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Veteran Member - Level 11
In my monthly stat blog, I revealed that I often use the
information to pick candidates for the Member Herding blog. Well, this week,
true to my word, I looked at the top five contributors, noticed two of the five
had already been herded leaving me three great candidates to choose from...and so
I picked one.
Before we get to the questions, the word of the day and your
clue to this week's newest member to be herded is...
1. Extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary,
impractical, or impracticable.
2. Impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.
Hmm, know anybody at Game Informer Online that meets that
description? Of course you do! Unless of course You Don't Know Jack. Sorry, a
little play on words with an old video game...anyway, the newest member of the
herd is none other than...
GIO Name: Jack, The Quixotic Gamer
GIO Rank: Power
Member - Level 7
Gaming Experience (Years playing): I have been playing pretty much since I came out
of the womb. I have vague recollections of playing on the NES with Duck Hunt
and Ninja Gaiden. But I think my experience really took off with Super Mario
World on the SNES. That game was awesome. It still is. All in all, I probably
have about 19 years of experience under my belt.
Last Game Completed: Dragon Age II. I really liked that game. I
know other people didn't enjoy it that much. I sat down and couldn't stop
playing. I beat it in four days with 51 hours logged in...I don't usually do
that with games, but sometimes it is nice to just consume a game.
Currently Playing: I play a lot of Starcraft II and TF2. I'm
also in the middle of Fable III and Eternal Sonata. If I can get a few friends
together I like to play League of Legends and Left 4 Dead 2.
SAINT: TF2 you say? Why haven't we played together yet?!?
Origin of GIO Profile Name (While
you're at it - perhaps explain the variances in your names: jackalope38, Jack,
the Quixotic Gamer and Santaga38):
Jack, the Quixotic Gamer - I came up
with this one a long time ago. Its origins lie in the old format of the Game
Informer magazine. I've been getting GI since before Y2K made people think that
computers couldn't handle a date change and were going to all explode and cause
the end of the world. In the old format, all the editors had names along those
lines. For example former editor Jay Fitzloff had the title "Jay, the
Gonzo Gamer" in the profile section of the mag. I decided that I wanted a
tag like that if I ever worked at GI and came up with "The Quixotic
Gamer" because 'quixotic' is just an awesome word and I think that it can
apply to me at times.
Jackalope38 - This is a Jackalope.
name is Jack and, honestly, what is not to love about a mythical rabbit with
antlers? I am from the Midwest of the United States and they are just kind of
talked about like they are real animals. The 38 comes from random selection
because apparently other people like to take the name Jackalope.
Santaga38 - This one originates from
the profile creations in Star Wars: Battlefront. I decided I wanted a space
sounding name and I had just watched a Twins game. Johan Santana had played. I
must have still had his name on the brain and I just added in a letter to
"Santana" and got "Santaga." The 38 came from Jackalope38.
Randomly Generated Questions + 3 Bonus questions
1. Russia is preparing for a
"manned" expedition to Mars with an expected one year journey there and a one
year journey back. Assume you're given the opportunity to go on this voyage and
you can bring any 1 system and 3 video games, what would you bring along? Would
you still consider going if it were a one way trip?
If I am on a space shuttle to Mars, I think I would want to bring along my
PS2. That system was great. I would bring along Shadow of the Colossus, Ace
Combat 5, and Metal Gear Solid 3. These are three of my favorite games of all
time and none of them take place in space. I am sure that after a while it
would be a relief to play on a virtual Earth. They are also all games that I
never get tired of playing and would take a very long time to beat on their
hardest difficulty settings.
Now if it was a one way trip...I would probably decline. Going on a one way
trip in the name of science just isn't how I would like to die. I'd like to be
a space pirate, and one way trips aren't how space pirates roll.
[SAINT: There is a part of me that
thinks I would go just to say...FIRST! But in the end I probably wouldn't. Space
Pirate, eh? Need a first mate?]
2. Have you ever discovered an
Easter Egg, glitch or something unique or secret in a game that you feel like
you were the first to experience? Did you tell anyone? How much or how often do
you think developers hide content in their games and do you think some of it
remains unfound? If you could create your own Easter Egg in a game, what would
you do (you earn bonus points for creativity)?
