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I'm going to be honest...I thought this week's trivia
question to pick the next contestant for the Member Herding blog was going to
be cinch. I thought someone would have an answer minutes after I posted the
blog that contained the question. I was wrong. I got a lot of responses.
Perhaps the most I've ever gotten for one of my trivia questions. Unfortunately
they were all wrong. It wasn't until the following day somebody got it right.
Actually two people got it right, but alas, this is Member Herding not Members
Herding. So, it was the first person to answer. The question was...
The (blank) (blank)
was a great gaming system and my first "console".
Hint #1 - It's a Team
Fortress 2 class.
Hint #2 - A number +
the letter "er".
And the person that is going to be herded this week
responded with, "Is the answer for this week's Member Herding the Heavy
Sixer...aka the Atari 2600?"
I dunno...is/was the Atari 2600 ever called the Heavy Sixer? It seems to align
with those hints. The answer is yes...certain models of the Atari 2600 WERE called
the Heavy Sixer and yes, this was my first "console".
So who got it right? None other than...
GIO Name: ~Kyl3~
GIO Rank: Power
Member - Level 10
Gaming Experience (Years playing): 13 years
Last Game Completed: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 (PS3)
Currently Playing: Dragon Age: Origins: Ultimate Edition (360), Final
Fantasy XII (PS3)
Origin of GIO Profile Name: Though I'm currently ~Kyl3~, I'm usually
Kyl3dk05, so I'll just describe that since the origin of ~Kyl3~ is contained in
Kyl3dk05. My first name is Kyle and the initials of my last name are D.K. So
there's the Kyledk. I changed the "e" in Kyle to a "3"
because I was really into talking l337 for a while (I'm just that cool,
right?). And the 05 is because my birthday is one the 5th of October. Put it
all together and you've got Kyl3dk05.
Five Randomly Generated Questions + 3
you won an all-expense paid trip to E3, but the only catch is you have to wear
a costume (COSPLAY), would you go and who would you dress up as?
I would go in a heartbeat. Just to clarify, I'd do so many terrible things
to have the opportunity to attend E3, so having to COSPLAY wouldn't be too much
of a deal breaker for me. As for the costume itself, if I don't actually have
to create the costume myself, I'd go as Isaac Clarke from Dead Space 2. The new
armor he wears in that game just looks amazing and I'm pretty sure that, if I
arrived at E3 in some wicked Dead Space 2 armor, I'd immediately have the most
bad*ss costume in the place. However, if I do have to create the costume
myself, I'll just slap on a muscle suit and some red spandex and go as Kratos;
I can't design costumes.
[SAINT: Yeah...I don't know that I would
do "anything" to go...but I would do things I probably shouldn't do to go. I'd
climb a few fences; sneak past a few guards, open a few doors to get in. I
don't know what I would dress up as. I like the Punisher, but he's not very
popular. I'd probably want to go as the Medic from Team Fortress 2.]
2. Do you always, sometimes or never
play the demo before you buy the game? How much do review scores influence your
buying decision? Is it possible to review all games using the same criteria or
For demos it depends. If a game I know I'll love is coming
out, I'll go ahead and pre-order it without playing any sort of demo. I don't
do that for a lot of games, though; just the ones that are really, really
special, like Halo: Reach and Mass Effect 2. If it's a game I'm not completely sold
on yet, I go ahead and play the demo. I honestly think that downloadable demos
are probably one of the best things to happen to gaming in recent years. In
fact, Bayonetta and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 are two great
games I wouldn't normally have bought if I hadn't had the opportunity to
download the demos.
As for reviews, they affect my purchases to a certain
extent, but not to the point that I'll buy a game I'm completely not interested
in, even if it gets a 10/10 (i.e. God of War 3, StarCraft II). On the other
hand, if a game in which I'm very interested gets terrible reviews, I'll tend
to take it off my list. That's what happened with Alpha Protocol; it was my
most anticipated game for about a 1 ½ years until I saw the first few review
scores. Generally, though, I try to keep an open mind towards games that
receive at least a 60/100 on Metacritic.
The part about using the same review criteria is kind of
difficult for me answer. On one hand, I think it would be possible for all
games to be reviewed similarly in a perfect world. However, different gamers
have certain preferences for emphasis on story and gameplay, so I think it's
kind of hard to balance those in a way that makes everyone happy. I honestly
think it kind of would be better if game reviews didn't exist at all, because
gaming is one of those few industries in which sales are so heavily influenced
by review scores. Honestly... I don't know.
[SAINT: I'd say I'm pretty much the same.
Every now and then I'll play demos for games I have no intention on buying...just
for blogging inspiration or to see why everyone is making a fuss about a
particular game. Sometimes I even stumble on to some jewels like Dead Space. I
seldom if ever use reviews to influence my buying decision, but that's just
because I read and follow so much of the chatter before the game is out, I
usually already know if I want it or not.]
3. Who is
your favorite and least favorite Pokemon? Do you think the Pokemon craze is
over or will we ever see their popularity return again?
Eevee, without a doubt is my favorite Pokemon. At first you
think it's just a super-cute rabbit-thing. All of a sudden - BAM! It's evolved
into one of seven equally awesome forms, depending on different actions
made/items used by the player. Too epic.
As for my least favorite Pokemon, it's gotta be Hitmonlee.
That thing just looks messed up. I mean, it's like a steak with incredibly
muscular legs. It's creepy.
