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Meet The Podunkers 2 - FrostedSloth

Meet the Podunkers 2 is the return of the much beloved blog series I started many moons ago with the intention to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. Hopefully we can make these a regular feature again!   Today“s interviewee is the long lost blogaholic, Dan "FrostedSloth" Curtis!     What's the first game you've ever played?   My first ever game - that I can actually remember that is - was Mickey Mouse's Castle of Illusion on the Sega Megadrive. That's the Genesis, for all you American types.   What a game that was; it still holds a special place in my heart to this day. I can remember distinctly playing it on a Christmas morning when I was but a wee munchkin, and never, ever being able to actually finish it.   As an adult one of my produest accomplisments was finally mastering it.   Describe your current gaming setup.   I have my own designated games room in my house. Technically it's the spare guest room, but I've basically taken over it with my gaming stuff.   Inside I have all of my gaming collection - a huge box filled with games stemming back from the PS1 onwards - several cool geek posters and an excellent Sonic made out of felt that my friend made me, a chest of drawers covered in arty ripped comic books, and all of my consoles.   Currently I own a PS3, PS4, 3DS, Wii U, Xbox 360 and still have an old original Xbox, PS2 and Wii kicking about somewhere. I've also got loads of Guitar Hero controllers (I know, retro, right?), headsets and various other stuff that I forget.   I'd say I've got several hundred games in my collection ranging from stuff like the original Crash Bandicoot to the things that released this year.   Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today?   Got to be Final Fantasy 7. This was one of the first gaming experiences that truly blew my mind from the very start.   To this day I can still play through FF7 and love every second of it. Great soundtrack, amazing villain, brilliant characters and everything else all combine together to make one of the best experiences available on any platform.   Funnily enough, this wasn't even my game. My dad, who used to game, bought it for himself to play through. That lasted all of two days and I quickly stole the game for my own purposes *insert best evil laugh here*   This game is also responsible for my love of the JRPG and I'm really hoping FFXV makes amends for XIII.   What is your all-time favourite game EVER?   Again, probably FF7. If it had a direct competitor from the modern era, it would have to be Batman: Arkham City.   I've always loved Batman, so when Rocksteady made one of the best Batman games ever, I was always going to love that too.   I think I've played through it about six times now, and it only came out a couple of years ago.   What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk? What brought about the return?   Our story begins on a snowy Christmas eve. The snow, beautiful and white, whirled outside the windows as a young Dan Curtis stumbled across an advertisement for bloggers on VideogameJournalismJobs.com, followed through the link and began his blogging career.   In all seriousness, that's what happened. Minus the snow and Christmas. I was at university at the time studying for my degree in magazine journalism, and as a side project I wanted to get involved in game writing before I went out into the big bad world of work. At the time GP was one of the only sites out there offering actual money for quality content, so - not quite knowing if I was good enough to fit the bill - I started blogging.   What happened next was pretty unsuspected. My work was promoted to featured status extremely quickly, and I also established a rapore with the current overlord of GP, NashKirb. This then lead eventually to me becoming a GP Editor, taking control over site development, articles and working closely with everyone's favourite lovable GP rogue, Jason Clement.   Unfortunately as my university career was wrapping up at this point I had to consider my next move in life, so - with an extremely heavy heart I might add - I had to leave GP for another site which was promising regular steady payments. That turned out to be a load of rubbish, and after discovering this, I moved on to my own project, ManaTank.com.   When I was looking for a job and had time to work on it everyday, MT went from strength to strength. Then I got one of those job things, the people I worked with made the site into something I didn't like, and I cut ties.   Since then I've been working as a content editor during the day where I write words for a network of websites. I also write on the side for WhatCulture.com, but part of me always wondered what was happening over at GP.   I'd been investigating every so often for a while what was going on at GP, but - on a whim - I decided to just bite the bullet, make a return and see what was going down with everyone here.   I'm happy to see so many familiar faces still kicking around on GP, and have been welcomed back with open arms. In the future I hope to help out around here when I can (and I'm much more experienced now than that fresh-faced idiot who was still at university!).   Be honest, how much did you miss us?   I honestly did miss everyone. When I worked for GP it was one of the most tight-knit working communities I'd been in, where everyone worked extremely hard to make GP the best it can be.   Like I said before, it's great to catch up with some old friends and to see what's happened over my abscence.   Anything else you'd like to add?   Dan Curtis is back! Watch this space to see what happens.   ...If Jason will let me help, that is     What did you think of the return of MTP? Who remembers Frosted?

Ludono

Ludono

 

Meet The Podunkers - DarkCobra86

Meet the Podunkers is a new blog series I“ve started intended to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. I will try and have a new interview posted weekly, until I run out of willing members to feature!   Today“s interviewee is a posting MACHINE, DarkCobra86!     What's the first game you've ever played?   The first game that I played was Super Mario Brothers 3. I remember just spending countless of hours on my NES playing that game, either by myself or with a friend. Heck, even my sister played the game with me. It was amazing at the time to play and find all these little secrets in the game. I still remember how on one level my dad came in and saw my sister and I playing the game. Of course he tried it a little bit and he accidentally hit one of the obstacle which yield us the leaf. Boy, that was awesome. I remember having Duck Hunt too and a bunch of other NES games such as Ninja Gaiden. Duck Hunt was amazing and I think we had the gun too. I can't remember how I got the NES but it was for my birthday and it was when we first got to America. Maybe a couple of years after we got to America, my parents went and got me the NES which came with SMB3. That was how it all started.   Describe your current gaming setup.   Throughout my house I have my various consoles. In my room I have my PS3 hooked up to my 51inch TV. Also, this is where I got my gaming computer too. I also have various handhelds like my psp and gameboy in a drawer. Outside of my room is the loft and I got the ps2 set up there. In the living room is the 360. Down in the basement I have the Wii setup. I even recently put the n64 in my sister room. Just so I have another place where I can game if I really want to. Yea, so many consoles throughout the house. I think one day though I might end up try to consolidate them all into my room and have one of those room where all the consoles are there. But it might be a bit of work and you have to work around all the wires and make sure you got enough spacing too.   Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today?   Well this one is a no brainer for me and that game is FFVII. This was the game that got me into RPG. This was the game that made me realized I should actually like gaming characters. I wanted to be like Cloud. This was the game that I think I was finally old enough to realize what great/rare games are. I no longer just play games for the fact that I have them. I am more aware of what games to get and what are the good ones people talk about that I should play. FFVII itself was amazing at the time. A great storyline that got me into it. Not to mention the big early surprise in the game really touched my heart. The music was awesome, I mean who doesn't love Cosmo Canyon? I still have that on my phone to use as a ringtone. The graphics were great at the time, especially those cutscenes like when you saw Diamond weapon come out off the water. I remember even playing AAA online and wanting to use the name Cloud. But of course everyone took it. But yes, I would attribute FFVII as the game that really made me a fan of RPG, turning me into a grinding/leveling/must get every item in the game gamer I am today. Plus, I even had the walkthrough from PS magazine to play the game. That made me learned what a walkthrough was. Before I had no idea those existed and that it mattered.   What is your all-time favourite game EVER?   I think by default I would still go with FFVII. Just for the reasons mentioned above. Now if I put all the great games I have played and put a pro and cons list to it, FFVII may not be the best game of all time or maybe I will find it not my favorite anymore. But I think just by what it did for me at the time and basically turning me into the gamer I am today, it will probably forever be my favorite game.   How about your favourite character?   Shall we stick with the FFVII theme? Yes, we shall. I would say Cloud. Although to be fair, after playing FFVII Crisis Core and watching Last Order: FFVII, you realized that Cloud isn't as great as he is. Zack is the true champ. Granted you find that out in the game, but I think at the time it didn't really registered to me that Zack >>>> Cloud. But oh well. Cloud will probably go down as my favorite character. But this is also kind of hard now that I think more and more about it. There are truly many other great candidates but I leave it with Cloud for now.   What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk?   Well, my story is pretty simple and sweet. I wanted to win free games, and I was on GDD at the time and saw Shin Gen X (I think that is his name, or some form of it?) posted that at GP there is a christmas wishlist contest. I saw a couple of other GDD member posted that they tried it and hope to win. So I said, what the heck, let me try it too and hope for the best. So I went to the site, signed up with the sole intention of winning. Of course I didn't win, but funny how I won last year Christmas wishlist (dreams do come true people!). And of course like GDD, I decided to stick around and keep on posting like a kid of posting steroids. I even remember one mod or member commented that "Who is this darkcobra86 kid, he must really want to win this month, so many posts from him." Yea I definitely wanted to win . But also like GDD, the community was so cool and awesome that I had to stay. I still remember I signed up and Tyler was the first one to say hi to me through PM and friend me. Then the server got switch and I guess my account was gone. I had to ask him what happened because I thought I was banned or something . So after he clarified, I was able to get back on GP and I guess you can say the rest is history. I'm still really glad that I found another gaming forum like this one. Really only GP and GDD do I care to stick around for. Granted getting a chance to win games on both sites are great, but I never imagine I'll make so many friends like this.   You're a very active poster on just about every site you frequent, what's your secret?   I think my secret is that I type really fast and sometimes I don't think too much before I type. And after I read, for the most part I will comment on it about how I feel that moment. Sometimes it will be a very short reply and sometimes I try to formulate a better response that is more quality. It just depends on how serious the issue I am about to respond to. Plus, I feel that what is the point of joining these forum if you aren't going to post? That is the only way to really keep everyone talking and being active. We have a nice community in that people go to chat or reply to status updates. But sometimes with a busy life now (all thanks to work), I really only get like an hour online in the morning before I head to work. So I just go through the forum and post and give my opinions on what I read. Since I can't really be on the computer 24/7 to actively chat or what not. I find it the best way is to leave your comment there and come back and see what others have talked about as well.   I know many people will only post if they find something important to say or wanted to make a big important thread. But I say, no post is too big or too small, we all should keep posting and enjoy each other remarks.   What are your opinions on next gen? Are you excited for it? Indifferent? What's one feature you want to see or are looking forward to trying on the new systems?   As many probably have already seen, I really am not ready for the next gen. I still believe that the PS3 and Xbox 360 can still go on for quite a bit. But it is what it is. And just because we get the next gen doesn't mean I can't play my older systems. I am still really excited though. I really want a PS4 and I will get it. I don't really care for the Xbox, but maybe one day I will get it down the line when I find a good deal on it and I know MS won't change policies again. The Wii U keeps on being better and better the more I think of it. But as a gamer, how can you not get excited even if it is just for a bit? Well, I know for sure the feature I am going to use is the PS+. Of course this isn't a new feature at all but it would be for me. I don't even remember all of the specifics on the next gen consoles anymore, but I say I'll learn more about it when I actually get the consoles.   Is there one genre of game you'd like to get into, or get back into in this upcoming gen?   I really can't say this is a genre but definitely play more Co-op. I grew up as the only one that loves playing game in my household. So I always played games by myself. When I was younger, I sometimes have friends over and we be able to play games like MK. But majority of the time I'm by myself at home playing single player. So that is why I built this new rig to play computer games with my friends. Also, GP game nights have always been fun when I have the games to play. And of course with "free" online play through PS4, I hope to be able to do more of this.   Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play a game with? Which game?   This is a really hard questions to be honest. I never thought of this. And even when I read the other MTP, I couldn't really think of an answer. I probably say one person is definitely my sister. Just because my sister and I are so close and that when we were younger we played SMB 3 together. Be fun to just have that again. Of course another one would have to be my best friend. He and I of course play a lot of video games together and I think we make a good team. And well, playing games will always be great with your best friend. I'm trying to think of someone dead that I would want to play games with since I already got two alive ones. But nothing yet. I wanted to be shallow and just say a really really hot super model chick or something. But I don't think that'll be too fun. Well, what the heck, my last person can be the hot chick. I just hope she doesn't go around bragging that I got owned by a girl .   It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand?   I think having Bruce Lee would be good. With his martial arts and my martial arts skills, I think we both stand a good chance of surviving. Of course he probably would have more kill count by the end of it then I would but who's really counting? I would say a spear. My master always said I was good with a spear when he taught it to me. And if the spear breaks you can always dual wield it or go with your fist. I think that is a good weapon. It gives you range attack too. I think I would have to be blasting "Eye of a Tiger" in the background. That definitely will Bruce and I pumped up and in our survivor mode.   Anything else you'd like to add?   No need for shouts out since I can't outshine TK . But really, thanks for taking your time to read this and getting to know me a bit more. I really have enjoyed meeting everyone and talking to everyone. No matter if it was a brief conversation or a long drawn out forum post or through chat. I hope that I'll be able to stay here longer and longer and that GP will continue to grow on all this success.     What did you think of this interview? Can ANYONE outpost him?

Ludono

Ludono

 

Meet The Podunkers - TYLERxDURDEN

Meet the Podunkers is a new blog series I“ve started intended to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. I will try and have a new interview posted weekly, until I run out of willing members to feature!   Today“s interviewee is a member long considered to be forever gone, TYLERxDURDEN!     What's the first game you've ever played?   Mario Bros for NES     Describe your current gaming setup.   I have two towers and a cabinet. The slim PS3 and the (now deceased) launch day PS3 occupy the right tower, the ps3 games, blu-rays and surround sound receiver sit in the left tower. In the cabinet I have the N64, XBOX and PS2. I play on a 46 inch LG 1080p 3D TV.     Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today?   Final Fantasy VII. I always like games because they were fun (Mario, Banjo, Turtles in Time) but FFVII made me realize the narrative potential of the medium.     What is your all-time favourite game EVER?   Tie. Final Fantasy VII and Socom II. Comparing apples and oranges really.     How about your favourite character?   Lame but Sephiroth.     What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk?   I think it was like 2008 or 2009 when I stumbled upon a giveaway for Tekken 4 and Uncharted maybe? I think they were quotation contests. But I checked out the site and ended up winning Tekken 4. I loved the community so much that I stuck around and ended up contributing a lot to the site.     You've been gone a long time! Any plans on returning to GP?   It's tough. When I stopped coming on GP, I had just started my current job. It is quite a bit more demanding than my previous jobs and piles on a lot more responsibility. That said, I am getting PS4 at midnight Nov 14 so hopefully my gaming habits flair up a bit and I can come here for my news!     What are your opinions on next gen? Are you excited for it? Indifferent? What's one feature you want to see or are looking forward to trying on the new systems?   As you know, I am a Sony fanboy. I cannot wait to see what the PS4 is capable of. The Xbox One looks pretty cool too and I am loving seeing the new fanboy wars shaping up. It's funny how the PS4 and Xbox One arguments have basically flipped from the PS3 and Xbox 360 arguments. This time the PS4 is running games a bit nicer and devs are having some growing pains learning the Xbox One. As we now know, it all evens out once the devs get the hang of it.       Is there one genre of game you'd like to get into, or get back into in this upcoming gen?   JRPG's. The problem is they are super time consuming and I don't have much time to give.     Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play a game with? Which game?   Haha great question! Nolan North - Conkers Bad Fur Day Harrison Ford - Call of Duty 4 Ghandi - DOOM 3     It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand?   My brother, a kitana, One Winged Angel. BOOM!     Anything else you'd like to add?   Where is the damn FFVII remake already?!?     What did you think of this interview? Are you glad he's back?

