Halo Effect: An Unauthorized Look at the Most Successful Video Game of All Time

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Halo Effect: An Unauthorized Look at the Most Successful Video Game of All Time is a 224-page book about the Halo franchise, released in April 2007 and published by BenBella Books.[1][2]


The book is a collection of 13 essays and examines the Halo phenomenon from every angle. It gives in-depth analyses of how the franchise grew ever since it premiered on the Xbox in 2001. This includes a behind-the-scenes looks at Halo machinimas, how interest in Halo grew during its construction, scientific essays explaining how the laws of physics work on Halo, and the making of Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2.


  • "You Are the Master Chief", by Matthew Woodring Stover. Talks about the real world versions of John-117 and possible Military inspirations for the games.
  • "Planetary Objects in the Rear View Mirror", by Kieron Gillen
  • "Have Gun, Will Travel", by Paul Kix.
  • "Halo Science 101", by Kevin R. Grazier, Ph.D. Talks about the Science of the Halos, if they existed in the real world. This essay was featured as an article on[3]
  • "Lights, Camera, Play!", by Glenna Whitley. Talks about the art of Machinima. Mainly one machinima called "The Codex"
  • "Broken Halos", by Charlie W. Starr.
  • "The Modern Mythos", by Jill MacKay. Talks about religion in the Halo universe and possible religious inspiration for the games.
  • "Is Halo Doom-ed", by Janine Hiddlestone.
  • "Gun on a Bun", by David Thomas.
  • "The Making of Halo and Halo 2", by Dean Takahashi.
  • "Warlords", by Peter A. Smith and Alicia Sanchez.
  • "Run Awaaaaay!", by Nick Mamatas.
  • "Halo and the High Art of Games", by Vox Day.