Better Know a Gamer: Issue #9: CardJoker

Nu: What’s your Gamertag, and what’s the story behind it?
My gamertag is CardJoker. The story behind it is that when I was younger, 9 or so, I thought of it and used it on my first ever online game. Since then, I have used it as my handle for everything gaming related. Best thing is, it doesn’t include any numbers or the famous x’s people like to use.

Nu: I’m always proud, too, to not have to clutter my gamertag with numbers and letters! Where are you from?
I’m from a small bordertown in Illinois called Antioch. It borders Wisconsin.

Nu: How old are you, and what do you do (school, job, family, hobbies)?
I’m 16 and am a student at my local highschool. Computers are a great hobby for me. I built my computer and upgrade it every so often when I have the money. Of course a 360 is a lot cheaper to upkeep.

Nu: My PC gaming days are pretty far behind me now. How long have you been gaming in general?
I’ve been gaming since I was way little. Infact, I taught myself to read because I couldnt read anything when I played games.

Nu: I’ve heard the same thing from non-English speakers/readers, learning the language so they could game! How long have you been a 360 owner?
I’ve been a 360 owner since it’s release.

Nu: What was one of your favorite Xbox / Xbox Live moments?
Playing Rainbow six: Vegas with a couple buddies from the internet.

Nu: Which Xbox 360 Achievement are you most proud of?
All of my Dead Rising achievements, mainly because they were, in my opinion, the toughest for me.

Nu: Are you currently working toward any achievements?
Nope, just waiting for that GTA IV.

Nu: What game(s) are you playing the most now?
Call of Duty 4 really, as that’s the only thing that really keeps me occupied. That, and Dead Rising. (Yes I’m a fanboy for Dead Rising go away.)

Nu: What’s playing now (what music do you listen to when away from your Xbox or when listening to music ON your Xbox)?
Has to be The Clash. When I’ve got the Guns of Brixton or London Calling playing, I feel the best.

Nu: You’re 16 you listen to The Clash? You shall rock for life. Do you try to stick with one Gamerpic, or change it frequently?
I stick to my Troll gamerpic, the one you get from some achievement in Shadowrun.

Nu: What is your current favorite Xbox related website to visit?
Any I can find, I love all the info.

Nu: What game are you looking most forward to in 2008?
Grand Theft Auto IV

Nu: Do you have an all time favorite game, for any console or the PC?
Dawn of War, has to be it.

Nu: Do you have any gaming buddies you frequently play with / want to make almost as famous as you?
Too many to list, though I’ve really only been playing with a friend, Lord Tydeus, for awhile now.

Nu: Any parting words for the droves of readers?
Stop playing the techno. Please people.

Better Know a Gamer: Issue #8: Snorkle256

Nu: What’s your Gamertag, and what’s the story behind it?
My gamertag is snorkle256 and has been ever since I connected up to live. Since then it has become my handle for everything on the net. It’s origins are very simplistic, I was trying to find a unique name and settled on snorkle. Course, it wasn’t a unique name or I’d never have had to tack on the two-fiftysix (Which was my favorite size of computer memory at the time.)

Nu: Where are you from?
I’m from a nice little town in Wisconsin on the border of Minnesota. It is nice, cozy and provides job opportunities towards the Twin Cities (MN).

Nu: How old are you, and what do you do (school, job, family, hobbies)?
I’m 23 and have been working for a large corporation as a contract work. Basically I’m prepping their computer systems for resale by our company. Its pretty boring but provides a lot of down time. (Internet Use!) Recently I started writing for a gaming website called Generation: Gamerz. Honestly it is more of a passion than a hobby now and it is really a dream come true to be writing game related article and reviewing games.

Nu: How long have you been gaming in general?
I’ve been gaming ever since the days of Windows 3.1. Any game that I could find that matched the specifications of our system was soon to be mine. I was stuck on pc gaming for a while until I was able to get a -used- N64. I had always been playing games over at the cool friends house. (Also the guy who had the cool cable TV as well. Of course eventually was able to get an original Xbox and Xbox live.

Nu: How long have you been a 360 owner?
I’ve had a Xbox 360 since the Saturday before they were released. THANK YOU MOUNTAIN DEW! Yes, I was an “Every 10 Minutes” winner. Actually, so was my co-worker at the time. Needless to say, That really pissed my boss off.

Nu: What was one of your favorite Xbox / Xbox Live moments?
My favorite moments are the ones where everyone gets something for free from MS. (Boo-Yah!)

Nu: Which Xbox 360 Achievement are you most proud of?
I am proud of all my COD2 Veteran Achievements, though I don’t have all of them. I still have the game and plan to go back and finish the last mission off someday.

Nu: Are you currently working toward any achievements?
I’d like to work on getting more of the COD4 achievements, but honestly I’ve been spending most of my time playing on-line.

