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Veteran Member - Level 11
Fairly new to Game Informer Online but definitely making
a name for himself, this month's Member Herding features a rather popular
personality who accomplishes a lot around these parts, and will certainly be
doing a lot more with his recent promotion to moderator status. Read on and
join me in welcoming the newest member of the herd.
GIO Rank: Power
Member - Level 10
(Years playing): 15 Years
Pokemon FireRed, Halo: Reach
Origin of GIO
Profile Name: It's an ode to Hannibal Lecter from Hannibal Rising, and I've
used it for both my Playstation Network and Xbox Live accounts.
And now for everybody's favorite element of Member
Generated Questions + 4 Bonus questions + 1 Special question
1. Sony or Microsoft is developing a new
fighting game exclusive to their next generation console starring you. In the
game, like most fighting games, as you defeat one opponent you will face
additional opponents that progressively get more challenging. The character
roster is: Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Jet Li, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven
Seagal, Jackie Chan, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Ralph Macchio, and Brue Lee.
Rank the characters in the order you would face them in the game, from weakest
to strongest. Briefly describe in a line or two your characters in game name,
bio and signature move. Which system will it be exclusive to? If you're feeling
especially creative, pitch a name for the game.
Oh this is awesome. Ralph Macchio, Steven Seagal, Jean
Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Jet Li, Jackie
Chan, Chuck Norris, and then Bruce Lee. Ralph would have edged out Steven if it
weren't for the ridiculously telegraphed crane kick. My characters name would
be Suede Anchorchin, and he would hail from the Isle of Spinkicks. His special
attack would be a flaming headbutt (the headbutt is such an elegant but
underused attack) followed by an old fashioned bicycle kick. I'd say that it's
exclusive to the Xbox, seeing as how both of the other consoles now have their
own exclusive brawlers. It'd be called "Bruce Lee and Those Other
Guys". Because let's be honest, Bruce could defeat them all just by using
his monkey shouts.
[SAINT: Oh come on!
Everybody loved the crane kick, regardless of whether they admit to it or not.
I'd put Jason Statham higher on my list, but we definitely agree on Bruce Lee.
I heard that Chuck Norris wears Bruce Lee pajamas. I nearly peed myself with
Suede Anchorchin...that is hilarious. That name just screams low budget. Great
answer. I haven't seen this kind of humor on GIO since Tactical Rash shared his
Art of (Video Game) War tactics with the community. ]
2. You're standing in a GameStop when an
older couple approaches you and tells you they are trying to buy a video game
for their grandson, age 16. They don't know anything about video games. They're
holding Mass Effect 3 and Uncharted 3 and ask for your input. What do you tell
them? They're also holding the download gift cards for Limbo and Journey and
say they know he mentioned both of those games. They ask you what they are
about and should they get them too?
Well the ESRB is in place for a reason I suppose. Even
though I played mature rated games long before I was 17 (or is 18 the age
limit?) I would recommend that they take Uncharted 3 over Mass Effect 3. To be
honest, that's not even a horrible thing, as Uncharted 3 was great. As for the
two downloadable titles, I'd continue taking the ESRB route and recommend
Journey to them. The M-rating is well deserved by Limbo, and Journey is really
meant for just about anyone. If I were to describe Limbo to the old couple
they'd probably leave GameStop and never come back. I mean...spiders impaling
children? Then you have Journey where you play as this robed cat person (I say
they're cat-people) that's basically on a quest to find its purpose. I love
Limbo but I'd recommend Journey over it any day.
[SAINT: What a Boy
Scout, upholding the ESRB standards like that. Uncharted is certainly a game I
think most people, gamers or not, could watch and enjoy, so there is certainly
nothing wrong with picking it over Mass Effect. It has a certain Hollywood -
movie quality to it. That's a funny but true outlook on Limbo. I haven't played
Journey yet, so it's hard for me to compare the two, but Limbo - despite its
ominous and foreboding setting, is a masterpiece.]
