So this week Halo 3 was awarded the Edge Award for Interactive Innovation at the Edinburgh Festival.
Halo 3 was up against GTA IV, Rock Band, Super Mario Galaxy , Wii Fit and Portal. The article posted up on the Edge-Online website says:
“We hand out this accolade to the title released in the last 12 months that does most to further the creative culture of gaming – in other words, to mark out new directions for the form.”
Wonderful, so why in the hell did you give it to Halo 3?
Now, I am not saying that Halo 3 is useless, it definitely has it’s merits and it shows by being one of the most played games on Xbox Live but I cannot get over the fact that they just gave the award to Halo 2: Movie Maker Edition.
With games like Rock Band and Wii Fit changing the way that the world sees videogames and masterpieces like Portal changing the way that we think about games and narrative I find it difficult to accept that Halo 3 won the award simply taking a snot-nosed teenage teabag-fest, polishing it off and then adding some movie features. I love the movie features, they are great and they even added to the overall reasons that make the Halo 3 fun, but the best innovation of the year it is not.
It doesn’t matter how many people are playing Halo 3 on Xbox Live because they are all hardcore gamers and fans of the series, heck, most of them would still be playing it if it was nothing more than Halo 2 with a graphics update. There is no innovation happening there, Halo 3 hasn’t changed the way that we look at videogaming in anyway, its the same game that people were playing on the first Xbox, just with added features.
Halo 3 has done nothing to innovate and change the way that the world looks at gaming. It is just another mindless FPS game driven by nothing but fans of the series and a strong marketing campaign and the fact that it was chosen as the most innovative interactive game is a slap in the face to all those developers who wake up every day and try to change the way that we are going to play games in the years ahead.
I am actually honestly and completely disgusted.
Last Updated: August 12, 2008