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Halo Elite Cosplay Puts Others To Shame 115

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AndrewGOO9 writes "Pete Mander, a special effects artist from Ontario, Canada seems like he might have either had way too much time on his hands or just really enjoys Halo. Either way, this is one of those costumes that makes all of the cosplayers at a con feel like their best efforts just weren't quite up to par."

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Halo Elite Cosplay Puts Others To Shame

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  • No. He's male. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 02, 2010 @03:49PM (#32778566)

    The only people who don't look ridiculous doing cosplay are young, attractive women playing the roles of young, attractive, scantily clad female characters. All other cosplay is pointless.

  • by Blakey Rat (99501) on Friday July 02, 2010 @04:17PM (#32778912)

    Any of the ones that made the genre?
    Halo just brought FPS to the fratboy set.

    Two points:
    1) An accomplishment is an accomplishment.
    2) The Halo series are really good games. They've brought tons of new ideas that many, many other games have emulated (recharging shield/health, realistic weapon load), and obviously they've sold very well.

    Most people just hate it because they have some "PC Game 1337 Gene" that makes it impossible to appreciate anything involving a game controller.

    (Ironically, they much prefer to play games on controllers designed to run office applications... but console players are less 1337. Go figure.)

  • by Monkeedude1212 (1560403) on Friday July 02, 2010 @04:26PM (#32779036) Journal

    Two points.

    1) I like Halo as much as the next guy. Have all in the series, play #3 quite a bit to this day.

    2) While Halo is a great series, they've not brought ANY new ideas. Rather, they have emulated the other ideas that have existed in many many games before it, but made it mesh very well together. Recharging shield and health was around before Halo, weapon reload times, carrying only two weapons.

    I like Halo, and it IS a good game, but one thing I can't ever give it credit for is originality - which ripped a lot of stuff from Aliens and Predator films, the same way Starcraft did.

  • by Blakey Rat (99501) on Friday July 02, 2010 @04:47PM (#32779360)

    Recharging shield and health was around before Halo,

    In what game?

    I like Halo, and it IS a good game, but one thing I can't ever give it credit for is originality - which ripped a lot of stuff from Aliens and Predator films, the same way Starcraft did.

    If you're including "ripping off films" in your list of original games, even if they really only take the setting and wide-brush concepts, what game would you consider original?

    Let's put some money where your mouth is.

  • by ChinggisK (1133009) on Friday July 02, 2010 @05:03PM (#32779618)
    No, I think he does indeed have something on those.
  • by Monkeedude1212 (1560403) on Friday July 02, 2010 @05:05PM (#32779650) Journal

    Well you could take the Armor and/or health recharge mods that have been in every Unreal Tournament game since the beginning, you could look at one of Bungie's older titles, Marathon. If you want to consider games that aren't first person shooters but have recharging shields, X-wings vs Tie Fighter was a good space sim that featured it. I mean any Protoss unit in Starcraft also does it.

    If I want to think of a game that didn't really rip off the films, I might say something like Mirror's Edge? Don't get me wrong its not the greatest game in the world, but it certainly was a little more unique in it's style. One might say Half Life 2, but even there you could draw SOME lines, though its really stretching it.

    The "Wide-brush" concepts that Halo Ripped off are not so wide brush at all. Watch Apone's Dropship Speech in Aliens and then go through the opening of the first Halo. with Sarg Johnson. You can tell they deliberately copied that character, as either a joke or a homage or what-not, but despite how much you may love that Character he wasn't Bungie's creation. I mean, if you don't think the elites are rip-offs of Predators, I can't do much but point out how similar their mouths are, they both use cloaking technology, they both prefer Melee... I mean it's not like the similarities are subtle.

    What else should I say...

  • Re:No. He's male. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by X0563511 (793323) on Friday July 02, 2010 @05:05PM (#32779654) Homepage Journal

    I may not like Halo, and may I'll leave my opinions of COSplay out of this.

    But I recognize art when I see it. That man knows his craft. Holy-shit. (I bet he does or did work in special effects or costume design)

  • by Blakey Rat (99501) on Friday July 02, 2010 @05:22PM (#32779872)

    Well you could take the Armor and/or health recharge mods that have been in every Unreal Tournament game since the beginning, you could look at one of Bungie's older titles, Marathon

    UT mods maybe, although I've never played any and you haven't named any.

    But I've played the shit out of Marathon, and it didn't have charging shields. You had to go to a socket in the wall and manually charge them up. So... wrong.

    If I want to think of a game that didn't really rip off the films, I might say something like Mirror's Edge? Don't get me wrong its not the greatest game in the world, but it certainly was a little more unique in it's style.

    Yeah, it didn't ripoff films, but it came pretty goddamned close to Bungie's Oni. You might even say it... ripped off Oni.

    (That said, I haven't played it; I don't buy EA games. I'm just going by gameplay footage.)

    What else should I say...

    Well, for starters, you shouldn't lie about Marathon. I love that fucking game, man. Love it.

    Look, anyway. Here's the deal:
    1) You don't hate Halo games, but you have some kind of vague "oh it's inferior because frat guys play it" thing going on. That's stupid... just man-up and admit you like the game, stop kowtowing to your geek friends who criticize you for it.

    2) Your standards on "ripoff" are pretty crazy. By your standards, pretty much every work of media ever is a ripoff of something or another-- the real world doesn't work that way. No reasonable person would say that Halo is a ripoff of Aliens. They might use the word "homage" or "in the same genre as", but ripoff is definitely going too far.

    3) Don't lie about Marathon, man.

    Cheers.

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