Better Know a Gamer: Issue #6: TXPaladin

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Nu: What’s your Gamertag, and what’s the story behind it?
Hi, I’m TXPaladin and I’ve used the Paladin nick for sometime now around the web. I’ve always been a fan of the Paladin class from AD&D and my Diablo II PC gaming days. Plus the Knight Chess piece is sometimes referred to as a Paladin. I’m a big Chess fan and would say that is my all time favorite board game. Paladins are normally good guys and I like to think of myself as one of the good guys too.

Nu: Where are you from?
Well its not everyone that picks TX as part of their gamertag, I hail from the Lone Star state of Texas and the Dallas/Fort Worth area. At least on Live people don’t have to ask me, where are you from?

Nu: How old are you, and what do you do (school, job, family, hobbies)?
39 and pushing 40 now, but I’m still a kid at heart and your only as old as you feel really. I’m happily married and the father of two lovely girls. We are a family that has lately started gaming and loving it a lot. I’m a Director of Websites for the American Paint Horse Association. I like music, photography, movies, reading and even writing. Oh and of course playing games too.

Nu: How long have you been gaming in general?
Very interesting… well I could say most of my life. I learned Chess early as kid in Grade School. I remember when D&D and AD&D became big and still have a lot of those original books. I started playing pong back in the 70s , had an original Atari 2600 and loved Combat, Space Invaders, Asteriods, and Pac-Man to name a few. I owned an NES and played TECMO Super Bowl all the time. I later moved into PC gaming and then took about 5 years off and landed finally on the Xbox 360 Elite.

Nu: How long have you been a 360 owner?
Father’s Day, June 2007 and purchased the Elite. What a great present!

Nu: What was one of your favorite Xbox / Xbox Live moments?
First time I got on Live and fired up a friends borrowed original Halo edition Xbox. I was in awe at how fast and easy the box booted up and how cool it was to finally play Halo and later Halo 2 on Live. I joined live in April 2007 and learned my way around on the original Xbox. I think it was cool to do it that way and really appreciate that original system.

Nu: Which Xbox 360 Achievement are you most proud of?
Part of me would like to say my first of course, but I have to really go with CoD4 and finally completing the Campaign. It was an incredible game and its cool to look back and see that I have that achievement and know I earned it. A couple stages towards the end were really hard and I was about to think that I would beat it. Never give up!

Nu: Are you currently working toward any achievements?
Always I guess, I’ve got a few games I want to do my best to finish the campaign parts as well. Its not like I’m setting a goal to get 1000 on every game, but I want to finish the maing campaigns. I have a couple minor parts to Halo 3 still, GRAW 2, and Assassins Creed for starters.

Nu: What game(s) are you playing the most now?
CoD4, Halo 3, and now the Beta for Battlefield Bad Company

Nu: What’s playing now (what music do you listen to when away from your Xbox or when listening to music ON your Xbox)?
Hmmm, lately its the set lists for Rockband, other then that I listen to lots of Podcasts.

Nu: Do you try to stick with one Gamerpic, or change it frequently?
Normally keep the same for a bit, I’ll switch for Play & Wins and stuff like that, but I sport U360 pics the most.

Nu: What is your current favorite Xbox related website to visit?
That would be Unscripted 360 at

Nu: What game are you looking most forward to in 2008?
Fable 2, I’m all about Fable 2 for 2008, this is my must get game like last years Halo 3. That’s not to say something else might end up beating it as my favorite of the year. Last year it was Halo 3 and I’m afraid that CoD4 has edged it out as my over all favorite by the narrowest of margins.

Nu: Do you have an all time favorite game, for any console or the PC?
I’d have to pick Tecom Super bowl, as simple as it was, I just loved that game and would play it over and over.

Nu: Do you have any gaming buddies you frequently play with / want to make almost as famous as you?
All the members of the DDB and my co-workers, the Cave Dwellers, and my friends from U360 too.

Nu: Any parting words for the droves of readers?
People from all walks of life play video games and its a really great form of entertainment. I’m happy I finally got an Xbox 360 and on Live and I’m looking forward to many years of gaming and playing games with my family and friends.

TXPaladin, everyone! He runs a heck of a blog of his own. His podcasts have even educated me about some pretty sweet software, and other games I had to check out. If you took the time to go out of the way and read my website, you should certainly visit his! 🙂