When Bonnie Ross, the brains behind 343 Industries and the Halo Franchise replies to your letter you sit up and listen. That is exactly what happened to Year 9 super fan Ben!
This is Bonnie Ross from 343 Industries. I just received your amazing letter packet. My team and I were so inspired by your story and your passion. We were in awe that you have read so many of our books. I have multiple teams at our 343 studio that manage all things Halo universe. I have teams that work on our games, teams that work on our toy business, teams that work on e-sports, teams that work on our books, teams that work on our live action/animation, etc. When I got your letter, I passed it along to the teams that work our books and they were so inspired by you—you made their day.
My favoUrite books are Fall of Reach (Master Chief’s origin story holds a special place in my heart), Contact Harvest (I love the insurrectionist story), and Silent Storm. What are your favorites and why?
You made a comment in your letter that your ambitions are to do well in school. It sounds like you are on your way, so keep it up. You also noted that you wanted to get into the games industry or work for 343. From your letter, it sounds like you are creative which is great, don’t lose that passion. I don’t know what the curriculum is in the UK, but if you have an opportunity to take some computer science classes at school or outside of school, I’d recommend that you do it (Scratch, Unity, Java). I look at gaming as technology empowering art, storytelling, and creativity. If you can get some experience with computer science classes combined with creative classes I think you will set yourself up well for future gaming job opportunities.
Our team took your picture of books and worked to pick out ones you haven’t read to send to you. We really loved your story and passion, Ben. Keep up the great work. We just sent off one of two packages to you which I hope you will get before the end of the year.
Keep your focus on your education and never lose your passion as they are both so important to your future.