Hey, Seth, I also watch Top Chef!
And Zero, you are not alone when you see Master Chef. lol
Yeah, Gordon Freeman could possibly rival Christ. Maybe. Maybe for atheists.
Gears 1 sorta blowed, Gears 2 was a lot more awesome, but it doesn't rape Halo. Well, maybe it rapes Halo 2, but not CE or 3.
Back to Seth: I read all the books (cept for Cole Protocol...I don't know if it's out, though. I bet it is...) and I have to say, the books are cooler than the story in the games. The books make the Halo series feel more like a good action sci-fi than an FPS with a Space Marine. They develop the background of the ships and colonies and Earth and of the insurgency in the outer reaches of the Human Empire that you never know about if you just play the games. It feels more like a military story than a space marine story in the books, mainly because they usually deal with the Marines' side of the story more than the Master
If you don't live under a rock, you probably have heard about Halo 3: Recon...although now Bungie is calling it Halo 3: ODST...whatever. THAT looks more like the books, focusing on the ODST.
But what I really want out of Bungie is to step away from the Human-Covenant War and make a game exploring the Insurgency. Frankly, they should get some guys from Infinity Ward or maybe SOCOM or some company that has a history of GOOD war FPS's. It should be more of a tactical shooter - but not like Ghost Recon tactical, but you know: less run-and-gun badassery.
And it would be called Halo: Insurgency.
Just an idea.