So tonight’s the big night. The official Halo 3 launch date is upon us. Will I be in NYC tonight, waiting for my midnight hour copy of Bungie’s shooter? Nope, I’ll probably be in bed sleeping, or maybe I’ll be playing the original version of Halo on PC. It’s not that I don’t want play Halo 3, I do! It’s just that I don’t want to fall for the same trick twice.
Consoles usually have a mascot to help move systems. Nintendo has Mario. Sega used Sonic. Microsoft has the Master Cheif. I probably would not have bought the original XBOX if not for Halo. That’s my greatest problem. I’ve seen this before. There were only two games on the XBOX that truly impressed me – Knights of the Old Republic and Halo. Both of those games ended up on the PC. I even picked up KOTOR – brand new – for only $10. Why would I want to waste my money on an XBOX 360, especially if I know that the best games will eventually end up on the PC?
Eh, who cares right? It’s HALO 3! I gotta finish the fight, right? I’ve been playing Halo since it was called Marathon. I should buy this game simply out of tradition. I’ve been following the franchise for over a decade. I admit it. Under normal circumstances, I’d probably drop the money on an XBOX 360. There is something to be said about the comfort of a console. It’s just easier to play games on a system designed just for games.
Unfortunately, I’ve noticed a little problem with the XBOX 360 – Hardware Failure. Aware of the red ring of death syndrome, I’ve been waiting for the new 65nm chips to hit the scene. It is widely believed that the cooler chips will make the XBOX less prone to failure. Plus, a revised system should consume less power and make less noise. When will these new boxes reach the market? I don’t know. There’s little incentive for Microsoft to make a big announcement right now. They’re using Halo 3 to sell systems. They don’t want people like me waiting for a revised system.
So that’s my problem… why buy Halo 3 when a better version will end up on the PC? Why buy an XBOX 360 when a better version is on the way?
What am I doing, being the voice of reason? These are video games. They’re not supposed to be about fiscal responsibility or economic logic. They’re supposed to be about fun. It’s too bad Microsoft didn’t get their act together sooner. Unfortunately, I can’t see past the problems with the XBOX. It’s time to be smart with my money. But hey, that doesn’t mean I should avoid the launch party.