The ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ Limited Collector’s Edition

I’ve always enjoyed Halo. I’ve just never been any good at it.

I ordered Halo 5: Guardians’ Limited Collector’s Edition from Amazon a few days ago. It originally sold for $249.99. I got it for $65.99. That’s only a few bucks more than the standard edition.

It comes with the following:

  • Full game digital download code
  • Commemorative Statue of the Master Chief and Spartan Locke by TriForce
  • Warzone REQ Bundle (14 Premium Requisition packs)
  • Halo: The Fall of Reach (Animated Series)
  • Guardian model by Metal Earth
  • Uniquely-designed Spartan themed SteelBook
  • Spartan Locke’s Classified Orders
  • Dossiers on Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris
  • Xbox Live Gold 14-day Trial

Even though it comes with a fancy SteelBook, it doesn’t come with a physical disc. I actually like that. I don’t like physical discs because I tend to lose them.

What I didn’t realize when I bought this was how massively huge the statue was. For some reason, I just assumed it was on the same scale as the tiny McFarlane Toys Halo action figures. It’s not. It’s massive.

The 'Halo 5: Guardians' Limited Collector's Edition - Bent Corner

This is a photo of the statue. I put a bottle of Coke next to it to better show how ginormous it is. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do with it. It’s far too big to sit on one of the shelves I have in my home office. For now, I have it sitting on the giant box it came in.

I’ve always enjoyed Halo. I’ve just never been any good at it. The same could be said for most first-person shooters. Not that I necessarily¬†enjoy them, that I’m just not very good at them. I enjoy Halo so much that I can totally suck at it, but still have fun playing it.

Video games should come with a physical manual

I recently bought Blood Bowl II for the Xbox One. It’s based on a turn-based board game from the British games company Games Workshop. It’s a cross between American football and the fantasy world of Warhammer Fantasy.

When I tried to play the game, I was disappointed to learn that it didn’t come with an instruction manual. Instead of including a booklet explaining how to play Blood Bowl II, it provided a link to the game manual on a website.

http://guide.bloodbowl-game.com

I went to the above link, thinking I could get the game manual in a PDF file. I was wrong. It’s a not a game manual in the traditional sense. Instead, it’s a series of pages that go over the game and presumably how to play the game. The way it’s published, it doesn’t lend itself to printing a physical game manual. To play Blood Bowl II while using the manual, you’ll need to use a computer or an iPad.

The problem is, what if you don’t have a computer or an iPad?

This is an Xbox One game. It’s completely plausible someone who doesn’t have a computer or an iPad might buy this game. If they do, they’re pretty much screwed. This is not the type of game you can play without consulting the manual. It’s based on a turn-based board game. The video game retains the turn-based aspect. Who can play a turn-based game without a manual?

Nobody, that’s who.

I guess I can use my iPad while playing Blood Bowl II, but I shouldn’t have to. Nowhere does it state that owning an iPad or a laptop is a requirement for playing Blood Bowl II. It should come with a physical manual.

Australian retailers remove Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V, known simply as GTAV by its fans, has been yanked from Target and Kmart shelves in Australia. This was in response to an online petition signed by over 45,000 supporters who object to the game’s graphic violence and its portrayal of women. People in Australia can still buy GTAV, they just can’t buy it at Target or Kmart, stores owned by the retail group Wesfarmers.

I have to admit, I didn’t even know Australia had Target or Kmart.

The Grand Theft Auto series of games has long been criticized by some for being too violent and for the way it portrays women. Players in The Grand Theft Auto can have sex with prostitutes, kill them, and then steal their money. At least that’s what I’m told. I’ve never played the game, nor do I want to play the game. It’s not a game for me. When I play a game, the only thing I like to kill are Orcs, candies, or Soviet tanks.

That’s not to say that game isn’t for a lot of other people. The The Grand Theft Auto series is very popular. It’s one of the top-selling games in history. Grand Theft Auto V, the release pulled from the shelves in the land down under, where women glow and men thunder, has already sold $1.98 billion worldwide. Say what you will about The Grand Theft Auto and its extreme content, a lot of people love to play it.

If you don’t like Grand Theft Auto, don’t buy it

Although I have no interest in playing Grand Theft Auto, I wouldn’t want to stop anyone else from playing it. I would no sooner want to stop someone from playing a game I don’t like then I would want to stop someone from reading a book I don’t like or watching a movie I don’t like.

That seems too much like censorship to me.

I don’t have much respect for Wesfarmers. If they didn’t want to sell Grand Theft Auto V on their store shelves, then they should have never sold it to begin with. The fact that they removed it from their shelves in reaction to 45,000 supporters on an online petition seems pathetic. Are they going to allow online petition signers to dictate other aspects of their business?

It sounds like a really stupid way to run a business.