D0316 T0228 Y2007Wayn0ka

Welcome readers. This interview is up a tad late today. Blame March Madness. Year after year I am plagued with an obsession of following my bracket picks and this year proves no different. My TV takes so much abuse from my yelling it really should call some sort of support number. Before I get down to this week’s interview I would like to take note of it being St. Patrick’s Day today and wish everyone a good day and hope you all have seen too many bottoms of pint glasses to read anything I am typing. Cheers.

Now for this week’s interview I interviewed someone a little closer to home, Wayn0ka (yes with the number “0” not the letter “o”). Wayn0ka is one of the Community Leaders in Tied the Leader and has done a heck of a lot for this community. The questions in this interview are a tad out dated, but I assure you the responses are as ripe as they were when they were typed. So reminisce with the questions of old, have a read below, and enjoy an inside look at Wayn0ka, the “Enforcer.”

  • Gamertag:

    TTL Wayn0ka, although, since my Xbox360 just died an early death, I’m currently playing as Evil Wayn0ka on a fuzzy, clunky, reliable Xbox 180.

  • Pet Peeve:

    Right now? I go through cycles. Spelling! It’s an Internet forum! People will spell words incorrectly! Sure, I hate it when people tell me that they think they’re going to “loose” a game, instead of “lose” it. But do I loose it and start correcting them? No! It’s just not good manners to point out other peoples shortcomings. I don’t want to make someone loose face in public.





    That, and carnies…

  • Your Best Moment of Triumph:

    I’ve competed my whole life, so I’ve got plenty to choose from. Won a World Championship with a 30-voice chamber choir in a competition in Austria. That was pretty cool. Followed it up by winning a karaoke contest in a Salzburg bar and getting a $250 bar tab and two bottles of champagne… which I shared with all the Austrian women we were hanging out with. Ah, good times. So, that, and scoring the only goal in a championship soccer game on an end to end run. Only scored three goals in five years for my team – so that one was pretty sweet. I didn’t want us to loose that game.

  • Game That Was the Biggest Let Down:

    Gears of War. I just cannot believe that anyone would release a game without a robust online multiplayer system. I’m starting to think that there is a conspiracy afoot to keep us buying new games, and not get hooked on one title. Pray for Halo 3 ye who cherish the party system.

  • Closest You Have Come to Death:

    I get closer every day.

  • What Are You Better at Than Anyone You Know:

    Driving. I love my car, I will always drive a manual transmission, and every other idiot on the road should turn in their license and leave the driving to me. What do they think buses are for? I have not even dinged my bumper in 10 years, six of those on the mean streets of Memphis.

  • Little Known Fact:

    I like Halo 2.

  • Ideal Business:

    Making lots of money.

  • First Game That Had You Hooked:

    Gunsmoke for the NES or Football for my old Intellivision. Gunsmoke, really, since I didn’t need a partner to play against. That game was fun! But Gemfire, of all things, for my SNES, tested the depths of my addiction. Then, woe is me, I was introduced to Civilization. There goes 5 years down the drain. I killed the person that showed me HaloCE. I haven’t seen the sun in 17 years. Thanks, videogames.

  • Mac or PC:

    Anything with an Internet browser. PC at work since I spend half my day crunching data with Excel and Access. Kill me now.

  • Song You Are Currently Listening to:

    Modest Mouse, 3rd Planet.

  • Game/System You Are Looking Forward to the Most:

    Commodore 65. Wheel of Fortune FTW!

  • Supernatural Power of Choice:

    Lack of joint pain after a lifetime of playing sports. Is that Supernatural?

  • Favorite Ending For a Game, Movie or Book:

    Most likely one where the good guy gets screwed. There are too many happy endings out there – everything ends like a Saturday Night Live skit. I’m a happy, optimistic person, but I appreciate creativity. 90% of people don’t have happy endings to their stories, and entertainment should reflect that (sometimes). I’d love to see Rocky get beaten to a bloody pulp in the first round in this new movie. I don’t even need to see the movie to know what will happen. YAWN. That being said, I recently saw The Departed, and loved the way it ended.

  • Favorite Arcade Game:

    That NBA game where you could get codes for Big Heads, and other cool stuff, like celebrity big heads. I always played as George Clinton, for some reason. (Editor’s Note: NBA Jams was awesome. You have to love the cheat where you can dunk from anywhere on the court.)

  • Last Gadget Purchased:

    Roller Toaster. Just kidding, I want one, TTL Los Snatchlos just hasn’t said where you can get one yet.

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

    Learning that without an extended warranty, it was $140 to fix my craptacular Xbox 360. Oh, I’m sure it’s normal for a $400 piece of electronics to break after 6 months.

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

    The battle of Beaumont Hamel from WW1.

  • Ideal Game That Has Not Yet Been Created:

    Leisure Suit Larry VR 3D XXX.

  • Historical Figure You Would Reanimate:

    Whatever ancestor of mine left Northern Ireland and got on that boat to Newfoundland. Who were you?

  • Dogs, Cats, Birds or Wombats:

    I love all God’s creatures equally, except roaches. I have a cat that kills those for me, though.

  • Movie Quote:

    “Making fun of an eight year old for trying to read. Are you Satan? Do you have no soul?”

    ———

    Well that is it for this week’s interview. Thanks Wayn0ka for all you have done for the community and for keeping the streets of Memphis safe with your driving skillz. Readers, if you are interested to hear a little more about some other Gunslingers in the Tied the Leader community then drop by our Clan Site. We are getting the ball rolling on weekly interviews with people in the clan. It is at least something you can read while waiting for me to stop screaming at my television and post up the latest 22 Questions.

