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Blog Herding and Member Herding on the same day? Right
Last week I strongly considered doing a CO-OP Member
Herding. It would've been the first of its kind. Interviewing two people at
once could've been a unique element but I scrapped the idea, finally deciding
nobody wants to share the spotlight no matter how much they like the person
sharing it. So, I opted for indiejones, co-host of The Indie & Mojo Show.
So this week, it only makes sense to interview the other half of the podcast -
one of Game Informer's most respectable and stand up guys, as well as one of my
favorite GIO personalities, none other than...
Veteran Member - Level 13
About 8 total, split up in sections of 2 years and 6
years (and counting)
Gears of War 3/Rage...I must admit I may not get back to
Gears until after Rage
Origin of GIO
I had a pretty boring name for the first couple years I
was on the old site and then the new site (jeremy78). About a year ago I decided
to become more creative. I had recently started buying things from
thinkgeek.com and they have a monkey mascot (Timmy). I liked the idea of having
monkey in there somewhere; I was brainstorming and remembered the Powerpuff
Girls had a character that went by mojojo or something like that. 12 is a
number that means a lot to me for various reasons that I may get into at
another time. I liked the sound of mojomonkey12 and ran with it.
And now for everybody's favorite element of Member
Generated Questions + Five Bonus questions
1. As the driving force behind TEAM GIO and
the Extra Life charity event that benefits the Children's Hospital; and as the
author of a blog talking about growing and positively impacting the future
generation of gamers, by all outward appearances you seem to be a very humble
and down to earth person. Imagine if Bill Gates gave you a million dollars and
said, "Spend this however you choose as long as it benefits others and is
video game related." What would you do with the money? (And it doesn't
have to all be spent on one project).
What do you think a gamer will look like
(demographics) in the next 5-10 years and will mainstream society accept,
embrace or reject the gamer lifestyle then?
For me, as an individual, I need to stay grounded because
I can get very far off course in a short amount of time if I do not. As far as
the Extra Life marathon goes the credit should all go to Jeromy Adams and his
staff at Sarcasticgamer.com, they have done a great job getting this thing to
the level it is. Of course they had their own motivation, Tori, the young girl
who fought off cancer several times before finally succumbing to the disease. Ultimately
though, it is the kids that we are trying to benefit who deserve the
recognition. They fight through more in one day than some of us have to endure
in a lifetime. The next time you lose your connection while you are kicking
butt in MP, remember there are those who have it worse. Lastly, this community
has shown a ton of support for TEAM GIO and extra life. Thank you all!
Now, onto the question. I would donate the money to the
PSN security fund! Nah, but that would be kind of funny. [SAINT: LOL]
This is a tough one. There are so many worthy causes,
Child's Play for example. However they don't really need much help in the sense
that they are big already and are doing a great job having raised well over 9
million dollars to date for games and equipment for hospitals.
I guess I would probably set up a non-profit publishing
firm for small developers. If somebody had a great idea for a game but could
not get it funded, I would put together a team of people that would listen to
these ideas and give grants or no interest loans to these people to get them
started. Instead of taking the usual publisher role, they would retain the
rights to their own creations, they would be expected to donate some profits to
the endowment, but they could also profit from the games and go on to make more
games. We would not tie them into multi game deals, each game would be a
separate agreement. I don't know that the world needs something like this, but
my sense is that it could benefit all gamers. Of course the million wouldn't go
real far so it would be key that we had the right people running the foundation
so that we could continue to offer assistance. [SAINT: I like it.]
The pace of technology is changing so much that it will
be hard to determine what the average "gamer" will look like in 7.5 years. To
begin with I would have to determine what a gamer is, my opinion on that is
quite simple. If you play any type of game on any type of electronic device you
have the right to call yourself a gamer if you want. Those who have read my bio
know how I feel about the term "hardcore" gamer. That said, I think the average
gamer will be 32-40, and game an average of less than 8 hours a week. Don't
underestimate the power of social network gaming people, it is here to stay
whether you like it or not. Games are the biggest sellers on both the app store
and Android Marketplace, people don't download a game 350 million times by
mistake or fad. So I suppose by that account I think the mainstream will
embrace the gaming community as a whole, or at least be much more supportive
than they can be today.
