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Following up to yesterday's Staff Herding blog that featured
Ben Reeves and the first half of the questions, tonight is the big conclusion
and the final group of questions. With 19 Game Informer editors listed on the
front page of the website, and with 2 of them having been featured now, only 17
more to go. I haven't even considered who to approach for Episode 3, but I won't
quit trying until I get somebody. Until then, read on and enjoy!
6. The real estate
on you and your coworkers' desks are populated with all sorts of collectibles
ranging from action figures to autographed memorabilia. Whose desk wins best in
show? What's your favorite item or collectible on your desk? Would you know if
somebody moved something out of place? Assume you have won a friendly office
bet and the reward for your win is the opportunity to pick one item off of
anybody else's desk - what item do you claim as your prize and whose desk is it
from? Now imagine you lost the bet, what item do you have on your desk you
think your co-workers would want the most?
Miller has a crazy collection of toys and he's always
rotating out the figures, because he loves buying toys. I have a pretty cool
Magneto statue that was given to me a long time ago by a friend; I'm still fond
of that, but I also love my weird collection of Spider-Man toys: I have one
marine Spider-Man that came with a dolphin sidekick. I don't think there are
any items in the office that I covet, but there is an RE figure of Jill
Valentine that I recently gave to Tim; I want that back. If I lost, I'd give
someone my pen.
with a dolphin? That transcends all levels of wow. And is there a story that
goes along with why you would give a Jill Valentine figure to Tim or was it
just out of the kindness of your heart? My desk at work is pretty much bare,
but I'm trying to think if I have any cool collectibles or desk worthy items.
Hmm, I'm pretty fond of my Imperial Class Star Destroyer 3-D puzzle...it would
look cool on any desk, but I'd worry my co-workers would take a piece here and
there to see how long it would take before
7. Although I have
(mostly) gotten out of comic book collecting, in the late 80s up until the late
90s I was an avid reader and collector, with the Punisher being my favorite.
What have I been missing out on? What is your most prized comic book and what
illusive one is missing from your collection? Let's say you had the opportunity
to contribute to a limited mini-series, what character and/or artist would you
want to work with? (Is it still Deadpool?) Any cool stories or swag you care to
tell us about from your days of being an Intern at Marvel Comics? Video game
themed comics - good or bad idea?
The comic world is crazy and kinda hard to follow, unless
you are super devoted. That' part of the problem. I have The Amazing Spider-Man
31 from December of 1965, it's the first appearance of Gwen Stacy, but I'd love
to have the first appearance of Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy 15. I actually
wrote a pitch for Deadpool back when I was interning at Marvel. I think that
would still be fun to write. I think I would also love to write a Bullseye
miniseries. He's basically like an evil MacGyver; he can make a weapon out of
anything. I've never read a video game comic I've loved. I've read some that
are okay, but they're never great. It should be possible though.
sound like the comic book industry has changed too much - I remember it being
crazy and hard to follow back when I was collecting. I was a Spiderman fan too,
and I remember they had Spider-Man, Web of Spider-Man, The Amazing
Spider-Man...and on and on and on. Plus all the cameo appearances and
cross-overs. The Punisher started getting bad too, with the Punisher, The
Punisher War Journal, The Punisher Warzone, Punisher 2099 and on and on and on.
While not one of
the most valuable comics out there, I've always wanted Amazing Spiderman #129 -
First appearance of the Punisher. I've read it online, and have come across it
a few times in various comic book shops, but I have a hard time paying so much
for a comic with a .20 cover price. I'll have to check out Bullseye. I'm not
familiar with that series. I've enjoyed some of the Halo comics...I'd like to see
more video game themed comics.]
8. One of the
latest episodes of the Game Informer Staff & Reader Likes, Dislikes and
Favorite Games shows that you have X-COM: Enemy Unknown listed as one of your
current favorite games. Do you think it does the original game justice? What is
your favorite improvement or new feature? The game opens with an Arthur C.
Clarke quote that reads, "Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the
Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying." I thought this was a
perfect way to open the game. What are your thoughts on this quote and which
possibility do you think is more terrifying? Any UFO sightings or alien
encounters you would care to share with us?
Totally! XCOM is my game of the year. I didn't get into
the original that much, so I'm probably not the best person to answer your
first question, but I think it's a great strategy title. It's the most intense
I've felt since playing a Silent Hill title. I love the working my way through
every ground mission. I love always feeling like I'm just barely making it
through by the skin of my teeth. I can't wait to play the DLC. I don't know
what I think about real aliens. I guess, I've always felt like there probably
isn't anything out there, but I guess there could be. I think we'll probably
pick up some radio waves from them or something before we ever actually see
[Saint: Wow! Your
game of the year, huh? That's awesome. Yeah, the battles can be pretty tense
and it's surprising how attached you get to your units; they certainly don't
feel expendable as is often the case in strategy games. I remember playing the
original - I had this hover tank that after it was constructed, I took along on
every mission...and it had dozens of confirmed kills. Well, due to a bad landing
(Skyranger was parked way too close to a gas station) I had to maneuver the
hover tank by a gas pump that an alien shot and blew up...which took out my tank.
I was so ticked off my trusty old faithful hover tank was destroyed I reloaded
the map. I couldn't have it going out like that, heh heh. Interesting
perspective on aliens and intercepting radio waves prior to their arrival. I
don't know why, but I like asking people their thoughts on that issue, and even
got freaked out one time when this guy started telling me about his alien
encounter, and was dead serious about it.]
