Thanks for joining us for this week’s Gamer Interview; today we're here with Vince Vega who has graciously volunteered to be our first interviewie. So, without further ado, let's jump right in to these questions.
Leo: How long have you been gaming? When did you first start? What console did you start on?
Vince: My first real console was the PS2 in 2004. But my first gaming device was a Namco Ms. Pack-Man Plug & Play with 5 TV games. My guess is that I have been gaming for over 12 years.
Leo: Do others in your family game, maybe a little bro/sis, a significant other, parents, gramps?
Vince: My little brother and father both game.
Leo: I love it when a family can come together over gaming. :)
What do your family and friends have to say about your gaming? Are they terribly against it, like mine are/continue to be? Or do they just not care?
Vince: Most of my family games and the ones who don’t, don’t care.
Leo: If you don’t mind me asking, where do you call residence (state/country is fine, or a link to Google Maps with your coors, either or, just saying)?
Leo: If you don't mind me asking again, what kind of work do you do in Illinois?
Vince: Self-employed, so just about anything that I need to get done.
Leo: Ahh the comfort of self-employment, wish I could set my own hours.
How long have you been self-employed?
Vince: About 4 years
Leo: What other hobbies do you enjoy?
Vince: I like reading and writing. I also play the Saxophone.
Leo: Are you an achievements hunter? Or do you game for fun?
Vince: A mix of both. I like to get achievements, but I primarily game for enjoyment.
Leo: What’s your favorite game of all time on any console? What makes it special?
Vince: That is like choosing between children. There are so many good games. I think it would be a tie between Mass Effect 2 and Star Wars Battlefront 2. If I really had to choose between the two I think I might go for Mass Effect 2. The story is just amazing. It is written very well.
Leo: I agree, really loved Mass Effect 2, especially Legion, just wish he was in it for longer.
Do you remember the first game you played? What’s your fondest memory of it?
Vince: The first game that I ever played was probably Solitaire. It was the only game that I knew was on the computer. I remember being so excited when the cards would fly all over the screen.
Leo: Haha, I hated Solitaire, I was more of a Minesweeper guy myself.
If you were in a terrible accident, and had to have only one game in your console/system of choice, what do you want it to be (assuming that no one wants to take care of you, nor can you afford a housemaid, sad right?)?
Vince: I can’t play digital games? Ok, I guess it would have to be Star Wars Battlefront 2.
Leo: If you could make any game, what type of game would you design, what would the story be? Genre?
Vince: I would love a game like Oregon Trail, but you were a captain of a ship that has to sail to the “New World”.
Leo: Oregon Trail was an amazing game, still is in fact.
Do you have any particular gaming pet peeves?
Vince: I hate Multiplayer Achievements.
Leo: Any upcoming games (any system) that you’re looking forward to?
Vince: Just about every game that has been announced for Xbox One this year. Star Wars Battlefront 3, ESO, Watch_Dogs, the list goes on and on.
Leo: Let me know how you like ESO, I've been interested, but dropping the $60 on it is a risky move for something I may not like and can’t sell.
If you could have any videogame character come to life to be your ‘BFF’, who would you select and why?
Vince: Tali’Zorah Vas Normandy. I just love her personality. She is clumsy and innocent, yet she can step up to the plate and be a strong leader.
Leo: I love Tali, she was my love interest in Mass Effect… (spoiler) until I replayed 2 and got her killed…. And when she killed herself in Mass Effect 3…. Sad times those were....
Without thinking, most antagonizing game, GO!
Vince: Kerbal Space Program
Leo: Worst online gaming experience; please do share it with us….
Vince: Playing Black Ops 1 Zombies with my old Zombies group. Every time we got good weapons and were set up to last a long time the game would just start lagging to the point where at least one of us would die.
Leo: Do you prefer single player or multi-player?
Vince: I don’t think I prefer one over the other. It all depends on how I feel. I may feel like playing some zombies now and later I want to stop the Reapers.
Leo: Reapers are a great threat to humanity. *nods*
Do you have a favorite group of friends you like to play with? Or are you a lone wolf?
Vince: Typically I am a lone wolf.
Leo: What consoles do you own?
Vince: PS2, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One. I briefly had a PS4, but gave it to a family member who could use it more.
Leo: Have you ever had a game you really looked forward to that you were disappointed in when it finally arrived?
Vince: Kind of with Halo 4, but that was because my friends at the time over hyped it to the point where it could never live up to the expectations that they set.
Leo: I really liked Halo 4, I don’t tend to listen to any hype though, so that probably helped.
Tell us about your gaming set-up.
Vince: I have the main TV with my 360 and X1 connected to it and another TV with the Wii. A closet with my games and a desk with a PC. All in a spare room.
Favorite 360 game?
Mass Effect 2
Favorite non-360 game?
Star Wars The Old Republic
Least favorite game?
Favorite game developer?
BioWare or Ubisoft, I can’t decide.
Favorite game weapon?
Dead Space 2 Hand Cannon
Most hated game enemy?
The Humpback Whale from Assassin’s Creed 4.
Favorite game character?
Shepherd from Mass Effect
Favorite game sidekick?
Favorite game ending?
Mass Effect 3
Most hated game ending?
Favorite game music?
Mass Effect 2/3, and Ezio’s Family from Assassin’s Creed 2