In my monthly stat blog, I revealed that I often use the information to pick candidates for the Member Herding blog. Well, this week, true to my word, I looked at the top five contributors, noticed two of the five had already been herded leaving me three great candidates to choose from...and so I picked one.

Before we get to the questions, the word of the day and your clue to this week's newest member to be herded is...



1. Extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable.

2. Impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.

Hmm, know anybody at Game Informer Online that meets that description? Of course you do! Unless of course You Don't Know Jack. Sorry, a little play on words with an old video game...anyway, the newest member of the herd is none other than...

GIO Name: Jack, The Quixotic Gamer

GIO Rank: Power Member - Level 7

Gaming Experience (Years playing): I have been playing pretty much since I came out of the womb. I have vague recollections of playing on the NES with Duck Hunt and Ninja Gaiden. But I think my experience really took off with Super Mario World on the SNES. That game was awesome. It still is. All in all, I probably have about 19 years of experience under my belt.

Last Game Completed: Dragon Age II. I really liked that game. I know other people didn't enjoy it that much. I sat down and couldn't stop playing. I beat it in four days with 51 hours logged in...I don't usually do that with games, but sometimes it is nice to just consume a game.

Currently Playing: I play a lot of Starcraft II and TF2. I'm also in the middle of Fable III and Eternal Sonata. If I can get a few friends together I like to play League of Legends and Left 4 Dead 2.

SAINT: TF2 you say? Why haven't we played together yet?!?

Origin of GIO Profile Name (While you're at it - perhaps explain the variances in your names: jackalope38, Jack, the Quixotic Gamer and Santaga38):

Jack, the Quixotic Gamer - I came up with this one a long time ago. Its origins lie in the old format of the Game Informer magazine. I've been getting GI since before Y2K made people think that computers couldn't handle a date change and were going to all explode and cause the end of the world. In the old format, all the editors had names along those lines. For example former editor Jay Fitzloff had the title "Jay, the Gonzo Gamer" in the profile section of the mag. I decided that I wanted a tag like that if I ever worked at GI and came up with "The Quixotic Gamer" because 'quixotic' is just an awesome word and I think that it can apply to me at times.

Jackalope38 - This is a Jackalope.

My name is Jack and, honestly, what is not to love about a mythical rabbit with antlers? I am from the Midwest of the United States and they are just kind of talked about like they are real animals. The 38 comes from random selection because apparently other people like to take the name Jackalope.

Santaga38 - This one originates from the profile creations in Star Wars: Battlefront. I decided I wanted a space sounding name and I had just watched a Twins game. Johan Santana had played. I must have still had his name on the brain and I just added in a letter to "Santana" and got "Santaga." The 38 came from Jackalope38.

Five Randomly Generated Questions + 3 Bonus questions

1. Russia is preparing for a "manned" expedition to Mars with an expected one year journey there and a one year journey back. Assume you're given the opportunity to go on this voyage and you can bring any 1 system and 3 video games, what would you bring along? Would you still consider going if it were a one way trip?

If I am on a space shuttle to Mars, I think I would want to bring along my PS2. That system was great. I would bring along Shadow of the Colossus, Ace Combat 5, and Metal Gear Solid 3. These are three of my favorite games of all time and none of them take place in space. I am sure that after a while it would be a relief to play on a virtual Earth. They are also all games that I never get tired of playing and would take a very long time to beat on their hardest difficulty settings.

Now if it was a one way trip...I would probably decline. Going on a one way trip in the name of science just isn't how I would like to die. I'd like to be a space pirate, and one way trips aren't how space pirates roll.

[SAINT: There is a part of me that thinks I would go just to say...FIRST! But in the end I probably wouldn't. Space Pirate, eh? Need a first mate?]

2. Have you ever discovered an Easter Egg, glitch or something unique or secret in a game that you feel like you were the first to experience? Did you tell anyone? How much or how often do you think developers hide content in their games and do you think some of it remains unfound? If you could create your own Easter Egg in a game, what would you do (you earn bonus points for creativity)?

