My posts were clearly humorous, but taken at face value. I wonder where those films of me playing Marathon came from, the ones mentioned in emails or PMs finishing by suggesting we play co-op some time ("HELL YEAH!"). Figments of my imagination, I suppose, conveniently forgotten in the drive to further glorify Marathon at Halo's expense for some reason ("...but don't drag us down with you because this isn't Halo and Marathon shouldn't even think of trying to emulate a game that tried and failed to emulate the fun of Marathon.").
I don't think you should be critiquing Marathon or even making suggestions for Marathon IV if you have not played Marathon, which by your own accounts to me, you haven't. Just ONE game in the Marathon Trilogy would be enough. That just seems so elementary to me. If that hurts your feelings, sorry, but I don't think you should be trying to rebuild Marathon IV into a Halo IV just because it's the closest game you know to being Marathonish.
And no, I don't think Halo was as fun as Marathon but then I've made that clear to you over the years.