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GIO Blogger Clan: Special Edition Member #1

The 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.... 

About FamilyGuyGuy7...

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.

I 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. 

My 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 hooked.

#1: Why 'FamilyGuyGuy7?'

First 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 such...

The 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 movie.

Anyway, 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. 

Then, 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? 

I 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".

I 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 light.

My 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.

I 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.

  • My rant on Angry Birds was my first blog to get herded, and I wrote it in about half an hour after playing Angry Birds, so that was pretty impressive for me.
  • My tribute to Mark Hamill garnered the most views out of all my blogs, so I felt that was pretty impressive and it actually expressed an opinion that I've had since I was a kid.
  • I liked my Sacred Cow BBQ blog because I got to bash a lot of good games and even the Kinect, and I myself was impressed by the amount of Photoshopping it took.
  • Out of my Top Ten lists, I'd say my "Underrated Games of All Time" was pretty impressive due to the amount of feedback I received, both from honest members of the GI users and some trolling. Along that line, my "Superhero Movies" list got quite a bit feedback too, and I thought I expressed my reasons for all those movies fairly well. Still, I did like "D-Bags" and "Rivalries", and I felt impressed by the attention they brought to both d-bags and rivalries in video games.

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?

Yikes, 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 wallet dry.

To 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.

That's 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...

So 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?

More "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 writing one.

I 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.

Thanks 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!

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