5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Master Chief

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Master Chief is back. Not content with saving the galaxy multiple times, shooting his way through thousands of Covenant forces and becoming one of the most iconic characters in gaming history, the lead hell raiser in the Halo series, who first hit our screens  on the original Xbox back in 2001, now wants more. 

But as  Xbox One owners prepare to part with cash for the release of Halo 5: Guardians, the next chapter in the ongoing adventures of Master Chief, we ask how much do Master Chief’s fans actually know about ol’ shell-head?
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1. Master Chief Nearly Had Nothing to do With Microsoft


When Master Chief was first announced to the world, he wasn’t starring in an Xbox exclusive. As a matter of fact, when Halo was first unveiled it was as a Mac exclusive at MacWorld 1999. Steve Jobs himself was the first person to announce the game publicly and Bungie were on hand to show a facsimile of the character in what was, at the time, a third person shooter. Of course, the following year, Microsoft bought Bungie outright – reportedly much to Jobs’s fury – and the rest is space opera history.
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2. Master Chief is Approaching Middle Age


According to Halo lore, Master Chief was born on March 7th 2511. This means that during the events of the original trilogy, which is set in the year 2552, he was 41-years-old and during Halo 4, set in 2557, he would’ve been 46-years-old. Since Halo 5: Guardians is rumoured to be set a year after the events of Halo 4, that’ll put Master Chief just three years off his golden jubilee. For a guy who’s nearly 50 years-old he’s in pretty great shape, no?
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3. Master Chief Has Been Kicking Ass Since He Was a Teenager


Master Chief was conscripted into the UNSC as a kid and at the ripe old age of 14 years-old, he underwent the SPARTAN augmentation. This involved a rather painful process in which his bones, muscle tissues, blood vessels and nerve-endings were all artificially enhanced, turning Master Chief into the two-legged killing machine.

His relative young age didn’t slow him down any; since the Halo mini-series, Forward Unto Dawn is set in the year 2526, Master Chief would’ve only been 15 when he saw his first combat missions – round about the same time most lads his age were first discovering girls. 
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4. He Might Be Named After a Sylvester Stallone Character


Master Chief’s real name is John_117 and some fans have claimed that this might be a reference to the 1993 science fiction movie, Demolition Man. In it, Sylvester Stallone players a character called John Spartan and his prisoner number in the flick is 117. He, like Master Chief, also spends an extended period of time in cryo-sleep and is only thawed out when the excrement hits the proverbial fan. 
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5. He Was Once Instrumental in Blowing Up Nearly 500 Ships on One Mission


In Halo 2, The Covenant attacks earth with 15 warships. According to the Halo Wiki, there was supposed to be 500 – so what happened to the rest of them? Well, Master Chief and a couple of other Spartans blew them up. 

In the book Halo: First Strike, which takes place between the events of Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2, Master Chief and his crew infiltrate a space station called Unyielding Hierophant, set it to self destruct and then escape in a dropship. The Covenant are then tricked into flying past the space station just as it explodes and wipes out nearly the entire fleet. Neat! 
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3 Ways to Turn Yourself Into Master Chief

You might now know it but you can become Master Chief. Here's how:
- Get a full Master Chief costume
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  Slip on a Master Chief helmet
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  Master Chief boot covers
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