9. G4TV 's Top 100
games included the following games in the Top 5: Super Mario Bros. (01), The
Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (02), Bioshock (03), Asteroids (04), and
Tetris (05). Have you played all of these games and do you agree with that
order? If you had to pick one game you were allowed to play, but couldn't play
the other four ever again OR pick one game you couldn't play ever again but
were allowed to play the other four, which would you choose and what game would
I have played all of them. I think there all great
choices, but I think Super Metroid is missing from the list. Personally, I'd
put that as number one and then move BioShock and Asteroids down a few spots,
but they're all great games. If I had to pick one game over the others it would
be Zelda. I could go back and play that game every year.
[Saint: Sounds like
you are a huge Zelda and Metroid fan. Me, not so much. I like them and all, but
I seldom ever go back and play games from the past, especially really old
games. I like remembering them the way they were when I played them for the
first time. I only recently played Bioshock (watching the G4TV Top 100 games
finally pushed me to play it) and thoroughly enjoyed it, but I agree with you,
I'd bump it down a few spots. I agree with Super Mario Bros. getting the top
spot though, which is surprising on a list of Top 100 games.]
10. In the first
episode of Staff Herding, I asked Jeff Marchiafava if Game Informer had a
Zombie Emergency Response Plan. Surprisingly he said no (which I think is an
EPA violation), but he did offer the following strategy to ensure his
survival - "We don't have a shared
zombie emergency response plan at Game Informer, but the first thing I'd do is
cripple Ben Hanson and use him as bait, most definitely. Then I'd sneak out
while they were devouring his brain. That's really as far ahead as I've
thought: Make sure Ben Hanson gets eaten by zombies." -Jeff M. Assuming GI
still doesn't have a formal survival plan, what is your response going to be?
Who do you think would survive the longest and who would be the first to go?
We still don't have a zombie plan unfortunately. I have
suggested that each editor gets their own Hattori Hanzo Katana at their five
year anniversary, but the bosses think that's worse than the zombie apocalypse.
Personally, I'm not worried, because I think best on my feet. I've also tasted
my own blood; I don't think I'm that appealing.
[Saint: I'm going to go out on a limb and guess your
favorite character in The Walking Dead series is...Michonne? Hah, I can only
imagine the chaos that would ensue if each staff member had a katana issued to
them. That sounds like it has all of the makings for a sequel to the movie
"There Will Be Blood". And still no zombie emergency response plan? Okay, let
it be known that I hereby appoint myself as your ZERP volunteer coordinator and
will publish your plan in blog format in the next few days or so, or at least
an executive summary for the final plan that I could draft for you all...for a
As is customary in Member Herding and carrying over into
Staff Herding, I always try to ask two completely random, non-video game
related questions with a certain degree of quirkiness to them.
1. Which letter of the alphabet best describes you? Please
it looks like me.
Hah...okay. I'll have to think about that one.]
2. If you had a time machine that would only work one time,
was hard coded for 20 years, and would return you to present day after 72
hours, would you choose to go back in time or into the future?
Future, I've already lived through
[Saint: You wouldn't want that opportunity again? We had the
best music ever during the 90s. And you could always buy stock in Apple and
play lottery numbers you know are going to win you the jackpot prize. My fear
about going forward into the future would be I'd get there and be the only
person alive, or it would be like a scene from Fallout or Mad Max. Which could
be cool I suppose, but...]
Your turn to ask me a question?
Ben Reeves asks, "If you could have any
mythological creature as a pet, what would it be?"
[Saint: What an intriguing question.
The sailor in me almost said a mermaid, but what in the world would I do with
that? I've seen Splash and The Little Mermaid...just seems like it would be too
much trouble. In the traditional sense of mythological creatures, I suppose
something like a Pegasus or Wyvern would be cool, but the former Dungeons &
Dragons player in me is coming out and I'd probably pick a pseudodragon. I've
always like the idea of a miniature pet dragon. Who wouldn't want that?
A pseudodragon is a small dragon-kin
known to be playful but shy. Pseudodragons are not true dragons and are highly
valued for their use as wizard's familiars. They can vocalize animal noises, as
well as speak common or sylvan via telepathy. Their general attitude is similar
to a small cat but with a cunning intelligence. Read more here.]
A special thanks to Ben Reeves for spending some time
with us while divulging a few details about his gaming personality. To read
more about Ben Reeves, view his GI profile here.
I'd also like to thank Dean (born4this) for creating
and donating the Staff Herding image which really makes the title pop. His
services are a bit pricey, but he does good work.
Until the next episode...cheers.
Excellently crafted. Thanks Ben, for the allowance of partaking in this adventure.
I laughed, I cried...I read the blog twice. Well done gentlemen.
That was so much fun! I can't believe the GI staff doesn't have a zombie escape plan yet. That part made me laugh out loud. Gonna be honest, I would love to have that Jill Valentine figure. So envious. Well done, you two!
HAHA! Yep, you owe me so much for my services, I've lost track of how much.
I just recently got into comics. With Batman being the character I'm most interested in, I started following 3 different Batman titles, but after following those for about 10 issues, I decided to stick with the Batman series I liked the most & ditch the rest. It's ridiculous how many Batman comics there are in the New 52. There are at least 5 I can think of that feature Batman (6 including Justice League.)
Great herding Saint, you as we'll Ben. Shows how awesome the GI staff is.
Great blog! Great questions; very insightful answers.
Oh, Ben Reeves. Still entertaining as ever. Congrats on another Staff Herding. Looking forward to the next one.
I don't really have a plan for zombies, but when I walk into a room I always scan the area for possible weapons.