I don't think that I have ever found a secret in a game that someone hadn't found before. One that might be close is when I played the Left 4 Dead 2 demo and I heard RE: Your Brains by Jonathan Coulton come on the jukebox. I am a huge fan of his music and had just seen him in concert. I thought that was one of the coolest things to find in a game demo. I did tell my friends, but none of them knew who Jonathan Coulton was, so it was less exciting for them.

I think that very often developers hide different things in their games and that within a week or two after release everything is found. Gamers are a very curious and innovative breed.

As for a personal Easter Egg, I would add two things into a game 1. A reward for completing a seemingly impossible task ie: for winning a fight that is really supposed to be unwinnable. I'd give a recording of my voice congratulating them on their achievement and joke weapon of some kind (think like a pen or a throwable snake) that does insane damage. 2. I would create an alternate, off-grid system for navigating through the various levels (think the secret rooms in Portal but with corridors that actually get you to different areas) with backstory written on the walls along with messages from the developers.

[SAINT: I found a glitch in the original was like a leak in the map that would let you get to an "unreachable" spot. I'm sure I wasn't the first. Also, in Modern Warfare on the snowmobiles, I tried using the boost method made famous by Mario Kart and it worked. Again, not something I think I was the first to do but something I did out of instinct without reading or being told about it.]

3. Who at Game Informer (staff and/or GIO members) would you go to the ends of Middle Earth in search of the One Ring with? You're in charge of casting roles for the Lord of the Rings movie using people from GIO. Assign the following rolls: Aragorn, Frodo Baggins, Boromir, Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck, Samwise Gamgee, Gandalf, Gimli, Legolas, and Peregrin "Pippin" Took. Who would be Sauron and who would be Gandolph?

I can tell you right off the bat that I would be Samwise Gamgee. Let's just say that my first job involved gardening and that in a sense gardening runs in my family. I think that Saint would probably be Aragorn. Merry and Pippin would be Ben Reeves and Bryan Vore, respectively. They both make me laugh, but could probably help kill a Nazgul if they needed to. Kato would be Legolas. I mean, just look at the pic in his bio, he looks slightly elfish (and I mean that in the best way possible). I think Demon Ragnarok would be Boromir. I get the sense that he would be honorable and strong for Gondor. For my companion through Mordor and the keeper of the ring, I would pick Reiner. He seems like a man who can get things done/speak some Elvish.

As for Sauron and Gandalf, I think that Andy McNamara could take both roles. He would split into a demonic evil half and a good version of himself in order to duke it out. It would be awesome!

[SAINT: All I have to say is..."Hold your ground, hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!"]

4. Like me, you're among the nearly extinct breed of gamer that prefers the PC over the console, but has partially made the transition by owning and playing a few different consoles. Do you use a gamepad or controller with your PC or do you stick to the keyboard + mouse? Which is the superior input device and why? Do you have any custom gaming peripherals?

I love the PC for a few reasons. One of the main ones being that it is the only (decent) platform for RTS. If I am playing on PC I use my keyboard and mouse. None of those gamepad shenanigans. I don't own any custom peripherals.

As for which is the superior input device.... I feel like the best course of action is to play with the controller that the game was designed for. There are minor differences between PC and console games that I think quality games take advantage of. A mouse is super accurate, but there is something to be said about the slightly slower pace of a console controller. I guess I really have no preference unless the game is an RTS, where console controllers become too simple without enough buttons for all the intricate play that goes on.

[SAINT: Here Here. I concur. Except I have some custom game controllers. I have one of those Zboard keyboards and now I'm so used to it I can't even game on a regular keyboard. It's sad.]

5. Who is your favorite Super Smash Bros. Brawl character? Describes your fighting style - are you more of an offensive or defensive player. Share with us one of your most epic and memorable battles. Is button mashing an effective tactic in fighting games or not?

Oh boy. I love me some Super Smash Bros. Brawl. I used to be a champ at that game. My skills have declines over time, though. I am a Fox player. I go for the offensive and use his lightning quick speed to my advantage (especially his fast falling speed to hit from the air). His recovery moves are amazing and that shield of his can come in handy at crucial times. I would have to say one of my most memorable matches was when I played a friend of mine 1v1 (and he was pretty good) and I beat him without taking a single point of damage in a five stock match. Great match. No idea how that happened.

