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Greetings fellow denizens of Game Informer Online. To
deliver on a promise I made yesterday about posting a real blog tonight, I
present one of the real crowd pleasers - the latest episode of Member Herding.
Please hold your applause until the end of the blog. Hard to believe we're
already up to number 27. Tonight's newest member was selected by answering a
random question buried in one of my filler blogs from a day or so ago.
I believe the question was...
You know what they say about Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte...
Well, if you're like me...you have no idea what Schwarzwälder
Kirschtorte is other than a couple of German words. So, if you cut and paste
that into Google and did a search, you would've most likely been treated to a
few pictures and a link to the Wikipedia entry for Black Forest Cake...which some
gamers would recognize as the cake from Portal...and everyone knows or should
know that when you talk phrases, cake and Portal...the only logical answer could
The Cake is a Lie.
Which was indeed the answer. And the winner who gave me the
GIO Name: Fife
GIO Rank: Power
Member - Level 9
Gaming Experience (Years playing): 12 Years
Last Game Completed: COD: Black Ops
Currently Playing: NHL 11, COD: Black Ops, TES IV: Oblivion
Origin of GIO Profile Name: When I was in eighth grade my English
class had to read Shakespeare's Macbeth. There's a character in that play named
Macduff, whose official title is the Thane of Fife. My last name is Pfeiffer
(pronounced Fife-er). My friends have been calling me Fife ever since...
Generated Questions + x Bonus questions
1. Many of the pundits (including
some from Game Informer) are suggesting that 2011 could be the best year of
video gaming that we've experienced in some time? Do you agree, why or why not?
Which game scheduled to be released in 2011 do you think will get delayed and
I absolutely agree. 2011 has the potential to be the best
year video gaming has ever had. Just read THIS. And those are just the games
that have already been announced. There's bound to be another COD game in
November. And doesn't Nintendo's 3DS come out in 2011? In terms of which game I
think will be delayed, I'm gonna go with L.A. Noire. Rockstar is taking some
huge leaps forward with their MotionScan technology. It's pretty groundbreaking
stuff, and I think L.A. Noire is gonna be an amazing game, but I just have a
feeling it will be delayed. My guess is that it gets delayed one month, just
like Red Dead Redemption.
[SAINT: Well, I agree and disagree. I think for
as many high points we'll be treated too, there are certainly going to be some
disappointments along the way as well. There will be some delays...count on it. I'm
kind of excited for L.A. Noire...at least the premise behind it...but I almost wish
it was more modern, like a CSI, or least a decent translation of CSI (I know
there is a CSI game already). I guess we'll see how it works out though.]
2. In Game Informer's 2011
predictions the author of that piece suggested that Nintendo will announce a
successor to the Wii in 2011. Do you agree or disagree? Please explain why. Can you think of any features you'd like to see in
Nintendo's next console? What would you name it?
I agree with GI on this one. I think the successor to the
Wii will be announced sometime in 2011. Nintendo used to have the market
cornered when it came to motion gaming. A year ago, if you wanted motion
gaming, you had to buy the Wii. Now the Wii has some competition with Kinect
and Move. If Nintendo wants to stay ahead of the pack on motion gaming, I think
they'll have to announce the Wii's successor in 2011. Features I'd like to see
in Nintendo's next console? I'm probably the wrong person to ask... I'm an Xbox
360 guy and I'm not really into motion gaming. I've always thought Nintendo,
especially the Wii, was kind of childish. To win me over, Nintendo would have
to totally revamp their next console and make it more like the 360 and PS3. A
real controller would be a start... I would name it Nintendo Me.
[SAINT: Well it's hard to go against
what Game Informer thinks since they're the experts and it's hard to tell
whether they have the inside scoop, but I just don't get the feeling we'll hear
anything about the Wii successor. If we do, I think it will come much later in
the year and it will probably be leaked unofficial information. But what the
heck do I know, heh heh. Nintendo Me...hah...that's great. I love it. Except...there
was that whole Windows Me...]
3. In most First Person Shooters,
it's quicker to pull out your secondary weapon instead of reloading your
primary one right there on the spot. Which tactic are you more likely to use
when you face an opponent and find your primary weapon has run out of ammo -
pull the secondary or reload the primary?
Give us a recap of one of your most amazing video game kills.
I've always considered myself pretty skilled when it comes
to First Person Shooters, but you've touched on my main weakness with this
question. I'm a reloading fiend. I almost never pull out my secondary. As soon
as I finish killing someone, I immediately press X. It's become a habit that I
cannot break. Every single one of my COD classes has Sleight of Hand on. I
can't survive without it... A recap of my most amazing video game kill? Last year
my roommate and I had a $50 bet going to see who could be the first to get a
random throwing knife kill in Modern Warfare 2. It started out as a joke...
