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This episode of the Member Herding blog is record setting in
that it weighs in at 6 pages. But it's six pages of interesting material and I
just couldn't bring myself to cut any of it out. So what I'm going to do is
minimize my intro and my responses. Also, you might notice the new MH image,
created by our very own GIO Community member born4this. Thanks Dean! Let me
just say that this person was selected, not just for his contributions to the
website, but also for his latest rise to fame as the GIO Community Frag Fest
Coordinator. He needs no introduction. He is...
GIO Name: eyros2k
GIO Rank: Veteran
Member - Level 13
Gaming Experience (Years playing): 17+. I know my family had picked
up an NES when I was around 4, and I recall playing the Mario/Duckhunt combo
cartridge quite a bit... but it wasn't until... I think it was my 6th birthday
when I was given a Sega Genesis that things kicked into gear. The following
year my family made a cross-country move, and one thing I will never forget is
having my dad unpack the TV and the Genesis before anything else,
literally the first items out of the truck.
(How long have you been a gamer? Since the beginning...)
Last Game Completed: I'm not a big achievement hunter, so I don't
feel compelled to go for 100% on anything... with the exception of Modern
Warfare and its sequel. The most recent single-player portion of a game
finished though, Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Currently Playing: Black Ops, Enslaved, Fallout New Vegas, Fable 3
(about a 95/2/2/1 split at the moment, sadly)
Origin of GIO Profile Name: Eyros was my first jab at a fantasy
character name, when my girlfriend and I started playing EQOA on PS2. It felt
right, a good fit for the elf bard, and I liked keeping the first letter of my
own name. It wasn't until weeks later that I became aware of its extreme
similarity to a certain Greek mythology figure, and then I decided to run with
it for good.
Generated Questions + 1 Bonus question
1. How are you enjoying your newly
discovered and self-claimed position as the GIO Frag-Fest Coordinator, and how
are you enjoying all of the attention? Do you have big plans for the future of
this little endeavor?
I enjoy this sort of thing a lot, getting people together for gaming events
has been my deal for as long as I can remember. Counter-Strike LANs, Hot-Seat
games of Heroes III, DDR at the arcade, geez, even getting friends over to take
turns on XBAND Killer Instinct... it's always been something. We were
constantly playing stuff on our own, but it usually wasn't until I spoke up
that we got together. In that same way, the GIO community shows a strong
interest in getting together to game, but it's been troublesome getting
everyone together in the past. I'm super happy with how the inaugural
event turned out, and can only hope the popularity of the idea sticks. And
kudos to you again for being the one to spark the initiative. As for the
attention, heh, ask me again in a few weeks. It's nice to hear all the attaboys
now, but it's always easy in the beginning right? I fear the wrath of the "why
can't be play such and such instead" crowd... As for the future of the
events, I have grand ideas of things expanding... but it's far too early to go
down that road. We'll just have to see how the next few events pan out.
[SAINT: Even I
was surprised by the response. I think it's a wonderful opportunity and you're
the perfect person to be in charge. I hope you get all the fame and recognition
you deserve and more; and I look forward to seeing what the future holds. I'll
help out however I can, even if I'm not the greatest player.]
2. Imagine if you will...at the
Holiday Christmas Party for work, you drew Donkey Kong's name for the secret
Santa gift exchange. What do you get him? One of your 90 year-old co-workers
asks, "What are video games and why do you play them?" How do you
The only correct answer is a bunch bananas right? And a jigsaw puzzle I
guess, everyone loves a two-fer present. And to the old-timer I say...
"What are you doing here, didn't you retire 25 years ago?" if I'm in
a good mood. The more likely response would be "It's the 21st
century, adapt to technology or GET OUT!" or the ol' standby "You are
waaay past Last Day - any Sandman in the house?" If you were hoping for
the intellectual answer to that question, you'll have to present another
scenario... the elderly tend to bring out the worst in me :P
are never any wrong answers. There is always something to be learned by reading
the person's response. For example, we all now know you don't like old people...heh
heh. As far as DK, I would get him a new tie with little Mario's all over it.]
