There are only 13 days left in 2012 and as the year winds down, so do a number of the monthly features I work on, like Guess That Gamer. As Master Yoda in his infinite wisdom once said, "Always in motion is the future" and the next few months are certainly going to be in motion for me. But we'll cross that bridge when it's time. For now though, it's time to enjoy the December episode of Guess That Gamer.

As a friendly reminder, the previous members to be featured in this series are listed below and are not eligible to be featured again, so if you pick them, you do so at your own risk.

Guess That Gamer (JAN) - Warbuff

Guess That Gamer (FEB) - Indiejones

Guess That Gamer (MAR) - Hist

Guess That Gamer (APR) - Masterassassin

Guess That Gamer (MAY) - EuphoricEnnui

Guess That Gamer (JUN) - Kyle Wadsworth

Guess That Gamer (JUL) - Commander Shepard

Guess That Gamer (AUG) - LGAR

Guess That Gamer (SEP) - Orochi Assassin LEVON

Guess That Gamer (OCT) - AshaMan3000

Guess That Gamer (NOV) - GoldvsSilver

The blog is basically a Game Informer community edition of the "20 Questions" game...

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.

You may recall, 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. Yeah, forget what I ever said about short answers. This edition of Guess that Gamer breaks all of the rules and is closer to Member Herding than it is the other Guess that Gamer episodes. It's all good though - at least we'll close out the year with a bang! 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.

Let's roll...

Guess That Gamer (DEC) - 20 Questions

1. Did you see the Hobbit yet?

Young and broke means I'm waiting for a good weekday matinee. Plus, after seeing The Lord of the Rings in theaters multiple times sitting next to my mother whom had doll hair glued to her feet? I feel I can wait before jumping back into that. 

(Your mom...seriously had hobbit feet...out in public? I don't know if that's cool or disturbing. Perhaps a bit of both. I haven't seen it yet either, but I've heard some good things about it.)

2. Have you played Far Cry 3?

Considering it. It looks interesting from a game play standpoint, but I'm not entirely sold on the story yet. As it is, I've got too many games on my list that are a solid "yes," to worry about a "huh, maybe," like Far Cry 3 until later.

(I was a bit skeptical at first as Far Cry 2 kind of disappointed me. But a friend told me about it and how amazing it was, so I gave it a chance and glad I did. I'm not as in love with the story and characters nearly as much as I am the beautiful landscape and very open world, complete with weather and a day-night cycle, much like its predecessor...only better.)

3. Were you naughty or nice this year?

I'm Minnesota nice. I could be plotting your demise and you'd never know due to the unfaltering hospitality. Care for some hot cocoa and bars?

(I didn't realize you were a Minnesotan (or mud duck?)...that's a very big clue. Uh oh.)

4. Which was a better year in terms of video game releases - 2011 or 2012?

As far as flat out numbers go, 2011 certainly had more games that I had purchased and loved, but I'm not actually done with 2012 yet. I'm on a bit of a black out until after Epiphany, but after I'll be allowed to buy things for myself again. Just to make it worse though, 2012 was definitely the year of, "I'm going to play this, and that, and OH that too! And... ok, so half my Christmas list got delayed to 2013. Yay?"

(Well, the good news is you only have a couple weeks left to decide and I haven't heard too much about 2013. Oh wait, yes I have. Sounds like 2013 might just compete with 2011 and 2012.)

5. Did you get or are you planning to get the WiiU?

Not really. I've found plenty of Nintendo games amusing, but they've never been favorites. They were always time wasters until I had access to something more to my taste. I got through Zelda: Twilight Princess on my sister's Wii. Then I got my own Xbox 360 and couldn't be bothered with the Wii anymore. I grew up on PC games, so Nintendo games aren't all that nostalgic for me. The closest they come to grabbing my attention is with Pokémon, but that usually just means I'll borrow a friend's super old Gameboy to putz with on a long plane ride, then forget about it later. 

(I felt the same way for the longest time about the Wii, but I can't imagine not having played some of the games on it. It's sad (but true) but at this point in my life, sometimes I get consoles just because I've owned every one of them from Sony, Micrsoft and yeah...there is a Wii U under the Christmas tree.)

