Halo 3 Beta, Part 4 : A Step Back for the Friends List?
May 21, 2007 10 Comments
Accessing your friends list in Halo 2 is such an easy user friendly process. You bring up your friends list with a single push of a button, click on their gamertag, and can instantly see who they are playing with and what they are doing in a matter of seconds. When you back out of looking at a specific person, you are kindly deposited back where you started, on your friends list. It is such an effortless quick process. Unfortunately, it has changed for the Halo 3 beta.
On the Halo 3 beta, you can still pull up your friends list with a single button push. However, now when you click on their name, another menu pops up with a variety of options. You then choose to look at their party details. Now taking two button clicks, the next screen takes a few seconds to pop up. And when you are done looking at them and back out, you are deposited back to your lobby screen instead of still being on your friends list. It takes significantly longer to scroll through your friends to see who is available to join you and who isn’t.
If it isn’t broke, why fix it? Why has this changed? It is time consuming and a hassle to fill up a Halo 3 beta room. Perhaps I am spoiled by the user friendly interface of Halo 2. Maybe I am complaining over a matter of seconds that really is not a big deal. It could be that the extra options that are now popping up (like saved films and file share) are worth the increase in time of scrolling through your friends. I will attempt to reserve judgment until the beta is over and I am more accustomed to the entire process and what the extra choices have to offer.
But for now, it is a burden.