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 Gamasutra.com.[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.