Better Know a Gamer: Issue #21: SprayerBob

Nu: What’s your Gamertag, and what’s the story behind it?
“SprayerBob” – I’m not so hot at single shot weapons. I would MUCH rather hold down the trigger and spray an automatic. My friends wanted me to change my name to “Bob the Sprayer”, I thought “SprayerBob” sounded better.

Nu: I like it! Where are you from?
Allentown, PA.

Nu: I used to live so close to there! How old are you, and what do you do (school, job, family, hobbies)?
42 years old. I am an Independent Computer Consultant.

Nu: How long have you been gaming in general?
30 years?

Nu: How long have you been a 360 owner?
I purchased my 360 in May 2008.

Nu: What was one of your favorite Xbox / Xbox Live moments?
Meeting the “TheQ” clan!

Nu: Which Xbox 360 Achievement are you most proud of?
Getting every Challenge completed on COD4.

Nu: Mister, you’re a better man than I! Are you currently working toward any achievements?
Nothing in particular.

Nu: What game(s) are you playing the most now?
Call of Duty 4, Left 4 Dead.

Nu: I just had my first Left 4 Dead session last night. I’m addicted. What’s playing now (what music do you listen to when away from your Xbox or when listening to music ON your Xbox)?
Anything, mostly classic rock, or The Grateful Dead.

Nu: Do you try to stick with one Gamerpic, or change it frequently?
I change it every month or so.

Nu: What is your current favorite Xbox related website to visit? Waiting for more news about playlist updates.

Nu: Gotta love how active @fourzerotwo is in the community. What game are you looking most forward to in 2009?
Call of Duty 6.

Nu: Do you have an all time favorite game, for any console or the PC?
Call of Duty 4 for 360. Civilization III for PC.

Nu: Do you have any gaming buddies you frequently play with / want to make almost as famous as you?
The members of the “TheQ” clan: Paladin5150, GerbilJammer0, Lightnin2, and of course Sil3nt Nitemare.

Nu: Any parting words for the droves of readers?
See you online!

Nu: That’s that! The 21st issue of Better Know a Gamer has been a yet another treat in meeting just one more member of our great online community. Remember to go ahead andnominate anyone you know to be featured in the next issue of BKAG. Even self nominations are accepted, don’t be shy!

Editorial: Video Game Warnings?

So I’m reading a few articles today which just seem to rub me the wrong way. The United States Congress wants to put warning labels on video games. An ESRB warning system is already in place, to warn parents and children alike of the games content, but it’s just not good enough, they say. They want health warnings now. Still, the biggest complaint comes back to the mental well being of children after playing violent games.

I am all for a game rating system, and I believe that the ESRB does a fine job. I would hope that they would be willing to stand up before congress and ask how they can make their labels better, before allowing congress to go create yet another obnoxious label to put on our games, as though they were a pack of cigarettes. What worries me most about them calling this the Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2009 is the simple fact that they could begin warning against the “addictive nature” of video games. And you can place your bets now as to when they would tell you that you’ll get fat, like some Nutrition Facts.

I’m all for making a rating system where the warning has to take up 50% of the packaging, go nuts. But please don’t start putting wild inaccuracies and over generalized assumptions all over our games. I’m sincerely starting to wonder whether the movie industry ever actually had to go through all of the crap the video games industry is still dealing with.

Microsoft's NXE creates Sales Boom

It’s been talked about and rumored, but I think a recent article on really did the best to talk about the recent explosion of sales Microsoft has experienced.

I often wondered how many people simply thought of the Xbox 360 as a gaming console and nothing more. Xbox Live was a multiplayer platform, and that was all. But for those of us who tinkered with the Dashboard in the past, we fell in love with movie rentals, TV show downloads, and every single part of the Xbox Live Arcade. Players would put in their game disc, and go right into what they came here to do.

I, myself, fell in love with the social platform that is Xbox Live – the entire Marketplace and the other features the Xbox 360 packs in. Since the NXE, users are being forced to stop at the dashboard and take a peek at the other offerings. And the consensus seems to be that they like what they see.

Help us make 2009 YOUR year!

It’s a new year, and we’re still doing a lot of planning around here at WinBreak central command. And while I may not have an unlimited budget or resources, I am quite interesting in learning the kinds of things people love to win! Not only that, but we want to help build the site around you. Everyone should want to be featured on Better Know a Gamer, but even if you’re a little too shy, why not have a say in the future of our fair little web property?

So why not answer a question or two over the next few days? We’ll start with these…

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Thanks! We’ll keep up a few questions, and you’ll help us answer them and develop the kind of site YOU want to be a part of! The poll is open until January 18th, 2009, 6:00 PM EST.