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Veteran Member - Level 12
Apparently I have an adversary...a nemesis. No wait...I think
the proper term was full-blown rivals. Funny thing is I didn't even know it. It's
okay, though...this contentious relationship has been upgraded to frenemies. Besides,
Member Herding is an equal opportunity organization and this member was
nominated by not one, but two other members of the herd. TWO!
Of course I'm teasing (mostly - hah hah) and this week's participant
in Member Herding is a mover and shaker in the world of the blogging community.
He's doing fantastic things for the community and is very deserving of his
moment in the spotlight. I guess he'll have to settle for Member Herding
It's none other than...(and certainly no surprise!)
GIO Name: BlackHeartedWolf
GIO Rank: Veteran
Member - Level 11
Been off and on ever since I was born. I was practically
raised on a PC. Something like 19 years now.
Probably Warcraft 3 earlier this year. It's been a while
since I've actually finished a game.
Dark Souls and some Starcraft 2 multiplayer whenever I
feel up to it. Also Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Finally picked that up again
after the 30/30 was done.
Origin of GIO
My typical online alias is LeLoupInconnu (nameless wolf),
which I got from the fact that I am always a person who is in a community, but
not really involved or known. I got BlackHeartedWolf because I wanted something
similar, but that was easier to remember and pronounce.
And now for everybody's favorite element of Member
Generated Questions + 4 Bonus questions + 1 New Feature
1. You list your top five games (in no
particular order) as Killzone 2, Diablo 2, Advance Wars 2, Starcraft 2, and
Shadow of the Colossus. Give us one word that describes each game, or how you
feel about each game. What's your fascination with sequels? Imagine explaining
Shadow of the Colossus to a six year old - give us a summary of that
conversation. How epic is Diablo 3 going to be?
Hmmm...one word is difficult, but let's see. For Killzone
2, I would say breathtaking. With it being the first game I ever experienced in
HD, it was like I had been blind prior to that. Diablo 2 would be epic. The quests in the game feel huge, and every
time you fight a boss the encounter is always a struggle. Advance Wars 2 I
suppose would have to be deep. It's easily the simplest turn based strategy
game I've played, but the strategies involved in the game are very complicated
and involved. I think that Starcraft 2 is the hardest to do this for, but I
think the best word is revolutionary. Really I don't think there is any game on
the market that has the potential to make professional gaming a real
possibility, and that to me is really exciting. Shadow of the Colossus is just
perfect. I've already gone into that one though, so I'll leave it there for
I never actually realized that I did that with so many
sequels. I honestly couldn't tell you, probably because I find the second game
is where the mechanics are perfected, but the core game hasn't really changed.
I think sequels just find the balance and more often than not get it right.
As far as explaining Shadow of the Colossus to a six year
old I think it would go something like this.
"You see, you really like this girl, but in order
for her to wake up you have to climb up and defeat these giant monsters. The
monsters aren't bad guys though, so you feel bad for doing it, but you really
want this girl to wake up. That is why he keeps doing it, and that is why the
people are chasing him because they want to stop him from hurting the
I know I'll have that conversation at some point, but I'd
be surprised if it took till six for me to have it.
Diablo 3 will be legend... wait for it.... ary...
Seriously I think I might explode if I don't have a computer that is capable of
playing it when it comes out.
answer(s). I know there were several questions wrapped up into one, but I'm
just going to comment on the Shadows of the Colossus. I've never played it
(yet) and I know you're a big fan of the game, so I wanted to get your thoughts
on it, but added a little twist. I know it has breathtaking graphics, and the
story sounds intriguing enough...so I'll have to play it some time. ]
2. You list your favorite book as
"anything by Albert Camus". For those that don't know (like me) who
he is, Albert Camus was a French author, journalist, and key philosopher of the
20th century. So the question is, what is your favorite work by him; and now,
incorporate that into an idea for a video game? We see a number of video game -
movie crossovers, but not so many video game - book crossovers. What book or
book series would you like to see become a video game?
