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A Day in the Life
Who am I?
To introduce myself, I've decided to answer questions that have been posed by Forum threads:
Who are you (in 5 words or less)? An acquired taste.
What do you like for (2015) GOTY? The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
What does it literally mean to be a game freak? Is it good or bad? I don't know, but in my book, everyone's a freak. So that ain't bad.
Realistic or unrealistic? Depends. I like a realistic presentation in CoD/BF/Ace Combat, but less benefits Borderlands/Dishonored. I like pseudorealistic gameplay in military shooters, but magic in RPGs is welcome too. Then there are games like Skyrim/The Witcher 3, with their realistic presentations of fantasy worlds.
What was your favorite game growing up? In the arcades, I liked Tempest. On our Atari, I liked Pitfall! among others. Tough to narrow down.
Star Wars prequels, why are you so hated? I probably enjoy them more than most just from an entertainment standpoint. But the performances are career lows from the talent involved. I literally cringe.
The most botched video game story? I think this must be a trick question given the ME3 controversy. But I'll say it's a toss up given that most games IMO fail in the story department.
Favorite band/artist/song? The Wailin' Jennys/Toni Price/Angel Mine
What is the best ending you have seen in a game? Cold Winter's (PS2) denouement was bittersweet, wrapping up its gripping tale of espionage with victorious relief and tragic consequence.
International horror films must see? The Eye (the Pang Brothers' original). Probably my favorite horror film. The elevator scene is akin to Psycho's shower scene.
Single game you've put the most hours into? At more than 100 hours and counting, it's Skyrim (though I likely played Battlefield: Bad Company, Call of Duty: World at War, Killzone 2 or CoD: Modern Warfare 2 more online).
What game are you most looking forward to? No Man's Sky
Best Xbox game you own? Easy. My favorite all time game, Mass Effect. I even loved the Mako and RPG inventory management. ; )
What's the worst game you ever played? Broken Helix (Playstation). The broken stealth meant brutal trial and error, though mostly error in the form of a game ending mushroom cloud LOL.
CoD, good games or not? Definitely good, very well executed. But like its competitor, my once beloved Battlefield, such military shooters don't evolve enough to maintain my interest for long.
The GIO family
Saint/Rich Dickinson (above, left) and I met for the first time, appropriately so, at E3. For years he was GIO's de facto Community Manager, having begun the Blog Herding feature and Member Herding blog. But I most admire and respect him for his humble demeanor, steadfast commitment, kind encouragement and support.
Noobtubin8er/Brian Seavey (above, right) and I have met up a few times during his business trips. We had fun sampling different restaurants and talking about gaming, Team GIO and the movie Alien, which I spoiled for him. As great a guy in person as online!
The Game Informer staff was gracious enough to stop during E3 one year for a photo op. Thanks, guys (above, L-R: Bryan Vore, Dan Ryckert, Ben Reeves, Kyle Hilliard, some random fanboy, Ben Hanson, Jason Oestreicher)! But Jeff Marchiafava owes me a lunch LOL.
Eyros/Eric (above) did me the honor of visiting during a trip to Call of Duty XP . To his credit, he overlooked my calling him Greg and we had a long, enjoyable talk about all things gaming. He is one cool dude who conveys an enviable knowledge and enthusiasm for games.
Last but by no means least, though I have not had the pleasure of a face-to-face meeting with mojomonkey12/Jeremy Brown, he and I enjoy co-op matches on PSN. A terrific guy with a casual sensibility, our online time together is a blast.
Please consider joining Team GIO's efforts in support of Extra Life. Although the 24-hour video game marathon is once a year, you can still support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® anytime. In 2015, our team raised about $38,000. With your help we hope to continue that legacy. For details, visit my page, Team GIO's page or Extra Life here.
Ace Combat 2&3, Future Cop: LAPD, Silent Hill, Tomb Raider, Delta Force: Black Hawk Down, Freedom Fighters, The Getaway, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, kill.switch, Killzone, Max Payne, Obscure, Shadow of the Colossus, Star Wars: Battlefront, SWAT: Global Strike Team, TimeSplitters: Future Perfect, 24: The Game, Battlefield: Bad Company, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, BioShock, BioShock: Infinite, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Condemned: Criminal Origins, Crackdown, The Darkness, Dead Island, Dead Nation, Frontlines: Fuel of War, Gears of War, Halo 3, Heavy Rain, John Woo Presents Stranglehold, The Last of Us, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Portal, Portal 2, Sniper Elite V2, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
2013 Blogging Stats:
Game Informer Newsletter:
I am grateful to have had 19 blogs featured in the Game Informer Newsletter:
June 25, 2016
May 21, 2016
March 19, 2016
December 5, 2015
May 23, 2015
May 2, 2015
July 18, 2014
February 9, 2013
December 22, 2012
June 11, 2012
May 5, 2012
February 18, 2012
January 28, 2012
January 13, 2012
December 9, 2011
December 3, 2011
October 29, 2011
May 28, 2011
September 21, 2010
I've written 167 blogs and have been fortunate to have had 80 selected for the weekly Blog Herding feature:
Exploring Boundaries in No Man's Sky
My E3 2016: Kona, Skylar, Solus & More
The Beginning of the End: A Photo Mode Recap of Uncharted 4's First Hours
Hunter or Hunted? The Thrill of the Chase in Far Cry Primal
How to Not Survive in Fallout 4
This Fallout Wasteland Is Teeming With Opportunity
The Elder Scrolls Online -- Death by Mudcrab & Other Joys
My E3 2015: Logitech, Valhalla Hills, Bounty Train, Extra Life & More
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt -- Initial Impressions
What Does a 19-Year-Old Alien Look Like?
