Mass' losing respect...
This is no "coincidence"...maybe if Bungie matures, their key audience will...




Are you saying that for some reason, Bungie DID make the reference intentionally, was surprised (somehow) by a negative response, and then tried to cover it up by saying it is coincidental?

Because that's pretty silly. I never even heard of this girl's disappearance until now. I'd venture a guess that the media coverage of that was not nearly as pervasive in the US as it was in the UK. Not to mention the fact that the events of the trailer happen in a fictional future in Africa. Why would a fictional AI in future Africa be still looking for a girl was abducted in Portugal in 2007? Why would Bungie choose to make such a reference, which frankly they never have done before? What could they hope to gain from it?

Rampant for over se7en years.