My favorite book by Albert Camus is 'The Stranger'. It is
a book that follows this man named Mersault after his mother dies. He goes
about life though, much as he did before, living it to the fullest which many
people around him find strange. Eventually though he ends up killing another
man, and is then tried and eventually executed.
For a game I think it would be an action/adventure game
much in the style of Heavy Rain. It would start out going through his life
after his mother died where he is going out and living. You would be making
choices throughout the beginning section about what to do, where to go and
everything, eventually ending up on the beach in a confrontation with the man
he kills in the book. That confrontation would play out, giving the player
freedom to choose what they wanted to do.
If they don't kill the other man, they can fight, walk
away, or try to talk it out. Some of these will give a game over, and others
will let the game continue.
If they do kill the man however, the game goes into a
second part with Mersault in jail. That then goes into his mind as he replays
memories from his past. These sequences and the choices made in them, as well
as the choices made by the player in the beginning of the game would eventually
decide what would happen to Mersault. From here he could be freed, spend time
in jail, or be executed depending on what the player did. This would end the
game though, giving a number of different endings.
As far as a book series that I would like to see turned
into a game. I would have to say "the hunger games" series would be
good for that. I have never actually read them, but the story behind the series
is that there are a number of different tribes in a post apocalyptic world, and
the way they determine which tribe leads the others is that they all send two
children/teenagers into the wild. The tribe that the last two alive are from
becomes the leaders. I think this would make for an excellent premise to a game
series, and would be good for co-op as well as competitive multiplayer.
[SAINT: While your
game based on "The Stranger" sounds interesting and very much Heavy Rain
inspired, your book series to video game crossover sounds like a fantastic
idea. Imagine an MMORPG type game where much of your status was determined by
how long you've played the game. That certainly adds an interesting element to
the game, especially when somebody less experienced than you throws a coup to
overthrow you from power. I can envision a game like this.]
3. I'm not a Starcraft II player, but I hear
there are Protoss, Terran and Zerg. Pick someone from the GI community to
represent each race and explain why you picked them. Then have them face off in
a huge battle - who wins? Is the notorious "Zerg Rush" a legitimate tactic or
cheap shot? Could you beat Demon Ragnarok in Dance Dance Revolution?
Oh my lol. Well let's see. I believe that Mray and the
bronies represent the Zerg race, seeing as Zergs are a collective, controlled
by the overmind and his lieutenants. I think that is a pretty accurate analogy
for the bronies and Mray, but the good thing is Zerg is my favorite race. As
far as Protoss I would have to say that is best represented by Demon Ragnarok.
They are honorable warriors who fight against evil, much like I imagine
Ragnarok would do as much as possible. For Terran I would have to say that it
is you Saint. Mainly because like Terran, you are so OP.
As such, since Terran is so OP the Zerg rush is always
going to be legitimate. It is not as cheap as it was in the original, so at
least they have that to fall back on.
As far as beating Demon in DDR, I can confidently say
that I have more of a chance of breaking something on DDR than I have of ever
beating anyone. There are children who can't stand that could probably beat me
at that game.
what?!? Me, the Terran? I assume you mean OP = Original Poster, right. Surely
not overpowered. I have no power; I'm just a regular guy. A Jedi gains power
through understanding and a Sith gains understanding through power.]
4. You recently caused a ripple in
the space time continuum when you announced on the Indie & Mojo show that
as an owner of a functioning Sony Playstation 3, you haven't played any of the
Uncharted Series games, one of which received a perfect score by our beloved GI
editors. Having never played the game, but surely hearing about it, give me
your "summary" of what you "think" the game is about (or make
something up). The fact that you have not played them might suggest you are not
one to get all caught up in hype. Do you attend midnight releases? What game
are you most eagerly awaiting? How does this affect the buzz surrounding
Uncharted 3? Would you ever consider playing a game out of sequence or play it
not having played its predecessors?
(By the way, send me your address in a private message
and I will mail you these games and you can send them back when you're done
with them. They are so good, everyone should experience them.)
