Ten Years Ago: "Halo is the Name of This Game."

Kotaku writes:

"In 1999, Bungie was probably the best-known studio developing specifically for Macintosh, having delivered titles like Marathon, Myth, and Pathways Into Darkness. At Macworld 1999, Steve Jobs introduced the studio's next big Mac exclusive: Halo.

Within a year, Bungie would be bought out by Microsoft and Halo would become a launch title that, more than any other game, made the Xbox viable in its infancy. Although Jobs had sworn that Apple had "put an initiative in place to get games back to the Mac," the new console project and Microsoft's commitment to it seemed a much more stable environment than remaining the lone standard bearer of gaming on the Mac."

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Honolulu3468d ago

I remember that trailer, thought it was jawdropping when they first showed it. :)

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STONEY43468d ago (Edited 3468d ago )

Wrong post.

Montrealien3468d ago

I watched that trailer when it was officially revealed online, it was mind blowing back then. And since I had a chance to experience it at that time, I still appreciate to this day.

Chrisny853468d ago

i had no idea halo was originally intended to come out on mac

great game either way

Honolulu3468d ago (Edited 3468d ago )

The game was really big among mac-fans back in the days, but it did'nt garner as much interest in the publics eye as many other big titles of those days which were on PC and even both.
A friend of mine who was totally a mac-fanatic, his father working for an apple-affiliate might have contributed, almost peed his pants of happiness every time he read about all the cool things that was meant to be implemented in the game and what Bungie talked about in their interviews and press releases for Halo. :P

Not only was it intended as a Mac-only title at first, it was actually meant to be an RTS in the same vein as their Myth games.. that Idea was scrapped before the game had been officially announced though.

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Spike473468d ago

I hope Halo Reach gets me back on Halo.

RememberThe3573468d ago

I love the Halo universe but the past three titles have not done it for me. I think that even ODST might do it.

Marquis_de_Sade3468d ago

So you like Halo, but Halo 3, Halo 2 and Halo CE haven't done it for you?

Tito Jackson3468d ago

Yeah, dude. that comment doesn't make much sense.


NegativeCreepWA3468d ago

You guys forgot about Halo Wars, but it wasn't by Bungie so should it really count.

RememberThe3573468d ago (Edited 3468d ago )

Four titles...

Ensemble doesn't count? Riiight...

Marquis_de_Sade3466d ago

I prefer to forget about the pathetic mess that is Halo Wars, it doesn't deserve the Halo name.

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UltimateIdiot9113468d ago

You can only wonder what the faith of Xbox would have been if Halo was on the Mac.

Heck, you can wonder where online game would be now. Would it have been this big?

IdleLeeSiuLung3468d ago

Well, online gaming existed before the Xbox so NOT much would have changed. However, I don't think the PSN would have expanded so much without Xbox Live.

I would also wonder what would have happened to Halo if it was released only on the Mac and if it would be as iconic.

There are many what ifs, but no answers....

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pumpkinpunker3468d ago (Edited 3468d ago )

you could also argue that PSN wouldn't even exist without Xbox live. you can't deny that XBL created the blueprint for an integrated console online service.

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All Time Greatness3468d ago



Woo hoo Halo is King! :)

Eiffel3468d ago


I loved Halo CE on the PC online was so addicting.

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