Ludono

Ludono

 

Meet The Podunkers - John Kidman

Meet the Podunkers is a new blog series I“ve started intended to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. I will try and have a new interview posted weekly, until I run out of willing members to feature!   Today“s interviewee is the member who you may known as "Dyeknom" ,John Kidman!       What's the first game you've ever played?   The conventional wisdom is that people always remember their first time, but I honestly couldn't narrow it down to a specific title. The earliest console games I remember came from a rather large box of hand-me-down Colecovision and Atari (courtesy of the adapter) games. I played a bit of Popeye, Antarctic Games and Burgertime, but there were quite literally 40+ cartridges to choose from. I also remember playing a few games as a child on both 5.25 and 3.5 diskettes, but the titles were not really my concern at the time. I mostly remember the card games and the text-heavy adventure games I'd accidentally load, most of which I'd only be able to recall based on sight. The names I do recall are educational games like Where in the U.S.A. is Carmen Sandiego. I do remember one of my first CD-ROM games being Journeyman Project.     Describe your current gaming setup.   My current gaming set-up is nothing to write home about. The main television hooks up to my surround sound unit, Wii, Wii-U and 360, while the Playstation 3 combines with the smaller Playstation 3D Display a few feet away. The Playstation 2 remains connected to a standard tube television in another room. My older generation consoles (Dreamcast, N64, SEGA, SNES and NES) are stored away, but they have definitely not been forgotten. There is no need for them to connect a car battery to an office chair in hopes of tracking me down.     Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today?   This is a tough question. The only game that has really changed my life would have to beOregon Trail as it taught me to never float the wagon. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and 2), Ducktales and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers for the NES probably had the most impact on molding me into a lifelong gamer as they combined my favorite cartoons with competent interactive media.     What is your all-time favourite game EVER?   The Smash Bros. franchise, Legend of Zelda franchise (particularly Ocarina of Time), Final Fantasy VI (or III... depending on when and where you played it) and Chrono Triggertop my list. If I am to narrow that down any further I fear we would need to place them on an island and require a fight to the death.     How about your favourite character?   I am much more likely to attach myself to a story than I am the story's individual characters. If I had to choose a specific character to declare as my absolute favorite, the answer would probably be Link. Of course, by choosing Link I am then left with the questions of *which* Link and whether each new iteration is simply reincarnation at work. Then we end up in a much deeper metaphysical debate centering around his spiritual essence which traverses time and whether each body (or vessel) has its own individual soul.     What's your story? How'd you end up working for Game Podunk?   I honestly don't remember. My presence has been a bit more erratic recently due to computer issues, employment, etc. I've been around for a while, but I really became keen on writing with the blog system which then transformed into more frequent posts.       You're one of the few Wii U owners on the site (and the world in general), what do you think of the system now that it's been out for a year? Best aspects? Worst?   The Wii-U is following in the footsteps of its predecessors. The Gamecube had a superb product, but Nintendo's desire to go against the grain with media format and the poor marketing led to disappointing underperformance. The original Wii portrayed itself as revolutionary, but quickly found itself to be little more than gimmick-ii and a terrible option for those beyond Nintendo's umbrella. The Wii-U is simply the combination of problems lingering from the experiences with the Gamecube and Wii.   The product itself is great and has just enough of a gimmick to be unique, without the danger of becoming a sequel to the waggle-mote. The tablet may be unique, but will likely remain a difficult sale to developers for its entire life cycle. Why? The tablet represents an increased development cost forwarded to developers for them to include a meaningful integration. Cross-platform ports were virtually impossible for major titles for the Wii due to inferior hardware and control scheme. Most gaming companies find their profits by playing the field with cross-platform ports, but for the Wii-U there is the inherent risk of sinking more money into an already expensive development process for a console unlikely to hit a necessary sales target.   Personally, I would not care if every Adventure or Role-playing game used the tablet exclusively for inventory management. I find that the practical applications for that tablet screen to be the most enticing.       What are you looking forward to or would like to see in the upcoming year for the Wii U?   At this point, I'm not looking forward to much on the Wii-U beyond my Nintendo staples. Oh, and you can't forget about X from Monolith. Monolith certainly earned my money and blind loyalty for now after releasing one of the few saving graces for the original Wii. I'm sure there are a few others that would pique my interest, but we are talking next year. So many shiny new things coming out and the end of this year and all of next year... we all have been guilty of being blinded by the shininess at one point or another. Forest for the trees... and all that jazz.     What are your opinions on next gen? Are you excited for it? Indifferent? What's one feature you want to see or are looking forward to trying on the new systems?   I am fairly indifferent. The pre-release antics have been nothing short of entertaining, but there are a lot of things that deserve some honest attention. I have a few concerns about cloud computing/gaming, but I am most interested in seeing how the Gaikai and PS3 library relationship plays out for the Vita.     Is there one genre of game you'd like to get into, or get back into in this upcoming gen?   Action/Adventure RPGs.     Do you plan on getting any of the upcoming systems? Why or why not? What should Nintendo do to stay in the race?   I am picking up a Playstation 4 at launch. I'm still mulling over the idea of owning an Xbox One, but am still not a fan of the fact that apps remain locked behind a paywall. If we're already paying for Netflix and our internet service providers for service, why should we also be required to pay Microsoft for their "Gold" service to use it? Consumers should have had a meaningful discussion, or at least some justified outrage, over this continued policy.   As for the race? Nintendo needs to just stay the course and keep its position steady in third as long as it remains break-even or slightly profitable. Manufacturers rarely follow up unprecedented success (Sony with Playstation 2, Nintendo with Wii or DS Lite) with an even larger success. A company that flounders for success reeks of desperation and does not instill confidence (Sony with constant console model changes for Playstation 3, Mirosoft with abandonment of key Xbox One features) in the potential user base. If Nintendo wishes to make a "big move" they should look at obtaining studios to develop under the Nintendo brand. Nintendo could even allow their western division to create new studios tasked with creating a new, western-based franchises. Sony has their Naughty Dog and Microsoft has solid developers like 343 Industries under the Microsoft Studiosbrand.     Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play a game with? Which game? There are about 20 different scenarios running through my head for this question. Twister with celebrity crushes? Something more nefarious like Roshambo with the grandfathers (mother's side) of the obnoxious celebutants who dominate our news networks? Yes, that means Robert Houghton would earn the first spot.   Sticking with video games.... I'd play Smash Brothers Brawl with a youthful Ben Franklin, Jesus and Albert Einstein... they would need to bring their own Wavebirds. I expect a lot of Pikachu from Franklin and Wario from Einstein.     It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand?   My zombie apocalypse wife, the weaponized zombie cure and The Best of Conway Twittysoundtrack. If this is to be a true final stand I would already have my weaponized zombie cure and met my zombie apocalypse wife. The music is just in case I fail... then not having to listen to Conway Twitty music is a huge benefit.     Anything else you'd like to add? YOU PEOPLE AND YOUR NAME CHANGES! TOO MUCH LEADS TO AND . No really. Nothing else to add     What did you think of this interview? Who do you think is up next?

Ludono

Ludono

 

Meet The Podunkers - TKtheknight

After a one month hiatus, Meet the Podunker's is back and ready to keep interviewing even more Podunkers in the next couple months! We still have plenty of members yet to feature so stay tuned!     It's been a while but we're back with a VERY lengthy entry by none other than TKtheknight!     What's the first game you've ever played?   Oh man that brings back toddler memories. I lived out of the country at the time living in apartment I think in a military base around 2-3 years old. Anyways I remember my parents bought the NES and the games with them were Super Mario and Duck Hunt (Maybe it was a Christmas gift or just bought it in general). I even got the gun controller too. They were a lot of fun especially taking turns with the family and even with my neighbors. Duck Hunt was pretty easy and fun. Although the dog seemed kind of mean. I remember when I suck at the game, I would get butthurt by the dog laughing/mocking me. Me being a clumsy little kid, I would ask my parents why the dog would be mean to me. I can't remember what they said, but it was probably a funny answer telling me not to believe in fictional characters or something. Oh I think the game also had a mode where you shoot flying discs too. It was so cool jumping up and down as I would hit the targets and stuff (felt like I can be a pro hunter or those pro shooters). Also in the Duck Hunt game there was a moment where I felt sad the ducks died from my shooting. Even though it was just a game, I wanted to apologize to them and their families. Mario was a lot of fun and it was my favorite game back then. It was so fun playing and taking turns to beat the levels. NES Mario was the game to play and was very popular so it was my favorite series at the time. My parents and I would take turns completing levels and stuff. It was such a fantastic time to be playing with friends as well. I really miss those days of being a little kid playing retro games. The place I lived in was a nice apartment, but sadly a volcano erupted and probably destroyed it after we moved or we had to evacuate. I can't remember well, but good times in the neighborhood.   Describe your current gaming setup.   My room back home is so cramped with so much stuff with posters, anime, DVD's, comics, etc. that It's too hot to be in the room due to electronics. Anyways when you walk into my room, you will see a small black TV stand with a Sony 42 inch HDTV and sometimes If the living room isn't being used, I like to play it on the 55 inch HDTV (usually when parents are at work). Under it is my directv receiver, xbox 360, and then PS3 hooked up to the TV. The Wii used to be in the living room, but it was so lonely not being used anymore I decided to move it to my room. Also recently hooked up my Gamecube. Also have a PSP and GBA on my shelf as well. I have PSone and PS2, but it's in my bro's room. Next to the TV, I have shelf of PS3 games and on another shelf I have 360 games. As for PC gaming, I don't have a good PC gaming desktop, but my laptop is able to manage some of the older games before 2013. I play the PS3 a lot more though so that seems to be my main gaming console. My room is very messy and what you'd expect to see in a cramped nerdy room.   I have another room which is the dorm room I'm living in on campus University this year. It's pretty plain with just a very large desk with my 24 inch TV and PS3 hooked up and of course with my laptop with steam games. With being busy at school I take less things from home with me to keep it simple. PS3 is my main system to play with. I haven't touched the 360 since June/July lol. Sadly haven't played much lately due to busy with homework and stuff, but I'm open to play with anyone who invites me which would probably be my only time playing at the moment.   Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today?   It would be easily obvious Super Mario, but I think I'll say something different. I would have to say Final Fantasy VII because it is what made me love the JRPG genre and Final Fantasy series. When I was a kid I stumbled upon a Eidos PC version of Final Fantasy VII at Costco for around less than 10 bucks. At the time I knew what Final Fantasy was, but really never played it. I asked my dad to buy it for me and he told me what what a role playing game was. It sounded quite difficult and seems fun. He even asked are you sure you're going to like this game? Play this type of game? Yes, I want to try it! It was also the last PC copy so I was super excited. So after the trip to Costco, I went home popped in the installation disc to one of those really old fat desktop computers in the 90s. I got really excited and was so joyful to play it. After installing it the game begins. I was literally screaming like a fangirl as this was the first JRPG and/or Final Fantasy game I've ever played. Those opening scenes and stuff were cool! So what is your name hero? Um Tristan! Yes Tristan! Aw yeah I'm gonna be a hero! I can't wait to save the world! The story really got to me as I got hooked on it and would spend a lot of time playing it. I've never had so much fun playing an JRPG game and at the time I felt like I was reading an interactive storybook. My mom was getting mad at me for not spending time outside too. I started to care about the characters and what's going on so I was failing school at the time and cared less about it. Spent too much time talking about the game to everyone at school and actually got so mad at Sephiroth for killing Aeris. I felt like I lost a really good friend. I spent a day at school feeling gloomy and kept thinking if there was a way to save her (I got mad at Cloud for just standing there not pushing her out of the way or just didn't care. I'm like yo man wtf!). The journey in the game was so good that I spent a lot of hours and it made me happy to not give up and eventually beat it. It took forever to level up and find materias. It was fun doing sidequests, Gold Saucer, fighting Ruby/Ultima/Emerald Weapon (Tough challenges). At one point I could not get past a part because it kept freezing (somehow disc was scratched up. Got really bummed for days not playing the game) so I had to cheat by downloading a save to get past that part. I really enjoyed the game after beating and felt proud of myself. When I discovered PC mods for the game, I got so excited because I wanted to bring back Aeris. Eventually beat the game again with her in my party and I was very satisfied with it to have her revenge against Sephiroth. I think at the same time that year FFVIII was released so I asked to get it for my Birthday and also happened to get my first PSOne aside from N64. Also the following year FFIX was the only game I wanted for Christmas and got that too (actually we were poor at the time so wanted only one or a few gifts. IX was the highest on my wishlist). Final Fantasy series got me to love JRPG games and even led me to play many different ones and love the genre even more. I'm not super hardcore like the others here, but I am a good fan. I just need to play a lot more series besides Tales and Final Fantasy. Also Ni no Kuni is beginning to be on my favorite list as well. That was the most recent and last JRPG I played and man that game is really amazing that it made it to my top list of favorite games. I feel that this is one of many things that made me a gamer today and there's just too many stories I can come up with. Playing games and being part of the experience is what made me be a gamer today. It isn't just gameplay and stuff, but how the story gets you driven. I just love playing an interactive adventure in most games. I'm not afraid to admit there are games that made me cry. I don't care what you guys say, but if a game makes me sad, then that game really is good.   What is your all-time favourite game EVER?   Like other Podunkers, this is hard to answer because there is just so many fantastic games that are memorable and favorited. Althought I can say my favorite game this year so far is Ni no Kuni. I remember spending a week and a few days playing it so much and forgot about the real world (Time sure went by fast and felt like throwing up after I finish. Gaming exhaustion man). It's a wonderful game to play and I really recommend it. Studio Ghibli and Level 5 teaming up makes it a lot better. I hope to see more collaborations with Studio Ghibli and other developers. Imagine Square Enix and Studio Ghibli working on a Final Fantasy game with the animation done by Ghibli. Maybe Kingdom Hearts? Ah we can all dream. Anyways moving on for favorite game I would have to say any from the Final Fantasy series, but most likely Final Fantasy VII. Also loved Kingdom Hearts series and Metal Gear Solid series. They are just so good that I buy their games without hesitating and side note very happy to have steelbook case of FFXII too! To add to the list, I even liked FFXIII and FFXIII-2 and actually bought the limited collector's edition of both guides and used it. Despite not getting love and a lot of hate for those games, I can't abandon my favorite series wether the game is good or bad. Squaresoft days were great and Enix has had up and downs, but still support them. On another note the only games I've beaten on PSP are Final Fantasy Crisis Core and Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep so I am a really huge fan of Square and would play their games a lot. Pretty much my favorite series of games is the Final Fantasy universe. As for MGS, I just love to play stealth games and Kojima is a genius for creating the series. I had so much fun with it that I spent lots of time just fooling around with guards at times and listening to codec stories. Also really love the wacky weird stuff the game puts you through and gets you be like WTF?! So many great moments and a wonderful series to play. The story of it overall is what drives me in. Snake's legacy is just so good. I look forward to MGSV, FFXV, Kingdom Hearts 3, and Lightning Returns!   How about your favorite character?   That's tough. Most of them are Final Fantasy characters including Cloud and Lightning. They're definitely one of my favorites. Vivi from FFIX is also awesome and one of my favorites. His story is pretty intersting as well. I grew up being a Cloud Strife fan in the beginning because of FFVII being my first FF game. I just have too many mostly from Final Fantasy/Kingdom Hearts and of course Snake from MGS. All these characters are fascinating and each of their personality is unique. It's not easy picking a favorite character. They all have an impact in their respectable game's story and how you can view them. Also I can add myself because as a character when you are the hero and you take control just like when I first played FFVII I put myself in Cloud's viewpoint or even custom character in games you created. I really can't decide in the end, but my favorite character has to be the one that you looked up to and inspires you besides just being in a game.   Another to add to favorites is I really like Oliver and Drippy this year. Fantastic duo and both have great hearts. Oliver's character is really good and fun. I felt like being him sharing the emotion or characteristic potion/bottles to everyone (if you've played the game you know what I mean). His developmet from scared to courage and the journey he went through is amazing. On the other hand Drippy is hilarious and smart. I love that guy and it would be so cool to have a plushie of him. Both characters are likeable and like I said play Ni no Kuni because you won't regret it. Friendship keeps a team strong!   What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk?   I first heard of Game Podunk from my best friend who goes by solid-alchemist who some of you might know since he was in the old GP (He would talk about the Darkstar days). I was never really in the gaming forums and never really entered a lot of contests so I was still new to the forum world. Solid would tell me things about GP, CAG, and even GDD. He would tell me about the winnings he's earned and the deals he spotted. I eventually joined GDD as the first forum and then I grew to be active in that and fell in love with the community. Of course that's where I met most of you guys including Ludo, Cait, Cobra, Kezins, bink, etc. Many months later, I keep hearing about GP stuff from Solid and it sounded pretty cool. I actually took a peek at it once and then couldn't bring to leave GDD because I like to stick with one forum. Anyways one day I saw Tyler promoting a contest from GP on GDD and decided hey I should discover more forums and get out more which I did, but was a lurker at the time. So I followed and signed up. I wasn't really active in the old GP, but I have seen Marcus, Jared, Marshall, and others including Nash and barrel with their usernames and met some of the other staff members. I remember first joining, I head straight to chat to check things out and ask for help. Dunno why, but Loose Cannon as a nickname was given to me pretty quick (Still have no idea how that name was decided at the time). The only discussion I remember from the old chat was about Marcus's drawings lol. It was very strange and funny (never got to see them though, but hilarious conversations). Oh by the way the contest that was promoted was I think the Prize Vault or Caption contest. I actually ended up winning the caption contest for the Arkham City game for 360 wich I end up giving to a friend as a Birthday gift because I already bought Arkham City for PS3 and wasn't sure if I'd win. Meanwhile after that I became active a little bit, but occassionally just stop by to say hello in GP Chat and stayed with GDD because I didn't see myself leaving that place. It was hard leaving one place to another like if you live in a home for so many years, it's hard to move into someplace new with new environment and surroundings.   Well a year later I heard GP changed and decided to come back and once again recruited by Tyler again (I sure miss that guy, he needs to visit here again). That same year I finally signed up to CAG after lurking forever. Most of the members I saw here were from GDD and was happy to be part of the community. I became a lot active and visit the GP Chat quite a bit. I used to stay up til like 2-3am talking to Marshall and Jared and listening to GP stories from the past (Lol Marshall you and your Jason is a warrior leader story). Good times before you went onto JAAP. Everything about GP is what a gaming forum should be. It's a great place to hang out, very nice, the design, sets, etc and actually feels like a big family to me. I just love everything about the place so I have been active a lot more ever since I return for my second visit and kept this place as the main forum to hang out. I am very thankful to meet all of you and I mean it. You guys are something and a special group of people that I've ever met. Glad to be part of your lives and hope I can make a difference for you all and Game Podunk. :-)   Care to explain your username?   Well TK is my initials and nickname obviously. The story how I got it is actually through Digimon (When I watched it eating breakfast with the family and the series premiere on FOX Kids, my dad randomly said hey he has the same initials as you! TK! It wasn't really official yet though since everyone called me by my first name, or some random nicknames like Triscuit (Teacher), Little Boy Blue (Dad), etc. Anyways funny thing one random day my friend Austin back in middle school was one of the funniest dudes around and decided hey you need a nickname. My nickname was announced publicly from a him to students during recess in middle school and then everyone started calling me that. My username is my gamertag for everything. So this is how I became a knight. When I first signed up for xbox live, I didn't know what name to use so I though of just using TK. It wouldn't work because it was too short and wanted 6 or more characters so I figured out trying many things that goes with TK like TKtheking, TKthekiller, TKthekid, TKthekoolaid, TKthekrunch, TKthekicker, even outside of TK like TKthelad, and Cloud (I really wanted that name so bad lol). Anything that made sense with my name. I though long and hard to figure out what sounds best and decided TKtheknight because for some reason it fits better than the others. I almost wanted to go with TKtheking, but just didn't fit at all and I honestly I'm not fit to be a king. I felt that being a knight is pretty fun and they seem so awesome especially in games, animes, fairy tales, etc. Being a knight sure is something. I tend to be loyal and listened to everyone just like what a knight does. I'll be the best knight there ever was and do my best to protect the kingdom of Podunk. Well that sounds lame, but really I'm glad I chosen TKtheknight and it's awesome. Lol I just realized after typing that my actual first name is based off a knight in the King Arthur legends. So cool!   What are your opinions on next gen? Are you excited for it? Indifferent? What's one feature you want to see or are looking forward to trying on the new systems?   I'm excited for it, but honestly I am in no rush to move into the new generation. I feel that the 360, Wii, PS3, etc has a lot of gas left in their tank and still provide good games through time so I'll be waiting a few more years before I jump into one by winning one or a getting it as a gift. If I had to buy one it would be the PS4 since the only console I ever bought this gen is the PS3. There is a bunch of great features that are implemented to these consoles to make it a lot fun. One feature that I look forward to trying is the streaming feature which they partner up with Twitch. I've always wanted to stream some of my games on the PS3/360/Wii,etc ,but buying those gaming capture devices are pricey. I have streamed some steam games before although sometimes the quality or the program I use doesn't work well. This is a great way to share your playing experience and have fun with others to watch you. This also makes it fun to have a Let's Play event show too!   Also really love how the companies are providing help to the indie developers. It's not easy making it to the big leagues and it's a nice way to help out the small ones making their dreams go bigger.   This new generation of gaming is going by pretty fast and can be pretty scary at times. It seems were getting close to virtual reality, but that would take time. Digital age is what could possibly come into. There are so many games going digitally that the physical copies might slowly disappear. I mean I miss the manual booklet in games, the nice case box with none of that slim recycle thing, etc. Eventually were going to rely on digital stuff. I just hope the physical version will stick around a lot longer or even forever.   I could go on about how I feel, but I don't want to make this interview long and boring. I'm having fun doing this so hope you guys don't mind all this typing I'm sharing.   Is there one genre of game you'd like to get into, or get back into in this upcoming gen?   Visual novels or RTS. I like to watch a lot of anime and read manga so I figured hey why not give this genre a try. I never played or looked much into visual novel type games, but it seems interesting after reading reviews and tweets from Leah, Marcus, Ludo, and others. I'd like to jump to see what this is all about. Seems there are a lot of crazy stories in them. I did test out Katawa Shoujo once, but that was it. Other than that, I also would like to get into the strategy type games. My bro plays a lot of them on his PC so I'd be watching or asking stuff about the games and genre he plays. It looks pretty cool and fun with a lot of thinking. I've been wanting to get into the some series like Warhammer, Command and Conquer, Civilization, Sims, etc. I think the last time I played an RTS was Warcraft which actually got a demo cd from a cereal box and tried it out. It was pretty fun and I liked it. Definitely should give the genre more chance for me to play.   Aside from those genres I'd like to get back into is more JRPGs. I've only played FFXIII, FFXIII-2, Tales of Vesperia, and Ni no Kuni in the past few years. With so many coming out on handhelds and consoles, I'd love to play more and get into the discussion with you guys. It sucks to just say oh hey I played it and it was awesome. The more I read about the discussions, the more I get excited I want to try them out. I'm pretty average gamer at this genre at the moment lol. Hoping to get back on the wagon eventually. I'd like to follow in barrel's footsteps since he's a huge fan and great at discussing the genre.   You're probably the most jovial person on GP, have you ever gotten angry at anyone online? Why or why not?   Indeed I am most jovial. Pretty much I will have a happy cheerful attitude to everyone. Am I too nice guys? As for being angry, not really. I don't see myself really getting angry at anyone online other than my close friends (I get picked on a lot, but it's for fun). Well maybe I'll be angry at the bad type of gamers like hackers, abusers, etc, but I don't want to argue with them. Best to ignore. I don't get angry too serious unless some things gets too far. I do get angry playing games though. RAGE QUIT! AAARRRGGGHHH!!! I can't see myself angry at anyone on GP as well. I mean you guys will pick on me at times, but I know it's not serious and it's for fun and funny times (Although I grew up getting bullied by some people so my feelings can be sensitive at times). Don't make me cry or feel sad! Everyone is just nice and the community is peaceful. Only times I get really angry is if someone is talking bad about someone I know or a good friend so I can defend him/her and of course outside of online stuff. I don't like to start arguments with anyone and I know I'm not good at it. My social skills in that area is pretty weak and being angry just makes things worse. I do would like to fix what makes you angry at me though. Dunno who would be angry at me, but if you are um I apologize and I'd like to fix the problem to make things better.   Anyways you don't want to make me angry. It's pretty scary if you see my angry form. I can be really serious and evil if I wanted to. One time I almost punched someone and threw him in the locker because he was talking bad about someone. Good thing I didn't and the teacher was around the corner. He walked by and I smiled saying heyo teach! Yep that's it.   Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play a game with? Which game?   Seems most of the past interviews would include famous developers or something lol. Guess I'll do different. Easily my first pick is my best friend John with this one. Who wouldn't have their best friend playing. As for the other two it could be anyone awesome! So for the 2nd person it would be a celebrity so I would pick Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. I grew up idolizing him as kid and love his charismatic and cheerful attitude. He's a great entertainer all around and really inspired me have fun and be enthusiastic. As a kid I wanted to grow up to be just like him (actually wanted to be a WWE Superstar or NFL Football player growing up lol) and I just love who he is in many ways (John Cena/CM Punk/Daniel Bryan's beard would be alternate choices if I didn't pick The Rock. Maybe). As for the 3rd person It would be anyone welcome to join me. I've had so much fun playing with most of you guys on gaming nights and co-op sessions. I usually play by myself or with my bro at times besides close friends. Being with people you care about is a lot more fun because you know they will provide great help and fun. I appreciate hanging out with most of you guys. Again thanks a lot and everyone is welcomed to play with me. :-) Anyways if we were all to play a game together it has to be obviously something co-op fun. It's kind of tough to pick because there's so many fantastic co-op games. I think we each pick a game we play. The Rock - WWE 2k14 (obvious cuz he's on the cover and he's wrestler too), John-Borderlands/Left 4 Dead/Anything to keep us together as a team, and I would love to play some Halo because back in the days after high school, Friday nights we would eat pizza and play Halo when hanging out with buddies. For you guys just pick whatever you want and I'm in as long as I have the game too (this is why gaming nights are a lot of fun). Better to play with someone you know than complete strangers. Woo! It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand? Anyone can be my partner to so it's pretty much open to anyone who like to join me. I'm gonna go with Kiky to be my partner for this one. We'd be a hilarious team together. Our weapons would be created in many unique different ways like in Dead Rising 2/OTR. If I had to create one it would be a chainsaw combined with a gun and it would be called the Gunsaw (kind of like a gunblade, but with a chainsaw). As for Kiky's weapon, I have no idea, but I'll make one. It would be a katana infused with lightning so it would electrocute anything it touches and insta kill (Lol Kiky if you don't like it, share your idea. I just thought about Lightning to be part of a weapon). Of course gotta have handguns as a side weapon too. As for the music, well my favorite band is Linkin Park. It was tough picking the song because I ended up listening to every single to figure out what fits. I think I'll go with Burn it Down. I imagine awesomeness while were killing zombies and giving everything we got. If I decide not to go with mainstream music I will pick DOA by Aimee Blackschleger (It's a song from Attack on Titan). She does a lot of music works for other animes and games too! As the song(s) plays on our final stand we go out guns blazing kicking butt and piercing the heavens with all of our might Dead Rising style. Were all over the place with hilarious stuff and were wearing fabulous crazy outfits. We save the world and found the cure. Credits roll. Secret ending. . . .camera zooms out and it's just Me and Kiky playing Dead Rising: Off the Record using our weird imaginations and be like wtf was that? The End   Anything else you'd like to add?   Bonus rap and a special thanks to most of the active members on GP   ** Note from Ludono: Due to the length of this section I put it in a spoiler so as to reduce the load and length of this post.**   Rap     Special Thanks       What did you think of this interview? tl;dr or did you make it through the whole thing? Do we need to impose a word limit for future MTPs*?     *I'm just kidding TK, we love the enthusiasm!

