Halo at 20: A Look Back on Bungie's Landmark FPS

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Every gaming console has its mascots; Mario, Link and Pikachu are the spokesmen for Nintendo while Crash Bandicoot, Lara Croft, Nathan Drake and Kratos have all been ambassadors for Sony. But there’s only ever been one true mascot for Microsoft’s Xbox consoles.

A warrior clad head to toe in emerald armor. A silent soldier who’d prefer to let his guns do the talking for him. We’re referring to John-117, better known as Master Chief. Simply regarding him as a mascot would be a great disservice to the character, his creators and his fans.

The Chief is a titan of the gaming industry, shattering sales records and raising the bar for first-person shooters (FPS) with each installment of the original Halo trilogy. However, his greatest achievement may be his impact on the gaming community.

Countless cosplayers and numerous YouTubers owe their careers to Master Chief. His fans have also helped the Bungie Foundation complete a myriad of charity initiatives. Master Chief is a bonafide pop culture icon, and he turns 20 years old today. Let’s celebrate by looking back at the Halo franchise’s decorated legacy.