Gaming Today: Reader Spotlight #1
The most important thing at Gaming Today is our loyal readers. While it’s impossible to thank all of you, we thought it would be neat to start doing a reader spotlight from time to time. Our comments section have become a community of sorts, and it would be nice to get to know the people that keep our site going.
The first gamer we interviewed was Shane “somewhat” Donnelly. I’m not sure how great some of our articles would be without his witty comments. In addition to being a regular gamer, Shane often play tests games for Ubisoft Montreal. We had the chance to shoot some questions his way last night. The Q and A’s follow:
GT: First off, we’d like to thank you for being one of our most active regular readers on Gaming Today. We’d like to know a little more about you as a gamer. For starters, what’s your favorite game and why? Of course, from your comments, we can only assume Halo 3 is your main game.
Shane: That would have to be the game I play the most, and at the moment, that would be Halo 3. Not for the reasons most fanboys would think though, it’s not perfect. But I’ve been playing on Live for three years now, and have developed a few friendships over the service, and Halo 3 is the best social multiplayer game that we all own. We play for the social aspect, that’s why we play a ton of big team battle and on the social lists. My rank says it all (just a Master Sergeant), but with a ton of experience. If you don’t play as a team, you’ll probably lose. I have a win ratio of over 80 percent at the moment. So the little hater kids can keep their comments to themselves. The ranks don’t mean all that much to us, if only to use them in smack talk at the end of a game to remind those ‘higher’ ranks who just spanked them.
GT: How long have you been a gamer? And what got you into gaming in the first place?
Shane: I’ve been gaming since 1975 or 1976, when my father brought a Telstar home. It had Pong and a few of it’s variations like tennis and hockey. It also had a replica of a .357 Magnum (my father was a shooting instructor in the armed forces) with a wire coming out of the grip connecting it to the console. You could play target or skeet, and the score went to 15. All on a black and white wood grained cabinet TV. Woot ! Way before remote controls. Yes, I’m that old.
GT: 2007 was perhaps one of the most eventful years in gaming history. Do you like the direction gaming seems to be headed in?
Shane: I love the direction that gaming is going. Story is becoming a much more important part of the game, as is fun-factor. I can’t wait to see the games my son and I will be playing 30 years from now.
GT: If you could change anything about Xbox Live, what would it be?
Shane: While being able to automatically mute the entire other team is a step in the right direction, it makes finding new friends a little harder. I wish there was some way to better control the age restrictions on the games that are played by a younger audience. I know it’s impossible to keep the kids out of the mature rated games, as the consoles are in peoples homes, but that is probably my biggest thing that I’d like to see changed. And maybe an army of five thousand employees that check up on every complaint filed, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, separating the the false complaints from the justified ones, and then banning people from playing by using their Social Insurance number as an identifier, or some other Gestapo tactic, keeping them from ever ruining Live for the rest of us ever again. A certain Basket Ball Star incident comes to mind, as to how even some of the adults just don’t get it.
GT: Finally, what’s your life like outside of Halo 3?
Shane: Good assumption. You’ve done your journalistic research I see. I’m 36 and married with two children. A three year old daughter, and a four year old son. I speak three languages (English, French and German), have lived in five different countries (I’m Canadian), and presently live in Quebec, Canada. I own a riverfront house, 3 motorcycles, a four-wheeler, 3 cars (including my wife’s van and my antique 1950 Dodge) and a wave runner. I’m big into cars and just about anything with an engine. Gaming isn’t my life, but I manage to get online a few hours after my wife and kids go to bed, so it doesn’t interfere with family time. I’ve play tested a bunch of games for Ubisoft Montreal, and continue to do so about 2 or 3 times a year. I also work a fulltime job in environmental disaster response and clean-up. And contrary to what some of the children on XBox Live seem to think, you’re never too old to game.
We’d like to thank Shane for this great interview. Gaming Today has definitely become a great community where we have some very loyal readers. We hope to continue our success in 2008 and hopefully be able to bring some more loyal readers into the action. Feel free to drop your comments below. If our ‘Reader Spotlight’ is well-received, you could be the next one we interview.
And I complain about shoveling snow when I get a couple inches!