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Veteran Member - Level 11
Perhaps you noticed that last week the Member Herding blog
took a break. I carefully camouflaged my tardiness with a clever blog about the
special edition of Robot In The Corner or something like that.
Anyway, this week's edition of Member Herding proves that this really is a
community inspired product. I didn't really know anything about this person;
and while they are an active and longtime member of the forum community, they're
not really a frequent blogger.
Honestly, there was a single point that resulted in this
person being selected. There was a blog posted by this person that addressed the
current state of the community. The post intrigued me enough that I wanted to
give this person an opportunity to be spotlighted.
So, I picked him. And "him" is none other than...
GIO Name: Iceman
GIO Rank: Power
Member - Level 10
Gaming Experience (Years playing): I've been playing games since I was six. First system was an NES my
cousins handed down to me. Came with three games, Blades of Steel, an amazing
hockey game, RC Pro Am, and the Mario Bros/Duck Hunt combo pack.
Last Game Completed: Dead Space 2
Currently Playing: Really an
assortment of things. Dead Space 2 obviously. Some other games, Burnout:
Paradise, Lost Planet 2, Red Dead Redemption. I'm usually always online playing
with some bros I know here on GI and we just play whatever.
Origin of GIO Profile Name: DSTUBBS
is a nickname that comes from my real name. My full name is Derek Stubstad.
"D"erek "Stubs"tad. There ya go. I'm in that club of people
who can do a cool nickname like that.
Five Randomly Generated Questions + 3
1. You have, without doubt, the
barest profile of anyone I have ever checked out on Game Informer (which makes
asking questions somewhat challenging I might add). Give us five adjectives
that describe you either in real life or your online personality. If you were
to pick a video game character that represents you, who would it be?
Yeah I know my profile stinks. It's on my to do list. But yeah I've been an
active user here coming up on five years. I always keep coming back because no
matter the changes that have gone on here the community has always been
interesting and unique. And like I've mentioned I made some really good friends
here. GIO has kind of become a second home to me. If you ever played with me
online I'm pretty relaxed. I always got jokes. That part of me translates over
here on the site. I want to be easy to have a chat with but when it matters I
try to be direct and to the point. It's all about having respect for your
And if I had to pick a character to represent me, you know what, I'll pick
my Mass Effect character. Stubbs Shepard, intergalactic bada**. Deal with it.
[SAINT: Hah, I didn't really say it "sucked"
just that it was bare. Some people like that. I actually like looking at people's
profiles. It's amazing what you can learn about a person...even when they post
nothing. Stubbs Shepard, eh? Well, he was a pretty awesome dude.]
2. I have no idea how old you are
or if you are even from the arcade era, but assuming you are, and you could own
any coin operated cabinet style arcade game to put in your house, what game
would it be?
Well as for how old I am, I turn 23 in a month.
As for what arcade machine I would choose, I'd take good ole Time Crisis.
Good times had going to the arcade in the mall and playing that with friends.
[SAINT: AGREE! I actually wrote a blog
about the arcade shooters. They are the best, always draw a crowd and are a ton
of fun. If I didn't take one of the legendary games like Donkey Kong or Pac Man,
I'd grab a shooter like Time Crisis. Good call.]
3. A popular question I'm keen on
right now...as far as new releases go, is this the biggest year in video game
releases? What game are you most looking forward to? What game scheduled for
release this year do you think will get bumped back to 2012?
It really is shaping up to be a big year. What do you got? Gears 3, Portal
2, Skyrim, Uncharted 3, and now Battlefield 3. Not to mention we just got Dead
Space 2. I can go all day running off names of blockbuster hits we'll see this
year. But there is one game that stands out from the rest. L.A Noire will be my
G.O.T.Y. Everything about this game has absolutely wowed me so far. We've all
seen the tech demo showing off its facial animation, I've never seen anything
like that. The fact one of the elements of the game is you will need to read
the faces of your suspects to gather evidence is awesome. And this game has the
tech that allows it. And Rockstar hasn't let me down since State of Emergency.
*shivers at the thought of that game*
I trust everything they do. Folks ask why they haven't showed any gameplay.
I'm expecting it's going to be open world. Rockstar and open world. You do the
math. I don't need to see any gameplay to know this will be another instant
And judging what games will be pushed back is a tough call. Especially this
early into 2011. I can throw some names out there but I'd rather not.
[SAINT: I've talked about L.A. Noire
before. I'm still on the fence. Don't get me wrong, I think it is going to be
epic. An instant hit much like RDR, but I'm not a big fan of that time frame so
I don't know if I'll get it for that reason. I can't blame you for not wanting
to offer up some names. Hah, we don't want to curse them before their release
date. Battlefield 3, 'nuf said.]
4. I found your blog "Who Needs Training, I was
Born for This" quite entertaining; specifically the part on Isaac from Dead
Space. Dead Space is a fantastic game and part of that is because Isaac is such
a special character. Share your thoughts on the game - the highs and lows and
why it's without doubt the greatest sci-fi horror game on the market.
