Thursday, October 3, 2013

Gamer Corner: Veknes

Welcome to this week's installment of Gamer Corner, where Fangirl Reviews interviews a gamer and gets his thoughts on the gaming world and learn what he is enjoying at the moment.

1. Tell me a little bit about yourself?

I’m a gamer, metalhead, enjoy comics and manga. A MMA fan.

2. What rig do you currently game on?

I currently game on the PS3, moving to PC and Wii U soon.

3. What game are you currently playing right now? 

Hitman Absolution, Skyrim, Kingdoms of Amalur, and PES13.

4. Do you enjoy that game, why? How's the overall game play?

I do enjoy the games. Hitman is a letdown, too easy and the story mode sucks but the contract mode is awesome though.

5. Would you recommend it?

I would recommend all the games mentioned.

6. Are there any games coming out that you are looking forward to?

Witcher 3, Bound by Flames, Watchdogs, Sonic Lost World, and Pokemon X n Y.

7. What kind of gamer do you classify yourself to be? ie. PC, Console, Tabletop, LARP as well as Hardcore, RPG, etc. 

I’m more of a RPG gamer and stay away ftom shooters.

8. So with the new consoles coming out, which way are you leaning One or 4?

I’m buying PS4 and Wii U and a PC this November only console I won’t buy is Xbox One.

9. What are your thoughts on the gaming industry?

My thoughts on gaming either the industry crashes or the indie scene overtakes the big publishers. These are just opinions and mine alone as such please take it with a pinch of salt.

First issue I like to talk about are the DLC practices and always online features; now companies such as EA, Activision, and Capcom, have a nasty habit of bad DLC practices and holding back content from full retail purchases of the game. This in turn actually raises the value of a $60 dollar game beyond its marked price. e.g EA creates a FIFA game locks most of its features online and charges for everything else later, thus gamers are paying full price for only 1/3 of the full game. This is unethical at best.

The always online feature is good for gaming but with consumer hostile policies it tends to remove the freedom of the player whom already paid for a full retail game. No company should dictate what their consumers can and cannot do with products. This is absurdly unethical and bad business practice.

Second issue is used game policy and high budgets on games. Used game restriction is a greedy move by publishers because for every used game sold one legit title was bought. As such profit has already been made, but this publishers wants part of the used games market so they punish their gamers by restricting them.

High budgets on games stagnates the market and kills innovation. That’s why a lot of indie games do well because they bring simple innovative games for cheap whereas AAA titles are saturated by shooters, it’s boring and it sells thus all the big leaguers play it safe by churning out the same stuff over and over again.

So from all these two things can happen a) another video game crash or b) big companies close allowing rejuvenation of the market by smaller companies thus reducing the gaming budget required for AAA titles.

10. If you had the power, what direction would you have the gaming industry go?

I would push the industry towards more innovative game play and more unique games compared to saturated nature of shooters in the current market.

11. 10 years from now, where do you see the industry? Are you happy with that direction?

10 years from now I do not know, we all just have to wait and see.

12. Favorite Game (can include tabletop) of all time and why? 

Suikoden 1 to 5, Kotor, Fable, and Morrowind.

13. Additional Thoughts and Comments?

Gaming should be fun not a chore.

Thank you to Veknes for a fantastic interview. If you would to be interviewed for Gamer Corner please contact me at

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