Now, the people that come to site such as Gameinformer
will be changed within the next decade as well. I don't think we will see full
connectivity within the next decade necessarily, but within the next 15-20
years for sure. The next generation of consoles, I feel, will be mostly
upgrades to what we already have. I don't think that the "big 3" are ready to
go the Onlive or Gaikai route quite yet. I do think that the Xbox Marketplace
and PSN will be much more robust. I expect to see game rentals available
through those services, with the option to buy. Right now most games have demos
so I think the transition to actual rentals is a given. I know that it may not
make sense initially as they make more money off of full retail purchases,
however there will always be somebody willing to rent the games and with the
publishers wanting to get a bigger piece of the used game/rental pie they will
have to do something. I hear more talk all the time about the "pay to play"
model, and personally I would rather not have that happen. I also don't think
physical game media will die in the next decade, but that will depend on
whether the major players in the used game market and the publishers can get
together and play nice. I would like to see them have some dialogue and find a way
to satisfy all sides. I have some ideas on that, however I should probably save
that for another time as my responses are long enough already!
[SAINT: I think your
support for the independent developer is brilliant and not only helps the
future of gaming, it could breathe some originality and creativity back into
the industry. As far as the future demographic of gamers, I think it will be
more socially acceptable and we'll continue to see more of the ladies pick up
the controllers and have a more dominate role in the development and production
of video games, but I also think video games will catch a lot more flak for
issues like violence, obesity, etc.]
2. You commented on my blog about reading
profiles, so you know I've checked yours out...and I'm going to take you up on
your dare. Why do you love and hate Zelda?
Alright, this is a pretty long story the way I tell it,
and I was actually about to post a blog on this before you asked the question
(apologies to all those who asked in the past couple of weeks for the delay).
For those who have heard this story, I am going to leave
the first half out for the sake of longevity. I will blog about that at some
point as it has more to do with how I got my first NES than the actual Zelda
Anyway, it took me a long time to get my NES. When I
finally got it, I was ecstatic! I could finally play some of the games my
friends had played. Of course I got SMB/DH with the console. That was the only
game I had for quite some time. I played SMB nonstop after school for like a
month straight, after Duck Tales and Chip n Dales Rescue Rangers was over of
I lived with my grandmother and my little cousin. Of
course I was expected to share, so I did the unplugged controller trick as she
was still young enough to fall for it. I was getting pretty good at stomping
One day, out of the blue, my uncle showed up to our
house. He was here visiting and I was happy to see him. I eagerly asked him if
he wanted to play Nintendo. He said sure. We played, we had fun, and it was
really cool. After a couple of weeks it became apparent he wasn't leaving,
reinforced by the fact that he moved from the couch to my bedroom one day while
I was at school. I was now made to share a room with my little cousin.
My uncle hijacked my Nintendo. He was constantly playing
it. He would let me be Luigi; however he had to die before it was my turn and
he was much better than me. He could play for what felt like hours between
turns and I would get sick of waiting and find something else to do. This
lasted a while but eventually he started playing a bit less. I was happy to be
able to play again.
This is when it happened. That gold cartridge that I
hated so much for so long made its first appearance in my life. My uncle had
borrowed the game from a buddy. Initially I didn't think much of it; I assumed
it was a two player game like Mario. He became obsessed with that game, he
would only let me play after all his lives were gone and I could not ever use
his "file". I had my own and never had more than 3 hearts and I would promptly
die. I would watch him and he would get lost and look for a way through
dungeons/areas for hours at a time. This was well before the www was available
to us; there was no help for him. Frankly after a couple of weeks I knew it was
hopeless. I had appealed to my grandmother and although she did intervene, it
didn't make much of a difference. I could play occasionally on weekend mornings
before he woke up, but that was about it, I gave up, I came to resent the game,
and for years afterword every time I heard the name Zelda it made me angry. Eventually
this uncle left town, but not before selling my Nintendo to somebody.