I believe what makes Dead Space 2 great is it doesn't try to
do too much. It's not a revolutionary game by any means. It takes a winning
formula with it's over the shoulder gameplay. There's a reason some call it
Resident Evil 4 in space, and masters it. Take that and add it's frightening
atmosphere and intriguing story and you have yourself an amazing game. It does
all the little things right as well. From how awesome Isaac's suit looks to the
appearance of the necromorphs, it hits the right key every time. It seems some
games try to force it when it comes to trying to do something different. That
doesn't have to be the case. Take a proven formula and build around that. I
wish more games would take Visceral's example. Not saying developers shouldn't
venture out and try new things but if you don't have a concrete idea then don't
Interesting. I haven't played DS2 yet. I'm working my way through DS at the
moment. I would guess they're similar. I'm going to write about it when I
finish it. I know it's an older game but I don't care. There are some things I
just have to say about it. It's that good.]
5. You ever see those old time
photos where friends and family dress up in cowboy clothes? Now imagine if you
will, you're John Marston from Red Dead Redemption. Using Game Informer Staff
and/or GIO Members, assign roles for some of the other RDR's characters. (See
this link for a list)
Ha it's actually funny you ask this because as you can
tell some guys here and myself have done that with Top Gun. But here's who I
would choose for RDR characters. There's a lot so I'll just do some of them
John Marston: Myself of course.
Leigh Johnson: Smackey
Landon Ricketts: Fever Ray
Abraham Reyes: Treestump
Luisa Fortuna: Annette
Irish: Sean Lowrey
Nigel West Dickens: Demon Ragnarok
[SAINT: Hah Hah.
Good picks. I especially like the Nigel - Demon connection. I could see that.
And I did notice your Top Gun connection but was afraid to inquire. More of
that intriguing nature, I'm sure.]
BONUS Questions x 3:
asks, "I see that you've played a lot of zombie games on Xbox 360. Which zombie
game is your favorite and why? What are your thoughts on Undead Labs'
open-world zombie-survival XBLA game? Personally, I've wanted an open-world
zombie-survival game for a long time, but since this is a downloadable title
and not a full retail game, I'm not feeling very optimistic this particular
game will be able to scratch my itch.
Here's something you should know about me. I love zombies. Movies, games,
comics, you name it. Favorite zombie game I have to go with the obvious choice
and say Left 4 Dead. So many good times doing expert runs with my friends,
spending hours on end playing that. As for Undead Lab's Class3 I'm stoked to
see what they have. I'm not all too worried about it being an arcade download.
I've heard rumors there are actually at work on a full game and this might be a
trial to see how things go. That makes alot of sense. An open-world zombie game
has always been a dream of mine and the fact that somebody is taking a stab at
it makes me very happy. I believe Undead Labs will find success.
[SAINT: An Undead open-world zombie
game...well, that sounds kind of like a variant of Fall Out, but that's not
necessarily a bad thing. Keep your eye out, you never know.]
Born4this asks, "Is there any particular book/comic book/movie/TV show
that you'd like to see translated into a video game? If so, which one and why?
For me, I'd really like to see Axe Cop become a video game. I think the Axe Cop
universe is perfect for a side-scrolling beat-'em-up or open-world sandbox
game. I really enjoyed the Simpson's Arcade game, and I also enjoyed the
Simpson's Hit & Run on PS2. I think I'd enjoy an Axe Cop game in these
genres even more (though the Simpson's Arcade game is certainly a classic.) Oh,
and speaking of open-world survival games... how awesome would an I am Legend
or 28 Days Later game be?!?"
Maybe the one Simpson's game I ever enjoyed was Hit and Run. Good times. And
ever since I've taken part in blogging here it's impossible not to have heard
of Axe Cop. I've read some of the work. It's good stuff. Something I've been
meaning to get around to reading more of. But my game consists of another
comic. I know a couple weeks back there was the rumor of game being based of
The Walking Dead that definitely got my interest. Like I said above I love my
zombies and TWD is the one comic I'm absolutely hooked on. Not to mention the
T.V show is fantastic. I know it seems the market is getting flooded with
zombies lately but if you're like me then it's not much of a problem. I'm just
really curious to see how TWD can do on video games.
[SAINT: Couldn't agree more about The
Walking Dead, it's an amazing series. Perhaps the best rendition of what I
imagine zombies to be like. Great series!]
Saint asks, "What's your favorite flavor of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream?
And if you're feeling especially creative, if you were going to create your own
video game inspired flavor, what ingredients would it contain and what would
you name it?"
If I had to pick a favorite Ben & Jerry's flavor not to
long ago I had this Carmel Sutra that was pretty dang good. I'll go with that.
As for a video game flavor I'll take a flavor from each of the GTA locales. Ben
and Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk for Liberty City (had to look that
flavor up), some ice cream from the Cherry Popper factory in Vice City, and
some vanilla ice cream with a hint of weed from San Andreas. Call it Grand Theft
Ice Cream I guess. Sounds delicious.
[SAINT: Okay...not quite
what I was expecting, heh heh...but alas, you're the one answering the questions.
I don't know that Ben and Jerry's could get that approved by the legal
A special thanks to Iceman (DStubbs) for spending some time
with us while divulging a few details about his gaming personality. To read
more about Iceman (DStubbs), view his GIO profile here.