    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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D0308 T1840 Y2007Ellie Gibson

Well it is Friday again which means another interview with and awesome person from the gaming industry. This week I talk with Ellie Gibson, the Editor of GamesIndustry.biz. It is chock full of information on what is going on in the industry. Below are Ellie’s great responses to the questions.

  • What is Your Gaming Alias:

    That would be telling – it’s an alias, after all!

  • What Are You Better at Than Anyone You Know:

    Sticking my tongue up my nose. Though I’m sure I’d find people who are better at it me if I just looked hard enough on YouTube…

  • Little Known Fact:

    Sharks have no bones.

  • Closest You Have Come to Death:

    Mexican jungle fire. Summer ‘99. Can’t say any more for legal and political reasons.

  • What Age Did You Start Gaming:

    I can’t remember exactly, though I think it started with Thundercats and Buggy Boy on the Amiga…

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

    Whoever made Thundercats and Buggy Boy for the Amiga.

  • Game That Was the Biggest Let Down:

    Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness. Thank goodness Legend was better.

  • First Game That Had You Hooked:

    Probably Thundercats, though I remember it being impossibly hard. But then most games were when you were eight and it was the eighties.

  • Most Radical Change in Gaming in the Past Year:

    The Wii’s certainly had an impact – the biggest change I’ve noticed is that more of my female friends are actually interested in games now, as cliched as that may be…

  • Game You Are Looking Forward to the Most:

    The next Tomb Raider.

  • Favorite Ending For a Game, Movie or Book:

    When someone dies.

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

    Vodka. Or, if it’s a school night, Lucozade. And maybe a little bit of vodka.

  • Favorite Arcade Game:

    Jambo Safari. An absolute classic involving capturing wild animals and stealing them away from their natural habitats. I have long awaited the console port.

  • Last Gadget Purchased:

    An Archos Gmini 400. Like an iPod, but not rubbish.

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

    My “best friend” once pushed me off a chair during a particularly heated game of Worms 2, which I was of course winning. It was quite painful so that was probably my worst moment, although I was comforted by the fact that it was probably his most frustrating.

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

    Why they haven’t made a console port of Jambo Safari. I’m sure there’s some kind of conspiracy involved, probably to do with the CIA.

  • Ideal Game That Has Not Yet Been Created:

    Jambo Safari 2: Hooooo – like the original, but instead of leopards you have to capture Thundercats.

  • Favorite Movie Quote:

    “Your ego’s writing cheques your body can’t cash.” Except I think it’s “checks” in American.

  • Most Exciting Gaming Experience:

    I once saw Winston Zeddmore waiting by the baggage carousel in LA airport at 1am. It was whilst on a gaming press trip, does that count?

  • What is Your Favorite Part of Your Job:

    The free stuff.

  • What Movie Inspired Game Would You Love to See:

    A GTA-style third person driving/shooting action adventure with a gritty urban feel based on Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach.

  • What Message Would You Send to Gamers Everywhere:

    Visit GamesIndustry.biz for all your games industry-related needs!

    ———

    Great responses Ellie, thanks for the interview! Maybe one day there will be a Jambo Safari 2. We can only hope. Readers make sure to drop by GamesIndustry.biz and check it out. If you are looking to grab some recent news about mobile devices then drop by Ellie’s other site, MobileIndustry.biz.

    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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D0301 T1248 Y2007Robbie Edwards

Hello readers and welcome to another edition of the 22 Questions. This week pays tribute to one of the hosts of UncleGamer Radio, Robbie Edwards, otherwise known as Liquilife. UncleGamer is an amazing podcast which is hosted by some pretty down to earth guys. It is also a part of the GamerCast Network along with other shows such as Gamertag Radio, The Video Game Show and Podtacular. For some of the best responses I have had, make sure to read below to see what Robbie answered. Enjoy.

  • What is Your Gaming Alias:

    My gaming alias is Liquilife

  • What Age Did You Start Playing Video Games:

    Wow, I remember at the age of 7 or 8 fighting with my brother over a good game of Pong.

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

    Actually my Parents are responsible. We as a family were huge fanatics of Pong which eventually led to the Coleco Vision Console. The competition of household high scores on such classics as Zaxxon, Quebert, Donkey Kong, Donky Kong JR, PacMan and Time Pilot was huge. Actually I think we owned and played every known Coleco Vision game at the time of it’s popularity. Some families had TV night or Board Game night. For us every night was Video Game night.

  • First Game That Had You Hooked:

    That is a rough question. There were many games I enjoyed playing as a kid just because it was fun. If I had to pick one it would be Donkey Kong JR. That was the most enjoyable game for me that I just could not stop playing.

  • Little Known Fact:

    Playboy: The Mansion was one of my all-time favorite games. I tend not to tell a lot of people about that tidbit. I was excited when I beat the game and got a special inspirational message from Hugh Hefner about succeeding in life.

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

    Hmm, a Documentary. It would have to be about “How to train a Cat”. It’s possible :D

  • What is Your Favorite Part of Your Job:

    I am a Web Designer and the best part of any project is seeing the finished result and adding that project to my Portfolio.

  • What Are You Better at Than Anyone You Know:

    I’m a total internet Geek. If any of my friends need a resource from the Internet it’s quite likely I know the solution off the top of my head, more so then anyone else I know.

  • How Long Have You Been At UncleGamer Radio:

    Parris and myself founded UncleGamer Radio back in July 06, so since the beginning.