It wasn't until I started gaming again 15 years later
that I played another Zelda title. I fell in love with the series and the rest
is history. I now have finished many of the games, I collect a ton of Zelda
stuff, and I absolutely think the series is amongst the best in gaming history.
what?!? Your Uncle...stole...your Nintendo...and sold it to somebody! That is an
outrage. That's kind of a sad, depressing story but thanks for sharing it. I always
enjoy hearing people's personal testimonies of their early video game memories.
There will be day when it won't be as significant of an event.]
3. Mass Effect presents the gamer with some difficult decisions and
challenging situations. When you played the game, did you find you made
decisions that only benefited you or the humans, or did you try and evaluate
each scenario involving other alien races with a neutral moral compass? As a
follow up, in the final scene of Mass Effect 2, it becomes obvious some of the
characters you select are not going to survive the battle. What was your logic
for selecting NPCs you knew weren't going to make it? What is your most
memorable moment in the Mass Effect series?
The Mass Effect series is commercially and critically
acclaimed for good reason, because it rocks. Generally in any "morality" game I
play the good guy. In fact when I played the evil side of Infamous 2 for the
platinum trophy, I used a Kessler skin on Cole so that I wouldn't feel as bad!
The choices I made generally benefitted as many people as
possible, that said I am certainly a homer for the human race. I did understand
the angst that some of the other characters/species felt toward the human race
and when having those conversations I would always take the diplomatic
approach. I've played both games through more than once so the specific
scenarios are kind of blurred to me as to which game they were in. I saved the
Arachni queen, and was sad to have to eliminate Liara's mother. It was pure
hell choosing between Kaiden and Ashley, like seriously, I hated having to make
that decision. I chose Ashley each time though ;) It hurt my feelings when she
snubbed me in the second game, but after that I didn't feel bad pursuing a
relationship with Tali. I also chose to not save the council, opting for helping
As far as the suicide mission, that was tough also. I
liked Kelly and it sucked that I would no longer be able to flirt with her on
the Normandy, even though she wasn't a teammate, I felt a real connection to
her. Picking who went where I just kind of used my best judgment on who I
thought would do the best job. I lost people on the 360 playthrough, if I
recall, Thane didn't make it and either did Jack. I did have all the ship
upgrades and had done all the loyalty missions so it was just an error on my
part on picking who did what. On the PS3 playthrough I managed to keep
everybody alive, but only because I had learnt from my mistakes....and the guide
that came free with the game.
My most memorable moment in the Mass Effect series so far
is having to choose between Kaiden and Ashley. That really resonated with me. Keep
in mind that when I played ME1 the first time I was a relatively "new" gamer. This
game amazed me; it is quite possible that it made me fall in love with the RPG
genre. I know that it isn't a traditional RPG, but the story, the ability to
choose and the customization really made me feel a part of the world. Heck I
even liked the Mako missions, especially compared to the mining in the second
[SAINT: Hah Hah...so
I'm not the only one that felt that way about Kelly, eh? That was a sad day. I
mean, she watched my fish for me when I went planet side. I thought we had
something going. I found I ended up selecting people I didn't really care about
in the suicide run. Apparently I made
Jack angry early on, so she was one of the first to go. But yeah, I agree with
you on Mass Effect 1 and 2 - clearly some of the best examples of video games
known to man.]
4. You're on a plane destined for a huge
gaming tournament in South Korea when the plane crashes on a deserted island in
the Pacific. You and three others swim to shore and find a generator, a TV, a
Playstation 3, and a game (got to love Pelican cases). You estimate you enough
have fuel in the generator for 8 hours of gaming. What game do you hope is in
the case, and what three people (anybody but family members) are there with
you? Do you have one huge gaming marathon until the generator runs dry or
conserve fuel and play a little each day?
Hmm.....well the fact that it is only a PS3 makes the
decision a bit easier. You didn't specify that it had to be community members (which
is good because 3 would be impossible for me to choose). I would want Ken
Levine, Shigeru Miyamoto, and Gabe Newell to be on the plane with me (we are
going to assume that either Ken or Gabe can translate). We would play Portal 2,
because it could be finished in 8 hours and we could switch off coop partners
and you don't need online to play the coop as I assume we didn't happen to land
in a spot with a wifi connection. We would play for 8 hours straight and then
focus on getting off the island. I would wow them all with my intelligence and
they would want to all offer me a very high paying job within their companies.
choices. As much as I admire Miyamoto, I'm not sure he would be on my list.