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Meet The Podunkers - Ciel

After a one month hiatus, Meet the Podunker's is back and ready to keep interviewing even more Podunkers in the next couple months! We still have plenty of members yet to feature so stay tuned!   Getting Meet The Podunker's back up and going with the first interview in over a month we have, Ciel!         What's the first game you've ever played?     Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure on the TurboGrafx-16 in the 90“s. While I do not remember much about it, I certainly remember playing it. I actually just sold the game a few weeks ago; nostalgia, at the right price, can in fact be sold.   Describe your current gaming setup. Right now all I own is 3DS with Animal Crossing New Leaf, Fire Emblem Awakening, and Shin Megami Tensei IV. On my PC I have a few games though I really only playTeam Fortress 2. I have an HD3000 integrated graphics card on my laptop; ultimately there is not much I can play. Although, it is a rather impressive little card.   Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today? It is hard to pinpoint just one game when there are two, Halo: Combat Evolved andReturn to Castle Wolfenstein on the original Xbox. I would often call in sick from school because I would be spending days at my brother“s apartment as he hosted LAN parties with co-workers. I can still remember what the pizza tasted like. RTCW however was the game that pushed me into online multiplayer and set a bar of expectation. Yet, back then, multiplayer was a different experience all-together; players actually communicated and talked, clans actually had “clan matches†and people cooperated appropriately to win (or lose) as a team. RTCW was a class based game that had leaderboards for each specific class as well as an overall board. I was, if I recall correctly, ranked #32 on the Medic board and somewhere around #100 overall—good times.   As a result of this shift in the multiplayer paradigm, seldom do I play online anymore.   What is your all-time favourite game EVER?   Catherine. Is it really? I do not know, but it was the first game that came to mind. Now that I think about it, it really could be. Which is odd because usually I respond to this question rather indifferently, but I do not think I could have typed “C-a-t-h-e-r-i-n-e†out more adamantly. Thanks for asking!   How about your favourite character? GLaDOS, probably. … As soon as I put that period there I heard her voice somewhere that say, “I am going to note this on your file.†Seriously, what was that? Umm… hello?   What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk? Good question. I probably just got lost one night both in life and on the Internet. No, no that was it. A forum I frequented for about eight years closed its doors and I needed a new place to stay. My Google search in all its brevity landed me on Game Podunk.   You're quite the fan of New Leaf, were you always such an Animal Crossing fan or is it a relatively recent addiction?   I played a lot of Animal Crossing on the Gamecube, bless my soul. My sister and I started to develop a penchant for it. Then I could not figure out what made the game so compelling, now, as an adult, I understand it completely. She went on to play Wild World; I did not touch the game. I cannot remember if either of us played City Folk.   So why did I pick up New Leaf then? I did not initially. I just happened to be thinking about not getting it and ended up getting it as a direct result. I texted her immediately, heh. It“s addicting, still, and I hate it. It puts me to sleep every night although it tends to keep my girlfriend awake.   What are your opinions on next gen? Are you excited for it? Indifferent? What's one feature you want to see or are looking forward to trying on the new systems?   I am excited though I would not say optimistic. I have lost about 85% of my faith in contemporary games. Hopefully with the new generation things will change. But, everyone knows that companies will be innovative for a short while then keep pushing out trite, redundant, titles and content updates that the masses will buy and then later complain about not understanding that the reason games “suck†is because they keep buying bad games. Well that was long winded. I am curious how the “game sharing†works on the Playstation 4. If I interpreted the different conferences correctly you can stream a friend“s single player experience and “jump in†and help out if he needs it/wants you to? This would be great since my brother lives in another country. If I am wrong, stop me now. I have no objections to canceling my pre-order although I do need a blu-ray player.   Is there one genre of game you'd like to get into, or get back into in this upcoming gen?   No, but why are there not enough tactical or strategy (people tend to use the terms interchangeably) role-playing games?   Do you plan on getting any of the upcoming systems? Why or why not? What should Nintendo do to stay in the race?   Just a Playstation 4. Why? That aforementioned sharing notion and, like I said, if that does not pan out at least I will have a blu-ray player again. Nintendo as a business really does not need to do anything. The 3DS is doing fantastic right now and I would like to see them put all their efforts toward it. But in regards to the Wii-U and next-generation the company needs to do two things: 1) Make a high definition Zelda game and 2) abandon all past franchises including Zelda after the fact and yes Mario. I have faith that they would deliver to us new lovable characters and heroes. Oh, also they need to give me a free Wii-U because I am never going to buy it.   Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play a game with? Which game?   My other brother. He passed away two years ago. I would not care what game, he can pick. He would probably pick a fighting game. Second, my girlfriend. Again any game would suffice. I actually bought GoldenEye and Donkey Kong on the N64 because she wanted to relive those individual experiences. She played with me for about 10 minutes. At least she still remembered the monkey rap. Third? Myself. As a student of philosophy and a hopeful filmmaker I hardly have enough time to play. Actually, I only just started playing video games at a regular pace again about a month ago when I re-joined the forum. I was away for a long, long time though I always kept up via Kotaku.   It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand?   I would like to have Barack Obama on my side because there is no one better at killing and getting away with it than he. My weapon of choice would be Barrack Obama and a piece of powerful literature. I would be listening to The White Stripes.   In all seriousness though, I'd like The Doctor at my side.   Anything else you'd like to add? No, people are probably bored.     What did you think of this interview? Did you miss having weekly featured members?

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Meet The Podunkers - Khorne

Meet the Podunkers is a new blog series I“ve started intended to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. I will try and have a new interview posted weekly, until I run out of willing members to feature!   Today“s interviewee is everyone's favourite Kiwi (not the fruit/bird) and future zorbing world champion, Khorne!     What's the first game you've ever played? Like any good kiwi kid I grew up playing Rugby. I did play a little Soccer and Cricket from time to time though. Describe your current gaming setup.   I have a PS3 and 360 hooked up in my main room and a semi decent PC there too. My other consoles are in the garage waiting for me to care. I also have a PSP and DS around here somewhere. Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today? No one game has had that much of an effect on me, but something like the first Dawn of War that pretty much introduced me to the RTS genre (I had played a few before, but DOW got me hooked). Yeah I can“t think of one game that changed everything for me, but plenty of games along the way have made an impact. What is your all-time favourite game EVER?   See, I like a lot of games for a lot of different reasons, so I can never do questions like this any justice. I love Minecraft as much as I love Freelancer, but I love them for very different reasons, so I can“t pick between them. You could ask me this once a day for a week and every day my answer would be different. How about your favourite character? Aren“t I supposed to be in that GP game that may or may not be being made? In that case the answer is me. What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk? I was cruising through the internet one day and found that this site paid for blogs, thinking to myself I had the bare minimum literacy required to write blogs I signed on up. Then I started to get to know the other GP peoples (RIP Jamie & Dan) and decided to stick around. You're probably expecting me to throw in some New Zealand questions aren't you? What happens if I don't? It“s Maori language week so I should probably be answering these all in Maori anyway. What are your opinions on next gen? Are you excited for it? Indifferent? I“m pretty mixed, the PS4 looks like a pretty solid system, but it hasn“t changed enough for to blow me away, I do like the indie support stuff though. The Xbox One needs to drop the Kinect and the price along with getting some exclusives I care about. Have you ever gone zorbing, if not, would you want to? I have not and I“ll only go if you come with me. You were the only non-staffer to start as a host on the Gamepodunkcast, why were you chosen? Many podcasters suffer fatigue after many weeks of continually recording, how goes it for you? I have no idea why I was chosen, I“m just cursed I guess. Anyway I have to record that dammed thing first thing on a Monday morning so I“m pretty fatigued. You have a pet bird or two right? Name(s)? Type(s)? Picture(s)?! we need details here on the unofficial BGM of the GamePodunkcast. To be fair, the birds haven“t been on a single episode of Game Podunkast (I hope). Anyway they are called Spike and Charlie and they make a lot of noise. Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play a game with? Which game? Guy Williams, Jono Pryor and Dai Henwood and we would play My Kid Could Draw That. (I am killing it with these kiwi references aye bro?)   It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand?   Alphonse Elric, since he is probably immune to the whole Zombie deal and also I can hide in his armour. Since he can kinda alchemy up any weapon he wants I would let him decide and we would be listening to Survive by Rise Against. Anything else you'd like to add Kei hea te wharepaku?     What did you think of this interview? Would you go zorbing with Khorne?

