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Juanolo's Gaming interview with airbornebovine

 We're here for another one of my interviews. Yesterday I interviewed my first general which was HKA General Kamikaze. Today, I'm interviewing someone who's a proud editor at Zelda's Dungeon. That person is airbornebovine.

1. When it comes to the next gen console conversations, where do you stand? What will be your launch game?

When it comes to next-gen console conversations, I feel Wii U is too often left out of the loop. Maybe it's because of Wii U's generation-old graphics or the fact that it came out a year early. Heck, maybe it's because the direct competition between Sony and Microsoft along the way has overshadowed Wii U's troubled launch. Whatever the case, I don't think most people are being fair to Nintendo's console. It may not boast the Xbox One's TV streaming services or the PS4's lauded Twitch integration, but it does have unique hardware that harbors the potential for interesting innovations.

As for the Xbox One vs. PS4 debate, I stand with PS4. I don't like Microsoft's all-in-one entertainment system approach with the new Xbox. What I look for when I'm shopping for a new game system is a dedicated console, not an entertainment system. And on a lighter note, I think the Dualshock 4 is really cool. What I guess it all comes down to in the end is games, and I'm actually much more interested in Dead Rising 3 than Killzone or Knack. That isn't enough to purchase a $500 system for, though. Given both companies' track records, I expect PS4 to get the better exclusives down the road. What would my launch game be? If you want to include Wii U games, my launch titles were Nintendo Land, Zombi U, and New Super Mario Bros. U. I'm not investing in a PS4 or Xbox One for the moment, but if I had to pick any game for either one, it would be Dead Rising 3.

2. Seeing 2013 was a great year in gaming, what game do you think, well at least for you, will be Game of the year?

My GotY is hands-down The Last of Us. That being said, I still haven't had the chance to play Bioshock Infinite. I'm also waiting on ALBW because I respect Zelda more than any other game franchise out there. Either way, I don't expect any game this year to impress me more with its story than The Last of Us did. Needless to say, I'm excited for the story DLC. And I was pleasantly surprised with The Last of Us' multiplayer. Rarely have I ever experienced such a tense atmosphere against other players. All in all, I thought it had smart stealth that was more mentally stimulating than the run-and-gun of games like CoD or Battlefield. Actually, I almost forgot The Walking Dead game's second season is coming within the year. That story could be as great as The Last of Us'.

3. Not counting this coming Zelda, what do you think will come out first and why: Another Zelda or another Mario Super Galaxy?

When you say, "this coming Zelda," I don't know if that includes Zelda Wii U or not. If it does, I seriously doubt we'll get another Galaxy before that game hits. If it does not, I'm really not sure. To be honest, I was surprised to hear Miyamoto say that Nintendo might return to the Galaxy series at some point. While I love Galaxy and Galaxy 2 more than any other platformers, I still want Nintendo to go in different directions with Mario. From the looks of it, 3D World seems just as creative as (and far wackier than) the Galaxy games, which I wasn't sure was possible. Given the extensive development cycle of Zelda games, it's possible that we could witness the return of Galaxy before whatever Zelda comes after Zelda Wii U.

4. What's been you're biggest regret/disappointment in gaming for you?

I could probably go on and on about this. I have plenty of regrets in my life as a gamer. One in particular being from what I now consider the dark days. I, um... I... played a lot of a certain social game from Disney called... Club Penguin. Yeah, yeah, I know. This one isn't as bad, but I also used to play quite a bit of a game called Roblox. I still maintain that it isn't an awful game, and that it's actually produced some impressive creative feats in the same league as community Minecraft creations. Eventually, I found that most users were creating games very similar to popular games created by other users. It seemed that the community cared more about getting as many visits to their games as possible rather than crafting fun experiences for players.

Other regrets include never finishing famous games that I played when I was younger. One example of that would be Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. The greatest game I have never completed is, wait for it, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I've had that game on my GameBoy Advance SP for about as long as I can remember, and it may very well be the first game I ever owned. I've tried playing it through to completion more times than I can count, but never quite gotten all the way through; although, I am currently working to make amends for that mistake.

