Teen Dressed as Master Chief Gets Free Xbox 360 From Complete Stranger
Andrew Valentino 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…..