D0810 T0207 Y2007Christiaan Allebest

The 22 Questions are back this week with videogame enthusiast Christiaan Allebest. Do you remember the community profile of Game Almighty? Well Christiaan is the founder and mastermind behind that artfully presented gaming site decked out comic book style. Christiaan has had an interest in video games for a long time and has been behind a few projects here and there. Game Almighty is still running strong and you can also find him at his own site. Enough of the simple chat, let us get down to the details. My interview with Christiaan is below. Have a read and enjoy!

  • What is Your Gaming Alias:

    GameTilt

  • What Age Did You Start Playing Video Games:

    6-8, not really sure.

  • Who Would You Say is Responsible for Getting You Into Gaming:

    My parents. My Father was an early adopter when I was young – he was one of the first people to run out and buy a VCR, microwave, etc. So one day, years ago, he brings home a computer that took up a dining room table’s worth of space. It was gigantic. I started spending a lot of time on that before I graduated to the Apple II and then the Atari 2600.

  • First Game That Had You Hooked:

    I would have to say Combat on the 2600. My brother and I would play that for hours.

  • Little Known Fact:

    I have been stuck in quicksand twice.

  • If You Were to Make a Documentary, What Would it Be About:

    Sex. [Editor’s Note: Never breed a Master Chief and a Locust. You will wish you never had eyes.]

  • How Did You Get Involved In the Gaming Industry:

    I started doing some consulting on video game investments. I was at a military academy for part of high school and didn’t really have access to video games so I would read magazines to stay on top of what I was missing. Once I graduated and could play video games again whenever I chose, I still spent more time reading about them (and the industry) than playing them. A friend of a friend had quite a bit of money and was approached to invest in a video game related company. I was taken along so I could tell him if it was good place to put his money. Riding back in the Limo with him I discouraged him from putting his money into the project. He did anyways and things went bad. After that he realized I actually knew what I was talking about he recommended me to his friends and that’s when I started to see that what I knew about my hobby started to have real value to others.

  • What is Your Favorite Part of Your Job:

    The people I work with. When you start out you are excited about the games, the t-shirts, the travel, and the advanced looks at games everyone is drooling to play. Then it becomes the people you get to work with and the chance to shape the future of the industry.

  • Strangest Hobby You Have:

    I am a collector. If I somehow end up with three or more of something, anything, I feel the need to display them and get more. Right now I am on a big weird controllers kick – if there is anything out there that isn’t a standard gamepad or joystick I am fascinated by it.

  • Closest You Have Come to Death:

    That’s a tough one, so I will just throw out a few of the ones that come to mind: quicksand, a tiger, car accident, botched surgery, and a lightning storm.

  • Last Gadget Purchased:

    The chainsaw game controller for PS2 from Resident Evil 4.

  • Song You Are Currently Listening to:

    Oh that’s embarrassing. What bad timing! But I will be honest – Brooks & Dunn’s Hillbilly Deluxe

  • Favorite Ending For a Game, Movie or Book:

    Like most, I love it when the good guy wins and overcomes tremendous obstacles and himself. When I come away from something wanting to be better – that really sticks with me. I would have to say that my favorite movie ending can be found in either Braveheart or Saving Private Ryan.

  • What Person Has Had a Large Impact on Your Life:

    Besides my wife, I would have to say my Father. He is my best friend, mentor, partner, and confidant.

  • What Movie Inspired Game Would You Love to See:

    Red Dawn or I would like to see Monolith (made NOLF) do a take on the old Disney movie Condorman.

  • Favorite Arcade Addiction:

    Again embarrassing – skiball. It’s those damn tickets and the small plastic toys.

  • What is Your Drink or Snack of Choice While Gaming:

    Orange juice.

  • Game You Are Looking Forward to the Most:

    Like everyone else, the one in my head I have been working on for years. If only I had time…

  • Game That Was the Biggest Let Down:

    Lately I have been let down by games from the past. Another Editor here and a good friend, Chris Jensen, has got me into retro gaming lately. Most of them are still great, but when you are a kid everything is amazing and larger than life. Going back, most them are still fantastic, still some of them just don’t live up to my grandiose memories.

  • Biggest Change in Gaming in the Last Year:

    Sony’s trip. Fanboy or not, you have to admit that things didn’t go as planned. Sales were not what they expected, feet kept ending up in people’s mouths, and they took a lot of what they had for granted. I think there will be some long term changes in the industry in regards to marketing as a result of this.

  • Ideal Game That Has Not Yet Been Created:

    Megacorp Video Game Publisher Tycoon

  • What Message Would You Send to Gamers Everywhere:

    Other than go to GameAlmighty.com and that it helps us start to change the industry? Well excepting that, I would want everyone to realize that every time they are buying a game its just as if they were standing in a booth on elections day – you are voting. Where you spend your dollars is where the industry will go. Like crappy licensed movie games? Buy ‘em and you will get even more. Like games that think outside of the box and strike of into uncharted waters? Buy something from people like the guys over at Introversion. And if you like a game enough that you would buy it, then do buy it. Reward the developer’s efforts and tell the industry, “I want more of that.”

    Wise news that seems like it would be obvious, yet sometimes people don’t realize that effect of their choice to purchase or not to purchase a game. Thanks so much Christiaan for the interview. Readers, be sure to drop by Game Almighty. If you are a comic reading gamer like myself, or even a game playing comic-er [something like that…] then you will be sure to enjoy the site as much as I do.

    I hope everyone enjoyed this week’s interview. If you know of anyone who you think deserves a little time in the spotlight then feel free to send me an email. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you have as well at tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D0618 T2230 Y2007Kevin Steele

Welcome back on the saddle again. Ready to ‘high-ho silver’ into another 22 Question interview? I knew you would be. After a Halo 3 sabbatical, things are back how they were [although we all still miss our Halo 3 though…]. For this welcome back set of 22 Questions, I had a chat with Kevin Steele from RetroBlast! I am not going to spoil the information, and instead will let Kevin tell you all about it himself. Enjoy, and welcome back to your favorite set of questions that are a multiple of 11.

  • What is Your Gaming Alias:

    RetroBlast (on XBox Live) EZ Target (for Half-Life 2 Deathmatch – can you tell I’m not that good?)

  • What Age Did You Start Playing Video Games:

    I’ve been a video gamer since there were video games (yeah, I’m that old!) Started off on arcade games, moved to Pong on my home TV, then the 2600…and well, I’ve “sampled” almost every video gaming system since then, although I didn’t really get back into console gaming until the XBox.

  • Who Would You Say is Responsible for Getting You Into Gaming:

    Probably just me. We travelled a lot when I was child, and I can remember trying to find an arcade everywhere we went – even a rest stop was an excuse to play a pinball or arcade game. I always had quarters in my pocket, just in case…

  • First Game That Had You Hooked:

    Asteroids had the “WOW” factor, but it wasn’t until Robotron:2084 that I became hopelessly addicted to a particular game. I played Robotron until my fingers bled, literally. I’d close my eyes after an extended session and I’d still see Grunts swarming towards me. My “holy grail” right now is to buy my own Robotron. I just have to find that “perfect” machine…

  • Little Known Fact:

    About me? I don’t know. I’m an open book. Guess my “hidden claim to fame” was being part of the Nancy Regan “Just Say No” television special back in 86 or 87. I know, not much of a breakthrough role, but I had my 15 seconds of fame…

  • If You Were to Make a Documentary, What Would it Be About:

    Most everything frivilous that I think should be covered already has been (video games, pinball, etc.), but I’d love to do something serious, like the Tiananmen Massacre. That was just a tragic moment in time, a chance for democracy that almost succeeded but ultimately ended in horrible bloodshed. It happened on my first wedding anniversary, and I remember getting glued to the TV watching it all unfold. The man standing in front of the tanks was such an iconic visual, and I’ll never forget it.

