Thursday, July 3, 2014

Gamer Corner: Andre

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

Tell me a little bit about yourself? What rig do you currently game on? What kind of gamer do you classify yourself to be? ie. PC, Console, Tabletop, LARP as well as Hardcore, RPG, etc.

Well, my name is Andre, I currently play on a Wii U, Xbox 360, and my very underpowered PC (for Indie and Fan Games). As far as the type of gamer I am, I consider myself and all-around core gamer, I'll give nearly anything a chance and I'll play whatever I feel is fun.

What is your first memory of gaming?

My first gaming memory...that would be watching my older brothers playing good old River City Ransom on the NES, but as far as playing, then that would be Megaman 2 was the first game that I remember playing.

What game are you currently playing right now? Do you enjoy that game, why? How’s the overall game play and graphics?

Well Mario Kart 8, ZombiU, Project X Zone, Moon Chronicles, Bayonetta and Afro Samurai to name a few. I still have plenty of other stuff I could name, but these are what prevalent for me right now.

Would you recommend it, why?
I would recommend them all as I find each game to be fun, which is what gaming is supposed to be able.

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

Well Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Splatoon, Hyrule Warriors, the next Zelda, Sunset Overdrive, Halo Master Chief Collection, Ironfall, Super Smash Brothers (Wii U/3DS) Mirror's Edge 2, No Man's Sky, Mario Maker, Project Spark...there are just too many.

If you could design your own game what would it be like?

Well, if anyone checks my youtube channel (GVGINU), you find that I talk about video game ideas a lot. But personally, I have a lot of ideas I would love to see made, I have an idea for a great fighting game, a few survival horror type ideas, a platformer idea (it involves monkeys), but there is so much that I can't really cram it all here.

Thoughts on this new generation of consoles – Wii U, PS4, and Xbox One?
They are all great platforms from the observer's standpoint and I think that they all have amazing potential. I do wish that there were more games out that I have to have that were only on those platforms. It's happening more for me right now with the Wii U, but not so much for Xbox One and PS4 (based on my own gaming preferrences). I don't see the point in purchasing either platform right now just to have better looking versions of games that are on 7th gen consoles. If the game content is the same then I'm really worried about upgrading, not to say I wouldn't buy those versions if I already had those consoles.
What are your thoughts on the gaming industry?

I think that we've seen a lot of games that don't really change much in comparison to their predcessors from major developers. So I'm looking to indie's now to see fun, new and expanded gameplay. Not that games by major developers haven't been fun, but indie games have been more my taste as of late.

10 years from now, where do you see the industry? Are you happy with that direction? If you had the power, what direction would you have the gaming industry go?
10 years from now, I see a lot of the bigger companies in the industry falling to pieces. This has already happened with many of the mid-tier companies that made games I used to love last generation. So I think this trend will continue until most of these companies that had great developers leave and start their own Indie Studios.

If I had the power to fix this and keep these companies around, I would take their focus off of making a dollar so much and on to making great games for each individual platform that fully utilized the technology presented in each, very similar to what was done during the 16-bit and 32/64-bit eras of gaming. More quality, less quanity.

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

My favorite game of all time...this is probably considered a common choice by now, but the Legend of Zelda Orcarina of Time. Yes, I know that there are better made Zelda games out there and won't deny that, but I had lost interest in the series for quite a while until that game and it renewed my love for the series.

Additional Thoughts and Comments?

Well, check out my youtube channel GVGINU which is short for Great Video Game Ideas Not Used. That wouldn't fit as a name so I went with the acronym. I have started a series on my channel called the “Gamer Idea Foundry” which is for sharing and spreading the gaming ideas of gamers. This could be for a fresh and new video game idea, one for an established IP, or even ideas on things that are felt to be able to fix problems within the industry. I want gamers to be able to share their thoughts with game companies in a well-thought out manner. Anyone interested can reach out to me on my youtube channel. Here is the link - YouTube: GVGINU

Would you like to share your gamer tag and the system so others may add you?

If anyone would like to game with me, my Xbox live gamertag is dcspantha35 (Only on 360 for now, don't have a One yet), Pantha35 is my NNID for play on the Wii U, and you can contact me my 3DS friend code. I'm all about enjoying my games and want other people to be too.

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

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