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Following in the vein of Kate Willaert and Applesteak, I'm going to post my own answers to the 10 questions Game Informer asked in their podcast. Note that these answers aren't the longest ever, but as it is currently six in the morning, my threshold for caring is really low. So, here they are, my ten answers:
1. What is the first videogame system you owned?
As far as my memory serves, a Sega Genesis. I remember Sonic 2 as my first gaming experience, and it was a great one to start out on. Since I'd been playing video games so early in my life I feel a bit antiquated against most people my age and under who picked it up with the Playstation or N64. I also have some memories of playing Mortal Kombat 2 when I was little as well (LE GASP!). My parents understood I wasn't going to go on mass murders by seeing pixellated blood, and I'm laid back despite what all the naysayers would spout. Other than those two games, I have a plethora of memories regarding my mother playing Mean Bean Machine and renting Sega cartridges from a local video store (damn I feel old now).
2. What's your favorite game of all time, and why?
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. I've invested hundreds of hours in exploring the land of Cyrodiil and soaking in the lore. Morrowind got me into the series, so I flipped my lid when I got to play my older brother's copy after he bought it. It was an experience like I'd never seen before, wandering through the snowy Jerall Mountains with Wings Of Kynareth playing in the background and thoughts of Pale Pass in my mind, and it struck me as one of the simplest yet most emotional experiences I'd ever had in a game. Ever since its been permanently cemented in my consciousness so firmly that the game is in a small way a part of who I am.
3. Recommend a game for our listeners that they probably haven't played.
The World Ends With You for Nintendo DS. It's becoming something of a rarity these days, so pick it up if you can. It's a JRPG that's the greatest thing to come out of the genre since the heydey of Final Fantasy VII and Chrono Trigger. The music is fantastic, the battle system is frenetic and innovative, and the story is a work of art. That's not even including the aesthetic that is beautifully crafted in the locale of Shibuya, Japan. Everything meshes together into a handheld experience you absolutely should not miss.
4. What's the greatest console in videogame history?
So greatest, not my personal favorite. Hrmm...I'd have to go with the SNES. The software might have been policed a bit too much, but this is where some of the most iconic series in gaming had some of their strongest installments. You had Link To The Past, Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy 3, need I go on? The controller was a vast improvement over the square plastic box that is the NES controller, also boasting shoulder buttons and XY buttons. You can still whip out this bad boy today and play through some of the games that stand the test of time in a way that no other consoles short of modern generation can hold up.
5. Make one prediction about the videogame industry ten years from now.
I think services like Steam will replace physical retailers AND regular digital downloads alike. The format works fantastically, they have access to huge back catalogues of titles as well as potential for upstart developers to submit their games. There's also the pricing format, Valve has a free hand with promoting sales and game updates in a much less constraining way than Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo does. If not Valve themselves, I forsee every major console maker having a service similar to Steam.
6. Name one legendary franchise that you don't like all that much.
Street Fighter. For the life of me I could never understnad what was so special about it. After experiencing Mortal Kombat first, Street Fighter came off as a much more bland, vanilla experience. I've never been much of a fighting game fan in the first place. Mortal Kombat, I enjoy a few entries in the series. I bought Marvel vs Capcom 2 off a sale on XBLA. But, as far as the legendary Street Fighter series goes for me, I tossed it aside unceremoniously several years ago and haven't looked back since.
7. What's the most important game ever?
Do I go the Pong route, th stolen game that brought a industry to the masses? Maybe Mario, which brought the industry back from the brink? No, I'm going to go with a bit less obvious choice. E.T. for Atari 2600. Yes, that festering dungheap of a game that brought the industry into a downward spiral. See, prior to this there was no Game Informer to let Andy warn you against Kabuki Warriors. As a matter of fact there was no way to discern quality on a game purchase at all, unless you were (un)fortunate enough to have a friend who got the games before you. And when millions of kids got the game to a hit movie that Christmas, their joy turned to horror and the game got returned in droves. And so was the downfall of the old order of things, only to have Japanese developers such as Nintendo and Sega taking over two years after the American market went to hell.
8. Best game character ever?
Sheogorath, though this is a very difficult choice. I completely lost myself with some of his dialogue he came off with in the Shivering Isles expansion of Oblivion, and meeting him in Skyrim was like one huge easter egg for me. Some of my other notable favorites include Joker, Ayla, the Scythian, Rucks, Shiki, Garrus, Woozie, and Little Jacob. So many good charaters, I've probably left out a bunch. >.<
9. What game coming out for the remainder of 2012 are you most excited for, and why?
Paper Mario: Sticker Star. You can keep your Halo 4's and your God Of War 4's, I want the first proper sequel to one of my most offbeat favorite series. If it's anything like the rest of the series, I can expect lots of great humor, fun battles, and character customization all in a package with innovation and colorful locales. I am totally not a fanboy for the Paper Mario series, whatever gave you that idea? <_< Oh yeah, the main reason I bought a 3DS was anticipation for this game, so that might be a bit damning against the me not being a fanboy argument.
10. What did you have for lunch?
Spaghetti with red pepper and onion tomato sauce and parmesan cheese. Delicious.
There you have em, feel free to provide your own answers in the comments below. :P