Nu: What game(s) are you playing the most now?
It is really a toss up between 3 games. I play quite a bit of COD4 and always jump back on Halo 3 when my friend comes over for Monday night Halo 3 games. Right now I’ve been jumping into the Battlefield: Bad Company beta and it is a bunch of fun.

Nu: What’s playing now (what music do you listen to when away from your Xbox or when listening to music ON your Xbox)?
I really don’t listen to a lot of music, right now Ghost Hunters is on the TV if that counts for anything.

Nu: Do you try to stick with one Gamerpic, or change it frequently?
I usually stick to one Gamerpic for a while until I find one that better fits.

Nu: What is your current favorite Xbox related website to visit?
I am always on the forum at Unscripted360, the community there is just really awesome.

Nu: What game are you looking most forward to in 2008?
All of them, I am just addicted games in general! (Maybe I should just make a list of the games I am -not- looking forward to?)

Nu: Do you have an all time favorite game, for any console or the PC?
I have three all time favorite games: COD4, Halo 3 and Starcraft.

Nu: Do you have any gaming buddies you frequently play with / want to make almost as famous as you?
Just started playing COD4 on-line with a new friend, La Femme Reaper. She’s pretty cool and has her own blog named after her tag.

Nu: Any parting words for the droves of readers?
Who the hell is Snorklewacker and should I be afraid of them?

Snorkle256 everyone! He runs a blog of his own, and is Folding for the good of mankind. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The internet’s a smaller place than you’d think! Be sure to send him a friend request and a game invite!

Better Know a Gamer: Issue #7: ThumpThis

What’s your Gamertag, and what’s the story behind it?
Well my gamer tag is Thumpthis,the story behind it is amusing my original account was Thumpdaddy 2 but it got corrupted on MS servers so I had to make the one I own now. I tried to put in F!!kThis – was unacceptable

Where are you from?
Wetumpka,AL Been here my whole life

How old are you, and what do you do (school, job, family, hobbies)?
Well I’m 40 years old but young at heart,when I’m not here I work at Elmore County Sheriff Dept where I am a correction officer (Sgt). My family is my pride and joy been married for over 12 years have two boys age 16 & 11 talking about a handful.My hobbies consist of tennis & the X-box 360!!

How long have you been gaming in general?
Been gaming for over 30 years so I can look where we came from,remember we thought Pong was good as it could get. But the 360 to me is the best thing going.

How long have you been a 360 owner?
Was a owner when it first came out and have had ups and downs with it as I’m on my fourth system. But I’m a gamer and know it has the best games around and Live kicks azz.

What was one of your favorite Xbox / Xbox Live moments?
Have to say the first time I played online and remember I was playing Counter Strike with guys from all around the world.Never thought I would see that online in a console.

Which Xbox 360 Achievement are you most proud of?
All of them but I would have to say the first one I got on COD 2 after that I was addicted to the achievements as I feel it makes gamers come back to finish the game for the points.

Are you currently working toward any achievements?
Trying to finish COD 4 on Veteran but Mile High may never happen as I let this one get to me.

What game(s) are you playing the most now?
Two games now COD 4 and R6:Vegas 2 you have to love them.Cod 4 for gorgeous graphics with a MP to die for, R6 2 all I can say people play together and quit comparing to COD 4 a different game.

What’s playing now (what music do you listen to when away from your Xbox or when listening to music ON your Xbox)?
Well I’m a country music fanatic but usually a little Randy Travis and Travis Tritt.Some of you may not know them.

Do you try to stick with one Gamerpic, or change it frequently?
I love change I’m always changing just as well as my them also.Love the freebies.

What is your current favorite Xbox related website to visit?
Only one site I hang out and drum roll please Unscripted 360 run by Deacon Blade. would recommend if your looking for a community run by someone that cares for the 360 community come and join, stay, make a few friends! No better place to be. As the people are like a big family.

What game are you looking most forward to in 2008?
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventure stands out to me as I have been waiting for a good MMO and have played the beta and if they can get this to play like this on the 360 you will have the first great MMO for the 360.

Do you have an all time favorite game, for any console or the PC?
One game has always stood out for me and Resident Evil was the first time in my life a game has ever made me jump and throw the controller down.

Do you have any gaming buddies you frequently play with / want to make almost as famous as you?
My friend is a real life friend more like a little brother his name since you want to know is The RhymeScheme. Good friend and he plays games the same way as I do meaning no disrespecting people as I feel alot of people need to be more like that on Live

Any parting words for the droves of readers?
Want to thank you for putting me in the spot light was very shocked to say the least. And would have to say if your not a 360 owner get the best thing going as the 360 community is strong and striving and have the greatest gamers in the world.

I couldn’t agree more! The community and the members in it are what make the Xbox 360 my platform of choice. I’ll be following up on that exact sentiment some time in the future!

Better Know a Gamer: Issue #6: TXPaladin

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 www.unscripted360.com.

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! ๐Ÿ™‚