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Meet The Podunkers - caitlinA7X

Meet the Podunkers is a new blog series I“ve started intended to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. I will try and have a new interview posted weekly, until I run out of willing members to feature!   Today“s interviewee is the member who has gone toe to toe with the YLOD, caitlinA7X!         What's the first game you've ever played?   The first game I ever played was the original Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. My dad introduced it to me when I was 5 and I think there's home video somewhere of me playing it and going "WHOAAA" every time Sonic would go through a loop, lol.     Describe your current gaming setup. Nothing special, really. I have my 360, Wii U, Gamecube, and N64 connected to my 32 inch HDTV in my room, and the PS3 is connected to a 40 inch HDTV in another room.     Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today? Hmm, this is a really good question. I'd probably have to go with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. That's what made my go from "yeah games are cool" to "WOW I LOVE VIDEO GAMES GIVE ME MORE". After that I was addicted.     What is your all-time favourite game EVER? Another tough one, I'd have to go with either Mass Effect 3, Uncharted 2, Tomb Raider (reboot), Rock Band 3, or Alan Wake. I can't settle on just one.     How about your favourite character? Well there's a question about her later on...so for this one I'll say my other favorite characters: Trip from Enslaved, Starkiller from The Force Unleashed series, Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series, Lara and Sam from the Tomb Raider reboot, and Jackie Estacado from The Darkness series. What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk? I joined back in 2011 I believe, for one of the contests, I can't remember which one though. I stuck around because everyone here was so nice and welcoming and it's now the only video game community I'm a part of anymore   Tell us a bit about yourself, any nerdy hobbies besides videogames? Well it depends on what you classify as nerdy! I watch Power Rangers and read comic books, but that's about as nerdy as it gets for me.   So I hear you kind of like a certain character from Mass Effect quite a bit...care to elaborate? Yesss I am quite a fan of one miss Ashley Williams. I originally liked that she wasn't the typical female character in a RPG game, she's the powerhouse soldier that deals most of the damage instead of the "healer" or "mage" type. And I absolutely grew to love her and her character development throughout the first and especially the third game.   What is one change you'd like to make to gaming as a whole? I'd like to make female main characters a more common thing, but unfortunately I don't see that happening anytime soon.   Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play a game with? Which game? Lindsey Shaw, Sam Witwer, aaaannnddd my dear friend Elena because she's wonderful. I'd probably wanna play Rock Band 3 because that's the most fun game to play with other people.     It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand? Person: Alice from the RE movies, weapon: a machine gun, and music: Firestarter by The Prodigy.     Anything else you'd like to add. Thank you GP community for being awesome, and if any of you know Lindsey Shaw tell her to hit me up okay? What did you think of this interview? Anyone have Lindsey Shaw's digits?

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Meet The Podunkers - Kiwi

Meet the Podunkers is a new blog series I“ve started intended to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. I will try and have a new interview posted weekly, until I run out of willing members to feature!   Today“s interviewee is the member with the most unique form of conversation, Kiwi!     What's the first game you've ever played? The first game Kiwi has a clear memory of is Donkey Kong Country 2, which can't be true because it came out in November 1995. Kiwi got an SNES for his 5th birthday on March of that year, so Kiwi honestly doesn't know.   Describe your current gaming setup. Kiwi just has his lappytop, which is rather dirty because Kiwi is bad at remembering to clean things. It has a cheap keyboard hooked up to it, a wireless mouse, a headset, and a cheap controller. It also occasionally has Hetzers and M3 Stuarts sitting on it. Kiwi hasn't played a console game in over a year and a half, despite owning a 360.   Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today? Kiwi could say two games are responsible for this, one started a chain of events that lead to Kiwi having the friends that he does now. The other is the original Halo, Kiwi knows someone groaned/rolled their eyes at that one. Before Kiwi had played it, Kiwi had played every game exclusively on the easiest difficulty. Halo was the first game where Kiwi really started finding it satisfying enough to master the mechanics to play on higher difficulties. It made Kiwi realize that he enjoyed the challenge that a game could have. That's lead Kiwi to doing things like Dark Souls, all the challenges on CoH2 on the hardest difficulty, and other such silly things. It was also the first game (let alone) FPS that Kiwi had played online, and made Kiwi realize he enjoyed such things.   What is your all-time favourite game EVER? Kiwi does not really think about this kinda thing, but if Kiwi was pinned down by machine gun fire and the only way to get support was to answer this question, Kiwi'd say Company of Heroes. Kiwi likes all of Relic games, the focus on soft counters rather then "This unit beats this unit 5ever" and focus on using each unit wisely is what puts it above RTSes like Supreme Commander, Starcraft (which is bad), and Command and Conquer in Kiwi's eyes. But Relic is definitely Kiwi's favorite developer because of the work they put into the sound (which makes sense, considering they sacrificed their game balance team to the sound god). Kiwi enjoys extracting the unit voice lines from the .sgas and listening to them every now and then. Company of Heroes 2 has around 1,000 lines just for random chatter for random German soldiers. That's not even including squad order confirmations or squad specific chatter. It's pretty crazy   How about your favourite character? Kiwi doesn't really have a favorite character, but he has a favorite villain. That man is Kane from Command and Conquer. His actor had great stage presence and Kiwi loves the biblical nature of him. He keeps surviving death because you can't kill the messiah. What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk? What do you mean by Kiwi's story? Kiwi saw a link on Elizabeth's profile on steam once and rolled in. Did you want Kiwi to write a novella about his life story or something? To those who haven't noticed by now (we're on the 7th question!), why do you refer to yourself in the third person? Bears Why the obsession with tanks? It's an obsession? Kiwi doesn't make as big a deal about tanks as some people here do about anime! That's a joke, for the record. Kiwi would trace the his love of tanks to when he was a lad growing up and playing Command & Conquer. Infantry were just terrible in the old C&C games, but tanks were powerfuk and they went far, tanks were the best. Kiwi doesn't actually have much interest in modern tanks, Kiwi's thing is World War 2/Cold War era tanks (though sci-fi tanks are neat too, if they're creative). WW2 was that interesting time where everyone figured out that tanks were a thing but no one actually had an idea what they were supposed to be doing with them so you had really goofy looking things like the M3 Lee. You don't get that strangeness with modern tanks, which tend to look pretty similar. What do you look forward to seeing in the next generation of consoles, if anything? Nothing, from consoles themselves, but Kiwi will probably have to get a new computer, since the limit on what game devs are willing to do (since quite a few PC games are held back because console limitations) will be raised. Kiwi has no interest in the consoles themselves.   Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play a game with? Which game? Kiwi would pick Jesus so that Kiwi could ask him how much of the Bible was meant to be taken literally. Rob Halford (he was the lead singer of Judas Priest) would be Kiwi's second choice. Kiwi's third choice would be Ferdinand Porsche. We would shoot the zambambos and speak in bad British accents, even Rob Halford. Porsche would use a flamethrower as a class that wasn't a firebug and constantly set himself on fire.     It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand? As unrealistic as it would be, Kiwi would say he would have his Argentinian buddy Pastor with him. The song Kiwi's weapon would be a Crab Battlemech. We would just walk the mech away, laughing foppishly at stupid comments about how the zombies eat poop. You used the last of your "personality quiz" questions with that last one.   Anything else you'd like to add?   Kiwi disappoffed from the forums mostly because he had nothing to say here, since most of the discussion of video games seem to center more around console games and such that Kiwi was not interested in. People from here rarely actually say anything to Kiwi on steam, despite Kiwi having a couple of you's on Kiwi's friends list. Kiwi has no idea if he'll actually stick around for very long this time. Kiwi also likes to make sound packs for games that he never finishes or releases. What did you think of this interview? Any other Company of Heroes fans out there?

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Meet The Podunkers - Rex705

Meet the Podunkers is a new blog series I“ve started intended to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. I will try and have a new interview posted weekly, until I run out of willing members to feature!   Today“s interviewee is the member who owns a gigantic figure of his handle's namesake, Rex705!     What's the first game you've ever played?   Well I can't remember exactly what was first but it was probably Super Mario Bros. for NES it was like the most popular game back then.   Describe your current gaming setup.   I have a PS2, PS3, PSP, Game Cube, Wii U, GBA, 360 and my PC. Currently I have my PS2, 360 and Wii U hooked up next to my 50 inch plasma TV and my super computer that plays all games on max settings with games from Steam, Origin and Desura. I am starting to move into the digital age and PC gaming.   Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today?   I guess that would be Xenosaga on PS2. Before playing that every game was the same thing go here and shoot this guy end of story and it was fun but never changed. Then one day I got my hands on Xenosaga my very first RPG and I saw that games could be so much more then what I had been playing and really opened my eyes to everything the gaming world has to offer.   What is your all-time favorite game EVER?   I can never choose just one single game so I'll give what I like to call Perfect Grade games. That's a term I stole from my Gundam models Perfect Grade being super realistic models with millions of tiny parts and every spec of detail with moving parts the best of the best.   FF 7-9, Xenosaga 1-3 Metal Gear Solid: The twin snakes, Growlanser 2-3 Shadow Hearts 1-2, Legend of heroes: A tear of vermillion and Legend of dragoon.   How about your favorite character?   I have a few of these as well and they are Dante from DMC, Albedo from Xenosaga and Wesker from Resident Evil.   What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk?   Well I found a cool website that sold a lot of old hard to find games like Xenogears and on that site was an ad for GP and it's contests so I clicked it. I signed up for the contest to win a console and planned on leaving after that but the rules for the contest said you had to be an active member in the forum and the more active the higher chance you have. Well I didn't win the contest but I had become so active with the GP community I didn't want to leave and so here I am.   Some may not know it, but you have one of the bigger gaming collections here on this site. Are you an avid collector or do you just play a lot of games? Favorite genre to collect/play?   Well the secret to my collection is Xenosaga. Back in the day I only had a small hand full of games and I just replayed them over and over until one day I played a demo of Xenogears that led me to Xenosaga and after that I just went out and bought every RPG I could find and my collection blew up. Now I just buy every game that looks good even if I end up never playing them like half of my collection. Maybe one day I'll get to them but no more replays for me.   Graphics or gameplay, in your opinion, which is more important?   Well I guess gameplay because classics like PS1 RPG's are a lot better then some of the games we have today. Just because a game looks nice doesn't mean it's fun and if it's not fun then what's the point?   What is one change you'd like to make to gaming as a whole?   Price? If everything was free that would be really cool. Maybe change how online gaming works and just make a simple easy to use system for people to start a game and join friends instead of all the complicated and broken set ups that crazy people come up with these days.   Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play a game with? Which game?   I could play Metal Gear with Kojima and have him tell me all about the characters and world in the game. Maybe some creators of games that annoyed me so i can throw the controller at them and make them play it.     It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand?   Swords are my weapon of choice as you can see in the post your collection thread and metal music is my favorite and really fits well. A samurai master of the blade would be the perfect partner because swords have unlimited ammo.   Anything else you'd like to add?   I'll end with a funny quote from a game. “Oh, hi. So, how are you holding up? BECAUSE I'M A POTATO!†(Portal 2)     What did you think of this interview? Is there anything else you'd like to ask Rex?

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Meet The Statistics - First 10 MTP Interviews

Meet the Podunkers was the product of boredom and the interest to get the Game Podunk community to become more familiar with one another. There have now been 10 Meet the Podunkers interviews conducted, so I thought we'd take a little look at how the series has done so far.   Meet The Podunkers - The Stats   First interview was posted on April 14, 2013. Most recent interview was posted on June 24, 2013.   Thats a period of about 10 weeks, averaging about 1 interview a week!   The first person interviewed was Jason Clement, the most recent was Kezins.   9 out of 10 MTP interviews were with GamePodunk staff members.   As of this post, the blog series has a combined view count of 2792 and a total comment count of 92.   The most commented on interview was barrel's with 17 comments. The least commented on was tied between Marshall and 905 with 6 comments.   The interview with the single most views is Jordan's with 287, the lowest is Kezin's with 173.   The average word count for these interviews was 1610.1 words. The interview with the highest word count was Jason's with 2275, the lowest was Leah's with 474.   There were 23 unique users who commented on these interviews. The top 3 posters are as follows. 1. TKtheknight - 16 comments - ~17% of all comments 2. Darkcobra - 11 comments - ~12% of all comments 3. Kikyou1 AND Kezins - 10 comments each ~ 10.8% of all comments   Combined these 4 users make up 51% of all the comments on these interviews.   Step it up guys, engage with your fellow GamePodunkers!     Did you enjoy this little stat round up? Are you looking forward to the upcoming MTP interviews? Any changes you'd like to see for the upcoming interviews?

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Meet The Podunkers - Kezins

Meet the Podunkers is a new blog series I“ve started intended to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. I will try and have a new interview posted weekly, until I run out of willing members to feature!   Today“s interviewee is our first non-staff interview, a Veteran, Photographer and Gamer, Kezins!       What's the first game you've ever played? Several of my neighbors had Ataris when I was very young and the first game I recall playing was Superman for the Atari 2600. It might have been another game for all I know, but it's definitely the first video game I have solid memories of. I didn't have my own game system until the SEGA Master System. I got all my gaming in visiting friend's houses in the neighborhood and at the arcade we had in downtown Blacksburg, VA.   Describe your current gaming setup. My setup has slimmed down quite a bit in recent times due to time constraints and the fact that I no longer get paid to write about gaming, so it just got too difficult to keep up with things at the same pace as I did in the past. My wife and I also recently separated and I sent a lot of the game systems with her. Upstairs I have a new iMac that I play mostly Steam games on. My son uses the Mac for Minecraft mostly. I'm probably going to install Windows 7 on the computer soon so I can play more PC games. Downstairs in my man cave, I have a 46 inch Magnavox television with a Sega Dreamcast and Sony PlayStation 3 hooked up. I play games on both systems regularly. I have a PC laptop for gaming and also a MacBook Pro, iPad and a PSP (Portable Super Player) for playing old school games on. I plan to add a nice Onkyo surround sound setup to the mix soon and will probably get a PS4 in a couple years.   Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today? The one game that changed my life was Dragon's Lair. I grew up as more of an arcade gamer in the 1980s and that game blew me away at the time. During a time where pretty much every game was basically crude pixels, Dragon's Lair showed me how awesome a game could look. I dropped a ton of quarters into that game back n the day.   What is your all-time favourite game EVER? This is a tough question because something always seems to change my mind, but right now I'd have to say Morrowind is my all-time favorite game. Part of this is due to the fact that the modding community breathed so much extra life into the game. Morrowind also changed my idea of what an RPG can be.   How about your favourite character? Definitely Sonic the Hedgehog. I was a SEGA kid growing up and other than playing at friend's houses, I didn't really get into Nintendo until the N64. I feel like my Master System and Genesis memories especially from Sonic were more unique than the memories I would have gotten from Nintendo and Mario. I'd also like to add that the Master System and Genesis had games with a wider range of colors than what was possible on Nintendo consoles at the time.   Am I correct in the fact that you're a retired veteran? How does that affect your gaming? I'm not actually a "retired" veteran since I didn't have a 15+ year career in the Army. I did two enlistments and my career was cut short by service connected disability. I basically get the same benefits as someone who is retired and in some cases I get more benefits. While my experiences in the military weren't always positive ones, I don't regret my service and am thankful for the help I get from the VA these days. Gaming got me through tough times in the military. Video games were a big part of barracks life with Madden tournaments popping up every weekend and things like that. There was also quite a bit of available gaming opportunities on deployments. I fondly remember getting passes to spend time in Camp Doha in Kuwait. They had a place there called Uncle Frosty's where you could eat unlimited amounts of ice cream and you could check out video games to play from the counter inside. Getting to eat ice cream all day and play video games in air conditioning on days when it was 130 degrees outside was insanely awesome! My service didn't really affect my gaming until recent times. I was a big time Halo and COD addict for years, but I just can't bring myself to play those games anymore. Subconsciously, the violent gun games weren't helping me have a positive outlook on life. Lately, I focus more on fantasy based games. I prefer my game combat to be with swords and magic these days. I'm using games to take me away from the real world now and get my mind off things. I will be playing The Last of Us next month but I think that will still be in the realm of fantasy for me. I've also found a renewed interest in old school games from simpler times lately. Delving into something slightly non-gaming related, you're also a photography enthusiast, what brought about this passion? Have you ever considered, or maybe already done, in-game photography, a growing hobby among gamers these days? When I was working for Virginia Tech back in 2003-2007, I met a lot of great friends and one was an aspiring model. There aren't many good portrait photographers in Southwest Virginia and she had trouble finding people to do shoots with her. I was at the mall one day, walked into the Ritz camera store and bought a Canon Rebel with a few lenses and did a photo shoot with her the next day. I was really just messing around with settings I knew nothing about, but some of the photos came out really well and I've been doing photo shoots off and on since. Photography turned out to be a good medium for me. I already had a background in painting, drawing and digital art. I'm still pretty far off from where I want to be in photography, but I'm getting there. I have thought about in game photography and really want to get into that, especially with games like Skyrim which has some real beautiful environments. I'm not sure how copyright issues work with that genre , but I am definitely interested in it. I have also taken a strong interest in nature photography. Lately I've been messing around with panoramic photography in the mountains. I don't have it at a level I'd want to show people yet though.   What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk? In the past I've been an active member on many video game sites..partly for professional purposes and partly for personal enjoyment. One day I was pretty broke and I have always had good luck with winning free games, so I did a web search and discovered GP. I'm here now though for the people. GP is the only game related site I've been a part of where people in the forums aren't nasty trolls to each other. It's at the point now where GP is the only site I'm active on.   What would be your last meal on earth? Veal Parmesan, sweet potato fries, a giant Yoohoo and strawberries covered in white chocolate for the closing item. Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play a game with? Which game? If I could game with anyone in history, I'd probably choose Malcolm X, Gandhi and Jesus to play a game with. I'd probably choose to play Knights of the Old Republic because I'd be real curious to find out their thoughts on my moral decisions in the game.   It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand? This may sound strange, but I already have zombie apocalypse plan and already know where in the mountains my final stand would be. The person I'd want with me is either Art or Ray (two of my old Army buddies). Ray might get the edge because he and I dominated video games together through much of the late 1990s. I would be using a high end bow and arrow setup which would allow me to navigate the perimeter quickly without giving away my position. Guns are too noisy and I still prefer the precision of ranged combat. I'd probably have my iPod hooked up for the situation and I'd be listening to Rage Against the Machine. I might also listen to “Sailing†by Christopher Cross because that's a song that really wouldn't match the scenario at all, but it would keep me calm.   Anything else you'd like to add? I'd like to add that I feel very fortunate to be part of the GP community. It's pretty rare to assemble a community of people from diverse backgrounds without it devolving into nastiness. While we do have differing opinions on the site, I feel like we all have mutually accepted goals for the community.       What did you think of this interview? Any other photography enthusiasts out there?