Gabe Newell is a definite contender. Portal 2, not what I was expecting but I
could totally see that. I enjoyed the game and yes, it could be finished in
that amount of time. Could you imagine playing Portal 2 with Gabe Newell? So
maybe the next question is which company would you have gone to work for?]
5. If you visit the Valve offices, which I
have not but I have seen a pic, you would see "Gordon Freeman's
crowbar" in a display case. If you could have a collectible from any game,
what would it be? You admit to having "an extensive selection of video
game related collectible stuff" - what is your favorite item and why? Video
games historically depreciate in value - do you think as we see the transition
to digital distribution, that physical copies of video games will become more
collectible and more valuable?
If I could have a collectible from any game I would want
the Uncharted Fortune Hunter Edition. It was a very cool CE that was truly
limited and very hard to get. It could not be bought retail and they were
selling on Ebay at one point for well over $3,000. That is probably my most
sought after real life example. Now if it were something from a game that has
not necessarily ever been made into a collectible, I think it would be pretty
cool to have a replica of the Portal gun, complete with potato attachment. I do
know that some Turret statues are being made so I hope to get one of those.
My favorite collectibles I own...well I really like my
Skull Kid statue, the entire line of First4Figures Zelda statues is amazing,
but the Skull Kid is my favorite. He is not too big or too small and the detail
and pose are perfect. I also had a
replica of the Hilda Garde and Highwind made for me by a metal artist. They are
one of a kind and pretty amazing. I also have many of the harder to find Play
Arts figures, such as Advent Children Tifa, Valor Form Sora, and Roxas. There are bootlegs out there, but I have the
I do think the potential for some games to become more
valuable as digital distribution gains momentum is certainly there. I know
personally I have decided to not trade in or sell any more games. I want to
have a nice collection when it is all said and done. That said, I would much
rather have a figure or something else than just the game as a memento for the
games I enjoy. I get so jealous watching videos of people like Andrew Reiner
show off their offices, but then again, I actually have some stuff that they
probably wish they had!
[SAINT: That is too
cool. It's kind of ironic reading your answer because I just listened to your podcast
where you talk about your new Link statue. Sounds like you have quite the
collection, which would make a great blog unless you are against showing it
off. I don't know that I have any cool video game memorabilia...comic book stuff
yes, but not necessarily video game stuff. I am fond of my Atari 2600 Combat
cartridge, but it isn't worth anything...just nostalgia.]
Bonus Question #1: indiejones asks, "If you
could live in any game world what would it be and why?"
If I could live in any game world what would it be? So
does a game that is more of a universe made up of different worlds count as one
world? For example if I were to live in the Kingdom Hearts or Mass Effect universe,
I could travel to a bunch of different worlds!
I don't want to continue to cheat at the answers, so I
will say Gaia. Gaia is the Final Fantasy IX world, it is full of wonder and
amazement. There is plenty of shopping, entertainment, and excitement. If I
could chill with Vivi, well that would be just alright, even if meant letting
Quina be a part of the crew.
[SAINT: I know very
little about Final Fantasy, so hard for me to comment. I think I would have to
say the Old Republic universe. I mean, its Star Wars, right?!?]
Bonus Question #2: indiejones asks, "What's
more terrifying; Aliens? Zombies? Vampires? or Twilight fans?"
D. Bronies....just kidding I love the Bronies, having some
of them play games for the Extra Life marathon automatically makes TEAM GIO 20%
cooler(sorry, it's the only reference I know).
Have you ever dated an Alien, Zombie, or Vampire? I
haven't, but I have dated a Twilight Fan, and I can safely say after that, bring
on the Invasion, Hoard, and whatever a group of Vampires would be called. Twilight
Fans are truly scary, they steal favorite t-shirts and never give them back,
you invite them to a weekend getaway and they think it is a marriage proposal. They
seem to think that you actually give a crap that Bella is confused, no I say
she is well aware of what she is doing. They sincerely think that after dating
for a week you are willing to get rid of your pets because they are allergic. So
the answer is clearly Twilight Fans.
hah. That made me chuckle. Of the options listed, I'd have to agree. I can
handle zombies and aliens...no problem. Vampires might be a bit more challenging,
but Twilight Fans...I'd probably go out like Will Smith in I Am Legend.]
