Here's for the people who do not understand why Halo is so successful, popular and accoladed. The News & Observer explains:
The midnight release of "Halo 3" on Tuesday put it on par with the last Harry Potter book. There's a movie in the works backed by Peter "Lord of the Rings" Jackson. Several novels have been set in the "Halo" universe, as well as a series of graphic novels.
Before "Halo," the most popular shooters were on amped-up computers that could cost thousands of dollars. Shooters generally were an expensive, competitive and exclusive experience... Then Bungie, the developer of the game, was able to democratize it for the affordable Xbox console. "[Bungie] took a hard-core genre and made it accessible," says Cliff B, the lead designer for "Gears of War."
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Still, the real revolution came with "Halo 2" in 2004. . .