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Meet The Podunkers - Elizabeth

Meet the Podunkers is a new blog series I“ve started intended to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. I will try and have a new interview posted weekly, until I run out of willing members to feature!   Today“s interviewee is GamePodunk's Gamer Mom and Elevator Attendent, Elizabeth!     What's the first game you've ever played? Super Mario Bros. for the NES. Or was it Duck Hunt? I'm not 100% sure which of the two it was. But I do remember all the hours I put into those games when I was a kid. And how I hated whenever my dad would be playing SMB or Zelda. Because that usually meant the NES was off-limits for the night, haha.   Describe your current gaming setup. Right now, I have a PS3 (well, two if you count my previous one that is very prone to overheating), Wii, PSP, Vita, 3DS, and DS Lite. I also can't forget my laptop that has been getting more and more attention as I'm working to get into PC gaming more.   Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today? Honestly, it would have to be Final Fantasy 8 that made me really want to stick with playing games. I enjoyed games before then and really loved playing them. But it was the story and cast of FF8 that really got me hooked on RPGs and ignite a passion to play as much as I could in my life. I'm not saying that I didn't play a lot of games before then. I did. But they didn't hold the same appeal to me.   What is your all-time favourite game EVER? This one is tough to answer. I have way too many favorites! You have pretty much every title in the SMT series and spin-offs, the Disgaea series, and the Final Fantasy series (mainly FFXII, VI, VII, and VIII).   How about your favourite character? I have too many for this as well. In the beginning, it was Sephiroth (my goodness... Dat hair!). Then I had to add Tifa, Vincent Valentine, Rinoa, Irvine, Vivi, Lulu, Wakka, Kumari, Auron, Balthier, Fran, Ashe, Larsa, Maya, Ulala, Katsuya, Tatsuya, Mitsuru, Kuromaru, Akihiko, Shinjiro (super huge fangirl!), Chie, Naoto (best female character in the game, imo), Kanji, Nanako, Adachi (even if he likes cabbage, yuck!), Elizabeth, Margaret, Theodore, Igor, Mao, Valvatorez, Laharl, Flonne, Etna, Rozalyn, Almaz, Dratini (I can count Pokemon, right?), Mr. Resetti, and a whole lot more.   You're also one of the many fans of SMT and it's various spin-offs here on GamePodunk, especially Persona, what would you like to see with the next game, and which system would you want it on? In the next Persona title, I would love to see an university setting. I dig playing as high school students but there is so much more you can do if you change to an older age group. Also, I really want to them to add the negotiation feature and ability for your party members to be able to use more than just the personae they are assigned. Gosh, I could likely ramble on about all the stuff I want to see in a new Persona game. And as far as which console, I really don't care. As long as it's a system I own, lol.   What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk? I actually came along back in early 2009. Very, very certain it was thanks to purchasing a game from the partnered store Game Quest Direct at the time (I think it was even a SMT title!) and seeing the link to the forum on their website. So I joined... And the rest, as they say, is history. You're a mom. You're a gamer. What's it like being a gaming mom? Do your kids think you're a "cooler mom" because you game? Should more parents play games and why? It's a bit different than not being a gaming mom, lol. Before I had my kids, I really didn't have to worry about sharing the consoles or what I played whenever I felt like it. As for if they think I'm cooler, I would say it depends on when you ask them. Some days, they think I'm great because I know about the games they're interested in and we can talk about why they might like it or why they shouldn't play it. I definitely believe that parents should put more focus on games. You don't have to play each and every game your kid wants. But do the research and make sure you know what your kid is mature enough to handle. I feel like a good deal of parents rely too much on store employees and the government when it comes to deciding what game is good for their kids. Each kid is different and I think the ones who know a kid best are the parents. If you don't want to play a game before letting your kid play it, check out YouTube for gameplay videos.   With the generation that grew up with gaming getting older and raising families, along with gaming becoming more mainstream, we're seeing more and more gamer parents. Is this a good trend? What's your take on it? I think it's has potential to be a good trend. As with anything, there is always that chance that it could turn out to be a not-so-good thing. A person who grew up playing titles like Mortal Kombat or GTA might not feel like those titles are a bad fit for a younger kid. It's basically a "Well, I played them and I turned out just fine" deals. And as I mentioned above, each kid is different. What might not have affected me could get a different response from my kids.   You have an interesting reputation here on GamePodunk, feared yet friendly to all (Not everyone here gets to be a horseman of the apocalypse). Let's be honest here, in a battle between the moderators, would you come out on top? Of course, I would! I mean... I think we all have a fair chance of winning. And you do know that the only reason I'm so friendly is that it makes my job really easy. Seriously though, I'm not sure it would ever get to the point of a battle as I think Jason would end it quickly. He has a lot more power than all the moderators combined. And I prefer to stay on his good side.   Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play it with? And yet another tough question for me to answer. Rebecca (@rrquinta) for one as she is like the most awesomest person I know. I'd also have to include my boyfriend. I'd be a bad girlfriend if I didn't think to mention him. >.>; As for the last person, it's hard to pick. I reckon I would have all the others fight for the right to be in the third spot.   It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand? Oh! I would have to have Gordon Ramsay (that foul-mouth chef), a scythe, and definitely would have to be something like "Aria of the Soul". Way I see it is that Ramsay can curse them for undercooking their victims' flesh and I can be all slicing and dicing while a soothing song fills the air. It will be grand.   Anything else you'd like to add? Do I have to? I guess I can leave one of my favorite quotes from a video game here... “Jason! Jaaaaaaaaason!†Courtesy of Heavy Rain.     What did you think of this interview? Do your parents play games at all? Do you plan on (or already do) share your love of games with your offspring?

Ludono

Ludono

 

Meet The Podunkers - barrel

Meet the Podunkers is a new blog series I“ve started intended to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. I will try and have a new interview posted weekly, until I run out of willing members to feature!   Today“s interviewee is GamePodunk's biggest fan of all that is wooden and cylindrical (And also JRPG's), barrel!     What's the first game you've ever played? I“ll be honest and say I“m still unsure about this one, but I think it was either Clay Fighteror Jurassic Park 2 on SNES. Both games make terrible 1st impressions of gaming in either case. Clay Fighter was a very poorly made game and Jurrassic Park 2 was a very intimidating one (I couldn't get past the 1 minute or so as a kid). It took me a while to get into gaming, I“ll say that much.     Describe your current gaming setup. Erm, a 40 inch TV with a 360, PS3, Wii, and PS2 hooked up to it. I also have a SNES, Sega Saturn, original Xbox, Gamecube, N64, and a broken PS1 chilling somewhere back at my parent“s house, but they probably destroyed all of them without me knowing. Oh, and for some reason I like owning several desks, and have one or two different handhelds placed randomly on each one (2 PSPs, 2 DSs, 1 Vita, 1 3DS, 1 GBC, and 1 GBA). I technically have a laptop with decent specs that COULD make PC gaming happen, but I dunno, I can“t bring myself to play games on it, despite how many I own on it.   Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today?   Oh boy, um, if I were to say any game helped kick off my gaming interest it is probablySuper Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. It“s a fine game in its own right, but I wouldn“t exactly say it was one of my all-time favorites nowadays, but still, it was the 1st game I ever beat. Because of that, my trauma of being terrible at games dissipated, thinking it was some sort of born skill. Getting your butt kicked at Street Fighter 2 a million times by your sis or feeling like you hit an impossible wall in like 30 minutes when playing any single-player game on the SNES as a kid will do that to you.     What is your all-time favourite game EVER?   Final Fantasy Tactics. I love that game so SO much. For the longest time I would play that game at least once yearly from start to finish. As a game, I always liked trying something different with its flexible and diverse class system and more advanced systems that I could lull most people to sleep talking about. In terms of narrative I love it as well, which is dense with dark political intrigue despite having fantasy elements (it was a sort of A Song of Fire and Ice/Game of Thrones type of appeal for me for you youngsters, but with less sex and more betrayal). I could probably recite certain more memorable scenes (of both the PS1/PSP) in the script without hesitation. That, and I also think I have a man-crush on Delita.   How about your favourite character? I would probably say it is a tossup between Delita Hyral (Heiral in the PSP version) of Final Fantasy Tactics or Yuri Hyuga from Shadow Hearts 1/2. I“ll say Yuri so I don“t talk about FFT too much. I think Shadow Hearts: Covenant (2) in particular made me love him as a character. It was one of the few games that balanced really goofy humor and serious storytelling very well in my opinion.   He“s the type of guy who wouldn“t hesitate to tell someone like Rasputin (yes, that one) to: “Bite Meâ€, unapologetically ogle certain attractive women, or do elaborate ”mind games“ towards slightly less… keen individuals. He definitely is a real humorous character who constantly puts up a cool front. Still, when things take a dark turn, you really felt for the guy (especially if you played SH1) since it had that much more impact. And, oh man, the two endings that wrap up his story in two different ways are incredibly poignant for very different reasons. One of the endings in particular being easily the one of the most satisfying I've seen in any media and really wraps up his story in a very satisfying way. Maybe I'm giving too much away, but if you don't mind revisiting PS2 rpgs...Shadow Hearts 2 is so good!.   While we're at it, why don't you explain your name for those who aren't aware of it's origin.   It“s kind of a simple one really. But for those that haven“t played Star Ocean: The Second Story on PS1 (or the PSP rerelease), there was a certain character that had an obsession with them (Ashton Anchors). During the optional character interaction moments, called private actions, he would spend most of his time staring at barrels in local towns whenever he could. It was a gag that was never explained even in the game. Needless to say, he was my favorite character in the game and it became a sort of inside joke for both my personal life and on the interwebs, because I more or less humored/copied the obsession.   Oh, and this was before “Do a barrel roll†became a meme though, which was kind of annoying to deal with later on…since people aren“t very creative when it comes to referencing an easy meme.   While there are a lot of JRPG lovers on this site, you are arguably one of the biggest. What brought about this love for JRPGs?   I“ll be totally honest and say I“m still not quite sure. I actually remember watching Chrono Cross being played when I was at a local YMCA program by a fellow member and thought it was among one of the most boring things ever to witness. Though, if anything, I“d say the power of the bargain bins/used games! Financial responsibility when you are young is a powerful thing.   Being the sweet-hearted kid I was, I really didn“t want to help my mother with shopping often times, so I would stroll off and do my own thing. This mainly boiled down to hanging out at the local game store to play demos, talk to the cool clerks, and maybe buy a new game. Back when Game Crazy was thing. When I had money to burn, I would always impulse buy the games with multiple discs, because I thought I“d get more value out of them. After playing more and more of them I grew a preference towards them and found them to be much more memorable than the stuff I played before then. I“d easily say it was the tipping point between gaming as a passive interest to something much more passionate. I accumulated a lot of my collection through these transactions and have plenty of rare titles because of it, particularly PS1 stuff because of it. Still, the funny thing is, despite playing A bunch of JRPGs since, when I finally got around to playing Chrono Cross I still didn“t care for it (though, I love the music/opening).   You're also a pretty big fan of SMT and it's various spin-offs, especially Persona, what would you like to see with the next game, and which system would you want it on?   I think what I like most about SMT games is that I really have no idea what to expect, aside from maybe a familiar combat system. Usually they craft some pretty distinct settings and play with mythological and occasionally sci-fi themes in creative ways. This is why you often see such a divide between Persona 3 and 4 among the fanbase, and I likely expect the same thing with SMTIV and Nocturne.   But I guess I“m avoiding the question somewhat. Honestly, I“ve never been exactly tied down to a system, but a part of me wishes JRPGs got the kind of high-budget love they got on PS1/PS2 (and SNES) on console, but in terms of the current market I“d probably say I“d like to see popular titles like Persona 5 on PS3 (I feel like it would be lessened due to storage capacity on 360 if multiplatform). Whatever else, spin-offs or otherwise, on 3DS AND Vita, since I prefer playing rpgs on handhelds nowadays, that and I would imagine it would be less stifling in terms of development. PLEASE PUT STUFF ON VITA ATLUS, I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT, I PLAYED P4G. That said, I secretly want to see stuff with darker themes, kind of like Digital Devil Saga had with cannibalism. I think SMT games are losing a bit of their darker edge with more recent games, and I“d like to see that have a bit more focus again.   What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk?   Oh boy, as one of the longest residing members of the site I really should try to lie to make it seem like my intentions were completely pure, right? - Well, I can“t. I actually arrived from CAG with the intention of winning a console of my choice. Going back to my thing with rpgs, I camped happily with playing a bunch of them on PS2, not caring AT ALL about 360, PS3, and Wii. I mean, who would when all of their games were garbage at the time? (/flame bait) Still, after finishing the excellent Persona 4 in 2008, stuff like Valkyria Chronicles and Metal Gear Solid 4 caught my eye on PS3 and I decided I really wanted one. I… didn“t win the contest btw, because I have terrible luck (bought the system with my own money a bit later. Yay slim and price drops).   Still, I stuck around. Partially because Game Podunk bribed with free games (Not gonna lie, won quite a few games when I was a regular member), that and there was a community that really grew on me, well, every GP version actually. For those that don't know, GP has actually shifted from three different site owners. I don't feel like going into a history lesson, but I arrived early in the 1st managment. Despite how the site has radically changed in every version, I've found something to like/respect about the community and management of each one. I've also flip-flopped with my position in the site from a semi-active member, to very short-lived writer, to very active member again, and then I eventually became the long-term mod (who isn't as active as he should be) you know me to be now.   You're also one of the few GP members who actively keep up with anime (though that may be slightly debatable), does you love for anime stem from your love for JRPGs or vice versa? Or is it something else entirely?   Um, it is kind of a weird one. I was exposed to anime at a young age but wasn't really able to tell the difference between that and western cartoons for the longest time. Though, I noticed some of my favorites as a kid like My Neighbor Totoro, Little Nemo, as well as watching Toonami stuff like Rurouni Kenshin really stuck with me. I would say though, after becoming more well-versed with JRPGs, and Japanese media, I decided to nostalgia buyRurouni Kenshin in its entirety, and well, it lead to one of my darker moments of my life. I eventually decided to expand my anime/manga horizon and... maybe went a little overboard.   Also, I“m not sure how accurate it is that I even keep up with anime nowadays… I more or less took a 3 year hiatus until last year, and I“m not even consistent this year (I haven“t watched anything since the last MAR recording, since I sort of forgot already). Videogames >>>>> Anime/Manga; it“s a fact proven by science.   Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play a game with?   Yasumi Matsuno: he“d probably hate playing with me, but I“d probably try to bug him about making new stuff JRPG stuff while also showering him with praise…well, mostly on select titles. As for the other two, I dunno, my two best friends [/cop-out answer for the sake of word count.]   It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand?   Music, I dunno, I think I“d be set with pretty much any battle theme from Digital Devil Saga 2. Though, to humor the question, I“ll say . As for weapon, what is more versatile than a barrel? I could toss them (possibly trip zombies or bash them over the head with my manly strength), detonate them in conveniently placed positioning, and if I want to be a coward, use them as a barricade. As for person, I dunno, hopefully someone who is good at the whole living ”game“ and can “REVIVE ME!†when I“m low on HP and crawling on the ground, probably one of my best friends. I“ll decide which friend I like the most when the time comes …or not, because the concept of zombies is DUMB.  Anything else you'd like to add?   I play things other than Jrpgs, I promise! I know quite a bit about most genres and probably more than most people [/not being modest] But seriously, I appreciate those who took the time to read this. I would appreciate it more Hopefully Ludono gets more interesting people to participate instead of scraping the bottom of the b-… erm. Oh, actually, let me take make one real sincere request. I like seeing discussion in forums guys/gals. Please do it more often. Don“t be wimpy in stating your opinions on stuff. We have a smart community as a whole who will most likely respect your opinion regardless of whether or not they agree with it. Opinions are interesting! That is kind of the basis of a forum, to incite such discussion and let your voices be heard!... I promise Jason didn“t threaten to kill me to say this as a moderator. I really should post more often, now that I think about it... I'll be sure to tell each and every one of you about how I disagree with you.   Better watch it, puns like that could get you in trouble around here!     What did you think of this interview? Do you enjoy playing JRPGs? Does your username have any sort of "nerdy" reference?

