Some time ago, I was playing Halo 4 and suffering from an enormous bout of seasonal depression.

The game tried its damnest to cheer up my geeky heart.

Halo 4: Hitting the epoch

Now, if you don’t get it why this is funny, it’s worth pointing out that 00:00 UTC on January 1, 1970 is the start of Unix epoch. Basically, many operating systems count time as a single number - seconds elapsed since a particular point of time.

This is the basis of timekeeping in many POSIX standard compliant systems such as Linux and Mac OS X. It’s also crept to other systems. And the funny thing is, even Microsoft, who generally hasn’t given damn about this sort of standards, apparently uses it.

And the funny thing is, I ran into this bug in Halo: Reach multiplayer beta. It’s documented in my YouTube videos somewhere. Sorry, can’t post the link because of stupid.

So, yesterday I was depressed again. I really had to tell everyone I wasn’t in mood to be social.

And yes, when I went to shut down my party and shit, it seems Halo 4 agreed wholeheartedly.

I wasn’t in the game. I wasn’t really seeking games.

It just said this party was pretty blah.

Halo 4: This party is blah.

Blah indeed.

Always fun to play video games that really understand what I’m feeling.