I am familiar with the games. I know that Drake is a
treasure hunter that goes off and is trying to find some of the greatest
treasures. I don't know much about the first game to be fair. I know that Elena
is Drake's love interest and that she is a reporter (I think). I actually
forget what they are looking for in the first game as well though but I think
it's something Aztec (maybe lol).
In the second game I know that it's more about revenge
than anything else. I know the beginning of the game has Drake pretty much
retired to a beach when Chloe and the other guy show up (don't know his name
again lol). The two of them want you to help them steal an artifact from a
museum. It takes a bit of convincing, but eventually you give in.
Then they double-cross you and leave you to rot in jail.
You eventually get out and then start on a quest to get
back at the guy and whoever he was working for. Eventually this takes you all
over the world and then to Nepal.
And then somehow Purple Gorillas get mixed in? I think
that is how that goes.
As far as hype goes, I rarely ever get caught up in hype.
When I do though, I get wrapped up in it pretty badly. I mean I bought Deus Ex
pretty much exclusively on hype. After all I had never played any of the series
prior to that, and honestly didn't know what to expect. It turns out it was
worth it though and I hope to finish it and get to the DLC soon. Seems really
cool, and I've been avoiding spoilers for it for a while now.
In addition to this though, I actually have never
attended a midnight release. Then again the PS3 is really my first adventure
into serious levels of gaming and the communities with them so it's not really
that surprising. Also though, I was working overnight prior to my current job,
and my new job has me waking up at 5:00am so midnight releases are difficult at
For future releases there really isn't anything that I
have to have right now. I mean I want Skyrim, I want Uncharted, I want a bunch
of other games, but there are no more 'must haves' for me. Maybe I'm weird like
that I don't know, but between the Shadow of the Colossus/Ico Collection, Deus
Ex, Dark Souls, and my PS+ games I should be good for a good at least until
Mass Effect 3 comes out.
I think though having just got Dark Souls and the Ico
collection I just don't really have the desire to get Uncharted 3. Really I
don't particularly mind playing games out of order, as I have done so with Deus
Ex, Killzone, and a few others. With the Uncharted series I really want to play
them in order.
response to the UC question was brilliant and honestly I was smiling the whole
time I read it. Its funny hearing someone's' thoughts on a game they haven't
played but have no doubt heard a lot about. Surprisingly you're close on a few
of the points, but you would still be pleasantly surprised. I'm done with both
and will let you borrow them, seriously, if you're interested.
I am shocked you
have never been to a midnight release, but then again, based on your years of
being a gamer, I'm also surprised at how young you are. I would've guessed you
much older. So, in that regard, it shouldn't be too surprising you haven't been
to a midnight release. Maybe one day? They can be a lot of fun.
I have to play
games in order. With UC3 on the horizon, I had to blaze through UC 1 and 2 to
be ready. I'm now ready.
I'm not really
affected by hype either. When it's ready, it's ready. I'll get it then and play
5. Its take your "Game Informer buddy to work"
day - who do you bring with you and what should they expect to experience (You
don't have to say where it is or what you do - just describe the experience)?
If you could swap places with somebody from the community for the day, who
would it be? What about a video game character? If you could play online with anybody
in the video game industry, who would it be, and why? What game would you play?
I think the person I bring to work with me would be
Mojomonkey12. I don't have any particular reason for that, I just think he
would be the best choice as I have found that I still keep to myself quite a
bit even with my series drawing in a number of new readers to my blogs. That being said I wouldn't take him to my
actual work. That job is far too boring and honestly I fall asleep mentally
while doing it. Really it serves as my brainstorming time, hence why I'm able
to put so much effort into all of my series.
That being said I would love for him to see what it is I
do when I start writing and thinking up a series. Eventually maybe I'll have a
video up describing the process, but really it's actually kind of funny to see
me go through the entire writing process.
As far as switching places with another community member,
I have always been of the belief that as long as you've made your own decisions
in life there is no reason to be unhappy. For the sake of the question though (because
after all how boring is it to give that simple of an answer) I would have to
say Eyros2k. Seriously, that dude is awesome and he seems to have life going
for him, so I would happily trade.