Bonus Question #3: indiejones asks, "Describe
your perfect first date?"
What the heck kind of question is this indie! You aren't
trying to set me up with your sister or something are you? Alright, just in
case there are any eligible ladies reading this, I am happy to describe an
ideal first date. Warning, this could
come across as pretty lame to most of you.
I am actually kind of boring so if you are looking for
some provocative answer, well look somewhere else. If you know me I actually
really enjoy a lot of romantic, sappy types of movies and songs. A "perfect"
first date would start with meeting somewhere mutually agreed upon(you know
because you need to have the option to bail on a first date). I would be
wearing something nice but not like I am going to a business meeting, I would
want the gal to dress comfortably but I must say either a cute little sundress
or just jeans and a (dead space?) t-shirt are both fine by me.
I would like to meet at a public place like a mall or
something that has a large variety of options. It is neat to get to know
somebody in that type of environment, especially if they are willing to be
comfortable with themselves. I don't like it when people won't answer questions
honestly on a date. If I ask you what type of food you like it is because I
genuinely want to know so that I can cater to your preferences when we go out
to dinner. If I ask about favorite movies it is to start to get to know you and
to try to start a conversation. I cannot stand the "I don't know" response; I
mean c'mon, we are adults here, hopefully....
I feel a good first date should leave me wanting more, so
no real romantic stuff. That doesn't mean that we cannot show some affection if
there is some interest, but if I am at the point in my life where one night
stands no longer interest me. A goodnight peck on the cheek or quick closed
mouth kiss on the lips and a nice hug is just about right, but only if it feels
real and not forced.
Over dinner I want to have a real conversation, ideally
it would be both of us taking turns asking questions of each other. This is a
great time to discuss our favorite hobbies and things that are important to us.
If we can live with each other's answers, perhaps we continue on to a movie or
preferably a theater performance of some sort.
The evening would end with the look that says, "yes I
could see myself spending a lot of time with you", without the need to actually
say it. We would separate and then I would go home and play some awesome games
and it wouldn't be bothered at all if I got a text or a call sometime in the
next couple of days. This sounds like a script for an eharmony commercial!
[SAINT: More irony,
because again...this was kind of discussed in your podcast. What makes this even
more humorous is Indiejones had no idea who the next person would be...had no
idea it was going to be you. The last person to be herded never knows who the
next person is; the questions are always somewhat generic. But it really worked
out perfect this time around.]
Bonus Question #4: Saint asks, "Your
podcast listeners, me included, hear your voice from week to week but don't
have a mental image of what you look like. Give us a character (video game, TV
or movie) that you want us to picture you as?"
People often tell me that I look like Brad Pitt, and I
politely thank them and respond that I am much better looking than Brad Pitt. Of
course if my Dr. is correct, I may end up like a bald John Goodman if I don't
change my ways soon!
If this is about what I want you all to picture me as,
well I want you to picture something as close to the real me as possible,
so.......Johnny Depp, savvy? Okay enough
with the jokes. Maybe Jonah Hill, I guess without the big frizzy hairdo.
[SAINT: Hah Hah...I'm
reminded of the scene from Pirates where they call him Jack Sparrow and he
politely interjects...it's Captain Jack Sparrow...followed by the line, quite
possibly the worst pirate I've ever heard of..."but you have heard of me." So
yeah, from this day forward unless we meet in person, you will always be
Captain Jack Sparrow to me. Savvy. Doesn't hurt I'm predisposed to pirates.
There's a reason why, but alas...we're short on time. Maybe I'll share that sometime.]
Bonus Question #5: Saint asks, "What
would I find in your refrigerator right now?"
When we first adopted our cat (Sweetie Michael Brown),
she would jump in our refrigerator at any given opportunity. I finally shut the
door with her in there one time and she didn't do it again (only for a second,
put down the pitchfork eyros).
