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Bungie's Inferno: A Deeper Look at Halo 3 ODST

Bungie's Halo games are full of references to classic literature and history. There are many obvious ones like the Flood and the Ark of the Bible, or the 300 Spartans of the Battle of Thermopylae. Without closer inspection, these these associations may seem skin deep and underdeveloped. Today I found out how wrong that notion is. GiantBomb.com user Gamer_152 has put together a mind blowing piece showing how Halo 3 ODST makes heavy reference to Dante's Inferno, a 14th century Italian epic. I already loved ODST for it's innovative narrative structure and hauntingly beautiful musical score. The side story that is told through finding scattered audio recordings is almost a full re-imagining of Dante's "9 Circles of Hell". My adoration for Bungie's work has only grown after finding out how deep and intelligent the plot of this game is. Even if you're not a fan of the game, you owe it to yourself to check out this excellent read.

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