A videogame character is a bit tougher for me lol. I
think though that my choice would be Welkin from the original Valkyria
Chronicles. Talk about loving life. I mean that guy just seems to be
perpetually happy, and nothing seems to get him down. Granted his story is
tragic as anything, but essentially becoming a hero and leading a small
nation's army against a much more powerful force? How cool would that be?
If I could play online with anyone from the industry I
would have to say it would be battlefield 2, 3 or 2142 with the guys from Dice.
Mainly because I want to see how they would play their game, and the strategies
and tactics they would use for it. I think that would be a really fun thing to
do especially because I love the series.
[SAINT: Well, of
course swapping places is a hypothetical question and not meant to suggest
you're not happy and content with your own life. Its fun to consider, but I
wouldn't do it either. I'd like to bring Jon Keyes to work with me, because if
all goes well the Navy is going to be carting his butt around anyway, so it
would give him a look at his future. My A## Rides In Navy Equipment = MARINE.
Of course picking a
video game character is challenging, because as much as I would love to be,
say, someone like Gordon Freeman...would I really want to be subjected to the
brutality of City 17 or head crabs. I'd love to fill Nathan Drake's shoes, or
would I? I might just settle for Mario or Donkey Kong...they seem to have it
If I could play
video games with anyone in the industry, no doubt it would be Gabe Newell and
Portal 2 or maybe Team Fortress 2. I'd love to be able to talk about the
development process that went into making the games and see how good he is at
playing his own games. Or maybe John Carmack...see how much he still plays.]
took advantage of the opportunity to submit one or two questions by submitting
seven...yes...seven (7). The questions were so good, I've opted out of asking any
bonus questions this week and will instead use over half of his questions as
the bonus questions.
Bonus Question #1: mojomonkey12 asks, "You
have just landed a great job interview with a company that you admire, when
asked about your hobbies, do you mention gaming? Why or why not? If yes, how do
you describe the hobby while still sounding like a professional?"
I do mention gaming. I'm very comfortable with who I am
and as such I tend to have a lot of confidence when going into interviews. As
such I don't worry about how people judge me, because I know that they have no
basis to judge. Especially when I also mention the fact that I read and write
for fun. That tends to balance the load in even the most biased of people's minds.
As far as describing it, I'd just be honest. I tell them simply that I play
games with my free time, rather than watch TV. I just tend to find that TV is
rather dull and lifeless anymore while games provide a better medium for
stories in my opinion.
[SAINT: Hmm...this is
a bit tougher for me to answer because I've never really had a job other than
being in the military, and it's not something I really bring up and discuss in
that environment. I do with fellow gamers, but we don't always get that
personal. I would venture to say most people I work with have no idea of my
hobbies - gaming, blogging or otherwise. Saint? Who? I'm ninja like that. My
hope is my next (first) job interview requires being a gamer, or at least earns
me brownie points for being one. You know it's a good job when you can include
your gaming experience on your resume.]
Bonus Question #2: mojomonkey12 asks, "I
often hear people say that game journalism isn't taken as seriously as other
types of journalism. I feel there is a lot of pressure in this industry to get
the story out first, particularly when it comes to internet gaming news sites. Do
you feel this perception has any merit, and if so what are some things that can
be done to begin to change the image?"
I believe that is true, but really that is mainly because
game journalism really isn't journalism for the most part. I find in normal
journalism there is a science to making news, where as in gaming journalism it
is more reposting of the news. I think this is especially true as in where it
is important to get the story out first, and as such it tends to be a lot of
hearsay rather than going through the process to check facts and figure out
what is really happening. That more than anything else is my least favorite
part of the industry. I think if they fixed that part of the industry it would
go a long way towards improving its industry.
