Friday fun: The Halo community is dabbing, for reasons

On the first day of PAX West, Septermber 1, popular Halo YouTuber HiddenXperia and several other Halo fans were visiting 343 Industries' headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

Upon entering the building, HiddenXperia was overcome with shock and awe at the illuminated neon wonder that is the wall mounted 343 Industries logo in the front lobby.

In the heat of the moment, he did what any well known, popular community member would do.

He dabbed.

Having a colleague capture the moment on his phone, HiddenXperia than proceeded to post the image on Twitter. Once he did, that's when things went crazy in the Halo community.

Some laughed at the picture, and others thought it immature. In the end, however, the vast majority of those who saw the image decided that they should dab, too.

The dabbing trend only continued to escalate as the next few days of PAX continued. Halo content creators everywhere, ranging from journalists, to YouTubers, to streamers, to pro competitors, all lent their dabs to the movement.

Perhaps my favorite, though, was when a fan by the name of Andy Van Riper utilized Halo 5's Forge mode to script an in-game person shaped structure that dabbed. Now that's what I call dedication.

By September 4, the last day of PAX, hundreds of Halo fans had participated in this peculiar community event. However, the circle would not be complete without a dab from 343's own Jeff Easterling, a writer for the developer and a man that the Halo community has loved since the dawn of time.

Aiming to complete this final mission, HiddenXperia, the man who started it all, was able to convince Jeff to partake in the endeavor. And partake he did. Spectacularly.

This video by Halo YouTuber MetalhedSpartan perfectly illustrates the epicness of this occasion, summarizing the history that was made.

Several days after September 4, the hype around the movement has died down, and most have moved on. But the Halo community will never forget these glorious days.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

  • That's embarrassing
  • I'm not sure what a dab is, but it's always good to have community constructs to gather the people around...especially in these times.
  • What an ending lool
  • "for reasons"  What reasons?  Slow News Day?
  • For community fun, my man.
  • Ah, "slow news day," my favorite comment from people who don't have a clue how all of this works.
  • lol, "how all of this works"?  Ironic since the majority of "dabbers" probably don't have real jobs. It's more annoying than the ice bucket challenge,  That at least gave some attention to a cause.  This has no cause, they're not dabbing for a "reason".  It's like stick on hood vents on cars.  Something to see and scratch your head over. But I shouldn't be too hard on you.  Microsoft certainly hasn't given you too many good things to write about lately, so at least you're trying to keep busy.
  • You're gonna miss out on the movement! Go join! Dab! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
  • something wrong with this piece? Just a fun, humorous thing.
  • Ugh, I thought there was some type of actual Halo news. Negative 5 stars for you sir!
  • What part of "Friday Fun" and "The Halo Community is dabbing" confused you?
  • What do you not understand about a useless article about a "movement" that broken into...hundreds.  Get the writer off your teet and go start your weekend. Have some actual fun.
  • I don't know about you, but partaking in a silly activity with several hundred likeminded Halo fans was pretty fun for me. Laughed together with them about it, put a smile on our faces.
  • your comment depressed me
  • wow you must be fun at social events
  • I believe a guy in the Hall community, called Bobby Wallace, who moans about literally everything, complained about the original dab by HiddenXperia. Other members of the community then decided to join in, purely to annoy Bobby. At least this was what I gathered from Twitter. Anyway, #FixMCC
  • Hi I wasn't the only one who spoke there displesure about it. Some did it through means of a few discord channels I'm apart of. I made a tweet to applogise for how the community was acting very much of in the building that Halo is made at. Thanks for calling me out for no reason since I can tell you already dislike me.
  • Reiku, why do you always insist on complaining about everything that we do? Lighten up man.
  • What does the "dab" mean, though?
  • Probably something similar to what swag means. 
  • Taking a hit of hash is to Dab...silly gamers!