  • How Did You Get Involved in Doing Podcasting:

    Honestly, I remember listening to a few podcasts and I had this feeling that I really wanted to get my voice out there as well. I always knew that if I were to start a podcast it would have to be with another outspoken individual. A common friend of ours who goes by the name of Ooopy knew that we both wanted to do a podcast so she hooked us up and the rest is history.

  • Song You Are Currently Listening to:

    Staind: It’s Been a While

  • Favorite Ending For a Game, Movie or Book:

    Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The ending sequence is just the best. Ever.

  • Favorite Movie Quote:

    “Hell, everything is Legal in Mexico. It’s the American Way!” ~Uncle Jimbo (Ok, not really a movie but still my favorite quote)

  • What Movie Inspired Game Would You Love to See:

    Star Trek. Ok, I know games have been released for this but why do they all have to suck? Can’t we have one decent Star Trek game with some replay value??

  • Favorite Arcade Addiction:

    Mortal Kombat for sure. I plunked 100’s of quarters into Mortal Kombat back in the day.

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

    Lot’s of water and a bag of Trail Mix :)

  • Game You Are Looking Forward to the Most:

    Right now that would have to be Forza 2. I’m really stoked about this game.

  • Game That Was the Biggest Let Down:

    Oh boy. Rainbow Six: Lockdown. Man, what a disappointment that was. What the F&^% was Ubisoft thinking???

  • Most Exciting Gaming Experience:

    I was part of a clan on Rainbow Six: Black Arrow. We were playing another respectable clan and I was the last one alive. I managed to take out all 5 of the other clan one by one. Very exciting and will probably never happen again!

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

    Easy. Playing Halo2 and being yelled at by a young teenager in nearly every match making game I’ve played. I guess that would be many moments – but they are very identical.

  • Ideal Game That Has Not Yet Been Created:

    This is tough. I’ve done all the questions except this. The gaming industry has either succeeded or failed at just about every imaginable gaming theme. I’ve got no answer for this, really. My mind goes blank when I try to think of a game idea that has yet to be even attempted.

  • What Message Would You Send to Gamers Everywhere:

    Hey, be cool. We don’t need to scream at each other in online gaming and for God’s sake quit drooling over the girl who enters the lobby. She probably just wants to play and have fun just like the rest of us, not be sexually harassed.

    ———

    Very wise words indeed. Girl gamers get such a hassle online. One day girl gamers will rule the virtual world. As more women begin to game and time goes on hopefully thing will get better. Well thanks for the interview Robbie. Readers make sure to stop by UncleGamer Radio and check out their podcast. It is definitely worth a listen.

    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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D0222 T1406 Y2007Michael Karlsson

Hello readers. Welcome to another edition of the 22 Questions. More recently the interviews have been getting broader with people from all around the gaming community. This week I interviewed Michael Karlsson from Planet Halo. It seems like forever since I have had a true Halo interviewee. Good to go back to your roots every once in a while. Michael has some awesome answers. Have a read and enjoy.

  • What is Your Gaming Alias:

    Fluffaluffer. Used to be just Fluffy which I took when I was about 13. Getting a bit older made me realize that it was a very common nickname so I altered it a bit. In 2004 I was informed by Louis Wu about its similarity with Fluffer and what that meant (look it up in a dictionary) but still decided to keep it. ;)

  • What Age Did You Start Playing Video Games:

    I got my first C64 at the age of 2 (the year was 1987). Been playing PC games ever since and didn’t get a console until the Xbox was released.

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

    I guess that would be the one who put the C64 in my hands, my dad. I also had this uncle who was a software tester who got a lot of old games and he always passed them down to me and my brother, I guess he deserves some kudos too.

  • First Game That Had You Hooked:

    The first game that really had me hooked was probably the original Scramble (recently released again on XBLA).

  • Little Known Fact:

    I cried when I read the end of Harry Potter: Goblet of Fire. :)

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

    I would like to make a documentary about Europe for some of the members of Planet Halo. It would be very useful in political debates where Europe is often generalized as if it was a nation or even more often as either Great Britain or France.

  • What is Your Favorite Part of Your Job:

    The interaction with the members of the site. It’s great to be able to be a part of the community you’ve created. That’s also the hardest part. Sometimes it can be tough to separate your role as a member and a friend and that of a Site Director having to enforce the rules and make decisions based on what one believes is best for the site.

  • What Are You Better at Than Anyone You Know:

    Probably being narcissistic and always sharing my cynical viewpoint in all discussions.

  • Closest You Have Come to Death:

    When I was a very young boy I almost choked while being breast-fed.

  • Last Gadget Purchased:

    I don’t really buy a lot of gadgets, I hate to carry stuff with me so I tend to stick with the most necessary stuff in my pockets such as keys, wallet and a cellphone. I suppose my cellphone also was the latest gadget I bought.

  • Song You Are Currently Listening to:

    I’ve been listening to a lot of Queen recently. Not any specific song really, almost everything is truly awesome.

  • Favorite Ending For a Game, Movie or Book:

    Halo 2’s ending. Hahaha, nah. My favorite ending is probably how Arlington Road (a movie from a few years ago) ended. I like it when movies and books don’t follow the standard “rules”. Surprise is almost always good, as long as it ain’t stupid and illogical.

  • Favorite Movie Quote:

    Arthur: What manner of man are you that you can summon up fire without flint or tinder?
    Tim: I… am an enchanter.
    Arthur: By what name are you known?
    Tim: There are some who call me… ‘Tim’
    Arthur: ...greetings, Tim the Enchanter.