Button mashing is a terrible tactic. It is good for those who are just starting to learn a fighting game, because it makes the player feel as if they are accomplishing something. Eventually, a button masher will learn the intricacies of the game and use actual moves. I will admit that I really only know how to play Super Smash Bros. and a little bit of Soul Calibur II. But in all other fighting games I become a button masher.

[SAINT: Epic story. I love Smash Bros. even though I totally suck at it. And I admit...I can be a button masher more often than not. Sorry, heh heh. Except at Soul Caliber. I know Soul Caliber.]

BONUS Questions x 3:

Apozem asks, "What is your opinion about sequels? Do you see them as a crutch for creativity or a necessary part of gaming? If you could have a sequel to one game, what would it be? What would you change from the original game?"

I find sequels to be an acceptable part of gaming. I relish the opportunity to spend more time with great and interesting characters or worlds. The connection made in the hours of time poured into games creates a bond to said characters/world much stronger than that of movies or books. That bond makes sequels more exciting. Playing a great sequel is like meeting an old friend again. What I dislike is when a sequel isn't much planned in the first place and practically tacked on. Almost invariably, the unplanned sequel is going to be a let down. Not that the people in charge of the game want it to fail. They are just not given enough time to do the project right. A perfect example of this is Knights of the Old Republic II. The game was made by Bioware and a sequel to Knights of the Old Republic, one of the greatest games of all time. However the game was shipped before it was done being made and as a result, the end is just plain convoluted. I could never figure out what was supposed to be going on at the end.

If I could make a sequel it would be a third Star Wars: Battlefront. Those games were ridiculously fun for me to play and I would enjoy spending more time with a third with improved online play/interface, the ability to travel from land into space, and an improved meta game with more equipment and such. There was such potential in that series, I hope that it comes back some day.

[SAINT: Another episode of Battlefront would be awesome. I wish they could make some of the Star Wars games from the past just with updated graphics. They were some of the best. Not like the versions we get now. I'm with you on a new Battlefront.]

Apozem asks, "Zombies are chasing you and two members of GIO down the street. Name your weapon of choice, preferred teammates, and safe destination where you can wait for rescue. (Pro tip: Team up with the people least likely to get emotional about their friend/relative/euchre partner being eaten.) Also, what's your favorite color."

I am wielding a shotgun (a must have for a zombie apocalypse) and an axe. My companions are Warbuff and AllAboutJane. Warbuff is a no-brainer (pun intended). He has Zombie Hunting listed under his hobbies and he is a game tester. I've played enough games to know that hardcore gamers will know what to do in a zombie situation and as a tester, he has probably played a lot of games. Every zombie scenario needs a female character, and I would like a girl on my team who knows what they are doing when it comes to surviving against zombies. Our strategy would be to get to an oil rig. Oil rigs are practically self-sufficient and (as far as I know) zombies aren't that great at higher level cognitive skills like swimming. We could last on one of those indefinitely until the plague died out or the military regained control of the outbreak. Also, my favorite color is green.

[SAINT: An oil rig, eh? Interesting concept...unless of course the zombies do figure out how to get out there and then you are kind of trapped. Warbuff is a great candidate. I think I'd pick any two people I think were slower than me. As long as you can outrun them, then you can use them as decoys right?]

Saint asks, "You're a Jedi (or Sith). Describe your light saber (Color of the blade, shape of the hilt, special features, etc)."

I would be a Jedi rocking out with a green light saber. It is a straight hilt with a comfortable grip. I also have a blade for my off-hand that is more of a short blade in a blue color. The handle for the off-hand blade would be curved to allow me to flick it around in crazy ways with my wrist/force powers.

[SAINT: Dual wielding with different color blades of different lengths. I like it.]

A special thanks to Jack, The Quixotic Gamer for spending some time with us while divulging a few details about his gaming personality. To read more about Jack, The Quixotic Gamer, view his GIO profile here.