We created our gamer of the month spotlight series to highlight the thoughts and insights from those in the gaming community. We look for those who are passionate about games, expressive about their thoughts and who truly understand what it means to be a fan of this industry. This month we had the pleasure of talking to Greg or as he is most commonly known on twitter as 9_Volt88. He was gracious enough to let us peer into his gaming resume, some of his preferences and to get his thoughts on the direction of this industry.
UE: How long have you been into gaming and what was your first gaming memory?
9Volt: I have been playing video games my entire life. My first console was the NES, and my first gaming memories are with that console. Playing games like Super Mario Bros., RC Pro AM and Bugs Bunny’s Crazy Castle. I was very young when I got my NES so I honestly do not have many memories from that era. From there I had a Sega Genesis and played a bunch of Sonic the Hedgehog and a ton of crappy licensed games my parents bought for me. I did not really become obsessive about games until I got my Nintendo 64. I was 8 when it came out and Super Mario 64 completely blew me away. It entirely changed how I thought about video games and from the moment on I followed video games religiously and I kinda never stopped. I played every game I could get my hands on and would spend hours and hours on message boards arguing about how the GameCube was actually better than the PS2 (I was wrong) and other nonsense. I also read pretty much every review posted on GameSpot.com growing up, which was probably a weird thing for a 10-year-old to do but I just loved reading about games and discussing them. So yeah, video games have basically been a part of my life since the beginning and have had a huge influence on me.
UE: What gaming consoles/devices do you own and what games are currently in your rotation?
9Volt: I own a Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U. I am currently playing No Man’s Sky, Bloodborne(again), Hyper Light Drifter, Resident Evil 4 and a ton of Overwatch.
UE: Out of the games you have played so far in 2016, which is your game of the year so far?
9Volt: That is a really tough question, I have loved so many games this year. The Witness, Firewatch, Doom, Inside and Dark Souls 3 have all been spectacular experiences this year but I have to go with Overwatch. I have not been this obsessively playing a multiplayer shooter in a decade and I have fun every single time I play it. The amount of heroes and play styles are amazing and it does an incredible job at making classes that I usually can’t stand fun and exciting. I am never a healer in games and I absolutely love playing as Zenyatta, Ana and Lucio. They somehow managed to make every class fun in their own unique way while also keeping the game relatively balanced with such a wide selection of characters. I play at least a round almost every night since release and I cannot see myself stopping anytime soon.
UE: What is the most important factor to you when choosing to purchase a game?
9Volt: I buy too many games. I do not really have one factor that is most important to me, like length or genre or story, I kinda just buy anything I think looks cool. Which happens to be a bunch of stuff. I spend too much money on games, I need help.
UE: VR seems to have taken the gaming industry by storm, do you think it’s here to stay or is it just a temporary trend?
9Volt: This is a hard question since I have yet to try VR, so I cannot speak from any personal experience with the tech. I would love to try it, it seems pretty ****ing cool and there is a ton of obvious potential. I think there will be a lot of growing pains, just like any form of new tech, and the price right now is way too high for it to become a mainstream hit. Eventually, I think VR will have a space in video games, the price at the moment just seems too high and there are not any games out that seem to be worth the investment.
UE: What are your thoughts on the next wave of consoles on the horizon with Sony’s Neo, Nintendo’s NX and Microsoft’s Project Scorpio. Are you interested in purchasing either of these?
9Volt: I will buy the NX no matter what it is, how much it costs, or what games it has. It is a Nintendo console and it will play Nintendo games and that is really all I need to know about it. If the rumors are true and it is a hybrid system that allows you to take your console experience with you on the go, I think that would be pretty rad. I have a pretty long commute every day and being able to bring a game like Breath of the Wild with me is very appealing.
As for Neo and Scorpio, I’m not really sure. I think iterative consoles makes sense, but as someone who already owns the base versions of the XB1 and PS4 I am not sure if these more powerful versions will offer me anything. I’ll have to see how much improvement there actually is between the games before I make a decision, but if I would have to lean towards one it would definitely be Scorpio. They seem to be taking a much greater leap in specs than Sony is, and I also prefer the Xbox controller and ecosystem.
UE: If you could be head of one of the 3 major gaming companies for a day Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo, which would you choose and what would be your first order of business?
9Volt: Nintendo so I could force them to make new Metroid and WarioWare games. Also create this game I made up that I tweeted and still think about: MARIO AND LUIGI RPG BUT WITH WARIO AND WALUIGI AND THE BATTLE SYSTEM IS BASED OFF WARIOWARE MINIGAMES!
UE: Here is a 3 part question for you: Name a game you would bring back, end for good and sequel.
I would bring back Tony Hawk 3 or 4, because THPS5 was so depressingly bad that I need to be able to play these classics on modern consoles to wash the taste out of my mouth.
I would end Sonic the Hedgehog because the games are bad and the fans are worse.
Besides the Nintendo sequels I mentioned earlier, there is nothing i more desperately want than a new Burnout game. I would kill for a Burnout sequel. Burnout Paradise is a beautiful video game and Burnout 3 is one of the few games I would call flawless. WE NEED A NEW BURNOUT.
We want to thank Greg for taking out the time to answer our questions and for being a gracious interview. Do you think you have what it takes to be a UE Gamer Of The Month? Drop us a line tell us about yourself, and maybe we’ll feature you in our series in the upcoming months!