3. Your profile indicates you are a fan of
the Half Life series. What is your predicted date when Valve will make an
announcement about Half Life 3 (month / day / year)? Do you think Valve will
use a new Source Engine for Half Life 3? Do you think Valve is developing
accessories or an actual system? The following is a list of the main characters
from all of the games. Assuming you are Gordon Freeman, pick a GIO community
member to represent each of the remaining characters and briefly describe why
you matched them up: The G-Man, Barney Calhoun, Adrian Shephard, Dr. Rosenberg,
Alyx Vance, Isaac Kleiner , Eli Vance, Father Grigori, and Wallace Breen. On a
scale of 1-100, with 100 being the best...how would you score the game?
You want me to make a prediction for the Half Life 3
announcement? An easier task would be predicting the arrival of world peace.
But I'll play your sick game. Pinpointing a month of release isn't so hard as
the majority of Valve's titles release around November or December (excluding
Portal 2 which released in April). The day is a little bit sketchier though. To
my knowledge most of their titles release between the 11th and 19th days of the
month in North America. And as for the year I say that they announce it at the
beginning of the next console cycle. Assuming that both Sony and Microsoft's
consoles are released within the next year or two, I predict that it releases
November 15, 2015. Following that logic, I think that it's a given that Valve
uses a new Source engine for Half Life 3, as using their current model would
seem a little weak on a next gen console. As for their hardware situation, I
think they'll start with something along the lines of a graphics card for PC's,
maybe even a new type of controller, and then I think they'll step up to the
big leagues and create a PC or console.
Hmm...quasiconundrum would have to be G-man, because his
appearances are unpredictable but always memorable. Sora3Ben would have to be
Barney Calhoun, as he's constantly optimistic and eager to be involved with his
community. Anticitizen one is Adrian Shepard, as he has a following within the
community and the timing of his return remains a mystery. DJH stars as Dr.
Rosenberg because he's that one guy that I should probably listen to more
often, as he's incredibly knowledgeable...he also knows not to let the
Anti-Mass Spectrometer run above 90% capacity (Half Life joke everyone). ace13
seems like the type who can take on a group of Civil Protection Officers on her
own so she's automatically Alyx Vance. Jolt fills the shoes of Isaac Kleiner as
he's that one creepy old guy that we all like, but often question why (just
teasing you buddy). Mojo would be Eli Vance, as he's the cheery fatherly figure
who shows all the new guys the ropes. Chris the Savior of the Galaxy is Father
Gregori as he's most likely insane, and his motives are suspiciously unclear.
The Great Cubone is Wallace Breen, as he is without a doubt the most villainous
dude on GIO. You won't fool me Cubone, I'm on to you. Assuming that you want me
to score Half Life 2, I'd give it a 95. I love the game, but I could never give
it a 100 because of that helicopter boss battle. Seriously, the game is set in
a universe with monsters popping out of different dimensions and a helicopter
is our biggest worry?
[SAINT: Of course I
want you to make a Half Life 3 prediction - it's just when we'll hear
something, not the actual release date. What you don't know is I will mark it
on my calendar and come back to it at a later date and see how close you were.
You sure put a lot of effort into guessing...I would've just taken a swag and
said November 12, 2013 (11/12/13) or perhaps on Gabe Newell's birthday -
November 3rd. That is quite the cast of characters. Hmm...Ace13 as
Alyx Vance...after her performance as Elena Fisher, I definitely think she could
pull it off. Perhaps there will be another conspiracy blog featuring Alyx
Vance. Mojomonkey12 would make a good Eli Vance too. Great response. Loved it.]
4. Apple just announced the iPhone 5, the
latest in their high tech and extremely popular smart phone line up. Any plans
to get it? Random Twitter polling indicates you do have an iPhone. Do you play
games on yours, and if so, what do you recommend? Are there any must have non-video game apps
you would also recommend? If you could create an app to interface with a
particular game, what would you like to see? Many GIO members, myself included,
have discussed the value of a GI app. What are your thoughts about that and
what feature would be a must have? Are people who play games only on mobile
(smart phones and/or tablets) devices gamers?
Haha! Random twitter polling, very clever sir. Why yes, I
do have my sights set on the iPhone 5, as I have an upgrade available around
the time of its release. Also, yes I do play games on my trusty phone.