[SAINT: I don't
think video game journalism is taken all that serious by mainstream society
because it's natural to compare it to current events journalism. Comparing a
news report relayed via satellite link from an embedded reporter working with
Special Forces troops inside the border of Afghanistan with a video game
journalist covering E3 isn't really a fair comparison; however, comparing video
game journalists with say...sports or pop culture journalism, then I think it's
comparable. As a dedicated gamer, I think video game journalism is a real job
and something I would be proud to do. It's a big part of our culture and will
continue to grow exponentially over the coming years. Pretty soon, Game
Informer will knock off AARP as the most widely distributed magazine. As far as
changing that image, time will fix it. Pretty soon, we'll all be gamers.]
Bonus Question #3: mojomonkey12 asks, "Describe
your most embarrassing moment involving gaming, or if you are feeling brave,
use any experience from your life."
Oh my... well let's see. I have so many. As far as gaming
goes, it has to be in Starcraft 2. I played team games originally and since I
was not very good I was typically the weak link. As such I would get killed
very fast, every time. One specific time I was cannon contained. For those of
you unfamiliar with what that is it means that I was unable to leave my base
without being killed. This was due to the fact that I wasn't paying attention.
Yeah, my teammates loved that one.
So when I did see this my teammates were like 'WTF how
did you not pay attention to your ramp?' and my response was 'No it's okay...
..... famous last words.
That next moment there were 6 zealots and 10 marines in
my base killing everything
And then the moment after that I was gone.
[SAINT: I dunno,
I've done some fairly stupid stuff in my gaming career. Here's one that's kind
of funny...wasn't my fault, but was embarrassing for me. I was banned from a
It happened in Battlefield 2 on Wake Island
map. My teammates and I were in a Blackhawk, hugging the coast and headed
towards the airstrip, trying to make a covert approach. I was in one of the
door gunner positions...the bird was heavy - like 5 or 6 other gamers onboard +
me. Well, an enemy jet detected us and on the first pass grazed us with a
missile. Our bird had the smallest sliver of health left; it was smoking badly
and was a matter of WHEN it was going to crash, not a question of IF it was
going to crash. It was fairly obvious it was doomed. The bad guy jet swooped
around and was coming back to finish the job. Well the pilot and passengers all
bailed out faster than I did, so I was automatically promoted to the pilot
position of this doomed bird. In the second it took to put me in the pilot
chair and everyone else having bailed out, the bird exploded and killed my
teammates; all of them. I was awarded four or five team kills and not only that,
but I was automatically kicked from the server. I tried to rejoin only to
discover I was also automatically banned from the server. I didn't even do
anything, but I was banned. Well back in the day, Battlefield 2 tracked all
sorts of stats including the number of servers you've been banned from...and to
this day, I still have that 1 server I was banned from.]
Bonus Question #4:
mojomonkey12 asks, "Welcome to Subway, what would you like on your sandwich?"
I don't need subway, I have Wawa.
noticed some Subways have this policy where you just say, "the works" and they
give you the regular - Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles...or something like that.
Honestly...I'm much more of a Whopper with cheese kind of guy.]
*** NEW FEATURE
(A number of you
crazy people have asked about "herding" myself or asking me questions...why you
would want that, I have no idea...but in order to play along, I've decide to
implement the newest feature to Member Herding - the person being interviewed
gets to ask me a question.)
BlackHeartedWolf asks Saint, "I find that
you don't talk about yourself very often in your writing, is there any
particular reason for this, or is it just a personal philosophy?"
[SAINT: I don't
want to make it any harder for the readers to stay awake than it already is.
Jokes aside, I dunno why, but I'm sure it relates to a philosophy I try to live
by that suggests, "The humble shall be exalted and the exalted shall be
humbled". I always cringe when I see a fellow blogger who has established a
reputation here post something that projects an attitude that implies they are
somehow better than the rest of the community or entitled to special
recognition. I decided a long time ago to focus more on others than myself, and
just let others say what needs to be said about me.
Because it's none
of your business, that's why! (I'm kidding, of course.) :D ]
A special thanks to BlackHeartedWolf for spending some
time with us while divulging a few details about his gaming personality. To
read more about BlackHeartedWolf, view his GIO profile here.