6. It's the imaginary GIO gift exchange - whose name do you draw and what do you get them?

Aren't the drawings for those exchanges random? I don't know who I'd get! Better plan for all of them and see which one I get...

-ace13 would be getting The Hunger Games.

-Coachscorner00 would get a copy of the Dark Souls strategy guide.

-I wonder what Glasses reaction to Deadly Premonition would be: he's a Resident Evil fan, so that one might just break his brain.

-ElGato is stuck in Blightown in Dark Souls, so I'd give him the in game pressie of a Rusted Iron Ring: doesn't sound like much, but is invaluable for getting through that area.

-deckard would get a mouse with lots of buttons he didn't even know he wanted until he learned he could use the macros to spam links at ace13 even faster.

-Saint... I think you'd get a copy of my very first FPS... Midi Maze. Along with the silent challenge to pull a PC out of your closet capable of playing it. Go ahead and smack me.

Anyone else I'd have to do some research on to figure out something fitting.

(That's why I said "imaginary" - you're supposed to imagine reaching into a hat and pulling out somebody's name...apparently you reached in a few times. As far as pulling out an appliance that could play it, I do have an Atari 400 which would play it, but it isn't working at the moment. Although, the game was re-released on the SNES, which means I could play it on that.)

7. Do you read, watch and/or play The Walking Dead?

I never read the comic; I used to watch the show before a change in living arrangements made it harder to keep up on TV, and gaming became an even more prominent past time. I've been debating picking up the game.

(Hmm. This makes me wonder if people who aren't exposed to the series via the comic or TV show would think the game is as great as those of us who like it partly because of the other mediums. Regardless, it's amazing and if you like zombies AND games that make you think and feel, then you would love it.)

8. Favorite Mario Kart character (any version of the game)?

None. Never liked Mario Kart.

(That is blasphemous. I shall think of a punishment.)

9. What's your favorite genre?

I have a serious soft spot for Adventure games. I can (usually) find at least 1 game I like in most genres, and own a boat load of shooters, but grew up on point and click adventures.

(Me too. The Legend of Kyrandia series is one of my favorites, but so is Full Throttle.)

10. Name a game you have played but doubt many other people have played before?

Hmmmm. While the base game, Bioware's Neverwinter Nights was huge in its day, I don't think many people found my favorite mod. If Day Z counts as a game, I'm going to go ahead and say Stefan Gagne's Eternum Anthology which included the two mods Elegia Eternum and Excurcio Eternum. They were challenging tales to pluck your way through. Excurcio in particular cast you in an odd gray role somewhere between security guard and inmate in an asylum. Both had interesting characters and fascinating psychological stories, and are very much worth going back to. To this day, I want to know who the heck Lady Eternum was.

(You certainly have me there...never played it. Neverwinter Nights, yes...but not those mods.)

11. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being always and 1 being never) how often do you finish a game you start?

Nine. I'm pretty diehard about getting everything I can out of my games, and story is one of the primary motivations behind my purchases, so it helps that I constantly want to know what happens next. Sometimes things sit as I chase the newest thing so I can be involved in the current conversations, but I always come back eventually. Games like Fallout and Skyrim make it hard to consider some games "finished" though. Having obtained 2 consoles late in the cycle as well creates issues of the massive back catalogue + new releases variety. 

(Good point. Some of those games never feel like you finish, so I suppose in those instances "finished" means with the primary story line. That is my issue with Far Cry 3 at the moment. I have totally forgotten about the primary mission. I'm too busy doing all the side quests and adventuring - something I seldom ever do.)

12. Are good players good because they were born that way or just lots of practice?

Practice entirely. I've watched new comers get progressively better. I wouldn't be at the level I am without having been introduced to the hobby young. I was even better when I was younger and didn't have a job to go to, or college to attend. Stupid responsibility is cramping my Halo 4 and StarCraft II time!

(I certainly think practice can make you better at anything, but I think some players are born to be gamers and possess a natural raw talent that makes them better than most.)

13. Have you ever played any sports video games?

A few casual demos and rounds at a friend's house, but otherwise I don't own any. Was never a big sports fan. All those unpleasant memories of getting picked last for teams in school likely don't help. I always did weight lifting in Phys Ed during school if we had a choice. Otherwise the only game I was actually good at in life was soccer. It's kinda sad I can't even say which I was good at in video games because they all kinda blurred together.

