“He talks of her great fondly here. Here we go: ‘I loved her, of course. Just as you love Daniels’ and he says ‘that’s impossible’. A.I don’t love their mistress or master, they respect them but technically they don’t have emotions. But he had emotions, that was a problem, emotion is a problem, emotion can lead to bad behavior”
“Confusingly but understandably, the monster had fallen in love with the woman. All right? So, this is real. He said this is an ode to my dear Elizabeth, ‘cause he knows he’s about to leave. He thinks. ‘Farewell Elizabeth’ (…) David was the prototype, was the art form, the A.I., the very first art form, ‘cause making an A.I is an art form, whereas this A.I has emotions, you don’t want an A.I with emotions, because if he does he’s gonna get angry, you really are in trouble”.
years ago today (Nov 15, 2001) Halo and the Xbox were released. At
first, i didn’t pay the console, or the game, much mind. I had my doubts
about Microsoft and this relatively unknown shooter brought over from the
computer world, so i figured i’d give the system a pass for the time being.
Over the next few months though, i kept hearing good things about Halo.
It got rave reviews in the magazines and a few people i knew played it
non stop. But still, i held off. Then one night, i stopped by my friends
house to hang out for a bit. After a while, he asked if i wanted to
play some games and suggested we dive into a few levels of Halo, Co-op.
played the first 4-5 areas straight through and about 30 minutes in, i
was completely hooked. I can’t overstate the amount of joy and fun i
had. Headshotting grunts, driving the warthog off cliffs while blasting
the horn, and watching groups of Covenant scatter and curse at me in
their alien language as i chucked a grenade right in the middle of them,
had me smiling from ear to ear. And playing it all with a friend,
cooperatively (which was something i had never really done before),
brought the experience to a completely new level. The controls were
tight, the AI was fantastic and the levels were massive. I couldn’t ask
for much more when it came to gameplay.
No, see, you don’t understand, you don’t get it. It isn’t just a movie, it isn’t just a book, or a story or a musical or a piece of art. It’s a little piece of glass glittering at you, reflecting some part of your soul, something that you’re not even fully aware is inside you until you see it looking back at you. A great work awakens something inside you that makes you grander than you were before. It will make you dream longer and soar higher and want deeper.
It isn’t just a story.
It is a new star to be added to the heavens kept inside you. It is a new facet of life to appreciate and aspire to achieve. And a great story, framed in a beautiful production? An excellent tale combined with an intricately developed vision? Those are the ones that sweep us away for life. And god help you if you get grabbed young; your life, your whole life will become a desperate quest to obtain more of it. You will try for it everyday and every way you can. It will become a beacon in life because now that you know you’re missing it, you’ll only ever want it more.
It isn’t just a story.
It isn’t just a movie. It’s damn near a religious experience. It’s as close to holy revelation as I have ever known. It’s the guidepost against which I lean when life overwhelms me, and it has never failed to recenter my heart and my mind. It lets me find an echo of my own fears, my own obstacles, and watch as they are summarily surmounted.
So no, it isn’t just a story to me. It never will be.