  • How Did You Get Started at What You Are Doing:

    Back in 1999 I found a fan-site called Battleground: Halo. This was after reading an article in a magazine about an upcoming game called “Halo”. I began visiting the site frequently and in 2000 I joined the forums. After being a member for a few years the original staff abandoned the site and a member called Rams took control of the site and brought me and a few others along for the ride. He shortly handed over the role as Site Director to me and since then the site has gone from a GameSpy hosted fan-site to a Planet site run by GameSpy and as of the last few years IGN Entertainment.

  • Thing That Keeps You Coming Back to Halo:

    The community. It’s really that simple, Halo is surrounded by a great and diverse community and you’ll find all sorts of opinions, values and people in it. At times I’d like the community to be a bit more forgiving to different opinions but I suppose that’s not something exclusive for the Halo community as for the internet as a whole. Halo (and then I mean Halo 2) is also still the only game that comes with a smart and easy to use multiplayer system. People obviously have different opinions about Halo 2’s multiplayer gameplay and matchmaking but Halo 2’s party-system is still the king of the hill.

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

    Beer. I’m not really a 24/7 gamer and thus don’t really have the need for coffee or Jolt. My gaming consists of having a good time a few hours a week sharing a beer with long distance friends. Also, I don’t really take it all that seriously so I don’t mind the decrease in accuracy that comes with the beer.

  • Game You Are Looking Forward to the Most:

    I would be shot on sight if I did not say Halo 3 and Halo Wars. I’m also really looking forward to Assassins Creed, Worms HD and Fable 2 though.

  • Game That Was the Biggest Let Down:

    I rarely jump on the hype train so it’s really rare for me to be let down. Games that let me down are often games that get really successfull and which I have really good times. I was a bit disappointed with how Halo: Combat Evolved turned out. Don’t get me wrong here, it’s an amazing game but being on board from the start I had grown in love with Halo as it was shown at E3 in 2000. So I suppose that’s the game that let me down the most but it’s also one of the games I love the most. Sorry for what I lost but extremely happy for what I got.

  • Most Exciting Gaming Experience:

    The first time I managed to finish the old-school game Colonization and beat my older brother to it. That was truly an exciting and joyful moment.

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

    The final boss in an old cartoonish RPG called “Silver” that most of you probably do not know of. I remember trying to beat that boss every day for a whole Summer without succeeding. After three months of failure I put the game away and haven’t tried it since. I made a promise that day though that I would beat that boss sometime in the future.

  • Ideal Game That Has Not Yet Been Created:

    Don’t really have an ideal game but I have an ideal game feature. I would like to have a role playing game where you’ll be able to train a youngling from the day he/she’s able to walk (a la your child in Fable) and then pop-up a list of your online friends and send him/her on a mission in that persons single player game. It could be helping out your friend or simply sending him/her as an assassin. This is something I would like to see in let’s say Fable 2.

  • What Message Would You Send to Gamers Everywhere:

    All Halo 2 players know that the most horrible thing to do while playing with your friends is to use the sword. The sword should NOT be used as it’s a so-called “n00b-weapon”. I would like to say; Sure, people will call you a n00b, “you’re so boring”, etc. etc. but do not be afraid to follow the Planet Halo motto and say: “F*ck this, I’m getting the sword!”.

    ———

    Thanks for the interview Michael. I have to agree that almost every Queen song is a classic. Oh, and don’t forget your tissue when seeing that Harry Potter movie in theaters. Remember only a true man is strong enough to cry, and only a REAL man is able to do it while reading Harry Potter. Readers, if you haven’t already been by Planet Halo in the past then make sure to drop by the site and check it out. It is stocked with great information on everything Halo.

    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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D0215 T1352 Y2007Mike Rouse

This Friday I sit behind the camera with one of my favorite Halo Machinema directors, Mike Rouse, aka sodaGoD. Mike is the mastermind behind Machine Enema, the company that puts out cutting edge Halo Machinema. Interested in watching a few? Here are my favorites. I LOVE the Pie series [Part One, Part Two, Pestilence (side story), and Part Three], but also Jungle Trigonometry [Part One, Part Two, and Part Three] was a cool series as well. Make sure to check them out by following those links. Now, here for the interview with the man behind the curtain of these.

  • What is Your Gaming Alias:

    I go by several aliases. The one most pertinent to this interview would be “sodaGoD.”

  • What Age Did You Start Playing Video Games:

    This is a simple question yet it demands a complicated truth. You see, my mother was intensely hormonal while I grew within her. This is natural during pregnancy. However, nothing is natural about swallowing a GameBoy to crave your hunger. This was fortunate for me, albeit quite hazardous. I played Tetris for 3 months while in The Womb.

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

    Wario’s fat, filthy, lovable mess of a nemesis: Mario.

  • First Game That Had You Hooked:

    Super Mario Bros. for the NES. The epitome of classic.

  • Little Known Fact:

    I am not a compulsive liar.

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

    The life of a Boomerang.

  • How Did You Get Involved in Making Machinema Videos:

    My first delve into this media was about 2 years ago. I was a joyous victim to a strict diet of playing Halo 2 every second of every day. Even without knowledge of the existence of Red vs. Blue , there was inspiration everywhere. The possibilities were almost endless, and it beckoned me to make some videos. Boonga.

  • What Was the First Video You Were Involved With:

    Hmm, it seems like so long ago that I was asked to film a machinima for a friend. He chose this unique media to tell some ridiculous fantasy for a school project. I had the time and patience required, so I agreed to both film and edit his movie. It really opened my eyes to the flexible, forgiving, deliciously apple-scented world of machinima.

