Recently some are angry about some news that has come up concerning Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The issue being the game has a 20GB download day one. Frank O’Connor (development director at 343) actually managed the situation really well and explained why this was being done. He stated that offering a second disc would “would have been easier in a lot of ways”, but adding the second disc “would completely wreck the functionality and experience of the unified interface.”

He even explains that he understands the frustration and anger that some fans are feeling and he apologizes for. He doesn’t try to back pedal and say they are going to fix it. He tells the fans that he thinks this will be better for the game in the long run and directly made a point that he isn’t ignoring the fans, he is just doing what he thinks is right for the game, stating “We realize that this isn’t ideal for everyone, but it’s the path to the smoothest eventual experience”.

He says later that he has “pretty lame internet” but he hasn’t run into any problems with the game. He then mentions that people should “take this with a grain of salt” addressing that he is a member of the team that created the game.

On the bright side those of us who will be digitally downloading the game can pre-load the patch so many are taking relief. So it looks like those who are buying a hard copy get the short end of the stick. Many people are afraid that this will become a trend in new games and that their hard drives will fill up too quickly. Beside all of that I think that Frank handled this perfectly explaining why the choice was made apologizing for it and not going back on the decision. It shows that he is confident that it is a good idea and people will come around to it.

What do you think; Is this a bad design choice no matter how you swing it or are you onboard now that there is an explanation behind it. Tell us what you think. Until next time this is Qzilla and for more stories about what is going on in the gaming world check out more blogs at



Quentin Smith Quentin Smith is a college student studying Telecommunications at Ball State University. He loves gaming, movies, and television. Quote: “One day I hope I can sit around and play video games for a living but until then I will follow my other passion writing.”