Primarily games like Scribblenauts, and Jelly Car. I fit in some Solitaire time
every now and again as well. I'm not a huge app-user, as most of my apps are
basic stuff to make my life easier, like Yellow Book, and Wikipedia. As a comic
book enthusiast it would be a crime not to mention Comixology, or Comixology's
DC app. I don't think I ever want to know how much I've spent in those things.
As for a video game app, I'd just like a timer that counts down to the next
Valve release. I don't even want to know what game the timer is counting down
to. Just knowing that Valve is actually DOING something and not just maniacally
laughing while swimming in pools of money would be comforting haha. The GI app
situation is something of incredible interest to me, as I actually blogged
about it once before (it was one of my early one...don't look it's hideous).
Honestly I would just be happy with two things: 1) A mobile blogging function,
as blogging on the go would be glorious, and 2) a complete archive chock full
of everything ever posted on GI. That means blogs, reviews, features, and any
other shred of journalism to exist on the site. Your last question is one that
I think can only be answered by those who fall into that category. Who are we
to declare who is and isn't a gamer? But if I must answer, I'd say that, yes
they are. A game is a game, no matter the platform or level of simplicity.
indeed. I didn't expect you to try and ask questions about why I was asking. I
will have to check out Comixology as I don't have that. A Valve timer app,
nice...but if it uses the Valve time standard of "when it's ready"...it would
continuously be counting down. I could see Gabe Newell, the practical joker he
is, abusing a Valve timer app. Funny you mention the GI app having a blogging
feature. I was on a trip a few years ago and actually blogged on my iPhone from
the backseat of the car in the dark, driving through the mountains. It can be
done. I agree they are gamers in my book...whether they think so or admit it.]
5. What makes Batman better than any other
superhero? Bruce Wayne hires you to construct a new gadget for his utility
belt. What is it? Which did you like better Arkham City or Asylum...and why? If
you could change anything the video games, what would it be? Pitch a name for
the next Batman Arkham game and who will the arch nemesis be? If you could cast
any male actor to play Batman in a movie, who would it be?
I can't tell you how many people have asked me, why Batman
is better than any other superhero. Usually I take the simple way out and just
bluntly say, "Because of his story" or "Because he's freaking
awesome". Realistically, it's because he's a mortal man fighting a
superhero's war. A bullet to the head could kill him just like it could kill
any other human being, and that makes the fact that he refuses to kill all the
more inspiring. If Superman doesn't kill that's fine, because he's Superman!
Bullets ricochet off his forehead, so there's no risk involved. Yet, when
Superman himself comes knocking on Batman's door to challenge him in The Dark
Knight Returns (my favorite graphic novel of all time) Batman answers, and
fights him. Superman, and many other superheros' CAN defeat him in battle. It's
the fact that he answers the call in the face of certain death that makes him
better than those other guys. I have a ton of different answers to that
question but that's my most prominent one.
As for the new item on his utility belt, I would create a
beeper-like device that reminds him not to reveal his secret identity when
meeting a pretty lady. For some reason he can't keep that to himself when a
damsel in distress is involved. I LOVED Arkham Asylum, but City was the better
of the two due to the fact that the world is so open. I truly felt like Batman
when gliding over rooftops, and went into hysterics every time I glide kicked
someone from a really high building. Plus the boss fights were much more
superior and memorable to me. If I could
change one thing about the Arkham games, it'd be the final boss fights. After
meeting Killer Croc in Arkham Asylum, the Joker fight was flat and
disappointing. The same goes with the final boss in Arkham City. I won't go
into details as to avoid spoilers, but that fight just couldn't live up to the
bosses before it. Michael Fassbender should be the next Batman. He's one of the
most universal actors in Hollywood right now, and he's a perfect fit for the
darkness in the Batman universe.
[SAINT: Well, I'm
not really a fan of Batman, but you certainly make a strong case that causes me
to consider what you have stated and maybe even like him a little bit more.
Truth be told, that is exactly why I like the Punisher. He's just a man,
although their perspective on killing is obviously very different. Hah Hah...that
beeper might be Batman's new best utility. And I definitely agree that City is
better than Asylum. Seeing the bat signal and swinging from building to building
through Arkham City is what it's all about. I see your point about the boss
fights, although I think that Joker scene was remarkable.]
