If you would've told me this week's nominee was still in high school (or is that junior high?), I wouldn't have believed you. He's articulate, bright, positive and a productive member of the GIO community. With maturity beyond his years, I was pleasantly surprised with his answers and overall contribution to the community. One of the good guys for sure!

GIO Name: The Illest Villan

GIO Rank: Power Member - Level 10

Gaming Experience (Years playing): 11 years

Last Game Completed: Assassin's Creed 2

Currently Playing: Super Street Fighter 4, Batman Arkham Asylum, Uncharted 2

Five Randomly Generated Questions:

1. You have won the imaginary shopping spree at Best Buy. The catch is you can only "keep" what you can carry out of the store in your own two hands (no shopping carts or duffle bags). Given these limitations, what item or items do you elect to take?

A cash register.

Seriously, the first thing I would go for would be the Hofner Bass for Beatles Rockband. That thing is the sexiest guitar in the world. Then, I would go for an Xbox 360 S, about 4 Gold membership cards, Battle Field Bad Company 2, Bioshock, and a few PSN Gift cards. Then, I would head over to the music section and grab Led Zeppelin 2, 3, and 4, Year Zero, Dark Side of The Moon, and an iPhone 4. I think I could carry all that if I just stacked it all on the Bass guitar box, right?

[SAINT: Hah Hah...a cash register...now I didn't see that coming. It made me literally LOL. Some great choices and yes, I think you could carry it all if you stacked it on the box just right. Great answer!]

2. Looking at your profile, you're somewhat of a younger gamer. What was your first system and game; and what games do you consider classics? From the time you started gaming until present day, what do you think the most significant gaming event has been?

My first system was my brother's PSOne. The only game we had for it was Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, and it was the best. (Keep in mind, I was about 4, and I used to think that skateboarding was the coolest thing ever.) I think that the Mario franchise has always, and will always be, a huge part of the gaming industry.  My first Mario game was actually Super Mario Advance, so I pretty much thought that that was what all Mario games were like, so I kinda gave up on them. A few years later, I got the GBA port of Super Mario Bros. 3, and realized how freaking awesome the series was. Another huge part of gaming is the Mortal Kombat series. I remember playing the really old arcade versions when I was younger, and I loved them. Nowadays, great games are always being released, but back then, it was tough striking that timeless formula. 

[SAINT: Clearly there was no right or wrong answer...but your response was an interesting one. At least you've been to a real arcade before. Know your roots.]

3. Halo Reach. Its release is very near and Microsoft has already indicated a week of festivities prior to the release, culminating in the traditional midnight launch. Do you plan to attend the midnight launch activities? Why or why not? What are your thoughts on these kind of special events (overrated or a lot of fun)?

I would love to go to it, but there are 2 major problems. 1, I honestly doubt that my parents would take me to a midnight release of anything, and 2, I don't have a 360 anymore. (Sold it about 3 months ago). But if I was able to drive, and I had a 360, I would be there in a heartbeat. I love that game releases are big events that people love to attend. Also, the store usually treats them like little parties, by catering the event with drinks and crap that people love, so yeah, I think midnight releases sound like a lot of fun.

[SAINT: Ah, I see...parents not gamers, huh? That does pose a problem. Well, no big deal, since you don't have an Xbox 360 anymore anyway. And not to make you envious, midnight releases are a lot of fun. I've gone to so many of them now that I recognize the same people when we're all standing there waiting.

4. Which of the big 3 manufacturers (Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft) will be the first to release a new console? How soon do you think it will be? Let's suppose you are able to propose a name of the new system, any suggestions?

Nintendo. The Wii may have sold well, but overall, it's a mediocre system. The graphics are trashy, the motion controls are whack, and the games have been mostly sub-par. Not something you'd expect from such a reputable gaming company. I think Nintendo should go back to the classic controller style console, no more gimmicky crap. I think Nintendo might release it pretty soon, like near the next couple of E3s. I was thinking of the name Nintendo 6, as it would be the 6th core console, but that sounds a little bit like the Nintendo 64. If they go for Hi-Def graphics, they might go with the Nintendo 1080, like how they named the N64 because of the 64 bit graphics.

[SAINT: Hmm. I don't know that I would've said the Wii, but you make a strong case for it. That's an interesting naming scheme...1080. It could work. I've heard a lot of people share the opinion of the classic controller. I wonder if we do get a new Wii soon, what kind of new technology they'll surprise us with.]

5. What is more important, teamwork or skill? If you were a superhero what would your super power be (or what super power would you want)?

Teamwork. If you can get a lot done alone, good for you. But, imagine if there were more of you, getting a whole lot more done than one of you. Exactly. If I were a super hero, my power would be flight. It seems like the most basic power there is, but it seems so free, so limitless, it would be great. That, or I would have Psychic abilities. It just seems like another limitless power, and I like the idea of mind over matter really interests me.

[SAINT: Teamwork is definitely a key to success. I'll be the first to admit my skill level isn't the greatest. I'm getting up there in years and the reflexes aren't what they once were...but a more loyal teammate...you won't find. Flying would be cool but I'm not so certain I'd want psychic abilities...unless you could turn them on and off. I have this mental image of Jim Carrey from Bruce Almighty where he can hear everyone's thoughts and it's almost overwhelming. I always thought Iceman's superpowers would be pretty cool. Okay, so that was a lame joke (Iceman, cool). Heh Heh.]


Colton asks, "There are plenty of good websites out there, but why Game Informer online?  What do you love about this website that makes you log on everyday; what does it for you?"

Mostly the community. You guys are awesome! Being the geek I am, I need to get my gaming news more than once a month. Also, the GI staff seem like really cool people (except for Dan, cus' he sucks).This site has a lot of little thing that keep me entertained, whether it's lurking the forums, reading user blogs (such as yours), or meeting awesome people. Overall, this site is pretty awesome!

[SAINT: I agree. This site has it all and does it well. While I enjoy the blog area, the community is what makes the site so popular and is what keeps me coming back. I've been so busy at work lately; the only website I go to with any regularity is GIO.]

Another edition of Member Herding comes to an end. A special thanks to The Illest Villan for spending some time with us while divulging a few details about his gaming personality. To read more about The Illest Villan, view his GIO profile here.