Gamers are often times labeled as being nothing more than nerdy, geeky, and, quite occasionally, offered up as the poster boy for the modern day “loser”. It’s time to flip that stigma and show the naysaying world that gaming is, like anything else out there, a massive, intertwining community; one that gives just as much as it receives. With the implementation of this reoccuring installment, we look to dedicate an entire month to some of the best and brightest within the gaming community.
To kick things off, we’ve got somebody that, at first, you may not recognize; but think to the last time you were stuck in a game and needed to pull out a copy of said game’s strategy guide. When you were finally able to pass that one spot or found yourself in the midst of the game’s biggest secret, you breathlessly thanked this man. Freelance writer Dan Birlew has been providing gamer’s with the paths to the secret’s of many games since 1999, and now he’s joining us here this month to give a little insight into the gamer behind the writer for BradyGames.
The Gamer’s Ghost: What is your preferred system?
Dan Birlew: PlayStation 3. Fewer screen tears, less online lag, and free network play.
TGS: What is your preferred genre(s)?
DB: Action, Adventure, RPG, and Action RPG.
TGS: What is (are) your favorite game(s) of the current generation?
DB: Arkham City, Resident Evil 6, Deadly Premonition, Diablo III, God of War
TGS: What is your least favorite aspect of multiplayer gaming?
DB: 1. Children; 2. Children with headsets and microphones
TGS: How would you describe yourself as a gamer?
DB: I focus on overpowering/overleveling RPG characters, defense before attack, fire from cover, and always go for quick kills and headshots. I’ve been known to throw grenades into the midst of foes and teammates alike if there’s more of them than us, because even if we all die the math still puts us up or ahead.
TGS: What game started your “gaming” ways?
DB: The Legend of Zelda.
TGS: Would you consider yourself a “Superfan” of any specific game? If yes, which game?
DB: There are several from the last gen that made me a superfan. God of War is the only series where my superfandom has persisted through. Seems like most other franchises have taken wrong turns, somewhere.
TGS: What do you find to be more important in a game, story or gameplay? Or do you think they are equally as important?
DB: Gameplay. A great story should be there, but in games story will always take a backseat to whether or not the controls work right, or whether the game is fun, or worth playing over again. But if you want me to understand a story out of it too, that must also be awesome. Uncharted and Arkham City are the best examples of fun games you can play more than once with an awesome story.
TGS: What are your hopes for the next generation of gaming consoles?
DB: I imagine the focus will be sharper graphics, bigger memory, and bigger networking. However I really want different multiplayer experiences instead of the same-old, and I want simpler and less complex gameplay that is easier to learn but harder/takes longer to master. In other words give me a simple PSX game with PS3 networking and I’d be in hog heaven.
TGS: What advice do you want to give to up and coming gamers out there?
DB: Hone your skills in Single Player before hitting online, if that’s the kind of game it is. I certainly do, and even though it puts me at a disadvantage when starting games like Call of Duty I catch up more quickly because of it. Also, it’s no fun to chat with other gamers who have no idea what the story of the game is, or don’t care. A little story knowledge will liven up our online chats, even if just a little.
If you’d like to partake in the next installment of the “Gamer of the Month”, head on over to Facebook or Twitter @ SpiritofGaming and explain why you think you should be the next poster child for the gaming community.