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Just in time for the holidays and after a day or two struggling
with the commenting issue, I'm here with this week's newest edition to the
Member Herd. So, Merry Christmas and enjoy this treat as well as all of your
other gifts. Good tidings...
GIO Name: Matthew
GIO Rank: Power
Member - Level 10
Gaming Experience (Years playing): This Christmas will make it 11
Last Game Completed: Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.
Currently Playing: Bully Scholarship Edition, Trials HD, and Metroid
Origin of GIO Profile Name: When I made my profile here on GI about a
month or two after the new website launched I didn't feel like thinking of a
user name, so I ended up just putting my real name in. A few weeks later I took
the last three letters off of my user name making it Matthew B. Sadly if you
search for me or look in the URL when you look at my profile you will still see
my full name.
Generated Questions + 3 Bonus questions
1. Name one game you haven't played
but want to; and one game you have played but wish you hadn't?
A game I have wanted to play since it came out earlier this year is
Darksiders. I love the Legend of Zelda series and I enjoy action games but
never got around to playing this game. I hopefully will be buying it sometime
in the not so distant future.
A game I wish I never played would be Infinite Undiscovery. I'm not a big fan
of RPG's but my older brother is. I was dumb enough to stick this game in my
Xbox when he got it. I played it long enough to get one achievement bringing my
completion percentage down and scaring my profile.
[SAINT: I have a ton of games on my "want
to play but haven't list" and not really any on my "wish I never played" list.
I wasn't familiar with Infinite Undiscovery so I had to look it up. Game
Informer gave it an 8 out of 10, which isn't bad...but sales weren't that great
for the game. I'm not a fan of the RPG genre, so I probably would never play it
anyways...but thanks for the warning.]
2. Give us the cliff notes version
of your plan to survive the zombie apocalypse?
Okay first off I live in the country and about half the
people I know hunt so a gun isn't going to be hard to find. I have a pretty close
friend that lives on a big hill...I mean a really BIG hill. You can see every
direction from his house. I would go there and wait for the zombies to come. I
would start shooting them from the second story of his house once they started
coming up the hill. If I was by myself I wouldn't survive very long but if
people were with me to watch different sides of the house I think we would be
able to survive as long as we had enough ammo and food.
plan and one that seems like you have given some consideration to. I'm
wondering if zombies can swim, or go underwater, because I'm thinking a small
deserted island might be my choice...especially if it were down in the Bahamas.
Hey! Who said you couldn't enjoy the zombie apocalypse? Might as well work on my
tan while I'm trying to survive, right?]
3. As it relates to your online or
video gaming personality, name three strengths and 3 weaknesses
I'm a really good sniper. A sniper rifle will always be my first pick for
a weapon in any game with guns.
I'm a really good driver. If you're ever playing Halo or Battlefield with me
let me drive the vehicles.
I'm a team player. Something I hate about playing objective game types in Call
of Duty is that I am the only person going for the objective while everyone
else is just trying to get as many kills as possible.
I suck at puzzle games. I can't beat Braid because it's too confusing and I
refuse to use a guide.
I suck at quick time events. I don't think I have ever beaten a quick time
event first try.
I'm horrible at timed missions. When I play a game I don't rush through it. I
look at everything and just mess around in the world. So when I have a timer to
do something I tend to fail the mission the first time I try it.
[SAINT: Fantastic answer. I really
like the direction you took. I am exactly like this...I mean, this totally
describes me...although I sometimes like an SMG or shotgun as my secondary weapon
when I'm sniping. I enjoyed this one!]
4. Who would win in a brawl - R2-D2
or Claptrap? Why?
Darn this is tough... I think I am going to say Claptrap, I
mean have you seen that robot dance, it's incredible. I've never seen R2-D2
dance like that. Also Claptrap has hands I think that gives him an advantage.
[SAINT: Hmm. Not sure
if I can agree with this one. Besides, R2-D2 has a cutting torch and a rotary
saw. He could cut Claptrap's hands right off. Then what? Besides, R2-D2 has a
Jedi Master to stick up for him.]
5. Many people adhere to the logic there are 8 basic emotions, 4 of
which are joy, fear, sadness, and anger. List a game that made you feel each of
these emotions (one game for each emotion) and describe the scene?
Joy: Super Mario
Galaxy made me feel joy. But I think the best level to describe it would be the
first one. The first time I was running around those planets jumping on Gumbas
and hearing the amazing soundtrack made me really excited to play the rest of
Fear: In the third or fourth
episode of Alan Wake there's a part were you go through a hedge maze and taken
are trying to kill you before you get out. For me that was the scariest part of
Sadness: Red Dead Redemption
Spoiler Alert. If you've played Red Dead Redemption you probably already know
what I'm going to say. Red Dead made me care about a character like no other
game has. When I saw what happened at the end of that game I was extremely
shocked and sad that I wouldn't be playing as one of the most amazing game
characters of the decade anymore.