(Ha, I hear you...unless you count NASCAR as a sport game, I don't really either.)

14. Would you ever (or have you) contribute to a Kickstarter project?

I have actually backed one project. I've got high hopes for Republique. Camouflaj actually had their act together before even asking for money and seem to be on track so far. Hiccups won't surprise me, but they seem to have their heads on straight. It can be hard to pick projects though given some of the risks. It's sad to see how many are missing their promised due dates, setting unrealistic goals, and not asking for nearly enough money to actually get the work done. I could write a whole blog/rant on this. Just do your research people. It's never a good sign when a group calls themselves an LLC but you can't find their company registered with the state they're supposedly in.

(Well it certainly sounds like you didn't invest blindly and actually did some research on it. I've backed one project and it's kind of fun watching the progress that is being made. I'm a huge fan of Kickstarter and the thought of becoming a part of the game based on how much you're willing to contribute.)

15. How interested are you in the announcement that Valve is building a gaming appliance?

Meh. I try not to get too over-excited until there's solid news about such things. Plenty of rumors come to nothing and ideas transform along the way. All in all, Valve and Steam obviously have service down to a science, and service is slowly progressing toward what being the distinguishing factor between consoles. It'll likely just be another box, but if it's comparable to competitors, I may look into it due to a love of the company.

(Just another box? Hah! This is one box to rule them all.)

16. How many hours in one day have you ever spent playing video games?

Twelve hours. The joys of being home sick. The woes of missing a perfect headshot due to a racking cough.

(Ah, I don't feel so bad now. One of the unspoken benefits of contributing to the Extra Life charity event is you can play 24 hours of video games and blame it on that.)

17. Is it socially acceptable to be a "gamer"?

HA. If not, I'm in quite the hive of scum and villainy here on GIO, aren't I? I grew up with gaming being a completely normal thing, shared with me and my sister from our father. More and more people are taking up the charge. Every group has their shameful stereotypes that everyone tries to pretend is the norm, but "gamer" as a word is getting reclaimed in much the same way "geek" is. Even my mother who hated video games for so long kept asking me to show her friends, "that funny game with the cake and the sarcastic robot."

(Yup. We're not quite there, but we're making huge strides and getting closer.)

18. Do you have any quirks or habits you do while playing video games?

Checking EVERY corner. Apparently I'm awfully boring to watch play Bioshock: cutting carelessly through splicers just to run and ram my camera into the nearest nook only to find every ammo variety is already maxed in my inventory so I'll just have to leave that stash there.

(Hmm. If I play a game splitscreen, I always have to be on the screen that I played the first time.)

19. What was your Game of the Year?

Borderlands 2. Halo 4 came pretty darn close, but I felt was a little convoluted compared to its predecessors. Mass Effect 3 makes a good run of it, but... you thought I was gonna say "the ending," didn't you? No, ME3 pissed me off with its cover mechanics: they nailed them so perfectly in 2, and then I found myself getting screwed over at every turn in 3. I was not looking to play Gears of War when I sat down with Shepard. It's hard to beat out a game that had so many moments of utter hilarity as Borderlands 2 did. Even Syndicate gets an honorable mention. Deus Ex: Human Revolution may have left Syndicate unable to compare in the storyline department, but its gameplay was solid and it was a remarkably smooth, polished, and fun game.

(I can't talk about this for very long or I start having my doubts. I picked Mass Effect 3, and the fact that Game Informer did too (after I did) reaffirms my choice. But...I have a few others I could pick too.)

20. Lawful Good, Chaotic Evil or something in between?

Lawful Good in life. Chaotic Good in most games. Current D&D character is actually Neutral Evil though... freakin' hilarious to play. Being Neutral means that she isn't Stupid Evil, so no even in the party even guessed her alignment might be... off until she started speaking demonic. Told some demons harassing them to piss off and they did, so no one is quite sure how to feel about her.

(I was getting a bit nervous, heh heh...but then re-read it and saw you said Lawful Good in life. I guess that's a good thing. That's quite a tale. Remind me not to get on your bad side.)

This concludes the 12th (and quite possibly the last) edition of Guess that Gamer. I hope everyone enjoyed the series 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, the series or a suitable replacement may return next year? I'll post the answer in a day or so.