  • What is RetroBlast!:

    RetroBlast is a web site dedicated to the “Home Arcade”—arcade-style gaming at home. Now that I’m the owner and editor of GameRoom Magazine, RetroBlast’s mission statement has evolved slightly to cover “Home Gaming Entertainment,” but basically it’s still focused on bringing the arcade experience home.

  • What do You Do at RetroBlast!:

    RetroBlast is my place to write about arcade-style gaming, whether it’s vintage machines or modern attempts to reproduce the arcade experience. I write reviews of arcade hardware, gaming systems, and post news related to arcade gaming. From time to time I also do video reviews of products, but it’s been a while since I’ve had the time (publishing a monthly magazine is time consuming, to say the least!)

  • What is Your Favorite Part of Your Job:

    All the review goodies. ;-) Seriously, though, it’s never been about the “swag” for me – I love talking to people about arcade gaming, and RetroBlast has given me an avenue to do just that, to share my thoughts and experiences in gaming. Plus I get lots of “confidential” inside information on what’s coming down the pipeline.

  • What Are You Better at Than Anyone You Know:

    Being humble. ;-) Seriously? I don’t know—I suppose writing would be my “true calling,” being able to communicate ideas clearly and in a way that people understand. I’m not quite as good at actually saying what I mean as writing it, if that makes any sense.

  • When Did Coin-Op TV Start Up, and How Does it Fit in With RetroBlast!:

    Coin-Op.TV is the labor of love of Robert Welkner, and he and I joined forces last year to share our content. He’s the driving force for Coin-Op.TV, and with the recent re-purposing of RetroBlast as my personal blog, Coin-Op.TV will be moving back to it’s own site (surprisingly, COIN-OP.TV). He’s a great guy, and has had some great interviews with some very important important people in the gaming industry.

  • Closest You Have Come to Death:

    I had back surgery about three years ago, and had a bad reaction to the pain meds. I became “non-responsive” and stopped breathing—I passed out in my hospital bed and awoke to a nurse slapping me on the face. I was surrounded my medical personnel, was full of IV lines, and had a “crash cart” next to me. Scary stuff.

  • Last Gadget Purchased:

    I just got an HDTV – a nice 56” DLP 1080p set (all the fun letters!). Now that I’ve got it, I’m itching to get an XBox 360, but the budget’s been stretched already, so it’s going to be a while.

  • Song You Are Currently Listening to:

    Dancing in the Moonlight, by Men Without Hats (2003). It’s weird to find old 80’s artists still putting out albums, but I like this song.

  • Favorite Ending For a Game, Movie or Book:

    I love being surprised. The Sixth Sense did that (I was fortunate not to have anyone spoil it for me). I love when a game, movie, or book pulls the rug out from under me, even though all the clues were there. The PC game 7th Guest did that as well—mediocre game, but it had a surprise ending that stuck with me (it wasn’t a great ending, but there was a nice twist that I still remember). Sorry if I’m being vague, but I don’t want to spoil the endings for others!

  • Favorite Movie Quote:

    Don’t know if I have a favorite. I’m a true geek and can recite things like Monty Python and the Holy Grail almost verbatim, but picking just one line that resonates with me is tough. I guess one that sticks with me as a “philosophy” is Ferris Bueler’s quote “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

  • Favorite Arcade Addiction:

    Robotron:2084. It never gets old for me.

  • Game You Are Looking Forward to the Most:

    A tie between Crysis and BioShock—they both look absolutely stunning, and promise rich, deep gameplay. I’m already saving for a system upgrade!

  • Game That Was the Biggest Let Down:

    There have been a number of them, but I reserve a special spot for Duke Nukem Forever, as it’s the let down that keeps letting me down, year after year. It may be the greatest experience in gaming when released, but being teased for ten years is just cruel. I hate being told a game is going to be released, then having to wait months or years to actually get it, and it’s even worse when you know the game will be worth the wait (yes, I’m talking to you, Valve!)

  • Most Exciting Gaming Experience:

    Probably the first FPS game I played—I had a Mac back when everyone else was PC, so I couldn’t play DOOM, but I got to play Marathon, which actually had a much better story behind all the mayhem. I was so into that game, I started dreaming about it. Great stuff, and a great story behind the action (which was very similar to the original System Shock on the PC, I believe).

  • Ideal Game That Has Not Yet Been Created:

    I’ve always thought the original Die Hard movie would make the perfect FPS—you start off with almost nothing (barefoot, even), and have to get your ammo, weapons, and even footwear from the bad guys you kill. It just seemed like the perfect FPS setting: a building, with different “themes” for each floor (construction, party room, etc.) There have been Die Hard games, but none really did justice to what I thought was a movie just begging for a first-class FPS game.

  • What Message Would You Send to Gamers Everywhere:

    Have fun. Some of us get so “into” the gaming thing that we forget to just play the game and have fun. Letting go of everything else around you and just immersing yourself into the game is like meditation to a gamer: we need it for our well-being.

    Thanks for all the information Kevin! Readers be sure to stop by RetroBlast! and have a look around. Also, be sure to visit RetroBlast’s partner in crime, GameRoom Magazine.

    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 tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D0511 T0110 Y2007Chris Paladino

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 tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D0504 T0257 Y2007Epileptic Gaming

Hello everyone and welcome to another 22 Questions interview. This week there is triple the trouble because I interviewed the crew from Epileptic Gaming. For those of you who don’t know, Epileptic Gaming is a Global Gaming League show devoted all aspects of gaming. They have regular guests [some of which have been interviewed on this blog], game reviews, and other segments each week. What else sets this show apart from any other you may ask? Well first of all it is filmed, not just an audio podcast. Also, it is now 5 days a week. Without further delay here is my interview with the crew from EG. Enjoy.

  • What is Your Gaming Alias:

    Marcus- djWHEAT

    Rance- djRoME is my alias, tho I’m actually leaning toward getting rid of it and just going with my real name since it sounds like an alias anyway… (Rance)

    Hogan- kam-RA

  • What Age Did You Start Playing Video Games:

    Marcus- As much as I can remember, I’d have to say around 4 or 5. It was definitely a habitual thing by age 6!

    Rance- My first system was the Magnavox Odyssey, but that was before I really had the motor skills to play well. Many many many hours were spent on the original Nintendo machine playing Super Mario Brothers, Zelda, Tecmo Bowl and Excite Bike.

    Hogan- I must have been 4 or 5 years old. My dad had one of the first IBM PCs from the early 1980’s. I can’t remember which it was, but we also had an Atari 2600. I remember playing with my brother, but I was so young, I think I spent most of my time watching my brother play.

