11.05.2007

The Halo Booty Call

I've been playing a lot of Halo 3 lately, and, coming from someone who avoided the first two games in the series on principle, believe me when I say that it is fantastic. The how-fantastic-is-Halo issue is not what I'm here to discuss, however: Never before in my gaming "career" [insert your ridicule here] have I played a game that almost all of my friends are also playing. While my huge list of potential online teammates has me more super-psyched than this kid, it comes with a new social complexity I have discovered -- The Halo Booty Call.

Halo Booty Call (n.) "hey-low-boo-tee-call": a phone call requesting a Halo 3 session without any other social strings attached.
example:
me: Hey Dave! How's it going man?
Dave: Uh, good, thanks...
me: So....You moved into your new apartment last weekend, right?
Dave: Yep...
me: Cool...so what's up?
Dave: ...
me: This is a Halo Booty Call, isn't it?
Dave: Yea, I'll be online in 10 minutes. Wanna play?
me: Sure. See ya.

As you can see, this can be rather disruptive to social expectations at first. Normally, when you get a call from a friend, he/she wants to catch up or schedule a double-date.
Any invitation to play games used to include at least a conversation over who should bring chips and who should bring soda/beer. Now it's 100% business. This is the sort of thing that could have only been born with the recent advent of online multiplayer.

Don't get me wrong, though. I'm not trying to spin this negatively. You and I both know that sometimes you just want to get the game going and dispense with the pleasantries. Good friends are still good friends, and there will ALWAYS be another time for chips and soda/beer. Just be ready for it when it comes, accept the Halo Booty Call, and don't try to make it more than it is.

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