If this question is in relation to my job title, then
there is a stark contrast. I am not the most healthy eater at home, although we
are improving in that area. The truth is that there isn't a whole lot of
anything in our fridge at any given time! I am a teetotaler, so you won't find
any booze, I do drink a megaton of diet soda and bottled water and orange
juice. Since I have a kid there is the usual stuff, Capri sun, string cheese,
pudding and jell-oTM cups, yogurt, you know all the snack food stuff. I tend to
be the kind of guy that goes to the store after work most days and buy
something to make for dinner, I usually don't save leftovers, so other than
some snack foods and liquids and of course condiments there isn't a ton to see.
I do always have stuff for a salad though because I like salad a lot. If I was
smart I would eat a healthier salad, but I like things like cheese, croutons,
and dressing (if you are spritzing your dressing on your salad you are missing
out) on my lettuce.
[SAINT: Hah Hah...just
a random question that was picked even before you were...LOL. Sounds a lot like
my refrigerator and that is the only way to stomach a salad...judicious amounts
of toppings. I'm more of a Coke Zero fan even though I collect Pepsi
memorabilia. Weird, I know. I'd say that's a pretty normal loadout.]
Closing Remarks by Mojomonkey12:
[SAINT: SAY WHAT!?! Closing remarks...this has
to be a first. Okay this time...this time I'll allow it.]
I suppose right about now, Saint is reevaluating his
decision on this particular member herding! Anyway, I want to personally thank
Saint publicly, clearly this is a huge honor and I am proud to be member number
40 of XX(X?). A year or so ago, when I would see that little blue box on
people's profiles, I was stalking many of you before I felt comfortable enough
to "contribute", I thought it was from being featured in Community Blog
Herding. I soon realized that this was a
different beast, the people with that blue box displayed it very proudly and
they seemed to be some great people. I never aspired to be in Saint's Member
Herding per say, I have always just tried to be myself. So it feels great
knowing that I am doing this as somebody who is as sincere, and open on an
internet community website as I would be in real life. So are so many of the
people here and that is why I absolutely love the Gameinformer Online
Anyway, I am not thanking Saint for choosing me, I am
thanking him for his contribution to this community and the impact he has had
on the blog section of GIO. It is admirable that a man that is given so little
time to play games between his duties in the Navy, and his responsibilities as
a parent dedicates so much of that time to us. Thank you Saint. [SAINT:
It's truly my pleasure, but stop before I cry. No, really...I mean it. It's guys
like you that make it worthwhile.]
Since I didn't get a chance in my answers, I also want to
recognize some of my favorite GIOers. There are clearly way too many to name,
so if you aren't on here, don't feel bad.
The pieloving Gamer-You aren't on as much as you once
were, I suppose that is because you are busy raising the academic threshold for
your fellow high school students. You my friend give me hope in a great future
for our country. You give gamers a good name, getting honors class A's by day
and playing some awesome games by night. You are a remarkable dude, you have
some great parents, and I admire the respect you show them by honoring their
wishes. Now let's get that Portal 2 plat!
Fever Ray-With your even keel and logical approach to
most things I enjoy reading your comments. I often wonder why you don't write
some more blogs, I am sure they would be excellent. Also, you seem to have a similar sense of
humor to my own, so that automatically makes you cooler than most.
Eyros2k-I admire all that you are to this community, from
the advice you are always willing to give people, the passion you have for
games is clear. Your bio is awesome you jerk and I am very happy for you and
the matriarch! You should totally name your next cat after me.
Shootist-You may not ever know how much our conversations
have meant to me, I truly appreciate all of your kind, wise words, not to
mention you are a hell of a fun coop partner! Now if only I could stay awake
long enough to play with you more often!
Indiejones-what can I say my friend, except try harder. I
am glad our paths have crossed, because it is an absolute blast doing the
podcast together, in addition I feel we are a great team so thank you for not
ignoring my first conversation I sent you like I was secretly hoping you would.
Well that is all I have people. Once again thank you all
for all you do!
You keep it classy Game Informer........Thanks for stopping
Take that! I always get the last word. Muhahaha.]
A special thanks to mojomonkey12 for spending some time
with us while divulging a few details about his gaming personality. To read
more about mojomonkey12, view his GIO profile here.
(You deserve it!)