Ludono

Ludono

 

Meet The Podunkers - Marshall Henderson

Meet the Podunkers is a new blog series I“ve started intended to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. I will try and have a new interview posted weekly, until I run out of willing members to feature!   Today“s interviewee is Master of References and Lyrical Genius, Marshall Henderson!     What's the first game you've ever played?   My father used to tell me stories about my mother when they were married, like some scary ones and inappropriate ones and stuff. A lot of times, they reminded me that my mother was a human before being a mother, which I forgot a lot growing up with her, but some were actually pretty elucidating into my character.   There was a bar that my father liked to go to when he was younger, The Three Wolves Bar, and my mother would come along with him. This was probably 1980 or 1981, before they were married. The bar actually had a house band that'd play a lot of times, and that you'd have to pay a little to get in to see, but, being deaf, my mother was able to get in for half price. With it being live music, she could feel it in the floor, so she and my father would dance to that, which, knowing how my father looked, was probably pretty terrifying.     When he retired to drinking, she'd go over to the Pac-Man machine they had over in the corner, and she'd spend as much on that as he would on beer, and he was half-Scottish, half-Cherokee, so, you know. He always joked that she cut into his drinking budget, so he bought her an Atari 2600, which, you know. Blew. Eventually, she got a 5200 and later an NES, which was what was in the house when I was a kid.   So it's hard to say what was my first, since it's always been around me, but the first I can really remember was Super Mario Bros..   Describe your current gaming setup.   I trend towards PC gaming a lot of the time, so my PC is my central hub. I have a 24" AOC LCD monitor, some computer specs, blah blah, and one of those old, fat CRT televisions with a VCR built in beside my monitor where I play my PS3 (or more commonly, use my PS3 to watch Netflix) in terrible picture quality. I also have a PS2 literally underneath my PS3, and an NES across the room, waiting for a reason for me to play it that never comes. My Vita, 3DS, and PSP are kept in a drawer in my desk, for me to play whenever the mood (or diarrhea...) strikes me.   I own an Xbox 360, but I lent it to my brother when he moved into his current apartment 'cause he had no cable, and I never went back for it 'cause I really don't have anything on 360 that I want to play.   Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today? Not to give a sort of cliched answer, but it'd have to be Pokemon Red. As a kid, I grew up around gaming, and it was a hobby I really enjoyed, but prior to that, it was largely a solo thing. I'd play Donkey Kong Country with my mother occasionally, but it was almost always things like Mega Man X or Super Mario World or something that I really sank time into. When I got Pokemon Red, though, it became a community thing.   Instead of talking idly about what sorts of games we were playing and why they were cool, all of a sudden, I was talking strategies with other kids, about trading and where to catch Pokemon. We'd trade at recess or lunch, or do battles while waiting for the bus. Now, almost 15 years later, I love the gaming community, as much of bastards as it can be much of the time, and I owe that connection entirely to Satoshi Tajiri. Thanks, dude!   What is your all-time favourite game EVER? You know that's next to impossible to answer! So, I'll answer it: Metal Gear Solid 3. While it isn't the best in everything, it is a game I can play any time, back-to-back if I were so driven to do so, and it has such a fantastic story and characters.   How about your favourite character? This all depends on what I'm looking for at the moment, I think. In a lot way, The Boss from Metal Gear Solid 3 is my favorite character, because she is so singularly driven by her purpose, and, while she is relying on Jack to do what he needs to do, her actions are all completely independent of him. She is extremely strong and capable, but not really destructive, and she manhandles Volgin because she doesn't give a damn about him or his super powers, and being under his command does not mean being subservient to him.   Surely The Boss pooped sometimes or ate a sandwich, but she was a legend in all other times.   Either her or Dad from Fallout 3, 'cause he was voiced by Liam Neesons.   So you're known as a master, if not THE master, of references around these parts, how many references are you planning to sneak into this interview?   None.     So you're currently a host on two podcasts, how did that come to be? How are you liking the experience? Also, seeing as one of those podcasts is an anime podcast, do you really like anime more than you let on?   Check your math there, Archimedes! That's three podcasts: The Game Podunkast, The Final Battle, and Just Another Anime Podcast.   Well, I was on a failed Game Podunk podcast that never got off the ground forever ago, and so that's why I was lassoed back into this one.   As for the other ones, a friend of mine once tweeted something and I made an off-handed joke about it, which eventually snowballed into me making an extremely obnoxious Twitter account ever (yes, worse than my regular one). When Tobbii saw me tweeting with that account, he asked if I knew anything about anime, and I said that I used to watch it forever ago (if you're building a timeline of my life, this'd be somewhere in the late '90s to probably like 2004 to 2005-ish). He asked me to be on his anime podcast,Just Another Anime Podcast. I said okay, assuming I'd just be a guest host or something, and now I have been on something like 40 episodes.   The Final Battle is also Tobbii's, for BossDungeon.com so he just dragged me along for that.   I used to be pretty ambivalent about anime, I just thought, "Eh, I fell out of interest, it happens," and didn't really think about it much. Now that I have to watch the chaff of the chaff of anime on a weekly basis, though, I now kind of legitimately hate it. As with all media, there are some fantastic ones and some terrible ones, but it is so trope-laden now that most of it is really not great.   How am I liking the experience? Well... on one hand, it's fun to talk to friends and stuff. On the other hand, I genuinely spend probably like 10 - 15 hours a week just doing the podcasts and work surrounding them, and that's cut out of my already limited free-time.     What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk?   Like many, I suppose. I was a nomad of the internet, granted unfettered freedom to wander among all the things that its bounty had to offer. I had visited many places and saw the glories and horrors the internet had to offer... until I saw the horrors in the wake of NashKirb. Villages razed and burned, bodies twisted. It was an awesome and terrible sight. I found a survivor, if one could truly ever be a survivor in that, who whispered that Nash sought generals and bards... And I so I followed.   Really, though, I saw a post on some website that Game Podunk was looking for writers, so I wrote an email and he vetted me and then I joined under the command of Jason... before the coup.   That was some... two years ago. The lands have changed. They have sure changed.     Could you drop some sick rhymes right now if I asked you to?   I ate pizza off the counter from last night It was cold and it was slimy and took all of my might My tummy started churning and my face turned green That pizza was yummy, but it got real mean   I ran to the bathroom, made it in time Missed the toilet, hit the tub, it didn't end fine Now clean-up in a mess that I cannot stomach It would've been okay if it were just vomit Wait, did you mean like a sick rhyme, or a rhyme about being sick?   Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play it with? Our Great Glorious Leader, Jason. The Punk Rock God of Pandas, Rebo, and The Lurker of the Shadows, Marcus.   It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand? If it is a real person, then the King of the Red Mist, Jason. If it is a fictional person, Dr. Manhattan. For weapon, Jehuty from Zone of the Enders, and for music, Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time."   Anything else you'd like to add?   The idea of the future is so weird. Think about it. The future. A time that has never been, and doesn't exist now. What an odd abstraction that is, that it is like the past in that it doesn't exist, but that, in the present, you can see evidence that exists to prove it. It's so strange to me that so many people place their dreams and goals and desires all there in the future without any archaeological evidence here in the present.     Thank you for those slightly solipsistic conundrums Marshall!       Can any of you take down Marshall in a 1 v 1 free-style?

Ludono

Ludono

 

Meet The Podunkers - Leah

Meet the Podunkers is a new blog series I“ve started intended to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. I will try and have a new interview posted weekly, until I run out of willing members to feature!   Today“s interviewee is GamePodunk's foremost expert on Visual Novels, Leah!         What's the first game you've ever played?   I don't remember the EXACT one, but... My earliest memories include Duck Hunt, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Street Fighter II.     Describe your current gaming setup.   On my desk, I have my PC of course. Then I have a TV with my PS2 and N64 currently plugged in. Dreamcast, Gamecube, and SNES are sitting unplugged. At the big TV in the living room, I have a Wii, Wii U, another PS2, PS3, 360, and another Gamecube.     Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today?   Umm I honestly have no idea. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, maybe?         What is your all-time favourite game EVER?   THERE'S NO WAY I'D BE ABLE TO NARROW IT DOWN TO JUST ONE. My top games include The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Silent Hill 2, Final Fantasy X, Persona 4, and Okami. I guess that's more like a top five, huh... Oops.     How about your favourite character?   Naoto Shirogane, duh.     So I hear you and Marcus have a gaming related backstory on how you met, care to share?   HOO BOY. Well, it all started when I finished Final Fantasy X and updated my Backloggery to show it as beat. Marcus saw it on the front page and commented me like "YOU BEAT FFX???!?!? THAT'S COOL YO." And so from there on, we started talking to each other. As to when we first met in person, fast-forward a bit later... There was a Kojima signing in L.A. and we both decided to meet each other there. And then after that, I started going to his house regularly the end yaaay.     You're a big fan of visual novels and games with anime style visuals, yet you aren't into anime, any reason behind that?   I actually don't really have a good reason, haha. Anyway. I don't really watch many shows, period. It's because of the big commitment to watching every episode, and I simply don't have the time for that. If an anime REALLY catches my interest, though, I'll try to watch it.     What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk?   Marcus told me about it. And then I joined. COOL HUH?     If you could create your own Visual Novel what would it be about?   It would be one where you're able to romance my waifus and husbandos. I don't know the plot yet.         Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play it with?   Suda51, Shinya Arino, and Shigeru Miyamoto.     It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand?   Batman, beam katana,     Anything else you'd like to add?   Thank you for the interview and I'm looking forward to the rest of these ♥       Thank you for your time Leah!     What are your thoughts on Visual Novels? Have you ever played one?

Ludono

Ludono

 

Meet The Podunkers - Jared

Meet the Podunkers is a new blog series I“ve started intended to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. I will try and have a new interview posted weekly, until I run out of willing members to feature!   Today“s interviewee is Article Writing Masochist and #1 Journey Fanboy Jared!         What's the first game you've ever played?   Without sounding too old, the first game I ever played was Frogger on the Atari 2600. Didn't even need to buy it. My family moved into a house in Florida and it was just sitting in the crawl space with the console. Before that day I was hiking in the woods and being all sorts of an adventurer, so if it wasn't for this one chance meeting, I might have never gotten into video games in the first place. Take that, healthy lifestyles. Fate itself was against you this whole time.         Describe your current gaming setup.   Not good. I had an entertainment stand at one point with all of my collectibles and electronics sitting on it in the most snazzy of ways, but a flood pretty much destroyed that and I've been too cheap to replace it. So for now I've got a TV sitting on a swivel table with a PS3 under it, and the other consoles are in the game room for the youngin's. My modest stack of games are held together by Little Big Planet bookends being watched over by a totally not weird Juliet Starling standee that just goes over great when I have city inspections for the house. Seriously, three elderly women all at once need to inspect my house with me?         Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today?   Not even joking, Superman 64. Back in a time when video game rentals were an actual thing people did and internet wasn't a big enough deal to save me from bad game choices, I rented Superman 64 on the off chance that I would get to be THE MAN OF STEEL. As I'm sure you and most people on Earth are aware of however, Superman 64 was a Godawful game. Instead of letting the terribleness of the game infect me with hate, I set out to do the impossible and beat it before I had to return it to the store. I failed, but I've always considered trying again. Maybe I'll try to find a way to beat it with Rockband drums, just to raise the stakes.       What is your all-time favourite game EVER?   Favourite? What is this, Britain? My spell check doesn't recognize that word and neither do I, you communist. As for my favorite game of all time... I'm going to cheat and say the Playstation Underground demos that came with each month of the old Playstation Magazine. The nostalgia I would experience from putting one of those bad boys into my PS3 just might kill me a little.     How about your favourite character?   A favorite character is a bit tougher. I tend to like characters that are more like Judge Dredd in the sense that nothing is above the law. I want a character that is willing to sacrifice everything just to get the bad guy/achieve what they believe in. Overall I would say Big Boss is my favorite character, but from this generation of consoles? Norman Jayden from Heavy Rain. I don't know exactly why either. I played the character as a super straight and narrow detective who never once fell under the pressure of his triptocaine addiction and I ended up really enjoying the character. WOO IZ DAH OREO GAMMY KILLAH?!     You're infamous among the GP writing staff for consistently putting out articles written out arduously on a PS3, using a PS3 controller. How have you managed this for so long and remained sane?   Who in their right mind would think I was even close to remaining sane after all that? The reason I did it so much was because I wasn't as super busy as I am now, I had no choice and I really didn't want to let Jason or Gamepodunk down by not supplying a steady stream of articles for the site. Of course, I've been extremely busy these last few months and have failed Gamepodunk numerous times, so so much for that I guess. But I'm really hopeful that I'll be able to get back to my usual routine of shoving a hundred articles down everybody's throats every week soon enough.     You're probably the biggest Journey fanboy on Earth, having completed it multiple times and in every possible way imaginable. Was there a game with a similar effect before this? Do you think you'll find a game like this again?   I can't really think of any other game where I've done something to this extent. The reason I became so involved with Journey probably had to do with the way it was set up. At around two hours long I could complete it without worrying too much about somebody interrupting me, and the levels were so expansive and pretty that I just really wanted to find a way to explore them more, and it turned out I could with a little trickery. As for another game getting me to do something like this? I have no clue. We'll just have to wait and see.       What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk?   I typed the word contest into google and saw "Write a blog! if you get featured you get $50!" I tried it and failed miserably since I had no idea how to really space things out. Then lightning struck my house and fried everything. A few months later I got a new computer and had totally forgotten about Gamepodunk, but once again I found it by typing contest into Google (I used to enter a lot of contests) This time I read up on how to actually work with the blog tools and ended up getting featured quite a few times. After some hubbalaboo with n4g over not allowing websites to post blogs (I might also be partly responsible for that, sorry) Gamepodunk had to stop doing the $50 for featured blogs and instead they hired on actual writers from the community. I just happened to snake my way in after I believe Jason asked me if I was interested.       Which person would you like to play through Journey with. Would you want to be able to speak with them or would their mere presence be enough?   I would like to play Journey with one of my real life friends or family, just so at the end when you see the list of players you adventured with, I could point and laugh at the screen, because what are the odds of me actually running into someone I know while playing?       It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand?   Abe Lincoln, we're both back to back going fisticuffs with the zombies and My Hands by Leona Lewis is just blaring over the stadium's sound system (we would be fighting in a baseball stadium) I'd be okay with dying then.     Anything else you'd like to add?   Everything I just said may or may not be a lie.     Thanks for those, erm, interesting responses Jared!   Is there game that had an effect similar to that of Journey and Jared?

