At no point did I insult you. At all. And by the way, all those games I listed ARE first person shooters (with the possible exception of Portal). But now granted, several of my points, level design, atrocious story telling, hideous graphic etc. can be chalked up to opinion, not so much with it being a serious problem with the games industry. Even if you like the series, and I'll admit, Halo Reach looks entertaining to play, and the basic story arc itself looks much better from what I've seen, that doesn't change the fact that it caused a general dip in overall quality and originality to the games industry. It's like with Nintendo. I LOVE most Nintendo franchises. Kirby, Zelda, & Metroid are all some of my absolute favorite gaming franchises of all time, and I enjoy Pokemon, Donkey Kong Country, and many others (the only one I hold any dislike for is Mario, but that's another story), but that doesn't change the fact that for the good of the games industry as a whole, Nintendo needs to go far far away and never come back. I'm not saying that big franchises can't exist in the games industry, but they have to be creative, original, and truly talented. If say, Valve became more successful, then more power to them. They mix things up, make some of the best and more critically acclaimed games of all time, and could handle it. But Halo, Nintendo, and several other companies just don't have that spark. Nintendo created a bunch of franchises, some of which like Mario revolutionized the games industry for the better, but they've just been rehashing old properties without any new and interesting ideas. They don't put forth much creative effort, but they're already incredibly successful with an incredibly loyal fan-base, making them incredibly successful. And several of their series, such as Mario, revolutionized their own genres for the better (platforming), which was good when they were made but now there are many other series that have joined those genres in that style, and do it much better/with more creative ideas (Pac-Man World, Sonic, Spiro, Ratchet & Clank, Little Big Planet, LEGO (kind of), and many others). It's similar with Halo. Halo took an idea, made an inexplicably popular game, and thus "revolutionized" first person shooters. This means though, that games will mostly shamelessly imitate it, or try to be like it, which bogs down the game industry. The original games, (Bioshock, Half-Life 2...) will be few and far between. But I'm inclined to be nicer to Halo than I once was, as it's genre is dieing out, albeit slowly and reluctantly. The realistic shooter is moving in, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 or whatever it's called. I can never keep it straight. But I don't like Halo. You do. That's fine! That's your personal opinion. But franchises like it do serious damage to the games industry, which is why I'm harsh on it. And it's not like it can't produce good games, it just kills most of the good ones. But Halo Reach looks moderately fun, Gears of War is pretty good, and Star Wars Battlefront II is one of my favorite games.
And oh yes, I forgot to tell you. I finished my chapters. (got the original Lewa & Kopaka as well, but I like the new ones better) BUT, I'm not posting it quite yet. I need to discuss some things with 2tie first though. If 2tie isn't back in... oh I dunno... I guess about a week, I'll post the different versions, and see what you all think.