Hello my fellow gamers! So recently (not really recently it’s been almost a month now I think hehehe, Sorry!) I won a giveaway from the Crotchety Old Gamer, Thanks by the way! And I was thinking of a way to give him a shout out but was unsure of how to do that. Then the best way for a blogger to give out a shout out to another blogger would have to be by, of course, writing an article about him. SO I emailed this awesome guy and gt a kick ass interview with him. Now you may ask, why interview another blogger? Who better to interview!? A fellow blogger is doing exactly what I’m doing, he’s putting his thought on paper (or word doc) and expressing how he feels about a subject, in this case gaming. We focus to much on the big fish, the game developers, the creators of big company, what about us? What about us as gamers, who better to speak and talk about games than the people who play them?! That’s why I wanted to interview this blogger/gamer, because he understands us gamers, he is a gamer and writer so it all works out. So here are the Q/A I asked, hope you guys enjoy and definitely check out his blog. I’ll link it at the end!
What interested you/motivated you into blogging?
I have always loved gaming, but I love writing more. After numerous attempts to finish books, scripts and short stories then failing to complete them, I decided to start writing about something I love with a passion: gaming. When I jumped in I assumed no one would care about what I had to say: it was really just for my own satisfaction and inspiration. Then something crazy happened. People were reading. Holy fucking shit.
When you write an article, what would you describe your “voice” as?
Good question. I was in the army before and when I write it is a combination of my drill sergeant, and an art critic touched with George Carlin. I try to maintain a grouchiness that says “I don’t care what you think” but not so much that I am openly hostile toward my readers. At least not outside the about page. On top of that I aim for astute and comical.
What do you enjoy writing about the most?
Video games. From a narrative perspective, however, I love fantasy and sci-fi. When I play games I have always over-analyzed them, and the same goes for movies, shows, books etc. I always disassemble the narrative elements to ascertain what motivated it, to a certain degree. Writing about games gives me a good excuse to really delve into a game, analyze it, enjoy it, bathe in it.
Is there a certain method to your writing? Or is it usually free for all?
There is a methodical chaos that I apply to writing articles. In the first paragraph I put an intro, then there is a sort of game talk start, the body a conclusion where I tell you to buy it or save your money and then I rant about something in the game that pissed me off. The last part where I rant is only half-serious in many cases, though. I always try to provide my readers with a balanced look and critique of the game that shows the pros and cons in a unique and entertaining way.
What do you hope to achieve with your blog? What is it’s mission statement?
My mission statement is to show people that games are art. Period. Games don’t have to be drab or boring or “non-games” to do so, but can be engaging, interesting and moving all at once. The really talented developers are those that are able to achieve this synthesis between game and non-game elements.
What influences you to write? Other blogs?
My biggest influence is Cracked.com. I love those people and I am going to try my hand at submitting to their prestigious annals. They deliver interesting news about every damn thing you can imagine in the history of ever. Seriously. And they do it in a way that will make you piss yourself laughing. It is informative and engaging. Dangerously genius.
What do you admire the most in a game? Such as it’s graphics, story line, game play, etc.
as a writer, narrative. I recognize that a game is more than its story, though, so my thoughts are that achieving the synthesis of a game’s mechanics with its story and artistic elements creates a unique experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. All the best games achieve this.
What kind of games do you enjoy playing?
Good ones. Make a bad fucking game and I will tear you the hell apart, employ discretion, talent and creativity and I will build you a little shrine on my blog. Do all of this and touch me emotionally and I will love you for it.
What is your favorite gaming genre?
Shoot. This is a tough one. I always come back to First-person shooters. They are quick, fun and let me tear people apart. It’s therapeutic. Then there are games like Minecraft and strategy games. With strategies, Civ 5, for example, I get too obsessed with little things. With Civ 5 I got obsessed with getting “a good start”. If my resources suck, my terrain is crappy, enemies find me too quickly or the enemies take too many ruins that I consider mine (which is any I reveal) then I will restart. At one point I restarted Civ 5 so many times, on a custom-tweaked map mind you, I literally memorized all 22 civilizations that I had selected to battle against. The things we do for love.
