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Last night, something weird happened.
As I was browsing my Facebook wall I came across this picture:
Credit to Raaj Chheda who made it.
If you had a comment on this, what would it be?
lindsey stirling likes halo, she did a music video violin thing. this is probably about that
I’m not a console gamer, so my knowledge of the Halo saga is sketchy and predominantly of the impression it’s about a manly super-soldier dude and his sexy lady AI sidekick, and that the developers didn’t get around to adding any female spartans until quite late in the franchise.
This is a story about one of them.
“the developers didn’t get around to adding any female spartans until quite late in the franchise”
Ha, no… In The Fall of Reach, the very first piece of Halo media released exactly 12 years ago as of yesterday, there are a large number of female Spartan-IIs who have extremely well defined characters and are total badasses.
Kelly is the fastest Spartan-II, she can run up to 40MPH. Linda hangs upside down in the middle of a Covenant ship, holds a sniper rifle with one hand and kills 7 Banshee pilots through a small hole in their vehicles. Maria tested out the MJOLNIR Mark VI armour before John received it in Halo 2. Sheila went down fighting an army of Covenant to protect Doctor Halsey. Grace was a master of explosives. Adriana is still out there somewhere with the rest of Grey Team. Alice takes on an army of Sangheili Honour Guards with the other two Spartans of Red Team in Halo Wars, same with Black One and the rest of her team.
That’s just the Spartan-IIs. For the IIIs, you’ve got Olivia, Holly, Lucy, Kat, and Jane. There have been plenty of female Spartans ever since the inception of the series, Bungie simply failed to implement them in the games.
Reblogging for the cool informative commentary.
Lemme repeat that bit from the end: “There have been plenty of female Spartans ever since the inception of the series, Bungie simply failed to implement them in the games.”
Given that most folks only ever know of John and what appears in the games, I’m not particularly convinced of Bungie’s cred in this regard. “Simply failed to implement” can be another way of saying “didn’t think female Spartans would sell games, but we’ll have them in secondary, non-essential material.”
LMAO! The very notion that the Halo novels are “secondary, non-essential material” is simply wrong. The novels provide ESSENTIAL context to the games and Bungie relied hugely on them to fill in some pretty major holes in the games throughout their run. The games craft a story, the books and other media craft an entire universe - the Forerunner Saga alone adds 100 billion years of lore to the series, pre-dating the universe. Halo is a huge universe with hundreds of stories in it, not all of those are relevant to the events of the games and not all of them can be channelled into an 8 hour long campaign.
The other Spartans, both male and female, since you seem to be suggesting the possibility of some kind of underlying sexism (which is pretty asinine), have nothing to do with John’s story in the trilogy, they’re off elsewhere in the galaxy at different times doing different things. The only other time they see him is after Halo CE’s events where John returns to Reach, has Halsey revive Linda, then they work together to destroy the majority of Regret’s fleet.
Why you seem to think, or seem to be implying that you think that “having female Spartans wouldn’t sell games” is… ridiculous. It has nothing to do with that, especially since Bungie was working under the notion that John was ‘the last Spartan’ until they just changed their minds about it. The fact that there are so many well-defined female characters who are so integral to the Halo universe (Librarian, Chant to Green, Vinnevra, Cortana, Raia ‘Mdama, Yprin Yprikushma, Endurance of Will, Serin Osman, Margaret Parangosky, Lopez, Veronica Dare, Halsey, Irena Magnusson, Tedra Grant, Serina, Ellen Anders, Naomi, the Spartans I mentioned in my previous post, etc, etc) says something about the importance of female characters in Halo’s story… Doesn’t matter that some of them aren’t in the games, John is the focus of the story in those and that’s completely fine. There are other stories where they’re just as important and, in some cases, like with Halsey, Endurance of Will and the Librarian, even more important.
Good to see someone beat me to the punch in pointing out that the Halo Universe does indeed have a long-standing and well-developed cast of female characters that fill a variety of important roles (which is particularly impressive for a franchise that is based around a series of FPS video games).
However, during the Bungie years the Halo Games and Halo Extended Universe were not integrated very well at all (which seems to have left 343i in an awkward place, trying to reconcile both sides of the franchise). So now what we have is a huge rift that exists between fans who only know the games, and those who know the games + the EU. As the OP of this post proved, because of that rift many people just don’t know these female characters exist, and have existed for a long time as part of the Halo Universe. And the unfortunate fact is that most people who have exclusively played the games up to this point simply aren’t going to go out and read all the tie-in novels now. It may not be the result of sexism, but despite the books and other EU materials providing critical background information and telling amazing stories (again, with all those awesome female characters you mentioned often playing very important roles), the games have always taken center stage and are the main force that tells the story of the Halo franchise to the masses. True, there’s nothing wrong with the games’ focus on the Master Chief and his exploits…but it would be nice to see the Spartan ladies get a slice of the in-game limelight too. Personally I’m still hoping beyond hope that Kelly-087 and Linda-058 will be working alongside the Chief in future Halo titles. :\
at first, it gives a very GUNDAM feel