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Because the Master Chief (and Spartans in general) are rather tall, so instead of forcing the gamer to angle their 'camera' down to shoot people in the face, Bungie lowered the crosshair for general ease of use.
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From: Kakkay | #003 Because the Master Chief (and Spartans in general) are rather tall, so instead of forcing the gamer to angle their 'camera' down to shoot people in the face, Bungie lowered the crosshair for general ease of use.
And I ****ing hate them for it. It throws everything off for me because I always - more-or-less - level the horizon line with the center of the screen anyway, so I'm always left aiming slightly down now, meaning I have to re-level my sites whenever I encounter anything that's not a Grunt.
I've hated the crosshair location ever since they changed it (it's been my single biggest complaint), because the new "leveled" crosshair always leaves me feel like I'm looking slightly up (which doesn't help when I have to throw grenades any real distance, since I can't see where I'm aiming by the time I'm angled high enough).
From: Mike_Vanderzand | #009 How about straight ahead? How is this even a problem?
It's all about peripheral vision.
Your eyes automatically gravitate to the crosshair on the screen because that's where your aiming point is (plus the crosshair graphic itself acts as a focal point). However, with the crosshair offset as it is, if you level that crosshair (and subsequently your line of sight) with the horizon as people subconsciously do when looking "straight ahead", you end up seeing more of the sky through your peripheral vision than you do the ground (because the screen ends and cuts it off). That creates a weird lack of visual balance that conflicts somewhere in my head and makes it feel like I'm walking around with my head tilted up and my eyes angled down to level out with the horizon.
My eyes gravitate toward the crosshair, as they should with a focal point provided on the screen, but my natural instinct when looking "straight ahead" is to balance my peripheral vision. To do that with the crosshairs offset as they are, I have to aim them down slightly to better center the horizon on the screen. Doing so, however, makes it so that I am constantly aiming at the ground at about Grunt-height, causing me to have to re-adjust my aim anytime I run across something taller than a Grunt.
tl;dr, it just feels off. I can't really explain it any better than all that.
If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.