  • Who Would You Say is Responsible for Getting You Into Gaming:

    Marcus- I guess I can only give credit to my parents for this one… when I was 3 they purchased a VIC120 for the family and a year later came the Atari 2600.

    Rance- My dad was. He ran BBSes back in the day, and I was obsessed with helping him run his 9-phone-line BBS in Denver called DATA-LINK. He would never let me play video games on the computers: “You’ll break the computer with those games, kid,” similarly the Nintendo couldn’t be hooked up to the good TV because it would “break it.” I also blame the arcade version of Killer Instinct for sealing the deal as I could probably buy a nice Lexus with the amount of quarters I pumped into that machine!

    Hogan- My brother for sure. He has mentored me since I can remember. Since he’s older than me by about 5 years, it was natural for me to be in awe of just about everything that he did. He and I would spend the majority of our Christmas & birthday cash on video games, and at one point, we had over 150 Sega Genesis titles. It was an impressive library of games.

  • First Game That Had You Hooked:

    Marcus- It’s a tossup between Pitfall 2 (Atari 2600) and Wastelands (PC). Pitfall 2 just blew my mind when it came out. It was the first true “adventure” game on the 2600 (Adventure doesn’t count!!!), and Wastelands is a post-apocalyptic RPG that had me sinking hours and hours into the game. I played it through at least 3 or 4 times.

    Rance- Hooked… Hmm. Killer Instinct in the Arcade, and Half Life: Team Fortress Classic (played TFC 5 nights a week for about 4 years)

    Hogan- Ultima Underworld 1. It was arguably the first true 3D first-person perspective game. I have always love role-playing games, and it was pretty scary playing this one. We had it on our old 486/66 DX2 with 8MB of ram and 2x CD-ROM drive from Creative. I’d watch my brother play until I fell asleep each night, and then I’d wake up at 6 am and play as quietly as I could next to his bed. The hard drive was so loud, that whenever an enemy was about to appear in the dungeon, you’d get fair warning. That didn’t help me much though, but I loved thrill of it either way.


    The EG Hosts [left to right: Marcus, Rance and Hogan]

  • Little Known Fact:

    Marcus- I’ve traveled to over 15 different countries as a Professional Pro-Gaming Commentator. I wrote all the music for an online Multiplayer game called PAINTBALL.NET.

    Rance- I was a brass instructor for two DCI drum and bugle corps, the Troopers and the Colts. That would mean nothing to you unless you know what DCI is.

    Hogan- My brother now comes to me for gaming advice, even though he is my mentor.

  • If You Were to Make a Documentary, What Would it Be About:

    Marcus- I’d love to do a documentary about the evolution of online communication. Before I was a slave to the internet, I dove into the world of BBS’s. The BBS’s evolved into UNIX based internet, and that got me into MUD’s (Multi-User Dungeons or Online Text MMORPGS). I think this particular period of time is ignored and discredited, but it is such an important part of the evolution of online communication and the internet.

    Rance- Why so many more ladies play WoW than other video games. What is the allure behind that game for the ladies?

    Hogan- One area that I’d focus on would be the dumpster divers. Almost every night, I can hear people looking for recyclables in the dumpster for my apartment. I see no shame in that, as many people seem to earn a good amount of money recycling metal, plastic, and glass.

  • How Did You Get Involved In the Gaming Industry:

    Marcus- After traveling around the world covering video game tournaments on my spare time, I was finally hired by a company who recognized my talent and wanted to utilize my abilities in a full time capacity. Leaving my full-time Bank Networking job was not a tough thing to do :)

    Rance- I started off by volunteering for an online radio station called Game Radio Live. I mainly just shoutcasted TFC matches and didn’t really travel. I then found out that some crews were traveling to live events (like e3) and live competitions (like the World Cyber Games) so I set out to find a crew that did some traveling. GBC Sports was my new team, they traveled to CPL (Dallas) and Ever LAN (Denver). Sadly after about 1.5 years that station died so I joined Inside the Game (iTG). Through iTG I met Marcus who turned me on to the Global Gaming League (GGL) and ended up talking those guys into bringing me out to LA!

    Hogan- I moved to Los Angeles to work in the film industry. After a few years of gaining valuable experience working for a talent manager, I switched gears and applied for a job at Electronic Arts as a game tester. In many ways, it was a dream job; getting paid to play video games. Not all is glorious though, because some games are not fun to test for too long of a time. However, I met some really cool people at EA. After my contract was up, I began working at the Global Gaming League in the video production department, which is where you can find me now!

  • What is Your Favorite Part of Your Job:

    Marcus- Creative freedom, doing Epileptic Gaming every day, and being able to play games. Creative freedom wins over all though, because we’re lucky to not have to go through a gaggle of red tape in order to do something we want to do. The company we work for trusts in our judgment and also realizes that we understand our demographic. So they let us just run with whatever we want!

    Rance- The favorite part of my job is being able to tell people that I ‘play video games’ for a living. I don’t really play that much during work, but when a good game comes out (like Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars) I can veto my schedule for the day and just play. Like I did yesterday. :P

    Hogan- Well, it has always been my dream to work in the film industry, but I soon realized that working in gaming is much more fun because it’s such a young industry. What’s best about my job is that I get to combine video production with gaming! I love going to events and producing awesome content and I have acquired a deep respect and appreciation for professional gaming. It truly is an elite art that is way beyond casual gaming.

  • What Are You Better At That Any of the Other EG Host:

    Marcus- Hosting :) Actually, I’d say between Kam-Ra and djRoME, I am the true video game nerd. So I would have to say my extensive knowledge of gaming (console, arcade, and PC) is probably better than the other two hosts.

    Rance- I’m definitely better at pulling the ladies and being an asshole than those other clowns. Then again, kam-RA has a steady girl and djWHEAT is married so it depends on your perspective. LONG LIVE THE SINGLE MAN!

    Hogan- Well, it’s my job to set up the cameras. So that’s my specialty and that’s what I’m best at. Beyond that, we’re all pretty good gamers and we all know how to do certain parts of each other’s jobs. But I wouldn’t be “kam-RA” if I didn’t know how to correctly set up the cameras & the lights.

  • Strangest Hobbie You Have:

    Marcus- Browsing 4chan.org /b/ Random forums – You never know what you’re going to see, and when you do see it you just can’t look away.

    Rance- Probably the music teaching thing. I’m quite possibly the most unlikely music teacher on Earth. I love it, though.

    Hogan- I wouldn’t call it a hobby per se, but I have a tape fetish. I love to make sure shit is taped down properly and such. Just ask Marcus or Rance… they can tell you of my taping exploits… especially with black gaffing tape.

  • Closest You Have Come to Death:

    Marcus- Tough question… I’m not sure if I was actually close to death in this particular example, but I THOUGHT I was close to death. Rewind back to the college years where doing drugs and skipping class was the cool thing to do. My girlfriend and I decided to eat a bunch of mushrooms one night. After consuming our dose of natural goodness, a friend came over with a vial of liquid LSD. So we “double stacked” our intake that night… and 3 hours later someone thought it would be a great idea to go see “Snatch”. Upon arriving at the movie theater I was feeling very good and was excited to see the movie. We entered into the theater, and I looked up at the Marquee. BAD IDEA. After admiring the flashing lights, I walked into the dark theater. The lights were still flashing and it actually caused me to black out for nearly 5 minutes. When I woke up, I thought the last 5 years of my life was a dream. I wasn’t really in danger of dying, but it was a scary moment and death did cross my mind. I’m glad I’m still here!!!