  • What is Your Favorite Video You Have Worked On:

    Meh, that’s hard to say, really. PIE [Chapters 1, 2a, 2b, 3] has the most engaging storyline I’ve ever worked with, and that alone makes it a very interesting series to film. On the other hand, Jungle Trigonometry [Episode 1, 2, 3] is a series that isn’t restricted to a storyline or even a rational thought. It’s fun to write, film, and most of all, watch.

  • What Are You Better at Than Anyone You Know:

    I’d like to say everything…so I will. Everything. Except, of course, pomposity. I’ve never been good at being arrogant. So, aside from being overwhelmingly modest, I’m the best at everything ever.

  • Closest You Have Come to Death:

    I’ve died twice already. Both instances were a direct cause of me toasting my toast in a bathtub. Big whoop. It tastes better that way.

  • Last Gadget Purchased:

    A capture card. I instantly threw it into space when I realized that it was worse than my current one.

  • Song You Are Currently Listening to:

    Liquid Tension Experiment – Biaxident

  • Favorite Ending For a Game, Movie or Book:

    Halo 2 had an awesome ending. Every conflict was resolved in such a sly, sleek manner [sigh]. The Prestige had a clever ending as well. A bit anti-climactic, but that’s why it was so clever.

  • Favorite Movie Quote:

    Anything by Samuel Jackson. Every word that flows from his mouth is like a magical rainbow of dynamic majesty and delight.

  • What Movie Inspired Game Would You Love to See:

    A movie-inspired-game, or a game-inspired-movie? I usually “see” movies and “play” games, so I’m going to assume the latter. The Halo movie, if it ever survives the intense tutelage of Peter Jackson…and his Peter Jackson beard.

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

    Good question! Pepsi and beef jerky!

  • Game You Are Looking Forward to the Most:

    Halo 3, man. That’s a given.

  • Game That Was the Biggest Let Down:

    Cranium. That game blows.

  • Most Exciting Gaming Experience:

    We held a Mario Kart DS tournament last year. It was a frenzy of fat, sweaty thumbs and piercing cries of agony. The losers were fed to a tank of basketball-sized Piranha. I won.

  • Ideal Game That Has Not Yet Been Created:

    Beverly Hills Cop. Eddie Murphy would provide the voice talent and the sound track.

  • What Message Would You Send to Aspiring Machinema Artists:

    I have two sets of advices.

    1. Give up and walk away…

    2. or
    3. If you’re going to involve yourself in machinima, you should educate yourself with both editing and directing knowledge. If you have a vision, never settle for anything less than perfection. Don’t release a movie until you are certain that there is nothing left to be done to improve it’s quality. They’re your movies, they reflect your abilities. Also, it can’t hurt to have some fun in the process.

    ———

    Great answers, and even better movies. I would have to say I like Samuel L. Jackson as well, but that Snakes on a Plane threw me for a loop. I needed to watch 16 hours of Pulp Fiction just to detox from that. Anyways, thanks for the interview Mike and keep up the great work on those films, they are amazing. Readers, if you are interested in watching them then follow the links at the beginning of this interview.

    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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D0208 T0339 Y2007Sean Gailey

Welcome to another Friday packed full of [count them] 1… 2… 3… ...22 Questions of goodness. This week I had a chat with Sean Gailey. Sean who? Sean is the Creative Director and part Owner of J!NX, the online clothing store that appeals to gamers. Whether you are a computer nerd or a console geek, there are plenty of shirts that will make even the most serious gamers crack a smile. While I like some of the shirts more than others, I chuckle at nearly each one. Well, enough about my laughter and on to the interview at hand. Here are Sean’s answers to the questions. Enjoy.

  • What is Your Gaming Alias:

    Jinx (which is usually taken already), Heavy, or Oddjob

  • What Are You Better at Than Anyone You Know:

    Probably nothing. I surround myself with people that are better than me at everything I do. It’s the only way to get better IMO. However, I’m a damn good programmer and a dangerous Shaman.

  • Little Known Fact:

    While growing up, when other kids were sneaking out to party, I was sneaking out to go over to Windminstral’s (one of the other J!NX owners) house to program. Beat that.

  • Closest You Have Come to Death:

    Probably freestlying back in the day on my GT Pro Performer. I was doing some crazy shit on my bike growing up and bit it so hard (more than a few times) that I was surprised I was able to get up again. Since then I tend not to be omgXtreme.

  • What Age Did You Start Gaming:

    A young jinx was gaming hardcore at age 6 when dad brought home a Magnavox Odyssey. Close on the heels of the Odyssey came the TRS-80 Model III (Trash 80) that got me programming games. Since then its been one title after another.

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

    Either my parents for footing the bill for the game systems, or TV for advertising the game systems I bought. It wasn’t hard to get me into it, I’ve always loved fantasy, gaming, D&D, sci-fi, and all aspects of geek life™

  • Game That Was the Biggest Let Down:

    Ahh, there have been so many. In recent years, I’d have to say Fable, NWN2, or DDO. I have always been a game developer at heart, so I know how hard it is to build a game. These dudes are all badasses that are making these games, so it’s not a dig on them. Sometimes a game just doesnt hit the mark, and the hype on these titles was outrageous. It would have been tough to live up to what was expected of them. However, I will say that some games are much better in theory, but are not fun to actually play. Also, I could give two shits about the next level of physics or super gigawatt turbo concusive water effects. Just make it fun, dude.