I don't think that I have ever found a secret in a game that someone hadn't
found before. One that might be close is when I played the Left 4 Dead 2 demo
and I heard RE: Your Brains by Jonathan Coulton come on the jukebox. I am a
huge fan of his music and had just seen him in concert. I thought that was one
of the coolest things to find in a game demo. I did tell my friends, but none
of them knew who Jonathan Coulton was, so it was less exciting for them.
I think that very often developers hide different things in their games and
that within a week or two after release everything is found. Gamers are a very
curious and innovative breed.
As for a personal Easter Egg, I would add two things into a game 1. A reward
for completing a seemingly impossible task ie: for winning a fight that is
really supposed to be unwinnable. I'd give a recording of my voice
congratulating them on their achievement and joke weapon of some kind (think
like a pen or a throwable snake) that does insane damage. 2. I would create an
alternate, off-grid system for navigating through the various levels (think the
secret rooms in Portal but with corridors that actually get you to different
areas) with backstory written on the walls along with messages from the
[SAINT: I found a glitch in the original
Halo...it was like a leak in the map that would let you get to an "unreachable"
spot. I'm sure I wasn't the first. Also, in Modern Warfare on the snowmobiles,
I tried using the boost method made famous by Mario Kart and it worked. Again,
not something I think I was the first to do but something I did out of instinct
without reading or being told about it.]
3. Who at Game Informer (staff
and/or GIO members) would you go to the ends of Middle Earth in search of the
One Ring with? You're in charge of casting roles for the Lord of the Rings
movie using people from GIO. Assign the following rolls: Aragorn, Frodo
Baggins, Boromir, Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck, Samwise Gamgee,
Gandalf, Gimli, Legolas, and Peregrin "Pippin" Took. Who would be
Sauron and who would be Gandolph?
I can tell you right off the bat that I would be Samwise Gamgee. Let's just
say that my first job involved gardening and that in a sense gardening runs in
my family. I think that Saint would probably be Aragorn. Merry and Pippin would
be Ben Reeves and Bryan Vore, respectively. They both make me laugh, but could
probably help kill a Nazgul if they needed to. Kato would be Legolas. I mean,
just look at the pic in his bio, he looks slightly elfish (and I mean that in
the best way possible). I think Demon Ragnarok would be Boromir. I get the
sense that he would be honorable and strong for Gondor. For my companion
through Mordor and the keeper of the ring, I would pick Reiner. He seems like a
man who can get things done/speak some Elvish.
As for Sauron and Gandalf, I think that Andy McNamara could take both roles.
He would split into a demonic evil half and a good version of himself in order
to duke it out. It would be awesome!
[SAINT: All I have to say is..."Hold
your ground, hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in
your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when
the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of
fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when
the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight!
By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!"]
4. Like me, you're among the nearly
extinct breed of gamer that prefers the PC over the console, but has partially
made the transition by owning and playing a few different consoles. Do you use
a gamepad or controller with your PC or do you stick to the keyboard + mouse?
Which is the superior input device and why? Do you have any custom gaming
I love the PC for a few reasons. One of the main ones being that it is the
only (decent) platform for RTS. If I am playing on PC I use my keyboard and
mouse. None of those gamepad shenanigans. I don't own any custom peripherals.
As for which is the superior input device.... I feel like the best course of
action is to play with the controller that the game was designed for. There are
minor differences between PC and console games that I think quality games take
advantage of. A mouse is super accurate, but there is something to be said
about the slightly slower pace of a console controller. I guess I really have
no preference unless the game is an RTS, where console controllers become too simple
without enough buttons for all the intricate play that goes on.
[SAINT: Here Here. I concur. Except I have
some custom game controllers. I have one of those Zboard keyboards and now I'm
so used to it I can't even game on a regular keyboard. It's sad.]
5. Who is your favorite Super Smash
Bros. Brawl character? Describes your fighting style - are you more of an
offensive or defensive player. Share with us one of your most epic and
memorable battles. Is button mashing an effective tactic in fighting games or
Oh boy. I love me some Super Smash Bros. Brawl. I used to be a champ at that
game. My skills have declines over time, though. I am a Fox player. I go for
the offensive and use his lightning quick speed to my advantage (especially his
fast falling speed to hit from the air). His recovery moves are amazing and
that shield of his can come in handy at crucial times. I would have to say one
of my most memorable matches was when I played a friend of mine 1v1 (and he was
pretty good) and I beat him without taking a single point of damage in a five
stock match. Great match. No idea how that happened.