    Rance- I had a bike accident when I was 12 that knocked out my two front teeth… Face planting into pavement at like 35 mph never feels good.

    Hogan- I’ve come close to death a few times, but the closest was probably when I was in boarding school in Virginia on a camping trip. We were white-water kayaking down a very cold river and I got stuck going down a short fall. My kayak turned side-ways and the on-rushing water rolled me over really quickly. Because of the constant pressure from the water fall, I could not flip my kayak back over. What made matters worse was that the river was so shallow that my head was pressed against the rocks so I couldn’t scoop my self out of the boat. I only had about 40 seconds of air, and I was pretty worried after 20 seconds of being under the water. Luckily for me, 2 experience kayakers came to my rescue. They pulled me out of the stuck spot and I was able to eject myself while inverted. It was pretty scary, but I was thankful and felt good enough to continue my trek down the river.

  • Last Gadget Purchased:

    Marcus- Logitech G15 Keyboard – and I LOVE IT

    Rance- A bitchin’ new FX-60 for my socket 939 Gaming rig.

    Hogan- Sony Ericsson w810i cell phone. I bought this phone out of a frustrated need, not so much necessity. It’s a good phone, but after Cingular broke my previous phone, I pretty much had no choice. It’s just clear to me that all cell phone companies are jack-asses ruining the world one subscriber at a time.

  • Song You Are Currently Listening to:

    Marcus- Mash-Up Remixes (Anything with a Bass and a Hi-Hat will do though !!!)

    Rance- Tower of Power: Live in Sacramento album is non-stop on repeat.

    Hogan- My coworker and friend Carmac has been visiting from his office in Poland. He quickly discovered that I have Sniper and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in my car. Sniper is a French hip-hop group and RHCP… well, you had better know who they are!

  • Favorite Ending For a Game, Movie or Book:

    Marcus- GAME: Final Fantasy 8 – I’m a sucker for love stories in video games; BOOK: Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard – The book actually ends halfway through, and then a new story begins… the final battle for control of earth is an epic event.

    Rance- Half-Life 1 single player for PC. Riveting.

    Hogan- I’m into tragic endings… so I think most movies, books, and games do not end that way. But the ones that I love are the most tragic. Like the ending of The Thin Red Line when Witt meets his maker. Wow. The ending of Lord of the Flies is pretty awesome as well, when the grown-ups finally find the boys in their deep state of disarray.

  • What Person Has Had a Large Impact on Your Life:

    Marcus- My wife and son.

    Rance- I don’t really want to admit it in public, but Marcus (djWHEAT) has changed my life more than anyone else recently. He convinced me to leave my old life for a new one as a game journalist.

    Hogan- My brother, sans doute (without a doubt). He has always helped me improve everything thing that I do with regards to filming and gaming. My girlfriend, Ella, has been a great supporter as well. Without either of them, I wouldn’t find myself doing what I love to be doing. My job is challenging and rewarding every day, and getting to co-host EG with Marcus & Rance is a dream come true; a dream that I never knew that I would have.

  • What Movie Inspired Game Would You Love to See:

    Marcus- Until I play a decent movie to game translation, I can’t choose one for myself. If I had a gun to my head and was being FORCED to answer… I’d have to go with Back to the Future. Sure it’s been done in the early NES/SNES days but I’m talking a real 3D BTTF game.

    Rance- A GOOD MMO with the Star Wars theme.

    Hogan- I don’t really want to see games turned into movies. I mean… the point of movies is to provide the user an experience for a few hours. They are so short-lived. A book is the opposite, because you get to live that book for as long as you’re reading its pages. Games are somewhere in the middle, with some role playing games providing upwards of 50 or 80 hours of game play. That trumps any movie in my book, and it’s pretty sad when you try to condense that into a movie. I guess I haven’t answered the question yet, so I think a bad-ass movie would be Toe-Jam & Big Earl. I’d love to see how that kind of movie would pan-out.

  • What is Your Drink or Snack of Choice While Gaming:

    Marcus- Red Bull (or any Energy Drink), Mountain Dew, Lays BBQ Chips

    Rance- Mountain Dew, Doritos.

    Hogan- Mountain Dew & Doritos FTW! Coke and Pizza Hut Pan pizza is pretty bomb as well. It depends on how hungry I am.

  • Game You Are Looking Forward to the Most:

    Marcus- Metal Gear Solid 4 – Without a doubt the best looking video game I’ve ever seen in my life. I just want to play it!

    Rance- Team Fortress 2 will be released with the upcoming Half Life 2: Episode 2 and Portal. That release is going to pretty much end my productivity in life for a long time.

    Hogan- Assassin’s Creed!

  • Game That Was the Biggest Let Down:

    Marcus- FABLE, or the cancellation of Ultima Online 2 (which never surfaced thus a big let down!)

    Rance- World of Warcraft was a big letdown for me in the end because not everyone in the game was playing on one world in one server. The next uber-popular MMO will have all players in one world. Madden 2k7 was a gigantic disappointment also… I hope EA can get the frame rate up on future iterations of the Madden franchise.

    Hogan- FIFA World Cup 2006 for the Xbox 360. Even though I have lots of fun playing it, it’s such a buggy game that I want to pull my hair out. EA gets a bad rap sometimes, and games like FIFA World Cub ‘06 don’t help them improve that.

  • Biggest Change in Gaming in the Last Year:

    Marcus- The fact that PS3 hasn’t been on the forefront with their new console… yet. Being a huge fan of the Playstation Brand, it’s been weird that they have been under attack more than they’ve received praise. I also think Nintendo has managed to release ANOTHER game console that will have a short lived life (along side the N64 and GameCube). I guess the biggest change is the fact that we are now knee deep in the NEXT-GEN WAR!

    Rance- Professional e-Sports has hit main-stream TV in a couple of places. WSVG (ABC) and MLG (USA) as well as the Championship Gaming Series (DirecTV) have all been on REAL TV in the last year.

    Hogan- The console wars heated up. People are so inclined to join either the PS3 camp or the Xbox360 camp. It’s such a hackneyed struggle fueled by PR departments. I’d rather just play games that look cool and are fun. I don’t care about the platform. I own a PC, and I get to have access to the company’s Xbox 360 & PS3, so I’ve got no complaints or alliances. I do think the PS3 is going to soon prove itself the superior system graphically.

  • Ideal Game That Has Not Yet Been Created:

    Marcus- Naruto MMORPG – I might get owned for even mentioning this, BUT, the Naruto Universe has everything a good MMORPG needs. I think that fact that it focuses around Ninja’s and has a worldwide draw could make it an epic game.

    Rance- Palladium: Rifts was a great pen and paper RPG that I’d love to see ported to the MMO genre. Too bad it’s stuck on the N-Gage in cartoon form for the foreseeable future.

