Hello readers and welcome to another 22 Questions interview. Before we continue, let us look to the week ahead and to what is on everyone’s mind. Thats right, you guessed it, the Seventh Season of ER will be out on DVD. Man it will be hard to pull myself away from repetitive life threatening episodes of that to play the most anticipated video game Beta phase ever. Thats right, the Halo 3 Beta is so close I can smell it. Tied the Leader will be there dishing out fair games to anyone willing to battle us [in matchmaking]. More on the Beta when it is out, for now let’s focus on this week’s interview. From the Gamerscore Blog, I had a chat with Chris Paladino. The Gamerscore Blog is a news blog used to keep gamers up to date with Microsoft gaming news, so it only makes sense that it is maintained by Microsoft employees. To find out more about Chris and the Gamerscore Blog browse below and check out my interview with him. Enjoy.
- What is Your Gaming Alias:
CPaladino, as unoriginal as it is, it’s my name, and I always wanted folks to be able to get hold of me. I used to go under dino56k in the Unreal Tournament days where I would be on my dial-up modem, and still be in the top of the leader boards against LPBs (old gaming term – you should look it up).
- What Age Did You Start Playing Video Games:
Wow, I have memories of the Atari 2600, and as a kid we used to go to the arcade for special occasions (birthdays mostly).
- Who Would You Say is Responsible for Getting You Into Gaming:
That would be my father, as mentioned – he used to bring us to the arcades when my brothers and I were younger. It was his Atari 2600 that started it all.
- First Game That Had You Hooked:
Probably Asteroids for the 2600 – I would play that thing for HOURS. The other good one was Kaboom for the 2600.
- Little Known Fact:
I’m going to regret answering this – I cried at the end of Saving Private Ryan. That’s probably the most powerful movie I’ve ever seen.
- How Long Have You Worked at Microsoft:
I started working at Microsoft the day of PAX ’07 – 8/22/07 to be exact. I guess that puts me at around 8 months.
- What is Your Favorite Part of Your Job:
There’s too much to name here. I’d have to say the flexibility – it’s IMPOSSIBLE to be bored on the community team, we do so many different things each day.
- What Are You Better at Than Anyone You Know:
I’m not much of a bragger, but if you held a gun to my head I’d say that I can probably write my own signature better than anyone else that I know. ;)
- What Function Does Gamerscore Blog Provide for the Community:
The goal of the blog is to sort of bridge the gap between the gamer, and the business. We attempt to get people information that they normally wouldn’t have access to, in a way that they understand.
- Closest You Have Come to Death:
I lived in Cleveland Ohio growing up, one Thanksgiving, on the way home, the freeway was covered in black ice, and I did a 360 (no pun intended) on the highway going 60mph. SOMEHOW I hit nothing – no cars, no barriers, nothing.
- Last Gadget Purchased:
We bought some recording gear at work to do our weekly podcast, some Sure 58 mics, an Alesis 8-input USB mixer, etc.
- Song You Are Currently Listening to:
Currently I am listening to “The Wait” by Metallica. I share an office with Tony Hynes, so we try and select music that both of us can handle.
- Favorite Ending For a Game, Movie or Book:
I thought that the movie Seven was a very unexpected twist, and it sort of resonated with me. The movie Saw had an amazing twist as well.
- Favorite Movie Quote:
Good, bad, I’m the guy with the gun – Ash from Evil Dead.
- What Movie Inspired Game Would You Love to See:
Saw. I think if done correctly, you could really play up the “ok, the door is closed, poison gas is leaking into the room, you have 40 seconds to live” tension w/ solving puzzles.
- Favorite Arcade Addiction:
I am addicted to the Capcom arcade game “The Punisher” – every time I see it in the arcade, I HAVE to play it.
- What is Your Drink or Snack of Choice While Gaming:
Monster Low-Carb energy drink.
- Game You Are Looking Forward to the Most:
The unannounced computer version of the board-game Blood Bowl. I don’t even know if it WILL happen, but Cyanide Studios now has the rights to do the title. Their PC game Chaos League (hard to find) is very very fun. The Speedball 2 remake also has me intrigued.
- Game That Was the Biggest Let Down:
Final Fantasy – Crystal Chronicles. My friends and I got together, with our GBAs, we all went out to buy the GBA adapter cables for the Gamecube, and we sat down to play this game. We lasted about an hour before quitting. It just wasn’t my style – we were expecting something totally different than we actually got.
- Most Exciting Gaming Experience:
In Gears of War – my team died, and I was the only one left. Their whole team was alive, and I somehow managed to luck out and kill them all with pistol beat-downs. The post-game lobby was insane in their cheering.
- Ideal Game That Has Not Yet Been Created:
I want a strategic multiplayer turn-based version of the Champions RPG. Konami actually started working on this in the late 80/early 90s, but it disintegrated, and I was crushed. I’d also be happy w/ a turn-based exact port of Warhammer 40k.
- What Message Would You Send to Gamers Everywhere:
I hope that regardless of system loyalty, we can all work towards getting gaming more accepted, and mainstream. I hate it when I see unrealistic legislation regarding gaming – even if appealed it is costing taxpayers money.
Thanks so much for the interview Chris, and great responses! It is so easy to envision that exciting Gears experience. I think that is one of the great things about that game, it puts a lot of emphasis on the individual, so crazy things like that can happen. What makes it even better is that everyone dead is observing it and freaking out. Good stuff. Readers, be sure to stop by the Gamerscore Blog and check it out. I make it a point to stop by on a daily basis to catch up on the most recent news for that day.
I hope everyone enjoyed this week’s interview. Stay tuned next week for another great person. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you have at email@example.com.