Bonus Question #1: Harry asks, "What moment
in a game elicited the strongest emotional response from you?"
I'd have to say that Halo 2 got me the most emotional.
The cliffhanger at the end of that game was just overwhelmingly depressing,
especially when I took how long we'd have to wait until the next installment
[SAINT: Wow, so
many to choose from. I mean, do I pick Red Dead Redemption's ending, or Dead
Space's ending...but since Hannibal mentioned Halo 2, I can't quit thinking the
"last stand" scene in Halo Reach, probably because it wasn't just a cut scene,
it was more you controlling the inevitable outcome that no matter how hard you
fought or how fast you ran away, it was going to occur and there was nothing
you could do to stop it. It was truly an epic moment in gaming if you ask me.]
Bonus Question #2: Harry asks, "If Gamestop
didn't exist, how screwed would your games library be?"
If GameStop didn't exist, my game library would probably
be a little thinned out. It wouldn't be too bad though, as I've bought quite a
few games on Amazon that I couldn't find at GameStop, but it'd take a hit
[SAINT: I thought
GameStop was like the Jedi archives - instead of "If a system does not appear
in our records, then it does not exist?" It would be something like, "If a game
does not appear on our shelves, then it does not exist"? There are
certainly a number of alternative sites you can purchase games from. Honestly,
I think I buy more games from Steam now than anywhere else.]
Bonus Question #3: Saint asks, "Is there a
big demand for a professional moustache grower and does it pay well?"
The mustache business is booming my friend. Just check
out Southern Comforts "Whatever's Comfortable" commercial. You'll see
our current flag carrier in action. As far as pay goes, we have to degrade
ourselves just to make a few pennies. I even filled in for a mannequin at the
local gentlemen's shop just to make rent last month. You have to have that
passion, you know?
[SAINT: Doh! I'm
afraid to Google that and see what might come up. It definitely sounds like one
of those jobs that Confucius talked about when he said, "Find a job you love
and you will never work a day in your life."]
Bonus Question #4: Saint asks, "If your life
was a song, what would the title be?"
If my life were a song, the title would be "Up In
The Clouds". I'm really tall, and I day dream more than I should. It might
be a somewhat bland title, but it's the lyrics that would hit home.
[SAINT: Well, I
suppose that's a lot better than Poison's "Look What The Cat Dragged In". It's
probably no surprise I like video games, so I would have to pick a video game
inspired song and what better game to pick from than Portal 2. I'd like to
think it would be something like "I'm Different" but others might think "I AM
NOT A MORON" is a better candidate.]
Ask Me A Question
And I Might Just Answer It.
Hannibal asks, "A mysterious, magical, all powerful
figure approaches you. In one hand he holds a stone with Half Life 3's release
date written under it. In the other hand he holds a device that allows you to
simply think a blog, or novel into existence, thus avoiding the writing process
and siphoning all of your best ideas for whatever you're writing onto Microsoft
Word, completely edited. Then in his third hand he holds a key, and behind him
stands a door. What's behind the door is a mystery, and the key isn't even
guaranteed to unlock it. You must destroy two of the options and take one.
Which item do you take, and which two do you destroy?"
[SAINT: An interesting and thought provoking
question, for sure. For a minute, I thought I was the mysterious, magical and
all powerful figure. How could I approach myself? I nearly missed the fact he
had three hands and realized it couldn't be me then. To get to my answer I
first used a process of elimination and immediately dismissed the allure of the
whole key and door prize. I've seen the grip that greed can have on people and
I'm not usually influenced by it. I'd much rather know exactly what I'm
getting. So it comes down to Half Life 3 release date or the blog o' matic.
It's really a rather simple choice. Part of my fascination and interest with
blogging is the actual construction process with thinking of an idea and
molding it into a finished product. The blog o' matic would certainly
streamline and automate the process, but I'm not so sure that would be a good
thing for me. Give me the release date to Half Life 3 - I know exactly what I'm
getting and would be the first to blog about it and reveal it to the entire
video game industry. Blogs come and go...but a blog of that magnitude could be
remembered for a lifetime.]
A special thanks to Hannibal for spending some time with
us while divulging a few details about his gaming personality. To read more
about Hannibal, view his GIO profile here.