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Power Member - Level 9
first edition of The Blogger Clan is finished and I am giddy with
excitement. The first GIO user to answer my trivia question and also
more than qualified to be the first Blogger Clan member is....
I'm 19 years old and I like to play video games. I'm
also studying Mass Communications at St. Cloud State University in
Minnesota, hoping to make a living out of playing video games. And if
I'm really, really lucky, hopefully work at Game Informer.
like first person shooters, turn-based and real-time strategy games,
side-scrolling adventures, Japanese and Western RPGs, and 3D
platforming games, pretty much anything from the NES to the 360.
Some of my favorite games are
Halo: Reach, Assassin's Creed II, Red Dead Redemption, Batman: Arkham
Asylum, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Pokemon, Castlevania: Symphony of
the Night, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie,
Super Smash Bros. Brawl, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Super
Mario World, and Mega Man 2.
favorite game of all time would have to be Banjo-Kazooie for the N64;
it was the first game I really got into, and the first game that got me
#1: Why 'FamilyGuyGuy7?'
off, I'd like to say thanks for the privilege to answer these questions
and to be a part of the Blogger Clan. I assume in this question, you
mean the origin of my screenname, so I'm going to answer the question as
name 'FamilyGuyGuy7' came last October when I felt my XBLA gamertag
needed a change. Originally, it was 'tommyszcz1138', which was my first
and last name mixed and the 1138 was a reference to George Lucas, who
directed the film 'THX-1138' and used the number in every Star Wars
the gamertag wasn't doing it for me anymore, and I wanted to switch it
up a bit, so I took my favorite TV show (Family Guy) and my gender (Guy)
to make 'FamilyGuyGuy', a bit redundant but it gets to point across and
it's fun to say. Since someone had taken 'FamilyGuyGuy' I needed a
number or something, so I chose seven as a reference to Bungie and their
Seven Step Plan to World Domination.
when I started at Game Informer, I figured my XBLA gamertag was more
than suitable for my username. A bit random, but that's how and why
'FamilyGuyGuy7' came to be.
#2: What made you start blogging, would you consider yourself a "blogger," and what is your process for blogging?
started blogging a bit by accident; when I first started here at GI.com
I was rummaging through the features they had on the website and
stumbled upon the 'user blogs.' I read a few and figured, "Well, I like
to write, I want to be a writer after college, and I like video games,
so why not?" After I hit level five and my blogs started showing up on
the front page was when I considered myself a "blogger".
consider myself to be somewhat of a part-time, less contemporary
blogger, since I only handle serious topics every so often. When I was
starting out I noticed all the blogs that were about serious topics and
expressed genuine opinions, so I felt that the market for "factual
blogs" was over-saturated and I wanted to do something no one else
really did, which led to a lot of my 'Top Ten' blogs and eventually my
own version of Game Informer's "Sacred Cow BBQ." I'm always thinking of
new ways to expand my satirical remarks (and pay tribute to my namesake
i.e. Family Guy), so I started my "What Really Grinds My Gears" blogs
where I rant about things that don't really need ranting or topics in
the video game world that I think need to be addressed in a humorous
process for blogging is fairly simple. Whenever I have an opinion I
want to express on GI, like my blogs about the next Wii, why I should
buy a PS3, or even my "Grinds My Gears" blogs, I sit down at my computer
and just write about it. When I want to do a Top Ten, I have to sort
out the entries, rank them, and then write about ten different topics,
so it takes a little longer and I have to get my thoughts together.
Generally, the whole process comes quickly and naturally, so I never
feel like a blog is stressing me out or giving me trouble because I
can't find the right words to get my point across. It's one of the few
things in my life (like video games) that I don't feel pressured to do
or I can just enjoy what it for what it is because it's super easy.
#3: What is your most "impressive" blog? Describe your experience with the blog.
don't necessarily have one blog that stands out to me as my "finest
hour" in blogging or my most impressive work, because I have several
that are impressive to me for several different reasons. I'll try to
keep it short.
Like I said,
I'm easily impressed by my blogs, and the fact that I have several
different kinds of blogs makes it harder to single out one blog.
Overall, my experience writing all these blogs has been excellent,
because it really comes naturally to me.
#4: What is your most anticipated game for this year, has it already been released?
another hard question. Since this year is just packed full of awesome
games and new releases are plentiful, it's hard for me to, again, choose
one that stands out as my most anticipated. I even did a "Grinds My
Gears" blog on how the whole release calendar was going to bleed my
answer the question on its face, I'd say L.A. Noire is my most
anticipated game of the year. I've been overly excited for the game
ever since it was Game Informer's cover story in March 2010. The
graphics, story, and even gameplay all seem to be A+ efforts by Rockstar
and Team Bondi, and I predict it to be Game of the Year for 2011.
Plus, it'll be fun to run over virtual Dan Ryckert.
not to say there aren't any other good games coming out this year. I'm
eagerly anticipating Mortal Kombat, Portal 2, Brink, Duke Nukem
Forever, Mass Effect 3, Saints Row: The Third, Deus Ex: Human
Revolution, Rage, Battlefield 3, the new Tomb Raider reboot, Skyward
Sword, Skyrim, the rest of Back to the Future: The Game, Ocarina of Time
3D, Metal Gear Solid 3D, Super Mario 3D, MegaMan Legends 3D, and I
still have to get a 3DS...
there's all my anticipated games of 2011, L.A. Noire's going to be
great, and I am probably anticipating it the most out of any other game.
#5: What do you see in the future for your blogging?
"Top Ten" lists, more "What Really Grinds My Gears" rants, more of
everything, really. I'd like to keep doing those for as long as I can,
because I enjoy writing them so much, and I'd like to keep the same
balance of opinion blogs that I have now, which is whenever I feel like
would like to write more reviews, but not just single games, more like
"GTA vs. Saints Row" or something more in-depth and covers several games
in a franchise or over different platforms.
To put it simply: more satire, more opinions, and more blogs than before.
to FamilyGuyGuy7 for being the first member of The Blogger Clan and
being more than nice with my many questions and messages. Thanks for
everyone who participated, I got many messages for being in The Blogger
Clan and have taken note to everyone. No trivia question for the next
edition, I already have some users to choose from. Again thanks!