    Hogan- I would not want to predict what I think the ideal game would be. I like too many different types of games… you can’t have one ideal game. I guess any game that has a solid spectator mode would make me happiest. I love the pro competitions because of the spectacle that can be made out of it. Ideally, I’d love for pro-gaming to become as popular in the US as it is in Korea.

  • What Message Would You Send to Gamers Everywhere:

    Marcus- If you aren’t watching Epileptic Gaming, then you aren’t watching a REAL video game show! :) But seriously, I want to tell gamers to just keep supporting gaming. The gamers are the reason we started doing Epileptic Gaming back in 2003 and they are STILL the reason we are doing it today. Gamers need to support one another for gaming to continue to grow!

    Rance- COMPETE AGAINST REAL PEOPLE!!! Single player gaming is a waste of time. If you play against the computer, the game is designed to eventually guarantee victory. I don’t mind losing, so I have no qualms about playing a real person. It’s so much more exhilarating to play a person, win or lose. Toughen up and play your favorite games online!

    Hogan- If you love it, you can make it your career. But you got to keep leveling up in the real world. Finish school if you can, but no matter what, put your heart and soul into everything that you do… otherwise, what’s the point?!!

    Great answers guys! Thanks so much for the interview. Ever since I stumbled on your show a while back I have been a regular watcher and enjoy it a lot. Readers, be sure to stop by the Epileptic Gaming site. You can watch each episode LIVE every weekday at 7 PM Eastern or you can view older episodes which are archived on their site with VOD. I recommend it!

    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 tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com.

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D0427 T0239 Y2007Aktrez

Hello everyone and welcome to another 22 Questions interview here on the TTL Blog. This week I interview Becky “Aktrez” Young. She is a woman of many sites, and contributes at a number of different gaming related media sites. Those include but are not limited to Girl Gaming Network [Blog Here], Video Games Live, Game Music Radio and the ECA. Man that must be a lot of fun to run around with Mr. Nintendo himself as well as everyone’s favorite COG. Well I don’t want to spoil the whole interview so let’s get right to it. Below are Becky’s responses. Enjoy!

  • What is Your Gaming Alias:

    My gamer tag is Aktrez (which stands for actress)

  • What Age Did You Start Playing Video Games:

    I was playing on my Atari 2600 when I was 4 years old. That ages me doesn’t it?! :p

  • Who Would You Say is Responsible for Getting You Into Gaming:

    My brother was responsible for getting me hooked. I would watch him getting so entrenched in his gaming experience that I wanted to be a part of it! I ended up with many a bruise on my arm from him shoving me away from his controller.

  • First Game That Had You Hooked:

    Over the years I have had a series of favorite games. The first passion of mine was actually for the Commodore 64. I would sneak into my brothers room, load up the 5” floppy, type in the load code (“Load ”*”,8.1” and then type “run.” ) and there it was!

  • If You Were to Make a Documentary, What Would it Be About:

    I would make a documentary about the social aspects of gaming. How different genders and races are treated differently in the community. How companies choose their marketing campaigns based on demographical information. How the community views Casual, Hardcore and Professional gamers.

  • How Did You Get Involved With the Video Game Industry [and Writing About it]:

    In 2003 I was playing a game called Dark Age of Camelot. I met a guy in game and we became friends. Flash forward 2 years later. I had left DAOC and was playing Star Wars Galaxies. An opportunity came up for a community manager asst. position. I asked my friend for a personal reference and he let me know that the company he worked for (the company that MADE DAOC) was looking for a Marketing Coordinator. I flew to VA, Interviewed for the job and a month later found myself working at Mythic Entertainment.

  • What Sites Are You Currently Working With:

    I am the Event Director for Video Games Live – currently touring the world. If you haven’t checked out the trailers for this event … make sure to stop by VideoGamesLive.com. If it is coming to your town be SURE to check it out! The main site I work on is my baby – The Girl Gaming Network. I also do some freelance work for The Entertainment Consumers Association.

  • What is Your Favorite Part of Your Jobs:

    Meeting people. I LOVE talking to others who share my passion. Whether we share it as a hobby or a career, it’s always amazing to see the level of love and energy that people put into their gaming.

  • What is the Girl Gaming Network:

    The Girl Gaming Network is a social community that allows it’s users to voice their thoughts via blogs, articles and forums. On top of it, the GGN will be a resource for women who want to get into the industry, for women looking to find others with like hobbies and for companies to discover a new demographic to work with when marketing their titles.

  • What Are You Better at Than Anyone You Know:

    I feel that I am very strong at marketing myself and my projects. I am also a great networker. I see so many in the industry who shrug off people that they feel aren’t “worthy” of their attention. I welcome everyone as a friend. That might come back and bite me in the ass later on but I will keep with it until it does! :)

  • Closest You Have Come to Death:

    On Sept. 11th, 2001 I had just exited the C train from under the World Trade Center. I was about a block away when the first plane hit. Because of the confusion and trying to assist others, I actually stayed in the area (between a 1 – 5 block radius) through the first collapse. By the end of the day, I had seen enough death to last a lifetime.

  • Favorite Childhood Moment:

    When I was 4 I won my first pageant. I know it sounds kind of vein and silly but it was a momentous occasion for me. It was my first time on stage and was the catalyst for me to start my acting/singing/dancing lessons. It really began the forming of who I am today.

  • Last Gadget Purchased:

    The last gadget that I received was my Samsung QB UMPC (ultra micro personal computer). This thing is really great!! It’s a tablet PC so I’m able to take it with me to events to take notes on and also to share web pages, files and movies on. It’s only about 7” wide and is probably the smallest and most efficient PC I have ever owned. I’m still getting adjusted to it but I will DEFINITELY be sporting it at all the upcoming events I attend. If you see me walking around an event stop me and let me show you this thing!

  • Song You Are Currently Listening to:

    I’m actually a HUGE musical theater buff. Recently, I’ve been shuffling between my Wicked cast recording and Avenue Q. Every now and again throwing in a little Fallout Boy (their newest album)

  • Favorite Ending For a Game, Movie or Book:

    Favorite Ending for a Game: Kingdom Hearts 1 (just because I got the hidden ending by completing it at 100%)
    Movie: The Departed (I’m not going to give it away but …. it’s a must see!!)
    Book: The Dragonlance Series (Made me want to go out and buy EVERY book in the series)

  • Favorite Movie Quote:

    “Life’s like a movie write your own ending. Keep believing keep pretending. We’ve done just what we’ve set out to do. Thanks to the lovers, the dreamers and YOU!” (The Muppet Movie)

  • Favorite Arcade Addiction:

    You know, I was still a little young during the arcade days. I missed out on a lot of that hype. I will say that I REALLY enjoyed the Adams Family pinball machine. I was actually really good at it as well!

  • Game You Are Looking Forward to the Most:

    Sorry, more than one this year!! I’m totally stoked for Spore, Assasins Creed, Lair and Heavenly Sword! There are a few more but these are the ones that get me the most tingly

  • Game That Was the Biggest Let Down:

    I really felt that Oblivion was ridiculously over-hyped. I began playing this game with the idea that it was going to be the most amazing, orgasmic experience ever. I was severely let down. While the graphics were pretty, I didn’t feel they were anything that I hadn’t already seen in the past. Playing years of MMO’s, I felt that Oblivion was just an offline “mmo” to some degree.