Last (Gen) but not Least -- Dragon Age: Inquisition & Far Cry 4
Stan Lee's Comikaze 2014
Anime Expo 2014: Cosplay, Artist Alley & Exhibitors
My E3 2014: Rainbow Six, Far Cry, Dying Light & More
Guardrails Off the Beaten Path
Back to the Future: Last Gen Virtual Reality
A Love Letter to Virtual Allies
Stan Lee's Comikaze
Lost in Los Santos: A GTA Journal
Arcania: The Complete Tale
The Last of Us and Devotion to Craft
Surviving Metro 2033
The Peculiar Charms of a Dead Island
If a Zombie Has Warts, Would You Notice?
Screenshots for Dummies (Like Me)
Under the Columbia Big Top
Charting Lara's Past, Present & Future
Mojomonkey12 Is Pod People & Other Tales From the Alien Invasion
Reimagining Lara Croft
A Cat-and-Mouse Alternative to Run-and-Gun
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance AKA Raiden's Resplendiferousness
Scratching That BioShock Itch While On The Go
Hitman: Absolution Is On Target, Even If I'm Not
Horsing Around in Assassin's Creed 3
A Far Cry From Your Typical FPS
Grand Theft Auto: Evolution
Beyond Compare: Borderlands 2, Black & Project: Snowblind
Extra Life: Dishonored, Borderlands 2 & More
In Dishonored, Heads Will Roll. And Fly, and Fall, and ...
Borderlands 2: Pandora Revisited
Beyond Compare: Skyrim & Dragon's Dogma
Metal Gear Solid: Evolution
The Elder Scrolls: Evolution
The Other Mass Effect Ending: The Start of Something Big
Bruce Payne 2-1/2: Dizzy Stupor Heroes
The Age of Video Games: Prometheus & Game Development
My E3: Borderlands 2, Tomb Raider & Resident Evil 6
Making Imaginary Friends in Dragon's Dogma
Dragon's Dogma Gets a Second Chance to Make a First Impression
Sniper Elite V2 Had Greatness in its Sights
How Special Is Spec Ops?
This Hybrid Is a Compelling Mix
How Witcher 2 Helps Me Feel Like a Kid Again
The Ginsu Knife of Video Games?
Reflections of a Lifelong Shooter Fan
I Am (Still) Alive
A Console Gamer Takes Flight on the PC
Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous: Jackie Estacado
What the Mass Effect 3 Demo Really Demonstrates
Long Live the King
The Lure of the Dark Side
Tanks for the Memories
Dragon Born Loser
Shootist's Top 10 Gaming Experiences of 2011
You Can't Spell Skyrim Without A-R-T
"Video Games" Are Obsolete
Dovahkiin Don'ts: And An Excuse for My Pictorial
Playing for Keeps
To Die For: Exhibiting Rage
Smiling Through the Pain
Surviving the Dead Island of Banoi: A Photo Essay
L.A. Neo Noire
The Tyranny of Father Time
An End to Labels?
In Defense of Mediocrity
Call of Duty: Black Ops Teaser Trailer Dissected: A Pictorial
My E3 2016: Dropzone & Elite Dangerous
My E3 2016: The Dwarves, ELEX, War Thunder VR & More
My E3 2016: Battlefield 1 & Titanfall 2 at EA Play
My E3 2015: CrossCode, Shift Happens, Lichdom Battlemage, Total War: WARHAMMER & More
My E3 2013: TAKEDOWN, Saints Row IV, The Elder Scrolls Online & More
My E3 2013: Sherlock Holmes, Castlevania, Witcher, Thief & More
My E3 2013: Warframe, Ryse, Contrast, Titanfall & More
My E3 2012: Planetside 2, Samsung Cloud Gaming, Watch Dogs & Wrap Up
My E3 2012: Divinity Debut, DayZ's Hall, Raven's Cry, Otherland, Kartuga & More
My E3 2012: Borderlands 2, Tomb Raider & Resident Evil 6
Anime Expo coverage:
Anime Expo 2012: Cosplay, Fan Art & Collectibles
Stan Lee's Comikaze coverage:
Stan Lee's Comikaze 2015
Stan Lee's Comikaze 2013
The JACKED UP Indie & Mojo Show (click on the icon to visit):
My (Belated) E3: Planetside 2, Samsung Cloud Gaming, Watch Dogs & Wrap Up
The Indie & Mojo show-Episode 16-Dan's not here man! Shootist makes both his triumphant return and debut
The Indie and Mojo No-Show--The lost episode--Starring Shootist2600
Announcing FanFic Fellowship, Day 1: Last Rites of Roy and Anna
Letters From Harran writing contest, sponsored by The Dying Light Team at Techland Games (November 2015)
Killzone: Liberation Tales of War Story Contest, sponsored by Sony and Guerrilla Games (June 2006)