo universe, who would you be?
I thought a lot about this question, who I choose might shock some people and raise up a huge debate. Clearly, I would love to be put in Master Chief’s armor and have the knowledge of Cortana. I would love to save animals and organisms as the Librarian. I already have the wit as Guilty Spark. But I narrowed it down to two main ones. As weird and messed up as it is, I would love to be the Gravemind. Such a messed up character but the complexity of the flood and the Gravemind is just so interesting. The flood was around before anyone had noticed and they chose not to attack or infect. It’s when greed started taking over that the Gravemind would choose to start letting the infection take place. To have that much power, allowing everyone to think that they could be immune… it’s insane. But the real game changer is, I would want to be Halsey. To understand why she created the Spartans in the way that she did. To not only help raise some of the greatest people but also see them on a deeper level, not just as machines. To understand her research and everything that she knows and has studied and still figuring out. Yes, part of what she did is unbelievable.. kidnapping, sending clones that would die off, and putting children through a super solider augmentation. But to understand all of that, you understand why each Spartan is the way that they are, behind the armor. Halsey is one of the more important characters of Halo because of her we have the Master Chief, we have Cortana.
3. Do you have a favorite Halo quote?
My favorite quote would be from Cortana when she says „I am your shield… I am your sword“. I just feel like it is such a powerful quote and has more meaning than most people would think of. I know it’s mainly talking about shield worlds and the Halo’s being the sword but it could also have a double meaning. To me, it makes me think of the relationship between Chief and Cortana. She is always trying her everything to protect him.
4. What do you love most about Halo?
I honestly love the story line. I think it is more complex than that of most video games and the fact that there is so much unknown from the game and the history of the wars and everything, is fascinating. I also love the fact that to know and understand the game more you have to read all the books and even the comics. I could probably write an entire book on why I love this story so much because I am a complete loser.. and I am ok with that hah.
5. What do you hate most about Halo?
Where do I even begin?! Honestly, I love the game and think it is fantastic. So I thank Bungie and a huge thank you to 343 for continuing the story that got me through some tough times. I hate to say it but it’s some of the fans that really make me not play Halo that much anymore. I’ll get online to play a fun match with other people and you have little kids saying vulgar insults. Yes, I am a woman gamer. Yes, I am skilled. But you insult me because I am a woman and because I killed you, you are going to send me hate messages and come after me. What is wrong with people? I play the game to have fun not to get insulted. It’s people like that, that make me hate it. Or the other group who say they love Halo but they don’t know any of the story because they are „too good for the story, only noobs play the campaign“. It’s people like these which are whats bringing down the game and it is really disappointing.
6. How would you rate your skills in Halo? (1-10)
Well I haven’t played in a while but I tend to pick everything back up fairly quickly so I would have to say maybe an 8. I ranked up pretty fast in multiplayer and unlocked every class and armor. I was extremely good at Flood even though I would scream when one would run at me from nowhere, my friends on the other side of the mic… I’m still sorry for it. Even when I get on after a while, I pick everything back up so fast and feel like I serve a great duty to my team. I enjoy being up close and in the action, so I typically choose a shotgun which is usually always my go to gun and the reason I get a lot of kills.
7. What is your favorite Halo game?
Honestly it is a toss up between Halo 3 and Halo 4. The story in Halo 3 is so complex and pretty emotional. You see the relationship deepen with Chief and Cortana and start to get attached. A lot of people have said they hate Halo 4 because of 343 but I honestly think they did a fantastic job. They gave it justice and I’m sorry but if you did not at least shed a tear at the ending with Chief and Cortana then you really aren’t that attached to Halo like most. I think how they tied Spartan Ops into the campaign was a terrific idea and shed some light on the Promethean’s and their background.
8. What do you prefer? Campaign or multiplayer?
I clearly pick the campaign over multiplayer. People think they are such huge fans of Halo and think they are so amazing at the game because of multiplayer. No. Multiplayer is an added bonus to having a game such as this. I choose an amazing, complex story over just playing against other people for the sport of „being the best“. And it really makes me mad when people bash 343 because „Halo doesn’t feel like Halo anymore“ based on the multiplayer…. the multiplayer does not determine if a game is any different.
9. Which games besides Halo do you play?
I’ve been playing a lot of GTA5 lately, I enjoy the story but I do love online and driving my nice cars, with my crew.. UNSC Spartans V. The logo for the crew is Master Chief, that’s a given, and it ended up taking me an hour to code everything so there was no excess color around the logo. I love Titanfall, L.A. Noire, Bioshock trilogy, Mortal Kombats, and plenty more for 360 and the One.
10. If you had to endure one level of any Halo game in real life, which one would it be and why?
I honestly cannot even pick which one. I have thought about this a few times before and at this point I honestly have no idea. There are missions that I completely love but then when compared to other game missions I can’t decide. Even as I answer this I still can’t decide which one. I tend to lean a lot towards trying to save Cortana from the Gravemind. That entire part of the game is so intense and to me, I just was completely jumpy and anxious during every mission.
Thank you Jessica!