: It's somewhat complicated by how Bungie reps used to make comments like this
: , and generally swear up and down that the books were absolutely part of
: the Halo universe and not some throwaway cash-ins like in those other
: series. And that's partly right; without FoR's backstory the Chief is just
: the generic invincible marine who gets armor because he's the hero, and
: you'd be totally in the dark in H3 when Cortana starts quoting verbatim
: from the book and babbling on about a coin. The games depend on the books
: just as much as they contradict them.
: Basically it's the same mess that every big multimedia franchise ends up in,
: just like people probably predicted in 2000 (and got told "come on,
: it's Bungie" about). Maybe some people could use a sense of
: proportion, but it's silly to act like they don't have a complaint.
I suppose if I were more interested in the books, I might be more likely to complain. But I would also be likely to hold the games as more true regardless as to whether I considered the books canon. But to me, personally, Halo is not a franchise, it's a game, and a game made by Bungie that I like. And all the stuff surrounding it is shit that I don't really care about. This will probably include whatever games Microsoft decides to make in the franchise later on.