Gameguru is one of the more interesting members of the GWJ community with his shady and mysterious "insider knowledge" and dire predictions of the downfall of gaming. When not stirring discussion in the forums and saving us all he seems to be on the prowl for the "next big thing" in technology and gaming. If only he realized that GWJ is and always will be the key to big business success.
Who the devil are you?
IÃ‚'m a 33 year old married Greek American currently living in suburbia. I grew up in the mean streets of Philadelphia struggling before I finally got my shot for the title against George Foreman (no wait that was Joe Frazier) IÃ‚'ve been married for soon to be 3 yearsÃ‚"… before that I was a heavy womanizer or a male ho as my wife will say.
What are you supposed to be doing during the day when youÃ‚'re reading GWJ?
During the day I work for a family owned Venture Capital firm based in Bala Cynwyd, PA. As the only Technology Analyst I have a very loose job description. I make sure some of our larger investments are staying on the up and up on the IT side and I work with their IT departments making sure the company(s) are progressing the way we want them to be. I also sit in meetings and go over potential investments technologies to determine if they have value, merit, etc. I play games, I play with all sorts of technologies to keep the Partners informed of whats out there. I hunt the internet looking for leads, small companies with good ideas, I talk on the phone a bunch, I create powerpoint presentation on trends, technologies. In short I keep very busy during the week and I travel 3 days out of the 5.
When youÃ‚'re not working or gaming, what do you do with your time?
With what little free time I have usually I spend it with my wife doing things around the house. WeÃ‚'re still trying to furnish the house but thatÃ‚'s a huge chore in itself as either what we really like is way to expensive or what we can actually afford looks like crap. During Football season IÃ‚'m glued to the TV all day Sunday and during the offseason I wander like a lost child. So Sundays in the offseason become visiting days where we go visit friends or they come visit us. We ride our bikes a lot in the Summer when I can no longer stomach visiting. And of course my wife will complain that I spend too much time tinkering with PCÃ‚'s and all sorts of other gadgets.
How about family? Do you have any kids?
No kidsÃ‚"…gahh! Not yet.. that would effectively put a nail in the coffin of my fading youth. I got married for heavens sake! What more do you people want from me!? But seriouslyÃ‚"…wife has to finish school and get her career on track.
What was your favorite game over the last year or so? Why?
Wolfenstein:Enemy Territory. ItÃ‚'s ironic considering as many games that I paid for in the last year not one of them came close to consuming as much as my time as the free ET did. I usually play a few hours a night and can never seem to get enough. It combines fast action FPS with teamplay and classes! So just about everything I crave in an online FPS. Not since Tribes has a Online FPS held my attention so long. With the source code released I look forward to even more ET action in the next year.
Which game are you looking forward to most?
Doom 3. You always have to have faith that Id will come up with at least a couple really amazing and tense moments.
What is your fondest gaming memory?
It would be tough to pick just oneÃ‚"…since there are so many. I will cheat and pick two. The first time playing through Ultima IV and stopping for a second and realizing that the game is Ã‚"watchingÃ‚" what I do and the outcome depends on more than just simple plain as day goals. It was both very eerie and invigorating at the same time. And like so many the night I downloaded the Doom shareware from my local BBS and quite coincidently played it for the first time in a dark room. That was an amazing experience.
Finally, why do you play games at all? Why havenÃ‚'t you outgrown them?
IÃ‚'ve played games since the day they were invented basically. IÃ‚'ve owned just about every possible platform that games have been released on. IÃ‚'ll never outgrow them because its so ingrained in my nature that I wouldnÃ‚'t be me without (as my wife puts it) Ã‚"his toysÃ‚" Sure over the years I have less time to dedicate to playing videogames but I love the escapism and the art. IÃ‚'ll be doing this until they put me under.
Thanks for taking the time to answer our hard-hitting questions!