We'd look up in the sky and randomly chuck a throwing knife across the map
while shouting, "Kobe!" It took me about three months, but I finally got it,
right after the spawn, while playing S&D on Rundown. It was a Friday
afternoon and my roommate, myself, and a bunch of our buddies where under the
influence of certain beverages. We went crazy... He had to pay up... Good times...
[SAINT: Hah! I always love when I come
up with a question that just seems to naturally go with the person. Of course I
had no idea how you would respond to reloading or shifting to secondary, but
that was a great response. Also, loved the amazing kill story. I've blogged
about this topic before, but I always love hearing new war stories, and that
was a good one. Fifty bucks, eh? Man, y'all play for keeps!]
4. Have you ever had a dream about a
video game, or dreamed you were in a video game? Tell us about it, assuming its
rated E for Everyone. (Question dedicated to born4this).
Yes I have. I'd say my biggest fear is zombies. I've had
reoccurring nightmares about zombies ever since I saw Dawn of the Dead in 2004.
After playing Left 4 Dead my zombie nightmares stared to incorporate aspects of
that game. Now every once in a while I'll be running from Tanks and Hunters in
my dreams. I've also been daydreaming about playing TES V for about four years
[SAINT:OMG that was so
funny. Dean, you hear that? Now you can both have video game inspired dreams
about zombies now! Have you watched The Walking Dead? If not, you might not
want to...especially if you have a zombie nightmare issue. That was a great story
and I'm just glad you shared it with us. Left 4 Dead nightmares...yeah...I could
see that happening...]
5. Commander Shepherd is going on
some much needed R and R and has left you in charge of the Normandy. While he
is away, the call to conduct an emergency sortie comes in and you and your crew
have to get the ship in orbit. You need to staff the following positions: the
Executive Officer, the Navigator, the Weapons Officer, the Engineering Officer
and the Medical Officer. Who would you pick to man these positions (and you can
use either GIO Community Members or Video Game Characters)?
This is a tough one...Well the Executive Officer would
obviously be you Saint, because you're the man. My Navigator would be Kat from
Halo: Reach. She's super intelligent and always seems to know what's going on.
Plus I love her voice...My Weapons Officer would be Captain John Price. Why? The
muttonstache that's why...I'm not really sure what an Engineering Officer is/does
so I'll be random and pick Conker from Conker's Bad Fur Day because he's
awesome and funny and gets into all kinds of shenanigans. My Medical Officer
would be Louis from Left 4 Dead. Those L4D survivors know their way around a
First Aid Kit...
[SAINT: Wow. Loved those answers, especially
the Medical Officer one. That would be one heck of a crew now wouldn't it. All
BONUS Questions x 3:
Koob24 asks, "What was your favorite video game memory of 2010?"
My favorite video game memory of 2010 would have to be a tie
between Red Dead Redemption's story and seeing Todd Howard announce The Elder
Scrolls V: Skyrim at the VGAs. Red Dead Redemption was the most moving video
game experience I've had in my 19 years of life. But it's still only my second
all-time favorite game. My first would be Oblivion. I'm an Elder Scrolls
fanatic, so you can imagine how excited I was when TES V was finally announced
after four long years... I squealed like a little girl...
[SAINT: Well, I'd have to agree with RDR, but
I would also like to add that in one of the latest Game Informer podcasts, two
of the three (or was it three of the four) hosts all said RDR was their game of
the year. They also talked about some other games like Mass Effect 2, but I don't
recall one mention of the games that got 10s, like GoW or Star Craft.
Interesting...that's all I'm gonna say! LOL.]
Koob24 asks, "What video game are you most excited about in 2011?"
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim hands down. It's not so much my most anticipated
game of 2011 as it is my most anticipated game EVER!
[SAINT: Portal 2. 'nuf said.]
Saint asks, "Goldilocks is trying to decide which video game she wants
to play. The first one is too easy, the second is too difficult...and the third
one is just right. What game is she playing?"
Goldilocks is playing Assassin's Creed 2. Not too easy, not
too hard. The controls take a little getting used to, but after that the game
is very balanced and streamlined. It's challenging, but never frustrating. It's
one of the few games with no difficulty setting...
[SAINT: Hah Hah...I
always wonder how people are going to respond to the bizarre bonus question...it
doesn't even seem liked you skipped a beat. Great answer. Great answer on all
of the questions!]
A special thanks to Fife for spending some time with us
while divulging a few details about his gaming personality. To read more about Fife,
view his GIO profile here.
Final note...I think we're going to start seeing (or at least
reading) a lot more from Fife around our little sand box. He posted the first
blog in an ongoing series tonight and it's been getting great reviews thus far.
If you haven't checked it out yet, you should. I've even provided a handy dandy
little convenient link to it right over here.