  • Most Exciting Gaming Experience:

    I think my most RECENT exciting gaming experience has occurred in Gears of War. I’ve never been good at shooters therefore, I never really have played them. I recently got into Gears of War and am finding I’m pretty damn handy with the chainsaw! There was an instance where I snuck up on one enemy and chainsawed him, turned around, and got the one behind me and then rolled for another one. It was so intense and exhilarating!

  • Ideal Game That Has Not Yet Been Created:

    Something with the unique gameplay of Prince of Persia/God of War/Tomb Raider. Beautiful story-lines and characters like Final Fantasy. The online appeal of the Xbox Live/MMO realm but also with a great single player. Also, something that appeals to multiple demographics.

  • What Message Would You Send to Gamers Everywhere:

    I have a few. First: Never believe everything you read on the internets. Get to know someone before judging them based on hearsay or based on something typed. Emotions are severely hard to convey in typed word. Be positive! Do unto others …. what goes around comes around …. positive attracts positive …. whatever it is you believe in – just remember that good energy will spread. Lastly, don’t let ANYONE or ANYTHING hold you back from living your dreams. It doesn’t matter how hard it feel to accomplish – NOTHING is impossible!

    ———

    Great words of wisdom Becky. Also, that Gears of War experience does sound quite exciting. I seem to remember being at the receiving end of that chainsaw a few times when we played. Thanks so much for the interview and keep up all the great work you are doing. Readers, be sure to drop by the Girl Gaming Network and check it out. They update their blog with some awesome articles about current games and events. Also I would like to take note of the site she does freelance work for, The Entertainment Consumers Association. Here is an excerpt from their site:

    Today, more than ever before, gamers need to stand together to defend against political activity that is threatening the creation and publishing of video games. On behalf of the gaming community, the ECA lobbies legislators directly as well as launching grassroots digital initiatives to preserve our rights as gamers.

    What a great cause, be sure to stop by the ECA and let your voice be heard. You can browse around to find out more and even become a member to get all sorts of benefits as well as support the ECA.

    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 tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D0420 T1756 Y2007The Game Dame

Hello all and welcome to another 22 Questions interview. Things are warming up outside [where I live atleast] which is always good. Get out there and enjoy it [but be sure to bring your Palm or Laptop to still read the interview of course]. For this week’s interview I had a chat with The Game Dame herself. When she isn’t posing as one of my favorite game icons, she is writing on her own blog as well as contributing to other gaming sites. Below is my interview with The Game Dame, have a look and enjoy.

  • What is Your Gaming Alias:

    TheGameDame

  • What Age Did You Start Playing Video Games:

    A lot of people don’t know this, but I was actually born clutching a tiny joystick in my left hand.

  • Who Would You Say is Responsible for Getting You Into Gaming:

    My parents were/are both gamers. Ms. Pac Man was their poison until Tetris came out. We started with Atari and worked our way through various consoles over the years, but we were all pretty big Nintendo fans.

  • First Game That Had You Hooked:

    I was a huge Q-bert fan. You did NOT mess with me when I was playing Q-bert.

  • Little Known Fact:

    I have a genius IQ and was invited to join MENSA.

  • If You Were to Make a Documentary, What Would it Be About:

    “Wokka Wokka Wokka: The rise and fall of Pac Man.” He came from the back streets of Harlem to make it big, but it didn’t take long before a little bump here and there turned into a $2,000 a week habit. When he woke up one night in the corner, covered in dots, he knew it was time to get into rehab. He checked himself in… and then he met HER. The rest is history.

  • How Did You Get Involved In the Gaming Industry:

    Sean Jordan (Mr. Spoiler Pants from G4) contacted me via MySpace in 2005. He was working with Femme Fatales magazine at the time and they were looking for a girl gamer to write reviews. He asked if I’d do it. I agreed and The Game Dame was born.

  • What is Your Favorite Part of Your Job:

    I like getting the inside scoop about the industry before anyone else does. It makes me feel special.

  • What Are You Better at Than Anyone You Know:

    Talking in my sleep. I’ve been told I carry on complete conversations without any mumbling or slurred speech. For some reason I’m usually catering to people at a party and saying stuff like, “Can I get you something to drink? No? Alright. Well come meet my friend over here. Oh! You are just HILARIOUS!” I guess I just have an active imagination.

  • Closest You Have Come to Death:

    At my second birthday party, I had a piñata. There’s film somewhere of my cousin going up to bat blindfolded, raring back to smack the hell out of that poor rainbow-colored donkey and then as he’s swinging full force, I decide to waddle right in front of the bat. My other cousin swooped me out of the way at the very last millisecond and no one got hurt.

  • Last Gadget Purchased:

    A second nunchuck for my Wii.

  • Song You Are Currently Listening to:

    “Phenomena” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

  • Favorite Ending For a Game, Movie or Book:

    Oldboy. Chan-wook Park is an incredible director and that movie has the craziest/best ending ever.

  • What Person Has Had a Large Impact on Your Life:

    Charles Bukowski. He may have been a dirty old drunken man, but he embraced that and captured his character in some of the most amazing prose, poetry and short stories I’ve ever read. He may not have been a poster child, but he never apologized for who he was. He just was.

  • What Movie Inspired Game Would You Love to See:

    The Professional (León) is quite possibly my favorite movie of all time. I think it has the perfect plot for a kick ass game. I think you should be able to play through the game as León in a single-player FPS. Then, when you win, you would unlock the ability to play as Matilda and a mini game where you could do hits in a timed environment. That would rock.

  • Favorite Arcade Addiction:

    Ms. Pac Man. I can totally kick your ass at Missy P. It’s in my blood.

  • What is Your Drink or Snack of Choice While Gaming:

    I like bite-sized snacks you can grab during cut-scenes and loading screens without making a huge mess or getting crap all over your controller. I’ve got an insatiable sweet tooth, so it’s usually something sugary. Right now I’m hooked on Whole Foods mini vanilla wafers.

  • Game You Are Looking Forward to the Most:

    Resident Evil 5. 4 was so effing flawless… I can’t wait to see what goodies we get in the next title.

  • Game That Was the Biggest Let Down:

    Red Steel for the Wii. When I first read about it, I was totally stoked, but it had the WORST final boss battle EVER and the controls were lacking.

  • What Sites Are You Involved With:

    My personal site: The Game Dame, “GamerNode”: and Femme Fatales. I also write for Geek Monthly Magazine.

  • Ideal Game That Has Not Yet Been Created:

    I want Nintendo to come up with a boxing/fighting game that enables you to customize your opponents face. That way, you can upload pictures of your ex or your awful boss or whoever you’re irritated with that day and just wail on them. It’d be video game therapy AND a workout.

  • What Message Would You Send to Gamers Everywhere:

    A lot of gamers are shy, withdrawn uber-intelligent geeks. But guess what? Being a geek is sexy now. Own it. Work it. You might’ve gotten picked on in elementary school for caring more about if-then statements than recess, but now is your time to shine. Don’t be ashamed of your geekiness. Embrace it. It’s hot.