Anger: This happened just a
few weeks ago. I was playing an extreme track in Trials HD called Going Up. In
Trails HD you have 30 minutes to finish a track. I had just made it over the
last hill before the finish line when I ran out of time. Saying I was angry is
an understatement. At that moment I felt like deleting that game from my hard
drive and never downloading it again.
[SAINT: That's a lot to comment on, so
let me just say - Great Response! I had a similar one to your Trials HD issue.
I never received a very difficult achievement that I met all the requirements
for. That was so frustrating. And not only that, because of this anomaly, every
time I met the requirements I wouldn't get it. That was maddening. I feel your
WS-N asks, "In this year's January issue of the Game
Informer magazine, Game Informer's Editor-In-Chief Andy McNamara said this in
his Letter From the Editor, "When all is said and done, 2010 will be the
greatest year in video game history." Do you agree with this statement or
do you think that (because of all of the delayed games that were originally
supposed to be released this year) next year or a previous year will or has
This year did have some amazing games... But the best year in gaming will be
the year Half Life 3 comes out.
[SAINT: Kind of hard
to disagree with Half Life 3. I concur. But I don't think this year was any
more or less in significance than previous years, but I will say there are a
ton of games coming out next year that could make it a blockbuster year.]
WS-N asks, "As the year comes to a close, what is your game of the year and why?"
Red Dead Redemption, John Marston was an amazing lead character; one of the
best ever in my opinion. I think he was the main reason I loved the game so
much. I thought that the combat was nearly perfect, and the world was
amazing. I basically loved everything about that game with my only
complaint being they made me pick flowers - why? To get 100% completion. (Did
anybody honestly enjoy that?)
[SAINT: You and I
think a lot alike. I did NOT enjoy picking flowers...in fact, I think I wrote a
blog about it. There has to be a better way. There just has to be.]
Saint asks, "What would you do with 1 million ping pong
Growing up I went to a Bible camp, when I got too old for camp I started
working there (I still do every summer). This camp has a game room with a
couple of ping pong tables in it. When I was a camper me and my friends always
noticed that there weren't enough ping pong balls and never knew why. When I
started working there I found out that there were ping pong balls. I just never
had gone to the game room early enough in the day to see them before they got
smashed by kids hitting them to hard. "What would you do with 1 million ping
pong balls?" I would donate them to that camp.
[SAINT: Hah Hah. What
a wonderful selfless act. That is a great answer! I was thinking something
like, "I'd like to drop them off the Empire State Building."]
A special thanks to Matthew B for spending some time with us
while divulging a few details about his gaming personality. To read more about Matthew
B, view his GIO profile here.
P.S. Interested in getting selected for the Member Herding
blog? Next week's candidate will be selected by an existing member of the herd.
The first person who is a member of the herd (there are 24 of them) who
messages me with a candidate will get the nod.
In closing...I received an awesome Christmas present that I
think some of you here will really like. I'll post a pic tomorrow or the next
Congrats Matthew. Merry Christmas Saint(and to everyone). And congrats to whoever makes it next. ^_^
John Marston Rocks.
Welcome to the herd! Soon this is going to be like those old Flintstone vitamin commercials... 10 million strong... and growing!
Interesting answers as always. I'm still working my way through Red Dead but I've grown quite attached to the atmosphere and narrative in my short time with the game.
As for Christmas, I've been taking advantage of the ridiculous sales on steam all week.
Wonder what the answer to last week's question was.
Anyway, clap-trap has a frigging tank on his side (long live the robolution!)
Matthew B was selected this week because he correctly answered the question about how WS-N was chosen to be herded last week. The correct answer was WS-N's blog was the first one listed in the user blog portion of the GIO newsletter.
"But the best year in gaming will be the year Half Life 3 comes out." HAHA! I liked that answer.
Excellent questions and excellent answers! Matthew B is awesome - I've played a few games with him online and he is one of our dedicated and active Robot in the Corner listeners. :)
Like Saint, I don't think I have any games on my "wish I hadn't played" list. The most disappointing game I've played (outside of "movie games" I played when I was younger) is Metroid: Other M, but even that... I don't think I regretted it, it just wasn't what I was expecting from a Metroid game.
Great game of the year choice - I echo that choice. :)
There is probably more I could say in response to this, but my wife is ready to eat breakfast and open presents. :) Seriously, this was a great read - great job to both of you!
Matthew, I have no idea who you are but you scored one million points with me when you said the best year in gaming will be when half-life 3 comes out.
R2 would totally win! But nice answers besides that =D