Is Halo doom-ed?

Hiddlestone, Janine (2006) Is Halo doom-ed? In: Yeffeth, Glenn, and Thomason, Jennifer, (eds.) Halo Effect: an unauthorized look at the most successful video game of all time. Smart Pop Series . BenBella Books, Dallas, Texas, USA, pp. 97-108.

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Abstract

In an episode in the second season of Felicity (the breakthrough television series that would launch creator J.J.Abrams to the successes of Alias, Lost, and M:i:III) one of the characters acquires a video game, much to the derision of his college friends. Noel's attempt to complete the game's quest becomes an amusing subplot in an otherwise serious episode. Eventually, his flatmate Elena joins the game, believing her "superior intellect" will overcome a mere "game." It is interesting watching these two, ostensibly the most intelligent characters in the show, become obsessed over a period of days. They stop going to class, don't sleep, barely eat, and ignore their friends. They make desperate telephone calls to unknown contacts for help, engaging in conversations that make them sound like junkies looking for a fix. They finally get the number of someone who can help them, but when the directions fail. Noel screams at the person on the phone. Bewildered, he hands the phone back to Elena, contemptuously exclaiming, "He's crying!" to which she replies, "Well, he's seven years old!" The game is packed up and put away ("Crash," 2-5).

Item ID: 2954
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-932100-32-7
Keywords: popular culture; Halo; multimedia studies; film studies; interactive gaming; education
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Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2010 01:30
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