  • First Game That Had You Hooked:

    No question, Bard’s Tale on the Commodore64. There are some games better left in your memory, they rarely live up to how good you remember them being. Bard’s Tale is NOT one of those games. It still rocks.

  • Song You Are Currently Listening to:

    The new Shins album, and dabbling in Delta Spirit, Apples in Stereo, and Paul’s Boutique (Beastie Boys, best album IMO).

  • When/How Was J!NX Created:

    It was around in spirit for a long time. I use to make white T-shirts with a black sharpie marker. Nothing earth shattering, but I got some good feedback. Eventually, in 1999, we started J!NX in my 10’x10’ bedroom on the side while we did web dev (we had a company called Empire Technologies). About 3 years ago, we decided to really go for it. We quit our current contracts and brought in Windminstral and really focused on it. Since then, we’ve grown in leaps and bounds. Its crazy to think of how things have taken off in the last few years, it’s been a blast.

  • What is Your Favorite Shirt at J1NX:

    Currently, its the Disobey Shirt or the CounterCulture Shirt.

  • Favorite Ending For a Game, Movie or Book:

    Definately NOT Silent Hill. Great games, terrible endings. I don’t usually like endings in either books or games. Who wants a game or book to end? When I’m playing a good game like Prince of Persia, and it says 80% complete, I start to get bummed out. I have shed a tear when a kickass book series ends, such as Dragonlance, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Ok, maybe a little ashamed.

  • Favorite Arcade Game:

    Hmm, what did I plunk the most quarters into…I’d say Gauntlet would be the best since I think I literally pooped a little bit when I first saw it. Then I’d say Marios Bros, Star Wars, and Ghost and Goblins.

  • Last Gadget Purchased:

    I’m not a gadget person, not sure why. Probably because I hate having things in my pockets.

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

    Every time I lose to a stun-lock Rogue in WoW. Nerf Rogues!

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

    I always wanted to do a documentary on LARP’ing. I’ve never LARP’ed personally, but I’m always fascinated by people that are absolutely immersed in eccentric interests. Documentaries are my first choice in cinema. It turns out a LARP’ing documentary just came out called Darkon. Check it out, its great.

  • Ideal Game That Has Not Yet Been Created:

    If I knew that, I’d have already tried making it. It would be some form of RPG though.

  • Favorite Movie Quote:

    Anything from Big Lebowski or Safe Men, two movies that anyone reading this is required to go rent and watch right now.

  • Most Exciting Gaming Experience:

    All of ‘em.

  • What is Your Favorite Part of Your Job:

    I like most aspects of my job, but the most rewarding thing is working with some of the people and companies I’ve always looked up to. For example, the first time Dragon magazine did a little blurb about us will forever be one of my greatest achievements. I would have never thought when playing D&D all those years that something I was doing would someday be IN the best D&D mag out there. Also, getting to meet personal heroes like Lord British (Ultima series) and R.A.Salvatore (who I JUST met yesterday) makes me a happy geek. I turn into a blathering fanboy, but I’m sure they’re used to it.

  • What Movie Inspired Game Would You Love to See:

    Well, movie-inspired games usually suck, but if I had to pick, I’d say Firefly (Serenity).

  • What Message Would You Send to Gamers Everywhere:

    Eat your vegetables.

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    “Eat your vegetables.” Wise words (unless said medley of vegetables happens to include but are not limited to green beans, asparagus, cauliflower or sauerkraut). Thanks Sean for the interview. J!NX has some amazing products and a cool community of people as well. Readers, have a stop by the J!NX site and take a gander at some of the shirts and accessories there.

    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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D0201 T0243 Y2007Calyber

Hello readers and welcome to another 22 Questions interview. In previous weeks I have promised fairly radical changes being done to the 22 Qs and I am here to deliver. I have altered a few of the questions, added some, and removed others. Also from now on there will be more questions tailored to the interviewee that week, that way you can find out things more specific to that person.

To jump start this new change is this week’s interview, Calyber from the Frag Dolls. The Frag Dolls are a team of seven female gamers brought together by Ubisoft. While they are exceptional in all the Ubisoft games, they also excel in other shooter games like Halo 2, Gears of War, and any other game that places their bullets in your melon. They don’t only compete for fun or money, but also to show folks they are just as good, if not better, than a lot of the guys out there. These girls are not only breaking barriers for girls gamers, but gamers in general. It is an honor to be able to interview one of them. Due to their busy schedule, there will only be 10 Questions in this interview. I promise they will be just as good. Enjoy.

  • At what age did you begin gaming, and who would you give credit to for introducing you to gaming?

    I started gaming when I was about 4 years old. My older brothers had an NES in our house, so it was natural for me to pick up the controller. Sometimes on the weekends, my sister would invite me to spend the night at her house. She would always have me bring my Sesame Street NES cartridge to play. I’d give credit to her for making video games so exciting for me at such a young age.

  • What message would you send to lady gamers everywhere?

    To all the ladies out there, if you get hassled over Xbox Live or the internet for being a female gamer, don’t let it get to you. The best thing you can do in that situation is keep playing the games you love and ignore the antisocial guys. It’s safest to play in custom games with people you’re familiar with. Otherwise, mute em’ or boot em’!

  • Would you like to see feminine avatars in Halo 3?

    Yes! They should have Cortana as a multiplayer character. Females are more fun to play as, plus they’re body sizes are smaller which make them harder to hit.

  • What is a little known fact about you?

    I come from a big family. I have five older brothers and an older sister.