Or Jinx, because I heard she's supposed to be a blackface
caricature, which is NOT OKAY.
[SAINT: I pulled this question out of my rear
because on your profile you had a few Pokemon games listed. I honestly don't
remember a whole lot about Pokemon anymore. I used to like Pokemon Snap...but
other than that, I just tried to get the foil cards to sell on eBay. Actually,
truth be told...I was thinking about asking, if you were on a plane full of
Pokemon that crashed on a deserted island, and you had no food...which Pokemon
would you eat first and what do you think it would taste like...but I figured that
might not go over very well, so I decided against asking it.]
4. Halo Wars was a rather
unsuccessful attempt at transitioning the Halo universe into an alternate
genre. Do you think game developers should ever consider doing this? Would
you rather see a Mass Effect First Person Shooter (FPS) or a Gears of War
Roleplaying Game (RPG)?
I originally thought it would be kinda cool if developers
switched the genre of an established series, but now I realize that if the
change is too drastic the developer just risks alienating the existing fans of
the series who may not be into the new genre; I'll use the Halo Wars example
you gave me; I like Halo enough that I buy every new release in the series, but
I don't like the RTS genre, so there's no way in hell I'm buying Halo Wars. I
think that, rather than switching the genre completely, developers should
sprinkle in elements of other genres to reinvigorate games in which the
traditional formula is becoming stale. Actually, I think the combination of
ideas from different genres is just a good idea in general. Kinda like how Mass
Effect is very much an RPG, but is just as much a third-person shooter.
To the Mass Effect FPS/Gears of War RPG question, I'd
definitely prefer a Gears of War RPG. Don't get me wrong, I loves me some Mass
Effect, but I don't think that it would be able to achieve the same gameplay
and storytelling elements that made me fall in love with the series if it were
an FPS. However, I do genuinely think that Gears of War has an interesting
backstory that, with a better script, could make for a really interesting
[SAINT: Well, I hate
RTSs too! But I bought the game and literally played it for like 30 minutes and
don't think it ever got touched again. I think it is the only Halo game that I
could admit not liking. I'd also have to agree that I would rather see a Gears
of War RPG than vice versa. I actually think a GoW game in this format would be
pretty flipping sweet.]
you could be an artist for any video game company who would you want to work
for? Which comic book company? Now if you had to choose one or the other which
would you pick? Would you want to create your own character or work on an
Bioware! This has been my dream for a little while now.
Before Mass Effect 2 released, some videos called "The Art of Mass Effect 2"
were created and they really inspired me to want to become a concept artist for
Bioware. They're probably my favorite developer right now and it would be
amazing to be able to work for them. I also think it would be awesome to work
for Bungie or Blizzard, as I really admire the artwork in Halo and the Warcraft
If I could choose a comic company, I'd probably choose Dark
Horse Comics or Oni Press, since they seem really tailored toward publishing
independent comics, which are the types of comics I'm really into and could see
myself making. If I ever got the opportunity to create comics for a living, I'd
probably want to create my own characters so I could start my own "legacy"
rather than continuing from someone else's.
Having to choose between these two opportunities would be so
tough.... I'd probably die from the stress. But if I have to choose one, it'd
probably be working for Bioware since I think it would be really rewarding to
see my work get modeled and animated and become part of a full-fledged game
that millions of people might play.
[SAINT: That's pretty cool! Well, you never
know what will happen in life. You could end up there one day or you could
publish your own comic book. Aim high and give it your all! And if you do get a
job at Bioware...perhaps you could hook me up. Please. LOL.]
BONUS Questions x 3:
asks, "Chipotle or Qdoba? Please explain, in detail?"
I have very little experience with either restaurant, but I
have to go with Chipotle since I've never actually eaten at Qdoba before. Maybe
I'll check it out soon.
[SAINT: I don't think I've ever seen either of
these...so I'm going to go with D, none of the above.]
asks, "What is the one thing you hate most about your favorite console?"
I have a PS3 and a 360 and I don't really prefer one over
the other too much, so I'll just say what I hate the most about both of them.
360: I hate all of the douchebags on Xbox LIVE. I've
heard people of all different races and nationalities victimized on LIVE and
it's just annoying and frustrating to listen to. Also, the fan is loud as hell.
PS3: Downloads and installs take forever. I downloaded
the 1.24 GB Dead Space 2 demo on my 360 in less than an hour. I downloaded the
2+ GB Mass Effect 2 demo on my PS3; it took over 3 hours. As for the installs,
when I bought my PS3, instead of getting to play my brand new game console
right away, I had to sit for 10 minutes at a mandatory install screen. It's
especially annoying with multiplatform games, when I know that if I'd bought
the game on 360, I'd have been able to play right away.
[SAINT: Hah Hah...that is a noisy fan...I'd have
Saint asks, "Who is your favorite Toy Story toy?"
It's been a pretty long time since I've seen Toy Story or
Toy Story 2 (I've yet to see Toy Story 3, sadly), but if I remember correctly,
I really liked those green alien things that you see in the arcade in the first
movie. I always thought it was really funny how they always made weird sounds
simultaneously and how they always seemed amazed by everything.
according to the Oracle known as Wikipedia...those toys you speak of are called
Squeeze Toy Aliens. I like them. They are funny...but I'd have to say I'm rather
fond of the green Army Men...just because I had them...played with them...tortured
A special thanks to ~Kyl3~ for spending some time with us
while divulging a few details about his gaming personality. To read more about
~Kyl3~, view his GIO profile here.