3. Where do you see the video game
industry in five years? Ten years?
Seeing the direction of the current console generation, taking in all the
milestones of the past decade, it makes it that much more difficult for me to
take a guess at what the future holds. I see free-to-play and Facebook games
and all that low development cost/low upkeep nonsense continuing to clog the
internet. On that same page, I see a continued push for more digital
distribution and probably more half-baked games with lots of DLC. Perhaps I am
focusing too much on the bad trends...
As an individual, I respect the initiative to advance technology, and hope
that's where we're headed. Of course innovation can happen within any medium,
any hardware configuration... but the more we focus on advancement of base
technology, the sooner the farfetched possibilities become reality. All I know
for sure is, there will be 27 more handhelds from Nintendo by 2020.
[SAINT: A fair
assessment, I'm sure. Especially the Nintendo handheld prediction. I agree with
the rest of your comments. I should've asked what your thoughts about On Live...]
4. Is space really the final
frontier or will we ever go to infinity and beyond?
Let's see, immediate response to the first part of that question, yes. I
feel we give humanity far too much credit. I won't even pretend to be a novice
on the topic of interstellar travel... but from where I am standing, to believe
we have the ability to venture out beyond our own galaxy requires a certain
amount of imagination that I apparently don't possess. I tend to break things
down into components, and as far as this topic goes; the distances and time
involved sure seem to present some problems... then you consider the notions of
light speed travel and cryonics or whatever sci-fi you're into... I can't help
but think about how feeble the human body is. *shrug* Get used to the moon
astronauts, cuz you're never goin' anywhere else. Not in a million years!
interesting perspective and not one I expected but one that I am intrigued by.
Most gamers (a completely unsubstantiated assessment) seem to believe in
technology and sci-fi and all that hoopla, it's refreshing to see a view that
goes against the flow. Somehow, I think that fits your personality.]
5. You have one of the most
thorough and interesting profiles of anyone I have ever met on Game Informer.
It warrants a few questions on your thoughts - How much gas does WarCraft still
have in the tank? Give a Black Ops noob like myself a few pointers, including
your weapon load out and perk selection. Would you rather have the top score or
an amazing kill to death ratio? Can the next Call of Duty outdo MW2 and/or
World of Warcraft? Although I personally try to keep my distance from it, I
still have a window into the fanbase. More than a few of my friends continue to
play, and attending Blizzcon was a good snapshot of it as well. The game is
still going strong, and has no signs of slowing down, sadly. This is a hot
topic for me... I feel strongly that the endless carrot-on-a-stick framework of
MMOs is a horrible blemish on the face of gaming. The heart of the issue is
that the vast majority of players continue to play year after year for one
thing, the escapism factor. This is a pitfall topic, I know, but a simple fact
of how it applies to those who escape into gaming is, infinite replay value or
not, all other video games have an end. There is no end of the road
quitting point with WoW, it's always "I can't wait until the next
raid" "the next patch" "next expansion". Between the
root escapism, and players always pining for the next best thing I find it near
impossible to not draw comparison to other life sucking/destroying addictions -
drugs, alcohol, whatever. Every fan will argue it's not addictive, insisting
they can manage and if someone else can't that's their problem. Is the game
itself truly at fault, or are those adversely affected just weak minded
statistics? Who knows... but just as I will state for the record that I believe
drugs and alcohol are destructive, so are MMOs. Surely some can manage these
"recreational activities", but many, many more than a negligible
minority, will not. I imagine this was not the road you wanted me to go down
with that question, but there's my official statement :/
[SAINT: Honesty is always the road I
want people to take when answering the questions and that's what you did. I
applaud that response. I'm not an MMO player, but I have battled the online
addiction fight before so I can relate to your comment. Brilliant response.]