  • What is your favorite act of chivalry in a multiplayer title?

    I’ve always held my own in multiplayer games. But there were several times when a few friends and I would jump in an online game of Halo 2. The other team would recognize my feminine voice and hassle me for being a girl. My friends would always stick up for me in situations like that. It was very heroic in my eyes.

  • What is the first game that had you hooked?

    Little Nemo for the NES. I was a Little Nemo junkie when I was a kid.

  • What does the gaming industry need to do in order to attract more female gamers?

    It’s all about exposure. All girls love video games, just most of them don’t know it yet. Whether it be marketing that gets there attention, or the persistence of their friends or boyfriends, gals need a little push in the right direction. The Wii is a great way to ease a person into gaming. Because it’s so interactive and simplistic (and super freakin’ fun to play), the player doesn’t need to be a hardcore, experienced gamer to get into it and find it enjoyable.

  • What are you better at than anyone you know?

    Burping. I know that sounds pretty gross, but I’ve been told that it’s cute when I do it.

  • What is the closest you have come to death?

    When I was in high school, I took my new manual transmission car to the mall after briefly being showed how to drive stick. It was dark outside and while concentrating on my timing of easing off the clutch and giving my car gas, I didn’t notice that I had turned onto the off ramp of the freeway. A wall of headlights marched unceasingly towards me. Three things happened: I screamed at the top of my lungs, stalled the car, and did a quick u-turn after I was able to start it again. That’s probably the most terrified I’ve ever been.

  • If you could make a game about anything, what would it be about?

    It’d be about a pirate chicken with hair plugs named Tuggle Duggins who’s obsessed with collecting rubber bands.

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    Thanks a lot Calyber for the interview. Keep up the great work with the Frag Dolls. As ambassadors of the gaming community, you all do a great job of promoting gaming and spreading the interest. Readers, if you are looking for more information on the Frag Dolls, then stop by their site to view biographies on each and their blog entries. If you would like to chat with them and others in their community, then stop by the Dollhouse, and post some comments.

    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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D0126 T1318 Y2007DMH Archive: 374 Questions

What the hell is a DMH? It stands for Dead Man’s Hand, and it is where this blogger used to get his writing kicks before packing up shop and hopping over to this blog.

Perhaps you never knew that the 22 Questions that go up each Friday here were actually a brain child of mine for a blog I wanted to make. The problem was maintaining my own blog. Well soon after a collaboration of TTL Gunslingers with the same blog problems decided to grab a name, grab a site, and bang some keys to assemble words, and do it together. Thus the Dead Man’s Hand Blog was born. An early iteration of this blog was hosted by Blogger. Before committing suicide from all the trouble from the bugs that are in Blogger, AirExplosive and I began work on a new build for the site. A month or so later the appropriately named DeadMansHandBlog.com was the new home for our rants. We had a good run, but near the end of this past summer a merger happened which folded DMH in with the TTL blog. It seemed only appropriate since the TTL community was the subject behind nearly all of our posts, and where we got all of our inspiration from. When I moved here, I brought along the 22 Questions with me, whipped up a new graphic for them and continued as I had been, just with the witticisms of the one and only XerxdeeJ. It has been a joy working with him on this blog for the past 6 months. As I regurgitate questions each week, he gets to propagate his words as well. It is a good balance.

Recently I went through and archived ALL the previous 22 Questions from the various other sites and stored them here for your pleasure. If you would like to pass some time, or gander into the past, then feel free to check out the interviews of the following people.

  • Pinkuh – Artist / Writer

    The aim for these interviews has always been to bring you, the reader, fresh content each week that lets you find out a little more about the people around you in the gaming community. Sometimes it is a developer, sometimes a fellow blogger, and other times it is a clan leader. I have been lucky enough to be able to chat with some great people, which I look up to a lot. As more interviews come in, there will always be a fresh face for you all to learn about. Enjoy.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D0125 T0143 Y2007Ryan McCaffrey

Welcome readers to another edition of the 22 Questions. This week I am excited to announce that I interviewed Ryan from the Official Xbox Magazine. While OXM has always been an amazing magazine for gamers, the rage these days is a URL someone can type into their browser. No need to fret, OXM delivers by hosting their own OXM Podcast each week as well as video podcasts as well. Make sure to drop by the site and have a listen. They cover all the goods that you are interested in: games, developers, and penny loafers. Ok, maybe a lied about the penny loafers, but with the built in player on the page, it makes it easy to open and listen to the podcast without having to load the whole thing up or download a huge file. It is time to cut to the chase. Here, finally, is the 22Qs with Ryan McCaffrey. Enjoy.

