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A few weekends or so ago I hinted at a new blog series I was
going to start up that was similar to Member Herding in that it involved a
series of questions but different enough it wouldn't feel like Member Herding.
If you've heard of the old game "20 questions" - then this will be very
familiar for you.
Twenty Questions is a spoken parlor game which
encourages deductive reasoning and creativity. It originated in the United
States and escalated in popularity during the late 1940s when it became the
format for a successful weekly radio quiz program. In the traditional game, one
player is chosen to be the answerer. That person chooses a subject but does not
reveal this to the others. All other players are questioners. They each take
turns asking a question which can be answered with a simple "Yes" or
"No." In variants of the game multiple state answers may be included
such as the answer "Maybe." The answerer answers each question in turn.
If a questioner guesses the correct answer, that questioner wins and becomes
the answerer for the next round. If 20 questions are asked without a correct
guess, then the answerer has stumped the questioners and gets to be the
answerer for another round.
Well, that was the 1940's version...this is the modern era gamer's
edition. Basically, I ask a chosen person from the Game Informer Online
community twenty random questions that are pop culture or video game related
and you all have to try and guess (by commenting) who the person is. At the end
of the day (or some other time), I'll reveal the person's identity and we'll
see how well you all did; how well you know your fellow community members.
So, my plan is to do one of these a month unless of course
it fails miserably, at which time I will never mention it again and hope that
over time it will fade away into oblivion. My intention is for this to be a
mechanism to get the community to find out more about one another and become
more united, so I hope it does well. I guess we'll see how it goes though.
The questions are generic and short enough so the answers
aren't glaringly obvious who the person is. I'm sure you can identify many of
the bloggers and commenters here by their writing style, but with a one word
answer, obviously that's not quite as revealing. So yeah, short questions =
short answers. Good luck. You'll need it. And with each of the questions, I
provide a comment after the fact, just to kind of throw my thoughts on the
answer into the mix - for the mystery gamer and the rest of the community to
ponder (my comments will be in
1. Battlefield 3 or
Modern Warfare 3?
Battlefield 3 (Concur)
2. Controller or
Trick question? (Not
really. Joystick is more of a throwback term, controller is more modern.)
3. Do you prefer geek
4. Droid or iPhone?
5. Favorite cartoon?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Favorite turtle?)
6. Favorite character
from a video game?
James Patterson (My first thought was, "The author?" - I'll
assume you meant Medal of Honor?)
7. Favorite portable
Gameboy (Not the first, or the last...but definitely one of
8. Favorite weapon
from a video game?
Double Barrel Shotgun Doom II (Interesting choice. Good
times using that to take out Imps)
9. Have you ever
taken an arrow to the knee?
I did once, but then... (Hah Hah...brilliant!)
10. Have you ever
used the Konami Code in a game of Contra?
Only every single time (I only wish I knew about it when I
first started playing the game.)
11. If you could meet
anyone from Game Informer, who would it be?
Tim Turi (Ah, the legendary Tim Turi...I can see that.)
12. If you could be any video game character, who would it be?
Duke Nukem (I WOULD NOT have guessed that.)
13. If you could
order something from Think Geek right now, what would it be?
Stay Puft Marshmallows (Um, say what? Over the Jawa lawn
14. List one game on
your top five video game list?
Mega Man 2 (Ah, aka Rockman 2: The Mystery of Dr. Wily
released December 24, 1988...interesting.)
15. Longest you've
ever played video games in one day?
10 hours? (I find that hard to believe. Maybe 10 hours
without getting up and using the bathroom.)
16. Mario or Donkey
Mario (Perhaps I should've asked, "Mario or Luigi?")
17. Peach or Zelda?
18. Were you around
for the Pac Man fever pandemic?
Nope (Seriously? How were you playing Atari 2600 and not
around for Pac Man Fever?)
19. What is the first
video game you ever recall playing?
Spiderman on Atari 2600 (Atari 2600, eh? The Heavy Sixer or
Darth Vader model, I wonder...)
20. Xbox 360 or
Xbox 360 (Hopefully I don't get you in any trouble, drawing
a line in the sand and picking sides.)
And there you have it...twenty questions for you to consider
before trying to come up with the identity of this mystery member from the Game
Informer Online community. I was curious who the person thought would be able
to guess their identity, so I also asked the below question that might aid you
in deciding your response.
* Who do you think
the SECOND person to guess correctly
is going to be?
This concludes the first (of potentially others) edition of
Guess that Gamer. I hope everyone enjoyed it and I look forward to the guesses.
Remember, you get out of the community what you put into it, so join in on the
fun and take a guess. Who knows, maybe episode two will feature you? Cheers.