    ———

    Thanks so much for the interview. You seem to be writing for a lot of sites which sounds really fun and interesting. Keep up the great work. Readers, be sure to drop by her blog, appropriately named “The Game Dame” and have a read, I assure you it is worth your time.

    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 tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D0413 T1637 Y2007Colette Bennett

Hello readers. Let’s get right into this. This week for the 22 Questions interview I turn the light on a gaming journalist and blogger. Not only does she have her own blog, Blow in the Game Slot, but she is also an editor for Destructoid [ Editor’s note: For more Destructoid love, see Summa’s interview ]. Sit back, grab a drink, and and have a read of my interview with Colette Bennett. Enjoy.

  • What is Your Gaming Alias:

    Nagiko

  • What Age Did You Start Playing Video Games:

    I started playing Atari at 6, but the addiction didn’t really hit hard until I was 9 and got my NES.

  • Who Would You Say is Responsible for Getting You into Gaming:

    My uncle was the one who showed me the Atari for the first time, so he’s clearly the guy to blame.

  • First Game That Had You Hooked:

    The Legend of Zelda. I thought about it constantly when I wasn’t playing it.

  • Little Known Fact:

    No matter how far next gen technology goes or how flawless games look, I always find myself enjoying old 8 bit games a lot more.

  • If You Were to Make a Documentary, What Would it Be About:

    I love the idea of interviewing younger kids who are at that life changing point where they are falling in love with games. As a kid I was a bit of a loner and really would have loved to be able to talk about games with other people playing them. These kids are the next generation of adult gamers to come, so I would like to hear what they have to say about that future.

  • What is Your Favorite Part of Your Job:

    Being able to speak directly to other gamers. There’s always an interesting conversation to be had with another gamer, whether it’s the future of RPGs or who will win the console war.

  • How Did You Get Into the Gaming Industry:

    I started a Blog called Blow in the Gameslot in 2006. Not long after, I approached Kotaku and started writing feature pieces for them. In December 2006 Destructoid offered me an editoral position, and I’ve been happy as all hell ever since.

  • What Are You Better at Than Anyone You Know:

    I seem to be able to make people laugh, but I can’t say I’m better at that than anyone I know. My NES trivia knowledge is pretty hardcore, however.

  • Closest You Have Come to Death:

    I haven’t come remotely close. I hear it makes you feel very alive. Maybe I should try parachuting or something.

  • Last Gadget Purchased:

    I haven’t bought one recently, but I am in the midst of comparing smartphones so I can buy one. Its becoming necessary to have the internet attached to my hand at all times, which kind of scares me.

  • Song You Are Currently Listening to:

    Bjork “Joga”

  • Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life:

    My mother. She is an incredibly kind and amazing human being who has taught me to pursue what I am passionate about and never accept mediocrity.

  • Favorite Movie Quote:

    This changes all the time. Since I just rewatched “The Wizard” last night, I think “I love the Power Glove. It’s so bad” is my current favorite. I fell on the floor laughing.

  • Favorite Arcade Addiction:

    I have one, but the problem is I don’t remember the name of the game. It’s a Japanese import where you play with a partner and you both have a controller that is shaped like an upright rod with a circle of rubber below it. They are on the same track so you can “bump” your partner to the left or right. All the games are like minigames and you have to bump your partner out of the way in order to move through a maze or a race. My explanation sucks but this game is like crack. I could play it for hours.

  • What is Your Drink or Snack of Choice While Gaming:

    Water. I’m boring. I rarely eat when I play games.

  • Game You Are Looking Forward to the Most:

    Bioshock is my most anticipated game of the year. I’m also hot to see Assassin’s Creed and Crisis Core. In general I’d like to see something come out for the PS3 that would make the console worth purchasing.

  • Game That Was the Biggest Let Down:

    Children of Mana for the DS. What a waste. I can’t believe the amazing Mana series ended up like this.

  • Most Exciting Gaming Experience:

    Choosing just one is near impossible. Honestly one of my favorite recent experiences has been playing Alien Hominid for XBLA. That game makes me laugh out loud. I also can’t remember the last time I actually threw the controller across the room. More games need to make players react so strongly.

  • The Worst or Most Frustrating Moment You’ve Had Gaming:

    I haven’t been too frustrated playing a game lately. As a kid I used to bite my Nintendo controller in frustration when I lost, which is where the image idea for Blow in the Gameslot came from.

  • Ideal Game That Has Not Yet Been Created:

    I don’t know if its ideal, but I’d like to see an MMO with an engaging RPG style story come out. I think this could make a major impact on the genre. Bioware says they’re working on it, so we’ll see.

  • What Message Would You Send to Gamers Everywhere:

    Don’t disregard any idea you have about games or where they should go. Write it down and put it out there somehow. Your idea could become the next game, character or genre, but you have to get it out there so people can see it.

    ———

    Thanks so much Colette for the interview. I really enjoy reading your blog and its always great to check out your stuff [as well as all the other things] on Destructoid. It has been a real pleasure. Readers, be sure to drop by her blog and have a read. If you feel inspired enough then you could add Blow in the Game Slot as a friend on MySpace as well.

    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 tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D0409 T0105 Y2007Kerri Sharp

Hello readers and welcome to another 22 Questions interview. This week I talk with the Admin of 8bit Hero!, Kerri Sharp. 8bit Hero! is a gaming blog that keeps it’s readers up to date with the latest gaming news and anything geeky. Sit back, relax, put your feet up, and have a read of Kerri’s responses to my questions. Enjoy.

  • What is Your Gaming Alias:

    DotMatrixHero

  • What Age Did You Start Playing Video Games:

    On my fourth birthday

  • Who Would You Say is Responsible for Getting You Into Gaming:

    Probably my family who got me a Game Boy for my birthday.

  • First Game That Had You Hooked:

    Final Fantasy VII

  • Little Known Fact:

    I’m really, really bad at PC multiplayer games

  • If You Were to Make a Documentary, What Would it Be About:

    I’d love to do a documentary about the creation of internet superstars. It’s interesting that there are people who are famous in the online scene but never even heard about by the average person

  • How Did You Get Involved In the Gaming Industry:

    I started my blog 8bit Hero! Last October because talking about and discussing video games and what they mean to me is really good fun. Ever since then I’ve written about the industry, upcoming games and games I’ve been playing on the site.

  • What is Your Favorite Part of Your Job:

    I love to receive comments on stuff I’ve written – it’s great to get other peoples opinions on something that interests you quite a lot.

  • What Are You Better at Than Anyone You Know:

    Singstar!

  • Closest You Have Come to Death:

    The bus drivers around here are pretty aggressive – I’m pretty sure I’ve nearly been hit by one at least three times.

  • Last Gadget Purchased:

    The Nintendo Wii

  • Song You Are Currently Listening to:

    South Central – Nothing can go wrong

  • Favorite Ending For a Game, Movie or Book:

    I loved the ending for Final Fantasy X, it was sad but at the same time quite inspiring.

  • Favorite Movie Quote:

    Don’t fight for peace, peace for peace.

  • What Movie Inspired Game Would You Love to See:

    Battle Royale

  • Favorite Arcade Addiction:

    Dance Dance Revolution! I go crazy for it.