Name a game, doesn’t have to be your favorite, but has in someway influenced your life.
There are a lot of games that did this, but I would have to say the game that influenced me most powerfully was Final Fantasy 7. That world drew me in and showed me a game that was fun and at the same time moved me to tears. It made me laugh, made me cry and showed me people I would consider friends since I’ve explored so much with them and helped them through tough times. I didn’t play this through the first time, but my older brother Sam would play it on his playstation. My two younger brothers would join me and we would watch Sam play for hours like it was a movie or a t.v. show. It was the first game that really showed me the level of artistic and story-telling genius that could exist in a game. I was 11 when this game came out.
Name a game that you absolutely are done with, rage quit and just frustrates the hell out of you.
E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy. I wrote an article about how abysmally terrible this game was. It had overly-complex leveling systems, and I loved Sins of a Solar Empire, the most complicated space RTS ever. Then there is a loose aggregation of what might be considered narrative elements delivered in a tossed-salad format all at once. There was no editorial discretion paid and if there was that person should be tossed into the Pit of Carcoon. The crafting systems made no sense, the stealth system is like being deaf and wearing metal boots. The art was nice, but the characters were as trivial and flat as a playing card. Everything about that game makes me viscerally angry and makes me want to smash something over my head so I can forget having to recall that the game exists. It was that bad. The worst part? I fucking paid money for it! More than nothing!
Name three things you think a good game should always have.
Smooth mechanics, artistic qualities that blend well into its ambiance and a solid storyline. And, If I may, guns help. Lots and lots of delicious guns.
If you could be any kind of Pokemon, which would it be?
Probably a starter Pokemon, those are the ones you form the tightest bond with since they are with you from the beginning of your journey. Most likely Froakie, because Greninja is a total badass.
If you were in a zombie apocalypses what would your go to weapon be? One melee and one ranged, and explain why!
OO! I would use the machete I keep on my desk and, not to be too cliche, my long range weapon would be an M16A2. In the army I was a damn good shot with this baby and 5.56mm ammunition is remarkably common.
If you could get transported into any gaming world, which would it be? Keep in mind in this world you won’t get a re spawn. Think long term =P
Pokemon. Kids are able to leave home at 11, travel the world until they get an idea of what they want to do in life and even then it is perfectly acceptable to stop whatever they are doing for a Pokemon battle. Also, you have a pokemon to travel with you and experience your adventure with. And THEN kids are encouraged to keep several close friends with them and work together. It is honestly the coolest world ever.
Why do you game?
The reasons I game have changed over my life. As a kid it was just because it was fun, but also to escape bullying as a kid. No one really liked me and I was socially inept. As I got older, gaming became a group activity I did with my brothers and friends and people I grew up with. In college it was something I did to relieve tension and after I dropped out it was something I did to get away from the world. Now, gaming is all of those things: I play for fun and friends still… but my biggest reason is to feel a connection to a larger unity. I was exclusively a PC gamer for years and got an Xbox to be a part of that community. I adore Steam because it connects me to peers who share my views and beliefs and have something in common, even if it is a love of gaming.
And there you have it! This guy is awesome, his mission statement is so similiar to mine which is so awesome, and the whole thing with Final Fantasy 7!! I did the same! I watched my brother play it haha. This is why it’s important to ask our fellow gamers. Because we have so much in common and we realize that the community we live in isn’t as big as you think 😉
Thank you The Crotchety Old Gamer for doing this awesome interview and thank you readers for taking the time! Much love from all of us here at Indie-Vidual Gamers, Have a dope day everyone!!!!!!!
^ Here’s the Link for this guys blog, it is AWESOME! check it out guys!
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