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Meet The Podunkers - Number 905

Meet the Podunkers is a new blog series I“ve started intended to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. I will try and have a new interview posted weekly, until I run out of willing members to feature!   Today“s interviewee is Alpaca-Lover and Ex-Moderator Number 905!       What's the first game you've ever played?   I don't really have a good answer to this one. Gaming has always been in my life, from as far back as I can remember. I can't recall what my first game was, but there are some memories that stand out.   The story I'm most fond of telling is almost beating Super Mario Bros. 3 on the NES. I can't recall the build-up to the final world, but I have to imagine I used warps of some kind. Regardless, I beat Bowser and, overjoyed, paused the game to show my mom. When we came back to the game, I was crushed to see that the game had froze. To this day, I've never gone back to beat the game. Maybe, someday, I'll have revenge...   But that story is old news, as much as it sticks out to me. I will share another one to make up for it. Not much of a story behind this one, and, thinking on it, it might be earlier than the SMB3 story. In short, my incentive for being potty trained was a copy of Batman for the NES. For the curious, yes, I am potty trained and, no, I never did beat the game as a kid. I did beat the game earlier this year, but I can't remember if I ever even got past the first stage as a child.   I also very distinctly remember us having Custer's Revenge on the Atari, but I won't go into that here...     Describe your current gaming setup.   I game at my desk, so it's bit of a cramped setup and not at all luxurious. I've got an Asus VH236H 23-inch LCD monitor that handles all the video and I use a pair of Audio Technica ATH-AD700 headphones for audio. I've got my desktop computer (built myself with specs I won't bore anyone with) hooked up via DVI, and then I swap HDMI between my Xbox 360 (Slim 4GB model with a 320GB HDD) and my PS3 (First slim model with 120GB HDD). That's really about all there is to it. I unfortunately don't have any way at the moment to hook up older systems, so if I want to play those games, I need to make do with other means.     Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today?   Like I mentioned earlier, gaming's always been in my life, so it's a bit hard to think of any one influence like that. It's a bit easier for me to break it down in terms of genres.   I've always been into action-platformers for as long as I can remember. Games like Mario, Sonic, and Mega Man were always go-to games for me as a child. Even if I never got very far in them, they were always a lot of fun to play because they were well-designed games.   As for shooters, I think the biggest influence for me was a third-person shooter called Nanosaur. It was pretty much dinosaurs with jetpacks shooting each other and, at least as I recall, was every bit as awesome as it sounds. It was something I'd play in the computer lab with friends after school during my junior high days. After that, I played a lot of Quake III Arena and a bit of Unreal Tournament, which contributed to my love of arena shooters.   My love of RPGs is pretty simple to trace. A good chunk of my elementary school life was taken up by Super Mario RPG. It's a game I absolutely adore. I never got into any other Super Nintendo RPGs at the time, but it was my first exposure to a genre I'd come to love, even if I wasn't aware of what it was at the time.   I know that's a bit of a cop-out answer, but I think other people who grew up with games in their life all the time know where I'm coming from. I never had a memorable first exposure to gaming or a moment where gaming as a whole "clicked," because it always has.   What is your all-time favourite game EVER?   I don't have one.   I can pick an all-time favorite game, though. Not easily, but I can, and it's Super Mario RPG. Part of it, I'm sure, comes from the nostalgia factor, but I just think it's a brilliantly made game. It has a wonderful aesthetic, a story that knows what it is and doesn't try too hard to be serious, a criminally under-copied mechanics that keep you involved in the turn-based combat, and one of my favorite soundtracks of all time.   I still hold out hopes that, someday, there will be a straight-up sequel to the game, though I know its time has passed and it will never be the same.   How about your favourite character?   I'd like to name some character that I connect with on an emotional level, but I can't really think of one that fits from video games. So I'll go with Dante from the original Devil May Cry series. I love anything that is self-aware, knows it's stupid, and just goes with it anyway, and Dante is pretty much the embodiment of that spirit. He's got a ridiculous bravado, to the point where he can be lame and cheesy, but for me it's all part of his charm.   Favourite gaming system?   Another hard choice, but I think I have to go with the NES. It's just a really interesting system and time in gaming to me. It was the first generation where developers got to establish art styles and use more complicated mechanics. Following the growth of popular series at the time is fascinating because I think, more than any other generation, you can really see when they started understand just how to best use the hardware's potential.   You have your hand in a lot of podcast pies, do you enjoy podcasting? What prompted you to do them?   I absolutely do, and as much as I hate to hear my own voice, it seems other people don't mind it.   I first got started with a friend of mine, Ferris McFly, back on a now-defunct gaming site called The Gamer's Hub. It was a simple little podcast that didn't last very long, but we had been long-time friends, so we at least had good chemistry together. I was, more or less, the Silent Bob to his Jay.   Later on, I got involved with one starting on Game Podunk. I think NashKirb was the admin back then. It was Ferris, two former members of the site (I remember their real names, but can't recall their user names), and myself. It lasted for a decent amount of time, but eventually fell apart due to time differences and the overall pain of audio editing.   At some point, you decided to get me on board for an anime podcast, now known as the Monthly Anime Review (http://monthlyanimer....wordpress.com/), because you needed someone who watched shows to pad the episode length a little bit. It was my first time podcasting about something other than games and it was a lot of fun just getting together and talking about airing shows like that.   When the current Game Podunkast started up and I got involved in it for a little while. It was definitely fun, but I ended up leaving because I've found myself having a hard time getting into gaming in general lately and because I think we had one member more than we needed anyway.   Shortly after that, I was asked to be on an episode of Just Another Anime Podcast (http://justanotheranimepodcast.com/) that ended up being just the host of the podcast, Tobbii Karlsson, and myself due to some scheduling stuff with the regular members at the time. It was the first time I'd ever spoken with him outside of Twitter, but it ended up going really well, even if it was the shortest episode in the history of the podcast. Afterwards, I was told I could come back as a guest whenever I wanted. I got asked to come on for the premier episode of their third season and about half-way through the planning for the episode, I got asked to be a full-time co-host. It's been a lot of fun since then, they are a fun group to work with and there's some really cool stuff we're working on that I can't really talk about. I will say that episode 50 (June 26, 2013) will be amazing, in the worst way possible. Or the worst, in the most amazing way possible.     What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk?   I joined on Game Podunk back in the DarkStar days. A friend of mine referred me to the site because I was interested in the contests after he won a copy of Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition. After that, I got involved in the community and ended up writing blogs, since they were usually tied into the contests at the time.   I forget when I got asked to become a writer for the site. I think it might have been around the start of NashKirb's days. I accepted the position and put out a decent amount of content. Then there was a change in the ownership and I wasn't brought back as a writer due to a shift in priorities. I did get asked to be a moderator, though, and remained one for a few years.   Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play a game together with? Which game?   At the moment, though it may spell the end of us, I'd love to play a game of Mario Party with my co-hosts from Just Another Anime Podcast. It's a bit of a tame answer, but they're a fun group and I'd take any crazy hypothetical offered to me to remove the geography barrier between us.   It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand?   I suppose it would be rude of me not to play along with this one...   I'm going to assume that video game characters are okay for this one. In that case, I'd go with Julius Belmont from the Castlevania series, because if Konami isn't going to give us the 1999 Castlevania people have wanted since Aria of Sorrow, I want to see the guy in action somehow. For weapon, I'd go with the Crissaegrim from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, partly to keep things in the same universe but mostly because I'd need something ridiculously overpowered to keep me safe. Music would be Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now." That one's not even a question.   Anything else you'd like to add?   It's been a fun ride on Game Podunk, it really has. I'm still not sure what my involvement with the site will be in the distant future, but I do want to spend at least a couple weeks with some distance between the site and myself, just for perspective. I fell into a slump with gaming and especially game writing at some point. I've felt this way for awhile now, but working on some other projects really drove the point home for me. Again, I can't say what it is I'm working on, but it“s leaving me creatively fulfilled in a way I haven't been for a very long time.   If anyone ever wants to get in touch with me or just see my general musings, you can find me on Twitter (https://twitter.com/number_905). Aside from that, you can hear my opinions on anime weekly on Just Another Anime Podcast and monthly on the Monthly Anime Review.   Finally, we all know of your affiliation with the Alpaca Posse, so of course my final question is going to be: "Do you like Alpaca?"   Absolutely I do. Alpacas made me the man I am today.     Thanks for your answers 905! Those response were sure al-packin a punch!         The members of the Posse: (Left to right) Alpacatrick Henry, Altair Ibn-Alpa'Ahad, Al Pacaino , Neil Alpacatrick Harris   What did you think of this interview? Have you had the pleasure of experiencing the Alpaca Posse?

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Meet The Podunkers - Jordan Haygood

Meet the Podunkers is a new blog series I“ve started intended to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. I will try and have a new interview posted weekly, until I run out of willing members to feature!             Today“s interviewee is none other than newly appointed GamePodunk Community Manager Jordan Haygood!       What's the first game you've ever played?   I was born about a year before the Super Nintendo was released in the U.S., and my dad bought one for my older brother, my twin brother, and I when the release date hit. By the time I was old enough to play a game, we had a few, partly thanks to my cool gamer uncle who lived in a bus.   But anyway, my memory is a little fuzzy, but I think the first game I've ever played may have been Super Mario World. If not that, then one of the other games I recall playing at such an early age: Troddlers, Super Mario All-Stars, Mario Paint, Mario is Missing, Super Earth Defense Force, Out to Lunch, or Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (it was my first RPG, at least). Or maybe it was something else I can't remember. Dunno, I started gaming at around 3-4 years old.     Describe your current gaming setup.   It's not very fancy by any means. I just kinda threw my Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, and Wii up in my living room where the bigger TV is. Part of it is so that Netflix is available to everyone in the house. And the games/accessories are just sitting on some cheap bookshelf.   Other than that, I have my 3DS sitting in my room, ready to be played whenever I feel like it. And I have a ton of old consoles sitting in boxes; too many to list, really. Though I do plan on making myself a secondary setup in my own room with the old consoles. Lastly, I have three PCs I can game on - two desktops in the music room (aka the music part of my living room) and a laptop. I normally use my desktops for gaming, though, since the graphics card in my laptop sucks shiny metal ass.     Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today?   Like the two podunkers who were interviewed before me, I'm going to cheat this question a bit, since it's impossible for me to narrow it down to just one game. There are a handful of games that have impacted my life in different ways and morphed me into the gamer I am today:   We'll begin with Super Mario World. Whether it was the first game I played or not (since I can't quite remember if it was, as stated above), it was definitely the greatest game I played at the time and the main reason I fell in love with gaming at an early age. And while I despise people calling me a Nintendo fanboy (a label usually given to Nintendo fans who believe that the company can do no wrong and hate on the competition out of favoritism), I've always liked the company quite a lot, and this game was the start of that fandom.   If you know me well enough, you'll know that I love me some RPGs. And as the very first RPG I've ever played, Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is a pretty important game to me. Since I played that game at such a young age, I owe a lot to it for first getting me into RPGs. Plus, the soundtrack just rules.   The Donkey Kong Country series has done several things to morph me into the gamer I am today. For one thing, it's one of the reasons I love a challenge in games, since they can be quite challenging while also being loads of fun. Aside from that, though, it's the main reason I joined band in 6th grade and became a saxophone player, as it had some of my all-time favorite video game soundtracks. So in a big way, I now compose video game music partly thanks to Donkey Kong Country.   If you don't know, I'm also an athelete and run as often as I can. How did I get into running? Well, that's all thanks to Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, and 3. As a kid first playing those games, it was a silly dream of mine to run as fast as Sonic. As such, I decided to start running. I eventually got pretty fast as I ran more and more, and I still run often nowadays. So I owe a lot to Sonic for motivating me to becoming the athletic gamer I am today.   People usually see the Silent Hill series as being Marcus's thing, but believe it or not, I'm a huge fan of the series myself. So much so that, while I could never afford as much merchandise as Marcus, I became obsessed with the overall storyline and setting at one point and studied it more than any term paper I did. I'm also just a big fan of horror games in general, and it's thanks mainly to Silent Hill 2 - my entry into the series, as well as my favorite horror game ever.   Lastly, I owe a lot of my gaming love to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. While I loved playing games before the game came out, it gets a lot of credit for boosting that love and making me into such an avid gamer. When the game first came out, I was simply blown away. The story was the best I had ever seen in a game, the music was great, and the game was just a whole lot of fun. It was a phenominal experience that changed my gaming life forever.     Word on the street is you're an aspiring musician, or is it more of a passionate hobby?   People talk about me on the streets? I'm flattered.   My being a musician is more of a passionate hobby than an aspiration. It all started when I was younger; I would sing Beatles songs at age 4; attempt to compose songs as a child on the piano when I didn't even know how to play it; and when I started the sixth grade, I joined band because I wanted to play the video game songs I love so much, which ended up being on the saxophone. I've been playing it ever since.   But I'm not just a proficient saxophone player. After years of singing, although never joining choir aside from some stuff in elementary school, I've become a pretty good singer as well. I know it's not the most impressive of examples, but I've gotten five star scores on Expert on the Rock Band and Guitar Hero games. Not with every single song, mind you, but most of them. In fact, when I used to go to parties with my friends and one of those games were being played, I would be the one to sing. The "designated singer" they called me.   But most importantly, I've actually composed some songs, as well as remastered a ton, all on FL Studio. They're all for video games ('cept for maybe my 8-bit Mad World remix), with most remasters being a complete makeover for the entire RPG Maker VX soundtrack and the original compositions being for indie projects being worked on with various RPG Maker engines. I am currently working on more songs, some of which won't be for video games, but you can check out what I have so far, as well as what I'm going to have in the future, right here on my SoundCloud account:   https://soundcloud.com/kaptainj   I've also remastered all of these songs:   https://soundcloud.c...ucid-soundtrack   By the way, I'm also making some games of my own (including the one the above partial soundtrack is for), so stay tuned for that.       What is your all-time favourite game EVER?   After much deliberating, I guess I'll have to go with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. As I said earlier, that game was a big life-changer for me. And even today, it remains one of the greatest games of all time, in my opinion. And with the remake - Ocarina of Time 3D - out and about, that game has gotten even better. Maybe I'll have a different #1 in the future, but for the time being, Ocarina of Time receives that honor.     How about your favourite character?   I dunno. Link, maybe? I always have a tendency of favoring Link when I can, such as in Super Smash Bros. And he's the epitome of heroism, so that makes him pretty badass. Personality-wise, though, I really can't choose. There are just too many well-written characters spanning hundreds upon hundreds of games that I can't pick just one I like best.     Some people may be unaware, but you're not only an editor for the site, but also the host of the GamePodunkast. What's the story behind the 'cast?   It all started with one simple question I asked on Twitter one night:     Needless to say (but I'll say it anyway), I was surprised by the response. After barrel so subtly forced Marshall Henderson, Khorne, and Number 905 (no longer a co-host) into conversation, them being a part of past GP podcasts, we ended up planning the thing. Then Jason, the almighty boss of ours, asked that we refrain from planning it any longer as he had further plans on getting one officially implemented.   Jason then posted a topic in the super-secret forum only Editors and Moderators can see and we planned further, with me discussing some stuff with Khorne in private. I was eventually chosen to lead the podcast, as well as edit and upload it, since I was the one who showed initial interest in the thing. We then planned a day for us to record, Number 905 grabbed the intro and outro from a former site member that they used in the first GP podcast, and I started an account on PodOmatic. Then came the first episode of The Game Podunkast, and we haven't missed a week yet.       What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk?   After two college attempts that ended in debt, I moved into my parents place again, where my older brother, Christopher Haygood, discovered Game Podunk and started writing blogs in hopes of getting featured. He told me about the site and how they paid $50 for every featured article, and so I decided to give it a shot, since I needed money. I ended up getting featured quite a lot, starting with my first blog article, and eventually my brother and I were both considered for Reviewer positions. No one knew we were related at the time, though, as I went by the username of Kaptain J.   But anyway, he got the position over me, but I was later considered for an Editor position, which I got thanks to all my featured articles. That's how I got to writing editorials, news (sometimes), and reviews for the site, but as you may have noticed, I also got appointed a new Community Manager position. This was mainly due to my interest in helping the site, which I made apparent to Jason earlier in the year as well as late last year (including stuff like me volunteering to run certain social network accounts for the site), and my hosting The Game Podunkast. Now you'll be seeing a lot of activity from me amongst the forums, as well as YouTube videos being produced by me in the future. That'll be fun.       Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play a game together with? Which game?   Scenario: Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, Jesus, and I are all playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl; Final Destination, no items. I would choose Link like I usually do, Abe would choose Snake because he really "digs dat goatee," Gandhi would choose Lucario because they share a similarly cool and calm nature, and Jesus would choose Pit because he's an angel. C'mon, you can't say that wouldn't be an interesting match!       It's the zombie apocalypse - which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand?   I'd probably choose either Chris Redfield or Leon S. Kennedy, seeing how they've survived several zombie apocalypses. Though I might also go with Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, or Ada Wong in hopes of sparking some kind of romance between them, know what I'm sayin'? As for a weapon, I'd probably go with the Unlimited Submachine Gun from Silent Hill 3, since I would never run out of ammo to blast them zombies' heads in with. And my final stand would take place to the sounds of Queen. Hey, it helped in Shaun of the Dead, didn't it?       Anything else you'd like to add?   Yes, this:         Thank you Jordan for your very enthusiastic answers!     What did you think of this interview? Who would you like to see interviewed next?