  • What is Your Drink or Snack of Choice While Gaming:

    An ‘Innocent Smoothie’ – they rock my world.

  • Game You Are Looking Forward to the Most:

    Either Spore or GTA IV

  • Game That Was the Biggest Let Down:

    Yoshi’s Island DS – so much potential yet the original was just too good to live upto.

  • Biggest Surprise in Gaming in the Past Year:

    Super Princess Peach for DS, I can’t believe how good a game it turned out to be – and it’s just so under hyped.

  • Ideal Game That Has Not Yet Been Created:

    A game based in the world of George Orwel’s ‘1984’ (Half Life 2 was a great game but 1984 wasn’t about aliens)

  • What Message Would You Send to Gamers Everywhere:

    Don’t fight for the games companies. Enjoy games for what they are, not what console they are on or who made them.

    ———

    Thanks so much Kerri for the interview. I have to totally agree that a Battle Royale game [assuming it was made well] would be extremely awesome. Nice choice. Readers, make sure to check out Kerri’s site, 8bit Hero!.

    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 tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D0330 T1553 Y2007Robert Summa

Welcome to this week’s edition of the 22 Questions. For this week’s interview I had a talk with Robert Summa. For those of you who may not know who he is, check no further than Destructoid. Robert is the Executive Editor of Destructoid as well as the Editor-in-Chief of NextLust. Check out his answers to my questions below. Enjoy.

  • What is Your Gaming Alias:

    F9Phoenix

  • What Age Did You Start Playing Video Games:

    As early as I can remember, maybe 6 or 7.

  • Who Would You Say is Responsible for Getting You Into Gaming:

    My dad

  • First Game That Had You Hooked:

    SimCity was the first game I really remember being hooked on.

  • Little Known Fact:

    I played tennis for my college.

  • If You Were to Make a Documentary, What Would it Be About:

    Destructoid … of course.

  • How Did You Get Involved In the Gaming Industry:

    I was a “real” journalist who wanted to cover gaming and tech instead of cops and robbers.

  • What is Your Favorite Part of Your Job:

    Meeting with industry insiders.

  • What Sets Destructoid Apart From All the Other Gaming Sites:

    We tell the truth.

  • Strangest Hobbie You Have:

    I have no time for hobbies.

  • Closest You Have Come to Death:

    College. Tons of Vodka shots. Couldn’t even smell Vodka again after that. Only recently have I been able to go back to it.

  • Last Gadget Purchased:

    Zune

  • Song You Are Currently Listening to:

    Angel, Massive Attack

  • Favorite Ending For a Game, Movie or Book:

    Fight Club

  • What Person Has Had a Large Impact on Your Life:

    Journalism head at Hofstra University

  • What Movie Inspired Game Would You Love to See:

    From Dusk till Dawn

  • What is Your Drink or Snack of Choice While Gaming:

    Corona

  • Game You Are Looking Forward to the Most:

    Halo 3

  • Game That Was the Biggest Let Down:

    Jaws Unleashed

  • Biggest Change in Gaming in the Last Year:

    The leveling of the next-gen playing field.

  • Ideal Game That Has Not Yet Been Created:

    An MMO that doesn’t get old and boring.

  • What Message Would You Send to Gamers Everywhere:

    Fanboys hurt the industry. ;)

    ———

    Thanks so much for the interview Robert. I have to agree with you that a ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ game would be awesome. The story line is so crazy that is seems like it is almost meant to be a game. Readers, if you would like to check out more things ala Robert Summa then drop by Destructoid or NextLust.

    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 tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D0324 T1350 Y2007JVB

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing someone I had been itching to learn more about. He has definitely made his mark on many of the communities you all enjoy. This week I talk with the one and only JVB. Below are his responses. Enjoy.

  • What is Your Gaming Alias:

    JVB

  • What Age Did You Start Playing Video Games:

    8 Years Old

  • Who Would You Say is Responsible for Getting You Into Gaming:

    Nobody really. I just remember going to the local Grocery Store to play Asteroids.

  • First Game That Had You Hooked:

    Qbert. Damn that was a great game. I got 4 million points one time to beat the high score.

  • Little Known Fact:

    I love Creamed Corn.

  • If You Were to Make a Documentary, What Would it Be About:

    Wow, it would be about my adventures in the gaming community. I would run around to everyones house on my friends list and film them.

  • What Communities Are You Involved With:

    I’m with Podtacular, Seatag.com and GamerCast Network. Also I’m an Xbox Ambassador.

  • What is Your Favorite Part of What You Do:

    I love helping people in the gaming community, podcast, websites and people on Xbox Live.

  • What Are You Better at Than Anyone You Know:

    Not much..lol. I guess it’s my ability to make people laugh.

  • What People Have Had a Dramatic Impact on Your Life:

    My Grandmother. She raised me and my brother from the age of 6. She sacrificed everything to make us who we are today.

  • Closest You Have Come to Death:

    Oh man. I almost hit my car against a divider beam. That really scared the hemorrhoids out of me.

  • Song You Are Currently Listening to:

    Warlock by Skinny Puppy.

  • Favorite Ending For a Game, Movie or Book:

    One of the best endings I have seen in a game has to be from Condemned: Criminal Origins. That ending made me want part 2 so badly.

  • Favorite Movie Quote:

    “See you at the party Ritcha” Arnold Shwarzenagger in Total Recall.

  • Favorite Arcade Addiction:

    I would have to say UNO for Xbox Live Arcade. Its simple but oh so addicting.

  • What is Your Drink or Snack of Choice While Gaming:

    My unique Red Bull ice cream sundae. That thing rocks.

  • Game You Are Looking Forward to the Most:

    Halo 3. The Podtacular community has grown to such large numbers, and Halo 3 would expand it even more.

  • Game That Was the Biggest Let Down:

    Brute Force. Oh man, I thought Microsoft Studios had a winner. After playing it for 3 days, I had to trade it in.

  • Most Exciting Gaming Experience:

    The first time I got on Xbox Live. I could not believe how much fun I was able to have by hearing other people while playing.

  • The Worst or Most Frustrating Moment You’ve Had Gaming:

    I’d say whenever I got matched up against modders during Halo 2. Damn that spoiled it for a lot of die hards.

  • Ideal Game That Has Not Yet Been Created:

    Good question. I would like a football game where every position is manned by someone on Xbox Live. For example, I would be the Quarterback and you would be my running back, while someone else played center, and so on. I hope that makes sense.lol

  • What Message Would You Send to Gamers Everywhere:

    To enjoy what you have around you now. When I grew up as a gamer, I didn’t have all of the choices and features that you guys have at your disposal. We had no Live, no cameras, no blue ray. It was straight up gaming, and nothing else. The big 3 (Nintendo, Microsoft,Sony) are giving gamers everything they have in these new consoles. This is the greatest era of gaming, so be thankful that you guys are a part of it.

    ———

    Great responses JVB! Thanks a ton for the interview and for all you do for the community. Readers make sure to drop by the GamerCast Network and check out all the sites there. You may find some sites you haven’t stopped by yet. Let me assure you they are all worth a look.

    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 tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com.

    Posted by Dweezle

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