  • Gamertag: Ryan OXM
  • Pet Peeve: Whistling. When anyone does it, it annoys me. My written pet peeve is when people spell the word “lose” with two o’s. “Lose” and “loose” mean two very different things, people.
  • Your Best Moment of Triumph: In gaming? Being the first person outside of Bungie/Microsoft to beat Halo 2. I got to the end about 2-3 hours quicker than then-OXM-Editor-in-Chief Rob Smith, who was also at Bungie to do OXM’s world exclusive review.
  • Game That Was the Biggest Let Down: Perfect Dark Zero wasn’t so much bad as it was disappointingly mediocre.
  • Closest You Have Come to Death: Fortunately, not very close .
  • What Are You Better at Than Anyone You Know: Halo 2 Swords matches.
  • Little Known Fact: I own a 1982 DeLorean, fully restored.
  • Ideal Business: I’m very lucky to be able to say that I’m in it.
  • First Game That Had You Hooked: Ever? The original Super Mario Bros.
  • Mac or PC: PC. There’s no debate for me since I don’t do any graphics/art work.
  • Song You Are Currently Listening to: Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name,” since it’s my favorite song in Guitar Hero II.
  • Game/System You Are Looking Forward to the Most: Halo 3 and Grand Theft Auto IV. Mass Effect is right there, too.
  • Supernatural Power of Choice: Being able to fly like Superman would be sweet.
  • Most Expensive Thing You Ever Stole: Wouldn’t the authorities love to know the answer to that one! :-)
  • Favorite Arcade Game: Too many to list, but how about Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom, X-Men (the 6-player version), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the Konami arcade version).
  • Last Gadget Purchased: Nintendo Wii.
  • Favorite Holiday: Christmas, as our family always gets together en masse that day.
  • Current Trend You Least Understand: Wearing giant pants that are belted to the knees. You know I could grab your wallet and run away and you’d trip trying to catch me, right?
  • Simon or Garfunkel: Don’t care.
  • Historical Figure You Would Reanimate: Great question! If I reanimated them, though, would they be a zombie or would they have their full intellect? If the latter, I’m going with George Washington. I’d love to get his take on where the United States is today compared to the 18th century.
  • Dogs, Cats, Birds or Wombats: Dogs. I have a four-month-old Boxer named Maggie who’s just awesome.
  • Movie Quote: “Well whoop-dee-shit.” – Tom Servo from Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie.

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  • Fitbabits asks- Why do you think it is that cats have their shit together? I mean, they’re our masters, not the other way around. Can you think of any other animal which is so capable of utter love one minute and seeming contempt the next: I loathe cats. Of course, I am “teh b1ased” because I’m allergic to them, but they’re not loyal enough for me. I’m a dog person.

    Thanks a lot Ryan for the interview. Keep up the awesome work on OXM. I love the writing and reviews in the magazine, not to mention the exclusive content on the discs. Nothing else compares. Readers remember to drop by the OXM Podcast site and lend an ear to some of their episodes. Even leave a comment if you have something to say afterward.

    Stay tuned in coming weeks for some of the best interviews yet. As always, I am constantly looking for ways to improve the interviews and add new spin to them. If you have any suggestions then feel free to drop me a line. Send an email to tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com and tell me about it. Stay tuned for more exciting things to come.

    Posted by Dweezle

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D0118 T0313 Y2007Chris Bennett

Hello ‘ello everyone. Did you think I forgot about the interviews and profiles? Hardly. This gamer was enjoying his holiday, however hectic it may have been. I hope everyone else enjoyed theirs as well. Now it is time for me to crack my knuckles, dust off my keyboard, and settled into the warn-in spot on my chair. That’s better.

On to the present. In efforts to search and find some interesting gamers that the average reader may not know about, I stumbled upon Chris Bennett from the Video Game Law Blog. This blog is a gem among the average gamer outlets. It brings a unique subject to light: lawsuits, bills, copyrights, and really anything that involves laws about gaming. I find it all very fascinating to see some of the logistics that go on behind the scenes to the games and developers we have all come to know. Here are the questions that I shot over to Chris. Remember, these are the revised questions that I assembled from your feedback before to holidays. Hope you enjoy.

  • Gamertag: Euphoria
  • Pet Peeve: bad game dialogue
  • Your Best Moment of Triumph: destroying my brother-in-law in Warcraft
  • Game That Was the Biggest Let Down: Star Trek Legacy
  • Closest You Have Come to Death: driving a Ford Pinto
  • What Are You Better at Than Anyone You Know: video game law (of course!)
  • Little Known Fact: there are 240 white dots in a pac man game
  • Ideal Business: video game law (come on, that’s easy)
  • First Game That Had You Hooked: Solar Realms Elite
  • Mac or PC: PC
  • Song You Are Currently Listening to: Sabotage
  • Game/System You Are Looking Forward to the Most: Spore
  • Supernatural Power of Choice: The Force
  • Favorite Ending For a Game, Movie or Book: Usual Suspects
  • Favorite Arcade Game: Asteroids
  • Last Gadget Purchased: DS
  • The Worst or Most Frustrating Moment You’ve Had Gaming: Losing the hard-drive in the middle of Doom
  • If You Were to Make a Documentary, What Would it Be About: video game lawyers (heheh)
  • Ideal Game That Has Not Yet Been Created: Guitar Heros: the Def Leppard edition
  • Historical Figure You Would Reanimate: Gandhi
  • Dogs, Cats, Birds or Wombats: Dogs
  • Movie Quote: “How does it feel to be hunted? YOU TELL ME!!!” (Hard Target)

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  • Shiva Stella asks- Do you really jump out from behind couches or swing your controller around the room when you’re playing your wee Wii: Sure, who doesn’t?

    Thanks for the answers Chris. Keep up the great work at the blog. It really is a different breed of gamer blog, and is refreshing to read something a little different yet interesting. Readers, make sure to drop by the Video Game Law Blog and check out a few of the posts there. If this kind of thing interests you then it is a real treat to read. Even if it isn’t your cup of tea, it still is cool to see a little of the man behind the curtain by seeing major lawsuits and struggles that developers go through to put out the games we love to play.

    Stay tuned in coming weeks for some of the best interviews yet. As always, I am constantly looking for ways to improve the interviews and add new spin to them. If you have any suggestions the feel free to drop me a line. Send an email to tiedtheleaderblog@gmail.com and tell me about it. Stay tuned for more exciting things to come.

    Posted by Dweezle

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