Black Ops pointers: Success in
shooters always starts with the same two elements - twitch reflex, and map
knowledge. I haven't always been a console FPS player... it took me several
months to become comfortable with aiming on a gamepad, and every game has its
own little learning curve for aiming, but for CoD as a whole what really
helped me out with that was the introductory mission on the original Modern
Warfare "FNG", and again later MW2s "The Pit". Improving on
your previous best time speaks volumes about your ability to acquire targets
and move around with confidence. If you bang your head on this sort of exercise
for too long, of course it becomes more muscle memory... so just try running
these practice missions 5 or 6 times before a session of online play. I used to
do this as a sort of "stretch before you begin" thing while playing
MW2 for most of my career.
Combat Training: In CT you can still practice your twitch reflex like
with training missions, but you will also be forced to also think about
defending yourself. How you're moving around the map, line of sight, grenades
and equipment, whether to reload or switch to sidearm... this is great because
it presents the situations more like what you'd really encounter online, but
the instinctual reaction to this setting is to be overly cautious... and if
you're too tense, you're going to have trouble training yourself to aim the way
you want. When going into CT, just tell yourself that is what you're there for,
training? Instead of going in with the mindset of "ok I need to get this
many kills" just focus on taking in map knowledge - understanding the flow
of the map you choose. Just move around and find all those alternate paths, try
and hop walls and stuff. As you become more acquainted with the layout of a
map, your situational awareness lets you know where your attention should be;
when you're able to relax, and where to check your corners, so to say. You can
do this in a local round without any bots even, but I think this can be
counter-productive for many players.
Class loadouts: I love building
classes. So many useful utilitarian combinations, this is why I grind toward
prestige 9 just to unlock all the extra class slots. But if I had to pick a few
good archetypes for a newbie...
AK74u with grip & dual mags, Python with speed reloader, concussion
grenades, Semtex and claymore with perks of Lightweight, Warlord, and Marathon.
The role of this class is pretty self explanatory, get to the enemy quick and
hit em hard. Super easy to handle weapons and high mobility - requires map
knowledge to use to the fullest. Easily interchangeable with stealth setup -
Switch grip for silencer, lightweight for ghost and claymore for motion sensor
and you've got a potent lurker class.
Defensive Rifleman: GALIL with dual
mags, CZ75 with extended mags, nova gas, frag grenade and claymore with perks
of Hardline, Hardened and Second Chance. Defend an objective from a point of
cover, and rack up killstreaks in the process. Use hardened to fire from behind
your own cover, and second chance to give your team a chance to keep you and
that killstreak (which you'll earn sooner from Hardline) alive. Try switching
your GALIL attachment to extended mags and CZ75 to fully-automatic, along with
your first perk to Scavenger for more shock and awe.
Self Sustaining: M16 with
suppressor and dual mags, Strela-3, concussion grenades, tomahawk, and motion
sensor with perks of Ghost, Warlord and Marathon. Make them play on your terms
with this setup. The running Ghost with a suppressed weapon keeps you off radar
allowing you to skulk around anywhere. Engage from some obscure corner of the
map, or dead in the middle - if you keep your head on a swivel and you
movements quick and point to point (with the help of Marathon), you'll be tough
to track. If motion sensors or footstep sounds concern you, then go for Ninja
as perk 3 to be completely invisible. The Strela-3 as your secondary makes sure
you aren't caught with your pants down when an unexpected Cobra, Huey or Hind
show up - and Warlord gives you a more formidable primary weapon as well as
extra grenades, so you won't miss having a secondary. This is the most
versatile class setup in my opinion, and is always my first custom class.
Other: Sniper, LMG and Shotgun classes
have their place, but I feel for new guys looking to get a grip on things it
should stick to SMG and AR. Lastly I want to add an important note on
anti-aircraft classes... don't be drawn in by the standard LMG/Launcher idea.
Attempting to bring down any aircraft with anything other than launchers
really is a fool's errand and will absolutely end in your own death. Pick anything
else besides an LMG, to retain the mobility that will benefit you as you move
to and from cover to take shots on helicopters.
