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Our Common Enemy, The Covenant

Rusty - August 16, 2005

If you’ve come here to read about temple covenants and whatnot, I’m sorry, you will be sorely disappointed. The Covenant I speak of is, of course, the enemy of you and I as Master Chief. This is a blatant, not-Mormon-topic attempt to discover who plays Halo2 on Xbox Live. I could try to write some “Halo as the Gospel” metaphor but I figure that would turn people off more than this. Besides, tonight I don’t feel like defending video games or violence in the media or whatever.

So, there are a six or so guys with whom I regularly play once or twice a week. If anyone is interested in joining our clan or just playing with us when we get on, email me at rustyclifton at gmail dot com. Also, if you have an opinion about Halo2, please share it. I personally find it a fun way to interact with friends in other parts of the country. I also prefer it to the tube.

Oh, and my gamer handle is Rusty Mac (I know, lame name, I didn’t realize that would be my online handle and now I’m stuck with it)

Game on.


  1. In college I played Marathon (probably happens in the same “world” as Halo) quite a bit. I would probably be a Halo addict if I had an xBox. Luckily for my what little time I waste on video games is in the form of writing them more than playing them.

    Comment by a random John — August 17, 2005 @ 9:49 am

  2. My 15 yo plays Team Fortress all the time on his PC–he’s a master conc-er. He doesn’t care about any other videogames, it’s kinda funny to me.

    Comment by Susan M — August 17, 2005 @ 10:36 am

  3. I was just playing Halo 2 the other day ago and got creamed. I think Halo’s one of those games where you got it or you don’t, and I think I don’t. It’s just so frustrating when you get killed time after time and never even see the other guys. And I hate the new format (I’m assuming it’s new, I never saw it in the original) where you only have those crystal sword things. You’d think it would be a more level playing field because they can’t get you from afar, but somehow it’s not. I swear, I’d be hacking away at a guy from behind, and then he’d turn around and kill me with a few swipes. I’m beginning to wonder if there are all sorts of tricks that the insiders don’t let the newcomers in on.

    Comment by Eric Russell — August 17, 2005 @ 10:36 am

  4. Rusty, you know I’d be there with you anytime, had I the x-box.

    Tell you what, though — you bring that bad boy over, we’ll hook it up to my new 50″ TV and I will SCHOOL you.

    Comment by Steve Evans — August 17, 2005 @ 10:50 am

  5. Eric,

    In most FPS games the insiders have not only honed their skills on previous similar games, but have probably played through the entire single player mode in that particular game. If you had put the same amount of time into it you’d be great.

    I used to play Quake 2 once in a while with the guys in the office, all of whom thought they were pretty good from playing Doom. I would cream them. They were shocked to find out that I would go online and basically get beat up on for 30 minutes solid before getting sick of it.

    The difficult part of being a newbie is finding a safe place to practice without spending all day waiting to come back to life.

    Comment by a random John — August 17, 2005 @ 10:50 am

  6. Eric,
    I think you just voiced the exact same frustrations every Halo beginner has, especially the sword thing. The trick to the swords is you have to wait a fraction of a second for your target to turn red, then hit the trigger, you can jump from like 15 feet away and kill in one swing. It’s not about the hacking, it’s the single thrust.

    Trust me, I still feel the same way as you when I play guys that are way better than me. I’m constantly thinking they are cheating. Like with the shotgun, I can NEVER kill guys with the shotgun, but they always get me with one shot. It’s maddening! Some of these 8 year olds that play online must do it for a living or something because they can be running across the board, jump in the air, and nail you from across the board with the sniper.

    I guess that’s why I play with friends, we’re all pretty equal and we don’t swear (most of the time :). Do you have an xbox or were you just playing with a friend’s?

    Comment by Rusty — August 17, 2005 @ 10:56 am

  7. Ah, thanks for the tip on the swords. That makes sense now. I was playing with some friends who had the x-box, I fear that if I had one it would be the end of me. Like when I had Starcraft installed and networked in our apartment complex. I eventually had delete it from my hard drive completely. I still get cravings to this day. These things are like crack.

    Comment by Eric Russell — August 17, 2005 @ 11:51 am

  8. Right now I’m studying for the LSAT, but starting Oct. it’s on like Donkey Kong.


    When you are playing where everybody has swords, you should run backwards away from somebody who is chasing you and whenever you are ready suddenly move towards them (when they don’t expect it) turning the target red when you and not your opponenet wants. If you can get somebody to fall for this by getting them to chase you, you will win everytime.

    Comment by Jeffrey Giliam — August 17, 2005 @ 12:00 pm

  9. Sweet Jeffrey, now I know how to beat you when we play. And let me know when the LSAT is over.

    Comment by Rusty — August 17, 2005 @ 12:17 pm

  10. BTW, I knew exactly what the titled referred to when I read it a MA.

    Comment by Jeffrey Giliam — August 17, 2005 @ 1:05 pm

  11. Dang, I thought this might be about Alias…

    Comment by Ben S. — August 18, 2005 @ 2:06 pm

  12. IF I ever get hooked up again, I think I’ll start a new account with a new gamertag that actually fits ME (not my roommate, jonnylawless) That way I can learn all these new levels too.
    Any ideas on a good gamertag name?
    Have you guys started playing clan matches then? Is it still Mormon Mafia?

    Comment by Bret — August 18, 2005 @ 6:16 pm

  13. I personally prefer some form of “McBane” from the simpsons.

    Comment by Jeffrey Giliam — August 18, 2005 @ 6:22 pm

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