The Weird Craze Halo Players Are Obsessing Over
Since the release of Halo 5: Guardians, players of all skill levels have noticed a strange phenomenon. While playing a game, the reticle seems to often become sluggish and unresponsive. Almost as if it’s lagging. The movement is very subtle, but at the competitive level those milliseconds can make a very large impact. Very few have been able to accurately describe the experience, but most of the competitive community and even professional players recognize it’s existence. Players now believe they have the fix, and it might surprise you.
It all started with Cody “Contra” Szczodrowski, member of Team Allegiance. About two months ago, fans started to notice Contra’s habit of constantly pressing start while playing the game. He claimed that it helped reset the reticle and take away the sluggish tendencies.
A full explanation of the press start technique is simple, it’s exactly how it sounds. While playing the game, the user merely hits the start button and brings up the game’s settings menu. It’s that easy, and if you believe what Contra is saying, it has the ability to fix all of your reticle’s difficulties.
The community’s reactions to Contra’s fix were rather negative at first. Many jokes were made of it and in typical fashion, many fans wanted to hear a more in depth explanation from Contra. Most labelled it a placebo effect, but as time went on the public opinion began to shift.
As more and more players began to apply the same practice to their gameplay, many of them began to swear by it as well. The habit has infected much of the professional base as well.
Tony “Lethul” Campbell Jr., world champion and member of first place pro league team Counter Logic Gaming, posted on TeamBeyond that he “[doesn’t] have any proof for you guys, but if [he is] trustworthy at all believe [him] pressing start can make the aim feel smoother when it's feeling super heavy and sluggish.”
In similar fashion, currently inactive but still well known player Jacob “Arkanum” Santos agreed with Lethul’s post and stated that he has been experiencing the sluggish reticle movement since the launch of the game.
As Arkanum noted, looking through the community you can find this to be a well documented problem since the game’s release. Most players have seen it happen at some point, whether they realize what it is or not. Despite the acceptance of the problem, however, not everyone agrees on the press start technique being a proper solution. Many still frame it as a placebo and the eyes seeing only what they want to.
A clear response from 343 Industries, the game’s developers, on what it is doesn’t seem to exist, but some members of the community have made claims that the problem has something to do with the framerate of the game.
It seems the sluggish reticle is just another quirk of the game and that it’s here to stay. Hopefully if the start button isn’t the correct solution, one is found soon. Whether it is or not, it seems like the argument over it will be here to stay as well. No matter your stance on the situation, however, it’s fair to say that this is one of the weirdest arguments the scene has witnessed in quite a long time.
Have you experienced the effects of the sluggish reticle while playing Halo 5? Do you think the press start technique is the true fix or is it just a placebo? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @GAMURScom.
Patrick Cowley can be contacted on Twitter, @PtrckCowley.