[SAINT: Great tips. Hopefully I can
implement them before our next battle.]
Top score or K/D: Like I mentioned
before, I'm grinding away to 9th prestige, so I'm all about score...
but if balanced correctly this can also mean the best K/D as well. My favorite
modes are Domination and CTF, lots of chances for bonus XP when playing the
objective. I never played CTF in MW or MW2 at all, there was no incentive. But
now in Black Ops, not only are you playing CTF to unlock Marathon Pro, the XP
is just awesome! A bonus for picking up enemy flag, a bonus for any kills while
holding the flag, bonus for killing anyone who has picked up your flag, bonus
for returning your flag... I regularly collect all of these in succession, and
man does it feel sweet. Same story with Domination, almost all high skill
players will say hold two flags so we can spawn trap them, But they have
it all wrong. If you manage to capture the third flag, then play roving defense
between the two flags you're closest too, you'll rack up those Defense bonuses
on every kill. Huge XP for yourself for the bonuses, manage to stay alive and
you're getting streaks and high K/D anyway, and the game ends sooner,
yielding your match bonus quicker, netting you more XP per minute. I'm getting
excited just typing all this, I've barely played since last weekend, I'm gonna
be all over it tonight.
[SAINT: Interesting philosophy. I just
shoot. I haven't thought about offense / defense just yet.]
Next CoD Expectations: Call of Duty
has done an amazing job at tuning the experience with each and every release.
Lots of people think the franchise has gone up and down, but I see a plain as
day straight line - the games getting better from year to year with the single
exception of WaW. I will not try and cover up the fact that I was a hard sell
for Black Ops, though. I enjoy the hell out of Modern Warfare because of the
setting, and the toys that allows you to use. All that said, with MW3 the
popular guess for the next release, I am quite excited. I want to believe that
the series will continue the trend each release being better than the last, but
the complications with Infinity Ward cast a long and dark shadow on the whole
thing... so, hoping for the best, expecting the... well, there's no way it will
be anything less than an 8, so I'm still excited.
shoes to fill keep getting bigger. My fear is one day they won't hit the mark.
Mray901 asks, "If you could pick any game to be a
Game Informer cover (granted, it has to be a game that doesn't exist yet) what
would it be?"
This particular question brings a big smile to my face, because all the dead
franchises that I wish to see a sequel from - are already in work! Diablo III
is my one true desire in life, and the reboot of Deus Ex is excellent news.
I've never done the whole "blueprint your dream game" fantasy... but
something comes to mind as I type this. It's been a while since I watched it,
but I remember during the first half of I Am Legend being absolutely
enthralled. The usual "last man alive" format involves some catastrophe
that destroys not only most structures, but all infrastructures as well.
Not only are buildings crumbled and in flames, electricity is gone, running
water, you know. Explaining all the intricacies of this idea would take awhile,
I'll just say... imagine Fallout 3, but stuff isn't wrecked, there are no (or
are there?) NPCs, and the name of the game is equal parts survival and just
personal satisfaction - mental health I guess you could say. The survival
aspect alone would not be enough, but imagine if you had this massive open
world... you've got houses, apartments, high-rise businesses all still intact
and uninhabited... you can claim any of them and call it home. Then you wake
up, set out, you find yourself rummaging for sustenance through some other nice
place, you find... whatever, a statue that you would love to have in your own
place. Hopefully you have the means to transport it. Heh, I'm sure this sounds
crazy, but I can totally see it in my head. Anyway let's just pretend I said
Elder Scrolls V, until that gets officially confirmed... then I revert back to
my previous answer.
[SAINT: That game
sounds awesome. I am Legend is one of my favorite movies and I think I see your
vision, or at least a bit of it.]
A special thanks to eyros2k for spending some time with us
while divulging a few details about his gaming personality. To read more about eyros2k,
view his GIO profile here.