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Meet The Podunkers - Marcus Estrada

Today“s interviewee is none other that Game Podunk Editor and Silent Hill afficionado Marcus Estrada!       What's the first game you've ever played?   It's hard to remember what exactly my first game was, but it was either Hi Jacker on Apple IIe or *something* for Atari 2600. I got both of these devices around the same time, so that was how a lot of my formative years were spent (until getting a N64). Hi Jacker is just a really simple 2D game where you shoot people in planes - the hijackers, not civilians. As for Atari, I got a handful of games all at once so I can't say what I played first. All I know is I did definitely have E.T. and found it bad even at that time. Joust was by far my favorite game to play on the system. Overall, my beginnings as a gamer were very simplistic but that made jumping into the "modern" age even more enthralling.     Describe your current gaming setup.   There are three main areas I can game. First is the living room which has a massive TV set (composite/component only though). Hooked up to it are a PS3, 360, Wii, Wii U, and PS2. There is space for one other system but I tend to just use that to quickly test out machines or play something else if the urge strikes that day.   Another TV is smaller, but flatscreen and actually has HDMI inputs. Some of the older systems are housed there such as GameCube, Xbox, PS1, PS2, N64, Dreamcast, Atari 7800, Genesis, etc. Systems that I have but don't have hooked up are ones such as the Saturn. I really would like to revamp this area so it can house more systems at once without swapping.   My PC is not the best, but can run anything out at this time. It's a dual screen setup and I do have a controller plugged in at all times because sometimes I prefer gamepads to keyboard/mouse. I recently bought a new hard drive to house all my Steam games. I've not finished downloading them all yet, but they're around 500GBs so far. PC has steadily become my favorite place to game, but I tend to switch between any devices if the mood strikes. Sometimes I use my second screen for a console but again that's usually to suit a sudden whim. A PS2 is in here right now as well. You may recognize that I have a PS2 in each area and that's because I love the system so much that I want to be ale to play it anywhere without having to lug the system to a different spot.     Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today?   It's a toss up between a few, unfortunately. Grand Theft Auto III and Killer7 are the ones I'll talk about (as I'll have ample time to discuss Silent Hill 2 later). Grand Theft Auto III was a game I saw for the first time at someone's house as their big brother played. It was incredible to me that a game allowed for such freedom. Sure, I had played Body Harvest, which is pretty "open world" too, but this was incredible. It spurred me to get a PS2 alongside a copy of GTA III (even though Vice City was out at the time). This is important because, although I was always a fan of games, the PS2 pushed my love into overdrive. Through that system I was able to recognize a much deeper passion for games and still think it's one of the best systems out there.   As for Killer7, the game was good at showing me a new world of games. I'd played "weird" titles before, but this was the strangest of them all. It had a cool art style and a complex plot that made me play the game through the first two days I owned it. Then I played through again and again to have all modes unlocked. I've never beaten Hopper mode, though. I owe a lot to this game since it spurred my interest in unusual games which persists to this day.     It's no secret that you're a huge Silent Hill fan, what brought about this love for the series?   Well, I've always been interested in the series. When I got a PS1, I made sure to get Silent Hill and Metal Gear Solid as I "knew" these to be the most important games on the system. When Silent Hill 3 was out, I ate up every magazine article about it despite not having a PS2 at the time. I would stare at the cover in Blockbuster/Hollywood Video and wonder about the damn game. One day I finally played SH3 and found it too scary! But then I bought and played Silent Hill 2 to completion.   Silent Hill 2 struck me as it left such an emotional mark on me. It was scary without having to focus on "boo" scares and had disturbed characters inhabiting the world. It also helped that I had a burgeoning love for horror films at the time. The game just stands as one of my favorites of all time because it is so good. I play it through at least once a year, and have overall probably played it 12+ times.     What is your all-time favourite game EVER?   I've basically already answered this question as my favorite game ever is Silent Hill 2. Other games super high on my list are Killer7, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, The Sims (first), Animal Crossing, and Diablo II.     How about your favourite character?   My favorite character is NOT Pyramid Head, believe it or not. Instead, I am a big fan of Heather Morris/Mason from Silent Hill 3. My favorite game may be 2, but 3 is very close as it is also incredibly scary and has a neat cast of characters. Heather stands out as being such an average teenage girl in an abnormal situation that I can't help but be impressed by how she handles everything. Although it may be silly, I tend to use official game art of Heather across all my devices (Vita, PS3 background, phone, etc).     Do you collect any sort of gaming memorabilia? If so, what and why?   It's probably obvious, but I collect Silent Hill merchandise. I like it because there is basically a set amount of official products you can by. There have only been a handful of games and as such there is only a small amount of things you can buy (comics, strategy guides, novelizations, alternate game versions). I'm not as into collecting it all as I once was, but still add new bits to my collection every so often.   I also like to collect game manuals but only really for games I have an interest in. Oh, and Bowser merchandise whenever I can find it because he is one of my favorite Mario characters.     What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk?   It all was due to me being bored. I was interested in joining forums and chatting with people but all the ones I had ever joined were full of annoying (or worse) individuals. So one day I searched around for things like "intelligent gaming forum" and came across the site GameQuest. Although that site is an online store, they had a small link to GamePodunk (I'm not sure why; it's not the same link that currently exists on the site).   From there, I saw that featured blogs were paid and, after sitting in shocked disbelief, I joined right up and got writing. I met some neat people such as Jason and started to really enjoy the site. Later, when opportunities were open to start writing news and editorial content I was asked to join and did so happily. Of course, I'm still doing that now even though I have risen from "editor" to "managing editor".     Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play a game together with? Which game?   I would like to play a game with Goichi Suda, Akira Yamaoka, and Hidetaka Suehiro. These are some of my favorite people in the world of gaming so it would be hard for me to choose anyone else. If this were to occur, I'd hope at least that translators were present! It would be fun to play Deadly Premonition through with them. I have a feeling Suda and Yamaoka would appreciate it. Of course, Swery actually designed the game, so I'd like to see what he has to say about it.     It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand?   I'd probably bring along Pinhead or some other horror character with otherwordly powers. You need something like that to deal with the threat of zombies most efficiently, it seems. I'm not sure what he would bring to the table but hopefully a whole lot of suffering for the zombies. As for weapons, I'd like a sword similar to Michonne from The Walking Dead. Sure, I don't know how to use them but in the ideal situation it would actually work out and it doesn't need bullets. In regards to music I can't think of anything specific but probably something from DDR just because.     Anything else you'd like to add?   I'd like to say thank you to everyone who visits the site and sticks around instead of running away. I think it's a great site that has a lovely set of visitors and we could always use more to become new regulars too. Hopefully we keep moving forward with the site in ways that the community likes.     Thank you for your time, Marcus!     What did you think of this interview? Are you looking forward to similar interviews with other members?

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Meet The Podunkers - Jason Clement

Meet the Podunkers is a new blog series I“ve started intended to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. I will try and have a new interview posted weekly, until I run out of willing members to feature!         Today“s interviewee is none other that Game Podunk Editor-in-Chief Jason Clement!     What's the first game you've ever played?   Super Mario Bros. 3. I remember how blown away I was when first I started playing it, and how much of a triumph it was for me to get across that big gap in the first level. Every day, I would come home from school and play it for 30 minutes to an hour (that was the extent of my playing time at that age, haha) and every day I would get a little bit farther, until one day, my brother and I beat it on a Saturday afternoon. When that happened, we felt like we had just conquered the world, though I'm certain that's the case with most kids and the first game they beat.     Describe your current gaming setup.   As far as active consoles and handhelds that I have hooked up and am playing - I have a PS3, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, DS, and PSP. Technically I have a PC too, but I rarely use it for games nowadays since it's a bit of a dinosaur (yes, it's true; it only runs Windows XP...). I also have a PS2, Gamecube, SNES, and NES that are unplugged, as well as a GB Micro, GBA, GB Color, and GB Pocket. Used to have an N64, but my brother and I sold it along with its games to get a Gamecube back in the day. That's still one of my biggest regrets to this day, not because I thought the Gamecube wasn't worth it, but because there are some N64 games I'd love to play again that aren't found on the Wii's Virtual Console, like Space Station Silicon Valley.   In terms of what I play most at the moment, definitely the Wii U and PS3. Despite the Wii U's meager upcoming lineup, I'm enjoying it quite a bit due to the off-screen play and some of the exclusives (NSMBU, LEGO City Undercover, Toki Tori 2, amidst others). The PS3 is probably what I'd consider my "main" console due to the plethora of games I have on it and the fact that I usually get multiplatform games on it. Believe it or not, I still use my Wii occasionally as well, but usually only to play Fortune Street with some online buddies (including Jordan) every now and then. I also still need to finish Xenoblade Chronicles and play through The Last Story, so it'll get some more use yet.     Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today?   It's tough to narrow it down to just one game. I could say Super Mario Bros. 3, but that was mostly what got me into gaming in the first place. Secret of Mana had a pretty big impact on me when I first played it with a friend growing up; it was the first RPG I'd ever played, and a pretty big reason I got into them in the first place. Final Fantasy VI further cemented the kind of bigger story experience I found out that I could have with games and what they were capable of. Earthbound was another big influence; it was the second RPG I played, but the first that I really played in-depth, and it really stood out due to how different it was from other RPGs, which were generally always based in a textbook fantasy world.   Super Mario 64 was another huge one. To this day, there will likely never be another game (at least for me) that will have the same impact. Going from playing on a 2D plane to exploring a 3D world like that was huge, and I remember how much of a quantum leap it was for me, even before the game came out. Just seeing screenshots of it in TIME magazine and Nintendo Power, I remember thinking that it would be the ultimate game and that the visuals were so amazing for its time.   When it really comes down to it, though, there are two games in particular that really made me into the gamer that I am today. The first would be The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which I first played at my friend's house. I remember getting all the way to Dodongo's Cavern there, but that was as far as I got. A few years later, I finally played through the whole game on my own, and I was astounded by how big the world was and how much there was to explore. Not only that, but the story and narrative were just about perfect, and set the bar for me in what games were capable of achieving. There are certain moments that I still consider to be masterful storytelling and amazing from a cinematic point of view, such as Link saying goodbye to Saria on the bridge, the moment after you rescue Princess Ruto and she gives you the Zora's Sapphire in exchange for becoming betrothed to her, and the final moments when Link confronts Ganondorf, who's playing the organ as Zelda is held prisoner right above him.   The other game would have to be Chrono Trigger. Above everything else, the story blew my mind, not only as a piece of science fiction, but because of how thematically brilliant much of it was. I won't get too into it here, but the whole Zeal arc in particular is a fascinating study in underlying social themes. The characters were also exceptionally well-constructed with their own backstories and personalities (especially Frog), and even aside from the story/themes, the gameplay was phenomenal. It's quite sad because there may never be another game like Chrono Trigger again; there were so many things that happened at the right time for it to come together the way it did; so much so that I don't think Square could imitiate its success if they tried to make a sequel to it nowadays.   Chrono Trigger, like the Zelda series, is a game I could continually analyze and decipher forever. It's like that feeling you get with Lost (if you ever got into that show) where you can't stop thinking about it and all the mysteries it presented. And at the end of the day, it was those two games that really showed me how deep games can be, not only from a gameplay perspective, but with how it can change your outlook on life by the narrative and themes they present and discuss, even if they aren't apparent at first. It's why I love games with a heavy meaning behind them nowadays, like Journey, Papo & Yo, and The Unfinished Swan.     What is your all-time favourite game EVER?   Hooo, that's another tough one. In some ways, Chrono Trigger will always be that game that ultimately will likely never be topped, but if I'm being truthful, it's currently The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. I know that's probably a pretty controversial choice given that many people hate it for certain design reasons and that they couldn't get used to the motion controls, but there are a lot of reasons I love it (gameplay and innovation being a huge factor). The biggest reason has to be because of the story and the way it develops, though, especially how the story arc develops between Link and Zelda and that the themes of lost innocence and such were tackled extremely well.   Before that, it was actually Twilight Princess that was my favorite; there were a lot of landmark moments in that one for me; too many to count off-hand. It was just an incredibly fulfilling, epic game, and arguably the darkest, grittiest Zelda game at that point. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn also deserves some huge props here; the story in that game is downright incredible for the most part; you almost wouldn't know you were playing a Nintendo game due to the themes that that game tackles.     How about your favourite character?   Um, tough to say again. I want to say either Link or Samus, but both are mostly avatars for the player in most instances, though there is a canon behind both characters. Mega Man comes to mind; he's likeable since he has a great design and was in some of the best action platforming games around but I can't say he has a whole lot of depth.   I can't say she's my absolute favorite, but one of the bigger characters that always stood out as one of my favorites was Beatrix from Final Fantasy 9. It was really cool to say Square build up a strong female character in games for once and show that women can be just as strong as men, not only physically, but character-wise as well. Jade from Beyond Good & Evil was another great character for many of the same reasons.   Savyna from Baten Kaitos and Cynthia from Pokemon Diamond are great characters as well; both sport great designs and Savyna especially has a great personality that grew on me during the course of Baten Kaitos' story.     Do you collect any sort of gaming memorabilia? If so, what and why?   Sort of. I don't go out of my way to find things to collect, but if I find something really cool and not too expensive, I'll add it to my collection. Right now, I've been collecting a lot of stuff from Club Nintendo, such as the Platinum rewards from the past few years (all un-opened except for the Mario statue from a few years back). My most prized of those rewards is a limited edition 20th Anniversary Kirby medal that they only made 600 of altogether. I believe Leah and John also got one as well.     What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk?   That's a long story, haha, but I'll try to keep it as short as I can. I originally found out about Game Podunk through a post that TylerxDurden made on CAG's forums back in the summer of 2010. He said that GP was paying out $50 for featured blogs on the site, something they did for about a year or a little less back then. I tried my luck at writing, and got my first blog featured, along with most of the ones I wrote after that. At about the same time, I had made friends with Marcus, who joined GP about a few months before me.   When February 2011 rolled around, the admin of the site, Nashkirb, posted that they were looking for writers to form an Editorial team to write officially for the site. I initially didn't think it was something I could do, so I said I was going to sit it out, but to my surprise, Nash asked me to reconsider and that they wanted me onboard if possible. So I decided to take a leap of faith and join the team, and I became the third person enlisted; the first being Dan Curtis, who has since left to found his own site, and the second being Jamie Donnelly, who is now the Editor-in-Chief for Beefjack.com.   Nash wanted four people on the team to start with, so we all thought that Marcus would fill the last spot perfectly. Things went great for a few months, but both Dan and Jamie were fast approaching their graduation from Uni and were looking for full-time employment in the writing field, so they had to depart. With their absence, Nash looked to Marcus and I to carry on and lead the team, so we decided that I would take the role of Editor-in-Chief and Marcus would be the Managing Editor. Shortly after, we enlisted Marshall as the third writer on our team, and soon after we had everyone else come onboard.   As for how I became admin, that happened when the site switched owners in early 2012, and the new owner had me continue on as admin in Nash's place. And the rest, as they say, was history.     Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play a game together with? Which game?   Probably Shigeru Miyamoto, Masahiro Sakurai, and Keiji Inafune; they're the three game designers I respect above most, for different reasons, of course. Miyamoto for the influential games he's created; Sakurai for his in-depth and precise way of developing games with tons of content; and Inafune for his knowledge of the industry (and his awareness of its decline in Japan) and what generally makes a great game.   As for the game we'd play? Probably Super Smash Bros. Brawl. How could you go wrong with that? Or maybe Fortune Street; we could probably get a mean game of that going...     It's the zombie apocalypse - which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand?   I actually wrote a blog about this back in my days as a blogger on IGN. For me, it'd have to be one of three characters; Boba Fett (from Star Wars), Sigma (from Mega Man X), or Thanos (Marvel Universe). I imagine Boba Fett would be pretty resourceful to have around in a situation like that. Sigma would be an extremely powerful ally to have due to his ability to control anything computer-related, not to mention the fact that he can come back almost as many times as he needs to if his physical body is destroyed. And Thanos is not only extremely powerful, but he's brilliant as well; if anyone could triumph over zombies, it'd be him.   As for the weapon, I'd definitely have to go with the Master Sword from the Zelda series, and for some reason, The Final Destination theme from Smash Bros. Brawl was the first song to pop in my head in regards to music.     Anything else you'd like to add?   Um, I dunno? I guess I should say something here so I'll just say that I've been extremely grateful and lucky to be GP's admin for the last year and Editor-in-Chief for the last few years. Not only have I gotten to work with a great staff of writers and mods, but I've also gotten to watch all the community members come together to make GP the great little community it is today. Thanks for sticking around, everyone, and hope you continue to stick around as we continue to make GP an even better community!     Thank you Jason for being the guinea pig for my new blog!     What did you think of this interview? Are you looking forward to similar interviews with other members?

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