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I recently sat down and
had an interview with James Higginbothom, the Head Editor and Public
Representative of Pure Nintendo, a company dedicated to all things Nintendo. Do
not worry though, the staff of Pure Nintendo do not just play Nintendo and disregard
all other consoles. These are people who enjoy video games regardless of want console
they are on.
On January 21, 2012 ,
starting at 6:00PM EST, James Higginbotham, Justin Sharp, Kevin Klein, and Eli
Courey will be in a 48-hour marathon known as "Nintendo Icons" to raise money
for Child's Play Charity, an organization that raises money for toys, movies,
books, and games for children's hospitals around the world (for more information,
please go to www.childsplaycharity.org) . This is the third year that they will
be doing this event.
This year, Pure Nintendo will be focusing on the Nintendo Wii. The four will be playing what they consider their four
favorite Wii games. Justin Sharp will be playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. James Higginbotham will be
playing Disney's Epic Mickey, Kevin
Klein will be playing Super Smash Bros
Brawl, and Eli Courey will be playing Red
This was not an interview
in the conventional sense. This interview was done via e-mail. I want to again
thank James Higginbotham for taking time out of his schedule to answer my
questions. Below is the interview. The first part deals with what the company
Pure Nintendo is about, and the second half details the marathon.
I Believe That An Introduction is in Order....
Me: So tell us a little about
yourself...Who am I talking to?
James: My name is James Higginbotham
and I am the Head Editor/PR at Pure Nintendo. I have a background in Communications
and a winning smile.
Me: What is your history with
James: The main reason I am such a
Nintendo fan has to do with my history with their products. My childhood was
full of NES, SNES, Gameboy, [etc]. I
grew up playing Zelda, Mario, Donkey Kong, [etc]. It is hard for me to turn my
back on some great gaming icons.
Where it all started for a lot of us
Me: What was the reason
for starting Pure Nintendo?
James: The reason Pure Nintendo
started was to provide a place where Nintendo fans can come together and
discuss their favorite passion...Nintendo! It has morphed into something more
with providing a place for Nintendo enthusiast to voice their opinions,
concerns, for the whole world to see.
Me: What is the goal of Pure
James: Like any news site, our main
goal is to provide the most up-to-date happenings on all things Nintendo. Our
focused has shifted over the last
year and a half to offer more in-depths analysis about happenings in the video
Me: Are the people who work for Pure
Nintendo doing this as their career, or do they have other careers?
James: Pure Nintendo started out as
an opportunity for participants to work on their skills in an environment that
provides a real world experience. Over the years we had a great staff that has
been knowledgeable in film, writing, design, and so on. A lot of staff has used
Pure Nintendo to help build their portfolio of work. Over the last year I have
taken more of career and full time role at Pure Nintendo.
The first two issues of the magazine
Me: Your About Page states that you
are, "Nintendo-purists as far as gaming loyalty is concerned." What is your
experience with video games on other platforms? Do you (have you ever) play
games on any other platform at all? What is your take on Nintendo's main
competition, Microsoft and Sony?
James: We all enjoy all types of
video games and we each have one other video game platform that we play. Be it
the Computer, PS3 or 360. I myself own a 360 and currently playing Skyrim.
Me: Are you apart of communities on
other video game websites such as Gameinformer or Kotaku?
James: I check out both those sites,
among other sites, but we are currently not part of any community. Besides our great community [at Pure Nintendo].
Me: In regards to your loyalty to
Nintendo, how far will you go to defend them? Will you hesitate to criticize
James: I am a video game fan, that
happens to enjoy Nintendo products the most. To truly REPORT on Nintendo, one
cannot be lead by biases thoughts. Some people forget that Nintendo is a
business not your friend. I will not hesitate to call out Nintendo for making a
mistake. Who knows I could start a revolution about something. That would be
Me: In regards to your work with Pure
Nintendo, do you talk with Nintendo (e.g. conduct interviews with Nintendo
staff, receive advance copies of games for review)?
James: We have worked closely with
Nintendo with helping provide our readers a deeper looking into E3 and their
round-tables, CES, and other Nintendo held events. We do receive games from
Nintendo for a review pleasure.
Pure Nintendo also works closely with
a lot of 3rd party developers like, SEGA, Capcom, Xseed, Renegade
Kid, Activsion, and more.
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