By far my biggest regret would have to be the very selective attitude I had towards games back in the day. I thought I already knew all the games I enjoyed, and completely shunned games like Halo, Final Fantasy, Resident Evil, World of Warcraft, God of War, Sonic, Metal Gear Solid, and most other non-Nintendo series. I suppose it didn't help to have parents who never encouraged my gaming habits. That has seriously come back to bite me, as I'm often left out of conversations that just about any other gamer would easily partake in. I'm steadily expanding my knowledge in hopes of bringing down that barrier that stands between me and much of the community.

5. If you could get rid of one thing in the videogame industry what would it be and why?

It's a tough decision, but I have to say that I would get rid of Nintendo's constant reliance upon Mario, Zelda, Pokémon, Kirby, Donkey Kong, Metroid, etc. I still love and respect Nintendo very much, and never want them to stop making those games, though it would be nice to get some fresh IPs from them. There was an M-rated game developed by n-Space for GameCube that Miyamoto was involved in called Geist. From what I've read, it was a very interesting shooter that featured clever puzzles focused on possessing objects and creatures. That in addition to two great new first-party IPs on the Cube, Pikmin and Luigi's Mansion, proves to me that Nintendo is capable of making successful games independent of its flagship franchises. To be fair, Luigi's Mansion was technically a Mario game, but was completely separate in terms of design.

6. Out of all the GI staff members, who are you most alike? Who on GI online are you most like?

Holy shiny Magikarp! You actually managed to ask a question more difficult than #5. From what I can tell, I'm most like Kyle Hilliard. We both love Zelda, we both like the Wii U, and I agree with just about every review of his that I've read. It was hard to pick who I most resemble, because I'm a very introverted person and have an unusual gaming background. Even more difficult is picking a GIO member that I closely resemble. Whenever I think I've found someone, I discover a major difference in either taste in video games or other factors. If you held me at gunpoint and forced me to choose, I would probably pick Saturday Morning Replay. But I want to make it clear that I do not play sports games.

7. Seeing you're a walking dead fan, what are your thoughts so far this season, and what are you're expectations for it going forward?

I'll try to tiptoe around spoilers in case any readers still haven't had the chance to watch season 4 so far. I feel that this season has greatly improved over previous seasons in terms of character development. Even Beth, who I assumed would simply be walker fodder, has already grown much more than she did in seasons 2 and 3. A major theme this season seems to be how the characters cope with all they have lost and how they act when faced with the possibility of losing more. I won't say exactly what it was, but I also liked the very real danger that was introduced early in the season. We all know the Governor is going to return, and when he does, I believe he will be carrying a more personal vendetta against Rick. I'm honestly afraid Judith (I'm not sure if that's how they spell it) might be targeted as a result of this.

8. What are some of you're favorite sport teams? If you don't like sports, what is it about sports you don't like?

Most of all, I suppose I don't like the culture surrounding sports. Like I said before, I'm a very introverted person, and sporting events don't mix well with that sort of thing. I've also never understood why I should care at all about whether a team of people who I will probably never meet in my life wins a game or not. And part of me hates that sports players get paid vast amounts more than teachers, police officers, firefighters, etc. Quite frankly, I don't want to be rooting for my favorite player only to find out he's a scumbag like Tiger Woods or Ben Roethlisberger.

9. Which would you rather want: Enhanced vision and poor hearing or enhanced hearing and poor vision?

I would definitely pick the enhanced vision. It's impossible to imagine what the world would look like, but most video games don't require that players can hear them. I would rather be able to clearly see what's on the screen when I'm playing, though I would miss hearing Wind Waker's soundtrack clearly. I would also assume that the natural world would appear even more beautiful than it is already. I couldn't pass up an opportunity to see something like that.

10. It's the zombie apocalypse and you can only be with one other person. Who would you choose Rick or Joel?

Both of those characters are great, although I have to go with Rick. Sure, Joel is at least as capable of surviving as Rick, but he's very selfish. That's not to say he's a bad man. I just think his story is tragic and he has his reasons to not trust people. Rick on the other hand very often goes out of his own way to help others, even when it endangers his loved ones. I think Rick is much more trustworthy as long as you don't get on his bad side.

 Well that's that. Thanks go out to airbornebovine for doing the interview. Hoped you all enjoyed. What do you guys think? Like his answers? Thanks to everyone who reads and comments. Adios amigos and stay clasy gameinformer.

Your Amigo,

Juanolo

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