Adventures of a Non-Gamer: Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn


by Shawnie Kelly (@DearShawnie)

I have a confession to make. I have been spying on gamers all over the internet! But it’s totally not creepy… because it’s research, so everyone calm down. One of the greatest things I have discovered came from one of these creeper research sessions; it’s a little web series called Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.

I’m sure everyone in the entire world has already heard of this, but as you know, I’m late to the gaming party. First of all, the production value is incredible! They probably use CGI and all sorts of other things that anyone reading this article knows more about than me, but it was very cool looking. I’m not familiar with any web series content in general, so I have nothing to compare it to. But overall, I was very surprised.

Here are four reasons that my fellow non-gamers should watch the first few episodes of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn:

1. The title itself is the most dramatic title of anything I have ever read, seen, or heard. I mean, “Forward Unto Dawn”? Was Shakespeare in the planning meeting? If so, what was he wearing? This has nothing to do with what I’m writing now, I’m just generally curious as to what Shakespeare would wear to a writer’s table. If not Shakespearean, it’s certainly some 17th century battle cry.

“To your horses, men! FORWARD UNTO DAWN!”

This might be my new life motto, just please don’t ask me to explain it.

2. I learned so much! This is the best way to impress your gamer friends. Halo is literally the scariest game to play with people, because someone is always yelling. It’s just unnecessary really. I honestly know nothing about this game, but after four episodes, I’m basically an expert! (That last part is entirely untrue).

3. Susan from The Chronicles of Narnia is in it! Are you a book nerd like me? Did you love the Narnia movie trilogy? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you should probably watch this. I won’t say you *need* to watch it, because that’s a little intense. But, you probably, definitely, maybe should watch it. Susan (I don’t know her name in Unto Dawn) is a soldier/the main character’s love interest, and she’s amazing.

4. We get to see a real-life version of Master Chief! I was super siked (I’m bringing back the 90’s slang, get on board with this?) when he showed up in all of his in-chargy-ness glory, yelling orders to cadets and saying things like “we’re the only ones left on the planet!” This scene was especially great, mostly because I genuinely thought they were on earth this whole time. Apparently, they are on some other planet. Back to Master Chief, I am not going to lie, I have a pretty enormous crush on him. Is it kosher to be crushing on a fictional video game character? Don’t answer that.

I joke sometimes that I’m a marketer’s dream target, always going for the prettiest packaging or the loudest marketing campaign; this situation is no different. This web series makes me want to play this game. My best friend’s husband is a gamer, and he said he doesn’t want to watch the series until he has played Halo 4… maybe it’s like the non-gamer’s version of not wanting to see the movie before finishing the book. But, this is great for me and my fellow non-gamers. We can all watch it and kinda-sorta know what to expect when the game drops on November 6th! That’s also Election Day, so let’s all go do our civic duty, and then play Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn like any real patriot should.

Happy gaming, you gamers!

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