Button mashing is a terrible tactic. It is good for those who are just
starting to learn a fighting game, because it makes the player feel as if they
are accomplishing something. Eventually, a button masher will learn the
intricacies of the game and use actual moves. I will admit that I really only
know how to play Super Smash Bros. and a little bit of Soul Calibur II. But in
all other fighting games I become a button masher.
[SAINT: Epic story. I love Smash Bros.
even though I totally suck at it. And I admit...I can be a button masher more
often than not. Sorry, heh heh. Except at Soul Caliber. I know Soul Caliber.]
Questions x 3:
Apozem asks, "What is your opinion about sequels? Do you see them
as a crutch for creativity or a necessary part of gaming? If you could have a
sequel to one game, what would it be? What would you change from the original
I find sequels to be an acceptable part of gaming. I relish the opportunity
to spend more time with great and interesting characters or worlds. The
connection made in the hours of time poured into games creates a bond to said
characters/world much stronger than that of movies or books. That bond makes
sequels more exciting. Playing a great sequel is like meeting an old friend
again. What I dislike is when a sequel isn't much planned in the first place
and practically tacked on. Almost invariably, the unplanned sequel is going to
be a let down. Not that the people in charge of the game want it to fail. They
are just not given enough time to do the project right. A perfect example of
this is Knights of the Old Republic II. The game was made by Bioware and a
sequel to Knights of the Old Republic, one of the greatest games of all time.
However the game was shipped before it was done being made and as a result, the
end is just plain convoluted. I could never figure out what was supposed to be
going on at the end.
If I could make a sequel it would be a third Star Wars: Battlefront. Those
games were ridiculously fun for me to play and I would enjoy spending more time
with a third with improved online play/interface, the ability to travel from
land into space, and an improved meta game with more equipment and such. There
was such potential in that series, I hope that it comes back some day.
[SAINT: Another episode of Battlefront
would be awesome. I wish they could make some of the Star Wars games from the past
just with updated graphics. They were some of the best. Not like the versions
we get now. I'm with you on a new Battlefront.]
Apozem asks, "Zombies are
chasing you and two members of GIO down the street. Name your weapon of choice,
preferred teammates, and safe destination where you can wait for rescue. (Pro
tip: Team up with the people least likely to get emotional about their
friend/relative/euchre partner being eaten.) Also, what's your favorite
I am wielding a shotgun (a must have for a zombie apocalypse) and an axe. My
companions are Warbuff and AllAboutJane. Warbuff is a no-brainer (pun
intended). He has Zombie Hunting listed under his hobbies and he is a game
tester. I've played enough games to know that hardcore gamers will know what to
do in a zombie situation and as a tester, he has probably played a lot of
games. Every zombie scenario needs a female character, and I would like a girl
on my team who knows what they are doing when it comes to surviving against
zombies. Our strategy would be to get to an oil rig. Oil rigs are practically self-sufficient
and (as far as I know) zombies aren't that great at higher level cognitive
skills like swimming. We could last on one of those indefinitely until the
plague died out or the military regained control of the outbreak. Also, my
favorite color is green.
[SAINT: An oil rig, eh? Interesting
concept...unless of course the zombies do figure out how to get out there and
then you are kind of trapped. Warbuff is a great candidate. I think I'd pick
any two people I think were slower than me. As long as you can outrun them,
then you can use them as decoys right?]
Saint asks, "You're a Jedi (or
Sith). Describe your light saber (Color of the blade, shape of the hilt,
special features, etc)."
I would be a Jedi rocking out with a green light saber. It is a straight
hilt with a comfortable grip. I also have a blade for my off-hand that is more
of a short blade in a blue color. The handle for the off-hand blade would be
curved to allow me to flick it around in crazy ways with my wrist/force powers.
[SAINT: Dual wielding with different
color blades of different lengths. I like it.]
A special thanks to Jack, The Quixotic Gamer for spending
some time with us while divulging a few details about his gaming personality.
To read more about Jack, The Quixotic Gamer, view his GIO profile here.