Teen Dressed as Master Chief Gets Free Xbox 360 From Complete Stranger

Andrew Valentino as Master Chief

Andrew as Master Chief

Sometimes, dreams do come true in the world, and this particular incident just goes to show you how tight the gaming community as a whole really is. With all of the negative stereotypes and controversy surrounding the industry as of late, stories such as these kind of choke you up.

Reading, Pennsylvania – Game Crazy store #138492: A 17-year old High School student named Andrew Valentino – showed up in a homemade Master Chief costume, which took him two weeks to make and finished it about seven hours before before the launch of Halo 3. Andrew admits that he does not even own an Xbox 360 to be able to play Halo 3.

Well, apparently this did not matter to a competing Game Crazy store in Kenhorst, PA who offered the young Valentino $60 if he would go to their store instead for some fun and pictures. This in itself could be considered pretty cool from a 17-year old’s standpoint – but wait, it gets better.

A complete stranger in the store upon overhearing that Andrew, who went through the trouble of making his Master Chief costume and stood waiting in line for game that he did not even own a 360 to play on, actually bought the Andrew a 360 system. Refusing to divulge his name to media sources or even Andrew himself, this man’s random act of kindness sent waves of goodwill running through everyone who witnessed the event.

When Andrew was asked how he felt about such an unexpected gift, he stated: “Halo Nation is the best fan-based community I’ve ever seen. It’s amazing to see all of these people that I don’t know treat me like a celebrity. It’s almost as if they think I’m really Master Chief.”

Congratulations Andrew! That is indeed a wonderful thing to have happened – now, if only I can find a nice, giving soul to anonymously purchase me a PS3…..

Thanks: Albotas

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8 Comments on Teen Dressed as Master Chief Gets Free Xbox 360 From Complete Stranger


On September 25, 2007 at 11:09 am

that’s cool and all, but THAT thing took two weeks to make? give me some spraypaint, a paintball mask (from the looks of it), and a few cardboard boxes and i could whip that up in a solid afternoon


On September 25, 2007 at 12:27 pm

I’m jealous.


On September 25, 2007 at 3:38 pm

do i smell publicity stunt?


On September 25, 2007 at 3:42 pm

I think that is a nice act of kindness. its shows what a little dedication can get you. This kid deserves at 360. Hes a true fan and i hope he enjoys his 360.


On September 25, 2007 at 5:56 pm

Don’t get me wrong, absolutely lovely act of kindness…but c’mon, that suit is just a teensy bit rubbish :razz:

Andrew Valentino

On September 26, 2007 at 2:32 pm

The site actually got it wrong. I did the feet two weeks before halo 3. I did the rest of the armor two days before. It actually involved a lot of trial and error (cause I tried to build the helmet from scratch and failed horribly)


On October 2, 2007 at 9:01 pm

:twisted: hilarious


On June 14, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Dude, seriously?
Go here, just, just do it. Please, before you get shot.