Halo 3 fan believes Bungie has put weeds in the game

Ever since I first saw it a month ago, I’ve been obsessed with a video titled “Since When Does Halo Have Weed?” It’s the perfect time capsule from the end of 2007, then Halo 3 had just come out. Its Theater mode and Forge level editor made it easy to record in-game footage and explore every detail of the game’s environments. There are no weeds in it Halo 3, but for some reason, YouTube user GamerHelper seems convinced of something else that the video makes clear.

GamerHelpers video, inexplicably accompanied by “Dire, Dire Docks” from Super Mario 64 soundtrack, offers a slow exploration of Halo 3‘s Guardian card. The video focuses especially on the beautiful, fern-like plants that grow on the walls in different structures in the level. Crucially, the GamerHelpers video starts with a title card instructing the viewer what to look for: “Have you ever noticed that there were weeds in it on The Map Guardian?”

While the camera view zooms in on the ferns, GamerHelper’s accompanying title card gets a tone of increased confusion and dismay. First a question: “Was Bungie On Weed?” So: “What was the bungi thinking?” Later: “Bungie is messy” and finally: “Who knows why Bungie did that?”

At long last I can answer GamerHelpers questions and I do not even need official comment from Microsoft or Bungie to do so. There are no weeds in it Halo 3 short Guardian (though, funny fact, there are several fictional recreational drugs in the Halo universe).

There are ferns in that video. This are weeds:

A photograph of two people kneeling in a cannabis field on the outskirts of Kandahar, Afghanistan

Photo: Bulent Kilic / AFP / Getty Images

I can not blame GamerHelper for their confusion, and I certainly hope they have made some important discoveries since 2007 on this topic. (I found GamerHelp’s old Xbox Live profile and sent them a message about this video, but I did not hear back. Unfortunately, I never expect to hear back as their profile appears to have been unused since 2008.) I speak for myself even, I also did not know much about weed in 2007, and it was not exactly easy to find out more about it.

Back in 2007, recreational marijuana had not yet been legalized anywhere in the United States, which is where I live, and also where GamerHelper lives, according to their Xbox Live profile. It was not until 2012 that Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana, while other states slowly followed suit in the years since then. Although attitudes had changed somewhat in 2007, when medical marijuana became more and more accepted in the early 2000s, many people were (and still are) in prison for possession of marijuana.

By 2021, that has changed, with people across the political spectrum in the United States agreeing that cannabis should be legalized. It has also become more socially acceptable to talk about taking part in weeds while playing video games – two good tastes that have always tasted good together. That’s how a friend of one of my friends ended up rediscovering this video.

It all started when Sullivan shared multiple screenshots of GamerHelpers video on his Twitter account on October 9th. This is how I saw it for the first time, and it has since become a joke among my friends to ask, “What was Bungie thinking?” I contacted Sullivan to ask him how he found this video at all as it only has 1,443 views at the time of writing.

“We were fooling around in voice chat and I for the life of me can not figure out what came up, but I searched ‘halo weed’ in on YouTube,” he explained via Twitter DM. “It was like the third result and I thought it was extremely funny. I opened it supposedly there had to be some amazing content inside it. “(I replied:” Which of course there is. “)

I have since seen this video dozens of times and have shared it with several friends, colleagues and now also Polygon readers. I’m as charmed by it today as I was when I first saw it. I can only hope that its creator comes forward to acknowledge their work.

Sullivan also hopes that GamerHelper will come out of the mists of time to look back on their past creation, but he also has another wish: “They should put weeds in Halo infinite – for them.”

I do not disagree. Times have changed, Microsoft, and it would not be “messy” of you to put grass in Halo infinite. That would be very cool, actually. Master Chief has been under a lot of pressure for a very long time and he deserves to relax.

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